It’s been a week since I arrived back in Kuwait, actually it’s exactly a week and due to the fact that I had to go into work the next day immediately and resume life as if I was not on leave I feel that my body has not gotten used to the changes it went through. Long trip, Tropical Storm Sandy, Daylight Savings Time, Jet lag, and so much more.
Not to mention how everything looks the same but feels different now that you’re back home. The one thing that has not changed is my bed, now that place is just as I remembered it, and in the last 5 weeks I was finally able to sleep like a normal person and not feel my bones creaking when I get up in the morning because of the bad mattress/couch/etc.
There are so many things I want to share with you but I have to actually sit down and write in order for me to share them and right now I am beating myself up to do that. So bear with me (Grrrr Grrrrr) I will get to everything as soon as I can.
In the meantime, did you miss me?
Thanks to Swair for the title suggestion, I think I can now write about our fifth day of travel otherwise known as “The day D got Surgery” (October 4th 2012). I can still remember the day as if it were yesterday especially since it went on to be the longest day of this entire trip. Our day started off at around 6-7 AM we were informed earlier that we had to be at the hospital by 9AM since her surgery would be at 11 AM but at around 8:30 while we were having our breakfast and waiting for our car (D was fasting obviously) we got a call that we had to have been there already and that surgery was at 9:40 AM and she had to have been prepped and ready by now.
[Insert moment of panic, of insane attack of nerves, silent treatment, and the sole tear that ran down D's face]
I immediately adopted my “It’s okay we’ll make it in time, we’ll be fine” attitude while Mother supported that and D kept giving us the psycho killer face but then again she was a case of nerves because surgery is not an easy thing on a person no matter how simple the procedure is or how complicated it could be.
Here I am on a Monday afternoon sitting in my hotel room with mother worrying on my left side watching the endless Hurricane Sandy coverage on all major networks and seeing the destruction Sandy has done on the other States and I thought I should catch up on my posts and update you guys just in case one or two of you out there were really worried that I might be caught in this hurricane.
To tell you the truth I have never experienced a natural disaster within the US, I always seem to avoid them, (i.e. Katrina took place the day I left NYC and was heading back to Kuwait) and so forth but this time Sandy decided that I should experience its gusty winds and incredible rainfall while I was in NYC.
New York right now looks like a deserted city with no one out there but taxi cabs trying to get people around to where they need to be but all shops/stores/restaurants/delis/pharmacies/etc are closed. Mayor Bloomberg has informed us to stay inside until Tuesday at the latest when the storm should fizzle out but then again we don’t know what will happen. Plans for today were to include me visiting the Anderson Cooper Live show with mother at 7:00 AM but they called last night and informed us that the audience taping will be cancelled and rescheduled for some other time but I will probably be on my way back by then. Another set of plans that Sandy cancelled for me, was my visit to the Fifth Avenue Apple Store since I didn’t get a chance to see it on this trip (yet) and of course my good-bye Chocolate overdose from Max Brenner’s, but safety first. Oh and not to mention the fact that I wanted to catch up on my movies before I came back but that’s a bust as well.
Sandy you should refund me these two days that you basically stole from my vacation and by refunding me, you should just leave and not hit NYC. Overall, we are doing fine, we’ve got our water supply and some food to last us until tomorrow, let’s just hope that things don’t go downhill from here. And I guess I now have no excuse not to update the entire trip within the next few hours.
Just wanted to drop a line to say ‘Hello’, I’ve just been too busy lately not even getting a chance to sit down and check blogs as often as I’d like but then again that’s simply because well LIFE HAPPENS.
I’ll just give you a quick few line update.
I’m doing great, enjoying the weather, and sometimes just sometimes wanting to kill myself but then I remember that ‘iPad mini’ that’s waiting for me to adopt them this coming week. But that’s for another time. There is a slight chance I might postpone the comeback until November 2nd but then again that all depends on October 23rd!
D is doing much better El 7emdellah, we’re now in Omaha and we have settled her in and everything is sweet. The weather in Omaha is simply chilly, rainy, and amaze-balls. It’s totes-ahmazing!
