The UAE has strict rules on the use of social media, including publishing content which could be seen to dishonor or discredit another person or a company. Unfortunately this means that it probably wouldn’t be sensible for me to publish the post I have drafted about a couple of domestic administrative tasks which stretched my patience to breaking point and beyond last week. Maybe I’ll decide I’m being too cautious but for now better safe than sorry.
There are lots of tips for bloggers if you look for them. One of the most common pieces of advice is to get into a routine of blogging on the same day each week, or every couple of weeks, or whatever. A number of the bloggers I follow and admire manage to do this very well, and I am sure a great deal of hard work goes into achieving that. Not me though. I have failed miserably to establish a routine meaning that this blog is at risk of joining the countless others that have started with all guns blazing only to fizzle out a short while later. In a desperate attempt to avoid this here I am again with a quick update. It remains to be seen whether this post is the final breath of a dying patient or the start of a new golden age of “The Quantified Expat” (I know which my money is on).
On Saturday we waved goodbye to our first visitor of the year. Penny arrived last Monday and in the five days she was with us she and Jo packed a huge amount in, including a ladies night, cycling on the Corniche, multiple gym sessions, a day at the beach, a visit to the Grand Mosque, various other things I have forgotten (or never knew about), and (of course) a brunch. Hopefully Penny enjoyed herself, and we now have a break of a few weeks to get ourselves sorted before we welcome our next visitors.
Is 2015 really 12 days old already? The festive season is a distant memory. I have been back at work for a week, Archie and Flossie started at their new school yesterday, and Henry is busy with his mock GCSEs, so life is definitely back up to full pace.
The week after our desert camping trip we were lucky enough to be invited by friends to join them on another camping trip, this time the plan being to go on their boats to one of the islands off the coast of Abu Dhabi to spend the night. Due to double booking of one of the boats the plan subsequently changed to spending the day at the island but not the night. Or so we thought……
With Jo back in the UK last weekend to attend her parents’ golden wedding anniversary party, the kids and I were left here to entertain ourselves.