Friday, August 31, 2012

Friday, Friday...

Went to get school supplies.

Passed at 9:30 in the morning what appeared to be a Harley convention at the Blue Fig, complete with leader truck that said "Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan Chapter."  So if you're into Harleys and are checking out Jordan, you're all set.  As we passed, saw a big burly biker in big burly biker clothes helping his petite and very conservatively dressed companion off the bike.  Wish I'd taken a picture.

Got to the school supply store through some eerily empty streets, found it closed.

Walked to the 24 hour bakery.  Need to take a photo of the inside of the store.  Wish I could post the smell of the place.

Drove to another area of the same neighborhood and walked in circles trying to find The Pampered Pet, a pet supply store.  If you're looking for it, go to the road in Swefieh parallel to Zahran (Circle Road) at 6th Circle.  Behind the Hardees/etc is a McDonalds.  Standing in front of McDonalds, go left about half a block and look down into the first alley way.  You'll see the big sign.  You just won't see anything driving by (it's a one way street, and there's no sign along direction you're driving), and the sign is at sidewalk level since it's a basement store.

Drove to PetCharm Clinic, a vet recently opened in Abdoun, right passed the British Embassy and in the same building as the Z&Z Store.  It doesn't open until 3 p.m. on Fridays.

Picked up a few items in the Z&Z Store.  It's actually 2 Z words, but folks usually refer to them simply as Z stores.  This one has 2 levels, the main floor is dry goods, upstairs holds a deli, freezer items, household goods, etc.  I found powedered sugar and ginger cookies.  Some of the items in the candy/cookie aisle were worth capturing on film.  Particular names always bring out a chuckle.

Took a break at home.  Put together Nicholas and Jonathon's rooms. Ian worked on the kitchen, master bedroom, and living room.

Went to Mecca Mall.  Wow.  It's huge and seems like it had haphazard add-ons whenever they needed to expand.  Miles grocery store looks amazing, reminiscent of Wegmans.  There's a Forever 21 which shocked Rebecca.  A Starbucks.  Computer parts stores.  Artisan stores.  Clothing stores of course.  On the top floor is a movie theater, a 4D theater, and a bowling alley with 12 lanes.  There was no pattern to floorplan that I could see, but looks like a great place for the teens to be with a lot more to check out, far more than City Mall.

Stopped by VetZone Pet Health Center, met the vet (who knew me from Facebook) and saw the new office.  It's gorgeous.  We borrowed a humane trap to try to capture the mom cat and her 3 kittens who visit our yard periodically. Wish us luck.

We returned home to drop off Rebecca.

Drove to Le Royal Hotel to pick up a friend of ours from our time in Chennai.  He had a stop over on his way to an AIP (Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan) position.  I got lost leaving the hotel, took a wrong exit off a circle toward city center instead of home, made enough turns to wind up right back in front of the same hotel and take the correct exit off the circle.  Second time's the charm.

We parked at home and walked over to the Blue Fig for dinner.  Sitting outside was pleasant, the food was OK (I'm not sure we picked the best options off the menu, both Ian and I had sandwiches which were fine but not stellar), and we caught up with our friend.  I'm surprised he was awake and coherent after his Chicago-Amman flight, but he was.

Dropped him back off at the hotel.  He departs tomorrow but we'll be seeing him again soon as he passes through Amman on his way home for R&R.

At home I said goodnight to the kids and went to bed.


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