A few weeks ago I put out a "housing wanted" ad on the Toronto edition of Craigslist:
I am a single female looking for an apartment that is above a store or office that is closed at night so that I can practice (not loud) music after my (steady, professional) day job without bothering anyone.
I am generally just playing the flute, but I do have a set of electronic drums (which I use with headphones) and I sometimes sing.
I am looking for something East of Yonge because I work in Scarborough. Ideal would be walkable to a Danforth TTC station.
No one answered the ad, but the first place I went and looked at in person (in response to someone else's Kijiji ad) fit the bill perfectly, and they chose me over several other applicants. It's less than 5 minutes' walk from a Danforth TTC station and is above a shop that closes at 6. I won't have to go through downtown at rush hour anymore, and I'll be commuting 10 fewer hours every week than I am now (glorious!)
I'm feeling like I've endured a lot and accomplished a lot in the last 3 years while living in my current space and this is a big reward. I'm also looking forward to the next phase (& having my own kitchen again!)
Saw a big trainload of military tanks parked under my office window today.
I'm feeling really at home in Toronto and am playing a lot of music! My band Giant Triangle has its first gig on October 12, and I've been going to a lot of drum circles & jam sessions. I also played for an outdoor yoga class at the Junction Music Festival this weekend. I still have a day job but I'm finding the more I focus on music, the better things go in all aspects of my life. I feel like not depending on music for money allows me to be less stressed & more creative (though I wish I had more time for it!) It's about improving my own musical skills and spending as much time in "the zone" as possible. Good times.
I went a giant pillowfight in Toronto on Saturday and was amazed at the childlike energy that totally enveloped me.
I had to stop and sit down to catch my breath I was laughing so hard.
The only casualty was that I lost my bunny ears.
I went to the Allan Gardens Conservatory today.
It's a set of interconnected greenhouses run by the city of Toronto and it's free to visit between 10-5 seven days a week.
It's been a long, grey winter and this place gives me a real lift.
Loving Toronto now, as I have lots going on that's aimed at the long term.
Am not so eager to run away anytime soon anymore...