Today, with a group of my friends, Liam and I played Basic D&D. Yes, it was old school, red box D&D, and from all accounts, everyone had a good time. … Continue reading D&D: The Next Generation
Or; How I got hooked on StarDew Valley.
It’s really strange times that we’re living in. Spring break has been over for a week(it’s two weeks in BC) and we’re just starting a kind of home schooling for Liam. His teacher had a class meeting using Microsoft Teams last Friday, and it went kinda poorly. I guess everyone is learning new tech to see how this will all work. But this morning at least she’s been posting assignments and how to hand them in, so it’ll get better.
I was a man of many hats today;teacher, dad, worker, and I think I made it work as well as could be expected considering everything going on. Liam took a walk after breakfast to clear his mind and get a little energy out, then settled in and did some math and English lessons. Tara had printed out these great worksheets that take about 30 minutes to complete, so it worked nicely. In between that, I had some meetings and other work to do so we pretty much did 30 minutes teaching, 30(or longer) working, and just went back and forth that way. He and Evie were able to get in lots of play time, some art time and snacks and lunch.
I hope it’ll go as well tomorrow as I have two more days this week of this. I think it will as long as work doesn’t explode or something. I did get up extra early to get some work in before the kids were up, so that certainly helped. And I think I’ll do a little tonight as well(Tara’s in bed early, so it’s just me awake). Tara is home the Thursday /Friday so I can work a little more during the day. Everyone I work with is in the same boat, so there’s a general expectation that we might be distracted.
And yea, I’m hooked on StarDew Valley. It’s the third time I’ve started playing it, as I tend to suck at resource games, but it’s got its hooks in me this time. Probably because I’m cheating and the resource management problem isn’t a problem anymore 😂
Now, I’m not cheating a whole bunch, mostly money, and some of the general building resources. But everything else I’ve collected and played correctly. And when I don’t have to worry that much, it’s a very enjoyable game. And sucking up my free time very nicely 😂
We’ve been here a little over two years now, and I’m starting to know my way around the place. Somewhat.
In those two years Tara and I have found work, Liam’s had two years of school(can’t believe that he’s going into grade 3) and Evie’s grown by leaps and bounds.
We’ve found a place of our own and I’ve adapted nicely to a daily commute.
All in all a pretty good start to a new life in the new world(as such).
There are downsides. Gas is crazy expensive, some groceries seem to be, housing is out of this world and for whatever reason the average wage hasn’t caught up to the living expenses.
But we’re surviving and thriving for the moment. It’ll be better when both kids are in school, and we’re getting some good help from Tara’s family.
Liam’s tried some new things. He’s joined a swim club this summer and he’s really enjoyed it. Granted he likes playing video games a bit more. No Fortnight though, it was giving him some odd dreams. We think we’ll put him in gymnastics in the fall.
I’m joining a D&D group next month and I’m pretty jazzed about that. It’s with one of Tara’s coworkers so we’ll see what happens.
I think Tara will take some art classes as she’s been talking about that for some time now. I hope she does, she’s a great artist and really loves it.
That’s it for now. As usual I hope to do this more often, but that’s been said before 🙄
I commute to work. I like commuting to work. Would I like working out of my kitchen more, sure, probably, but since I can’t do that, I commute, and I … Continue reading Ain’t got time for that!
The last time we checked in with our intrepid hero, he was whining about something! But since then much time has passed, and not much has been done. I’ve been … Continue reading MEC
Like most newer vehicles the van has various display settings that I can cycle through, like trips, temp, speed and DTE, which I assume stands for Distance Till Empty.
This is the setting I’ve been using the most on this trip as it’s a good idea to know how much has you have left when deciding to skip a gas station.
It’s been working rather well until the day before last. Trying to make up some time I skipped a gas station knowing i had about 100km left. Well, the next town had no services. Neither did the next town looking diwn, I had about 40km left. Then, it stated LOWFUEL. Last time I looked, that wasn’t a number. And there was no way to change it.
So it was 20km to the next town. Did I have enough gas?
Maybe it was a Peril Sensitive kind of setting. “you don’t really want to know how little fuel you have left”. But I did! But it won’t tell me. Then the low fuel light came on. Awesome, I’m low on fuel, let’s check the DTE to see how much I have left.
Yes, I know. Very helpful, thanks.
I did manage to drift to a gas station. And it appears that I have a 70 litre tank. Good to know.
Life is peaceful there….
And now it’s stuck in your head, you’re welcome.
It is a surreal feeling to have all of ones physical possessions packed in a trailer and driving west to a new start.
I almost feel like a pioneer. In a minivan, and unlikely to die of dysentery(unless I have too much Tim Horton coffee).
I’ve been waiting all day to write that, and it was worth it.
Driving in the prairies after three days in Northern Ontario is so peaceful. Just flat(ish) land and a big sky. It just goes on and on, and I can’t wait for more of it. Also, terrible thunder storms and a little fishtailing. But we’re ok.
Spent part of the day in Winnipeg at the Assiniboine Park. Very cool place and wish we had more time t check it out.
Tomorrow we’re off to Medicine Hat.
