Unanswered Lost questions…

Unanswered Lost questions…

We love love love the show Lost.  I actually started watching it when it first came on, because it aired right after Alias.  We recently finished watching the final season on DVD… I know we are a bit behind, but hey, we do live in Lebanon.

I know a lot of people were annoyed because there were so many loose ends left untied.  I actually really liked the series finale… a lot.  My favorite part about the show was the relationships, and I thought they did a wonderful job giving us closure. *SPOILER ALERT* I actually always said that as long as Jack and Kate ended up together, I didn’t care how it ended.  So, I was happy.  :)

But I did stumble across this great video of questions that were never explained… I had actually forgotten about most of them…

I can’t figure out how to embed the video, so if you want to watch it, click here. But, I haven’t watched any of the other videos on the site, so I have no idea what kind of stuff it is… just a warning.  :)

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Culture Shock?

Culture Shock?

There are several stages of culture shock that we anticipate going through as we settle into life here in Lebanon.  From excitement over all the new sights, sounds, smells and tastes to questioning how in the world people can live like this, to acceptance, and eventually taking on and loving our new home and culture.  I think we are still in the first phase – it all feels like a big adventure right now, but that doesn’t stop me from missing some really random – and some not so random – things from home.

Thought I’d share some with you… to help you get a better picture of life here. :)

I miss…

…wearing clothes – jeans especially – that have been dried in a dryer

…not limiting my grocery shopping to what I can carry on the walk home

…Cheez-its (actually, I did see these at the store the other day, but at nearly $10 a box, couldn’t actually bring myself to buy them…. between C and I they would be gone in a day!)

…carpeted floors

…Target!!!

…Taco Bell – which Caleb says isn’t real Mexican food, but nothing beats a Cheesy Gordita Crunch!

…worshiping in English

…LOST!  (okay, I realize that it doesn’t even come back on in the States until January… but I am anticipating missing it a lot!)

…and last but certainly not least, seeing my friends’ baby bumps, chatting on the phone with my mom about nothing, calling my sister to give her a hard time when USC loses… I miss my friends and family!!  So… when are you coming to visit??? :)

posted by: nicolette

the first year

the first year

so today was a slightly frustrating day… caleb and i drove all over town trying to sell clothes, books, cds, shoes… i think we spent more on gas than we actually made. so instead of complaining :), i started dreaming a bit about our first year in beirut!

our first year (at least!) will be mostly focused on language learning… we get to learn arabic. though we’ve heard it’s like number three on the hardest language list, we are excited for the challenge! i can’t wait to be armed with a few new phrases and try to stumble my way through buying groceries, or getting directions, or successfully taking public transportation somewhere… call me weird, but it’s such a rush! :)

from all we’ve heard about the school we’ll be studying in, it seems to be top-notch. we’ll start with learning to speak… and eventually we’ll learn to read and write – although apparently that’s part of what makes arabic so difficult. supposedly, after the first year, we will have a basic grasp on the language and should be able to communicate in most general situations in arabic… (i think the proper term is “conversational proficiency”…)

what’s so cool about this particular school is that after you go through the first year or so, you can choose elective courses to take… like theological terminology, television and movies, or lebanese cooking. basically to pick up the specialized words that you don’t get in a normal language course (i don’t think “nutmeg” is probably a year one vocab term! :))

so, come visit us in a few years and i’ll cook you something yummy… and if they ever come out with an arabic version of lost, we can get just as addicted as we are right now!!! :)

posted by: nicolette

anyone out there not LOST yet???

anyone out there not LOST yet???

This is great – if you don’t think you have time to watch the past 3 seasons in the next 11 days, this is for you.

Or, if you just need a fun refresher, check this out.

BUT (Mom!) if you are planning on packing in all three seasons :) before the premiere on Jan 31, don’t watch… spoilers included!!! :)

posted by: nicolette