It is a beautiful night here in Doha, warm and cool at the same time. Depending on one’s natural comfort, that person could be seen in a t-shirt and shorts or in a sweater and pants. Either way, I'm pretty sure he or she would be in flip flops, if wearing shoes at all. I myself have Richard’s sweater on over a tank top with an old skirt and barefoot. I’m sitting on one of our eight garden chairs and enjoying the fact we finally have internet.
Since I last posted, we moved into our villa in the West Bay Lagoon. We are currently camping indoors as our furniture is still on the ocean somewhere - hopefully closer to Doha than New York. We hear we should have it next week, which would rule. In the meantime, we bought a garden table, which is being used for everything from Isabelle’s changing station to desk to dining to storage. Basically, it's a platform for mess. Richard and I are sharing a friend's air mattress on the floor and living out of our suitcases. We have the garden chairs spread throughout the house and bought one of those big alphabet playmats for Isabelle in the den. The kitchen is fairly functional since I picked up outdoor place settings and cutlery for the garden, which we’re using, and a toaster oven that we didn’t have. How did we survive so long without a toaster oven? Oh and non-stick pans since we were due for new ones anyway. And toilet paper. So the basics are covered and we're making due. However, it will be like Christmas when our container arrives. I can't wait to have our creature comforts back!
I hardly know where to begin with Isabelle - she has accomplished so much these past few weeks. First year development is amazing. Little Miss Isabelle...
- has her first (bottom) tooth!
- is military crawling all over kingdom come like a soldier moving through the brush. She started with a clever upright crawl a few weeks ago, which was impressively speedy considering she made every attempt to avoid moving from her comfortable sitting position!
- loves singing into her baby karaoke toy accompanied by her music
- is up to three meals of food a day and enjoys most food, and will choke those things which she likes less if they are warm, pureed enough & cut with baby cereal
- is able to go from sitting to standing by crawling up any object still enough for her to grab onto
- can walk with mommy & daddy's help, though doesn't particularly enjoy long journeys yet
- loves discovering new things about herself, like sticking out her tongue, squinting her eyes, flipping her fingers
- is still the happiest 8 month old flirt I've ever seen
Isabelle and I will be headed to Sri Lanka tomorrow. We are taking a little girl's trip while daddy goes to Budapest. Plus, we have to leave the country for visa reasons and we don't want to become outlaws here twice in two months. (Long story, but we were illegal aliens for a few days by accident, which wasn't as much of a problem as much as it was expensive. Our Resident Permits (RPs) should be processed soon so hopefully we don't have to leave the country every month. Wait, that could be kind of fun!) Isabelle and I are looking forward to seeing our friend Nik whose family lives there, relax, and discover a bit of the beautiful country where daddy used to live. Here's what Lonely Planet says about Sri Lanka...
"Long before Marco Polo declared Sri Lanka the finest island of its size, this beautiful country found its way into Greek, Egyptian and Indian literature, where it was known as Taprobane, Serendib or Lanka. The Sri Lanka mystique perseveres, unfurling before the senses as soon you arrive: the heavy warm air, the rich green foliage, the luxuriant swirls of the Sinhalese alphabet, the multicoloured Buddhist flags, and the kaleidoscope of saris, fruits, jewellery and spices on display in the markets."