Here’s a snapshot of what’s going on currently:
Paul has been in Hong Kong this week for meetings and to look at apartments.
• Work-related stuff has gone well. He is thrilled with the team at the WKCD in every respect. The project will be challenging.
• A Hong Kong real estate agent has been taking him around to different areas of Kowloon and the island. There is potential. More on that to come.
• His question: What are we doing, selling our nice house and moving half-way around the world to a small apartment on an overpopulated island?
I have been getting our house prepared for listing.
• How is it that painting even just one room can turn your whole house upside down?! I failed to account for how much work it is prepping rooms for painting. And now I get to put them back together again!
• The painters spent four days here and did a great job.
• I have sent bags and bags of clothing to a local charity, found homes for some furniture and listed some on Kijiji. Sorting: to take, to store, to give away. And what about all those winter clothes I won’t need?
The stress has definitely settled in for both of us.
• Paul continues his job at the National Arts Centre until mid-April and is simultaneously familiarizing himself with the Hong Kong job. I have a list as long as my arm of things for him to do at home, although I know he needs rest.
• I am keeping my head down and am totally focused on the task at hand, which is to get us out of here (except for a little bit of freelance work too).
• Body tension, sleep challenges, feeling discombobulated. It’s all there.
Moving is one of the biggest stressors in life, so I should not be surprised. Our orderly, peaceful routine, our security, our surroundings are completely disrupted. I remind myself it’s all for a happy cause. The answer to Paul’s question: It will be what we make of it, and it’s going to be great.