• Chris Francisco

Week one

Wow, where to start? If I remember correctly, I wrote my last post when we were still in Atlanta, and we didn't yet know we'd be making a "Cannonball Run"-style drive to the Canadian border. Ahh, life was so easy before we received that call from the driver saying he was on his way. Well, not really, but we thought we'd have a week or so to somewhat relax in ATL before the chaos started. C'est la vie.

Marny has already explained some of the chaos, but let's do a quick recap.

1. Stayed at Chez Levy in ATL for 4 days pre-driving.

2. Drove from ATL to MTL over the course of 3 days, all while trying our best to keep Natasha as happy as possible.

3. Arrived in MTL and fortunately only had to sleep on an air mattress for one night.

4. Movers arrived Monday and we had mild panic attacks when the couch almost wouldn't fit in the apartment door.

5. Navigated a sea of boxes on Tuesday and began unpacking, all while not showering and barely eating. Adrenaline and inertia are apparently sometimes stronger than hunger.

6. My birthday was Wednesday, but we both had a hard time remembering that. If left to my own devices I would have done nulle, but since Marny is the best, she found us an amazing place to have dinner. It definitely improved our moods.

7. More unpacking, and by Thu night, it was starting to look like a home.

8. Finally had the breakthrough moment on Friday where we both looked at each other and said "this place looks awesome!!"

9. Actually relaxed and watched some TV last night, which felt great.

From this...

To this!

It goes without saying that it's been quite a tough week. We've both had moments where we've thought "what the hell did we do??" It would have been tough enough if we'd moved to a new state in the US, but we've learned that there are additional challenges in a new country that we hadn't anticipated. Like grocery shopping. I could (and probably will) do a separate post on that alone, but shopping is different here. The bagged milk (?) is a great example. But I'm looking forward to trying some uniquely Canadian products.

I also need to make an effort to start eating better and exercising this week. The moving diet isn't a healthy one, and there was one night during the unpacking where I ate trail mix and peanut butter crackers for dinner. Chased by a mini bottle of bourbon. And I didn't care. Fortunately, our building has a nice gym as well as an indoor pool, so I really need to get that going ASAP.

Oh, and Natasha has been doing well. She didn't exactly enjoy the multi-hour car rides (what cat would?), but she did much better than we expected. The first few days in the new place were a bit rough for her, and she spent a good bit of time hiding in the bathroom. But now, she's behaving like she did at home, and she's back to snuggling with us on the couch. All we wanted was for her to be happy with the transition, and as far as we know, she is. Nous t'aimons, Natasha!

About me

After almost 20 years living in Atlanta, Georgia, my husband and I decided it was time to make a change. We packed up our lives, grabbed our beloved cat, and ventured North to re-make our lives in Montreal, Canada.  Did I mention we don't speak French yet?


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