Saturday, April 29, 2006


Two little bits of info to share:

1) I have £1.40 to last me till Tuesday (that's about 700 fils). Literally. (I could have withdrawn from my Kuwaiti credit card except that I just discovered it expired in March and I didn't realize it before to have it renewed while I was home.) Any suggestions on how to make that last? I desperately need laundry detergent to wash my towels (I'm down to the last drop) but at the same time, I need food. Then again, three days of no food could be a good weight loss regiment. I have a bag of pasta so I could keep making penne with olive oil, garlic, and herbs everyday. Maybe I should get a guitar and go sing in the tube station.

2) I came home the other night and noticed some big browish-yellow lines/stains on my ceiling in my bedroom. No water was dripping so I decided not to fret about it for the night because I didn't feel like having another confrontation with my neighbours. Next morning I called my landlord's maintenance guy (who knows me all too well by now) and he said the idiots upstairs had a boiler leak for days and didn't report it - they just kept mopping up the water - until it finally completely burst and flooded the place! B.L.O.O.D.Y-M.O.R.O.N.S. Uhhhh - EVICTION?? Haven't they done enough to get kicked out by now? I can't wait till the girl who's actually on the lease comes back into town - I'm gonna have a loooooong talk with her.


  • I cannot BELIEVE your neighbors! And I cannot BELIEVE they are not getting evicted. I mean, the stuff you are saying is exactly what we go through with our neighbors, but here you do not expect anything when you call the landlord. (Actually, I believe his exact words were, "If you don't like it, leave.")

    Now the money thing - Why are you spending all of it before the month is over??? Not that I am one to talk :) Seriously, should I send? But even if I do, by the time it gets to you yours will have come through. So write a bad check to Dominoes and buy the detergent ;)

    By Blogger Raine, at 4/29/2006 3:07 pm  

  • I'm scared if I keep complaining to my landlord, they're gonna say the same thing! I'm gonna wait till the girl gets back and talk to her, nicely - make her seem like I'm complaining about the guys for her own good. If that doesn't work I'm gonna get the old lady downstairs on my side (I can tell she doesn't like them). Meanwhile, I'm still recording everything I hear.

    As for the money - what do you mean "spending all of it before the month is over"?! I had to pay rent, and pay my water, electricity, gas, and broadband bills! I literally live on no more than £10 a day - including all three meals, coffee when I'm on campus (but that's only 50p in the common room!), the bus (I've stopped taking the tube!), and my mobile top-ups (which I've cut down to a £5 top-up a week!). But the reason I'm broke is because my money that was supposed to come in on the 25th got delayed. It was paid into my account on Thursday but it takes about 3 business days to process and Monday is a bank holiday (of course!).

    As for Domino's - it's not like the States here! First of all my bank didn't even give me a check book, and second of all, I don't think Domino's here takes checks! Being broke in the States was sooooo much easier! Bad checks to Domino's, or worse case scenario we could just get a sandwich from Jonathan's on a tab!

    If you would like to donate to the "Feed Kleio" fund, though, you can always deposit KD10 into my Burgan account tomorrow morning! I can withdraw that immediately, and then I can get detergent AND food! ;)

    By Blogger Kleio, at 4/29/2006 6:01 pm  

  • It is so interesting to read this posting between sisters that I miss having one. The connection that I have with my brother, though close, is never like this.

    Somewhere along the line it seems that detergent is much more important than food. Now I understand your cleanliness streak better.

    By Blogger Jags Mollu, at 4/29/2006 8:04 pm  

  • JM: How many siblings do you have? My sisters are my best friends - despite the fact that we have some age gaps (we're 26, 30, 35, and eldest is 42). Everything I've learned (big and small) and everything I've become in life can be directly attributed to them. OK well, I won't give them ALL the credit, but they get a hell of a lot! :)

    I am inclined to get the detergent, since I didn't realize I was out until after I stuffed the towels into the washing machine - and now both my bath towels are in there so if I don't get detergent that means no shower till Tuesday! (I can't bring myself to take one out and use it, even though I wash them very regularly so they're not really "dirty"...but still!).

    But then again, I'm getting hungry! I'm gonna start looking through my pants pockets and bags for loose change.

    By Blogger Kleio, at 4/29/2006 9:49 pm  

  • ur towels can remain "dirty" for a couple more days. i say "dirty" coz i know that they would be considered reasonably clean in anyone elses standards

    By Blogger Rampurple, at 4/29/2006 9:55 pm  

  • I opted for food. It wasn't easy trying to find something to last through tonight and tomorrow (I'm invited to a dinner on Monday so I'm safe there)! After much exploration I discovered that £1.40 gets exactly one packet of pita bread with six medium sized pieces (£.035) and one tub of hummous (£1.05). Worked out perfectly! Plus I have zaatar and olive oil so I'll have a mini-meza for dinner. Not bad! I guess I can air dry after my shower. :) My bigger concern now is that I'm down to my last roll of toilet paper...

    By Blogger Kleio, at 4/29/2006 11:01 pm  

  • Shino ma 3ndohom souq alyim3a? La7tha, alyoom Sunday! Go to Sunday Market! Shouldn't they have cheap stuff like we do in our Friday Market?
    Aren't there any $1 of 1 Pound stores you can get detergant from?

    By Blogger The Stallion, at 4/30/2006 7:28 am  

  • Even if there is one, I no longer even have £1! Hehehe. I literally have 1p!! I found it in the pocket of one of my jackets.

    By Blogger Kleio, at 4/30/2006 1:01 pm  

  • Im heading to the nearest Western Union!

