In other news, there was a dust storm unlike any other in Sydney, Australia yesterday. While it had major impacts on commuting and respiratory health; it did result in some pretty awesome pictures. Here are a few of my favorites:
In preparation for the big move, I went on a MAJOR - they put a hold on my credit card thinking that somebody stole it kind of major - shopping spree to buy essentials that will hopefully "work" in my new work locale. Pictured below are just a few of my purchases care of Banana Republic, JCrew, and The Limited.
Due to the culture of my new home, I will no longer be allowed to expose my shoulders or my knees (and the leg above them) in public. In addition to the clothes pictured above, I also purchased a slew of stylish wraps, pashminas, and cardigans (I could not find picutres) to help a bit with the covering up. Most of the purchases I made are in light colors and super-lightweight fabric due to the extremely hot temperatures in Qatar. Hopefully, my wadrobe will be acceptible and they won't stone or flog me as my dear co-worker Lambo lovingly pointed out to me at 6:20am in the morning last week (not the best way to approach me in the morning). No worries - Qatar is MUCH, MUCH more liberal than it's Islamic neighbors...or so I am told. Guess we will have to wait and see!
If you are a Mac owner, you know that your computer is more than just a computer. Heck you don't even call it your "computer" or "laptop" you call it your "Mac" or "Macbook," (and even in some cases your baby, ahem). You feel your Mac is like an extension of yourself. You never thought you could love an inanimate object until you owned a Mac.
Well, I am feeling a little less than whole at the moment because after 2.5 years of ownership I have had my *first* ever problem with my Macbook Pro. And when I say first ever, I mean it, I haven't even had minor problems like freezing or programs quitting unexpectedly with my Mac. For those of you who have owned an IBM or Dell or any other Window's based computer; you know that not having even a minor glitch in 2.5 years is like a miracle. I mean being victim of viruses and minor software glitches is almost a stardard daily thing in the Window's world. But I digress...
Anyway, my optical drive died mid upgrade to Snow Leopard; so the upgrade disk is stuck in the drive. Thankfully, I have Apple-Care and parts and labor for replacing the drive are FREE (for those of you that don't know apple-care is a 3 year complete warranty on your Mac for the cost of $300). Well let me tell you, the cost of replacing the drive and the service would be WELL over that $300. Plus they are upgrading my RAM and doing a "once-over" check on my Mac to make sure everything is up to par. That's what I call service.
So my Macbook has been in the Mac hospital since last Friday and due to my work schedule I am not able to pick it up until this Friday. Ughh! I am seriously having withdrawls! Plus, I had a killer weekend in Seattle and want to post a picture-filled blog post about it...but I can't upload the pictures from my camera without my Mac. Bummer.
So moving can be quite stressful. But trying to coordinate two moves (one from Alaska & one from Washington) to a new home (which we don't have an address for yet) in a foreign country is BEYOND stressful! All of my life plans have been totally distrupted. Vacations I have planned have to be changed if not eliminated, my wedding plans have to be completely altered. Yes, I am very excited about the big move and even more thrilled that I will finally get to live in the same place as my fiance', but getting there is quite the battle.
Lately, I have felt like I am going to explode. Heck, I have had quite a few mini-eruptions (read: warning the volcano is about to blow!) already. I don't want to have a Mount St. Helens style eruption from all the stress anytime soon. So I have resolved to just deal with one move related task a day and try to roll with the punches. Also, I think I might take up heavy drinking. There is only about a month left until we leave for Qatar, so I think I am going to try to make an itemized list of all the things that we have to do (at least that I can think of) and I am just going to try to knock one off at a time. Hopefully this will help reduce my stress level and keep me organized. Right?
PS - Just came back to Washington from a trip home to NJ. Will post about that visit soon! Have any of you been to the new Yankee Stadium? Awesome! But more on that later...