Did I mention it was odd driving in three different provinces today? Because it was. And now a fourth tomorrow.
Ever closer to our destination.
The end of day three is here.
I’m sitting in a hotel room in the dark while Liam and Evelyn are sleeping. This is the second night with separate hotel rooms, and I think we’ll keep it this way.
I snore and Tara is a light sleeper these days. We’re at our best if we sleep in separate rooms. The first night was rough as we were in the same room and Evelyn was having trouble sleeping as well, so it was a bad night. Last night was a late check-in, but rocking rooms (Northern Lights motel just outside of Wawa, totally worth it) and we all just crashed hard and work up refreshed. Tonight we were supposed to be in one room, but decided against that at the last minute.
Not to say that this Best Western is the best choice, but it’s what was available.
We’re in Dryden, did I mention that?
Tomorrow is a two stop, two three province trip. First stop is Winnipeg and then on to Moosomin. A lot of driving, 7 hours total, but a nice stop along the way.
I think the next day is a little lighter, 6 hours through the prairies which is much easier than Northern Ontario by a long shot. Should save a little on gas too.
Anyway, there’s been a timezone change and I’m starting to feel the effects of the original time zone, so off to bed.
The trailer is rented, the final packing is under way, and we’ve made some trips tot he dump and the domation centers to help clear out the house.And through it all I haven’t really had much time to take it all in.
People keep asking me how I’m doing, and honestly, I’m just tired. It’s a full time job(currently my only one) to get this all done and really, there’s just no down time. I’m really looking forward to driving for 6-7 hours a day because it doesn’t involve packing and will likely be more relaxing than anything that we’ve been doing lately.
Tara should be given all the credit for organizing and getting things done. I’d like to think I’m the heavy lifing guy as all my past moves have gone so poorly. And of course she’s running on empty as well.
So how do I feel about all this?
I’ve been in this house for 10 years and there’s a lot of memories wrapped up in here. and it’s going to be hard to put them all behind me. It’s also going to be a big shift in”freedoms” that I enjoyed here.
Like not always having to wear pants. I liked that.
So it’s getting hard to say goodbye to all of this. And it’s not just the house of course. I’ve been in Ottawa for 26 years, and I’m finally starting to know my way around the place. Now I’ll have to start all over and find the good places to be. At least with that I’ll have some help.
And of course the people. Some tell me they are envious of what we’re doing. Going off, starting fresh. They wish they could do the same. They feel locked down where they are. And well, they might be right, but they’re here for a reason, and that reason is always a good one.
We’re moving for our own reasons, not just for the sake of moving. And they’re good reasons too.
So tomorrow morning, we double check that we didn’t forget anything, lock the house up for the last time, and say goodbye.
Feeling weird just writing that….
In just over one week, we pack everything we own into a 6×12 trailer and drive across the country to our new home in BC. When we land, we’ll land with family, but land jobless and probably tired.
We would leave behind family and friends, our own home and jobs that no longer exist.
It’s both terrifying and exciting, and I can’t wait to start the journey.
Tara and I have been planning this for more or less two years. It was during a dog walk in February, I think it was about -30 outside, when we both looked at each other and said “Who the hell colonized this area?!?” When we got home we spitballed the idea of moving out west, the money we would save and the future we could create. It was supposed to be a 5 year plan; we would live on my salary and bank anything Tara made, then move back and try to buy a house outright.
It was a good plan, and would have likely worked really well. So we got moving on it. We had someone come in to give us an assessment, and then we planned to make some improvements ourselves to squeeze a little more out of the market. Tara got pregnant, the improvements took longer than we thought, and time marched on.
Then it all really came to a head during Christmas. We flew out to BC to spend time with Tara’s family and realized that this was the place we wanted to be. So when we got home we committed ourselves to make this work. And we did, off and on, make it all work. There were some setbacks(flooring mostly) and we got on the market a little later then we planned.
Oh, and I got laid off from work(my last day is 3 days away) so that kind of put the fear of the future in us. But we got on the market, and with what we did, the market responded by having us sell our house in two days.
All of a sudden we were “This is really happening, holy crap, what do we do next?”
And that’s how the last month has been. Sorting and packing, letting go of things and arranging travel across the country.
That’s part of the exiting bit. We’re gonna drive, and it’s going to be great.
We’ve planned out about 7-8 days of driving across the country as I don’t think the kids can take 12 hour drives just yet. It’ll take us a little over three days to get out of the province and then the same amount of time to make it across the rest of the country. We’ll see Northern Ontario, the plains, the Rockies, all in a weeks time. And I hope, for Liam at least, it’ll be something he’ll always remember.
The whole lack of job thing does worry me. But not worried enough to put the brakes on everything. In fact, it makes more sense to get out there now so that I don’t have a whole house to support. The utilities are cheaper out in BC, and the rent isn’t bad either. So we’ll be able to make the money stretch out a little longer if we have to. I don’t see it taking too long for me to find something as there is a good IT industry out there, and who knows, I could end up working in the movie industry(a boy can dream!).
I’ll be trying to post here more often, but things like twitter/facebook/instegram make life so much faster and easier, so look there as well.