After Louise and Thomas left I had a little over a month before I left for Canada. Had yet to see Aymn. But did get to spend lots of time with family while I was there. Hatem (Aymn's brother who lives in Libya) was visiting Mom for a couple of months - we had a couple of parties during that time - was fun to be with the family. Aymn showed up 10 days before I was to leave - and things quickly fell apart - to the point that I told him I wanted a divorce - and even told his sisters. I do not think he believed me. One of my BIL came to see me and told me that no matter what my decision I would always be part of the family - nice to know. I have a feeling one of his sisters had a chat with him - because once I arrived in Canada he has become very attentive. Time will tell. Will see if he can walk the talk he has been talking. If not I will be moving on.
Arrived back in Canada on May 10 - in time to celebrate Mother's Day and my 'baby's' 30th birthday. Where has the time gone. It is so wonderful to see the growth in this man - sometimes hard to believe he is a man - he will always be my baby. But now he has two of his own.
Went to Creston and visited with my parents. Was back to work on May 28. And boy have things changed. Our best supervisor passed away very unexpectedly - he was only 53 - way too young. And two of the supervisors left. The last one had been seconded to work on the restructure. And we had a new Superintendent, along with three new supervisors - two of whom had been letter carriers and one who had worked in retail. All young with a lot to learn. The atmosphere was not at all 'fun'. In 2010 and 2011 even though the work was hard - it was 'fun' - the people were fun. Now not so much. The restructure took effect on August 20 - and I opted to be unavailable for six months - finished out three days and had had enough. Tired of being treated like a moron who did not know how to do her job. Talked with Aymn and he talked with one of my BIL and I have a job in Egypt teaching. So am going to head back and see how it goes. If things do not work out I can come back and go back to work in Fort McMurray - and I am hoping against hope that it works out. I know it will be slow going - so have accounted for that in my finances. Will be leaving enough money in my bank here to pay for a return trip in 2014 - going back to spending a couple of months visiting. Must admit I am looking forward to getting settled in my own place. Sleeping in my own bed, cooking in my own kitchen, cleaning up my own mess.
Am currently in Calgary 'nannying' 'my' boys. Arrived in Calgary last Tuesday with the intent of staying a week and then heading to Creston and then back to Calgary for another visit and then back to Fort McMurray to look after Marian's cats and home while she travels to New Brunswick for a week, then back to Calgary and on my way to Egypt. But last Thursday Shani received a call from her old employers asking if she could pinch hit for a couple of weeks while one of their executive assistants was off - so she asked if I would look after the boys - I said sure. Just means my travel plans will be altered. Shani is not sure if it will be for two or three weeks. If it is for two weeks than I will head to Creston before I have to head back to Fort McMurray - if it is three weeks then I will head to Creston after house sitting in Fort McMurray. I am getting anxious to get home. And must admit the thought of missing all the snow does hold a certain appeal.
So other than that not much else is new. Life continues on - I continue to plug along - and so it goes.
|Austin making faces|
|Austin playing in the sprinkler|
|Lincoln going for a drink in the pool|
|Brothers leaning on each other|