Aaaaaand I'm back.
It seems to have been years since I've had Internet access, thanks to the so-helpful CSRs at a provider-which-shall-remain-nameless (kaff rhymes with velus kaff), but with sincere thanks to a wonderful technician named Ted, I'm all set up here!
Here, of course, is the Hat.
We're sort of settled in, and are quickly getting the feel of the city. It's not remote, small, or hick-ish at all, which continues to surprise me. The people are nice, there's a lot to do, and it really has everything we need for entertainment and creature comforts. The only thing missing is... well, everyone else. I miss: Aaron, Allie, Andra, Andrea, Ashley... and that's just the As. No, I'm not going to list everyone, but know that if you're reading this, you're on the list and that I miss you!!!
Let me explain about the "lot to do" bit. There IS a lot to do here, like hiking on great trails (the weather's been super-mild), going to shows at the Esplanade (the Hat's version of the NAC), watching the Tigers (like the 67s, but harder to get tickets), and exploring historic downtown, trying out tons of restaurants and pubs, etc, but unfortunately, we've spent every single day that we've been here (literally) painting. The previous owners had beautiful, rich, dark-brown furniture, that really looked nice with the light grey-green walls. Our Ikea-chic pine/birch looks kinda insipid in comparison, so Chris said we could buy all-new furniture!!!
Ok, no he didn't, but he said we could paint the entire house! Kaff.
We're using (promotional plug warning) Behr paint. (You can look up our colours if you're that interested.)
We've finished the entryway, the stairs to the basement, and the stairs to the main floor, and he is putting the final coat on the hallway to the kitchen and one living room wall - it's a beautiful deep yellow (Torchlight); the other wall of the living room/kitchen will be a deep tomato/terracotta red (chili pepper). We've done the powder room (feather plume) and the ensuite, too (peanut butter), and may need to take a month or two off before conquering the upstairs. Maybe six, in fact.
I started my new job last week, as well. And that's all I have to say about that.