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We are here!

(Note: This post was written by Laurel Regan and originally published in a separate blog called “Why Windsor…”, which was later merged with Alphabet Salad.)

Well, I now have (and live in!) a house in Windsor, I carry an Ontario driver’s licence (albeit temporary) and drive a car with Ontario plates, and I’ve signed up for OHIP. I guess it’s official – I am now a Windsorite!

thisendupThe past few months have been a whirlwind of packing, travelling, moving, unpacking, setting up our new house, unpacking some more, starting to learn my way around the city, unpacking still more, figuring out strategies for working from home, and (you guessed it), unpacking. Up until now, any time I’ve thought about actually sitting down to write a blog update I’ve either been confronted by work, weariness, or cardboard boxes, hence my long absence from Why Windsor…

BUT… even though we still have a few boxes yet to unpack and some pictures left to hang, and even though the fun and busy-ness of the holiday season is upon us, I think I may finally be, if not fully back in the game, at least warming up to “real life” once again.

This whole year has been, quite frankly, a crazy one. Starting in January when we contacted our realtor, then continuing throughout the following months with getting our house ready to put on the market, listing our house and discovering all the associated “joys” (showings, Open Houses, hopes raised and dashed, etc.) that went along with the process, the excitement of a successful sale, the stress and weariness of packing, dealing with saying goodbye to family and friends in Victoria, moving across the country, worrying about our cat’s safety on the plane, closing on our new house, starting to learn and love the quirks and creaks of our new-old house, and getting used to a new city in a new part of the country… wow. Dear 2011, while you have been eminently memorable, I’m not anxious for a repeat anytime soon!

As for my wishes for 2012, it all seems to come down to time… time to spend in my cosy new home with my husband and my cat… time to write, to read, to walk, to explore… time to see and do new things and meet new friends… in other words, time to live a life that doesn’t involve selling or buying real estate and contains a minimum of cardboard boxes!

Here’s to 2012, and new beginnings.

Laurel Storey, CZT – Certified Zentangle Teacher. Writer, reader, tangler, iPhoneographer, cat herder, learner of French and Italian, crocheter, needle felter, on-and-off politics junkie, 80s music trivia freak, ongoing work in progress.