Spring in Islamabad

Rawal Lake, Islamabad

Saturday was a gorgeous day in Islamabad, and the perfect weather for an outing with my photography class to Rawal Lake. Around the lake there is a big park, with an amusement park, picnic areas, vendors, beggars, an aviary, boats to rent – you name it.We walked around for a couple of hours taking photos. We were certainly the object of curiosity from the locals!

Last week started off well last Sunday – a much needed trip to the spa, something I’d been putting off for quite a while. Afterward I went to work for a few hours, while John entertained his gaming crew at our house. I joined in after work – the last folks didn’t leave until 9 PM, after eight hours, so I think they all had fun!

Friday night, John and I went to the Canada Club to see a theater production of scenes from Neil Simon plays. We howled with laughter – especially fun to see some of our Embassy colleagues enjoy their roles. It was a very professionally done production and we really had fun – so much so that we stayed for a late night dinner with friends afterwards.

Saturday morning I worked for a while, then John and I went to Bridget’s for a truck art and jewelry show. It was fun to browse the goods and visit with friends. Alas, we came home empty handed this trip. In the evening we found a different pizza delivery that was very good and watched a few episodes of “House of Cards.”

Sunday I put my nose to the grindstone. After a fun spinning class at the gym, I worked on my annual review, and then knocked out two of my five employees’ reviews. It’s the time of year that everyone hates!

Last week, John made balloon animals at a party our Marines sponsored for a local orphanage – he was quite the hit! Here’s a photo:

Balloon Animals by John

On a very sad note, a wonderful man passed away this week. Ray Von Bobo of Hope, Arkansas, the father of my bestie Mike Bobo and his wonderful sisters Charlotte and Sheila. Ray Von led a full life and he’ll be missed. RIP, Ray Von.

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