Mother is doing great as well, shopping up a storm when we are not taking care of the little one. Yes it is known as “taking care of a person” but yeah she is enjoying the shopping to the max not to mention Amazon delivering packages straight to our door and not dealing with Aramex or Borderlinx.
I should get ready, we’re going out. Will most definitely try to blog my heart out tonight hopefully! Malls do close at 6pm today so I should be home earlier than usual. For those of you who care or read this blog filled with nonsense I’m doing well and everyone as well. Just wanted to update y’all!
Can I tell you guys something? I think it’s really cool that this time around instead of being boring and naming my posts (Day 2, etc) I am giving them a creative name hehe it’s like my creative juices are overflowing and well although SOME of you are not commenting and telling me that my words are reaching someone out there, I think that there are a few of you who read and enjoy what I spill out here. So let’s get on with the telling of what happened on the fourth day of our trip, Wednesday the 3rd of October, it was the day before D’s surgery and we were supposed to move into our hotel for the next ‘leg’ of the trip. Back in Kuwait we had booked a car service to take us from downtown Manhattan all the way to Stamford, Connecticut. We were going to stay there for 10 days after the surgery to help D recover from everything and to get space since N’s studio apartment is really small for 4 people to co-exist in it at the same time.
A little before 2:00 p.m. our car service arrived and we were already packed and ready to go. I woke up early that morning as well and well its getting crazy how early I seem to be waking up lately I sense that my sleepy days are ahead of me. The drive up to Stamford took about 30-45 minutes and the moment we arrived we settled into our two bed suite, we have a TV! YES WE HAVE A TV! Not to mention a sofa bed where I can sleep away from anyone, girl likes her space! I like to sleep diagonally (note: the spelling of this word was really confusing I was about to go nuts thank you spell check!) so I needed my own space not to mention it’s closer to the TV (hugs TV).
Day three of the trip took place and was extremely eventful for me, since I went out close to three times with separate parties hehe, it sounds as if I am travelling with an entourage when in fact I am not. Tuesday was Doctor Appointment day for D and being that I am still jet lagged or something I woke up at 7:00 a.m. again and not being able to go back to sleep. I don’t know why that is the case but for some reason it’s happening more often lately. Anyways our doctor’s appointment was at 2:30 p.m. so by 1:30 p.m. we were out of the house and waiting to hail a cab.
It was raining, and what a beautiful rain it was. 10 minutes or so later we arrived at the doctor’s office and were seen by the surgeon who would do D’s surgery on Thursday. She was asked routine questions, given some prep-medication and sent on our way. We decided since we were on 55th street to walk down to Times Square and have some lunch. It’s crazy how mother is not used to this kind of walking lifestyle and how she sometimes feels its a bit too much. But in the end instead of heading out to Olive Garden, we decided to go into Juniors as it was closer and they were getting winded (D and Mom).
The second day of my trip started earlier than I thought, since I slept at 8:00 p.m. the night before (Sept 30) I woke up earlier than ever, hell I never woke up that early when I was in Kuwait, the time was 7:00 p.m. Sleeping on the sofa bed was not insanely comfortable but at least it was a thousand times more comfortable than sleeping on that chair on the plane. Although we were up early we didn’t end up going out until 1:00 p.m. when Sister #3 (D) arrived with some goodies to bribe us into taking care of her. I got an iTunes 100$ Gift card and mother got a nice jewelry piece. Mother being an avid Online-Shopping addict and a Macy’s fan wanted to actually see the store, it’s been almost 10 years since she was back in the US and so our first stop was Macy’s on 34th Street.
Had I been here on my own, I would’ve been out with Sister #4 (N) walking the entire way to 34th Street, but being that I was with D and Mom we took a taxi cab all the way there and spent a few hours going through the different floors. Being the gadget freak that I am I did not enjoy the endless hours but I kept quiet and let mother browse around while D kept on advising her not to purchase this or that since it wasn’t worth it. We stepped out and decided to walk around a bit before heading out to have lunch. While walking I saw my favorite store Brookstone and made sure we passed through. They have the weirdest and coolest things ever! But needless to say I didn’t purchase anything yet, I have to pace myself it’s easier that way and will end up saving cash better that.