I figured this was a good time to give a refresher course on me and this blog, so you all don't have to go back to the beginning and try to piece together the story :)
So, I was born... okay, okay, not going that far back!
The main bits of my life:
- I was born and raised in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
- I attended University of Guelph (B. Sc. with a minor in Biochemistry, emphasis in Botany), and ended up living in Guelph for almost 10 years.
- After graduating and not being able to find a job that allowed me to live above the poverty line in Ontario (no, I never had to ask if anyone wanted fries with their meal, but I got damn good at making lattes), I found a job in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (which I interviewed for in my jammies - gotta love phone interviews. To make it better, the jammies looked like this, just less pink and without the feet).
- I worked in a lab doing research into biological control of weeds (lab motto: "We put the "fun" in "fungi"). I loved the work, loved working with fungi, got WAY too excited finding things like slime molds, and got paid to spend a lot of my summer driving around the province looking at weeds. Published some papers, went to some conferences, and even got a patent. Full disclosure - the patent is actually owned by the Queen of England. No, really. True story. This is the closest I will probably ever come to royalty :)
- I realized after 10 years, the job wasn't worth being that far away from family, and that I REALLY hate being cold. So I sold my house, quit my job, packed up my life, and came home.
- You know that saying, "You can't go home again"? It's especially true when you haven't lived in a city for 20 years, and two casinos have moved in while you were gone.
- Deciding I really didn't want to live in Niagara Falls, but wanted to remain in the area, I bought this house in Fort Erie. I closed on this house on Halloween, 2008. I continue to hope that is not a bad omen.
- The house was built in 1928, and was a rental property for many years. I knew it needed a complete gut and reno before I bought it, but the location, property size and price made it worthwhile.
- I thought I was prepared for the stress of renovating.
- I was completely wrong.
- I currently work for a private company, doing food safety and quality control. While it pays the bills, it confirms, on a daily basis, why I don't want to have processed foods make up the majority of my diet.
- I have two dogs, both miniature schnauzers. I got Kip from a breeder in April, 2007, at 9 weeks of age. He is my first dog ever, and I cannot imagine life without him. Katy was a stray, taken in by Toronto Animal Services, and after spending 6 weeks in the shelter there, it became clear Kip and I needed to make the drive to Toronto to get her. She is a total sweetheart, and I wonder daily what kind of person throws away a dog like her.
- I tend to be very scientific in my outlook. Some may even go as far as to call me "geeky", but I try to keep my enthusiasm for Dr. Who, Firefly, etc. out of the blog :)
- I am a Toronto Maple Leafs fan. Thus, I know all about delayed gratification.
I'm glad you could make it - I hope you stay a while!