Wagons East!

I’ve been offered a job in St. John’s, Newfoundland! It’s an excellent job with a really cool company, and I’ll be helping them build their Software Testing team. While the move is definitely one that Virginia and I want, I must admit that there are some bittersweet parts to it.

In the past month, we’ve attended two weddings where the bride and groom were both great friends (BIG shoutout to Lexi & Ronny, and Stina & Joseph). We had fun at both, but the more recent one was also a bit difficult at the end because we will have moved before they return from their honeymoon. It’s not like we won’t be back ever (we alternate Christmases between Ontario and Newfoundland), but it will be a while before we see them again. Also, my sister’s wedding is coming up, which will give us the opportunity to see a lot of my family, but it also means that we won’t see many of them for quite a long time.

Over the last year and a half, I’ve really enjoyed working with the team at Artez Interactive, and I’ll miss them when we move. As well, there have been some really cool projects that I’ve worked on. On the flip side, this is an exciting opportunity to help build something brand new, and I suspect the team will be pretty cool.

As for my hobbies, I can still do everything I do now, though I do have to leave my apartment garden behind, and it will be sad to leave my dojo. However, there is a teacher at the aikido dojo at Memorial University who learned from my current sensei, and since we will hopefully have a house in the new year, I’ll be able to garden on a much larger scale than I can at the moment.

For those of you who are Star Trek: Deep Space Nine fans, you’ll understand when I say that it feels like the scene at Vic’s in the episode “What You Leave Behind” (at the 5-minute mark on the video I linked to). On the one hand, an exciting new chapter begins; on the other, it can be a bit sad to close the old chapter.

Onward and upward :)

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