Monday, December 01, 2008

busy weekend

The weekend is over, Hashim is home and the house is a lot less frantic... YEAH!!

Long story short... hubby took a side trip (altho ... he's now saying he didn't, but at first said he did) and told me about it only after he arrived (hence not being able to catch the flight in London, not having phone service, blah, blah, blah). Yes... he got in trouble because hubbies aren't supposed to take side trips w/out letting wifey poos know! I'd say he'll be in the dog house for a good week or so.... maybe longer. All the points he's earned throughout the year... well, most have been taken... hehehe... and the rest, we have to talk about. ;)

Oh.... I did get some incredibly delicious chocolate... OMG.... so... sooo... good!!! And Olivia, I had 3 pieces yesterday, but haven't had any since. Does that break the rules?? I figure since it was the first day and all, and I did want to try a few... that I'd have just a couple... :) mmmmmmm!! I'll see if I can get a lovely shot so all of you can imagine just how good they are... :)

I finished my shopping for Hashim today and only have Naief left... can't find Hashim's stocking, so I may wind up making another or buying one - altho, I'd rather not buy it, if I don't have to. Can hardly believe that I finished buying his stocking stuffers... these are usually the most difficult for me... but I'm actually done. Truly, I'm beside myself. :)

The housemaid they sent over is still w/ us. She's nice. Speaks no English so communication is a bit difficult... but we manage. We're all waiting for my FIL to return from Thailand to decide what to do w/ her... since they've been having problems there, his flight was cancelled and he had to take a bus to another part of the country, which was supposed to take a day or longer, in order to get out. This was a day or more ago, so I have no idea what's going on w/ that. I assume we'll probably go over to visit the family this afternoon, so I'm sure we'll find out.

Henry's doing well. He's a loverboy... wants to be cuddled all the time and is behaving nicely. The cats are getting used to him, which is good and Naief really likes him. Henry adores Hashim.... and follows me around like a little shadow... so life is a bit different w/ him here, but I like it. He's a good dog and I'm glad we got him. To answer your question Puppy about taking him back... well, he had been at the shelter for over a year and was up to be killed (they only keep dogs for a year, and they have over 100 right now). And.. knowing what an animal lover I am, you know I couldn't do it... and since he's a lot better now, I'm glad I waited it out and endured those few rough days in the beginning. :) But... not to say I didn't seriously consider it.

So... things have calmed down... altho yesterday was terribly hectic in the house. For about 4 hrs, we had 11 children here w/ probably 5 or 6 teachers, and the reception room in the studio was packed w/ other ppl... we were serving food, drinks, fruit... and trying to keep Henry from running amuck, the cats inside, the kids outside... all the while they were trying to record. :) It all worked out and I had the pleasure of meeting a really nice woman from England. She was so pleasant and friendly.

I also went to the xmas dinner at the Dilmun Club lastnight w/ my English friends (the Manama Singers were there performing)... and had a wonderful time. I really like these women. So chatty and friendly, natural, and they all seem so honest and open. Delish food and great entertainment. I had some of the best English food... mmmmmm... so yummy. Can't remember the name.. but it was a pastry type crust on the top w/ meat on the bottom in a brown sauce... oh gosh, it was sooooooo good!!! I could have gone for 2nds, even 3rds, but I stuck w/ what was on my plate. :) Somebody please help me remember the name of it... and give me a recipe... I'd LOVE to make some! Also had some very British (from what I was told) desserts (tried this dark choc looking thing that was actually a fruit cake - warm (so devine!) and minced meat pies - i just love these little things!!, AND had a few bites of a wonderful pumpkin pie - haven't had any good pumpkin pie in ages), cheese & crackers, half bottles of wine for every one in attendance and we had 10 women!, and... to top off the evening, me and chummy, Helena, had coffee w/ baileys and whipped topping (yummmm). We did secret Santa gifts and I got a lovely vase w/ two nice smelling candles. I brought two sets of earrings for my gift and Steph really seemed to like them.

all in all, it was a wonderful weekend... altho, hubby is still in the dog house... but... I'm sure, w/ a little sweet talk, he'll be out soon. HOpe you guys like the picture... this was the other day before it rained... was taken from our bedroom window w/ my phone. The clouds were so beautiful (picture doesn't do them justice) and I couldn't resist snapping a pic. The tower you see is at my in-laws' house... so, as you can see, they're just a stone throw away from us!


