WE MOVED IN TO OUR NEW PLACE!!!!! On Friday we picked up the keys and moved our things into our new apartment!
This time around we decided to pay a little more for a nicer apartment with a great location and this one comes with all the major appliances! Let me explain; unlike BC, most Montreal landlords don't provide major appliances (ie. fridge, stove, dishwasher, washer, dryer). Tenants generally own their own appliances so moving day can suck big time. But we hit the mother load! All the major appliances are included but to be honest, we're just excited to have a dishwasher.
But there were a lot of things we needed to do prior to moving day. We had to set up utilities, internet, familiarise ourselves with the garbage pick up schedule and remember to eat. #realadultproblems. Luckily, we were able to stay with some friends of ours, the Dusealt family, who let us stay until Friday which we were so immensely grateful for. We got to hang out with them and their kids, play Pokemon pretend with their youngest and take head shots for their daughters who are aspiring actresses and models. They were also blown away that Heather worked in the film industry. "You worked on BARBIE?!" "Girls, Heather worked on stuff you actually watch, how cool is that??"
So, in preparation of our move, we figured we should pick up some essentials before the big day. So many wonderful people gave us gift cards to Bed Bath and Beyond but upon arriving in Montreal we were informed that Bed Bath and Beyond has no location in the province of Quebec and furthermore do not ship to the province at all. So, ROADTRIP!!!! The Dusealt's let us borrow their car for the day and we headed to Ottawa, our nation's capital, for a little shopping spree. We arrived at the Ottawa location and went to work. Out of everything we bought the hardest decision for us to make was which silverware set to buy. I don't know how much you pay attention to the delicate art that is eating but you need silverware that sit comfortably in your hand, is well balanced, doesn't cause your hands to cramp from prolonged use and is aesthetically pleasing. It's a hard decision to make, believe you me, especially with two people like Heather and I...compromises were made. #marriedlife. But the day was a blast and we found everything that we needed. Having registered there for our wedding we received 20% off our entire purchase so #worthit. After 3.5 hours of shopping we loaded up our little hatchback and headed in town for a bite.
On a recommendation from a friend we treated ourselves to some burgers at The Works which were fantastic! Heather got herself one with pineapple and brie cheese and I got one with literal nachos inside of it! I mean WHAT DECADENCE. Then we topped it off with a strawberry cheesecake milkshake to go (AMAZING), made a quick stop at parliament (Heather's first time), grabbed some things from Walmart (chocolate milk and veggie pringles) and headed home.
We picked up a blowup mattress for us to sleep on while our things get shipped out here. After moving in and getting settled it was about 10:30pm so we unboxed our mattress and pulled out the pump only to find that it runs on 4D batteries. Naturally, we jumped on the computer to find out what stores were open at 10:30 at night and then I ran from store to store looking for batteries but, let's be honest, who carries D batteries anymore??? After a failed attempt to procure batteries I returned with nothing but a pack of stovetop popcorn (which I planned to use to boil water once the popcorn was popped because we don't have pots or pans yet). Luckily for us, we made some great friends at church last week who live nearby and they found some batteries at a corner store by their house! #newbestfriends.
All in all, it's been an adventure of a week. Next weeks adventure, furniture shopping!!!