10.26.2005

progress report

Life here in Port Credit continues to feel more like real life, and less like some strange role-play game. It's remarkably easy to adjust to more comfort and more convenience: the house, the car, the washer-dryer, the dishwasher.

Allan has been temping three or four days each week at a downtown law firm. They are - of course - wowed by his performance. Yesterday he had a second interview for a permanent position of the kind we're hoping for him - three long days with odd hours. This spot would be Friday, Saturday and Sunday, about 2 pm to 1 am. It's at one of the biggest Canadian firms, so the job comes with good benefits, like dental and prescription coverage (Americans may not realize those are not covered under the provincial health plans), a transportation allowance, and a fair amount of paid time off. We're waiting to see if they make him an offer.

My second Ancient Civilizations book assignment still hasn't started - it was supposed to begin in early or mid September! But my editor assures me the book is mine, and that's all that matters. I've started to write my next Kids On Wheels assignment, and hope to get that out of the way before the grueling book deadlines begin.

I'm purposely keeping my KOW work light this issue, to leave maximum time for Ancient Civs. At some point I'll be writing a substantial chunk of the KOW magazine. It doesn't pay well (although the publishers are very fair, and pay me as best as they can), but I love it and love being part of the project. Here's my big perk.

kow card

That's sarcasm, by the way. The title doesn't mean anything.

A dogsitter came over yesterday, and I think she's going to work out excellently. Introducing Buster to a new person is a time-consuming (and expensive) process. Sometimes I feel discouraged at the amount of effort involved, I wish he were a normal dog. But on the positive side, which is the far greater share, an excellent trainer taught us how to acclimate Buster to a new care-person in progressive steps. The method is logical, safe and works every time. It's even worked with a dogwalker who was a little afraid of Buster and not very good at following our direction, so when conditions are better, it's virtually guaranteed.

The woman who came over yesterday is heavily involved in animal rescue, so she's very familiar with dealing with frightened or anxious animals, plus she has a dog of her own with behavioral issues. (Of course, her dog weighs 10 pounds, and Buster weighs 60, but the principles are the same.) She enjoys petsitting while her partner takes care of their animals, and she lives not far from us. She's coming over again today. I'm very optimistic that we'll be able to go away without the pups.

The house is pretty much finished. The only things that aren't done: nothing on the walls yet, nothing on the living and dining room windows, no knick-knacks anywhere (which I'm kind of liking) and a few long-term projects that I'll do when I'm motivated and have money, all cosmetic, nothing necessary.

We had a hell of time establishing good internet access in Allan's basement lair, but we think we've finally found the right equipment and settings. Here's hoping, because we both want his laptop off the dining room table.

That's the ground-level view. From the stratosphere, I love not being in the United States. I love being in Canada. It's better here.

14 comments:

James said...

My second Ancient Civilizations book assignment still hasn't started

I probably missed it in an earlier post, but just what will you be writing about Ancient Civilizations? A general overview? A specific civilization in particular?

Myself, I'm looking for a good, engaging book on Japanese history covering at least 800 AD to 1900 AD. I've got a couple of really dry ones, and they aren't much fun to read.

(Of course, her dog weighs 10 pounds, and Buster weighs 60, but the principles are the same.)

That's 4 1/2 and 27 1/4 kg! Ya gotta get metric. ;)

L-girl said...

I probably missed it in an earlier post, but just what will you be writing about Ancient Civilizations? A general overview? A specific civilization in particular?

It's for a kids encyclopedia series. Here's an earlier post from when I got the first assignment. (I notice we were on our way to the airport - to see the house we are now living in!)

It's this completely unexpected book assignment that gave us the luxury of not working all through September.

Also, a little cool sidenote on how I got that story (second half of post).

Myself, I'm looking for a good, engaging book on Japanese history covering at least 800 AD to 1900 AD. I've got a couple of really dry ones, and they aren't much fun to read.

That's the challenge with learning about history, isn't it? Or for that matter, any non-fiction. The dry factor.

Of course, her dog weighs 10 pounds, and Buster weighs 60, but the principles are the same.)

That's 4 1/2 and 27 1/4 kg! Ya gotta get metric. ;)


LOL! You know, the scale at the local vet still weighs in pounds. And even the dogsitter who came over last night - born and raised in Ontario - said her dog weighs 10 lbs...

Niko said...

Very cool! Glad to hear that Allen has found something maybe long-term

tijo said...

Thought you might be interested in reading another 'progress report', with some comments I'm sure you could relate to. This fella moved to Vancouver from Texas a year ago - onomatopoeia.

L-girl said...

Thanks Niko! Yeah, these jobs with weird hours aren't easy to find, so we'll be happy if he gets it.

Tijo, thanks for that! I've never seen that blog, I'll definitely read more.

zydeco fish said...

It's nice to see that you are adjusting so well to Canada.

James said...

It's for a kids encyclopedia series.

BTW, have you ever read Larry Gonick's excellent "Cartoon History of the Universe" or his "Cartoon History of the United States"? Both very worthwhile books.

L-girl said...

Thanks, ZF. :)

BTW, have you ever read Larry Gonick's excellent "Cartoon History of the Universe" or his "Cartoon History of the United States"?

I haven't! I just Googled them, they look great.

Wrye said...

That Onomatopaea one looks interesting.

And isn't life a strange roleplaying game? The wandering monsters in Port Credit are just likely to be low-level ones (silverfish, raccoons, dogcatchers, and so forth), and the busybody neighbour probably isn't a cultist of the Reptile God, that's all.

L-girl said...

And isn't life a strange roleplaying game?

Oh yes indeed. Good point.

The wandering monsters in Port Credit are just likely to be low-level ones (silverfish, raccoons, dogcatchers, and so forth),

Dogcatchers!! :/

and the busybody neighbour probably isn't a cultist of the Reptile God, that's all.

But you never can tell.

Lone Primate said...

Naturally, as a Canadian, I'm pleased you're finding Canada so much to your liking... but, again, naturally, as a Canadian, I keep waiting for the other shoe to drop. :)

Here's hoping it never does for you two. :)

L-girl said...

Thank you, LP :)

Tell me this. What would the other shoe dropping sound like? Give me some examples?

Lone Primate said...

Tell me this. What would the other shoe dropping sound like? Give me some examples?

You know, I sat there this morning trying to think of some... I actually had "you know, like..." already typed. But I couldn't think of anything plausible so I just erased that part. :)

I'm sure there will be some, though. The sort of thing like the pitbull law, perhaps. Or hate speech laws, which I'm not big on myself... I'd rather the extremists were right out in the open where they can be argued with and countered, not chased underground where their poison festers among the likeminded, unseen, unsuspected, and unchecked by fact. Well, that kinda thing. Clunk. :)

L-girl said...

If the stupid dog laws show up again, that would be a clunk. No doubt about it.

I do think, though, that any negative stuff that comes up would probably be life stuff, the kinds of things that could happen anywhere.

By the way, I appreciate your concern. Your concern that Canada measure up to expectations is very sweet.