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Mugg & Bean:


Posted by Juliane | Posted in Kuwait | Posted on 21-03-2011

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Can we say lemon meringue pie? I won’t lie, the sheer sight of the towering meringue is pretty much the only reason we bought a slice. The slice looks amazing, just imagine the whole pie. It was breathtaking! Uho, my love affair with food is starting to show. Although it was really impressive to look at, it wasn’t as good as we’d imagined; most things in life aren’t. I am glad we ordered it for this picture though…I mean, look at it!

Andrew and I sat with our pie and enjoyed the perfect springtime weather. It’s been in the 80s with blue skies and a light breeze. (Breeze is such a fun word to look at.) Al Kout has wonderful atmosphere to sit and chat or read a book. We did a bit of both, and even had a water show to watch at certain points. It was a perfect lazy afternoon spent with the love of my life. I’ll have to put some photos of the mall up at a later date. Like most large malls in Kuwait, it’s really quite pretty.

CitiKitty Week 10:


Posted by Juliane | Posted in Kuwait | Posted on 16-03-2011

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Here we are at my joshed about 10 weeks and guess what, we are toilet trained! Surprised? Don’t be. I lied.

Going back a step has really helped Knyckles feel more comfortable with the toilet again. She was getting to where she didn’t even want to go near it. She is peeing in it regularly without needed assistance but she’s still pooping on the floor. She does try her hardest to cover it with our tile floor though.

At times I feel like I’m beating a dead horse (Good lord, that’s an awful saying. Who started that and why am I endorsing it?) but I’m not ready to throw in the towel yet (Towel? I’m not using a towel. What’s with all of the clichés today?). Remember a few weeks ago when I said that perhaps she’ll get comfortable using the toilet and correct herself? That’s what I’m hoping for again. She gets her wet food when she pees in the toilet and if she ever poops in it again I’ll probably throw her a parade. The dry treats stopped being encouraging a couple of weeks ago. Occasionally I can get her to sit on the box for a treat, but instead of staying on the box and contemplating the toilet like I desire she takes it into her mouth and eats it elsewhere – fail. She’s also learned that even if she pees just the tiniest of bits she gets some delicious wet food; therefore we are peeing several times a day. Smart cat. Frustrated human.

Perhaps we are at a stalemate. I am still hopeful. We’ll see.

Dishwasher mishap:


Posted by Juliane | Posted in Kuwait | Posted on 15-03-2011

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We’ve all seen those movies where the character mistakenly puts dishwashing soap into the dishwasher instead of detergent or the whole box of laundry detergent into the washing machine. Well, we did an experiment and found out that the movies are telling the truth about that one; the dishwasher really does overflow with bubbles as I’m sure the washing machine would as well.

After unknowingly beginning the experiment, we sat in the study working on the computer for a while. Our beloved Knyckles came into the room multiple times meowing to gain our attention and then running into the kitchen. Sadly, we paid little attention to her. Between her sweet little face and her cries for help we should’ve heard “Dad, Mom, something’s gone awry in the kitchen! Come, come quick! I need your assistance. My intense glare isn’t doing anything to the approaching beast!” Instead we heard, “Pay attention to me, stop looking at the computer. I’m a person too.” Here we thought she was being selfish but rather she was trying to save the kitchen from being overtaken by soap bubbles. What a wonderful cat we have. Lesson learned: pay attention to your furry family members.

Evy’s Tree Giveaway Friday March 18th:


Posted by Juliane | Posted in Kuwait | Posted on 15-03-2011

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Yes, I know I just did a post on a giveaway three weeks ago. Is it my fault that some of my favorite sites are giving away their things for free? Evy’s Tree has stated there will be a giveaway “once a week for the next several months” to help promote their store. In other words, get used to these posts!

This week’s giveaway is a super comfy looking wrap. Visit Evy’s Tree website to see a photo of the wrap and ways to enter.

Food Choices:


Posted by Juliane | Posted in Kuwait | Posted on 14-03-2011

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For Christmas I broke down and bought Andrew a fryer. We have had some delicious meals come from that thing albeit not so healthy. We do limit ourselves and only pull it out every couple of weeks. So far we’ve mastered French fries, mozzarella sticks, fried green tomatoes, and vegetable tempura. It’s a fun addition to our kitchen appliances.

