This weekend, we were at the wedding of very good friends, up in the Gatineaus outside of Ottawa. It was a lovely wedding, with perfect weather and a beautiful setting, and it gave us a chance to catch up with several friends we haven’t seen for too long.
As far as the blog is concerned, though, the most important thing is that I bought a dress to wear for it, and actually had a picture taken of Mark and me — so I can show you what I look like now! I haven’t really posted any “belly shots” here, partly because I haven’t taken all that many. But this should give you an idea of my current size — at 35 weeks.
Oh, by the way, I don’t think I’ve mentioned this here, but we now know the gender (thanks to the ultrasound technicians here in Toronto, who had no problem telling us). It’s a boy! (We didn’t really have a preference, but it’s exciting to know).
Finally, some pictures of our new home. They’re not great — the place is lovely, but small, and it’s really hard to take good pictures of small rooms. Also, I forgot to take the pictures when we’d just cleaned up for a visitor — so by the time I did take them, things were creeping back to our usual anarchy, and there are dirty dishes in the kitchen, etc. But you may be able to get some idea of what the place looks like.
Starting from the front of the house, the living room:
That’s the window to the front porch, with boxes still in front of it because we still haven’t fully unpacked.
Our bedroom is off of the living room — to the left of this picture, by the front door. It’s a little oddly placed, but it’s the biggest of the bedrooms.
Now, taken from the living room, this is the dining room:
There’s another bedroom off of here — on the right of this photo — which will be the baby’s room, though it’s filled with boxes right now.
Also leading off the dining room is a little set of stairs, which leads up to a little loft — Mark’s study, studio, and Fortress of Solitude:
He really loves this space — and I think it will be a good refuge for him, and a place to get work done. The fact that he can’t actually stand up straight anywhere up there is beside the point!
Then, at the back of the house, the kitchen:
In the second photo, you can see the third bedroom opening off the kitchen — that’s my study:
Out the back door (which is the one we always use to come in and out — we seem to have picked up that habit in the Maritimes!) is the backyard we share with one set of neighbours, with our car on the parking pad. There’s not much going on in the back garden, but it’s a pleasant enough space, and it’s nice to have so much space for our car and any visitors.
The other important feature of the house is the basement. I took some pictures of it, but they were even less exciting than the photos I have posted, so I didn’t put them up. It’s not a finished basement, but it’s sealed and clean and, most importantly, huge. It has tonnes of room for us to store boxes, both unopened and flattened, and kitchen stuff that won’t fit in the kitchen (yes, we have alot of kitchen paraphenalia!), and all sorts of other things, as well as space for our washer and dryer. It makes everything much easier.
And that, my friends, is our home for the next year or so. Not completely set up yet, but getting there — and it’s already pretty comfortable and functional. I think Mark did a fantastic job house-hunting!
Hey, if anyone’s going to be in or around Ottawa on Sept. 21, you could be art!
Go here to find out about a performance art piece involving knitting.
Thank you for your birthday wishes, and commiseration! Things have definitely improved since my last post. We managed, after a few more steps, to get our car registered — Mark has even replaced the plates, so we look like we belong in Ontario, finally. The EI stuff seems to be in progress, though it still hasn’t been cleared up. So we’re back to general unpacking and sorting out of the house. I think we don’t have any more moving-related paperwork to go through, though.
And on Wednesday we celebrated my birthday with a lovely dinner on the Danforth with friends, which was very nice. I also received my present from Mark — a whack of books, all fun reading — many of them are children’s books that I wanted to revisit, or have had recommended to me, like Madeleine L’Engle’s “A Swiftly Tilting Planet” and follow-ups, and Susan Cooper’s “The Dark is Rising” series. Also T.H. White’s “The Once and Future King” — I’ve read the first part of it as a separate book (The Sword in the Stone) but never the whole thing. It’s interesting to see how the Sword in the Stone has been re-worked to be integrated into the larger story — the humorous parts have been toned down, and episodes have been moved around and added.
It’s raining today, and will tomorrow as well, so I’m trying to get caught up on email, blogging, and other minor errands, before (hopefully) getting down to my own work, for once!
Still haven’t photographed the house. But we’re having Mark’s sister over on Monday, so we’ll be cleaning up then, and I’ll try to take some pictures. Really! I’ll try…