Thursday, 1 January 2015

2015 Has Arrived.

Budapest 1 Jan 2015

2015 has arrived.
Time to refocus folks.

It has been five years since I first arrived in Saudi Arabia and how time has flown. I have to say, I've enjoyed most of that time.  Starting this blog was a bit of a whim but I'm glad I did it and am equally impressed it's still going given my capacity for not always finishing what I start.  Granted, it has been over a month since I last posted on my blog - not because I have nothing to say.  It's just that 'busy-ness' seems to have sidetracked me from doing the things I usually do.

There was a time when I couldn't wait to be busy in Riyadh.  Sitting around at manicure salons, roaming malls and gossiping at coffee mornings day after day might be a dream life for some expat women, but not for me.  I need a few more mentally stimulating and intellectually challenging activities to break up my week.  (I can hear some of you laughing out there! Where the heck am I going to find that in Saudi, right?)

Well, I did find something more interesting to occupy my time.  And, as is typical of me, I have dedicated myself totally to the role.  In doing so, my blogging has been pushed a little to the side and I have to admit I miss it.  As I read the Happy New Year greetings that friends and family from NZ and Oz have been posting on Facebook (they welcomed in the New Year 9 hours before me) and the numerous New Year resolutions that go with it, it dawned on me that it's time for me to re-focus. And there is a very good reason for doing so.

The beginning of 2015 is going to be interesting for Hubster and I because we have two of our grandchildren coming to join us in Saudi for a couple of months.  The past week we have been on holiday with them, here in Budapest, and we have spent most of our time being thoroughly entertained by them.  I'm fairly certain the entertainment will continue once we get to Saudi even though we are all going to have to make a few lifestyle changes.  First and foremost will be getting used to two bundles of energy bouncing around our one bedroom flat!

Being a grandmother in Saudi is going to give life in Saudi a different spin and though I didn't totally think through exactly how this was going to work, I'm confident we will all manage just fine.   It seems my Saudi friends are more concerned about how I'm going to cope than I am.  Already one friend has offered me the use of her home as a 'day school' complete with Filipino carer available all day.  I'm wondering how to let her down gently on that idea!  (It always amuses me how Saudi women can't understand why we would possibly want to look after our children ourselves).

Suffice to say that, last night, as we welcomed in 2015 while watching the firework action along the Danube from an apartment window, I decided it was time to put a bit more balance into my days and to get my Blogging Mojo back.  What better way to do that than to kick start the New Year with a blog post.  So here it is, the first post of 2015 being typed up while our grandson is attempting to get his grandfather out of bed and our granddaughter is still sound asleep (she stayed up for the fireworks too).  Yep, 2015 has arrived and I'm quite looking forward to the rest of it.

Ka Kite,

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