August 21, 2006



Sorry it’s been so long. I’ll try to cover the main points of what’s been happening since I last checked in.

We’re moved into the house in Toronto (East York, actually!). It’s lovely — small, but very nicely renovated, and quite cute. I’ll try to get some pictures for you soon.

Unpacking continues — we’ve reached the dangerous point of having all the essentials unpacked, which means that the urgent drive to keep going is waning. But we’re managing to do a little every day, so there’s still hope that we will actually manage to unpack and/or organise everything.

We’ve been acquiring important things — for instance, a washing machine from wonderful friends, who not only gave us the machine, but carried it (with Mark) up their basement stairs and down ours — which I couldn’t help with, of course. It was a heroic task, and we’re very grateful! Also a dresser for me (up till now I’ve been using ones which came with the houses we were in), and shelves for the (huge) basement to store a medley of things on.

We’ve also begun acquiring baby gear. Mark’s father did some research on the essential big items (car seat, stroller, crib) and narrowed things down for us, so it was actually quite easy to go to the store and find what we wanted. Of course, several things are still on order, but we’ve got time. And we do have the car seat now, so at least we’ll be allowed to take the baby home from the hospital!

We have the internet at home, finally — though we cancelled Rogers and went with Bell Sympatico. Unfortunately we haven’t been able to make the wireless part of it work — and haven’t had the energy to phone Sympatico and go through the process of trying to fix it.

We’re both trying to get back into actual work — Mark is gearing up for teaching in September, and I’m trying to get back into thesis writing. The many house-related (and gov’t document-related) errands keep distracting us, though.

I’m feeling well, though sleeping has begun to be a bit more of a trial than I’d like. We’ve been finding doctors, and a hospital, and will be doing a pre-natal class this coming Saturday, so we’re starting to feel at least a little prepared for the coming event. (Almost exactly 8 weeks now…)

I’ve barely knit at all since we left Sackville. The heat was a big factor for a while, but even now that it’s cooled down my energy isn’t high, and it seems easier to veg on the couch and stare blankly at the tv. But I’m hoping to get back to it soon. I have nothing to show, however, since I’ve finished nothing and started nothing new.

Right — that covers the most important things, I think. I’ll try to expand on some of the points in the next little while, and recover my ability to blog at least semi-regularly. Thanks again for the good wishes on the move, and I’ll try to be better about responding to comments!

Posted by Aven at August 21, 2006 02:18 PM

Miss ya. The most important question when are you making a special appearance at SNB at Lettuce Knit. Glad you are settling in well. Lost your NB address and your email so have been silent a while.

Knitters always give the best baby gifts. hahahha

Posted by: Jean at August 21, 2006 03:36 PM

I’m just glad to hear you’re moved and are settling in. Sorry to hear about the sleeplessness - maybe it’s preparing you? Take care!

Posted by: Carrie K at August 21, 2006 06:06 PM

Welcome back to the blogging world hun! Isn’t moving great?! We have to get together sometime soon, it has been so long since I have seen you!

Posted by: Dani at August 21, 2006 06:37 PM

So happy to hear you got most everything settled. Dumb old Rogers. You’re not the first person I’ve heard of lately having problems with Rogers.

I understand about your lack of knitting Aven. When things are in turmoil, I can’t knit. Now that you can blog again, hope you start making something else for the little baby :)

I can’t wait to hear if it’s a boy or a girl :)

Good for you not taxing yourself. It’s far better to take it easy and go to full term hugzzzzzzzzzzzz

Posted by: jan at August 22, 2006 02:55 PM

hey aven! if you want it i have a lot of baby stuff i’d like to give you; especially a playpen, a highchair, and a vintage pram. let me know!

Posted by: megan at August 22, 2006 09:18 PM

Hey Welcome back to blogging. I’m in East York also and had both my girls at East General Hospital. Its improved the neo-natal unitl so much over the last few years. p.s I used to be at ( but have moved to ( I hope the rest of your setup goes smoothly and you get some rest :)

Posted by: Shannon at August 24, 2006 09:28 AM

Went to Mark’s blog. you are right there is more tigger content. Love it. Tried to comment but only the heading would appear in the new window.

Posted by: Jean at August 24, 2006 12:14 PM

I’m so glad you’re in Toronto..!! We must must must get together…!

drop me a line when you have some time, ok??

Posted by: sue at August 29, 2006 12:28 AM