we were so sad to miss all the festivities back home this weekend but, we decided that the apartment debacle and the jet lag were too much to handle a trip to atlanta or anywhere else for that matter.
for anyone not on facebook or who didn't actually hear me crying all the way from san juan...the apartment debacle details are...
after 30 hours of travel we arrived at our "air conditioned" apartment at 11pm to find the only air conditioning was located in the bedrooms. this meant that 70% of the apartment was about 132 degrees with 150% humidity. we're not from the tropics and since i don't really love sweating every time i go to the bathroom this was NOT going to work. so, after raising holy heck and conjuring up all my best fake attorney skills, for oh, about 9 hours, i got us out of the lease and all of our money back minus what we owed for the time we were actually there.
as i've stated before, i really needed a break from the hotel life. just some normalcy to round out our year of anything but. of course once this hope was dashed and i had, yet again, unpacked all of our belongings at the hotel i was over it. who needs their own space? who wants to actually prepare their own food or watch tv or read a book outside of a bed?? 300 sqft is PLENTY of room for two people to co-exist peacefully!!
the Wife wasn't quite ready to give up so for kicks and giggles we decided to check with another property manager i had spoken to earlier about apartments. we had actually debated between one of hers and the one we leased. who said to trust your first instincts?
the apartment we had liked was no longer available but, she did have two to show us and we went to check them out friday night.
short story even shorter...we liked one of them very much, we went back on sunday to check out the neighborhood and after jumping through the hoops again with leases and management approvals...we're moving into our new apartment tomorrow morning!!
this apartment not only has air conditioning in every room (so 1st world!) but, it's also just nicer in general and best of all is a mere block from an awesome stretch of beach.
after a week at our hotel i can't tell you how lucky we feel. note to all: do not ever stay at the conrad hotel in san juan.
needless to say i'm thrilled at the prospect of being normal(ish) again and of course COOKING! i'm even excited about washing our clothes. fabric softener here we come!!
thanks to everyone who sent up prayers and positive thoughts our way. we're so looking forward to settling in and not packing again until it is time to head home!
on a related note since i haven't spent my year curled up with cookbooks and copies of southern living if you have any great summer recipes you discovered this year please send them my way! i know you're all in chili and pumpkin latte mode but it's in the mid 90's so, i'm looking for light and delicious dishes.