Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Just the latest

Well, I definitely came down with a cold. It wasn't a terrible, horrible one, but it's never great to be sick. Monday and Tuesday seem to have been the worst days, and although my head still feels kind of plugged, I can tell I'm getting better. Like I said before, at least this happened while I'm not working!

Speaking of work, I have a couple interviews coming up. I have one tomorrow that I don't think will amount to anything. It's for an admin. assistant job for a guy who does financial/investment stuff. I'm iffy because it sounds like part of my job there would be helping him to sell his clients on stuff, and I have absolutely no interest in selling anything. Ever. But I figure it won't hurt to meet with him and find out more. I also have an interview on Friday with a transport company that works all over western Canada. The job would be doing all the quoting for the company. It sounds like it could be interesting and a little challenging, which I like, so I'm looking forward to that interview and finding out more about that job. I also should have another interview early next week, although the appointment isn't actually in place yet. This job would be set up though one of the staffing places I'm signed up with, but the job would be with a large company that's in both Canada and the States, if not more countries than that. It would be an administrative type position that I think I would also like, so I'm looking forward to that meeting as well.

Hopefully one of these interviews will be fruitful and I'll be able to start working within the next week or two! :)

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Sunday, November 25, 2007

Winter

It's snowing outside. Not much, really, just a little here and there. But the thing about snow in Edmonton is (I've already learned), once it lands, it doesn't usually melt until spring. It'll melt some on the main roads, not so much on the others. And from what I can tell, and what Master and I have talked about, they don't plow the roads as well up here as they do in the States. Granted, if it's only a tiny bit of snow, I wouldn't plow either. So I'm sure it can add up at least somewhat that way. I also just checked the Edmonton weather for this coming week. It's about to get cold, people. The highs for this coming week are all about -15C, which is about 4F. That's the highs, my friends. That makes me want to stay inside all winter just looking at the numbers!

I'm supposed to be at Master's parents house right now, with everyone else. But I started getting a sore throat last night. It wasn't any better today, and I'm feeling a little run down (despite having slept well the last couple nights), so I stayed home. All I can say is that, if I am sick, at least it's happening while I'm not working.

I was proud of Master yesterday. Our kitchen sink has been leaking from the tap for the last few weeks. Master decided to fix it yesterday. It ended up being harder and more complicated than he expected. He spent probably half the day on it and uttered many things you wouldn't repeat in polite company. (Well, you might, but I wouldn't. lol) But in the end, and after 2 trips to home repair stores, he fixed it!! I was proud of him, and told him so. I love a man who can work with his hands (even if it's not his occupation) and can take care of things around the house. That's my man!! :)

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Friday, November 23, 2007

One Day

That's how long that job lasted. I maybe should've given it another day, but it just didn't seem worth it. It turned out that the job was much more basic than what they had described to me. Like mostly data entry and filing kind of stuff. I've had a job before that I hated because I was bored. I don't want to do that again.

So I'm back to looking for a job. I'm still not too worried about it. For one thing, it's not like I've been looking a long time. Secondly, I'm okay with doing temp work while I look for something permanent. And lastly, the job market here is still great, so I'm not concerned about being able to find something. I sent off my resume a couple more times today. I know something will happen, and I'm glad to have Master's support in this. :)

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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

News

I had another appointment today with yet another staffing place. It went well. I'm so used to going to these things, what with all the various temp work I've done over the years. So I'm an old pro. lol

The real news is that I'm starting a job on Thursday! That's what happens when it's not Thanksgiving up here. lol It's an HR Admin. Assistant job, which will be a good thing. It's a temp to hire job, so if I don't like the job or they don't like me, then no harm done, you know? It pays fairly well and it's with a big gas company here, so that's all good. I'm kind of nervous, but I'm also excited. I'm looking forward to not being broke any more! :)

John's feeling much better. He was doing better not long after he got to Grampa's. Master and I both think it was something he ate since him being sick didn't last long. Last night Master's crappy stomach was acting up again, so he was sleeping after he got home from work. John asked if I wanted to play a board game with him. So we played Monopoly, which he beat me at fairly quickly. Then we played Uno, best 5 out of 7, which I beat him at. We had fun. :)

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Monday, November 19, 2007

Not the Mama

Today I am glad I am not a mom or even totally a step-mom to Master's kids. Why? Because John is sick. Puking his poor guts out sick. He woke up during the night sick the first time. Master and I thought maybe he just hadn't eaten enough yesterday and that was the problem. But since he's still been retching this morning, it doesn't seem like that's the cause.

