I can haz driving licence y/y?

For the curious, I passed my test and now have a Nova Scotia driver’s licence πŸ™‚

After worrying, stressing, and ending up at the stage of being ready to throw-up by the time the examiner came to my car, it turned out to be much easier than I thought. In fact, he just had me drive around the block and then passed me. No manoeuvres, nothing difficult, just a quick trip out and we were done.

Apparently he can usually tell the good drivers from the bad or so-so very quickly and he knew that it would be good before we got to the first stop sign. So he passed me despite me mucking up parking at the end!

I have just fired off an email to accept that job. Da thinks that I’ll survive comfortably on the salary and I trust him better than my own estimates of bills! There are good benefits (including full medical and company pension) although the holiday is only two weeks 😦 Damn UK holidays getting me used to five weeks holiday! I’ll have to find out whether the medical will cover EDS bearing in mind that it’s my biggest expense, but I’ll be happy if it includes drugs, optical and dental because those are likely to be my biggest bills right now. Any dislocations and doctor’s appointments etc. are picked up my the state medical coverage anyway.

That is why I sputtered incoherently when McCain tried to accuse Obama of bringing in socialised medicine “like they have in Canada and England” as though that’s a bad thing!! WTF world does he live in?

Anyway, that is the news and knowing that I’ve got myself a job does relieve some of my worry. Today I am going to do some cleaning in preparation for [info]paranoidangel42‘s arrival tomorrow and then curl up with some DVDs and declare a veg day. I really need one after the last couple of weeks!

BTW, why did no one tell me about season 4 Gray’s Anatomy? Why did I have to find out about in on a Butch/Femme board on Ravelry? And, um, why did I order the box-set just now? *is puzzled*

Job offer

The job that I interviewed for last week has made me an offer. The salary is less than I’d hoped for and the holiday is the statutory minimum, but the benefits are good and they have a company pension.

They’re emailing me the contract so that I can review it before saying yes.

It’s a job that I really liked the sound of and would very much like to take. I’m just wondering about the salary. There is apparently no wiggle room *sigh* I’ve been looking around to find out what my net income is likely to be and all the calculators that I can find look rather high. Obviously I’d love that high calculation! But is it real?

And I have no really clear idea what my monthly bills are likely to be. I can estimate vaguely, but I won’t know for sure until we’ve had the first power and water bills.

OTOH, it’s a good job.

I’ll have to talk to my parents. And send the contract to my father.

My big worry is that if I take this job and can’t manage on the salary then I’ll be in a bind. Except I do like the job. And it’s a job that can lead me places. Hmmm.

And in two hours I have to take my driving test. Must find some way to relax and stop stressing about everything.

Sleepy AG is sleepy

Revising data management and information architecture for my interview tomorrow.

Just took unexpected nap.


Sleepy kitties on my lap make it impossible to get up for strong coffee but I really should *sigh*

Interview and kittens

I have an interview! For a job that I might actually stand some hope of being able to know things about. It will be at 1.30pm on Thursday so crossed fingers would be good.

In other news, Annie has discovered the tumble-dryer. It is a warm and new place.

Kate has discovered that the cupboard where I keep my cereal has little cereal-morsels hidden in it. We’ll never keep her out of it.

They’re both squashed on my lap right now having a nap. Um, they fitted much better two weeks ago. Damn, they’ve grown fast!

Interview progress and kitten update

Well, first of all I am fairly confident that I didn’t get the job but it was good experience. Not least because the guy asked me ‘what is normalisation and how is it achieved’ and I went totally blank. So I now know that in addition to revising all those typical interview questions, I need to go back to basics and revised my relational theory to be better prepared for the next one. So that’s cool.

The work does sound really interesting and I liked the company. In the highly unlikely event that they did offer it, I’d seriously consider saying yes. However, they are looking for someone with C# and ASP.Net who can hit the ground running and those are two skills that I don’t have.

It was really good experience, though, so I’m glad that I went. Back to the drawing board then!

On the kitten front…I have already been approved as an adopter by the SPCA. They’re now going to get into contact with the foster mother of the two that I spotted on their website to arrange a meeting. And if those two have been adopted, they’ve got lots of others for me to choose from. I’m approved as an adoptive mother!

