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Snow Mining

After two weeks away, I was dreading what we might come back to find in our driveway. Thankfully a neighbour apparently cleared the foot of our driveway after the plow came by, so that saved me from the worst of it.

But the front sidewalk still had to be dealt with. And deal with it I did. What I had to do shouldn’t really be described as “shovelling”; it was more like snow mining.

There were three or four inches of hard-packed snow-coal stretching my section of the sidewalk. I would spend 20 or 30 seconds jamming at it with my special mining shovel, then 10 or 20 seconds bending down to collect the raw ore (with some chunks being a couple square feet in size) and toss the chunks onto the lawn, presumably so they could be collected and processed into some valuable mineral.

I’ll never complain about having to shovel fresh, soft snow again.

Okay, who am I kidding: of course I’ll still complain.

Planted in the Prairies

With our move to Edmonton coming up in about a week (so long as all goes well), I’ve been encouraging my wife to start a blog as a good way to share our experiences with family and friends back home. She’s jumped into the project with both feet, so if you want to get another perspective on what’s going on in my life, take a look-see at Larissa.TimSevenhuysen.com.

Now I have to get her WordPress¬†theme prettied up a bit… :)

Orientation Day

It’s orientation day for me at my new job with R.A. Malatest & Associates. My onboarding process is kind of scattered, since we’re still working out some details on my official start date in Edmonton and the actual moving process. Looks like we’re going to try to get to Edmonton for either October 1 or October 9 (right after Canadian Thanksgiving).

There’s definitely a lot for me to take in right now. I’m meeting with different people and being handed lots of information about the first big research project I’ll be working on. One of my first responsibilities is going to be training some temp employees on data collection and then coordinating and supervising them in the field, so I kind of feel like I’m standing on the edge of the diving board out in the Deep End of the pool.

But I’m sure it will all work out well enough. I just have to react and adapt as needed. The need for constant learning, quick thinking, and confident decision-making is part of what attracted me to this work in the first place. I’m excited that I get to learn about and study all kinds of different subject areas.

Anyways, I should get back to filling out these tax forms!