Cleaning and listing and neighbours OH MY!!

It’s been slow in a news sense, and crazy in a work to do sense, so I’ve been pretty quiet on here.

But! there has been progress.

We took a trip out to the house last weekend to peek at the framing in the basement. It’s going to be huge, with lots of room in my office and a nice sized room for my Mom and another for Jenna.  It’ll be nice to be able to store things properly, rather than having to play a game of Jenga mixed with Tetris every time I need my suitcase.
Nothing new to report upstairs, which was a little disappointing lol I get more and more excited every time we go out and I just want the move to be done already.

While out there, we took a walk around the street and scoped out some of the completed homes. Of the 4 completed homes on the street, at least 2 of them have younger children, so we’re pretty excited about that. Hopefully we can find a bunch of fun young families that had just had enough of the city.
We also had a chance to meet a nice couple that moved into the very house built in that new development. They’re not in our cul-de-sac, but are across the street from us the other way.
They were quite nice and excited to finally be getting neighbours after being alone since last June!! They had lived in Cranston (SE Calgary) for 12 years and got sick of the commute in to downtown form there everyday. So, moving 30 minutes north of Calgary makes for an easier commute into downtown than living IN Calgary.

Go Figure.

We’re listing the house today, which will be a huge weight off our shoulders once it’s sold. We’ve had to gut our house, and have put a bunch of stuff into storage to make it “showhome ready” forcing us to live in a “Zen” state. Toaster oven? Apparently fancy asses that buy houses don’t use those. Who needs a coat rack? Only chumps have things in things on their shelves. It’s caused us quite a bit of stress because we still have to live there and we’re dismantling our lives to fit in this catalog picture.
That being said we’ve come to a startling realization…

We have too much crap.

We’ve near filled a 10×20 storage unit and we have just about a reasonable amount of things in the house. Some of it I’m sure is a gradual collection of things over a span of 8 years, but really, we just have too much stuff.
So that’s another part of our move. A clean slate, where we have a place for everything and everything will be in its place. Quality over Quantity.
Do I really need 4 monitor cables? Prooooobably not.
2 IKEA bookshelves in the living room? Well, really 1 would work.
The amount of toys the kids have is embarrassing. I’m thinking there’ll be a lot that don’t make the cut.

but, as we stand back and survey the clutter we’ve eliminated, we realize we’ve also eliminated it from us. We’re starting to quite like the open spaces we’ve created and the peace of mind that comes with an uncluttered environment.

The time for cleansing is here!

We can learn to live zen!


Moving out of the city

So, after much deliberation, and many years of false starts, pipe dreams, and wishful thinking my wife and I have decided to finally do it. We’re leaving the city!

And for some reason that has made me quite thoughtful. And in turn I feel like I need to write those things down. I’ll go back, give some history, and hopefully put into words the feelings and thoughts that lead to a decision like this.

It may not be for everyone. Come to think of it, it might not even be for us yet. But too late for that! To the country!!

Let’s start with the facts:

I’m Derek, and my wife Kelsey and I have 2 beautiful daughters together and 1 equally beautiful little lady from a previous relationship.

We are currently living in Calgary, AB but those days are numbered.

I work in IT for a large company, and Kelsey stays home to raise the kids. She works weekends, mostly to keep her sanity.

Here’s a rather nice shot of downtown Calgary. My wife has lived here her entire life, and I’ve called it home for 8 years. The city has been good to us for the most part. Look at that spectacular view! Calgary has over 1.1 million people and the same size footprint as New York City proper (~780 sq km). The community I live in, Tuscany, has 18,000 people alone. Now let’s look at where we’re going.


Crossfield, Alberta. Population ~2,800 people. Size 12 sq km.


It’s cute though. LOOK AT THAT CUTE BANK!!!


It’s a big change, no doubt. But somehow I’m not scared. Maybe it’s because we’re not THAT far from Calgary. And I’m keeping the same job. But for as much change as there will be, I’m oddly at peace with it all. Kelsey on the other hand…

I’m out of time today. Have to get home and continue to pack. Which is a whole other post to come. I have some work to do on this site, but I’m glad to have started it. See you, which is currently only me, later.