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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. πŸ™‚

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


  1. When I received my furniture here in Tromso 3 years ago, it had been shipped for 50 days. It went through the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman to Karachi, then through the Arabian Sea, the Red Sea, the Suez Canal, the Mediterranian Sea, Gibraltar, the Channel, North Sea, Oslo. Then 2000 km north on a truck. The friendly and diligent people of the moving company in Kuwait had packed even shells I had once found on the beach and kept for decoration in large white pieces of paper. Not a single item broke. Five Bangladeshis and Indians had been in my flat for three days packing. And it was affordable! The chaos in my flat here in Tromso was even greater than yours in Pensacola and there was little help when I unpacked the stuff. I moved last month to a nearby flat, which I have bought in the meantime. There was no help at all. And it was sooo expensive.

    By the way, the cupbord in the center of the second picture: I have the same! Where in Kuwait did you buy it? Al Rai, the Indian Antique shop run by the British lady or Al Salmiya, in the basement?

    Comment by Fahad | June 17, 2010 | Reply

  2. Won’t you just be thrilled when it is all over?!?

    Comment by momcat | June 17, 2010 | Reply

  3. You can’t imagine how comforting it is for me to know that other people have a lot of stuff too. πŸ™‚

    The Q looks sort of blank when I tell him my 2500 (more or less) books are coming with me.. 😈

    Comment by Aafke-Art | June 18, 2010 | Reply

  4. If you need me, just give me a call !!!!!!!
    lots of love ,

    Comment by Hayfa | June 18, 2010 | Reply

  5. Fahad, it had been almost three months en route to us. Isn’t it amazing, how these things travel. LOL@even your shells individually wrapped. πŸ™‚ Lord have mercy, I pray I don’t move again, not any time soon!

    I bought my cupboard at Reshi, Landmark Mall, in Doha. It is the only piece of furniture I brought back, and I treasure it. It also weighs a ton – I didn’t know that when I bought it. It holds a lot, though. I have used it for quilting tools, books and equipment, and now I am using it for tablecloths and linens. Hope you are enjoying yours. πŸ™‚

    Momcat – thrilled is too mild for what I will feel. I can’t even let myself think about it; I just have to get up every day and eat away at the problem. Today, I created three areas of sanity, but the kitchen in still in chaos, and I am still trying to figure out where stuff will go. We have this huge garage with lots of cupboards, but Pensacola weather is SO hot and humid, that anything stored in the garage has to be weather resistant. Aarrgh.

    Aafke – What is really scary is how much I have pared down. Every move, I get rid of so much, and then this pile of stuff arrives. I totally get books – books are our friends! But I have some really good news for you – we have books in the USA, too, LLLLLOOOLLLL! What about Tariq? Is he coming with you?

    Hayfa, I have been so tempted, not that I need the help – I am healthy and well this time – but just because I love your company, LOL. By the time you get here, I will have it all sorted out. You will be a welcome guest any time you can come. πŸ™‚

    Comment by intlxpatr | June 18, 2010 | Reply

  6. intxpatr, but many books are old friends, or special finds, or rare antiques. Those are irreplacable! I have been an avid collector since childhood.
    Can’t wait to start browsing the bookshops in America!
    oh, and I have lots of Dutch and German books, and a couple of french ones πŸ˜‰
    Oh yes, Zora and Al Tarq will be coming too; it’s a package deal!

    Comment by Aafke-Art | June 19, 2010 | Reply

    • LOL, Aafke, I am so happy to know Tarq and Zora will be coming with you to America. πŸ™‚

      As for the books – yep, I totally understand. I collect etiquette and household management books from early times, and I have some in French and some in German, too. We have a really hard time parting with any of our ‘old friends.’ Some books I have more than one of, because I lend them so often and don’t get them back. We are totally book people.

      Comment by intlxpatr | June 24, 2010 | Reply

      • In England one could buy ”Book checks” you could write down who borrowed which book, and the ”cheque” you wrote your name and put it in the book.

        In a book about books ( πŸ™‚ ) I once read of the best security solution, apparently one lady always got her books back: ON the title page of all her books she wrote: ”This book was stolen from Lady Fairfax”

        Try that one! :mrgreen:

        Comment by Aafke-Art | June 24, 2010

  7. totally random question re your photos: is that the same color paint on all the walls?

    Comment by Grammy | June 22, 2010 | Reply

  8. Yes. Lilting Laughter. Except, of course, for the walls that are wall-papered, all the walls are the same color. What I love about this color is that sometimes it looks cream, sometimes it looks the pink of early dawn – it shifts with the light. We really love it, and it made the house look very different, bigger, roomier. We actually loved the earlier color, a very fashionable burnt caramel, but it made the house feel like living inside a cave. I need light! Thank you for noticing!

    Comment by intlxpatr | June 23, 2010 | Reply

  9. LLOOOLLL, Aafke, actually, I buy the books to free them! Like you, I like to challenge my own ideas, but ideas have to be free to roam! I figure if a book disappears, it is part of a bigger plan, and I am just a means to an end. Some books, I like the ideas so much, I buy extras at the Half Price Book Store and give them away, and tell my friends to pass them along! πŸ™‚

    LLOOLL@ “this book was stolen from Intlxpatr!”

    Comment by intlxpatr | June 24, 2010 | Reply

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