Turkish people, painting, mayonnaise and chocolate cake….. random combination but I promise they all go together!
When Ross and I left Bodrum at the beginning of June the “season” of tourism was just beginning and our resort that we lovingly call home was not being rented out as an actual resort. Flash to our return in the middle of July ~ “season” is in FULL swing and our resort is rented to full capacity! Everywhere I look there are Turkish people! Now don’t get me wrong, I love Turkish people! BUT I think I just got spoiled to having only the expat Americans here at the resort. When I left I was generally the only person at the pool in the afternoon (with Curly Sue of course!) and now there are people everywhere! For the first little bit it was exciting to have so many people around and something going on all the time but then as time went on I got so tired of so many people around! During winter time when all the Bodrum-ites told me that they hate the season time I just kinda laughed and thought “Oh sun and beach and water! It can’t be bad!” And now I think I am really becoming a true Bodrum-ite because I am ready for the calm to come back! Thus ends my rant on Turkish people! haha
Well since we have been home I have kinda been on a kick to decorate a little more. Before I left I was kind of daunted by decorating because everything in Turkey is harder than the states! I had decided that I was going to paint one of my walls in my entry way a deep red color and then paint a design on the wall that is similar to my bedroom design and then put lots of picture frames up. Well I went to Koctas (pronounced Kochtash) which is like a Turkish Home Depot to pick out the perfect shade of red. I flip through a couple of paint books and find the perfect color! So I ask the man behind the counter to mix it for me and he quickly comes back with “Yok, Yok!” (Yok in Turkish means there isn't any, its not possible, and it is actually one of the Turks favorite words!) So I finally get from this paint man that they don't have the pigments to mix this red color up which I found very odd because he showed me a pink-red and an orange-red that he could make, but he couldn’t make a red-red. So I frustratedly leave the store without having found a substitute color that I was happy with. Well for some reason (maybe I’m a glutton for pain) I preceded to make 3 more trips back to the same store to see if they could make the same color with the same results. Keep in mind in between these 4 trips my friend Andrea and I went to EVERY paint store in Bodrum that we could find to see if they could make red paint (I mean really, how hard could it be? Its RED!!!) with the same results! So needless to say I was a little bit frustrated with the decorating process in general and didn’t do anything before I left. So when I got back and looked around at my flat (which is entirely beige: the furniture, the walls, the curtains- everything is beige!) I decided I had to do something! I braved the traffic and the heat to head back to the dreaded Koctas to find my paint. So my same little man was behind the counter and I picked out my color and told him what I wanted and amazingly enough he came back and said “It is possible! But I won’t make it!) And here I am thinking Oh no! you WILL make it Buddy! He then tells me that for 2.5 liters of paint it was going to cost over $60 and he would not make that and I said well I’m not going to pay that! So then he nicely shows me a pre-mixed red paint that isn’t exactly what I wanted but at this point was willing to take and it only cost around $10 for the same amount! So all of that to say that I finally did something else to the apartment! I am not going to post pictures now because my painted design is not 100% finished yet and I don't want to spoil the final project(and I want you to be so completely intrigued by this rambling that you will come back and look at the photos when its done!) but I will post photos once the wall is completely finished! Also, I bought my first piece of art here in Turkey! I found a painter who does local scenes and he had a canvas that matches all of my color scheme and just fell in love with!
