Saturday, August 22, 2009

Almost There

This morning we find ourselves in Saskatoon and are hoping to reach Chard later today. Lisa and I left Brockville Tuesday morning along with here parents for the drive West. So far so good considering we are traveling with 3 kids under age 6 and a small partially housebroken puppy. We've seen some nice sites along the way and I hope to get a few pictures from our trip up on the blog eventually. The one good thing about all the travel I've done is that I've stayed at our current hotel before. I once stayed here for a conference in 2002 when I was teaching in Saskatchewan. It was nice to know exactly where to go since yesterday was a long day on the road - something like 12 hours, including passing through 2 time zones. (I should add that while I love Ontario, it was with relief that we finally crossed into Manitoba yesterday afternoon.) I've been through Northern Ontario a number of times on the train but I don't think I truly appreciated its sheer mass until now.

The only thing left to deal with is the moving company. For some reason they don't understand the concept of delivering to a school even though my employer has told me I can use the school as a delivery address and I've told the movers this a number of times now. Apparently they have to contact my principal there but have been unable to do so so that our boxes are delivered to the right house. Why the school board didn't just tell we what house we are moving into a couple weeks back is beyond me. The last email I got from the movers was Tuesday so I'm hoping that they have been able to contact the principal in the meantime. The situation is a bit of a gong show and I sometimes think I'm still in Nunavut dealing with the way the bureaucracy works (or often as not doesn't work) up there.

No use fretting, though. I guess it's not my fault some people are born retarded. Anyhow, like I said, we went through 2 time zones yesterday so the kids were up earlier than usual so I have to go catch up with them. Luckily, the hotel we're at has a 250-foot water slide that opens early.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Lift Off

Another hurdle is now out of the way. Packing up was a challenge at times but we managed to keep our sanity (or at least Lisa did). We also got the good news that our stuff will arrive a few days earlier than originally thought meaning that we will not be stuck camping in an empty house. This was initially a possibility which was proving to be an uncomfortable distraction. With this dark cloud now out of the way I can breathe a big sigh of relief and focus on other things. For the next few days will be staying at Lisa's parents place before heading out Monday for Chard.

I am excited to be in our new community. I look forward to catching up with my photography, getting into my new hobby of bird watching (thanks for hooking me Clare) and getting back to doing some ice fishing. These are also activities that Tamara and Nicholas have expressed some interest in over the past days and I look forward to sharing time with them with these pursuits.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

All Packed

After one final day of packing we are pretty much all set. The truck comes tomorrow morning. We have a few last items to go off to Good Will or go into storage but other than that we have cleared another big hurdle. Other than an rather unwelcome visitor who screamed like a banshee, things went quickly and smoothly. I've learned quickly over the past few days just how much clothing needs to be packed for household of 5. The original estimate of 100 boxes is probably something like, I don't know, 500 000 by now. At least I don't have to lug it up from the basement. I'll gladly leave that task to the guys who load our truck in the morning.

August 17 we leave Brockville for Chard, Alberta!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Foul Things Lurk In The Dark

Lisa and I were out visiting stores and searching dumpsters for some extra boxes a couple days back and it took us to some interesting places. We had a good little system - Lisa drove and I searched. One dumpster we came across had no boxes in it but it wasn't exactly empty. Opening one foul dumpster, I came across a family of raccoons.

Now, I hate raccoons. All I'll say is that I may or may not have emitted a small man scream and beat a hasty retreat back to the vehicle, doubtless setting some kind of land speed record in the process.