The past week has been perfect. As perfect as anything can be, that is – so, not really perfect. But I have been blissfully happy. On top of the world, even, like I was, in a more literal sense, when we took these photos at the rooftop cafe of Printemps in Paris.
A week ago yesterday, we were engaged in the Herculean task of moving all our belongings out of storage and into our new home. I was, as I’m sure everyone expected, not a great deal of help with the heavy lifting. But we managed. We emptied the storage locker. We unpacked the boxes. (Although I admit, I still haven’t found my kitchen scissors – and probably a few other things I haven’t noticed I’m missing, either.) We have most of our furniture in the rooms where it belongs.
Granted, we still have to sleep in the living room on a hide-a-bed while we wait for our new bed frame to arrive. We have moved into a fourteenth floor condo just blocks from the city centre. The space is twice the size of anywhere we have ever lived, and I am still adjusting to the reality of having multiple rooms, not to mention a hallway. But I have my own space. When Ian goes to work in the afternoon, I settle in with a pot of tea (usually followed by a glass of wine), a good Spotify playlist and the manuscript I just can’t seem to finish. Basically, I get to spend my days doing exactly what I want.
It’s too good to last, and I know it. This feeling of being on top of the world, of having everything I want, will fade away. In fact, the countdown has already begun. Three weeks from tomorrow, I will resume my day job, the one I haven’t done in almost five months but that it still feels like I left yesterday. My work phone is on its way and my laptop will soon follow. I’m still sorting out exactly how I feel about my return to work, but blissfully happy isn’t it. (I am, I admit, looking forward to receiving regular pay cheques again.)
I’ll be honest and say I’m really not sure how I’m going to feel about life three weeks from now. But for the moment, I’m enjoying being on top of the world.