Here There and Everywhere

Expat wanderer

Fresh Start

I always get a burst of energy between Christmas and New Year’s. Truly, for me, new hope has come into the world. It doesn’t have to be rational, it’s just the way it is for me. I get all kinds of old messes cleaned up, I sort, I organize, I throw out or I hem/mend/ cut down to make something useful once again.

It made the dark months of winter pass more quickly in Seattle and in Germany, where many days go from black to dark grey and then back to black again. Here in Kuwait, with all the sunshine, it is just so much easier. Every day dawns in blues and pinks – how can life be bad when a day starts so beautifully?

There is one sharp sword hanging over me – taxes. *gnashing of teeth* I am pretty good about keeping receipts all in one place all year, but taxes for xpats can be complicated, and our tax guy sends a worksheet – like 14 pages – for us to fill out every year. It really isn’t that hard, but I dread it.

Over a year ago, the US government changed the way expats are taxed. Even worse, they snuck it in as an amendment, I think to a military appropriations or budget bill, and no one was aware of the implications until it was a done-deal. It is a nightmare. In one year, we went from qualifying for refunds to owing a burdensome debt of taxes. Aaarrgh.

I have a list of projects I want to do this year, some challenging, some just fun. Some projects left over from previous years I want to get done once and for all. I see 2008 as a great luxury, all those days, an entire year, stretching out before me in which I can get these things done. Woooo Hooooooo!

December 29, 2007 - Posted by | Bureaucracy, Cultural, ExPat Life, Financial Issues, Kuwait, Leadership, Living Conditions, Political Issues | , , ,

10 Comments »

  1. I hope you meet the deadline for all your projects šŸ™‚ good luck šŸ™‚

    Comment by Fast Lane | December 29, 2007 | Reply

  2. Thank you, Amu! The good news is that it’s more the process that matters with these projects, so the deadline isn’t so important.

    Comment by intlxpatr | December 29, 2007 | Reply

  3. I shrug at hearing the word New year since every new year brought new troubles only! Hope it gets over ASAP šŸ™‚

    Comment by Joel | December 29, 2007 | Reply

  4. Whoa! Joel! I can’t believe it! You always seem to have such a positive attitude! Let’s hope this is a whole new and wonderful kind of year for you.

    Comment by intlxpatr | December 29, 2007 | Reply

  5. Good luck šŸ™‚

    Comment by rainmountain | December 30, 2007 | Reply

  6. Thanks rainmountain, and also to you.

    Comment by intlxpatr | December 30, 2007 | Reply

  7. lots of things to do for this coming year!!! personally, i am expecting a whole new life for my within this year šŸ™‚ So good luck to u, to me and to everyone else!

    Comment by Fonzy | December 30, 2007 | Reply

  8. Thanks, I’m trying by best to think positively šŸ™‚

    Comment by Joel | December 30, 2007 | Reply

  9. “I see 2008 as a great luxury” – what a GREAT way to look at it. Thanks khalti – you’ve given me a new perspective on the year ahead!

    Comment by adiamondinsunlight | December 30, 2007 | Reply

  10. Fonzy . . . . a whole new life, huh? I can think of ONE big change, and I wonder if that is the change you are making? Good luck to you! šŸ™‚

    Joel – You have so much going for you, positive thinking probably will come easily.

    Little Diamond – this should be a year of consolidation and celebration for you, with all you have accomplished *dances for joy*

    Comment by intlxpatr | December 31, 2007 | Reply


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