Corey’s gone away for four nights to attend his friend’s wedding, so I’m here in Ottawa on my own. It’s very strange – we just arrived on Sunday and spent a few days unpacking before Corey had to leave. I’m still not quite used to the house yet, but it’s getting there. I put away some more things today, so that helped me feel more settled in. I’ll take some photos once everything is set up.
The drive to Ottawa was great – cloudy for most of the way, which is just the way I like it. If it’s sunny, I squint a lot which makes my head hurt, and wearing sunglasses just makes everything tinted. Corey drove the U-Haul up, and Sarah and I each drove our separate cars, as she shared the U-Haul with us. We had a total of eight people unloading at Sarah’s house, and six people unloading at our new home. Having good friends to help you move is just lovely, especially after you’ve just driven 7 hours.
Anyway, now that Corey is gone for a bit, I’ve been trying to keep myself occupied. I went out today and bought myself a few treats. Well, the first “treat” was a little expensive, but it’s been planned for awhile so it wasn’t exactly a spontaneous purchase or anything. Let’s see what it is, shall we?
It came in this cardboard box:
Opening the box…
Is that... no, it can't be!
It can only be one thing…
Only one descriptive marking...
A brand new Pfaff Hobby 1132!
I’m pretty thrilled. I gave away my mother’s sewing machine when we moved to Ontario. It was too heavy to ship, and it was constantly breaking down, so it wasn’t really worth the haul. I didn’t buy a new one when we moved to London because I knew I wouldn’t have any time to sew. Now that I’m in Ottawa with a co-op job lined up, I figured I would have some free time for some serious crafting. First, I’ll start off easy with some cushions. Next, I’ll attempt a slip cover for our ugly couch. This can go one of two ways: I spend hours figuring out the pattern, how to cut out pieces, whether I have enough to make separate covers for the cushions, etc.; or I can just kind of throw the fabric over the whole thing and see how it goes. So far I’m leaning toward the latter option.
But that’s not all! When I got home from my sewing outing, I decided to take a walk in the neighbourhood, which we haven’t done yet because we’ve been too busy unpacking. Corey and I live in the Westboro neighbourhood, which has tons of cool shops, gourmet eating, and outdoor adventure stores. (Kind of like Kitsilano or Kerrisdale in Vancouver!) We actually live just southwest of it, although it is within walking distance.
I actually didn’t explore Westboro proper today – but there are lots of great shops outside of Westboro too. I might have explored more but I got caught in a thunder shower and rushed home.
We live just under a 10 minute walk from the main drag, and today I passed such lovely spots as the Three Tarts Bakery, another bakery called Three Bakers and a Bike, a Chinese restaurant, a Thai restaurant, a sushi place, a fresh pasta store, local grocery store, a butcher, and a bookstore/coffee shop called Collected Works.
I see from the homepage of Collected Works that I should have bought the new David Mitchell book, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, but I didn’t see it otherwise I would have! Instead, the remainder of today’s treats include:
Island Beneath the Sea by Isabel Allende, Geist, and Graceling by Kristin Cashore.
I’ve already read Graceling but I loved it and would like to own it for rereading purposes. It’s a great novel for girls who like fantasy but aren’t into the whole Twilight business. It’s got an incredibly strong and believable female protagonist. I also haven’t read Isabel Allende for a long time so I thought I’d try her newest novel. Plus, I just needed a bit of Geist back in my life, as it is a Vancouver published literary magazine.
So that’s it. Now that I’m not buried in school work, I can update more.