Celebrated my one year anniversary in the desert with cupcakes for the boys and pizza with my roommate.
Was talking with some of the teenage boys at the center and told them that I like to eat my eggs with the yolk not set. They were entirely disgusted and one of them made gagging noises. Which I have never heard them do before.
Went into a hardware shop and completely shocked the men working there when I asked for what I needed in Arabic. They just stood and laughed at me for a minute. I get the laughter response a lot.
Accepted the fact that winter in the desert is over. It hit 100 degrees two days ago. I am sad about this.
Had my first lesson in driving stick shift with my roommate. I wasn’t pitiful. We practiced on a soccer field. Much to the amusement of the guys sitting around nearby. But when she wanted me to drive to the next place where we were going nearby I stalled out, lost confidence, and said let’s try real roads another day. It was also my first time driving in over a year, and in the desert at all. But I’m really excited to learn.
Brought my mp3 player and a small speaker for the boys to listen to music while they worked. We listened to some stuff I had picked for awhile then they started making requests. Their first request? Justin Beiber. I kid you not. (What is embarrassing is that I actually have two of his songs). Requests to follow were Chris Brown, Lil Wayne, Rihanna, Eminem (I told them he was a potty mouth and I would never listen to his music and the shouldn’t either), Santana, and Celine Dion. They were fine when I told them I didn’t have some of the others they requested, but when I said I didn’t have any Celine Dion they couldn’t believe it. Most ‘hip’ teenagers here who listen to American music love her. Which I find really funny. The best part was them singing along to “Baby, Baby, Baby” because they don’t know the words, just the sounds, so it was this big mumble of them murmuring the chorus. It was awesome.