Hello from our new home

May 22, 2007

We (okay, I) have decided to move our whole blog over to WordPress. I think it has some unique options that will allow for a nice looking, easy to use blog. Not that the old one was rubbish or anything, but I think there will be a noticeable difference and I hope BOTH my readers appreciate it.


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First of two

May 21, 2007

So, I have plenty to say, but I feel as though perhaps a little update is in order. I am drinking a LOVELY Cab Sav from Pirramima, to celebrate 5 years with a very very stupid woman (in one way, and one way only – she continues to stay with ME?! You’ve all met her? What is she thinking? Don’t tell her!!!). But, as the title suggests, I’ll get to that in a minute.

So, what’s happened since your last update. Let’s backup (dlodlodlodlo {that was flash-back music} dlodlodlo). We moved to Abbotsford. It’s in BC. BC is nice. These are all known facts. We DID have a few hiccups. Lets recap those:

BC wouldn’t license Claire because they took something the lovely Saskatchewan folks said the wrong way (gotta love it when communication fails).
Claire said “But I ROCK!!!”.
They said “Prove it”.
Claire did. (As if there was any doubt).

It was a 3month-no income ordeal with no guarantees and a WHOLE LOT of expenses. “prove it” cost several thousand. No, not Rands, silly deluded folks. AAAAAAaaanyway, I digress. We did it. (My main roll was keeping trouble away from my lovely. She had her head in books, I did floors and dinner and windows. Well, except the windows and dinners (Claire cheffed it up like a mad woman – I put on like 20kg). And roomba did the floors. We love you roomba).

So, we moved. Well, the move happened before the “prove it” exams, and we actually spend the first week in Vancouver to be closer to the exam venue. We’d booked the mover, and found a flat and packed the car. 40 minutes AFTER we were supposed to leave, the mover phoned and said …. oh wait… Hang on, i’ve been through this. What I HAVEN’T said is that they arrived a full 5 days AFTER they said they would. And while hauling the stuff up the stairs, the driver felt it was necessary to tell me he had a testicle the size of a grape-fruit. I kid you not. Nice!

Since then, things have settled a little. We don’t really feel like we live where we live. Its in a bowl of mountains, surrounded by trees and full of pimped out cars. So that last one was a surprise. Abbotsford has a delightful Benoni/Boxburg feel. I bet that if I want some “fly mods” done to the beetle it wouldn’t take a moment. I’m thinking of some flames. It will still take some convincing to get Claire on board.

Right, I think that will do it for the moment. I will update you all on Whistler and it’s awesomeness next time. Until then, some photos.

Yes, those are all South African degrees. How many canadian’s get this one? I laughed like a mad-man!

Where we will live someday!

Me. And a little flower.
Robson Street

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Hello from Abbotsford

May 8, 2007

Hello! Phew, we are here, I am working, we have a place to live with furniture, the sun shone today. Life is good. I am so happy to finally have things going and to be able to catch my breathe a little. The last few months have not been fun. Abbotsford is a big city to us now, about 160000 people I think. We have to drive 10km to gym (but its a nice one) and work isn’t just around the corner. There are lots more people our age too. Haven’t made any friends yet, but I hope we do soon. I’ll start recruiting patients.

There are so many flowers here and the whole of BC is just crazy beautiful. I know Andrew will be putting up some photos soon.

Oh, I’ve entered to run the Vancouver half marathon in June. My first. I am a small time jogger, but have decided to kick it up a notch, so any tips or advise from people who’ve done one before would be greatly appreciated. For those of you who’ve run comrades etc, I know this little run is lame, but help! Oh, and anyone considering buying that nike+ gadget(www.nike.com/nikeplus) for running, do. Super cool.

K. Bye.