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.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Blogging Boomers Carnival #228

Enjoy the posts! Boomers rule! 

Blogging Boomers Carnival #228 - Aging does not suck you just need to think about it in a different way! So what is lighting you up!!! To renovate or not - big decision for boomers! Can you be fashionable and socially conscious at the same time? Answer is YES! Read on. Listening skills are essential as are great restaurants in Paris. 

Books-for-BoomersSo Baby Boomer knows that boomers are aware that they are experiencing different types of life issues than the previous generation. With the oldest boomers now reaching retirement age, a new book explores a wide range of today’s boomer life challenges.

Laura Lee aka the Midlife Crisis Queen has had it with all the subtle and not so subtle ways our culture tells us that aging sucks. She would like to invite you to begin today, thinking about aging in a whole new way.

Ann at Contemporary Retirement has a question for you: What’s lighting you up today?

Sightings at 60 is having a lively discussion about whether or not to redo the kitchen. The kitchen is kind of old and needs some work. But it’s not like the old days when a renovation added value to your home. He’s reluctant to sink yet more money into a house that just keeps going down in value. So can a renovation still be considered an investment, or is it just another expense that’s going to suck our hard-earned savings down the drain?

Can one be fashionable and socially conscious at the same time? Livia Firth, wife of Colin Firth, says yes, as she wears Carole Naim’s designs on the red carpet. Beshtar’s fashion designs — many made from the ubiquitous burqas — makes it possible with their stunning designs that support Afghanistan women. Read more at Arabian Tales and Other Amazing Adventures.

Listening is a skill that sometimes needs to be developed, says Midlife Musings. There are so many variables when it comes to how people communicate.

Do you think that the ratio of good restaurants to bad is consistent throughout the world? The Accidental Locavore was pondering this idea the other day. For every great restaurant in Paris is there a number of equally crummy ones?

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