Monday, January 10, 2011

How the (Holiday) Time Flies!

Oh dear, I haven’t posted anything here in a while, sorry about that.

The good news behind our relative silence is that everything is going really well for us, and we haven’t much news to report of late. We’re both working full-time, making a decent living for the first time in three years. It’s great in many ways, but of course it means we’re both much shorter on free time (particularly me) than we used to be.

On the immigration front, I still haven’t formally gotten my Landed Immigrant (Permanent Resident) card yet, but I did get my FBI file turned in so that may be the last hurdle. One possible snag is that the process has taken so long that they may require me to do the medical exam part over again, but I'm certainly no worse than I was a year ago apart from a few more grey hairs in my beard, so if they want it done again I guess I’ll do it again, even though it is their fault it has taken so long.

We are planning a trip down to Los Angeles to see many of our “fan friends” at the US’s largest Doctor Who convention, Gallifrey One. This will be their 22nd year and we’ve had to miss the last two, so we are really looking forward to this. It happens over President’s Day weekend. We’re trying to arrange a way for Heather to go on to Orlando after the convention (I have to return to Victoria so I can get back to work), but it’s rather complicated co-ordinating her work schedule and the travel so we’ll have to see about that.

Because of all the nonsense regarding the overbearing TSA, we’re paying extra to fly directly from Canada. It costs more, but we’ll have less indignity to go with it. I have to say we originally had much more ambitious travel plans for 2011, but frankly we’ll be avoiding flying to or from the US as much as possible until someone down south comes to their senses and implements more rational security procedures.

On a different topic, so far we've had a reasonably warm (for here) winter. We’ve been much amused to read from our Florida friends of temperatures that match (or drop below!) what we’ve had here. We do get a few blustery icy-cold winds, however, but most days its pretty bearable if you're actively doing something. This town rarely gets much below freezing (32°F/0°C) but we might get a little taste of snow soon -- yesterday I got (briefly) hailed on (little itty-bitty hail, but definitely hail nonetheless). Today it was sunny and beautiful. Still chilly but brisk rather than grey.

This month promises a few new adventures, so I’ll leave those for when we get to them. Happy new year, everyone!