Something that has given me much happiness when I am round about the house these last few weeks is this hand-carved wood camel that we brought home from the UAE. We didn't bring home many items for ourselves (save Eleanor) and this one is really simple but I have come to realize how much I like him now that we are home and he lives in our house. He sits right on the windowsill in our dining/play room which is several feet high and I see him at eye level. He makes me very happy and I know Eleanor likes to see him too.
It was great opening up the windows this morning and letting cool fresh air into the house. When we got home to 70-80 degrees (with a few days of 90s), I was lamenting how cold it felt (we came from 110-120 degrees afterall). You'd think after many months of being in the 100s in the UAE I'd be more than ready for cooler, Fall weather. And Fall is my most favorite season! But I haven't been happy about it. I guess I really wanted to celebrate some "normal" summer at home and we've had such a great time grilling, being outside again, and enjoying so many parts of the summer season.
Today though when I opened up the window by this camel, I really enjoyed feeling the cooler air for the first time. Even though it is still August and it feels a bit early for all of this, it will be nice to sink into Fall and all that it brings us. I'm sure I'll totally still be a big baby about things when it gets colder though. They say it takes 3 months to acclimate to a "new" climate and I'm sure this Fall/Winter will feel extra cold to me. eeek!
The title of this blog was inspired by the utopian novel by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, author of The Yellow Wallpaper. The word itself has went further and captured for me a special sense of "place" for me and my daughter Eleanor. A free copy of the book can be read online by clicking the image.
Check out my first blog--Al Ain Notebook--written during our family's year abroad in the United Arab Emirates (2008-2009)
Books Read 2010
03. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
02. Never Let Me Go by Kazup Ishiguaro
01. Keeping Faith by Jodi Picoult
Books Read 2009
23. Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri
22. The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger
21. Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
20. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
19. The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid
18. Belong to Me by Marisa de los Santos
17. Stuart Little by EB White
16. Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
15. Girls of Riyadh by Rajaa Alsanea
14. The Olive Readers by Christine Aziz
13. Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
12. Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator by Roald Dahl
11. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
10. Princess: The True Story of Life Inside the Saudi Arabia's Royal Family by Jean Sasson