Friday, May 30, 2008

Vanilla


It conjures up memories of baking cakes and cookies with my grandmother and great-aunt; 'Granny' on the Beverly Hillbillies used to dab it behind her ears; I used to sniff it to almost intoxicating levels when I was a child,
and I oh so miss it now.
I have been trying to pretend that I really don't need it, but my charade is over. I have been making chocolate chip cookies and fudge and so forth for the kids, sans vanilla extract, but the jig is up.
I am contemplating making Tiramisu for dessert and I just don't know how to go about it with that powered vanilla stuff. I have looked for the vanilla pods too but with no success. I have even hit up other expats for an extract connection... :( Nothing!
I never thought something so simple and pure as vanilla would be so painfully absent.
Ideas anyone?

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

One Year


Well, we have almost made it through our first year here in Kuwait. It's funny that time has seemed to fly and drag by simultaneously.
My older children have adjusted somewhat to school and life in general here. They both have made friends in school; although, none of their friends are Kuwaiti....
Life in Mangaf has been interesting to say the least. One day I looked out and was surprised when I thought I saw a kite flying by the window, only to be let down by the realization that it was a grocery bag aloft.
We, the kids and I, are eagerly anticipating going home this summer. Can I still call it 'home'? You betcha! Even though we will be going to the sweltering heat of the deep south, I am so looking forward to being able to go outside, see green things and hear wildlife and nature. How I miss the sound of wind, rain, birds and squirrels!
Maybe next year I will be able to concentrate on life around me better here. Maybe one day I will think about going back to work too. Maybe, maybe... but for now, I am just relishing the thought of home.