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  • Getting settled in

    I am really excited for the summer. I am looking forward to saving up some money while living with Aunt Ferne and the kids and then moving into my own apartment in August or September.

    Right now the plan is to save up the damage deposit and a months rent. I mentioned that my brother is planning on coming up. He’s going to come up the end of July or whenever his course is finished and start looking for a job.

    I am excited that he is moving in with me. It’s my turn to take care of him. My parents have been doing it for his whole life (24 years) and it’s time for me to take over and help. I think he will do good up here.

    In the meantime I am getting settled into my Aunts. It’s a little awkward since I am used to taking care of myself and not worrying about anyone else. Good practice for my brother actually. I am hoping that however long he lives with me I can help him take control of his own life and stop acting like a child. [...]

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  • It’s about time

    After a lot of looking around I finally picked out our Christmas present and put $100 down on it and put it on lay away. My parents asked me a while ago what we wanted for Christmas and I really couldn’t come up with anything. So Mom asked what we needed and what we really really need is a new mattress and boxspring.

    Ours are old hand me down’s from Cory’s parents that if I remember correctly are as old as us. It’s just not healthy and Cory can’t even sleep in the bed anymore. He starts out some nights in bed but after 2-3 hours of snoring, moving around and trying to get comfortable he heads to the couch. We have not slept a whole night in the bed together in months.

    The side I sleep on has a huge hole in it where the coils have just given away and the side he is on has a huge uncomfortable lump that is right where his back is. It is so uncomfortable to sleep on. So it has been a long time overdue. Mom and Dad are giving us $300 towards the set. I was initially going to just get a mattress because it’s so expensive to get a set but Nothin Fancy Furniture have queen size pillow top mattresses on for $299 and this weekend they are having a no tax event. [...]

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  • Remembrance Day

    So today is Remembrance Day in Canada and Veterans Day in the US. Which is a day to remember all who have served our countries and to remember all those men and women who have lost their lives for our freedom. I know there are many other countries that have their own holidays to remember and honor their service men and women who have given up their own freedom in order to fight for or preserve the freedom of others.

    Remembrance day when I was younger was always a big thing. When I was in elementary school I was living in Germany on a Canadian military base and we always had a moment of silence at 11 am on November 11th (11-11). We would recite In Flanders Fields. We had services to honor those who fought for freedom. I am sad to see that that has declined over the years. [...]

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  • Back to normal

    Everything seems to be back to normal at the Port of Halifax, they seem to be offloading from the ship(s) again and the port is running. The CNSC (Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission) released a statement here saying that the four canisters of uranium hexafluoride (UF6) are intact and were never breached, it was just the container that they were inside (they were encased in cement and metal then in the container). They said the radiation levels were extremely low.

    So it is good to know at least that nothing major came from it. The company that runs the port said that this was a “worst case senario” that happened and they still held up with relatively low radiation. It actually makes me feel a bit more secure knowing that the CNSC last night said that the incident was handled properly and that they fell 6 meters but the canisters were designed to hold for up to a 16 meter drop. [...]

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  • Do you love what you do?

    I have put a lot of thought into this question lately. I have to say overall the answer is yes. I love my job. I love what I do. Sometimes I think it is the coolest job in the world. For anyone wondering I work in a call center. But not just any call center. My call center happens to have the project that I work on, which to me has some of the coolest education gadgets in the world.

    I know our products in and out. I love the calls and emails. Most of the people who call in are really friendly and most seem to love their jobs as well. Who wouldn’t love teaching our children! Kids bring so much joy to so many people and to support our teachers in what they are doing and provide them with tools that aid in teaching children is fun and demanding. [...]

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  • The first time you drove a car, what was it like?

    We had our first real snow of the season yesterday. It’s so beautiful when you get those first soft snowflakes. The world kind of seems surreal. It’s dark but all the lights around you are more pronounced. You can taste and smell the freshness in the air, the chill. It’s so exhilarating!

    That being said, driving in the snow. Not so exhilarating! Especially for those of us who are naturally anxious or panicky by nature. Why? Well, I had a bad experience driving in the snow. More then one actually. But I’ll just tell you about the one.

    A few years ago I lived about 5 minutes from a small ski hill called Martock, just outside of Windsor, Nova Scotia. I really was in my element there. I love snow, I love skiing. I would literally spend hours on the hill. My younger brother and I really bonded over it. We finally had something we were equally passionate about and equally good at. For him it was snowboarding and for me it was skiing. I did try to learn to snowboard and plan on trying again this year, but I was not very good. Either way we had the time of our lives on that ski hill. [...]