See, my issue is that I really hate listening to people be sick. It made my stomach turn this morning hearing John and the second time I covered my ears. I usually have a fairly sturdy stomach, but this is a definite exception. I just don't handle it well.

Master took John with him this morning and he'll spend the day with Master's dad instead of going to school. That's what they did when John was sick before I got here and that's what they'll do once I'm working. And I'm honestly relieved and thankful for that. I don't think I could stand to listen to him retching all day. I feel horrible for thinking that, but it's the truth. It's just one more reason why I honestly believe I'm not cut out to be a mom. I know people say that it's different when it's your own kid, and I'm sure they're right or else so many people wouldn't say it, including Master. But that doesn't change how I feel. (Which is okay since Master doesn't want more kids anyway.) I guess I'm just especially glad today that it's not my responsibility.

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Friday, November 16, 2007

Working Girl

No, not that kind of working girl. lol

I wrapped up my temp assignment today. I accomplished more than they thought I would before I started, so I feel good about that. It wasn't anything that I'd want to do for my regular job, but it was fine for a few days. They were very happy with me and even asked me to email my resume to them. They don't have anything open right now, but liked me enough that they wanted to keep my resume on file. I don't really expect much to come from that, because they don't have a large admin. dept. (it's a medical lab/testing kind of place), but it sure can't hurt!

During the last 4 days, I've missed getting to talk to Master online while he's at work. However, it was nice to leave with him in the morning. We left at the same time in the morning, both driving the couple miles to the LRT station. I parked and left Peachie there, then hopped in Master's car with him and John (since he drives John across town with him for school, previously mentioned here) and Master dropped me off downtown on his way! Then, after I finished work, I'd just take the LRT back out to our side of town and drive home. It was nice to feel kind of taken care of that way, since I'm still not completely familiar with getting around Edmonton (although it's not super hard since it's mostly numbered streets and avenues). I did feel more like a city girl, though, what with working downtown and taking the train home after work. lol

I'm calling a couple places on Monday to set up appointments about permanent jobs. One place is another staffing place, one that often seems to have good jobs available. The other is a job that I applied for directly online and they called me about it. So let's hope I can find a great job soon! :)

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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

New Day

Today was my first day working in several months and my first time working here in Edmonton. I'd say it went well. I'm just doing data entry for the next few days, so it's nothing terribly exciting. In fact, it's not exciting at all. But it pays all right, it's a nice building, and the people are friendly and helpful.

I've got a couple more possibilities for permanent jobs going. I'll be making appointments for next week, so hopefully something will come out of one of those.

This is short because I'm tired and I want to spend time with Master since I didn't get to talk to him online today like I normally do. At least I'm doing something productive and earning a little money this week. :)

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Monday, November 12, 2007

Life

Not a shred of evidence exists in favor of the idea that life is serious.
-- Brendan Gill

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Saturday, November 10, 2007

Marked

Master and I had a fantastic morning this morning! See, we hadn't had sex since Sunday night, the night after our super long trip to the border. And even though it was good, I think we were both still fairly tired, so it wasn't maybe what we would've wanted for my first time as a permanent resident. lol And since my period started right after that, and we've both been dragging some this week, we just haven't done anything since then. Until this morning. You know how it is, just cuddling and caressing... and then a little more... and a little more... and then there's no holding back! We were both so hot! Master whispered in my ear, "I don't care if you are still on your period, I'm not waiting any longer." I didn't argue. :)

I have marks on my neck from where he bit me. I'm slightly embarassed, but mostly I love them. :)

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Thursday, November 08, 2007

In the Money

I opened my bank account in Canada today! Granted, there's nothing in it, but at least it's there! I was surprised to learn that most banks here don't require a minimum amount to open a bank account, like most banks in the States do. So even though I haven't actually started earning money yet, I can still open the account. Nice!

Still no real leads on a permanent job, but I found two more opportunities today that I applied for. Both jobs sound like something I could do and something I would enjoy and be good at. So let's all hope and pray.