Chief Rock Chef said...

Good to hear that Henry has settled in so well. Rescue dogs are so loving and rewarding once you get over the initial problems.

I can't believe Hashim took a d-tour! I would be dead if I did anything like that!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like you guys are shaping up to have a very, comfy and happy christmas!

You and I, must have had the same drive for chocolate in our blood. This past weekend, my mom and I visited the chocolate festival, at the Dover Downs. Truly, I had sinned. lol

Um Naief said...

chief rock chef, to be honest, i'm still very mad about it. it's not something i'd do and didn't think it was something he'd do.... so... i'm trying to get past that.

fluff the artist, gosh, i LOVE chocolate. mmmmm... i think i could sit and eat it for hours.. and have, but i always get so sick! ;) i hope you had a good time. :)

nyxxie said...

enjoy decorating your tree!

The Queen said...

'Can't remember the name.. but it was a pastry type crust on the top w/ meat on the bottom in a brown sauce... oh gosh, it was sooooooo good!!! '

That was Steak Pie or maybe Steak and Kidney Pie which is better. we would buy it from the Scotch baker but I guess you could make a stew and then put it in a baking pan and put puff pastry sheets on top of it and bake it. Oh man, the bottom of it where it lays on the stew is sooo good isn't it? I haven't had that in a long time. I'll have to get on that soon.

The Queen said...

Oh, I don't know if you can get it there but the puff pastry is sold in the freezer section and they have it in little shells or in sheets.

Um Naief said...

they sell little squares of pastry... ppl make sweets w/ it.. i'd bet it could be used for that. don't think it was called kidney pie... shephard's pie keeps coming to mind. i see my british friend tomorrow night so i'll have to ask her again what's it called. :) i'll let you know. and yes... it is soooo good. :)

The Queen said...

Shepherd's pie would most likely have mashed potatoes on top rather than the puff pastry and it would have more of a mince (ground beef stew)underneath. I went out and bought myself the fixin's for steak pie since you put tme in the mood. I see now that it is made by Peppridge Farms and they have shells or little squares and they have sheets I bought the sheets and yes they do make sweets like turnovers and such with it as well.

We didn't always have it with the kidney in it since when we were kids we didn't like it (or the idea of it) I like it now but I wouldn't put it in mine I'm sure just because I wouldn't want to deal with raw kidney but I don't mind it much if it's in my steak pie. I've never made it before but I'm going to give it a try. Wish me luck!

Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

Don't you get the world news over there? Your father-in-law was probably in trouble with thousands of stranded tourists at Bangkok airport where there was a huge deomonstration of local people that eventually caused a coup to move the Prime Minister of Thailand. Tourists had to be bussed to another airport or just stay there in Bangkok for five days.

Puppy said...

Ohhh i didnt realize that they actually kill dogs after a year. Then i agree with you, i would have take it too (not literally because i afraid of the dogs)

You know Russian embassy almost rejected to give me Australian Visa in time, so i am probably not going anywhere:(( I thought of Visiting Bahrain, but since you have dog now, and cats that i afraid most of the time i decided to postpone my trip to better times :)))

Any other ideas where to go? ufff i so want to rest!

Olivia said...

I'm glad to hear that Henry is finally truly settling in. But sorry to hear that Hashim made a mistake and that he's in the dog house now. I hope he makes up for it.

You sound so happy about the time you had with your English friends.
The pie sounds like Steak and Kidney. Tastes too gamey for me, in fact the only reason I eat savoury pie is for the gravy on the pastry, and leave the meat aside!

Alright, i forgive you for eating 3 chocs on the first day. Careful with the rest, though ;)
*hands on hips*

One Wink at a Time said...

Hope things get smoothed over with the hubby. I can understand how you must feel.
Glad Henry is working out and you're happy with him.
I was thinking maybe the pie was Mince Meat pie (I had what I thought was mince meat pie every holiday of my growing-up life and then once I had the real thing and it was so different... the filling my mother always used came out of a jar)
I love your profile picture :-)
and the one you posted is cool too.

The Queen said...

I made my steak pie and YUM! I can't believe that I never made it before.

Thanks for getting me in the mood for it!