I‘ve been staying at home for more than a week after our vacation. Every year the expatriates in my company get 30 days of paid leave along with round trip tickets to our respective home countries. It’s like slaving for 11 months and recharging for one full month or relaxing for one month so we can survive the next eleven months of work with only one day off per week, however you put it.
Anyway, we came back last Saturday, October 17 and I’ve been staying at home since. I have another week of this homely bliss before going back to work again. Oh yes, I am dreading the day as it nears because I am enjoying my time home MORE than my time on vacation.
So what have I been up to at home?
Well I’m still waking up at 5:30 in the morning on school days so no need to envy me – I don’t have extra bedtime on those days. However, my greatest joy is that I am able to get reacquainted with my old recipe books and cook a lot. Cook food that I won’t be able to when I have my full time work. I am able to wait for my daughter’s bus and see her smiling as she gets down and hug me. We get to bond in the afternoon, sitting together to do her assignments, cook afternoon snacks, watch a DVD or just read books in bed. No restrictions on the number of books, she picks ’em, I read ’em. All.
Internet and PC at home is so slow so I haven’t written blog posts as much as I wanted to. I did write about my brother in-law’s wedding and posted the photos.
Before I forget, there’s one exciting thing that’s happened, in case you missed my announcement in Twitter. I’ve won FOUR tickets to Beyonce’s concert in Abu Dhabi via a radio contest!! !! I know some of you must have thought the announcement is me being preggers but no, not yet happening.
The contest to win the tickets was easy – you only have to be the caller on line 4 (the radio station apparently had 12 phone lines open) when they play Beyonce’s Single Ladies song. The song was played around 9:45 pm and I was there in front of the radio, listening since 7 pm, as were hundreds of other listeners in Dubai, waiting for that song while my thumb is on the call button of my phone. I’m known for my focus a.k.a. “desperation”.
Anyway, so we’re going to this one fab concert in time for the F1 Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi on October 29 (which happens to be the hubs’ birthday). I’ve never been to a concert, ever so this is something I really, really look forward to! The best part? The concert tickets I won aren’t sold anywhere – it’s an exclusive invitation sort of thing. Maybe I can get to see Beyonce up close? Who knows!
Good morning. Just sat down for a coffee break. I’m doing a ton of housework and later ironing. Oh how I detest that! But wanted to stop in and say hell!
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THis is going to be a really happy bday! You rock!
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Congratulations! Have fun!
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That will be fun I’m sure! And if you’ve never been to a concert… make sure and bring ear plugs or cotton balls to stuff in your ears just in case. I am super sensitive to noise so if I don’t do that I have a raging headache and it becomes no fun. 😉
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wow, congratulations!! hope you get to take pictures!
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Wow! you are so lucky! You’re going to beautiful Abu Dhabi to watch the concert of beautiful Beyonce! You are really lucky! Can’t wait to read your post about it. Take care!
You are one lucky, lucky lady!! I’m so jealous 😀 😀 😀
Your definitely going to have to let all your readers live vicariously though you, ya know! Lol
It sounds like your having a wonderful vacation at home-I’m glad! Everyone needs that time to just sit back and do the things they love.
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hey you! that is amazing! well done to you!!
PEOPLE:THESE ARE TICKETS THAT MONEY CAN’T BUY (WELL 5000DHS A TICKET YOU CAN BUT FREE IS EVEN BETTER!!!)
and four tickets!!! do you need someone to carry your bags? *puts hand up*
Enjoy and I want to see all the photos!!
Hey Grace, congrats on the win…..please put me down as one of your guests to go to the concert. Perhaps if I can do it like Dorathy on the “Wizard of Oz”, tap my heals and say “there’s no place like Grace’s house, there’s no place like Grace’s house” I could get there in time.
Have a great time, and happy birthday to ‘hubbs’.
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Ate G, you’re so lucky! we attended beyonce’s concert 2 weeks ago and it’s 9K yen/ticket, while the VIP ticket’s almost 20K yen. and you got four of them – for free, whew!
cheers! enjoy the concert =)
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Way to go Grace!! Hope you and the hubs had a wonderful time on his birthday!! It sounds like you are really enjoying your vacation at home with Pristine, she is really going to miss you when you go back to work – and you, her!!
I truly enjoyed the post on your BIL’s wedding and look forward to more from Japan.
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how lucky you are ,i am a worker and i even don’t have any holidays
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