Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The Great Disaster of 2012

Last weekend we came home to something interesting. After a super relaxing weekend of visiting my parents, we went to the Bread Bar for an amazing dinner. We took our time, devoured some incredible pizza, and eventually headed home for the evening. I opened the front door and heard a really loud sound “SCHHHHHHH”, like the sound of a shower, but much louder. And the sound of rain. But indoors. There was a MASSIVE flood, and water was everywhere. The entire main floor was raining, there was a small river flowing down the stairs, and everything was soaked.

Cue the instant panic.

That combined with wet, slippery floors must of made for a hilarious scene. In hindsight, we totally wish we took a video or at least a picture of this moment, because there were emotions present that we had never experienced before.

Because neither Kevin or I had ever had any kind of home catastrophe, in that moment we kindof forgot about home insurance and sort just assumed that we had lost everything and that we’d be homeless forever. We’ve already bought our new home, and sold this home, which made things even more complicated. We were in a state of panic. Slippery, flooded panic. I’ll never forget when Kevin called his parents.

Mom: Grab every towel you can find!
Kevin (into the phone shaking his hand towards heaven): BUT WE DON’T HAAAAVE ANYMORE TOWELS!

Dad: Well son? That’s why you have home insurance!
Kevin: We have home insurance??! (Yells:) MEEEGG!! WE HAVE HOME INSURANCE!!!!

Here are some pictures of the damage. In the first picture you can kindof make out the giant dehumidifiers we've had running for the past week. We’ve moved out and are living at Kev’s parents house indefinitely. It’ll be an interesting few months, by the time we can get into our new place. All things considered, I’ve got an warm, cozy roof over my head, clean clothes, a good job and a husband who knows how the make the best of anything. I feel blessed.
A while back we had scheduled a photo shoot with our friend Hollie, because we had hoped to capture a bit of our first home so we could remember fondly this place that has set stage for so many great memories. Instead, the house gave us a giant EFF YOU and kicked us to the curb. I canceled the photo shoot, but after a few days, reconsidered and Hollie came over to capture this memory for us. I’m thinking that in a few years, we’ll likely look back fondly on this time.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Canada Day Weekend & Some News!

What a GOOD weekend. Biking around TO, fireworks at the pier, a day trip to the beach - I feel like I had a Canada Day weekend right out of the movies!
On Friday we went on a day trip to celebrate our 5 year anniversary. We decided to put together our own Toronto Latte Tour, and basically asked friends for recommendations and planned a route around the city. We threw our bikes on the GO Train, and away we went! Here are the places we stopped:
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Then yesterday, we went to the BEACH! Here are a few pictures - it was so hot and sunny that you could hardly walk on the beach without burning the bottoms of your feet. I'm a bit sun burnt, and every muscle in my body is aching, but those are the results of a weekend spent outside and with great friends, so I'm pretty happy.
Aaaaand some really big news from the weekend - we bought a house! This is extra exciting because it's actually the house we originally put an offer on a few weeks ago - "The Dream House"! It ended up back on the market and somehow...we got it! We could not be more thrilled and excited, but also kind of terrified, because it happened so fast and it feels too good to be true! This picture was taken right after we decided to go for it - I like it because we look happy and scared.

So that's happening. We move out of our current house and get possession of the new one on August 1st. It's totally bittersweet, because we love this house, and it's the end of an era, but there are good things ahead, I'm sure of that.

And tomorrow is the Beehive + Etsy event, which is going to be so much fun. We'll be working on our Supercrawl project which is a community-driven art installation that anyone can get involved in. I really mean anyone - it's very simple to make and we'll be providing all the supplies.

So, friends, come out to that and we can craft and drink wine together! That's all for today. Too much goodness to write down, really.