Well, faithful readers, Marty and I only have three weeks left in the apartment that has cradled us since we first moved to Victoria. Yes: we are moving!! The big changes are here!!
As you all know, we have been living with hunched shoulders and cramped legs alongside all of our stuff in a mere 640 sq. feet of living space for three long years now. (We have our own peloton of bicycles *and* an art studio in what should be our dining room, remember?) The time has definitely come for us to move on! And although we debated trying to buy a condo or townhouse, in the end we decided to rent a new space. We can’t really afford to buy as much space as we think we might need just yet, and we didn’t want to move out but still need our offsite storage lockers, so we’ll be renting a large-ish house until we can filter through all of our stuff and see what we actually need.
So. We are excited! And a little bit terrified!!
Our new house (!!!!!) has three bedrooms and a large, sunny studio space for Marty. Of course, the house is older and so the bedrooms seem as though they were built for gnomes (in comparison to some behemoth master suites we have seen.) Our queen-sized bed will literally only fit into one of the bedrooms, so that made the choice of where to sleep pretty easy. There is also a dire shortage of closet space, so we will be investing in lots of chests and wardrobes! 🙂 But! We will be able to have– for the first time in six years— a dining room table! And we can actually offer guests a place to sit down when we entertain like the true community spirits we are! (To buy: table. Also: chairs.) There is a living room with hardwood floors and a faux fireplace (classy!), a very very large backyard with a fire pit, clothes line, and permission to garden wherever we want, and there are enough cupboards in the kitchen to store place settings and pantry items for a family of twelve. We are moving in three weeks!!
Of course, getting all of these features at a price we can still afford means we are moving far out of Oak Bay. Far, far away. This makes me sad, because I have really adored living in this neighbourhood and being so close to the village and downtown, but seriously: our new place has a lot of features that we *think* we might be looking for in our eventual home, so we might as well check it out and see how we manage! If we hate it, we are only locked in for a mere six months, so there’s nothing to lose. (But who wants to move again in six months? Not us, especially because that would put us just before Labour Day, a very busy weekend at the Harbour. We are hoping for at least a year.)
So… what do you think? Does my sudden-onset Basket Case Syndrome make a little more sense or seem a tad more justified? Do any of you freak out as much as I do about moving? Are you excited to see our new place when we host a virtual housewarming party? And are you tired of all the question marks and exclamation points in this post? Me too!
PS: In case you are wondering why the eff I have not posted any photos of anything recently, it is because we lost our Photoshop when our computer had to be wiped clean. When we went to reinstall it afterward, the program was no longer being supported (too old) and wouldn’t install properly. So we tried downloading a free 30-day trial of the new Photoshop, which was too new for our computer and would crash every time we merely looked at the icon. So we had to scour ebay and find a Goldilocks version of Photoshop for sale– not too old, not too new. It is en route to us as we speak, and our computer had better support it, because Marty depends on Photoshop for so much of his graphics work, and I like to be able to resize and retouch photos before I put them up here. Long story short: our new software is on its way, and soon I will be able to show you the crazy faux-Baroque wallpaper that adorns our new bedroom. It is insane.