Life has been a little crazy lately. Flying all over the place, new job, new residence. wow. Here's a bit of a stream of consciousness to get the ball rolling again. At the end of November I left my job in San Jose, fly up to Canada to hang out with my wife and mom and brother and friends and chill out for 2 weeks while I waited for my Google (!) job to start. Canada (specifically Victoria BC) was great. Quite how I remembered it yet so very new and refreshing. Comforting. I miss it more than ever. For 2 weeks I got to hang out and do whatever I wanted. Go for walks. Play disc golf. Drink beerz. Tracey was working a fair bit so my time was less structured than it might have been. One very cool thing I did while there is make the final payment on my student loans. Damn that felt good. Around CDN$27K paid off in a little under three years. The conversion rate from US to CDN is definitely in my favour here. Debt is so stifling. Paying off debt is so liberating. I flew back to the bay area on December 5th and started work on the 6th. I've now got 1 week + 1 day under my belt and am feeling a little less overwhelmed. Lots of smart people here doing all sorts of interesting projects. The general work atmosphere is excellent. Lots of independence. Google gets it. I've moved back to Palo Alto as well. I lived in Santa Clara for a bit (near the San Jose job) but now that I'm working at Google I wanted to move closer to avoid the commute. I live close to Midtown.. home of my favourite video store, Midtown Video. It's awesome in there.. they get all sorts of new DVDs all the time, and the employees know me. One of the only true feelings of community I've felt down here in the bay area. Tracey's grandmother died. Dorothy. Dot. 'Gramma'. She had been in a care home for a fair while and the conclusion was inevitable. Still a surprise though. I first met her about 5 years ago before she went into the care home. She took one look at me... my round facial features.. my hint of a double chin ( my waddle as that guy on Ally McBeal called it) and said: "Well, you're certainly not starving." Gee. Thanks gramma. :) Only an old lady could say something like that and expect to get away with it. I'll miss her. I fly back to Canada again this coming Saturday. For Christmas. It's going to be a little hectic I think.. lots of last minute shopping.. and baking and stuff. My dad is flying out from Toronto for a few days and it will be nice to see him again. It's like time moves at half speed up there. Days down here just fly by. It's hard with the weblog sometimes. I let it go for a few days and it gets that much harder to add something to it again. I like writing for it.. and want to keep it a little more consistent. Hopefully after the new year I'll get into more of a routine and see how things go.