i woke up early this morning and couldn't sleep. it's been a huge week. an emotional roller coaster. real, live ups and downs. lots of 'em. maybe some loop-de-loops too.
and long walks have been the best to clear my mind and help me focus on the tasks at hand so i rolled out of bed and found my sneakers. the hill behind our house was calling my name. it's beautiful and epitomizes the semi-arid desert found in western canada.
the good - i got a call from citizenship and immigration on thursday informing me that my file is DONE. complete. finished. i was shocked. i wasn't expecting to hear anything until late 2012 so this is huge. next week i'll be read my rights as a permanent resident and then i can get a job. i can get medical insurance. we could have a kid or buy a house (but don't count on either of those in the near future). we can make real, solid plans for our future. but i need a job and that's intimidating. i haven't worked in two years and have no idea what i want to do, or where to start looking...
and the bad - the church is going through staffing changes. namely, matt's boss is leaving and at some point he'll have a new boss. it's a huge transition for everyone involved and it means uncertainty in our lives only because matt's responsibilities change a bit and our lives are so closely tied to the church that it affects everything. it is good too, because we're really excited for the boss and his family, yet sad because our friends are leaving.
see? ups and downs. too many. the upcoming weeks promise a few more, but i really hope the most drastic are over. finalization of residency, finding out exactly what this transition means for matt (and subsequently, me), and finding a job are all still looming, but they are less daunting. at least we know they are coming! in the mean time, lots and lots of hikes.