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Something crawled up my nose and died. March 30, 2007

Posted by April Ayres-Griffiths in sick.
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This is not a cold. Maybe it isn’t even a flu… Black Death? Maybe… We have been laid up for about four days now, and it really doesn’t seem to be getting any better. We are coughing, sneezing, achy balls of discomfort. Everything that could possibly ooze or hurt is and it doesn’t seem to be letting up.

We probably scored this little gem of a bug in Vancouver, and most likely from the very person who wants to hire me. Some signing bonus… =/

Anyway, time for some more lemon ginger tea…


Random Kitties website is up… March 28, 2007

Posted by April Ayres-Griffiths in cats, website.
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Our random kitty picture/sounds/quotes site is now up and running at:


Please post your favourite cat pictures, and pass the link around. =)

Some differences between Canada and Australia… March 27, 2007

Posted by April Ayres-Griffiths in australia, canada.
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Thought I’d do the obligatory cross-country comparison since I’ve now been in Canada for almost two months. Just some random observations really…


Everything in Canada has two languages on it. It’s helping me recall my high school French though. Also, some other little differences:-

  • paddock = field
  • capsicum = peppers
  • mobile = cell phone
  • car boot = trunk
  • windscreen = windshield
  • manual = standard (referring to a car)
  • beanie = tuque (i think that name is cute – better than beanie anyway)


Well, in Australia the money is plastic literally being printed on acetate sheets while its paper here in Canada. Also, Why is the nickel ($0.05) bigger than the dime ($0.10)? Well, we are guilty of the same thing, with our $1 coin being larger than the $2 coin. Australia also does not have quarters ($0.25), yet we have the twenty cent piece, and of all things, the fifty cent piece.

Phone Charges

One of the things I noticed when I got here was that phone calls are billed to both parties. In Australia, the cost of the call is paid only by the person who initiates the call. I have a pay-as-you-go phone here and people calling me just wipes out my credit quickly. So if you have no credit left, you can’t answer calls or receive text messages! Well its certainly making me answer my phone less… 😉

Internet Charges

Wow internet in Australia really sucks. Even the most basic plans are capped and speed limited. The plans seem very generous here in comparison. For example, in Australia, about $50 will get an artificially speed limited connection (512k), with 12 Gigabytes of downloads. When you exceed the download quota, you get your speed artificially capped to around 64k. Heeello dial-up..

Anyway, that’s about all I can think of at the moment.


Maybe just maybe a job… March 25, 2007

Posted by April Ayres-Griffiths in job, vancouver.
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I’ve not posted for a while but a lot has been happening. I applied for a job recently doing software builds and releases – something I have done for many years and enjoyed a lot. To be honest, I wasn’t planning to apply for anything right now since my immigration status is still pending, and that means I cannot work here.

This was one of those job descriptions you read and think to yourself “Wow – this is me – this is what I do!”, so I decided to apply. The recruiter was very eager to speak to me and wanted to arrange an interview with the company (a large firm based in Vancouver). So, last friday we tripped over there on the ferry and I attended the interview with the software development team. I felt really good about the job and that I could bring something to the organization.

They seemed to think so too. Yesterday we were once again in Vancouver doing extra assessments. The word is if they decide to make me a formal offer then they are happy to chase up the work permit for me. Once this is sorted out, Melody and I can settle down somewhere and make a home. We have been missing the daily routine we had in Melbourne and this job will give us the opportunity to make a life here.

I’m just so glad that soon it looks as if we will be able to build that life together. We are tired and sleepy right now, having picked up a cold in Vancouver – heh, it always seems to be raining there when we go. =P

Me on “The Spirit of Vancouver Island” (BC Ferries) clutching a Starbucks decaf for warmth…