Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
And then....Sophie started to get a little bored waiting for me to finish up, and there was this half full bag of stuffing left over from the tail, and it was really hot this weekend, and she'd been trying on the hot costume, and so was only wearing her underwear, and... and.... and..... well, this happened. I have nothing more to say about it. It's not my fault.
Friday, September 26, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Katie Couric: You've cited Alaska's proximity to Russia as part of your foreign policy experience. What did you mean by that?
Sarah Palin: That Alaska has a very narrow maritime border between a foreign country, Russia, and, on our other side, the land-boundry that we have with Canada. It's funny that a comment like that was kinda made to … I don't know, you know … reporters.
Palin: Yeah, mocked, I guess that's the word, yeah.
Couric: Well, explain to me why that enhances your foreign-policy credentials.
Palin: Well, it certainly does, because our, our next-door neighbors are foreign countries, there in the state that I am the executive of. And there…
Couric: Have you ever been involved in any negotiations, for example, with the Russians?
Palin: We have trade missions back and forth, we do. It's very important when you consider even national-security issues with Russia. As Putin rears his head and comes into the air space of the United States of America, where do they go? It's Alaska. It's just right over the border. It is from Alaska that we send those out to make sure that an eye is being kept on this very powerful nation, Russia, because they are right next to, they are right next to our state.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Did you know teeth could go horizontal?
And Sophie After:
It was a Cheez-It that finally did the tooth in...as evidenced by the considerable Cheez-it residue in the remaining teeth....
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Clearly NOT identical twins. Now sit back, relax, grab a cup of coffee and enjoy the following 4,215 soccer photos. It's almost like you were there, isn't it? (Zoe is #5, Sophie is #7.)
Monday, September 22, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Ahhhhhh home. :) I'm so happy to be here. And I haven't slept soundly since I've been back. I'm tired all day, and then can't sleep at night. It's 2:00 a.m. & I'm NOT tired. So....trying to get some pictures posted. Here's me and the girls the day I came back. We were all so happy to see each other.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
I called Karim at eleven to see if he wanted to go down for brunch, and woke him up. Sooooo I had lunch by myself in one of the hotel's restaurants, Collage. The food was great! After lunch, I wandered around the hotel grounds with my camera & video camera. I could hear drums from the road that leads to the hotel & could see a Ganesha procession coming down the road. I managed to see the procession & the Ganesha idol close up, without ever leaving the hotel. The procession was made up of about 20 men, dancing, drumming, and throwing pink powder on each other. They were really excited for me to take their photo, they posed, and wanted to be sure I got a picture of the Ganesha idol on their truck.
The weather's warm & muggy, overcast, but not uncomfortable. After my photo tour of the grounds I got a really bad headache & spent the rest of the day in my room, watching TV, alternating between American movies (The Firm, Jurrasic Park), Bollywood music videos, and local news. The commercials are great! There's an ad for men's underwear, called "Big Boss," a million ads for cell phone services (ring tones, cell service companies, cell phones that are also MP3 players, cell phones that are also GPS devices....), lots of singing & dancing. I ended up canceling my spa apointment.
I finally felt better & went down for dinner around 9:00 p.m. This time I tried the other hotel restaurant, Deodori. For 1400 Rupees ($33 US) I ordered the "Kebab" meal ...which included seemingly endless courses of food AND unlimited wine or beer. I sat outside, and ate the best food I've EVER had! The first course was small pieces of chicken, fish, lamb and vegetable "kebabs". Each was flavored with different spices, and all of them were excellent, especially the fish. The second course included chicken, barbequed prawn (huge), lamb on a piece of Indian bread, and a vegetable kebab that tasted very similar to falafel. This was all served with mint chutney. To accompany it was a sweet, tomato based sauce, and a "dal machtee" (totally guessing at the spelling there...). Dal means lentil, and machtee means butter, it was a stewed sauce made of black lentils, cooked overnight with lots of butter in a copper pot, and had a tomato base to it. It was so rich & flavorful, absolutely outstanding! THEN came the chicken biryani course, served with "saleem" (guessing again...) a sauce made from peanuts & chili powder and also outstanding, and "raita" a yogurt accompaniment. This wole meal was so good! I asked for the check and they tried to serve me the desert courses, but I told them I could not possibly eat any more!
