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…and they have been great. Like most people when holidays are coming to an end it makes me sad and want more holidays. Almost makes me want to be back where I was this time last year. This time last year I was unemployed (because I was living in the USA without a working Visa) and I was doing my own thing (which can get boring after a while).

The first few days we stayed with our wonderful neighbours in Mountain View, CA. So it really was like returning home, because we were staying right next door to our old house. Also we could not beat the company. Lloyd worked during the day and I just hung out. I stated a new book, caught up on sleep, surfed the net, went shopping and visited friends. The weather was beautiful and warm.

The second half of my holiday has been in San Francisco centered around WordCamp 2007. It has been great to see old friends on the techy community and be involved in the cool up and coming techy community.My hubby did a presentation at WordCamp and did a great job:

Taken by Donncha

Monday morning I return home with mixed feelings. My hubby does not follow for another week, so I will be on my own, and I have to return to the stress of work. But I do love my bed and am looking forward to being back in our house, and see my family and friends. If only I could get a working Visa in the USA perhaps we would be located here in the center of it all.

Last week was hectic between packing and getting last minute things done to leave the USA.

Our friends, were gracious hosts and let us stay the night on Friday night. Nicole made us a wonderful traditional Swiss dinner, and we had a lovely surprise visitor, Elina, join us for our last evening (for now;) in Silicon Valley.

Only after a lovely breakfast and Nicole’s packed lunch and snacks, we said our sad goodbyes and left at 9:30 AM on Saturday morning.

And we started driving….. Lloyd drove, I tried to sleep… and I drove and Lloyd slept. We stopped in Roseburg, Oregon and found a tacky little place with good food for dinner. We arrived at the border around 2am, and stayed about an hour (just for kicks ya know). Oh the joys of customs. Because we have not been out of Canada for a year, we are only allowed to bring back the same amount as someone who has been gone 48 hours. Good news, they did not search our car, not so wonderful news, we may have to go back to the border for the arrival of our stuff (that is with the moving company currently).

We drove on and arrived at the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal at 3:40 AM. We slept in line for the ferry, and on the ferry. Being so tired we quickly feel asleep in our uncomfortable upright seats. There was limited room to put down your seat due to the amount of belongings we crammed into our car.

We took the 7 AM ferry to Victoria.

We are now living at my parents house for the time being (4 months max). Looking forward to visiting with people and getting settled in Victoria.

I do already miss my friends in the bay area though. Especially when many of my close girlfriends are pregnant or already have a baby. I love children (as most of you know), but it is not the right time for Lloyd and I to start having kids, not for another couple years we think. But I do feel left out of the baby talk and hope it does not ostracize me from my friends who are becoming parents because we have not caught up with them yet. I look forward to being “Auntie Jules” and helping out a lot. 🙂

I start classes at UVic September 6th, and have to finish my correspondence course as my final is scheduled for September 10th.

We will be getting cell phones in the next month I hope. But until such time you can use my parents phone number, but please do not call after 9 PM, as they go to sleep early 🙂

Ever! They have not only become our neighbours, but they are good friends now too. And we will be sad to leave them behind when we move back to Canada.

Here are just a few things about them and things they have done that make them the very best!…

The same night that we moved all our furniture into our place in Mountain View, Nicole and Ben came over and introduced themselves, gave us home made brownies as a welcome gift and invited us over for dinner that same week!

Lloyd noticed the smell of baking one evening, he sniffed and mentioned it to Nicole. When she was done baking she brought over a large sample of the chocolate brownies with Swiss chocolate in them! Another time they had leftover birthday cake, so they dropped some by for us!

Coming home from being married in Canada, Nicole and Ben looked after the mail and our plants while we were away (and have every time we have gone!). We came home to a lovely sign on our front door saying “just married”, getting inside we had a bottle of champagne in the fridge and two champagne glasses, my favourite Gerber daisy flowering plant and little hearts scattered on our kitchen table.

It was Swiss Day, August 1st, Nicole and I were chatting online. I was wishing her Happy Swiss Day and said it was B.C. day as well, she said I should put up my flag, I said we did not have one. Not 10 minutes later there was a knock on the door, it was Nicole with a flag of BC!. She had printed out the B.C. flag in color from the web, laminated and stuck to a straw!

    We will miss them dearly and thank them for being such wonderful people.