This is an area to discuss things I've done with my husband over the years to strengthen our relationship as well as observations I've witnessed that might serve to help others.
The one thing being apart is bringing back to my mind regarding my husband and I's relationship: we may be opposites, but we're a damn good team. We've always been able to fill in each other's "gaps" in our years together. And even this far apart, we're doing that so well.
He's been scooting (and I mean that literally, he bought himself a scooter to get around) around Auckland looking for rentals for our family to live in once we come over there
***happy news break***the kids' and I's Visas were approved and overnighted to us yesterday!!! We have them in hand and we are shipping out June 13th!!! Air New Zealand has possibly THE BEST customer service department in the industry. If you ever have the chance to fly with them DO IT!!!*** and in between showings, he had been messaging me the links to applications for me to fill out. I applied for roughly 6 places in the last 2 days while he scoots around.
First of all, if you think finding a rental in Denver is bad, it's exponentially worse in Auckland. People write cover letters to talk about how amazing they are just to hand to property owners when they are applying. We've been advised that, because we're a white family, that's looked upon favorably and we should attach a family picture to push us ahead of other applicants. It feels dirty, but after getting rejected a few times, I spent last night making us a cover letter including our family pic. I feel like some kind of sell-out doing it, but I feel even worse continuing to pay $1100 per week for a hotel.
Another thing about the rental market in Auckland--their prices are listed by the week, not month. It was a little confusing initially, especially since we have to keep making the conversion from NZ$ to US$ to make sense, but we're getting better at that. And all measurements we get regarding the size of rooms, etc. are in cm. Means absolutely nothing to me. But, engineer husband has been a HUGE help with this. Metric is a reality in his job field, he uses it frequently. Give me some liquid mL measurements and I'm all over it, though :)
Fingers crossed that we find something soon--apparently yesterday's finds seemed pretty promising. I'm off to finish those applications (because he was texting them to me as I slept--yea time change!), so I'll update as we hear!