I am pretty confident in saying that week 1 as a resident of Ottawa is officially a success. I've:
- had 3 job interviews;
- created a bedroom;
- set up the dining room;
- shopped at Ikea;
- got a free military gym membership at the YMCA;
- spent 6 glorious days with my husband hanging out in our first home together (a sort-of Honeymoon - just a year too late); and to finish it off
- made several lovely dinners in my kitchen.
Although, the apartment isn't quite as amazing as Kensington Palace
, in fact, it is quite possibly one of the smallest kitchen's I've ever seen :(, but at least it's a kitchen, and I can make my own food - that alone makes me happy. The bathroom is now our "project" - it needs some serious caulking work, happily though, after my marathon cleaning session, I can now barefoot it on the floor. My bedroom is the one awesome - no work needed room - we bought ourselves a lovely fancy tempurpedic
bed and with it decked out in my flannel sheets and down comforter, we sleep like babies! SO amazing... and warm!
We still have to get a couch and a tv - might not happen for a while though, neither one of us has a proper full time job yet, and really, the internet can function as a tv for a while. Besides, isn't your first apartment suppose to be near empty?
The area where Pete found our place is quite awesome. We have a Tim Hortons, Italian grocery store, BMO, Shopper's Drug Mart and MacDonald's across the street.... so far, the grocery store has been a god-sent, especially when the roads are awful and we can just pop across the street for dinner. In the summer it will be even better - Moody's Bay is nearby and the canal has lovely running paths.
I was chatting with my mom the other day and she reminded me of a time, 9 years ago when I was living in Montreal and visited Ottawa. She recalled that I told her " I LOVE Ottawa, I want to live there". This prompted me to recall a plan that KQ and I had, once upon a time in University - we planned on moving to Ottawa to find government jobs. That then led me to think of the visits to Ottawa over the years.... when I visited Pete for the first time in Aug of 2008, and the many many times we've returned to visit, to get engaged
, to get married (one year ago on Sunday!), and finally move here for good. Almost 10 years in the making - wow!
And now for some pictures of my best day in Ottawa...