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Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Can't Stop Me Now

Yesterday and today I had appointments with staffing places here in Edmonton. The one yesterday went well, but I got the feeling that they may not have had a whole lot going on. The one today went even better. Whenever I've gone through staffing places in the past, I've always had to do some skills tests (Word, Excel, typing, stuff like that), and I had to do that again today. But I also had to do a brand new kind of test today. It was a bunch of random questions, some that were math related, some that were vocab related, etc. Apparently I kicked butt. The chick told me that they're usually happy if someone gets 15 questions correct. I got 35! So with all my good scores, they were happy with me. In fact, the girl who was talking with me immediately thought of a job that she thought I'd be a great fit for. She even called the man while I was still there. She said he may have already filled it from within, though. Unfortunately, he wasn't available, so I don't know anything more.

The chick had asked me to call back later to see if she'd heard from him, but when I did call, she hadn't heard back. However, she transferred me to another woman (the one I was originally supposed to meet with) and she had a little temp job that offered me while they keep looking for something permanent. So I'll be working for 4 days next week just doing some data entry. I'm looking forward to earning a little money and being productive. I'm not looking foward to getting up early. lol

A couple little things from our Saturday trip that I forgot to mention. The second border we went to, the one where I actually "landed" is Coutts, pronouned "Coots." Master wondered if the people who live there are called Cooties. lol Also, there's a town between Edmonton and Calgary named Innisfail. Apparently one of Master's co-workers likes to say that the people who live there are called Innisfailures. LOL

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Monday, November 05, 2007

Suzy Has Landed

Saturday was mostly good, but a very long day. We didn't get going quite as early as we'd hoped to (7:30 AM instead of 6:30). It takes several hours to get to the border, so what with stops at all, it was about 2:45 when we got there. We had originally planned on going into Montana as far as Kalispell, because they have a Super Wal-Mart and so we could hopefully find all the food stuff that they sell in the States, but not in Canada. (Our favourite pops aren't sold up here!) But the US Border officer that checked us told us that Kalispell was about 150 miles away, which is longer than we thought. So, we decided to go as far as Browning (which was only about 50 miles) and see what was there. It was an interesting drive to Browning, what with the super curvy, hilly, two lane road, and the free-range cattle, and a little blowing snow. But we got there safely.

I learned something in Browning. How do you know when you're in an area that's typically windy? When there are a lot of those modern windmill/wind turbine things and when pretty much every other female in town has their hair pulled back! The town didn't have much in the way of food stores (just one little IGA), but apparently what they lack in groceries, they like to make up for in dogs. Dogs everywhere!! Jogging along the side of the road, hanging out in front of the gas station, riding around in the back of trucks. Some of them it was hard to tell if they actually belonged to anyone or not. I also felt like Master and I stuck out a bit in Browning. Why? Because it's a little town in an Indian reservation (complete with a casino) in Montana and we're two super white people driving a car with Ohio plates! Of course, no one seemed to pay much attention, so who's to say how many even noticed.

We found some food and pop that we can't get here in Edmonton (I found Cheddar Triscuits!) at the convenience store and the little IGA and then started heading back to the border. We got there at about 5:45 PM. When the customs officer at the window realized that I was there to "land" (which is what they call it when you're arriving with your visa) he said that they might have to send us over to Coutts. Apparently the immigration officer at that little border crossing only works until 6 and he had just recently had 3 other families who were landing show up at that crossing. Sure enough, we get parked and before we can even get inside, the customs officer comes out and says that we'll have to drive over to Coutts. He gives us directions, which were fairly simple and sends us on our way. He told us it was about an hour drive, but it ended up being an hour and a half. And it was a long drive over there, all in the middle of nowhere. I told Master I had the feeling that the earth could swallow us up and no one would see or even realize it. The area along the Montana-Alberta border is fairly scenic, with big, rolling hills and even a few mountains towards the western end, but when you're trying to hurry up and get somewhere, it just feels like a whole bunch of nothingness.

By the time we got to Coutts, it was dark. The US officers seemed to be in a good mood, though. I told them that we were just there to turn around so I could land with my Canadian visa. The one officer said, "So no more 'In God We Trust,' instead it's 'God Save the Queen' or something, eh?" That made me chuckle.

