I found a place to live!! It is the top floor of a house. And it is lovely and airy and light-filled and has a very deep, lounge-y, triangular bathtub and a long balcony that is suspiciously like my dream balcony, and a huge, beautiful backyard with willow trees and a creek at the end. When the person agreed to give it to me - on the spot, without checking references or anything - I was so excited and shocked I kind of lost my mind. I couldn't even concentrate enough to write out a cheque. I can't tell you what a relief this is. Not to have to look at the stupid newspapers/local website/craigslist/etc. ever again. Hurrah!!
And I am staying with my new colleague - the chair of the committee that hired me - and it is just so lovely and comfortable. They're my kind of people, this couple, bringing me home after the house viewing all excited for me, opening up a bottle of sparkling wine to celebrate. We got tipsy and talked honestly and I feel as if I have a true friend here.
And today after my flight got in I was at the university on my steep learning curve about procedures and IT things and who knows what else. Including my Unit Chair basically instructing me to apply for one of the major SSHRC grants in October. Not the little ones...the huge multi-year ones. Good god. I guess I have a new project to add to my summer to-do list!!!
But I can do anything - including a major SSHRC proposal -because of my lovely new home!!!