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Great day

if you discount the fact that they kept my car for service until next week (I wont even go there!) and that this morning we got off on the wrong bus stop for work in Al Rahba and had to be picked up by a colleague because we (maybe just I) wouldve passed out had we attempted to walk there.Well maybe not but I didnt have water but I definitely wouldnt have wanted to be in a room with anyone til I got myself freshened up and cooled off!

I got the rest of my jalabiyas for work. Its what Im wearing instead of western clothes and instead of abayas for several reasons:
  • they are made of cotton
  • they are colorful
  • they are fairly light (airy)
  • I can put powder on myself without it showing through
  • they are made of cotton so I can wash them at home
  • washing wont make embellishments come off because theyre sewn on
  • ironing them wont run the risk of having a hole burn through them at some random point

 There are some that are considered house wear but they have short sleeves and are usually found in Carrefour and/or Lulus.Having worn both, I prefer these although there are some BEAUTIFUL abayas out there.

In other news. We got our coteachers names today. Everyone was mixed up...I GOT NAJLAA! yay for me. She is who I wanted!!!!!!!!!!!! We are going to make a wonderful team :-)


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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.

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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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