The commenter who has moved seven times in ten years will roll her eyes. But for me, this move was a massive event, physically and emotionally.
What I didn't anticipate:
- Unpacking, you will handle every item you own, at least once. While we had divested at least half of our belongings, there was still an endless stream of things to place...somewhere. Our furniture fit, the paint colours sang, thanks to pre-move hours on the treadmill spent watching Nate Berkus.
- Moving alters your senses. Time expands and contracts, attention sharpens. Like travel, you can't auto-pilot through the day. Every feature, from wall sockets to street signs, demands scrutiny; you see more, do more. The move-in week was both one of the speediest and most expanded of my life.
- You'll use all your various thinking skills, from investigating to directing to imagining. We've also found it good for the spirit, infusing us with curiosity and wonder. Full disclosure: we also succumbed to a few fights borne from exhaustion and frustration: "I thought you packed the picture hangers."
We are walking more, shopping scarcely beyond the day's needs, aiming for a less-sedentary life. Here's the market, a six-minute walk away.
|Just down the street!|
Shoes! Spring in new city makes me interested indeed. I wanted to coax the low-heeled oxfords off the seller's realtor's feet. They were similar to these Fluevog Dohje's; price, $275.
I've also noticed the ultra-long scarf, worn as shown to soften a suit or dress, or bandolier-style with jeans. It's not steamy yet, so it doesn't look pretentious and hot (in the temperature way), but spring-fluttery. (Shown, Tavan & Mitto suit.)
|The long scarf|
And I need more French fluency. Bilingual Montrealers switch to English to accommodate my struggle, but I want to practice and improve my French. ("La paix linguistique ne profite qu'aux anglophones", is scrawled on a wall, a pointed reminder that guarding the priority of the French language remains a vital issue in Quebec.) (Translation: "Linguistic peace benefits only anglophones.")