Another reason why I haven't been posting is because it has been tooooo cold here. All of the middle east seems to be having unusually cold weather. Our computer sits in a room that is usually unheated. Palestinian houses have stone floors and walls and very high ceilings (about 10 foot) and our house is large, so we usually only heat the living room and the bedrooms. For the last week, the night time temperatures have been around freezing, so most of the house is very cold. My hands are almost too cold to type. We haven't had any precipitation, or we would have had snow, like they did in Baghdad. We usually get sleet most years, and every couple years since I moved here we got snow that laid on the ground. One year there was over a foot!
Now I am off to get warm!