    By Blogger Jazz Central, at 4/30/2006 1:37 pm  

  • No no deposit into my Burgan account it's quicker!!!

    By Blogger Kleio, at 4/30/2006 1:57 pm  

  • Actually I have a brother, just two years younger to me. My parents got married when they were really young, had kids really young and in a way they grew up along with us.

    To me, having older sisters is wonderful - you get more pocket money (need not always rely on parents), you never get tired of your wardrobe (and with 4 sisters thats a whole lot of outfits, though after the detergent story I doubt whether you would ever share / borrow your sister's clothes), get to stay in all their houses whenever you get bored of your place, have someone stand up for you all the time even when your parents get upset with you over something, talk girly whenever you feel like it and oh! forgot the most important one - you have a constant companion for all the shopping trips (brothers hate this!)

    By Blogger Jags Mollu, at 4/30/2006 10:05 pm  

  • I like the guitar idea...but now you can't buy one obviously :p Try borrowing!

    By Anonymous F., at 4/30/2006 11:03 pm  

  • Wow. Wow. Wow.

    The adventures you have in London ;P

    By Blogger Tooomz, at 5/01/2006 12:14 am  

  • JM: Who do you think I got the OCD cleaning thing from? ;) The best things about have sisters, in addition to the ones you mention, are: they broke down all the barriers/restrictions with our parents when we were growing up so by the time it was my turn to do anything (the big stuff) my parents were expecting it and I didn't have to put in much effort. When I was growing up I used to listen to whatever my teenage sister was listening to, which is how you got a six year old Kuwaiti girl listening to Steve Winwood and the Cure! Plus, having someone to go to for advice, consolation, and help about ANYTHING, who will never judge, ridicule, or mislead you. And, best of all, having sisters means someone will deposit KD20 into your account when you're dead broke!

    Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I got a bit of cash to hold me over! :) Which means my towels are clean and my belly is full.

    F: I have three of them, but in Kuwait! Imagine me standing on the street corner in Salmiya trying to make some extra cash! I've started learning how to play the mandolin but I left it in Kuwait - I think I will bring it back with me next time just in case of another emergency like this one...

    Tooomz: And they're not even cool adventures, they're stupid ones.

    By Blogger Kleio, at 5/01/2006 12:32 am  

  • Lol I can so relate with the "breaking down the barriers." My eldest sister got it bad, especially restrictions to make-up and such i.e. "Wait until you're in college." I'm kind of thankful that I'm the youngest gal :P I just hear tales of how strict my parents were with my older siblings and I wriggle a mischevious eyebrow :P
    And personally, I think running out of TP is the worst. That equals a nightly drive to the ghetto, 24-hour Walgreens.

    By Blogger Erzulie, at 5/01/2006 9:57 am  

  • So Burgan Bank it is :)

    By Blogger Jazz Central, at 5/01/2006 2:27 pm  

  • Mmmmmmmm herbal pasta.. (hope that helps :P)

    By Blogger 7tenths, at 5/01/2006 3:59 pm  

  • Erzulie: Being the youngest is the best! I got (and get) away with murder! Nyahahaha! ;) *Ducks away from Raine and Red*

    JC: Thank you! KD100 should be fine.

    7tenths: You want some? I make a mean tagliatelle con olio, aglio, é peperoncini!

    By Blogger Kleio, at 5/01/2006 4:08 pm  

  • Hell yeah! Food I can't read always seems to taste good! :D

    By Blogger 7tenths, at 5/01/2006 11:31 pm  

  • Well you're in luck because Italian is my specialty! Not only can I cook it, I can also speak it, and so I can actually give my dishes their proper Italian names. :) FYI to the non-Italian-speaking world, "bruschetta" is pronounced "brusketta" NOT NOT NOT "brushetta"!!! (Sorry, it's a pet peeve of mine so thought I'd throw it in here.)

    By Blogger Kleio, at 5/02/2006 12:06 am  

  • dear k,

    in the non-sibling world - friends become the people you can call and they'll give you EVERYthing ... food, drinks, shelter, advice (wanted or not), etc.

    plus - they won't ever bring it up at the family dinner table.



    By Blogger raf*, at 5/04/2006 12:26 am  

  • raf: True, in your home away from home, friends can become like family. It was certainly that way for me as an undergrad. The amount of time we spent together and the things we did for each other still baffle me to this day! And, to an extent, I do have a couple of friends here now as a postgrad that are becoming that way - but it's different...undergrad is different world!

    By Blogger Kleio, at 5/04/2006 1:03 am  

  • dear k,

    friends are friends. period. most of mine have nothing to do with the undergrad/grad divide. they're just ... FRIENDS. or, in other words, they're CHOSEN family.


    By Blogger raf*, at 5/04/2006 2:35 am  

  • Raf: Yes of course that's true. What I meant is that when you're in as intensive a postgraduate programme as I am, you don't have as much time or energy to invest as much of yourself into a friendship as you do when you're an undergrad. It's just a matter of the number of hours in the day. That's what I meant when I said undergrad is different. As far as the friends I've made in grad school, the great thing holding us together is the fact that we are in the same field - we are friends and we are colleagues, which creates an intellectual bond between us that is unique and rare.

    Going back to the first comment you left here, about friends not bringing stuff up at the family dinner table - luckily I don't have the type of family who would bring stuff like that up at the dinner table or anywhere else, so finding friends like that as well - well I guess it doesn't fill a void for me, it's just an added bonus. My sisters and my father are my absolute best friends, and my mother was too, so I guess I'm lucky in that respect - while I do have close friends that feel like family to me - I couldn't have "chosen" a family better than the one I've got.

    By Blogger Kleio, at 5/04/2006 4:26 am  

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