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A Captioned July



I’m pretty late for the July photo round up, but it’s been a crazy few weeks.

July has always been one of my favorite months of the year, and not just because it’s full of family celebrations. I really am a summer girl; I love the mid-year energy, the excitement, and even the tiredness that is a result from the heat.

With that said, this is the hottest Ammani summer I remember. It is even hotter than the summer of 2006, which was also a World Cup July. The Riyadh-bred girl? Long gone. My tolerance for heat is now: zero. Yet, what I enjoy about such uncharacteristically weird weather is that it’s always easier to start conversations about it with even the most random strangers.

I’m going to attempt to do something a little different with my monthly images this time, and caption them. I know that many of you guys enjoy the anonymity of the shot minus the caption, but this would be a different way and it’s about time for change.

On July
My brother Omar, after we spent an hour blowing up ballons for my mother’s birthday party. It was an awesome three-day celebration of her birthday, and this is day two. We got her a phone, and about time too, as hers was probably the oldest cellphone still in use in this city.

On July
Day one of mama’s birthday celebrations. See the weird watermelon looking things on the table? We discovered this new breed of vegetable this summer during my mother’s daily work in Irbid. They’re called 7aroosh, and they taste like cucumbers but look like baby watermelons.

On July
Yanone, designer of the Amman typeface, dressed in his workman jumpsuit because making typefaces is “hard work” during The New (Type)face of Amman lecture held in Masrah al Balad.

On July
During a family screening of one of the World Cup games. It was a hot, hot night.

On July
Playing scrabble with my brothers and friends. I love playing scrabble; I have never lost a game. 

On July
My brothers and friends sitting on our balcony during early July. This week has been too hot to even sit outside! :)

On July
The guy in the middle is 3aha, who is my Super Mario buddy.

On July
A little cousin taking shots for one of our upcoming Ramadan family quiz nights.

On July
This picture includes some of my favorite people in the world :)


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11 Comments

  1. Chris

    Nice pics, everyone looks very vivacious! Well, except the one where most look a tad bored, I guess they didn’t have soccer fever at the moment. Plus, someone forgot to go thumbs-uppy goofy-grinny in the big group-pic! :D Now, as for that “word queen”—vain, egotistical, pompous, boastful… I could go on, but I won’t! (Just teasing… :P) Finally, it was very hot here in July as well… ouch! :D No, I love hot weather, I hate it when it’s cold… ouuuch! (I definitely meant that one…) @Omar If you’re reading this, you do look like a lemur! ;D

  2. Chris, lol, yeah, it’s also the heat. Crazy heat this year, I wasn’t kidding! How hot is it where you are? In Celcius? It seems like the entire world is reaching all time record highs!

  3. I like the captions thing Roba, and I love summer too :) I hate when the days get shorter minute by minute in August :s
    we call the 7aroosh you mentioned ja3abeeer, or that’s what my relatives in irbid call them, yummy

  4. ja3abeer

    I agree with Bardees it is called ja3abeer and u did not discovered this new breed of vegetable since it is been there as far as i remember in irbid area
    so i won’t call that a descovery

  5. ja3abeer

    I agree with Bardees it is called ja3abeer and u did not discovered this new breed of vegetable since it is been there as far as i remember in irbid area
    so i won’t call that a discovery

  6. awesome pics, kal3adeh ya sa3adeh
    .-= The latest from Mesh´s blog ..Feeling 80′s =-.

  7. Chris

    It’s been a muggy 33-35 here for the last few weeks, not too bad. In the summer I mainly do physical work outside in the sun, but it doesn’t really bother me… I quite like it, actually. :) Summer is my favorite out of our 4 distinct seasons… I don’t really mind the other 2, but that snowy icebox of a winter (0 to -20 plus wind chill): oh man! OUCH!! :D

  8. Haroosh

    Isn’t the Haroosh, a cantelope?…the orange flesh melon? In the shamaal they are known as “jaa-abeer” and they are mighty tasty! Like you, the customs and border patrol officers at JFK love ’em too…as they always confiscate mine ;-)

  9. ziad d

    Sorry, but did I misunderstrand this or did you call your baby brother ‘Fas’ as in fart? That’s hillarious if that’s the case. I guess it does rhyme with Gus. Still maskeen!
    I hope your August will be as pleasant also! :)

  10. i so liked the captions, no more “guessings” ;)
    .-= The latest from ghaloosh´s blog ..kan ya ma kan =-.

  11. Farah

    Is the birthday cake from Yummy Bites?

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