The Present Perfect

Monthly Archives: November 2010

Even though I didn’t get to celebrate Thanksgiving *on* Thanksgiving, I did have three celebrations to make up for it. I certainly can’t complain about that since Turkey Day is one of my favorite holidays.  And, unlike my friend teaching in China, at least I have an oven to prepare the whole dinner myself. Thanksgiving #1 My friend Helen had a big potluck dinner at her place to celebrate with all of… Read More

This year is my first Thanksgiving abroad in quite a while. Five years ago when I moved to NYC I started a tradition of Thanksgiving with friends. Every year my sister would come visit from Arizona and we would go to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and then come home and cook a big feast for all of my friends (and of course go shopping the day after!). It became my favorite… Read More

Want to know when is a good time to *not* visit the Jeita Grotto? During the Eid holiday. Wednesday my friend suggested we get out of town and check out the grotto since we were on break from school and her friend was visiting from Dubai. I was excited since it was one of the few nearby attractions that I missed out on last summer during my extended trip to Beirut. Both… Read More

Saturday night I was out with some friends and my friend George mentioned that he was going olive picking in his village, Jezzine, on Sunday. He recently acquired a piece of land from his uncle so this was the first time that he was going to be responsible for picking the olives himself. (So recently, in fact, that he’d already ordered 40 kilos of olives from someone else!) I’d never been olive… Read More

Just before starting the race. Hardee’s . . . Just what I want to think about eating while I’m running 10K. The kids doing the 3K race. Almost there! My friend Kim making her way to the finish line. The finish line for the 10K. The back of the finish line. Why was the marathon an excuse for the military to show off? Anybody? I can only imagine what this little boy… Read More

So who’s running in the marathon tomorrow? I am! Well, the 10K actually, but as I’ve learned in Beirut if you’re running any of the races that take place on the day of the marathon you SAY you’re running in the marathon. I am so excited for my second race ever! Back in May I did my first 5k race, which at the time was the most I had ever run in… Read More