I really can’t believe it.
It has been 6 months since I moved into my own place in Ottawa, so let’s share some thoughts that I have on that.
First of all, I still love my job. It is so rewarding and so fulfilling and even though I can leave the end of the day having given literally every single ounce of energy and motivation that I have to it, I still love it. I can see the changes in the lives of these kids and I know that I am making such an amazing positive impact in their lives that I can’t help but love it through the bad times.
My apartment: is still great. Like when I moved in I thought it was a little bit too good to be true that it was so nice. There were no issues that first month. And then it turned into two months, and now 6 months later, I literally have only had one issue with the other people who live here! Most days I don’t even know if anyone is home upstairs. And there are three grown adults living up there. The landlord was very clear on the fact that 11pm is quiet. A few times the people upstairs had music on after 11 but it wasn’t enough to disrupt me. I just put in earplugs and it was cancelled out. It was quiet. But once, a few weekends ago, they were playing loud bass until at least 12:30 and even my amazing earplugs didn’t cut that noise out so the next morning I texted my landlord to just remind them. Literally any time that I need something done (the silicone gaulking in the shower to be changed for example) it is done within a few days. The landlord is a sweet gem and I can’t believe I am so lucky to have landed this place.
The city of Ottawa: well I have to say that I have not been so adventurous in my free time as some would suggest that I be since I am living in a new city. The transition here was rough on my mental state and now that I’m settled and balanced again, and not exhausted to the point of just randomly crying at things, it’s too cold to go out and we just finished another month of lockdowns so…yeah…it’s not been a good time to be out and about. Also, I am still very upset at the lack of sidewalks around here lol. Like the main road has them, but once you’re off that main road, then you are basically on your own! Good luck to you and any traffic on the side streets. It’s annoying. But that’s why I wanted to join a gym. Which didn’t happen because of the lockdowns. Gyms just opened up again on Monday so I’m gonna give it a week and then I will look into it.
I really love that I am feeling settled. I might even get rid of the boxes under my bed…but maybe not LOL they are all good moving boxes! I feel like I have a home, but I just can’t get over the feeling of maybe I have to move soon. Which I always have because I moved 15 times in 12 years lol. That might just take a little bit more time to feel settled and secure in.
Overall, I really love that I have moved here. I wish that the move had brought me and my brother closer but with his choice in partner, there is now a divide there. We don’t text as much and I think it’s because when he used to text me, now he texts her. Which is fine, but he also just ignores my texts if he doesn’t think he needs to reply to them. So I hope that possibly once they are married and settled that maybe my relationship with him will go back to where it used to be. But I’m not sure it will. We will have to wait and see.