I went to Linen N Things, Home Outfitters and Ikea. (In case you forgot: I love Ikea!) I purchased many things. We need so many more.
We were going to shop for a car this week, thinking we should give up this expensive rented minivan as soon as possible. But car shopping is time consuming, and our money may be stuck in transit. I'm growing anxious to finish setting up the house, including quite a bit of shopping at Ikea and Home Depot. This coming week may be my last completely free week before I resume writing.
So we're going back to the original plan, which we had mapped out for months before we got it in our head that we should buy a car immediately. This week, we'll shop, unpack and get the house in order. Next week, we'll buy a car.
Allan thinks we can save a lot of money by taking an intermediate step of renting an ordinary car locally for a week. It could be half the price. He'll look into that on Tuesday. Perhaps we'll pick up a less expensive rental, return the minivan to Buffalo, and apply for our SIN cards. After that, we can focus on the house for almost a full week. (I'm sure I'll be fixing up the house forever, but I want to get the basics done pronto.)
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People who've been reading wmtc for a while know that I've been looking forward to trading in my urban, car-free life for the ease of suburbia. Although I'll miss many things about life in New York, doing errands on foot and schlepping packages home on the subway will not be among them.
When we used to go to Ikea, we would borrow my mom's car or rent a car for the day. This sounds incredibly trivial, but I can't tell you how much I enjoyed driving to Ikea today, putting my packages in the car, and driving home. It was lovely.
Yesterday, I walked around the corner to an old-fashioned "variety store" (a guy who carries one of everything), picked up a few things, and walked home. I loved that, too. I feel like Port Credit may be the best of both.