My aunt has concluded that she’ll take her computer down to the repair shop at the end of the road. This is not due to any failure on my part, more due to all the work that her house-mate is insisting they have done around the house resulting in the house (and her computer room in particular) being complete bedlam. There is nowhere for us to sit and work on the thing and the constant noise, banging and construction dust isn’t helping. The repair shop do sound like they know what they’re doing, though, so I don’t feel too awful.

Someone reassure me that I’m right to advise my aunt not to run two anti-viruses at once? Apparently a friend advised her that it would be a good thing to do when the machine is sorted out (one is good, two must be better!) and I’m trying to talk her down from it.

And that is it. Today is going to be a quiet day. Or at least it will be when the piano tuner has finished playing!

In which I give birthday wishes and flail

A day late (although it sounds like you’d have preferred the big day to be today), but…

Happy Birthday hhertzof! Hope today brings lots of lovely things and is a big improvement on yesterday. Although it sounds like it ended well and I do like your new bunny πŸ™‚

I am not certain at all that I want the job that I’m interviewing for today. In fact, it’s more a case of “talk me into it” than me feeling all desperate and dying for the job.

So why am I flailing and terrified of this interview? I’ve even done lots of prep including sitting down with a long list of possible interview questions and thinking up answers to them. Flail!

Seriously, the only thing that’s making me feel not unhappy right now is the idea that I’ll have some pampering at the salon afterwards, but even that isn’t without it’s problems because it’s a new salon and they could totally muck up my hair.



I have a job interview on Wednesday!

I’m not sure whether I’ll take the job, but it’s good practise and they might be able to talk me into it. The company provides call centre ‘solutions’ that aren’t outsources to India, which is nice, and the job would be developing and maintaining the software that they provide for clients. There would be a nice mix of database work and web application work, so stuff that I’m familiar with and lovely new things to learn as well. It’s even based locally – less than 30 minutes drive on a good day.

I’m reluctant to take the first thing that I get offered (mostly because I have apps in for jobs that I’m much more enthusiastic about) but odds are that I won’t have to make that tough decision. It’s going to be good practise and I’m glad that the rest of my good interview shirts arrived last week with the shipping.

I’ve done my good worky stuff today (did some work for the Quakers as well as more job apps) so I’m going to sit back with episode 2 of this year’s Atlantis and knit a neckband on my sister’s cardigan.

I really need to get myself a nice monitor.

Um, job application?

So, I have just applied for a job. My first job in Canada.

Despite all my plans, it is not a contract job. However, it is not a retail job so one of my criteria is met.

It’s for one of the local universities as a ‘technologist’, for which read report writer working with cool toys.


It’s highly unlikely to go anywhere. Still, it’s one step on the great job hunting mountain.

There’s another kind of interesting job that I’m thinking about. Maybe. But it’s rather an academic role. Huh.

Sun, sea, sand and Atlantis (but one of them is a lie)

I discovered last night that there is a place in my TV thingy where I can catch up on all the Atlantis S5 that has been shown so far. This makes me so, so super happy because now I can join in the squee πŸ™‚

As it is raining like woah right now, I’m thinking of having an Atlantis afternoon if I can do enough job app stuff to feel justified in taking a couple of hours off.

Yesterday was both fun and productive. I spent the morning doing up my CV and then re-doing it because paper size is different here and my resume was three lines too long when done on Letter size paper *pout* Then I spent a while more setting up profiles on some of the job websites, although I haven’t actually uploaded my resume yet. I’m kind of nervous because I hate that instant flood of agency calls for the first three days. The silence for weeks afterwards also rather sucks.

Late morning, I toddled up to Fisherman’s Cove because they have a teeny tiny Job Search place up there. The lady in there was very nice, looked over my resume and pointed out where it could be improved and why the organisation of it might need changing to better suit Canadian employers. Very handy. She also showed me the location of a list of job websites and advised me that I should seriously look at government and university jobs as well, based on my experience. Huh. Never thought of doing that!

So this morning’s plan will be to revise my resume again and do a bit more lurking on job websites. I hate job hunting with a fiery passion.

The fun part of yesterday was the afternoon. Da and I went down to Rainbow Haven, our local beach, and spent the afternoon paddling and walking and playing. It was great fun πŸ™‚ The weather was grey and overcast, refreshingly cool rather than brrr cold and it blew out the cobwebs beautifully. Plus there was actual paddling in the ocean. Yay!

Then the evening involved yummy shrimps for supper, consumption of cider and the most amazing sunset imaginable watched from our deck.