Monday, April 24, 2006

Welcome to my new blog

Greetings all. Welcome to my new blog. Some of you may be familiar with my Life on the Ant Farm blog, dedicated to life with three adorable children 4 and under. This blog is intended to chronicle more my experiences as an American living in Jordan. You can see from my picture that I look as American as American can be. And, I mean this literally. Prior to 9-11, twice I went across the border to Mexico with people from other countries and twice I came back with no passport or even driver's license review. In fact, I flew home from the Virgin Islands and rather than checking my passport, the immigration officer helped me carry my bag. So, there's never a question. So far, we've been in Jordan for a couple of weeks. It is an interesting experience. To set the stage a bit, I've traveled to Jordan about 1/2 dozen times (including being married here) and stayed for about 3 weeks each time. I was certainly not moving here blind. It has been a different experience in that we're not on vacation, but we don't have our things with us yet. So, I'm spending my days trying to entertain my 4 year old daughter and 2 year old boy/girl twins with about 10 toys. My creativity is stretched to its limits... I would like to start this blog on the right note, so I'm going to put my very favorite things so far.

1. You can buy beautiful flowers on the street for 1 dinar. I don't mean carnations and other cheap flowers like I paid $5 for a bunch in the US every week. In Jordan, you can buy roses in all colors, lilies, and other lovelies for the equivalent of $1.50. I love this so much. I've already told El 3atal that no man has an excuse for not bringing home flowers. He took the hint (good call).

2. Driving is an experience. It's quite interesting to know rules, regulations, and customs and then simply ignore them. People turn left from the right lane, right from the left lane, triple park. All of these things are not only normal, but seemingly acceptable. I saw someone getting a ticket and had to ask, what can you POSSIBLY do that is so bad that they ticket you? Where do they draw the lines?

3. Warm weather with lovely breezes. Coming from hot, humid Louisiana, the dry, dusty heat of Amman is challenging. But, the breezes that blow through cooling the skin and bringing a hint of something else (ocean air? the winds of change?). I hear this is the best time of year, and boy am I glad we're here for it.

Those are my top three for now, but I'm sure that I'll be adding more before too long. I expect that this blog with be sporadic until we get our own internet connection, but I hope to be a regular poster with my thoughts, experience, and general feelings on life.



At 2:18 AM , Blogger Roba said...

Welcome to Jordan :) It's a different lifestyle for sure- but you'll start enjoying.

At 2:46 AM , Blogger salam said...

Congratulations on your new blog,and welcome to Jordan.We have been updated on the trip and the move by Philip,and it's interesting to see things from the other partner's point of view.
10 toys and three kids,that's quite a challenge!!they get fed up so fast,luckily enough the weather is good most of the time,so they can enjoy the outdoors,my kids are nearly the asme age as yours,daughter 5 and son 2..I thank God for spring that keeps them outside most of the time!
Waiting for your posts!!Good Luck.

At 4:59 AM , Blogger Lina said...

Hey mommy bean :) allow me to join everyone in welcoming you to Amman and to the Jordanian blogosphere. I'll be looking forward to your thoughts and comments on life here.

At 5:36 AM , Blogger Dar said...

Welocme to the blogging world :) hope u enjoy yr time :)

At 6:38 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome, Momma Bean! I'll look forward to reading your perspectives as you acclimate to our fair desert land. I'm an American wanna-be mommy-blogger, so I'll be living vicariously through your posts!

P.S. My grandparents were from Montgomery. Can't wait to hear you speak Arabic with a Southern accent!

At 5:45 PM , Blogger Ziad said...

Welcome :)

At 5:11 AM , Blogger MommaBean said...

Thanks all for your kind welcomes. I hate to disappoint, k, but I don't have much of a Southern accent, in English or otherwise. I always joke I'm bi-lingual :). I look forward to getting to "know" all of you better. -- MommyBean

At 10:27 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, a friend sent me your blog. She thought I might enjoy it. I'm an american woman marreid to a jordanian and we just moved back to america after 3 years in Amman. We don't have kids yet, although I'm 3 months pregnant. I'm loving your blog in my new job back in the states and I'm tearing up reading about the cheap beautfiul flowers and all the other lovely things about Amman that I miss so much. I'm so happy that another woman is starting to uncover all the amazing things that country has to offer. Have a great time and Good luck expoloring! I sure miss it!

At 2:42 AM , Blogger MommaBean said...


Thanks for the words of encouragement and I'm glad you're enjoying the blog. I'll buy some flowers for the table in honor of you! Too bad we didn't get to connect while you were here. :)


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