Things around Saudi!

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Big store at the mall
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Foof thought this was a fun flavor-Romance
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Eating at a French restaurant
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Typical street in Saudi
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Neighborhood
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Chicken big mac-Foof’s favorite!
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Saudi-American fast food

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Neighborhood

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    1. hahaha ok it used to be like a hardware store, but then turned into a huge mega store with furniture, fancy modern European style, and tons of stuff! Saudi does things big! When I moved there not much to go see but now it’s crazy!!

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      1. yes that is so true! When I moved there about 22 years ago there was one Mcdonalds and not much else for fast food that I remember! One old mall that was not a real mall! Now it is just malls everywhere and fast food on every corner! The Westerners go to the old souks!!

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      1. I think that would be great. That way you can start to compile your writing in order. If you like my idea of a memoir cookbook, you can also use this opportunity to try this format out. I know that might be difficult because your story is so dark and your cooking is so joyful. As other people for advise on this idea.

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      2. Many people from the blog have said that from day one and I could not see it! After you mentioned it I thought more, what if I make a fun joyful book, some funny stories, then in the middle a few pages of memoirs?

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  1. My ipad wouldn’t download all the pictures 😦 but I enjoyed the ones I did get to see. It is so interesting to see what everyday life is like in other countries. I would love to try that Romance ice cream! LOL! Good morning Lynn!! xoxoxo

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      1. Thank you Lynn! I had to order a new phone because my landline started getting to much static in it. The phone company won’t come fix it. So, I ordered a new smart phone. I haven’t wanted to use these new phones. 😦 But I am slowly learning! I have been having to watch lots of videos to try and learn it. I hope everything in your part of the states is going very well! xoxo

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      2. That is an excellent idea Lynn! What kind of recipes will you be putting in it? Saudi/Eastern recipes? That would be really cool. I like the idea of including stories along with the recipes – a mix of funny stories and not funny stories. I don’t blame you for not wanting to spend all day lost at school but I think after a few times you will have it all down and it won’t feel like you are lost anymore.

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      3. I feel the same way — well, almost the same way. I haven’t had a man in my life in 25 years! I am getting older, thicker, and slower! The blog has made a huge difference in my life too. I don’t feel lonely, lost, and forgotten anymore. I feel like my life matters and anything I do, matters! So I understand where you are coming from. And NO, that is NOT too much information. We are here for each other. xoxox

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      4. Thanks dear PJ! I feel guilty for not going in, I then feel bad about that, but I also feel I need time to kind of adjust and re think my life! I am 53 so I feel irritated that now I need to start a career, don’t like change haha and still tons to do around the house. Thanks for letting me vent dear PJ! hope you are well and happy xoxo

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      5. You can vent to me anytime you want. 🙂 I understand what you mean that you don’t like change. I think the older we get the harder change is for us. I hope you have a truly wonderful day!

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  2. Time for a pep talk my dear friend Lynz…After Buddy Boy and his unpleasant visit last May had you in a 180 degree turn-about! Yes?! Ah ha…Unraveling 22+ years of your life will not happen over-night. I dislike the fact that you are having a hard time concentrating, sleeping, working and all the things you must do to move on. Fear means false evidence appearing real. Looking in the closets at night time Lynz? Really…You are slowly gaining some self-confidence and momentum but the memories are always there, yes? So, what to do? As your coping mechanisms are wearing down your are feeling exhausted. yes? Having days filled with worry, anger, frustration, loneliness, fear, is not what it should be my dearest friend. You are worthy, you are an individual separate from Buddy Boy, you will always be a Mom! You have great talents. The pros out weigh the cons. Hugs Bestie-2 xoxoxoxxo

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      1. I left, he came made promises, pushed things threatened to take my kids, reconciled, he left things fell apart, he wrote told me i am married, 9 months later a baby, lived with that for 3 long years. That almost broke me! Child now 5

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      2. Locked into polygamy he offered to unfreeze assets buy a home. I could not refuse for my kids. We had been kicked out of last 3 places in,saudi because he got mad argured with owners. So needed a stable home! I agreed to buy a home.

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      3. you are so sweet! I just wanted to tell you Jean, I went to a job today, I was so nervous but I did it! I feel working will really help me!!! I worked again in Spec. ed. with a lovely young teacher who was so helpful and sweet and I feel like I can do anything now!! I hope I keep being brave and taking jobs here and there! Thanks for writing me and caring! The anxiety and scars left behind after you have left the abuse are really still there and you are left trying to figure it all out!! You asking and caring makes me feel very happy! xxx

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      4. Lynn, you will do a wonderful job in special ed. And those teachers (and students) need all the support they can get! They are lucky to have you! Always here if you need support… and I’m not the only one, you have an army behind you that celebrates each step forward! xo

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      5. You have a good book. I am surprised there are not any literary publicists offering you the opportunity to tell your story. In light of today’s world, your story is extremely relevant.

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  3. It is interesting to read. I was not in Saudi and thinking about it…probably a good thing that my visa was messed up. I am not so sure of my adaptability there. That being said, my Saudi students at the university (Bridge Dept) loved the greenery and the beauty of a small campus. I think they also enjoyed the small town living which in some ways seems to resemble the Arabic community where many know one another.

    I am enjoying my time at home although I still have classes on campus but teaching online, taking care of my husband still gives me more time to tidy up some loose ends in my life. It is nice when we finally have a chance to breathe and rediscover lost aspects of ourselves. My next blog is going to be a blog about being careful of the words we speak aloud. Around Christmas 2012, I mentioned to my husband making cupcakes and selling them. The next thing I knew, I was thrown into a business ….with my husband’s vision. Next time, I will be careful of the word I speak! Funny.

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  4. Is that manakish @pic 8?
    Did they name an ice cream romance?
    I have single male friends in KSA and they said it is boring as hell for a single guy to be there, too many restrictions areas for them

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  5. As always Lynz I am fascinated with the architecture in your pictures from that part of the world. The modern office buildings, the historic religious structures, etc. Like Cynthia commented above I love when you post these various pictures.

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      1. That’s lovely, dear Lynn!! Ah yes, I’m feeling much better today after our furniture move … thank you for thinking of me! 🙂 I was walking very s-l-o-w-l-y yesterday! Lol. 😉 Big hugs to my sis! xoxo

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  6. 🙂 I spotted the Golden Arches in the distance in that first image and thought, ” ah that would be a welcome sight in a foreign land!” Actually it has been for me in countries that I don’t speak the language well or at all!

    That house with the pink and stone turrets looked lovely as did the stately white house. That must have been a very well to do neighborhood.

    Great series! I enjoy seeing Saudi through your viewfinder.

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