Saturday, July 30, 2011

Home!!

Sorry for the lack of updates, but we just got home!! Ah... I've missed you, California!

So. On topic of how I intended this blog- I still don't have a pedal for my sewing machine, but we're working on that!
BUT I do have the rest of my repetouier, and have realized that, despite my first statements, I know me.
This will end up being part fashion blog, part DIY fashion blog!

I've got an idea for a super-cute pair of summer shorts up my sleeve, and some other cute tops and the like, so I'll be back in business (probably posting once a week) in a few days!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Things I only have to wait ten more days for:

My cats!
My (unfortunately pedal-less) sewing machine.
My Tea.
The rest of my wardrobe!
Short skirts and cleavage and high heels!
Showers with water pressure.
Tap water.
A fridge that works.
English!
My bed.
And the rest of my room!
Madison and Kalei and Isaac.
My grandparents and aunt.
My rollerblades.
My bike!
Fog!
My duct tape (to fix my headphones).
My other pair of headphones.
My jewlery.
Tomales.
Sebastapol.
Petaluma.
Burritos and Quesadillas!
Sushi. (Dragon Roll, anyone?)
My drawers and drawers of fabric.
And buttons, and yarn, and all that.
My tea mugs.
Did I say my cats?
Or everything in my room?
Quite simply, My home.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Crazy Day. @.@

Perfect example of Arabs lacking the ablility to plan:
This lovley morning, we woke up to the phone ringing. An Uncle was at the closest Uncle's house, and ready to take us on a day trip to where-the-hell-ever-it-was-that-we-wanted-to-go. It was super-nice of him, and we chose Madaba!

That didn't last much longer than Madaba it's self. We walked around (following the line in the sidewalk that lead to all the tourist attractions) to churches and saw some pretty majorly impressive mosaics, One which was even a map of the middle east. These were from the sixth century.

We got pretty hungry after all that.... And tried to find food. Unsucsessfully. So our Uncle came up with his grand plan! Get chips at minimart for now. Take them to the place Moses died (which was really cool- we could see Palestine and the dead sea). By then, We were hungry again!
"Hmmm... we're close to the Dead Sea, and there's a really good restaurant there!"
So, we set off for food! After that, we go take pictures of the dead sea.
And then...
"Hmmm.... There's another way back to Amman, and it's really pretty!"
So we went.
Not like we minded any of this, just thought it was funny... We set off at 10 to see one church an hour away, and didn't get back till 8pm. But we had a good day!
We saw some really old houses dug in the sides of cliffs.
We saw a huge line of goats climbing up what was nearly a cliff.
We saw the Dead sea in the day.
We saw some beautiful art from the sixth century.
And I got a clock! :D

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Ice.

You know you're doing it wrong when you're in the hottest country in the world (right now) and the only Ice in the house is lumped against the back of the fridge and most definitely not meant to be there. Especially when the rest of the fridge doesn't do much as far as keeping things cool.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Computer Is Lame.

Unfortunately, the combination of slow internet and a dying computer is forcing me to make you wait till I get home for more picture.
However, Palestine (or Israel- cause nothing really belongs to the Arabs anyways), is gorgeous. No wonder everyone fought over it- It's like the California of the middle east. The weather's not to hot, the ocean is a few hours away, and the land is gorgeous.
The Israeli occupation is the worst thing about the place. If they'd just let Arabs have their rights and stop settling on land that they refused to pay for, everything would be fine. Why? Lets face it- Arabs aren't very good at ruling. In Jordan, the King is loved, but mainly because he takes good care of his people. He's not repressive, and helps the poor get back on their feet again. I have always said he's likely the best ruler in all of the Arab countrys everywhere.
However, Israel is well kept. Roads are maintained, traffic laws are enforced (like, we couldn't put 10 people in a five person car, and we had to buckle up, and people stayed in their own lane). Tel Aviv reminded me of LA. There was a huge, over-priced shopping mall, a beach that was free to go to, but you had to pay for everything else, buildings were tall, sky-scrapers were covered in glass, and bagels were to be found! The main problem is that they are discriminative.
I'm sure not many people recall when America was segregated, but to me, the only difference I see with how the Israelis treat the Arabs is that there means of segregation go farther and have more advanced technology.
Did you know any car from Israel is allowed in the West Bank, but only very few cars (and expensive cars) are allowed in Israel? And, anyways- anyone who is Palestinian cannot go there anyways. Israels give Arabs a different Passport, and unless they convert to Judaism, it is out-right impossible for them to get an Israeli one. Even Arabs from other countrys are given hell when visiting. I mean, for christ's sake- My mother's German, yet our name is Hadid, and I looked Arab, so they pulled us over and had a dog search our car!

Oh, and- If you ever swim at a beach in Israel, watch out for jellyfish. They hurt.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Palestine!

I just got back from a trip to Palestine. It's beautiful over there- and no-where near as hot as Jordan. Unfortunately, we didn't have internet at the house we stayed in, but I can promise you, when we get around to building our own house, we most definitely will!!

However, I am back in Jordan, with internet and pictures! :D
Israeli Soldier guarding a Masque in Palestine. 
More photos will come when my computer decides to behave. Currently, It had a thunderstorm every time I try do use the internet for more that email and facebook. >.<