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ugh,what time is it?

Pretty much the first thought I had today before opening my eyes. I tried to stay awake to talk to my friend who got stuck in Dubai because of airport closures, then  boarded her plane to London for a connection only to turn around mid flight to return bc the airport closed. I secretly wanted her to stay but glad that she finally got a flight to Texas and then home, to Canada.

My other friend is stuck in London til Wednesday and longing for the Bahamas. I SO hope she makes it. One of our friends here is going to try his HARDEST to make it to her-even if he has to fly to France and take the train-which is what they told him he may be able to do when he called. Those are some of the people you meet here. And weve only been here for two months!

Guys, if you are reading this-Im very happy to have met each and every one of you ;P.

So this morning my phone goes off and I know its early. So early that I was still in a very good sleep. Upon checking my phone I see that its a message from enjazat. . .

My husbands visa is DONE! So now I contact the travel agency and work to get his ticket here. I actually prayed that he be my Christmas gift and if Ive been a good girl, just maybe that will come to fruition,lol.

Usually, you get the text and then go there between 3 and 5. After getting the text I responded 'shukran' only to get a call about 10 mins later and he told me I could come to his office to pick it up this morning if I like. A little sometimes goes a long way :-).

So for today-Im going early so that I may go  to IKEA (aaaaagaaaaaiiiiiiin) to return these rods and hope to get more AND my curtains put up.I hope to return with answers and a better idea of what to expect in the coming week. If he is not here, I have been invited to go out for Christmas with the guys from last night since I told them I had no plans for the holiday.


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