This coming Friday marks not only the beginning of the May Long Weekend, but the end of my job as Academic Advisor & Off Campus Program Coordinator in the Registrar's Office at Redeemer. This is, just so you know, a choice. On Tuesday, May 25th, I will take up my post as Assistant Bookstore Manager in the Redeemer University College bookstore. I'm very excited about this new opportunity - the bookstore ladies are really amazing people, and it will definitely be a shift in work for me, from administration to retail. It's also a slight shift up in pay, which I certainly won't complain about! Anyhow, you can be sure that I'll start plugging books that you should be buying from the Redeemer Bookstore. :)
Also new this summer is the lease that we just signed with our new downstairs tenants! As of July 1st, Brian and I will take possession over the whole house for the better part of the month. I'll be redecorating some of the upstairs (the Maple Leafs bedroom is definitely going to go - sorry, David!), and Brian will be refinishing some of the floors and installing carpets in the bedrooms. I like the hardwood better, but let's face it - we don't want to be listening to our tenants' movies when we go to bed at night, and I certainly don't want to impose a curfew on them. So, carpeting, here we come! By July 24th, we'll be entirely moved upstairs and the new tenants will be making themselves at home downstairs.
This weekend we just got new neighbours - Val & Keith moved out last Thursday - they were the longest-standing residents on Cranbrook Dr, and watched the comers and goers like hawks. I'm kind of glad that they're not around to criticize my house anymore. New neighbours are Dave (owner) and his mom - Connie? Carrie? They drink Bud, they ride dirt bikes, and they work at the Ford Plant - so, fairly typical Hamiltonians. But, they also gave us a future invitation to come over to swim in their pool - which is a big step up from Val & Keith! ;) We really want to make a positive connection with the new neighbours, and feel that we have a better chance of doing that with Dave and his mom than with the previous owners. The neighbours on the other side of our cinderblock wall, however, continue to party (Friday night it was until 3am...gah) and hot-house their back shed.
My new nephew is holding his own right now - if you'd like more detailed updates, please visit Marya & Eric's blog listed in the left-most right hand column on this blog -----> They're "The Renkema Report". There are some beautiful new photos of Isaac and his daddy!
Izzy has a new hair cut, and is looking rather ridiculous. Mom thinks that Izzy needs to be clothed right now because she looks too naked. I took Izzy along with me to the Speelman Rez (home of the new twins!) yesterday afternoon to drop off some freezer dinners that I made for them, and while I was there I got a LOT of love from a certain toddler. He was sitting in his high chair when I pulled into the drive way and apparently alerted everyone that I was there by waving and squealing. It is so precious to see that little man toddling towards me with his arms wide open, preparing to hug me (of his own free volition).....and then dropping his arms as he reaches me to shrug his shoulders and say, "Zzy?" and run away to go find the dog. ;) He did come back to me, though, to give me the hug that he had denied me of only minutes earlier.
We have also been trying to catch up on the new season of LOST - we finally watched season five finale, and are three episodes into season 6. My mind is reeling from the craziness. 6 days until the Series Finale and 13 episodes to watch.