While we are indulging in some fried food occasionally, we’ve been sticking to healthy eating for the most part. Smoothies have become a staple and we’ve gotten to love grilled and roasted vegetables as much as any other food. Andrew and I were just talking about how awesome it is that we rarely waste food. We often buy boxes of fruits and vegetables and manage to eat them before they go bad. I think that deserves a pat on the back…or perhaps some fried food!

50/20/5 Liberation Fireworks:


Posted by Juliane | Posted in Kuwait | Posted on 13-03-2011

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I have never seen a fireworks display like the one on Friday February 25th at the Kuwait Towers. It was purely breathtaking. Andrew and I stood staring in amazement during the hour long show without ever thinking about sitting down.

We had arrived early and ate dinner at Chili’s. Then sat playing a card game and watching the Kuwaitis come and go in their nations colors: black, white, red, and green. The Arabic language has always had an aggressive edge to me, but it sounded much more endearing that night. The whole atmosphere was nothing but a joyous celebration. Everyone was smiling and enjoying time with their families. Kids were armed with water guns spraying the cars and people that passed by them. People were wearing crazy red and green wigs from the Sultan Center and the Lulu Hypermarket. It really was something to behold.

After lying on a blanket and watching people pack in, we watched the fireworks from the shores of the Persian Gulf. Men and children shouted and gasped as the women sang out their custom ALALALALAs. In the lulls of the fireworks, video montages displayed on the Kuwait towers caused everyone to erupt in celebration again. We sat in traffic that night for over an hour and didn’t mind a bit. We were just happy to have experienced the night together. I’ll not forget my Liberation Day fireworks for a very long time. What a great show, Kuwait!

CitiKitty Week 9:


Posted by Juliane | Posted in Kuwait | Posted on 09-03-2011

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After momming up again and staying on top of Knyckles without any success, we decided to go back a step. At this point, I’ve pretty much lost hope in this whole thing. In hindsight, I should’ve taken the CitiKitty back a step earlier. At first, it was only an occasional accident and I thought “Well, this is probably normal.” It wasn’t until this past week and 1/2 that she was consistently having accidents. What happened to my positive attitude? Where did it go? I’m hoping this week is better but I’m not holding my breath, just the pooper scooper.

I also did some research this week trying to find helpful advice to no avail. I did, however, find an alternative product: The Litter Kwitter. It’s more expensive than what I paid for the CitiKitty. I got it on sale for two for $30.00 just before Christmas. Cat wise, it only has three steps vs CitiKitty’s five steps so the transitions are bigger. We had trouble with some of the transitions already so I’m not sure how the bigger ones would work out. Trainer wise, the Litter Kwitter seems to be easier to move between stages. With CityKitty you have to cut the previous section out when kitty graduates to the next level, and then use a backup tray that sits on top of the original if she/he needs to regress. The trays are perforated but it still takes me several frustrating minutes to get the section detached. The Litter Kwitter simply has a new seat to swap out with the previous one. I honestly don’t know which products works better.

Cat around Villa:


Posted by Juliane | Posted in Kuwait | Posted on 06-03-2011

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It has been a while since posting adorable kitty pictures. How did I let that happen? She’s just asking to be featured on the blog.

On my love sac . She’s been getting more use out of it than me lately.

“Clean comforter? Don’t mind if I do.”

The joys of waking up next to a furry face. I have two of those nowadays!

Giving Mom a scare on a regular afternoon. “She thinks you can’t lose a cat in a two bedroom apartment. Muhaha!”



Posted by Juliane | Posted in Kuwait | Posted on 05-03-2011

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Why have I never had frozen yogurt before? After hearing several people rave about Pinkberry’s frozen yogurt, I had to taste the deliciousness. I was not disappointed. I had my chocolate yogurt with strawberries, walnuts, pistachios, and coconut. I think I’ll be getting one of these whenever Starbuck’s is taunting me.

Thankfully they have a nutritional value page on their website.

Green Smoothie:


Posted by Juliane | Posted in Kuwait | Posted on 03-03-2011

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3 cubes frozen spinach

1/2 big fresh mango

2 rings of pineapple

1/2 cup of orange juice

I’ve been meaning to try a green smoothie with spinach for a while but never had fresh. I do not know why I never thought of using frozen until today. It turned out delicious. In the States, I put kale into my green smoothies thanks to Jennifer for serving them up to her kids every morning. How bad could they be if kids were drinking them, right? Right. If the ratios are correct, they are wonderful! Since I can’t find kale in Kuwait, spinach will do just fine. Normally I would add ice but silly me didn’t fill up the trays.