Life has been a whirlwind these last few months!
Since returning to Canada, I've been busy setting up my life. My new life here in Vancouver. I have finally achieved the Big Three Things one needs when creating your existence. Job-Car-Apartment. (Now honestly, "Car" is not necessary, but as a substitute teacher, a vehicle is very useful!)
1) Job: I happily returned to teaching as a substitute in my school district, which is the first step towards getting my own classroom. As some know, my teaching focus was in elementary and while I certainly enjoy teaching it (especially rascals in grades 4-7!), I also get to challenge myself teaching science at the high school level!
2.) Car: Yes, I have finally (at 30 years old) purchased my first car - a black 2002 Honda Civic 4-door Sedan. It's beautiful, and useful and fuel-efficient in these tough economic times. As someone who care for the planet, I have tried hard to go as long as possible without a car - using public transportation, borrowing other's, walking, leaving the country... But now that I am staying in Vancouver and my life gets busier and potentially moves towards "settling down," having a car seems like the right thing right now.
3) Apartment: As of March 1st, I am living in my new apartment - renting, unfortunately (I am not in a place to be able to buy into the market, even while it is good right now.) It's great! I'm on the eighth floor of a tower overlooking the east of North Van, Van, Burnaby and, on a clear day, the active volcano Mt. Baker!
Now I can unpack...