I Have Known The Inexorable Sadness Of Pencils
Posted on May 17th, 2010 in LARP, Made In Ontario, Migration Paths
I’ve been meaning to post an update here for some time, but opportunities to write have been few and far between as of late. Our existence seems to be consumed by all things move-related.
Aiden and I went LARPing last weekend, despite the fact that I felt terribly guilty for leaving the house at all, under the current state of affairs (boxes everywhere, a mile-long “to do” list, no place for us to live on the other end). It was especially lovely, however, to leave reality behind for a couple of days and pretend to be someone else. Someone who is not moving across the country, or preparing a house for sale, or faced with 32 loads of unwashed laundry. Despite the fact that it rained, and gusted, and SNOWED while we were out in the woods, we had a good time. A cold and wet time, but worth it none the less. Our 10 year old, 4-person tent was totaled by the severe wind, and so I am currently shopping around for something sturdier for the next event, which is in June. I’ve got my eye on the Sierra Designs Zeta 4, which should stand up to anything we might subject it to. Jack and I bought an 8-person tent a couple of years back, but it’s huge and not really ideal for the conditions we camp in during LARP events. It’s wonderful for camping with the kids and the dogs and all of our gear, but for just Aiden, myself, and a pair of backpacks, it’s a bit much.
As I mentioned above, we are still on the hunt for a house. The house that we loved, that we had conditionally purchased, did not pass muster. The building inspection revealed around $10,000 worth of invasive work needed to bring the basement up to code. This work would entail ripping out walls and ceilings, which is way more than I feel up to dealing with, and so we let it go, bringing us back to square one.
It’s easy to feel discouraged, because house hunting from 2,000 miles away is difficult enough as it is, and finding a house in the size and price range that we would like is daunting. The uncertainty leads to stress, which has been wearing on all of us. There have been days when it felt like we all might kill each other, but for the most part, I think we are pulling together to work it out. Yesterday Aiden and I finished a number of projects that needed doing, while Jack took the kids grocery shopping and then washed dishes. Everyone pitched in and we got a lot accomplished.
Hopefully this week, and all of the weeks to come, run similarly, and we finish everything that needs doing before we drive each other mad.