Posted by: bureaucratgirl | August 8, 2007

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

It’s not you, it’s me…. I didn’t mean to see her behind your back…. I’m sorry.

No, hubby and I aren’t have problems. (Knock on wood) But what I’m going through feels similar…. As you guys know, I just got accepted to a research position at work. (See previous blog entry). Well, just before I found out, I was asked to interview for a senior advisor position (same ministry, different branch). Honestly, I never thought I’d get it. There is always so much competition for senior posts, it’s pretty tough to get one. Good news is – I got an informal offer (formal letter to follow). I am so thrilled! The position suits me, and I can’t wait to start!

There is of course, the tiny detail of giving notice…. I had to tell my supervisor about the other job today, and it was clumsy, awkward, heartwrenching, and emotionally more taxing than the job interview. I caught myself saying to him, “it’s not the job, and it’s not the people”. This sudden feeling of deja vu hit me – it felt exactly like it did breaking up with old boyfriends. (Not that I’ve had many 😉 ) He was very supportive, and was happy for me – after all, he is a really super guy. I left his office feeling a bit blue – like I was letting him down.  But then again, I just have to take advantage of this amazing opportunity.

So here’s to a new job, a fresh start. And here’s to my long climb up the career ladder. Wish me luck!

Posted by: bureaucratgirl | August 6, 2007

Symphony Splash

To mark the end of the August long weekend, Hubby and I went to Symphony Splash – an awesome Victorian tradition. It is a massive event, where the Victoria Symphony plays on a barge in the inner harbour. (Yup, you read that right….) Spectators have a choice of watching from the street, or from canoes and kayaks.

Hubby and I decided to go with the latter. In previous years, we always watched from the street, but decided to try something different this year. So we cycled to the Gorge Rowing Club, rented double kayaks, and paddled to the inner harbour. It was an amazing evening, unique to this awesome city. 🙂

The end of the Splash is especially sweet, moving, and just makes you glad to be alive. Every year, the 1812 Overture by Tchaikovsky is played – complete with real cannons, bells from the downtown carillon, and fireworks. It’s a magical way to spend a summer evening. Here are some pics.

You have to come to Victoria – if only to witness this grand tradition!

Posted by: bureaucratgirl | July 21, 2007

Celebrate Good Times…

I have been (unofficially) offered the job i am “tapping” in (Victoria Public Service lingo). It’s such great news! I’ve been acting in the position since November 2006, so it’s great to finally have the job. 🙂

To celebrate the good news, I met up with LC and CH at the Glo Europub. We had martinis and appetizers and got caught up on our lives. I had the Amsterdam martini. It was good! Very chocolate-y with a creamy citrus taste. I loved the combination! It was good to see them again. I’m happy that after all the changes we’ve been through work-wise, and after all the job moves we’ve made, we are still in touch.

The next day (flex Friday), I had lunch with TM and DT at Baan Thai. It was an awesome venting/bitching/chatting session. Great fun!!!

To all my ‘girls’ – thanks for the respite from a hectic world.

Posted by: bureaucratgirl | July 13, 2007

Date Night

Hubby and I went to the Ska Fest, held at the Market Square. It’s this amazing open-air quadrangle in the heart of old town Victoria. The music was a fusion of hip hop, reggae and jazz. There were lots of musicians from all over the world; however, I found the outfits of the audience more interesting. 🙂

After bobbing up and down to the music, we had dinner at our beloved Green Cuisine. I had the vegan quiche which was just divine. YUMMY!!!! And of course, I had dessert. The fruit crumble was good, but didn’t quite hit the spot. So I went back for some chocolate mousse. 😉

After a nourishing dinner, hubby and I walked over to the IMAX and saw Spiderman 3. All I can say is – there’s big screen, and then there’s IMAX. The action scenes felt so “big and fast”. Visually, it was almost impossible to keep up with the movie. We both enjoyed it, and are thinking of seeing it again soon. (Since we have season passes to IMAX, we got to see the movie for $3 – can’t beat that!)

