Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine I would be moving to a foreign country to live, let alone a country in the Middle East. Over the 2009 Christmas and New Year’s holidays, my husband Roger and I discussed what we wanted the next part of our life to be like. He thought that before retiring, he would like to do one more airport project but only if he could find something very interesting. I half-jokingly agreed that would be fine but could he try for an exotic location? As usual, Roger came through and soon we were headed to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. This blog is a recap of our "leap-of- faith" wanderings around the Middle East and beyond. We joyfully share these expat experiences.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Blogging Boomer Carnival #222

CarnivalsThis week, is hosting the two-hundred-twenty-second carnival of blogging boomers who write about what's happening in their world.   Baby Boomers are ever changing as the world turns.  Baby Boomers continue to personally evolve; setting new trends along their wake.   Come to the fair and observe interesting segments of trend-setting happenings that seek life's meaning through passionate living:
The Accidental Locavore conducted a crème fraiche taste test recently.  See whether homemade beat commercial and get the recipe.
EarthquakeAre you living in North America and feelinguneasy about the three earthquakes and hurricane we had this week?
If it feels like the rich are getting richer and the rest of us aren't, your perception is correct.  The Midlife Crisis Queen shares some interesting data on economic inequality in America here.
Boomer birthday's are a big deal and the Big ones even more so....but sometimes, a gift takes on a meaning of its own and provides the best of life's lessons.  Even without the fancy paper.

ThinkerTom Sightings says, "If you’re like me, every time you forget your keys, or the name of an actor in a favorite movie, you begin to worry that you’re starting down the long slide to dementia, if not downright Alzheimer’s disease." In this week's post, he looks into the problem of dementia, wonders if there are any ways to prevent it -- and names the latest celebrity to fall victim to the disease.
Over at Contemporary Retirement, Ann has a video: Fifty People, One Question.
Ramadan is the Muslim holy month; a time of spiritual renewal, fasting, family gatherings and alms giving.  As a Catholic living in a Muslim country during Ramadan, I see much emphasis placed on the restraints imposed on one's daily schedule.  But rather than ruminate on the restraints, I decided this Ramadan to embrace alms giving and do simple act of charity as a gift to my adopted home town, Dubai.
Foodies, ever wonder about the history of waffles?  Read aboutthe waffle story at VaBoomer.
..and for many boomers looking forward to communicating with friends, children and grandchildren returning home from summer activities, it is time to catch up on their boomer text slang (provider here from The NewYorker's August 22nd issue):
Mobile emailNSR = Need some roughage,  T4W = Time for whiskey,  TXT L8R = Can't find reading glasses, WWIS = What was I saying?,  80/20 = Spouse doing more and more of the talking,  NPR = Sleep aid; no prescription required,  ARF:-) = Dogs don't talk,   = Margaritaville,   X2EZ = Crossword puzzle too easy,  WILMA! = Lost my keys,  WSWS = Wearing socks with sandals, VROOM! = Got tires rotated,   TN2WMP = Trying not to wet my pants,  PNP = Peeing in pants,  [-----] = Another funeral, can't play poker/bridge/Scrabble. 

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