Published: June 16th 2012June 16th 2012
I kind of like it - it's pretty comfy! Apparently, I love strapless dresses...
Since I was unable to purchase my dress at the Dubai Mall yesterday (for whatever reason... there were about 100 stores to choose from and I tried on about 50 dresses - maybe there were just TOO many options!), I made myself go to the Mall of the Emirates and buy a dress within a specific timeframe. I won't say where I bought my dress, because it is so simple and so American... but hey - we were supposed to dress to represent our country anyway. I bought shoes to go with it as well as some jewelry because I just don't have that much jewelry (actually, I have a ton but I rarely wear any).
I picked a royal blue strapless dress. I had to wear a sweater over it because you're supposed to cover your shoulders; I wanted to find a simple wrap, but my existing sweater was as good as any and lord knows I was done shopping. Royal blue is one of my favorite clothing colors, but I rarely find anything in that color! I found a bunch of shoes that I really liked today too, so I may just go back...
Enough about shopping...
Joevet, me and Silpa
The entertainment consisted of snapping of lots of pictures of each other
The "party" was basically a sit down buffet style dinner where the head guys make speeches and hand out cards to some faithful employees. I don't want to say it was "boring" but because I know very few people, and the few that I do know I don't know well, my attention span was not very long. Because tomorrow is a holiday (about the Prophet Mohammed PBUH* ascending to heaven), we were unable to have any alcohol or entertainment. I haven't had a drink in close to three weeks, so I was kind of looking forward to it, but at the same time I really haven't missed it. Weird huh? However, I do
think having a drink at one of these events loosens people up to get them talking to people they normally wouldn't talk to, which is one of the main points of having these dinners. *PBUH = Peace Be Upon Him and must follow every instance of the person who I referred to earlier.
The food was D-E-L-C-I-O-U-S! I realized on the way home I didn't take photos - sorry! I was too happy. I tried one spoonful/piece of everything (except the garlic herb potato wedge because that's nothing new). There were about four different types of salad (two of them Lebanese as Samar pointed out, and I think one papaya salad which I love), hummus with bread, vegetable rice, steamed vegetables (squash, zucchini, carrots), fried chicken in hot garlic sauce, beef brisket, and some fish thing that I did not try. There were also your usual dessert spreads - fruit tarts, fruit, chocolate cake, sponge cake, pudding, ice cream, etc. I had pineapple (my fav), fruit tart and a piece of chocolate cake since I've been craving sweets lately and I've been good.
I know what I'll be eating for the next couple of weeks as I'm pretty sure I can make the salads and that they'll keep in my almost cold refridgerator. Plus, I've been craving cucumbers. Also, I forgot to mention that when I went to the grocery store last night, I bought 3 nectarines. Apparently, I missed the guy who weighs your fruit and gives the price so I paid for everything but my nectarines and waited while the guy ran back for me. When the cashier rung it up, I gave her 10AED (about $3.50). She said, "No, it's 22.50". Ok. Wait - WHAT???? 22.50?????? That's like $2 per nectarine!!! I will have to be more careful about watching the price; everything else seems so cheap that this caught me completely unawares. Joevet told me that everything at Dubai Mall or that area is more expensive, so I will keep this in mind.
I am waiting for pictures for my mom's celebration party today... I am sad that I am missing this, especially since I apparently could have waited to arrive. But oh well. I'm sure she has more than enough company!!! Love you MOMMY!!!! I am so very proud of you!