12:49 a.m., January 1, 2009 - Leave New Year's party to find 3 inches of fresh snow on car. Scoff, assuming that it will blow away in the night and that we'll be left to move to Victoria in peace.
7:02 - awake to find 3 MORE inches of fresh snow. Gnash teeth.
7:37 - get stuck getting out of driveway. Am an excellent car-pusher.
8:22 - are told by friendly talk radio several times not to be on roads unless strictly necessary. Are told that driving conditions are slippery and frozen east of the bridge, and slippery and frozen west of the bridge. Are on roads, must cross bridge.
9:45 - are still on roads. Longest Chilliwack-to-Vancouver jaunt in history.
10:02 - are throwing last-minute, uncategorizable items into last-minute boxes. Will end up with approximately six 'last-minute' boxes.
10:58 - run out of paper towels. Lone rag used to clean remaining quarter of house. Results largely satisfactory.
11:34 - truck is packed. House is cleaned. Keys are dropped into mail slot.
12:05 - make ferry in good time. Eyeball mounds of gelato, eat food brought from home.
12:45 - boarding begins for 1:00 ferry.
12:46 - hybrid in front of us fails to start due to dead battery.
12:48 - feel severe Good Samaritan guilt, offer to help dead hybrid.
12:54 - hybrid starts.
12:58 - are one of last cars onto ferry.
2:03 - arrive in Schwartz Bay.
2:28 - arrive in Victoria, land of Eternal Summer. Distinct lack of snow on ground.
2:31 - unexplicable box spring takes up half of living room. Moving in commences around box spring.
5:09 - last box is brought in.
5:10 - order pizza from dangerously-close Dominos.
5:37 - unpacking commences.
8:48 - trot over to Starbucks for a pick-me-up.
10:18 - as much unpacking as can be done (due to unfinished nature of house) is done.
10:21 - watch Aladdin.
10:54 - pick-me-up fails, Aladdin fails. Fall into freshly-made bed.