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beginning of the end

The Arabic teachers make some of the best food. We enjoy eating on a daily basis. However, I dont think they like our food as much as we like theirs. Its ok,scrambled eggs for breakfast are wonderful but Id take this spicy Arabic dish any day over something I can have any time I feel like it.

Still packing my room. Man, I have a lot of things. Also got some things from a teacher who is going to another country. So grateful for those things. A bit sad to see her go but its an opportunity for her family so thats always good. Also another teacher is leaving. She and I had a lot of the same ideas about approaches to learning and bounced ideas off one another. Shes moving up in the ranks so thats a good thing for her. I know shell do well.

WHO ARE WE GOING TO HAVE NEXT YEAR? idk but not going to worry my little head over it now.
Currently prepping for my PD on wednesday. Have to collaborate with my AT for translation else all this will be for a lost cause.

I hope we have some good food tomorrow.

I also hope our gas issue is fixed tomorrow. Who knows when they will come out but our gas alarm was going off ALL day and we didnt know what the sound was!! Thank God nothing was leaking, or if it was just a little,or else I wouldnt be typing this right now. We have a gas switch to turn on or off and its currently off. We also have a convection oven so its all good.

Hello to anyone and everyone who may be reading this blog. If youre family, I love you and we will see you soon. Coming over,stay calm and enjoy your summer (they arent as long here) and family and start packing now because youll arrange and rearrange. If youre thinking of coming over,read everyones blogs,ask questions, and take a leap of faith.Its not perfect but nothing is.


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Brace yourself.

It's coming.

Piles of things with nowhere to go and an impending deadline. You have a million things to do so you begin the arduous task of figuring out what to keep and what to let go of. In the beginning, it seems easy enough. Maybe you don't have lots of things. In which case, the above picture will never be you. In most cases, however, just get your tissue ready. Or your bottle of libation. Whichever suits your fancy.

Let me start with the process of letting things go. Because I am so smart, I began paring down months ago. It felt good and I was so proud of myself for being on top of things. After that, I began to walk around my house and think about what I would post things for when the time came. I decided I didn't want the hassle of bargaining so I would post things for a ridiculous price. Satisfied that I had time, I continued on with daily life. Fast forward some months and we get the paper work. It is so confusing that I set it aside and figured …

Moroccanoil Soap

If youve read this blog for any length of time, Im sure youve gotten your laughs off my Moroccan bath experience. As crazy as that was for me, i believe I will be going to get one again, though at a much better establishment!
Today, I ran across this product

 And while waiting in line for a price, an Arabic lady gave it the once over, looked inside, and nodded her head in approval of what was inside. After seeing it was only 9.50 dhm, I got another. Once I try it, I will certainly give a review! In the meantime, here is information about the product-or products like this:

Moroccan Black Soap and How To Use It

The black soap is part of the traditional hammam ritual. It is the first treatment in oriental public bath. With a texture of butter, this natural vegetable paste based with black olives is rich in vitamin E.
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