Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Keep on Truckin'

OK, I know it's been a week since I posted. A few things have happened. For starters, I met my friend from Alexandria and her husband. They came to Cairo for an interview at the American Embassy. They are so easy to talk to and we get along so well, I wish we lived closer. We went to Fuddruckers for dinner. It was really exciting to finally meet her since we've been emailing and exchanging blog entries for months now.

Secondly, I have been working on my resume. It is in desperate need of updating -- ok it needs a complete overhaul. I know it will take some time to completely finish the resume, but I have time because I want to put at least a couple of months of my new position here in Egypt on my resume to send to the US.

We have a small amusement park here in Rehab for children. It reminds me of what Sea Isle City, NJ used to have in terms of rides. Mira went on these two bunjy cords that sprang her in the air like Wile E. Coyote. She was scared to death after awhile but all in all it was a great time. She has no desire to do it again any time soon.



Monday, August 01, 2005

Where do we go from here?

I watched Willy Wonka last night and I've come to realize that there are many great lines in the movie. Mrs. T.V. said "Mr. Wonka I want to go back." Willie Wonka replied "Oh my dear, one must move forward in order to go back."

I think this is where we stand right now in regards to living in Egypt. I know we need to move forward in order to go back (to the US). Hassan is happy here, it's a good thing. I'm glad that Mira is having fun; the main reason for having fun here is that she swims just about everyday. And then there's me -- still grappling with the fact that we've been here almost four months (I can't believe it).

After doing some internet research, I've decided to go ahead and post my resume so I can find full-time work in the US with benefits. It is vital to have health insurance benefits for the family. Then I was thinking -- do I post my resume for the Maryland/DC/Virginia area? Do I post it for another part of the country? I told Hassan the other day this may be the "kick in the pants" i.e. the catalyst I needed to throw me back into the working world.

As for Mira, she would do fine in any school - but of course we would want it to be a good public school system.

A few of the American women I've met while here in Egypt are on anti-depressants to help them cope with living and trying to adjust to life in Egypt. I really don't want to go on anti-depressants because it won't solve anything for me, except for taking the edge off of life for awhile. One woman is from New Jersey and I just found she's returning to New Jersey with her 5 year old son while her husband continues to live here for a year. She will be staying with her sister.

Maybe that's the answer for us -- but for how long?