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Published: October 2nd 2012
I wound up not going to work on Sunday. I had planned to go in around noon, but I was just too sick. Then Sunday night, I talked to my coworker and it was obvious to him that I was still quite ill, so I stayed home on Monday as well. I usually get pretty freaked out when I am away from work for so long. So, I went in Tuesday morning, hoping to work until 2. Fortunately, unlike my previous job, even though I had 53 emails waiting for me, none were an emergency. I worked for a few hours responding and organizing my reports and files for the next day before I caught a ride home with a coworker who was going to a conference near my home at 11.
Meanwhile, Monday night, Jamie and I had picked Gwen up from her shuttle stop in Dubai. Poor thing had to wait a couple of hours in the Abu Dhabi airport, then had an hour ride to Dubai. It was great to see her again and I was so happy to have someone come visit me! I had planned to show her an amazing time. Actually, I had planned
to work my tail off Sunday and Monday so I could take it easy the rest of the week.... Unfortunately, my cold was still in full swing.
So, when I left on Tuesday, I came home and tried hard to book a doctor's appointment but it was not as easy as you would think. I had a tentative appointment at one place near the mall, but it was not confirmed. So, we went to the mall and I showed her the VIP movie experience. She loved it! It is seriously worth the extra money to just relax and chill with blankets and attendents if you need them, especially for a long movie. We wound up watching Premium Rush, which was entertaining but pretty lame, though I never complain about watching JGL. We walked to the pharmacy for drugs and then to Carrefours for some food - she loved the produce area. Then, it was definitely time for me to go home. I felt really bad, but she seemed happy to take it easy the first day back and relax. I went home and crashed.
I left her my metro card and the apartment access card so she could
go explore or relax by the pool - whatever she wanted to do that day. I went and worked a full day, looking forward to the evening when I would play in our first official soccer game. However, I left work late and the traffic was horrible going home, then I could not find a taxi, so I wound up arriving at the game just after halftime. I played just five minutes, which was fine with me because I was still sick and I was grouchy by then anyway.
Thursday I worked even longer, but when we were done, Melvin and I planned to meet Gwen at McGettigan's. He and I were a little loopy, so when I called her to tell her directions, both times!, he was being goofy and I was laughing on the phone. For instance, when we arrived, we walked over a metal grate while I was on the phone, and I realized and moved, while he started yanking me towards it with my dress on. Gwen was excited to finally have some social fun and she came right away. Oh, it was a good night. But we had to take it somewhat easy as
the next two days were fully booked full of fun!
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