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Chaos Once Again in Pensacola

I believe the word that will ultimately characterize this year is chaos, and the struggle to bring order out of chaos. You might have noticed I have not been able to blog. Once again, chaos has hit Pensacola, this time in the form of our Doha shipment.

Good news for all my expat friends, concerned about packing out of Doha, or Kuwait. This has been the very best move, ever, and the second best move was the move from Kuwait to Qatar. I rate this one higher only because it was so much longer, and across a sea, and there is so much potential for damage – humidity, being left out on the pier in a storm, a leaky container, theft, lack of careful packing . . . not a single element was wrong with this shipment. Not a thing missing. Not a single thing damaged.

For your information, we were packed by GAC. We marvel at how carefully they packed even the most humble drinking glass. 🙂

So here is what we look like right now:

Chaos in the entry – we have all our artworks stored here, except for the really large pieces, and most of the large ones we already know where they will go . . .

It seemed like we had a lot of cupboard space, until this shipment arrived. I had left room, but . . . not enough. More donations to the Pensacola Junior League Sale coming up!

Most of this is my stuff, a tiny bit of winter and evening clothing and . . . a lot of fabric which will move to the quilt room when there is room . . . My quilt room used to look so big!

Now, for AdventureMan’s chaos – we are heading to his office:

Yes! Yes! Hide your face, AdventureMan! All these boxes . . .

I can see the end in sight. Once I have all this put away, there is just one more shipment, all my strays from Seattle. I have a storage locker there, and things left at my mother’s, and a whole underbed area at my sister’s house. Who knew they would be inconvenienced this long? We are going to drive up and haul all this stuff back, and at that point – the move is complete.

June 17, 2010 Posted by | Adventure, Customer Service, ExPat Life, Family Issues, Financial Issues, Florida, Living Conditions, Moving | 11 Comments

Lunch at the Tuscan Oven

We took a road we don’t usually take, and suddenly, there it was – The Tuscan Oven! I had eaten there before, and loved it, but had not seen it and had assumed it had disappeared. Restaurants do that, even good ones, it takes so much work and so much effort to run a restaurant, and they run on such a slim margin that we have often been disappointed to see good restaurants close.

We were joyful to see the Tuscan Oven!

The place is packed. People who love good food are here. 🙂 You can tell that many of them are friends with the owner, and they come here often. The menu has too many good things!

We ordered the Antipasta Plate, with delicious cheeses and sausages, tasty olives and a stuffed artichoke heart. Unfortunately, we dug in before I remembered to take photos 😦

We each also ordered a small pizza, but even small was too big after the antipasta plate, so we ended up bringing more than a full pizza home.

I love the decor – an artist has painted food ingredients for the meals – this is my favorite, the artichoke:

We look forward to coming back here often!

June 17, 2010 Posted by | Customer Service, Eating Out, ExPat Life, Florida, Food, Living Conditions, Pensacola, Photos | 1 Comment