I'm back in my room now, ready for bed. Throughout the day I've heard trucks rumbling down the street, and sounds of construction. There is so much construction going on, round the clock, every day of the week.
One and a half days left...looking forward to going home. I'm going to have to find a restaurant to get this food again though...yummmm.
Love to all,
Saturday, September 13, 2008
While we were on our way to Hema's house, we learned that there were bombings in Dehli, and were happy we were heading out of the market area.
Tomorrow is the Ganesha Festival when thousands of people will take to the streets to submerge the Ganesha idols in the lakes. In light of the blasts, we've decided to stay inside the hotel tomorrow & not go out. The TV news is full of the story. For reference, New Delhi is 1,500 miles away from where I am. Monday I will only be going between the hotel & office (half a mile distance, and 30 minutes from the crowded city center/market areas). Tuesday, I'll be in the office until around 2:00 and then on the way to the airport.
Here's a picture of a Ganesha idol I saw on the way home. I'll be glad to get home next week.
Love to you all!
Friday, September 12, 2008
Here's a picture that's pretty representative of these shrines. It's not my picture, I found it on Flickr.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
More meetings back in the office, time flew by quickly, until 3 of us had to participate in a call that was starting at 8 p.m. It was an all day meeting in the US (7-4) and we were to participate in the first few hours. Well that turned into finally shutting down our computers at midnight, and getting back to the hotel at 1 a.m.
It's 9:00 a.m. now, I'm barely functional from the minimal sleep, we're meeting for breakfast in 30 minutes, checking out of this hotel, and into the Ista, then off to work again. Whew.
Between the hotels & the office is more construction than you can even imagine. 20 story building going up here, 16 story over there, a 3 story one right next door to our building that my company is building to expand. It's incredible. And the workers - all wearing hard hats, and sandals. I couldn't take any pictures yesterday, hope to today. That's it for now. Missing everyone!
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
I walked through the most amazing butterfly garden of all things. Hundreds and hundreds of butterflies!
This airport is HUGE and full of the top luxury designer shops: Gucci, Fendi, Tiffany, Mont Blanc, Sony, and Apple stores too. And of course there's also a Hard Rock Cafe and a Burger King.
I'm having a beer and a sparkling water at a tapas place. I picked this place to spend my airline voucher for "lunch" because, even though I'm not hungry, I felt reassured that I recognized the food in the pictures on the menu. Hey, at least I'm not at Burger King!
More later after the tour.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Sitting here on the plane to
Each seat has its own video screen with on demand movies. I watched the new Indiana Jones movie, and Sex in the City. Both were good by the way.
The food is great. Dinner last night around 3 a.m., then breakfast this morning around 11. I’ve had champagne out of a glass (not plastic) and coffee from china cups. Chocolate croissant, spinach omelet, fresh fruit for breakfast….not too shabby.
Feels like the plane is starting to descend, time to put the laptop away I think. Hopefully I can get a wifi connection in HK and send this….
Love to everybody!
I'm earing miles on united for all this travel - better get a couple of free flights out of this.
Business class definitely doesn't suck.
Love and kisses!
Sent using BlackBerry - please excuse my typos!
Monday, September 8, 2008
Weather for Hyderabad, India
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Saturday, September 6, 2008
Would you like to be emailed whenever I post something to this blog? That way you'll know when there is an update to check. Let me know, and I can set that up for you.
Friday, September 5, 2008
Thursday, September 4, 2008
There will be a driver from the hotel to meet us at the airport, and take us to the hotel. I'm staying at the Ella Suites, check it out. And yes, I do plan to use that pool. :)
Here's a video of Hyderabad I found on uTube. With only 8 days in the country I won't get to see half of this stuff, but I will take a LOT of pictures.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
We watched Nightmare before Christmas, which is probably Sophie's favorite movie. And that has prompted a non-stop Halloween obsession. How many days is it to Halloween? How many days is it now? Is that long? When can we decorate? Does Grandma Nancy have Halloween decorations? Can we see them? Ahhhhhhh. 50 odd days to Halloween and Sophie is carrying around a rubber bat and a snake.
So another thing the girls did over the weekend was dress up a LOT. And wiggle Sophie's incredibly wiggly front tooth. Here are two pictures to illustrate our weekend. Enjoy.