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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!


It’s official. I’ve signed the paperwork to accept a job offer from R.A. Malatest & Associates as a Research Assistant based out of their Edmonton, Alberta office.

Whoa, right?

Larissa and I have been contemplating the possibility of making a move to Edmonton for a couple of months, ever since I applied for the position with Malatest, but now that it’s actually a reality we  find ourselves faced with putting some big changes into action. Today we spent some time going through a bunch of our stuff and picking out various movies, books, games, clothes, and even furniture to prune out and either sell or give away. We’ll have to deal with all of the “change of address” headaches that come with a move, including switching over to Albertan health insurance and car insurance.

We’re going to be very sad to leave our families behindl. I think in a lot of ways we’ve taken for granted the ability to spend time with Larissa’s family in Langley basically whenever we chose to hop on the ferry, or to visit my parents by making the 90-minute drive to Nanaimo. It’ll be a much bigger undertaking now to organize a vacation to BC, but I’m sure we’ll make the drive as often as is feasible. And we’ll be on Skype constantly, of course.

There are definitely a lot of positives to this move. This position is a great opportunity with a growing company, and it should give me lots of opportunity to learn and gain experience, and hopefully climb the corporate ladder a bit, as well. The cost of living is lower in Alberta than BC, and Edmonton’s real estate market is way more accessible than Victoria’s. For a young family just getting started, Edmonton has so much of what we need!

I don’t know yet how all of this is going to affect my writing. I’ll have less time available to work on it, and that means I’ll have to lower my expectations on when certain projects will get revisited and/or finished, including the Year of Stories and my in-progress novel, Galloway’s Voyage. That’s life, I suppose.

As we figure out more details regarding our move and my start with Malatest, I’ll probably have some thoughts to share here, and as always I’ll try to keep everyone posted on news and progress with my various writing projects.

There Are Two Reasons to go to Edmonton

Larissa and I travelled to Edmonton a couple of weeks ago to visit my brother, who is attending school there, as well as a few other friends who have become Albertans. We drove the Highway 5 route, and did the trip in a single day each way. That was a little over 11 hours of driving from Larissa’s parents’ place in Langley to Edmonton. On the way back, it was 11 hours to Langley plus an hour to the ferries, 90 minutes on the ferry, and another half hour to get home afterwards. Long days!

The trip was a lot of fun, though, even when it was exhausting. Aside from spending time with my brother and our friends, we made sure to visit the only two landmarks I consider important to Edmonton, the first being West Edmonton Mall and the second being the statue of Wayne Gretzky at Rexall Place (where the Oilers play). We didn’t do anything very exciting at the mall, other than watch a cute sea lion show, and I was actually kind of disappointed with the statue; it has a really goofy expression on its face that you can’t really see when you’re looking at pictures or video of it. But still, now I’ve seen it, so that’s something.

Trip to Edmonton = Success

I don’t think we’ll be making that drive again any time soon, but we’re glad we were able to go, and it gave Baby a first within-the-womb travel memory. (That’s how that works, right?)