I'm back, did you miss me? Cause I sure missed you! After a small confusion that delayed our installation for a few days, we've finally got our internet connection set up at our new place. It was kind of unsettling to be without it for the last couple of weeks, not that we haven't had lots to do in the meantime, and thankfully there are always books to amuse instead.
A few random observations about our move...
Packing always takes longer than you think it will.
Unless I'm just bad at time management, which is very likely. Unpacking and figuring out where to put everything is also taking longer than expected. We still have lots of boxes to deal with, so it's a bit of an obstacle course in here, but I am making progress. My poor books are still stuck in their boxes since I've been trying to make the rest of the place liveable first.
People have different standards of clean.
Whoever lived in this apartment before us liked frying things. A lot. It took me 3 days to clean the layer of grease covering practically every surface, nook and cranny. Yuck!!
Nature is wonderful.
One of the things I complained about the most about our old neighbourhood was the lack of green. Our new apartment is somewhat old and run-down (but the price was right and they allow pets), the trains are less frequent here, and I can't just walk to the supermarket in under 10 min. anymore (now the nearest one is about a 25 min. walk - I haven't ridden a bike in years but think I'll be getting one soon. Hope what they say is true about never forgetting...) but it's so nice to see trees outside our window instead of a dusty factory. I love that there are even some small fields right next door! We may now be living in the "countryside" of Tokyo, said derogatorily by true Tokyoites, but we're enjoying the slightly slower pace and can't wait to explore some of the many parks in this area.
Pets make one's life more
The boys have adjusted to their new home quite well but getting them here was a bit of an adventure. We'd left them with the vet for a few days during the worst of the packing chaos and for moving day. Then we rented a car to go pick them up and bring them here. It took almost 2 hours to drive back and Jiro meowed loudly and constantly for pretty much the first hour until he finally calmed down. Bailey on the other hand, apparently couldn't hold it and with about half an hour to go he peed in his cage making for a very stinky car! Ah the joys of living with furkids, I say as both of them are curled up on the bed with me, looking rather adorable. I suppose they're worth the trouble they cause. :)
It's going to take me awhile to catch up with everyone, especially as I still have unpacking to do and have started back to teaching already, albeit part-time, but I'm very glad to be back online! I hope you're all well, and I'm looking forward to seeing what you've all been reading.