6.29.2012

a sigh of relief + (another) heap of boxes.


There is good news...and then there is good news. On Tuesday, we finally got the latter concerning our housing.

It's tricky to succinctly describe what was going on, or how quickly the tides changed for the better. But in short, the payment of our rent was auto-deducted from our paycheck before it even touched our bank account and was then passed down through three parties.  After we spotted our apartment online for $1,000 less than what was being deducted from our check...we knew something smelled fishy.

Someone...somewhere in this payment process...was helping themselves to $1000 of our money, thinking that for the next 12 months we'd blindly believe all of it was going toward "rent". Basically...we were about to get taken to the tune of $12,000.

Neither of us are "wave-makers" but we weren't exactly down with that. That's a college fund. That's a house downpayment. No, no...that's a phat trip to South Africa! (Take my future child's college fund or house downpayment. But don't you dare screw with our travel dreams! Ha.) So, we fought. After a month of discussing the matter with everyone involved, reading + writing a bajillion emails, showing proof over and over...even getting legal advice...we finally received word that moving forward, all income would remain untouched.

And we could finally proceed with securing our own housing! You know, just like normal people. But there was one catch in all this good news...we had to vacate our current place by June 30th.

Yep. We had exactly four days to find a new apartment in this foreign country, pack up our things and get the heck out of Dodge.

Done.

Done.

And...well, almost the heck out of Dodge. I'm still writing from the ghetto, sitting in a pile of boxes. But in a few short hours Gabe and I will load these boxes into the car, drive 15 minutes down the road and set up shop in a new apartment. A cute place with an enormous window looking directly over the ocean.

And an elevator without a stray wire to be found. :)

You cannot imagine the joy.

30 comments:

  1. Great news! Hopefully everything works out and we can soon see pictures iof your new apartment. :)

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  2. Yay!! so happy for you two :) summer will be much more smiley :)

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  3. What great news! Looking forward to photos of that beautiful view. Will a kitty be making the trip with you?

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  4. Great news! Hope you don't have to pack boxes again for a while!

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  5. WOW! Good thing you put up a fight! Can't wait to see the new place!

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  6. Yikes, I hope this is not what I have to look forward as my family & I join the ranks of military housing!

    Glad you got things straightened out. A good lesson in always staying on top of your finances & auto-deductions.

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  7. sweet friend, i have been thinking of you. Glad you hear you are able to move to a place where you can decided what you want. Glad things are getting better. xo

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  8. Such fantastic news! So glad you found a new place where you can create a little home here in Kuwait. It's tough enough being on the other side of the world, but living in the depths of the ghetto (Mahboula, Mangaf, or Abu Halifa if I had to guess) doesn't make it much easier.

    Too often 'company provided housing' translates to a horrid little apartment and a huge chunk of money being deducted from the salary. I'm glad y'all were able to find a way around that and secure a place you love! Can't wait to see the little touches of 'home' you give it.

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  9. Oh, yay!!!

    I'm so excited for you, Bethany.

    I'm sorry that you both have had to go through such a hassle. But, hooray for good news!!! =D

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  10. Aww Bethany that is SUCH great news!!
    I can't believe that someone was doing that to you and Gabe, but I'm really glad you've beaten them and can now live happily elsewhere (and a bit more flush!).

    Xxxx

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  11. Congrats on your new home! Is a cute kitten coming with you?!

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  12. Aww- Congrats! What a headache! But it's good you guys caught it right away! 12,000!! Hope you love your new place, are you going to take one of the kittens with you?!

    xo Kayla

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  13. Congratulations! I'm sure you're happy dancing your way around the heap of boxes. Can't wait to see the new place...but I'm also wondering just like everyone else--will there be any four-legged, feline friends joining you?!

    :-)

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  14. So happy you got the rent situation resolved. Phillip got his email offer letter yesterday for a position in Kuwait. He has the weekend to think things through. I'm sooooo nervous, especially now that I am reading about your horror rent situation. But on the other hand, I saw your recent photo of your new place. It looks awesome!

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  15. Whew! What a relief! That must have been so stressful {you know, on top of moving to a foreign country a million miles from home...}

    I would have been cursing like a sailor. But I'm sure you're far too ladylike to do anything of the sort ;~)

    So happy for you, B! July is going to be so much better than June!

    xo

    PS: It's my last day of work today! Woot! Hello summer hols!

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  16. Yay! So happy for you! Well, not about the whole stealing money thing, but definitely about the new apartment. I hope this makes things a little easier for you. And I can't wait to see how pretty you make it!

    xoxo,
    Joelle

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  17. Yay! I hope this makes life more enjoyable and gives you a break from excessive stress. (After moving again, of course)

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  18. Congratulations!! Are you taking a kitten with you??

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  19. That is FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC news! I can't wait to see pictures of said ocean and even said safe(r) elevator!

    Woohoo!

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  20. Woo Hoo! A view of the Arabian Gulf is one of the new Kuwait apartment essentials. I can see it from every room in my apartment except for the bathroom. I'm so happy for you and Hubby. Will there be a little kitten joining you? ;)

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  21. Fabulous news!
    I bet the kitties will miss you two though!

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  22. Glad you found a place! Looking forward to seeing the view! Also, your nails look great.

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  23. Thats great, congrats! I hope your new apartment is wonderful!

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  24. Yay I am so delighted for you both ! I hope that you can make it feel like home pretty soon ! Congratulations Bethany ! xx

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  25. So glad you figured this out!

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  26. So glad that you have a new apartment! And one so close to the ocean too! :)

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  27. Actually - I can imagine the joy!! Good for you!

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  28. Actually - I can imagine the joy!! Good for you!

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  29. Congratulations!Did you keep any of the kittens?

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  30. Man, it's awful when people try to take advantage. So tedious. Glad to hear all has worked out.
    Thanks so much for writing with openness and honesty
    x
    Elena @Randomly Happy

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