Things got a little nutty around the office last Saturday. The guys started playing baseball, lacrosse, and floor hockey with these cardboard tubes we have around and these little stuffed animals. It was hysterical!!
This is what happens on a Saturday afternoon when the bosses are out of the office for a meeting
The shenanigans continued at dinner when Blake and Kyle made fangs out of our plastic forks. It seems little silly now, but was amazingly funny at the time.
The lovely care packages I received while I was gone for a week to Qatar! Thank you to my amazing friends and family who have sent me such wonderful treats!
The Victory Over America palace. It sits just a short drive away from the palace that I work in. It apparently was one of the first targets of OIF in 2003.
Here is a short explanation of the unfinshed/bombed palace with French cranes that will probably sit there forever.
"It was then that I learned that the whole area we now refer to as the Victory Base Complex, was a retreat area for Saddam Hussein and high ranking members of the Ba’ath Party. Multiple palaces, including the Victory Over America Palace and the Victory Over Iran Palace, and the Ba’ath Party Headquarters are situated on artificial lakes. The area of Camp Victory known as strawberry hill is actually the product of moving dirty to create these lakes.
Victory Over America Palace was still under construction when the US issued its final ultimatum to Saddam and his sons on March 17, 2003. The cranes we see today were originally leased by French company by the Iraqi government for the construction of this palace. As the story is told around here, the French government demanded that the US disassemble and return the cranes after its bombing campaign began on March 19. The US kindly informed the French that they were welcome to come and retrieve them themselves, so here they sit 7 years later."
This week I went to Doha, Qatar on my 4-day pass. There is an army camp there when all the folks deployed overseas can go on pass. They organize tours to some spots around Doha or you can hang out at the USP building and eat at little restaurants or watch movies, or.... sit at the coffee shop on the internet all day, like I did. There is also a pool and a Chili's!
My first meal at the USO... mmmm, it was tasty.
Driving around Doha... there were a lot of parts of it that reminded me of Los Angeles. Green grass and palm tree lined streets with hugemongous houses.
The drive from the camp into Doha was pretty beige.
More beige suburban Doha. There is a TON of construction on the outskirts of Doha.... like condo buildings that go on for blocks.
Me with Krispy Kreme (mmmmm) sitting at a fountain in the Villagio mall (more on this next...)
No pictures this week. Just more of the same at work. I have been going to the episcopal/lutheran service at the chapel on Sunday afternoon and this weekend I was the reader of the lessons. I have never been the reader at church so this was huge for me. Luckily there are only about 15 people that attend the service in a very small little room with an altar and a podium so it wasn't that intimidating. I really love having that hour on Sunday afternoon. It feels homey.