Monday, February 14, 2011

Yabba Dabba Doo!

I've been sitting on this one for a long time...

I think timelines are easier in this case:
September 2009 - Applied to be an Foreign Service Officer (Immigration) with Citizenship and Immigration Canada
Fall 2009 - Tests had to be given out...I had written them before and used my old scores, which were still valid.
Winter 2010 - Asked to come in for an interview
Spring 2010 - Did the interview
Summer 2010 - Got in the pool for the job! I was doing cartwheels, but I had to wait for my security clearance before I could get started. Also, nothing was signed yet, so I only wanted to announce it when I had officially signed on.
September 2010 - Wait
October 2010 - Wait
November 2010 - Wait
December 2010 - Wait (see how boring my blog would have been?)
January 2011 - Wait
February 2011 - Wa...hang on! When would you like to start?

And March 1st is my start date!!! Coincidentally, it's also Jillian's birthday!

So I will start learning French until I am pretty darn good, then I start training to be a Foreign Service Officer! Once they determine that I am a pretty darn good Foreign Service Officer, then Michael, myself and the kids will be heading overseas on a new adventure!

Tee hee hee! We are so excited!!!

This is a quick link to the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. It basically talks about the hiring process.

Here is another link for Frequently Asked Questions. They explain it much better than I can.


Sunday, February 06, 2011

Exercising my brain...

Oh, the things I will get up to instead of doing the dishes! I think I'm supposed to tag people to get them to write them down also, but I'm not that mean.

What was I doing ten years ago?
In February 2001, I believe I was still at Carleton U, taking economics. I was also working for Canada Trust, which was in the middle of merging with TD Bank. I distinctly remember the summer of 2001 being hellish as we finally merged the banks in reality, and not just theory. I was still counting the time I was with Michael in months and not years...funny, now that I think about it, it was almost at the 11 month mark, and this year will be 11 years for us!

What are five (non-work) things on my to-do list for today:
1. Read the blog-o-sphere
2. Laundry
3. Dishes
4. Watch the first Sex and the City movie (don't get me started on SATC 2-they lowered the bar there, in my opinion)
5. Nap, um, I mean ponder the meaning of life, the universe, and everything

Five Snacks I Enjoy:
1. Sweet
2. Salty
3. Cheesy
4. Meaty
5. Spicy

Things I would do if I were a billionaire:
1. Pay off parents' mortgages, and help my siblings buy a house
2. Buy a big piece of land and build my and Michael's dream home (who am I kidding! My dream home, and I'll throw in a man-cave for Michael)
3. Travel (TONS!)
4. Give to charities, especially ones that help families with Autism
5. Buy a totally frivolous Hermes bag, just because I could

Places I have lived:
1. Several towns, Trinidad
2. Nepean, ON (Craig Henry, Barrhaven, Barrhaven, Bells Corners)
3. Kanata, ON (2 locations)
4. South Keys, ON
5. NeiHu, Taiwan
6. Ottawa, ON
7. Windsor, ON
8. Notre-Dame-de-la-Salette, QC (2 locations)
(hm, that's averaging a place every 2 years since I moved to Canada...holy moly-my record is living in 1 place for 5 years)

Jobs I have had:
1. Delivering papers for the Pennysaver
2. Server at Beavertails (cool working on the canal during Winterlude)
3. Cashier at White Rose (a now-defunct Arts and Crafts/Gardening store)
4. Cashier at Farm Boy (grocery store)
5. Teller, Admin, and Sales at TD Canada Trust (bank)
6. Admin at MortgageBrokersOttawa (I learned that closing a house in June is the most insane month of the year)
7. Working in the Accounting, Banking, and Compensation Sector at Public Works (Fed job-Fun group to work with!)
8. Currently, Internal Auditor for Treasury Board Secretariat (Fed job-Great team to work with!)

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

I love to trick my kids

Yesterday, Susan saw Michael making some chocolate chip cookies, and was pointing, shouting, then crying, "COOOOO-KEEE!"

We said no, distracted her with a Dora doll (oh, how I love you Dora!), and baked the cookies. As soon as they cooled off, I took them off the sheet and put them in the other room. Susan remembered about 10 minutes later, and wanted me to pick her up so she could see the cookies. As soon as she saw that they weren't there, I said, "Oh no! No more cookies!" She was understandably confused, but then wandered off to play quietly.

heh heh heh....I will be sad when her attention span is longer than 10 seconds and I can't fool her anymore.