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Home | Tell us about what home meant to you this year. Are you a homebody? Did you do a renovation? Move? Redecorate?
Did I mention that I moved house this year?
Did I mention that I don’t recommend getting cancer, having your hip reconstructed, taking on a couple huge professional projects that require sitting for various (difficult) exams in order to obtain required licenses — in addition to travelling internationally 11/12 months of the year, getting engaged, buying an apartment, undertaking renovations on said apartment, and moving into said apartment all within the same 12 month period?
I feel really…disoriented.
I feel lucky. And grateful. But I feel so out of sorts that it’s not even funny. As I may have mentioned in a previous post, it’s like I sat on my hands for five years, and then said, Okay, THIS is the moment — ready, go!
This new apartment doesn’t really feel like a home yet. I don’t know the doormen, and I don’t know where anything is, and no one knows where I live anymore. The not knowing the doormen thing keeps haunting me, because they keep telling visitors that I don’t live in the building, and that they can’t get ahold of me because in their view, I don’t exist. I can’t put anything away because half of my furniture is still on order. Everything is a work in progress. I don’t even have any window treatments, or proper lightbulbs, and I’ve lived here for over a month.
Roo likes the place, but he’s been squirrelly. He hasn’t been sleeping in his crate; he won’t sleep in his bed; he’s rattled and unsettled by every unfamiliar sound.
In sum, we like it here. But it will take us some time to settle into the new house. In the meantime, I should probably buy some of those temporary blinds.