There was no line up on the US side, but of course there had to be several cars in front of us on the Canadian side, so we had to wait probably 20 minutes before we even got up to the officer (because they only had one line open). He asked a few questions and then told us to pull over so we could come in and talk to Immigration. We get inside and the Immigration officer on duty had apparently taken a break, so we were waiting about 15 minutes for him to come back. When he did, the whole "landing" process was surprisingly easy. He asked me a few basic questions, explained some things to me, gave me my very important piece of paper to hang onto forever, and I was done! He told me I have all the same rights as a Canadian citizen except that I can't vote and I can't run for Parliament. I said, "Well there go all my plans." He actually smiled a bit. :)

After that we had to go over to the Customs part so I could import Peachie. I had already exported her from the US at the other border crossing, before I knew that we were going to be sent to Coutts, so I guess technically she had no country during that drive between the two spots, but we'll not make a big deal about that! That whole process with the customs officer was also surprisingly easy. I had all the info I needed, so there were just a couple forms to fill out. I still have some more steps to take to complete the importation process (like getting the car inspected), but I have 45 days in which to do it.

We finished with all of it by about 8:30. When we walked out of the building to leave, I - of course - started crying. It was finally over!! I could stay and not worry about being kicked out!! Even now it makes me cry with just relief and happiness. All that crap and it's finally done. The truth is, for the more recent parts, I think I've had it pretty easy. The immigration office there asked us how long the whole process took. When he heard that we'd only submitted our application towards the beginning of this past July, he said "Holy smokes! That might be a record." So I know I didn't have to wait nearly as long as most people do for all of this to be completed. (Of course, I told him that that's what I get for being so well-behaved all my life. That also got a little smile out of him. lol)

I wish that had been the end of the trip, since things went downhill some from there. It was a super long drive home from there, although fortunately for me, Master did all the driving. Since we'd been sent to Coutts, we were even farther from Edmonton than we would've been, even if it wasn't a huge difference. We stopped in Lethbridge for dinner, but it was so late and every place is having to close early because of not having enough workers, so we just had to hit a drive through and eat in the car. (We had been hoping to get out of the car for a bit.) It was extremely windy in Lethbridge and continued to be so for the next hour or so of the trip. How windy? For the first time in my life, I saw tumbleweeds outside of Texas. Smaller ones, but still tumbleweeds, blowing right across the road. We found out later from Master's mom that the area had had a wind warning!

Unfortunately, the worst part of the drive was the hour or so before getting into Edmonton. It started snowing. Really snowing. And it was sticking to the road. Each side of the highway had 2 lanes, but there was only one clear path, kind of down the middle, probably made by the trucker in front of us, so that's how we went. We followed that trucker (at a safe distance) all the way to Edmonton. Of course, having to drive slower for the crappy roads meant it took us that much longer to get home. But at least we made it there safely and without incident.

So, I've landed! I am a permanent resident. I have a couple appointments this week (including one today) with staffing places, so hopefully I'll have a good job before long. I have to get my social insurance number and now I can sign up for Alberta Health Care. Master said in the car on the way home that we can finally really start our life together. I can't wait. :)

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Friday, November 02, 2007

A Run to the Border

Master and I will be leaving early tomorrow morning to drive to Montana. I'm looking forward to the trip because it will be a nice drive, just the two of us, and it means that, coming back, I'll be a permanent resident! Of course, I still have a little anxiety because, even though I have my immigration visa, you never know what can happen. On top of that, I have to export my car from the States and import it into Canada, and while it doesn't sound too horribly difficult (at least the part at the border) from what the customs officers have told me, I'm still a bit anxious about that.

Speaking of cars, Master's started acting like crap yesterday. We were hoping it could last through the winter and then he'd start looking for a newer one. Even if it can last another couple months would be better than right now. He's dropping at the dealership near his work to have them look at it today. We're hoping it's not a huge, expensive problem and that they can fix it.

This is a good time to be looking for a job in Edmonton. Since there's a boom going on right now, pretty much everywhere is hiring, and at a lot of places are paying better than usual because of it. I already have appointments next week at 3 different staffing places, so hopefully I'll be able to find something good through one of them, if not on my own, since I've sent my resume direct to some places as well. Hopefully it won't be long until Master and I aren't so strapped for money!

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Thursday, November 01, 2007

This just makes me sad.

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