2018: Day 5
Normally after the craziness of December, you get to relax and slow down in January (well in between starting diets and going back to the gym). This January was anything but relaxing for us. Joel was busy with viticulture school and travelling back to Vancouver on weekends, while I had most of the responsibility of getting the house packed up. The last weekend in January was particularly stressful as it was coming down to the crunch.
Here’s what our last weekend in Jan looked like: Saturday – triathlon club annual general meeting (Joel was president and I was on the board), sign documents at notary, pack, study. Sunday – Wine and Spirits Level 2 exam, pack, round up last 2 cats into carriers and an earlier than expected departure due to forecasted 30-50 cm snow on highway, drive to Penticton amid snow and unhappy cats, then attempt to settle 2 cats into new house with the Twins. Monday – pickup new vehicle (Sofia was replaced with a less sexy, more practical model more appropriate for a farm) and drive back to Vancouver.
When I arrived home, I found out that our shipping container had been picked up a day early, and I had not finished packing or securing items. Upon it’s return, I discovered our huge wine fridge on its side on top of the treadmill. And because that wasn’t enough stress, the torrential rains all weekend were no match for the plywood storage container with “weatherproof” vinyl cover – all my boxes were soaked.
I still had so much stuff to pack up, and now was faced with having to unload both storage containers and repack, and be out of the house in 36 hours. By some stroke of luck, my sister Caroline was between jobs and was able to help me finish packing up what remained the house. She is super organized and created cute little labels on every box and bag – and made sure my wine glasses were well packed! Sarah and Eric were also a big help – particularly in cleaning out the last of Joel’s dusty workshop which wasn’t a job I was looking forward to.
I put out an SOS on Facebook as I knew I just wouldn’t make it. I was overwhelmed with the number of people who offered to drop everything and help me out. To everyone who came out or offered to help: Sarah, Eric, Dan, Cat, Tiffany, Nicole, Tammi, Mark, Marnie, Joel’s Mom & Dad, Tracey, Paul, Geeta, and Kay – you are all Lifesavers! My apologies if I was a bit of an emotional wreck.
Our original lofty goal for “The Lifesaver” was to create a 5 layer drink – like a roll of Lifesavers. After a bit of experimentation and realizing the laws of specific gravity were greater than our ability to consume each failed attempt, we agreed that 3 layers were sufficient. In retrospect, we should have just done a roll of Butter Rum lifesavers instead 😉 The layers are grenadine & watermelon liqueur, mango juice, and gin with green food coloring.
Thanks again for being the kind of friends we can count on to help us out when we really needed it. Cheers to you!