Tis the season to be Holly fa la la la la, la la la la...

So here I am on a cold Tuesday morning (Oracle says 60º) in bed.  I've already drank my coffee, and had a really hot shower.  Now I'm back in bed to see if I can repeat yesterday's 'lounge all day in bed and watch The Tudors seasons 1 and 2. Why am I in bed you ask?  Well, first because it's Bahrain's National Day celebrations, which means it's an official 2-day holiday.  Second, well, there seems to be many demonstrations around the island so it's a good time to catch up on... well, The Tudors seasons 1 & 2...

I've hit my 3.5 month mark here in my host island nation and I've decided that I'm pretty content.  Work is going well- busy but accomplishing a lot.  Shaika Spot Nohealani is growing up fast and becoming a fierce warrior princess kitty kat. There is plenty to do on this island to keep one's interest- perhaps more even than back home in Hawaii... I'm talking about places to go/things to do on a cultural level in a social setting in a sorta-urban environment... I don't know if I'm explaining myself properly here so I'll break it down for you all:  I now need to refer to my iCal to see what it is I am doing on a daily basis... I've never needed to do this before- in terms of really needing to remember my social engagements... Strange...

Upcoming said social engagements include: Morocco (next week) and Turkey/Greece (next month) so these please me greatly! Now, if only I can dedicate some time in my busy schedule today to make my PowerPoint for my upcoming ELF mini-conference next week, right before the MATE conference...

Speaking of the holidays, Christmas Eve/Day, I'm hanging with the Fulbright crew and other kindred spirits.  I believe we have narrowed it down to a homemade dinner on Christmas Eve and other merriment & debauchery (not too debauchery as I have to work Christmas Day). I'm thinking 'debauchery' = board games with some adult beverages). On Christmas Day we're gathering and breaking bread again- this time in public downtown in Adliya at some hip and trendy restaurant that is known for packing a lot of meat on their menu.  Then we're headed to... THE MALL... Heh heh, no worries folks.  It's only to hit up the movies and watch the new Christmas movie that is out right now. Then I'm off to Morocco on my sleigh ride through the night sky!

I'm at a loss for words so I'll just post pictures of what I've been up to in the recent past.  Enjoy and Happy Holidaze to you all!
Some of my students came bearing gifts for my birthday!

BBQ at Feriyha's!

Arvin, BBQ technician extraordinaire


eye-spy Yusuf spying

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almost chow time...

girls being girls having girl talk, right?

Arvin explaining his technique to Yusuf, who is absorbing it all

Karim and Yusuf - ready to devour food. We're all ready to devour food actually...

Shaika Spot take 1

Shaika Spot take 2

Shaika Spot take 3- with my puppet I made when the puppet master came to the university for a workshop on using puppets in the classroom. 

At the US Ambassador's holiday party

me with Mr. and Mrs. Ambassador Krajesky

on a walkabout in Adliya during a Christmas shopping excursion at an outdoor holiday bazaar at Block 338

another BBQ- this time at a geocaching event with the club!  Some 'bonfires' in the distance...

big 'bonfire' in what looks to be near my neighborhood...

good fun, and great food, was had by all!

Fatima and Khalid were the hosts of this BBQ! OMG the food was delicious!

smile everybody!

shadow selfie with the crew