Onto the mayonnaise portion! For some reason that I still cannot fully comprehend before I left the states I decided it would be a great idea for me to get a perm. All of the other wives here have curly hair and I love the versatility of their hair and it is so hard when my hair is this long to do anything except wear it the exact same way every day. So I talked it over with my hairdresser and we decided that it would be a great idea (mistake #1). So the only time that we can both do it was the Friday before I left to come back to Turkey on Sunday at 5:30 in the evening (mistake #2). So I go and get this perm and afterwards my hair looked pretty good. The next day was not so good but still not great…. the curl had already started to fall out but I was still optimistic. So Saturday morning Ross and I leave Amarillo to head to Dallas to see Brian and Meagan, Ross’s family, and our friends Mark and Allie one last time before we head home. So we are at a Rangers game with Brian and Meagan Saturday night when I feel something funny on the back of my neck at the hair line. I promptly asked Meagan what it was and she said oh its just little hairs, it doesn’t look bad. I’m thinking Ok No big deal. So Sunday rolls around and we head home. I finally get to wash my hair the day we get back to Turkey and I notice that while washing it and then while I am combing it that an extraordinary amount of hair is coming out in my hand. Then I notice at the front of my hairline I have these small pointy hairs which is pretty odd. So I ask my wonderful husband to check it out for me and of course he says “Oh there is nothing wrong sweetie!I don’t see anything! You are not losing your hair!” And you have to understand that I do have a large number of irrational fears and going bald is one of them because I have only 2 siblings and both of them might have perhaps lost a little bit of hair in the past couple of years. So Ross is by now accustomed to giving me diplomatic responses when I randomly say “I think I am losing my hair… Will you check?” Well little did he know that this time was not an irrational fear…. This time it really happened! Evidently something happened with the perm and it caused my hair to break off at the root! So for the past 3 weeks I have been having crying spells in which I call my Mom bawling about going bald and freaking out and not being able to wash my hair for days at a time (which is not a good look for me – baldness or dirty hair!) Well after one of my crying spells I get a Skype message from my Daddy saying that he talked to my Granny and she had a tip for me. She said that if I would put mayonnaise on my hair and let it sit overnight that it would do wonders for it! So I skeptically decided to cover my entire head in mayonnaise and let it sit! I still haven’t gotten up the nerve the sleep overnight covered in mayonnaise but I have done it several times and each time I have left it longer and longer and it works wonders (thanks Granny!)! It didn’t do anything for it breaking off, but it has made it look so much healthier! My hair has quit breaking off as bad (thanks to my wonderful parents FedExing me shampoo and conditioner) and is beginning to feel a little better so I am hoping the end is in sight! I don’t think I would make a very pretty bald! And I do have to add this in that when Ross got home after travelling for 2 weeks he did admit that it was breaking and while that was not what I wanted to hear, it did provide a small satisfaction in hearing the Ross could possibly have been wrong for once! haha! I have to take the small victories when I can!
In the past couple of days my friend, Andrea, and I have been going to play tennis. The hotel next door has 4 courts and they are nice enough to let us come over and play. Before this point neither Andrea or I had ever picked up a tennis racket but after playing around together we decided that we would start trying to play. So this afternoon after lunch we went to Metro to buy rackets and balls. After we find what we need we went around the store picking up things that we might need or want. So in Metro there is one isle that I lovingly refer to as the American Isle that has all sorts of international products. We have found things such as Jiffy peanut butter, taco seasoning, and country maple syrup and I have to venture down this isle everytime I am in the store just to see what they have. So I am strolling and looking today and all the sudden I see a can of Duncan Hines chocolate frosting! I was elated! At this point I had no cake to put the frosting on but was so excited that I was willing to just eat the frosting (as if someone would have to twist my arm to do it!) So I grab the ridiculously expensive frosting and continue looking. A little ways down the isle I see a box of Duncan Hines Devils Food chocolate cake mix! Once again feelings of elation were high! We grab the cake mix and frosting and head back to the resort. After dinner Andrea and I come back to my flat and mix up the cake batter and she took it down to the kitchen to cook it. We wait the requisite 30 minutes and then she heads back down to take it out of the oven. Well most of the staff was in the kitchen and were dying to try the “American chocolate cake”! It was all she could do to get it back to my flat in one piece! So we let it cool off and ice it and invite Cheryl over to eat some with us since she has never had American chocalate cake either! She tried it and LOVED it! After one bite she was already asking for a second piece! So after we had out fill of cake we took Sue outside to run for a bit and we look down over my fence and see quite a few staff members sitting outside talking and playing backgammon. We told them we had extra cake and asked if they would like to have some. Of course they said yes so we took it down to them and the LOVED it! Our pastry chef even asked us for the recipe because it was so much better than the chocolate cake he makes! We didn’t have the heart to tell him that it came from a box and a can so now we are trying to find a good recipe for cake and icing that we can make with the ingredients we have available! Needless to say the cake was a hit not only with the Americans but with one Congolese and lots of Turks!
OK So I can’t pass up posting cute picture of my puppy, Curly Sue! We had a cookout the other night for one of the guys who works with Ross. He brought his whole family over for the summer and they left this past week so before they left we cooked dinner out for them. Andrea found this little flower bow things that she put on the table and I couldn’t resist putting one on Suey’s head! She was just so cute!
And I just couldn’t resist this precious photo of Ross and Sue! They are just so cute!
Well that is life right now. I will post photos of my wall as soon as they are done ( I know you are dying with anticipation!) Ross just called and he just landed in Bodrum from Romania and headed to the resort so hopefully we will have a few days to hang out together before he heads to Morocco again. Thank you all for bearing with my most of the time boring blogs and I hope to hear from you all soon!
Love to you all!