We then had a quiet walk home. What an awesome way to start the weekend….

Posted by: bureaucratgirl | July 11, 2007

The Sky is Our Ceiling

7512600017.jpgThe weather in Victoria was SWELTERING today. It’s quite unusual for the island – since there is always a cool breeze blowing, despite the high temperatures.

Hubby and I slept out on our porch. I was a bit freaked out at first, worried about all sorts of ‘night creatures’ eating my face. (Wasn’t that a Stephen King novel or something?) Anyway, it was amazing. We lay on the porch – watching the stars, talking about our day. It was the perfect evening.

I woke up with the sunrise, and felt so rested. All the fresh air has done me good! I’ve still got a cold, but definitely feeling a lot better.

We’re probably going to do the same thing tonight. Life is good.

“Night with her train of stars and her great gift of sleep.” ~ William Ernest Henley

Posted by: bureaucratgirl | July 6, 2007

A Day to Myself

1129005.jpgHubby went on a hiking trip with H, who is visiting us from Prague. I was supposed to go with them, but I came down with a horrible cold, courtesy of a co-worker. (It’s annoying when people don’t take sick days when they are supposed to!) The upside is that I get an entire flex day to myself. 🙂 Despite feeling sluggish due to the cold, I met up with AG at Samuel’s. She updated me on all the gossip at my old workplace. It was a fun lunch, especially since I haven’t seen her in almost three months!

After that, I dropped by the video store and rented a bunch of “chick flicks”. I also bought a tabloid, which is one of my guilty pleasures, when my mind needs a break from grad school. I’m watching Brad Pitt in Troy right now, whilst reading my favourite rag. Ahhhhh…. Heaven on earth.

Posted by: bureaucratgirl | July 1, 2007

The Delicate Art of Procrastination

Ok, so my month-long, self-imposed break from grad school is over. 😦 Time to buckle down and work on my thesis. Accckkk!

I have chosen my adviser – the ever helpful, reliable, knowledgeable, and funny Dr. TS. His specialty is democratization and good governance, so it’s a perfect fit for me. I was so happy, relieved and thankful that he has agreed to take me on.

I’m currently working on my proposal – which is turning out to be a bit of a struggle. I’m finding it hard to focus my research into something manageable and doable in 8 months. Right now, all I’ve got is democratization, ethnic conflict and Sri Lanka. Uhm, ok – there are like 50 million variations on this theme.

So here I go again, procrastinating by blogging and spending hours on YouTube and TV Links. I saw this really funny parody of the Matrix. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Posted by: bureaucratgirl | July 1, 2007

I am Canadian!

In honour of Canada day, I bring you one of the most beloved Canadian commercials:

Posted by: bureaucratgirl | June 29, 2007

Workday – West Coast Style

I had a meeting in Vancouver today.  I took a West Coast Air float plane with S, E, and B.  It was a bit cloudy, so the visibility wasn’t that great.  Nevertheless, the view from the plane is breathtaking.

The meeting was loong.  Four hours in a room smaller than Paris Hilton’s jail cell is enough to push someone to drink coffee after a year of going cold turkey.  Sigh!  Welcome to the career ladder – it’s a long way up, spattered with late nights and long meetings.

The meeting drained all of us, and I fell asleep on the flight home.  Being the big city that it is, Vancouver always sucks the life out of me.  😦

It rained on the way home, and I was too tired to walk – so I took a harbour ferry.  If ever you’re going to be in Victoria, you have to try these little chug boats.  It’s a fun ride.  I felt so relaxed after a fast-paced day – being on the water, with the wind on my face.  It’s good to be home.

Posted by: bureaucratgirl | June 17, 2007

The Pearl of Africa

Here are some photos from Uganda, the Pearl of Africa. It was a life-changing experience….

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