Hello again, its been a while. Life has been very strange as of late.
For starters I got into university! I'll be going to Ryerson University in the fall in their Bachelor of Architectural Science. This comes as such a great relief, as after 4 years of applications, rejections, an acceptance, a deferral and subsequent relinquishing since finishing college I'm finally continuing my education.
I moved. More specifically I moved in with my partner Laura. Last summer I had a job lined up for when I returned from RTX at an architectural office in Vaughn (an hour commute from where I had been staying, my Dad's house). The job wasn't necessarily bad, it just wasn't going to be doing anything that could grow my skill set. Then during the drive home, yes drive, I received an email from another company I had applied to awhile back who were located in Kitchener (about 45 minutes from where my partner was living, her parents house). So I took the interview, 2 days before I was supposed to start. They offered me a position Saturday night and on Sunday I grabbed what I would need to start work there and staying with my partner at her parents house. The Job was great. I was working exclusively with Revit, a 3D architectural modeling software, with a really great team. Unfortunately I was only brought on as a contract, and was only there for just over a month. After that contract I was contemplating plating applying for University so it was a bit of a quest what I wanted my next employment to be. Eventually I took a part time position with the YMCA in Guelph with the maintenance team. Not ideal but a jobs a job. While all this was going on, some of our friends were renovating their house which is split vertically into a duplex. It a great size and right in the heart of Guelph. At first they were looking to have the it done by the start of October, then November then finally January. The delay wasn't all that unexpected as they were doing the reno themselves and becoming increasingly pregnant. But the final date was met and we moved in on January 1st. In Canada. Yes, It was cold.
I've also been doing some volunteering. A man Jim Estill, A Guelph local and very successful business-man, sponsored 50, 50, Syrian refugee families. With such a massive undertaking, he set up a network for other companies, community groups and charities to communicate and co-ordinate efforts. As a part of this Myself and Laura have been part of the team moving the impressive amount of donated housewares to the correct storage locations and then, when a family is set to arrive, moving a set of furnishings into the assigned living space.
The RT Ontario group has been an absolute blast to be a part of! Playing with other Ontarian's in the Rooster Rumble, I believe we finished in a three way tie for first. While the first game of this season went, literally, laughably poorly for us, it was still fun to get together these guys for a night of games. And of course the meet ups have been quite the hit. Starting with a gathering of just 6 in a pub in downtown Toronto to the massively successful Lazer Team Premiere to an AHWU worthy lazer tag excursion, you guys are just awesome.
I took a pottery class. And I liked it. Turns out its very fun. Its kind of a perfect mix of required creativity, physicality, and noticeable progress for me. I've made only a few pieces but getting better. I now go to the open studio on Sunday's to practice. Right now i'm working on a couple mugs with 16 bit inspiration. ;)
So, that was life as I knew it,
Until last Thursday...
I finally decided to call a posting for an architectural illustrator with Habitat for Humanity Halton-Mississauga that had been suggested to me. had the interview on Thursday morning and on Monday I received an offer to come and work full time at least through the summer. I started on Wednesday with a final walk through of a property and meeting staff and I recieved notification that I didn't get into Waterloo (boooo, but what ever), On Thursday I spent the day with the Project manager getting to know him and driving from site to site loading and unloading materials, and today, Friday, I started by attending a cerimonial groundbreaking at a heritage revitalization project and getting the complete rundown of the project list and getting started on the first priority job.
Awesome Partner: Check
Own Place: Check
Doing things I enjoy doing: Check
All my Hockey Pool players are still in the playoffs: Check
Who's got 2 thumbs and is feeling pretty good?
Its this guy: