Whew! What a week. I’m honestly surprised that we survived it. Last Monday night, Adam and I had JUST booked our honeymoon flights and were just hanging out watching some Bachelor. All of a sudden, we heard a strange water dripping noise in our kitchen. We both looked at each other in confusion, when I noticed water running down our living room wall and realized I could hear water pouring upstairs. “Go run upstairs and tell them to turn their water off!” I yelled frantically. Adam did as I suggested, but our efforts for the next little while were useless. Just minutes later, our apartment was flooding. We spent three hours cleaning all the water up and then went to bed completely exhausted. First thing in the morning, Adam went to the office and called our insurance company. They were at our building right away and we spent the first half of Tuesday with contractors, etc. We went from an 8 am assessment of drying with fans but we would possibly need new floors, to a 2 pm diagnosis of new floors, ceiling, ripping out the kitchen, and the wall where the bulk of the water was. Oh, and that we’d have to pack our things for an estimated 4-8 weeks of work and move to a new place by the NEXT DAY. That sure was a panic. We were able to extend that to Thursday and by Friday we were completely out of our apartment. The insurance company packs, moves, and stores the rest of your place, which is helpful. In just one week, our old apartment is completely empty. The kicker? Our neighbour was doing some DIY plumbing and didn’t turn the water off beforehand. Let this be a lesson for all of us. Do NOT attempt to do your own plumbing, especially if you’re inexperienced. Also, this is a reminder to you to make sure you have home insurance. We would have been completely screwed if we didn’t have it.
Reflecting on last week, this whole ordeal was a big test for Adam and I. We hadn’t (thankfully) ever been through a crisis together and though things were already at high stress levels with the wedding just over 5 months away, we somehow kept it together. We did what we could to work as a team and we managed to avoid any fights. Nothing would have been the same without the help of our friends and family though. My goodness, people offered us meals and a place to stay. Adam’s brother and girlfriend helped us move, my parents helped us pack the fridge and pantry contents and graciously took in a bunch of our items to store. It has honestly been overwhelming.
We’re seeing the positive in this as much as we can. We’re now living downtown, which we’d never have the chance to do otherwise. We’re getting new floors and some new paint. Also, we always talk about not wanting to fall into routine and this has most definitely shaken us out of our comfort zones. Everything happens for a reason. We’re just going to chalk this up to a story that we’ll one day look back on and laugh. Yes, one day we’ll laugh about this 🙂