Tuesday, October 29, 2013

One-year Anniversary in Oman!

One year ago, the kids and I landed in Muscat to join Joe and begin our new life.  Wow!  What a year!

Here is the list of the top ten things I miss about living in the US, in no particular order.

1.  My older kids, family, and friends-- that one is pretty self-explanatory.
2.  Being able to call my family or friends at any time of day-- with the 9 or 10 hour difference, I really have to plan my phone calls.  
3.  Wider parking spaces-- not really sure why the parking spaces are so narrow here.  
4.  Sweater weather-- although I don't need six months of it, like in Chicago!
5.  My favorite clothing stores
6.  American football (mainly Austin)
7.  Online shopping!!-- and free home delivery.
8.  The ability to run a quick errand without worrying if my knees or upper arms are covered
9.  Reliable Internet
10.  Hobby Lobby!  And Target.

And here is a list of my top ten favorite things about living in Oman.  Again, in no particular order.

1.  Sunny, blue skies almost every day-- I never get tired of the sunshine.
2.  The ocean I get to look at every day.
3.  The mountains in the background and all the beautiful scenery
4.  Household help-- very common here.
5.  My friends from many different countries
6.  All the bling and colorful clothing (this is more with all my Indian friends)
7.  Camels!
8.  A new realization that not everyone thinks like Americans do
9.  Travel!-- I have traveled more in the last year than I have in the previous ten!
10.  The growing ability to distinguish a British accent from an Australian or South African  :)

I am really enjoying my time in Oman.  If you ever find yourself with an opportunity to live in Oman, do it!  You won't be sorry.

I am looking forward to the next year and all the new adventures it will bring!


  1. Very nice blog--and I miss Hobby Lobby too!

  2. Happy Anniversary on your first year! May you unearth many more treasures in the days to come!

  3. I can't believe it's been a year! I miss you.

  4. You are becoming a real expat! Happy to have been a part of it- Joe, remember the expat husband moto--Mike K

    1. Yes, Mike, Joe knows it well--If mama's not happy, ain't nobody happy!