Monday, October 25, 2010

The Grand Tour

After a long stretch of sending out resumes, things are starting to pay off as I've started a new position with a scaffolding company up at Suncor. After a couple days of training and orientation I started the middle of last week and have had the past 4days off before I start my regular schedule tomorrow.

As with most things in life, its not always what you know but who you know and this case is no exception. After trying for a few months to find a position without success with the college and the municipality, one of our very awesome daycare clients submitted my resume into her company up at Suncor's base plant and bingo! While I had been working in customer service, the money wasn't the greatest so after 6 months of searching around for something else, I am quite looking forward to this new position.

The job site is about 30km north of town so I have to catch the bus a little before 6am to get up there. Last Wednesday I got a ride up from Heather, our daycare client, who got me the position. She works in the office there so I was grateful for a lift so I would have an idea of where to go for my first day. The following day was a bit trickier as I took the bus up by myself for the first time. I needed to catch a second bus at the main gate in order to go back to the training camp to finish up a few things. We made one stop which I thought was my stop but it ended up that it was just a transfer point. Reassured, I dozed off, not knowing that I had already passed the main gate. A little while later, I awoke to realization that I was the only one left on the bus. Lovely. On the upside, the drive did take me back to the main gate and I did ended up getting a nice little tour of the entire plant along the way. And I did eventually get to where I needed to go and have a good first day.

I work a 10-on, 4-off schedule and tomorrow, I'm off to start my new rotation...with no plans of dozing off.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010


Last week Lisa and I were down to Edmonton** for our first ultrasound appointment. It was a pretty exciting experience for me since it was the first time I've ever seen an ultrasound in progress. Suddenly things seem very real. A new little person is on the way.

The baby is now at 14 weeks and as of last Thursday weighed in at a whopping 2 oz with a heart rate of 147 bpm. And it was a really cool experience.....the brain, the spine, the round little head were all their to see in all their grey grainy glory on the monitor.

So far so good, although we did have a couple days of angst earlier this week. After returning from Edmonton, Lisa got a call from the family doctor. We were a little surprised that nothing was said at the ultrasound but apparently there was a little concern. I went to work yesterday not knowing what to expect and I called Lisa after her appointment was through. As it turns out, Lisa has a condition known as "placenta previa" meaning the placenta is lower in the womb than its supposed to be. So the baby is fine though in all likelihood it will be born by c-section. Initially, the idea that the baby may have to come a little early was of some concern to me but then all the children have come earlier than expected. So as long as we take things easy and follow up on medical advice, things should work out just fine and we can expect a little bundle of joy on or about April 5, 2011. And while I'm terrible at predicting things, I've had the feeling over the past couple weeks that it will turn out to be a girl. We'll know more of course after our next appointment so we will definitely keep you posted.

**Thankfully my little soldiers can navigate much better than I can as we got turned around and lost a few times in Edmonton on the way back. Note to self - maps and knowing what direction you are headed in work wonders.