September 4, 2008
Haven't made a new post in a while because we've moved! Totally last minute, I guess you could call it impulsive. After biking Dougal to the off leash area in the neighborhood of Belgravia, we started walking on leash in the neighborhood only to discover that the houses in this dream location are actually within our means now. Whoa. I feel old. Also, the market in Edmonton has softened up a bit.
That aside, what began as a fancy turned to reality as we quickly sussed out old houses with potential. Don and I aren't the new build, dream mansion, 'contemporary' sorts of people. We like vintage, mod, spacious bungalows that reflect the simplicity of mid century modern builds. We found one. And this past weekend we moved after swearing never to do it again three years ago when we settled in a fine and lovely bungalow in Malmo.
I thought the days of sleeping on a mattress on the floor of a dining room surrounded by boxes was over. Evidently not. Hopefully after our master is painted and a gigantic wardrobe is built (it has 2 regular closets, but those are for me alone) we can start sleeping in our room properly and start using said dining area for box allocation during the various DIY fix-it-up endeavors we have on agenda.
Long story short, the location is key! Come spring Don will be able to walk 6 minutes to the new LRT station just up the street, and all our bike rides have become 10-15 minutes shorter (not that it was a big deal in the first place). I timed it yesterday, a quick jaunt out to dinner on Whyte is 8 minutes. And today when I went downtown for a hair appointment it was 20 mins door to door. Meaning, from when the bike gets taken out of the shed to me being at the counter in the salon. Glorious!
I don't always have people with me to photograph my comings and goings, so here are some amateur self portraits of today's uniform. A simple black jumper with pink tights and column pumps. It's getting chilly now that fall is around the corner, you will notice in the months to come that I have a copious collection of tights to extend the life of my skirts and dresses into fall.
Also, many women complain about having helmet head after riding a bike and their hair being tortured by the elements. I got my hair refined into a sleek bob (which incidentally, is really flexible with hats). It barely notices when there is a helmet on or off of it. However, I did forget to wear a helmet today (can't find anything after the move) so I grabbed a scarf and tied it around my hair and neck, 50s style. It was superb for hairstyle retention, protection from the sprinkling rain, and keeping warm. I got tons of compliments during the ride - try it!