Every time I settle into a routine, we get a visitor, hubby goes away or I'm off somewhere. The teen is here for the summer holidays then hubby and I are off to the UK in September. It's been like this for the past 5 years, I guess I should just accept that this is my routine now and just get on with it.
Sunday. A good start to the week with collecting my AED 1000 prize for an Instagram competition run during Eid #HappyGatherings at The Beach, so I spent the morning drinking coffee on the beach front and writing my blog posts.
Monday. I've been watching back to back Obsessive Compulsive Hoarders and Cleaners. Hubby suggested I was being a bit obsessive with watching them all and suggested maybe I should go out and do something instead. I opted to have a clean and a tidy up instead but not at the levels they were on the TV.
Tuesday. The teen arrived early morning and took over the TV with immediate effect, which doesn't bother me as I rarely watch it, but it means there's another room to have the air con on all day and the mess. I've spent the week trying NOT to be bothered by the mess. he also 'broke' the internet with his attempt to improve the signal. It's only the 3rd time I've seen him this year and I'll miss the mess once he's gone.
Wednesday. The whole day was spent putting together documents and writing letters and making online payments to solicitors, the Foreign Office and UAE Embassy all in the UK to sort out residency visa for the 16 year old. Despite him being in Boarding School in the UK, his main residence is with us in Dubai. There was no court order when I divorced his Father which has complicated the matter. What I fail to understand is we moved to Dubai from South Africa having already produced all these documents, yet the UAE require us to process our application from our country of origin, not from the country we were moving from.
Thursday. Coffee morning with the expat ladies over at Dubai Festival City, numbers are dwindling, with many being away for the summer and a few having to move unexpectedly with hubbies jobs.
Friday. Up early with hubby, the teen and the dog, out into the desert. I packed a picnic breakfast, chairs and the camp stove. We went to Mugg and Bean for lunch a South African cafe for a little taste of 'home'. In the afternoon we went to the cinemas to Ant Man.
Saturday. A day of nothingness was planned, however it ended up with putting curtain rails up in the conservatory, we popped out to a new coffee shop (can't be many left for us to discover), did some food shopping and ate a picnic dinner on the beach.
Day 207 #onedailypositive #NegativeSpace #fmsphotoaday #IceCream #snaphappybritmums #project365 #50DaysOfSummer
I bought a box of 16 ice creams for today's photo prompt as I'm sure there would be many mistakes made trying to capture this shot, however hubby pulled it off first bite.
Day 208 #onedailypositive #clouds #fmsphotoaday #hair #snaphappybritmums #project365 #50DaysOfSummer
Current temperature in Dubai 42c with a heat index of 45c and a NNE wind of 14km/h therefore the clouds make no difference in regards to protecting you from the heat. The wind is warm and it's like you're being followed around by a hairdryer on full blast.
Day 209 #onedailypositive #LookingIn #fmsphotoaday #SomethingOld #snaphappybritmums #project365 #50DaysOfSummer
This is my glass collection, that my father started for my Mother in the late 50's when he travelled Europe playing football 59/60 season, picking up a glass ornament on his travels. I inherited the collection aged 11 and spent my pocket money adding to it over the years.
Day 210 #onedailypositive #LookingOut #fmsphotoaday #Toes #snaphappybritmums #project365 #50DaysOfSummer
Looking out the window, driving into the desert with hubby and Bob for his weekly trip to the lakes
Day 211 #onedailypositive #trash #fmsphotoaday #pets #snaphappybritmums #project365 #50DaysOfSummer
I have to hoover daily in Dubai, the cat and dog moult everywhere and the air con blows it around the house creating little piles of fur I can collect easily for the trash.
Day 212 #onedailypositive #IBoughtIt #fmsphotoaday #GoldenHour #snaphappybritmums #project365 #50DaysOfSummer
As an expat any and every taste of home is a prized possession. Often we find favourite items go out of stock for a few weeks, so any time we see PG Tips we pick up a box, along with a few other favourites. We've been known to buy the last 4 boxes of a favourite food item from the supermarket.
Day 213 #onedailypositive #fiction #fmsphotoaday #PostCard #snaphappybritmums #project365 #50DaysOfSummer
A bit of a sore point this one, some of our family aren't THAT interested in our real lives in Dubai, they love the idea of us living a life of luxury and not the reality of it being too hot to go out, too expensive just to take part in all the activities they think we do daily, such as Brunch, spa's, nail bars, concerts etc. While some expats do live this life style, they either live life to the max on their credit cards or are exaggerating back home as to what they actually do. So for a few I keep the correspondence short and sweet and just say 'Life is great here' as they don't know how to respond, if they bother replying at all.