Dust in the Wind

It’s apropos that I’m lounging in my apartment watching Along Came Polly, starring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman as Sandy Lyle, because that’s exactly what today is- sandy. The wind is blowing full-force and there’s a sandstorm that appears to span the emirates of Abu Dhabi and Dubai, maybe more.


This one has been wreaking havoc for hours and my weather app promises more windy days ahead.


Here’s an aerial view of my party animal neighbors’ patio, where their beloved A&Y letters have blown over yet again.


Most of the 5th floor canopies on the patios have been battered, too. I have small piles of sand on my balcony. So much for the months-long window-cleaning job that was just completed at The Arc, though it’s no big deal for me because my stack was skipped anyway. I actually don’t mind being holed up at home today because Ashley and I finally have a chance to sit down and plan a little getaway for the end of March. The only downside is that I have only two mornings each week to use the pool but it’s closed right now so fingers crossed this doesn’t continue into tomorrow. I need some Vitamin D to alleviate my current depression.

Some of the blues I’m experiencing stem from work. I’m grateful to have my job and won’t get into details here, but man, I gotta figure out a way to let some of this go. Right now I’m just trying to start each day fresh.

Another problem for me is homesickness. There are many people I’d love to see, but I especially miss my babies. I have four daughters- two cats and two humans.

Taking a photo with the felines is never easy

Taking a photo with the felines is never easy

Our almost 4 year-old Noelle is currently living with my friend Robin, her son Tyler, Tyler’s cat, and several dogs. Quite the menagerie. But she’s holding her own there.


Our elderly girl, Styx, will be 16 next month.


She doesn’t like dogs AT ALL so my parents begrudgingly took her in. Without fail, they report in-depth on her every move. To us, she was always kind of like a side item that required very little attention, as per her own request. She could be taken care of almost effortlessly. She’s now become the center of my parents’ universe. Listening to all the worries and stress Styx causes them, I’m not quite sure how they raised three children! But I’m grateful they took our beloved girl and I promised them they’ll miss her when Kate takes the cats to Grand Rapids in the fall.

Next is Jenna.


I miss her terribly and don’t hear from her as often as I’d like. Although the 10-hour time difference is partly to blame, she’s also busy at school; she studies a lot, has joined several clubs, and is in a sorority. We text throughout the day but I usually have to catch her on the fly in order to talk on the phone. It’s weird because Jenna was a homebody until her senior year in high school. With Kate already away at college, Jenna and I spent a lot of time together. So not having her around anymore has left a gaping hole. I must admit though, given a choice, I’d rather have her happy and busy than the alternative.

And last but not least, my Kate.


We talk and text all the time. She just returned from the Mardi Gras extravaganza in New Orleans, a 21st birthday/Christmas gift from my sister. She’s got so much going on right now including an internship in Michigan this spring/summer along with the Cannes Film Festival job in May. The fact that Kate won’t be staying in Chicago this summer led to our discussion that we may never live together again. What? I refuse to accept that.

I wish these four would just walk through the door right now. Unfortunately, the only thing coming through the front door today is food delivery, and the patio door… sand.


7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. bettinabennett2014
    Feb 20, 2015 @ 19:50:55

    Awww your four babies are beautiful. And yep this sand and wind is inane. Is it wrong that I’m hoping it’s just too much for our other girls? maybe Sunday will be an easy day?

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  2. Ren
    Feb 21, 2015 @ 01:59:59

    Having weathered nearly 20 years in Seattle, I can relate to your sunlight-deprivation depression. 2012, our “year without a summer” was particularly harsh. It literally gave me a headache just to look outside at the low-hanging gloom day after day. I think I looked at a lot of pictures of California online just to remind myself that somewhere out there the sun was shining. I even considered moving back to Chicago because their weather was better — yes, that’s how bad it was! Definitely take Vitamin D. Some people also find relief with full-spectrum lighting, if that’s available to you. Hey, at least it’s not ten below and snowing where we are! And what lovely young women your girls have turned out to be — you should be proud. Am hearing about the high-rise fire at The Torch. This isn’t you, is it? Hope you’re safe. Been following your blog for some time now, and I love hearing what you’re up to.



    • suzannainthesand
      Feb 21, 2015 @ 03:34:07

      Ren, I’m in Abu Dhabi, about 90 minutes away from Dubai. I just woke up to headlines about the Marina Torch fire, which is the 2nd one reported this weekend. With winds so high, it’s difficult to extinguish fires. I could barely open my balcony door this morning to get outside (just wanted to take a little video), so it looks like we’re stuck inside for another day. I’m sure it will be prefect tomorrow, though, seeing it’s the first day of the work week!



  3. Deb Mech
    Feb 21, 2015 @ 17:34:02

    Oh Suzanna… you made me cry for you (I think you know the tune I’m singing to!)
    Sorry you’re stuck in another dust bowl! Wish I was able to be with you on this one too!




  4. suzannainthesand
    Feb 22, 2015 @ 15:46:00

    Thanks for the laugh, Deb! This was the worst Dust Bowl since the Dust Ball (remember, that’s what we called it). Frankly, we’re lucky we’re alive to tell the tale. Wish you were here!!!!



  5. Marina
    Feb 27, 2015 @ 03:16:19

    Homesickness is the worst…but what gorgeous, talented girls you have. Love from cold, dreary Chicago!



  6. flahertylandscape
    Apr 13, 2015 @ 08:38:40

    I like you landscape, weather and urban photos–contemporary urban culture UAE style! Thanks for the posts and photos! 🙂



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