Sunday, October 19, 2008

Micro Managing and Condo Living

This is my first experience living in a condo. Our building is not registered yet so we actually will not own our unit until it is completed. Due to an incompetent builder this is taking way too long.

My most recent beef about living here are some of the residents and their passive aggressive manner in trying to force their neighbours to conform to their will. One thing I am not is a conformist. There is a private Facebook group for our condo that is starting to look like a 4th grade playground with people talking about other people's curtains, balcony netting to dissuade pidgeons, and specifically our flowers and doormat were mentioned. So I made a comment on the forum that "We need to be careful not to micro manage our neighbour's lives". It's already proven an unpopular post. What I don't understand is that some of these people are actually stressed about these stupid silly little issues and rather than actually knocking on their neighbour's door to discuss them, they rant about it online. My advice is for them to get a life. Life is way too short to worry about the small stuff.

It goes without saying I am still yearning to have a house again. The condo nazis are all the more reason. Just to be more neighbourly my doormat is now inside. I hope they can sleep better now. LOL

Friday, October 17, 2008

And now what?

Friday, October 10, 2008

Happy Anniversary

One year ago today we became permanent residents of Canada. I just looked back and read my post about the uneventful landing at the border.
One year flew by so quickly for us. Last night Emilio and I went to a pub with Adam of Canada Boomdiada and I was able to open up to him about the good (and small amount of bad) this move has provided us.
It's interesting to me that a year ago I really didn't know much about Canada, as most Americans I was pretty lame about my knowledge of other nations. Now after living here for 10 months I can say what I do know about Canada makes me proud and fortunate to be living here. Sure Canada is not perfect, but it sure beats where I came from by leaps and bounds.

I was walking this morning through my neighbourhood thinking about how the seemingly never ending longing anxiety I constantly felt one year ago is gone. We now get to be a normal couple with normal every day problems, it's a delightful gift that Canada gave us. The ability to be ordinary, to not be a political football used by right wing self righteous assholes with agendas.

As I came close to home I saw the 4 chihauhuas I adore from the pack of friends Katie and I made at the dog park where I spend an hour every evening chatting with some really great people and playing with their canine kids. I was petting the beautiful little babies and smiling to my Canadian neighbours expressing what a beautiful day it is today, it's a beautiful day for so many more reasons beyond the weather.