Ronniecat has a swell new job! She'll be doing what she's doing now in the private sector (working with multicultural and community associations) for the Canadian gummint. Her new gig involves lots more money, better benefits--and doing it all in FRENCH! Is this a brave young woman, or what?
The downside will be either a 4-hour commute each day or, alternatively, spending part of each week AWAY from her dear Husband and Cats!! I WAS hoping that on days she picks the commute, she could do so via the fabulous Canadian rail. Four hours of naps, breakfast or dinner (or both) in the cafe car, reading, listening to tunes, and at night sleeping in her own bed.... but ha...Canadian Rail, alas, is no more fabulous in the wilds of New Brunswick than Amtrack is in, say, North Dakota or Iowa. There seems to be but one train per weekday that runs between the town where Ronniecat will start her new job and a station that is relatively close to where she lives now (but not RIGHT IN TOWN).
We've learned to look up to Canada as superior and more civilized than our beloved US of A. But golly whiz...it's THEIR polar bears who are being forced to swim where once they could sit on the ice and have a civilized Canadian dinner of baby seals. You'd think the Canadians'd, um, do something about beefing up their trains instead of bragging about all their new highways.
Oh, they are superior. I'm not being snide. As a Yankee, I've come to expect greater clarity of thought from the rest of the world on the whole issue of global warming. But get this, the Loonie is now worth more than the US peso-formerly-known-as-dollar! Methinks the end is nigh....