It sucks. It really sucks. I was really looking forward to the changes moving to Smalltown Ontario would bring. I was looking forward to working part time and spending more time home with the kids. Moving from Big City apartment to Smalltown house would bring so many things – more space for us all, a backyard, and importantly our own washing machines.
I know our decision to move is simply a delay, but, the inconvenience of living where we do is really weighing on me.
We live in an old apartment building, a close drive to all amenities and only 15 minutes from downtown Toronto. I can see Lake Ontario and the CN tower from my living room window. To the north I look at expansive greenspace. If feels like we are living in a treehouse.
We love the location, hate the traffic, and sometimes enjoy the lifestyle here. Museums, art galleries, entertainment are all a short drive away (providing there is no traffic). But the day-to-day stuff is wearing me down.
Laundry is our biggest nightmare. Imagine the amount of laundry five people (three aged five and under) create. Mountains of laundry, and sometimes that’s just in a day. Laundry means we either take it all out to a laundromat, and do an entire month’s worth of laundry in three hours; or we drag it down sixteen stories and try to use the laundry facilities in our building. The laundromat in our building is an entire post (or novel!) into itself. Machines break, neighbours chat, complain and argue. Stuff goes missing and stuff is found.
Either way, doing laundry is a heck of a lot of work in our world. So Hubby and I do what any normal people would do – we procrastinate. And the laundry piles up. Right now Hubby is sorting acres of dirty laundry in our living room while Baby Dunk bulldozes through the piles, mixing reds and whites at will. Little Miss Adorable sits beside a towering mountain of laundry and pulls out her clothes and sorts her own stuff into little piles.
Lack of really accessible laundry facilities aside, one bugaboo any highrise dweller will complain of is moving stuff in and out of the building. Today I managed to bring in a week’s worth of groceries with the door-holding help of Mr. Sensitive. I pushed Little Miss Adorable in her stroller while pulling a large shopping buggy behind me.
What does this look like?
Like a small freakshow on wheels.
Park minivan in underground garage. Lift stroller out of van. Lift shopping buggy out of van. Watch for moving vehicles in parking garage. Load ten bags of groceries into the shopping buggy, being careful of eggs and bread. Lift Mr. Sensitive out of the van. Caution him about traffic. Lift Little Miss Adorable out of van and into stroller. Push stroller and pull shopping buggy while Mr. Sensitive holds the stroller handle. Yes, we look like a small train or circus side show as we creep to parking garage exit.
Exiting the parking garage is quite complex. Heavy metal fire doors and ‘The Bump’ block our every move.
Open first heavy metal firedoor. Use shopping buggy to prop door open. Push stroller inside small alcove and push stroller up onto ‘The Bump’.
The Bump is a large step in the middle of the alcove, about 10 inches high and 24 inches wide. It spans the length of the alcove. Think of it as an enormous speedbump for pedestrians and strollers.
Everyone in the building hates The Bump. A unifying force, it obstructs the lives of all, equally. Property management cannot remove The Bump because it contains live electrical wires (or so we are told). So everyone using the parking garage must step up, on, and over the stupid bump day after day.
The process of unloading stuff continues:
Park stroller on top of The Bump while unlocking second metal firedoor. Tell Mr. Sensitive to hold heavy metal door open while I push stroller through and drag shopping buggy up and over the bump. The weight of the door is pulling Mr. Sensitive off his feet. Once stroller and buggy are inside I then hold the door open and help Mr. Sensitive come in.
Mr. Sensitive presses the elevator button and holds the elevator door while I load the stroller and the shopping buggy inside. Today he was in tears, the transition stresses him out that much. I wasn’t too far behind him.
Einstein says the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, while expecting different results. Bringing stuff into the building and over The Bump is the very picture of insanity.
But you keep doing it. And you do get used to it after a while. Except now my back hurts.
What obsticals do you endure on a regular basis? Do you have any daily hassels that are a real pain in the…?