25 September 2007

the transition continues...

here's an update/what we've been up to since we left nyc. its interactive!

1) we've been frantically searching for jobs in these 4 locations.

ottawa

toronto
vancouver

terrace (northern b.c.)









[photos by christina from our visit last summer]

we're having trouble making a final decision, so we're putting it to a vote. what do you think?

2) amanda had an interview for a very cool job in ottawa with mennonite central committee. we were having visions of ice skating on the rideau canal but in the end, it did not work out. c'est la vie?

3) we saw a HILARIUS movie, "death at a funeral". if you have not seen it & you feel like laughing continuously for an hour & a half, GO!

4) we visited amanda's grandpa in southern new york & have had lots of fun with amanda's parents these few weeks. its nice being able to visit with family on a regular basis....how much should that factor into where one travels & settles?





5) due to bureaucratic impediments with the ny state department of motor vehicles, we are the proud new owners of a 1993 volvo station wagon. it's white. we're thinking of calling it "the great white" or "casper" or "the ghostrider". any other ideas?





(here is a shot of a particularly close call while daniel was testing out our new car at the local speedway)




6) amanda has a job interview with world vision tomorrow outside of toronto. working for world vision would be wonderful, but we're finding ourselves hesitant about the idea of living in a suburb of toronto (which from google maps appears to be rivaling calgary with its urban sprawl). if you live near toronto, can you tell us good things about how great it is? is it better to have an interesting job or live in an inspiring place? THAT is the final question.


7) to leave you on a happy note, we celebrated with good family friends, adam & emily, at their wedding this weekend. it was a night of great fun courtesy of family, old familiar friends, a dance floor, & an open bar.

13 comments:

r o m a l i e said...

The best thing I can think of about Toronto is that it's somewhat close to Ottawa... All the best in your job[s] hunt.

sister christina said...

if you could have the same job anywhere, where would you move?

i vote for vancouver since i miss you guys, but i haven't been to toronto or ottawa.

adriana said...

so good to get an update from you guys...since you've been slacking in the email department :) i was wondering what news you may have...a new car, interview with wv (how'd it go??) and a no on the mcc thing - sorry about that!! i wish it could have worked out! i don't know where my vote lies..the suburbs don't sound as cool as vancouver...oh, decisions, decisions!! hope we can talk soon!

adriana said...

p.s. did you change your hair color, amanda?? looks like the wedding was lots of fun - thank goodness for open bars :)

leah said...

world vision could be amazing to work with. in my latest venture, I found having a job I sincerely care about makes the struggle to build new friendships/relationships worthwhile.

Havilah said...

Of course I would say Vancouver for the same reason as Christine, but it is really a tough one. I really don't know how to decide what to do when. I used to think people mattered alot more than place to me, but I have never had to live in a nasty place. As Romalie said, all the best... :)

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Veronica . . . said...

What did you decide? I'm curious!

Joel said...

um, Vancouver is pretty much the best. But have you considered...Winnipeg?

the lopi said...

although nicknames seem to stick better when they arise out of circumstance, here are some car names for your consideration:
baby beluga
angel cloud
nimbus (going with the cloud theme)
marshmellowmobile
q-tip
puff the magic volvo
wonderbread
white lightning
volvooom!

amber said...

Selfishly, I would suggest Vancouver. But I think Christina's question is a good one. And I think the inverse of that question--that is, "Where would I want to leave without considering job options?"--is also a good one.

Have you come to any decisions?

Dan--as a former owner of a Volvo station wagon, you may not want to take the "white wagon" out on the speedway again.

amber said...

**leave = live

Krysten said...

If you choose Vancouver we'll come visit you--is that an incentive or a deterrent? :)

Thanks for keeping up with us!