It has now been a little more than a month since our "big day" in Victoria. Things are starting to get back to "normal" for us (whatever "normal" means, someone once told me normal was only a setting on a washing machine). Lloyd continues to work long hours on Flock. Due to this, we still have not managed to get away for a weekend for a semi-honeymoon. Ever weekend we've tried, a techy event in the Bay Area comes up that Lloyd initially wants to attend, which we do not end up doing because of the demands of work at Flock (picture of some of the Flock team below).

Since the middle of April I have been volunteering at a local Elementary school in Mountain View with a kindergarten class. The year is coming to an end, and I only have one day left with the class. It has been very enjoyable. I have about 60 hours of volunteering now. I heard through the school grapevine that there is summer school that happens in the district. I got in touch with the principal at the school that will be administering the summer school, and I am meeting with her on June 21st to find out what role I can play as a volunteer. Summer school is only in the mornings, from 8am-noon and from June 25-July 26th. Since I now have experience with younger children, I would like to get some experience volunteering with children a little older, grades 3 through 5. I will find out in a couple weeks how I can help.

My friend Sharla and my ex-roommate Krista, are said to be taking a road trip down to San Francisco to arrive early next week. I don't believe they have much time off work, and will most likely only be staying a night or so, while taking 3 days either side for travel. It will be nice to get together with my girlfriends from home as I have not made a 'best' bud here yet and miss my girlfriends back home a lot.

I told many people a few weeks ago that since I am a non-resident of the USA I will not be admitted to the teaching credential program at San Francisco State University. Ultimately I would like to be teaching in Canada, therefore Canada would be the best place to get take the PDP (post degree program) in Elementary Education. So we have decided that once we return to Canada I will do just that.

I am looking into applying to Simon Fraser University and the University of Victoria. Both schools have different pre-requisites to get in to their programs. SFU I still need: 1 lab science, 1 Canadian history, 1 Canadian geography, and 1 math for teachers. At UVIC I still need: 2 lab sciences, and 2 Canadian studies. I have lately been going back and forth with advisors from both school in order to determine what will transfer to what University so I can take a minimum number of courses. I have thus far determined they will both accept Geography 200 (Regional Geography of Canada), taken by correspondence from Thompson River University. I have just registered in that course, and I am just waiting to receive the course materials to start on it.

There are slight problems with getting the other courses, because Math for Teachers that SFU requires is not at all offered by correspondence. UVic does have a course that transfers to SFU for Math for Teachers, though UVic will not grant me credit for it as I already have two 100 level courses in Math. SFU has just informed me however, that if I show a passing grade in the subject even though no credit was granted, they will accept that. Lab sciences are a little tricky as well, UVic requires to have lab time, so taking a science that I attend labs weekly by correspondence is very difficult.

I was going to try and take these courses at a local college in California, but I cannot find anything that will transfer to "Math for Teachers" and getting transcripts evaluated from the USA is tricky, time consuming and expensive, not to mention the cost of taking courses in the USA as a non-resident. Most schools in the USA I have to be a full time student, registered in a full time program, with a F-1 student visa, so taking the 3 or 4 courses does not qualify.

To try to resolve some of these problems I have re-registered as a student at UVic and late-registered at SFU to take these remaining courses this fall. UVic I have already found out that I can register for courses at the beginning of July, I expect not to hear from SFU for another few weeks due to the tardiness of my application. So there is a possibility that I will be back in Victoria or Vancouver this September through December to complete this coursework. I will keep you posted though.

In the mean time I will take my one correspondence course, and volunteer in the mornings for summer school for elementary children.

My Grandfather, William Doskotch (picture below), is turning 80 next Tuesday, June 13th. To celebrate my family will be getting together the July long weekend. Lloyd and I have already got plane tickets up for the event, and will be staying for about a week in Victoria, Lloyd working remotely while we are there.

We have received our photographer's photos from our wedding, and are trying to get a few of them printed soon to send out in Thank You cards. For anyone else that took photos at our wedding, we would love to see them! Having troubles finding my favourite one of Lloyd and I from what the photographer took. Please send them to us, or tell us where you have posted them online. Using Flickr.com is a great way of sharing your photos with friends and family (hint, hint!). And FYI, if you get the Times Colonist, apparently my Mom put something in the classifieds about us on Sunday (June 4th), though I have not seen it yet.