Sunday, February 28, 2010

Hello Again

So I know it's been a while since I've done this, and I won't make any excuses as to why I haven't. Basically I stopped feeling like it.

Now I feel like it again. But I will probably limit my postings to a brief synopsis of my week each week:

This past week was a pretty lazy week for me . Other than going to school (which I have to do anyway) and running in the afternoons, I haven't felt much like doing anything. I didn't even cook a single dinner for myself, but instead ate out every night. While this is probably just as cheap as cooking here in Abu Dhabi, I feel like it's a bad habit to get into.

High point of the week: Going out to dinner with Jeff, Danielle, and Audrey on Thursday night. We tried a new Egyptian restaurant within walking distance of our apartments. The food was pretty good (especially the felafels) and very inexpensive, and the wait staff was very friendly. Definitely a place we'll be going back to.

Low point of the week: Running through a sandstorm in 91 degree heat on Saturday afternoon. While I initially embraced the challenge that the weather conditions were providing, my lack of drinking enough water during the week quickly lead to heat exhaustion. I ended up having to walk the last 2 miles back to my apartment, where I quickly gulped down some water and passed out. Hopefully this is the last time I make that mistake.

School status: Though it was a tough week (the week before was an extremely good week, and we all know it's not possible to have 2 of those in a row), I couldn't help but feel like teaching is I should be doing with my life. I figured, If I'm having a bad week at work and I still feel like my job (and life in general) is pretty awesome, then this is probably it. But hey, who knows what I'll want to do 2 years from now, right? As they say, "The best way to make God laugh is to try to make long-term plans."

Running status: Ran 52 miles this week, taking a few days off throughout the week to rest my knee (mild tendinitis). Put more emphasis on the quality of my runs than the quantity (last week ran 78 miles, but they were all slow and easy).

Well, that's about all I have to say this week. Hopefully I'll feel like blogging next week. Haha.

Goodnight from Abu Dhabi,


  1. How general.


    I'm glad you finally wrote! And impressed that you run so much. The only time I run is when A) I'm running to the bathroom, which is more figurative anyway, and B)when my cat is chasing me.

    Also, what is a felafel? What kind of food was at the Egyptian place?

    I want to know the juicy stuff. Like are you dating anyone? :)

    I MISS YOU!!!!!!!

    <3, your sister

  2. Matt,

    I am so glad the flicker in your lamp is back! It is so much fun to read your blogs. I sure wish I was still in Abu Dhabi to have dinner with you, Jeff, Danielle, and Audrey. It was so much fun to meet them--they are amazing people too! Please tell them I said hello! It is always good to hear how much you love your teaching career--you were born to work with children and your students are so blessed to have you in their lives. You are sure putting lots of miles on your poor knees--of course, it is my job to worry. (I must admit that I am also impressed!) Just take good care of yourself! I enjoyed talking with you today and I did tell Dad I was coming back over to visit you again the end of March. Ninety-one degree weather and the beach sounds absolutely wonderful, especially as we still have snow on the ground in KC! Take care and know I am sending lots of hugs your way. I miss you bunches!

    Love always,