Monday, June 04, 2007

Housing success!

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!!!

11 comments:

Sarah said...

Congratulations! Whew!

Tiruncula said...

Oh, good news all around! What a relief. It must make you feel much more positive about going there.

dbm/gaa said...

Hooray! What a relief, I couldn't stand the thought of you living in a basement.

Flavia said...

Congrats congrats congrats! I'm so glad to hear that things are looking up.

jb said...

Hooray! Now you can start imagining the pleasantness of living there--always a good thing!

Earnest English said...

Personally, I think you can do anything anyway, but I AM SO HAPPY FOR YOU! Thinking of taking a long soak in your cool triangular bathtub (please post a picture of that coolness) after a day of moving in -- and sitting out on the balcony with a good book -- these things will make the icky moving process so much more lovely. LOVERLY! Yay! Mazel tov!

squadratomagico said...

YAYYYY! wine and cheese on the balcony to come!

Hilaire said...

Thanks, all you awesome folks. You are the best for being on excited on one's behalf!

I wish I could have you all over for wine and cheese on the balcony! Squadratomagico, you are so right about that vision...

medieval woman said...

That's so terrific! I'm happy you found something great AND that you've already had such positive social connections there - way to go!! :)

What Now? said...

Oh hurrah, what wonderful news! I'm so glad that you have a "home sweet home" to look forward to in your new city.

Earnest English said...

Jeez, Hilaire, look at that ROW of DONE's on your to-do list. You've even done with stuff due June 15! OY! I feel so lame.