The Big Move

It has happened. Reality is no longer sinking in, it is hitting the ground with a satisfying, but intimidating “thud!”.


We moved yesterday, from Vancouver to our new home in Victoria. It all went very smoothly all things considered. We hired a moving company this time – it was so very, very, very the right thing to do. By the time moving day had come we were exhausted from all the packing and sorting and cleaning, so having help with the heavy lifting was greatly appreciated. I’d refer our moving guys to anyone – AAA Advance Moving. The crew was friendly, upbeat and professional, which is more than I can say for myself at the end of the day.


Our new place is nice. It’s bright, and there is new carpet since we looked at it 3 weeks ago. It’s quiet, and like everything in Victoria, conveniently located (you can pretty much drive across town in 20 minutes).

Our apartment was welcoming when it was clean and empty – having populated every room with dozens of boxes it is a much less pleasant place to be. Hands on my hips, observing what we’d accomplished at the end of the day, all I could think was that maybe I should have told the moving guys to throw all my stuff into the Georgia Straight as we crossed over on the ferry. But alas, the burden of our stuff is all here. The weight has been transferred off my shoulders, however. Today is the first day in several weeks that hasn’t involved me stressing about stuff management deadlines. While the boxes are as yet unpacked, it’s nice to have a day that I don’t have to pack, sort, or dispose of anything if I don’t feel like it.

I have heard that as people get older they find the experience of moving to be worse, but they become more efficient at doing the work. That feels accurate to me. We packed each room in our old place on a schedule. We sorted through everything and labelled each box. We made sure we had lots of time at each stage and were ready for every step on the way. However, now more than ever, I don’t ever want to have to do that again.

Luckily, this place looks pretty good. While we’d like to buy a place of our own in the near future, real estate prices aren’t skyrocketing like they have been and the pressure is off. We can relax and enjoy, at least for a while.

The Kitchen

The Office

The “Storage” bedoom

The Living/Bedroom

The View

Wink Wink, Nudge Nudge!



8 thoughts on “The Big Move

  1. What’s with the no pictures of the sauna?
    I’d love to say something about how much I enjoyed reading your blog, about how much I learnt about you and what a great sense of humour and perspective you have, but that would make the whole move thing all the more real, and I’d feel even sadder about losing you both and not taking maximum advantage of you while you were here.
    Roll on Primus

  2. So, we’re going to have to do that soon, too.  Yikes!  Luckily, I’ve had the movers include packing services in their quote (and gotten my company to approve it).  Cause I don’t think we’re nearly as organized as you two sounded!

    The place looks great.  Victoria looks sunny.  And I’m sure you’ll have a great time there!

  3. hey guys, congrats on the move. a wiser decision than hiring movers was never made. i speak from the perspective of someone who helped someone move this past week who DID NOT hire movers. crazy.

  4. That really really makes me not want to move.  Hell a bunch of my crap is in the “living room” packing style still… and I moved into my current place four years ago.

    Try to leave at least one box per room unpacked you two.  Makes the experience all the more interesting.

  5. It looks like your new place gets lots of sunshine, and the neighbourhood is full of trees. You’ve picked a great spot. Have fun unpacking.

  6. thanks, now i have a picture for my mind when i think of you two.
    it looks like a geat place ! what about the hamock on the balcony, the pool, the sauna? i miss you already.

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