We've also been spending a lot of time with our Abu Dhabi family, Corey & Mallory. Corey is apparently the "Rain Man" of cribbage, and has been patiently teaching us the game. There are no cribbage boards over here, so Corey made one out of a piece of junk wood and another one out of a box. They do the job, and I'm finally understanding the terminology of "skunk", "double", "runs", and "nobs". Corey is a great cook, so we've been enjoying both the company and the meals. Mallory has been an excellent resource for school lessons and I love that she is so sassy, sarcastic and fun. She is never afraid to laugh at herself, or at others, but it makes me feel at home - plus they are from the western region of Massachusetts which means they understand the whole rural New England thing. Belle loves going over there to play with their two kittens, Alpha & Omega. They've had them since they were three weeks old and are finally old enough to get their first shots. They are incredibly playful.
And finally, I wanted to know who the big acts were going to be for the Yasalam Festival (part of the Formula One Grand Prix race events), so I entered my email and ended up winning free tickets to Britney Spears. Mallory & I can not wait to go (for some reason, Rob didn't want to join me, LOL).