New New Beginnings Again

It’s official, I have an apartment again.  Back in the old neighbourhood of Broadview and Danforth.  Quite a relief really since the apartment scene here in Toronto is a little insane.  Beyond the craziness of real estate that everyone is talking about and even past the bonkers rental market that has also been squeezed, I’m honestly amazed that I found a place that was fantastic and affordable in a building that I know is well run.  I was legitimately concerned that this was never going to happen.

It’s also a strange feeling to know that I’m still going to have to wait a month or so before I can get myself a copy of the keys to the apartment and finally see the place (Yes, I signed the lease sight unseen.  Thats just how quickly you need to move in the Toronto rental scene these days).  I’m just excited that soon I’ll be able to have my own place again and that it will be in the city and end my commuting days.

For now, I’ll continue to complete my brutal daily commute that eats up so much of my time, but continue to daydream of the coming months where I’ll be able to walk to and from work, rather than relying on a GO Train, Bus, Streetcar, and driving.

That is the one thing I cherish most about this city; it’s a walking city first.  A lot of people forget that fact and complain about traffic or the TTC.  If they took the heel-toe express, they would certainly see the city in a much more different light.

9 Months Later…

Well, this has been a crazy last year and now one of the strangest holding patterns I’ve ever experienced.  I want to find a new job that pays more but I don’t have an apartment right now because I can’t afford Toronto prices because I need a job that pays more…

Since Toronto Realestate prices have gone nuts, it’s pushing all the would-be buyers into renting apartments. That in turn has driven up the cost and demand of apartments to the point where I can’t find anything in a reasonable price range that doesn’t come with flood damage, bed bugs, cockroaches, or problem tenants.  I’m stuck commuting to work daily from my parents place which isn’t terrible, but it does take 4 hours out of my day (2 hours down, 2 hours up).  Basically my life is sleep, commute, go to work, commute, sleep.  There isn’t much else in-between.  I have become very, very boring.

It could be worse I guess and at least I’m saving a bit of money, but this treadmill of trying to get back into Toronto on a salary that barely supports one person in this city has me thinking about travelling to another location in Canada for me to seek my fortunes.

I do find it pretty frustrating that I make what should be a reasonable salary, but the cost of an apartment here means that more than half of that salary would go to rent.  Combine that with a hydro bill, internet bill, cellphone bill, and food costs, there is almost nothing left for savings, nights out, or travel.  It’s something that eats away at my confidence and pride in being a person; knowing that despite working hard, climbing a corporate ladder, getting several raises into the role and position I’m in now (which is really, not all that much further away from what I was doing and earning back in 2009) I still can’t seem to support myself.  I know I’m the only person in the boat of salaries not keeping up with the pace of inflation, but it’s of little solace.

Anyway, back to the apartment hunt.  And job hunt.  Who knows; maybe my next post (since I post so frequently) will come to you from Victoria, Calgary, Montreal, or Halifax.  Or Toronto if I can find decent affordable housing or win the lottery…

Week/weeks update

It’s been a busy/weird/awesome/fun last few weeks.  I’m so used to it much going on that the last two weeks felt like a race.  And in the last two weeks, I even ran a race.

I did the Sporting Life 10k, despite not really training for the run before hand.  I did run it slow, but as it was my first 10k ever, I at least now have a time to beat on my next run.  I’m also going to have to start trying to motivate myself to start running regularly again.

I also ended up doing an escape room for the first time too in the last week.  Lots of fun and some of the puzzles were a little obtuse, but neat once they were figured out.  We did beat the room, but we were 30 seconds over time.  I do want to try other rooms now because it was a lot of fun and I would reccomend it to anyone.

In the next few days, I’m also going to look into joining a proper gym.  I’ve not been a member of a gym for a year and a bit now and it shows.  I don’t know why I can’t seem to motivate myself without it, but lucky for me a new YMCA is opening up in a place that is not all that far away from our apartment.  

Things may have been slow and same-y since last fall, but at least now things seem to be opening up.  Here is to hoping this trend continues.

Morning Runs

I’ve been forcing myself to get back into running since I’m no longer back at school.  2 years ago I was inching close to hitting the 10k mark after a year of running consistently.  I’ve done small runs since, but nothing of note.

This year however, I’ve gone and signed up for two 10k’s this summer.  What a silly idea.

I’ve been putting off training due to sheer laziness and excuses, but yesterday I laced up my shoes and went out to see how much distance and speed I have lost.  

Turns out, not all that much!  I was significantly slower than I have been in the past, but I hit the starting distance I was aiming for on the first try with no breaks.

There is hope for me yet.  I think I might just be able to hit those two 10k’s and not be a pile of mush at the end.

Power of the EL2

I do miss this camera, but sadly film is getting to expensive to develop properly these days.  Lucky for me I have amazing friends who pitched in to buy me a fancy new Nikon digital camera that still works with all the old lenses that would work on my EL2.

I also have a nice Holga 35mm that I’ve been dragging around with me everywhere in a pocket to snap photos from the hip.  I don’t mind going to a cheap place to develop those photos because if they screw up the film, it only adds to the look.

New Beginnings

Redone the old blog, removed the old posts, starting fresh.

There is a mood I get in sometimes where I just need to write.  It comes in waves, although I wish it would increase in frequency.  Sometimes it is hard for me to force myself to log in and type what I feel should be typed; especially when there are so many distractions about.  I’m going to make an attempt at keeping this space updated with things, although it might just end up being fragmented ideas, photos, short stories, or even just life updates that I need to get off my chest.  Nothing special mind you; just brain droppings.

I hope you’ll come with me for the ride.