We Four in Egypt

Now back in the US!

A puppy, the beach, and home

My dad emailed the other day and speculated that because I hadn’t blogged in a while, I must be busy. This is only partly true. I’m not especially busier than usual, but I do Twitter a lot, which apparently satisfies many of my communication needs.

I also get impatient uploading photos to both Facebook and Flickr (where I host photos for this blog), with my slow internet, so sometimes I stop after Facebook. And I always feel I owe you all some photos, from Ethiopia and now from our recent beach trip, which means sometimes I don’t blog rather than blog without photos (silly I know).

I also lost some steam last fall, when some important people in life got pretty angry with me over some stuff they had read on my blog (don’t bother looking for it; it won’t be obvious). Even though I plunged into NaBloPoMo, I felt a bit gun shy. I started a blog to keep folks up-to-date on our life in Egypt, but it also means that people don’t necessarily have to be in touch with me directly to know what’s going on. And this was bad last fall.

And, frankly, now that we’re pretty settled, both in Egypt and with our kids, there’s a lot less to say. Most of the time.

Explanations aside, here’s what’s going on.

Our puppy is growing and doing really well. We went back to visit his mother a few weeks ago, and I was surprised that he’s almost as big as she is. He now weighs in at a robust eight pounds (or so). Earlier this week, we met his father, and Mister Puppy looks just like his Jack Russell terrier dad except Mister Puppy’s coloring is a bit lighter. He’s sweet, healthy, fun, and pretty easy. Bug and Giggle adore him. Sometimes too much. For example, right now, Giggle is hugging Mister Puppy and “helping” him dance.

“Why does the puppy like you best, Mommy?” they ask. I wonder.

It’s beach weather in Egypt, and the boys and I spent Easter Sunday at Ain Soukhna with some good friends (Mr. Four had to work). Bug got stung by a jellyfish. He screamed for probably 20 minutes or more. He appears to have gained a lifelong hatred of jellyfish.

Over the long weekend of Coptic Easter (a week after the western Easter), we went with some other friends to a beach near Ras Sudr, Egypt. We brought Mister Puppy. Turns out that Mister Puppy loves playing in the sand as much as Bug and Giggle do.
puppy at the beach
sandy boy

In other news: we have now booked our plane tickets for our home leave to the US this summer. We’ll be visiting Mr. Four’s family in his hometown, plus dashing all over our home state, to College Town, the beach, and the mountains. Mister Puppy will be joining us.

Booking those tickets meant accepting we’ll be back in Egypt a third year. Which is good, mostly, but a bit disappointing given that this spring it looked like we might have the opportunity to move this summer either to southern Africa or the Caribbean–neither panned out. Which is all for the best, but, you know.

Coming up: Pigs! Swine flu! Windsurfing!


1 May 2009 - Posted by | bug, family, fun, giggle, holidays, home, pets, this blog


  1. I am SO looking forward to your post on swine flu and pigs in Egypt!

    I ordered twice cooked pork from a Chinese restaurant tonight.
    Just in case we never see pork on a menu again. Maybe at the Club?


    Comment by J | 1 May 2009

  2. My daughter got stung twice last year – but she’s asking to go back so the hate fades after awhile. If we do, this time we’ll remember to carry vinegar… maybe in a spray bottle!

    Comment by Connie | 3 May 2009

  3. Glad to hear from you. My blogging has been interrupted by FB, too.

    Comment by Juju | 3 May 2009

  4. Hooray to see you back! I tried to find you on Twitter–do you have a blog-related name on there?

    Comment by Libby | 3 May 2009

  5. Thanks for the comments, everyone!

    Libby, I am @msfour 🙂

    Comment by Ms. Four | 4 May 2009

  6. I realize i was just home but i’m so jealous you get to back to the Real World for the summer. Everytime you get at all frustrated there just remember me melting here! LOL

    Comment by Typ0 | 12 May 2009

  7. TypO, I will try my hardest to think you broiling and not think of you in NYC, Canada, or Norway.

    Comment by Ms. Four | 12 May 2009

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