Alleluia is leaving, which means we are replacing her with a new housemate. We put out an ad and got a lot of response and two people came to view the place yesterday.
We were happy with both but we wound up settling on the older (and quieter) of the two. And get this, she has been to the Olympics twice. The freakin' OLYMPICS!!!
I mean she didn't win, but still. OLYMPICS!!!!!!
She's taking up a teaching job in a suburb not far from Chez Canuck and she seems like she will fit nicely into the house. The prospective nickname is "Esky" because it sounds not to far off from her real name and because it has been something like a dozen years since she has had a summer. Really. Every Australian summer she has been off in the northern hemisphere
This, of course, means that I will almost certainly no longer be the sportiest/fittest person in the house, and I am without question not the best cross country skier. But I think this story is cool enough that I don't mind losing that mantle. Anyway, I bet I'm still the best at wife carrying.
I had dinner with Coffee Snob last night. There is also a room to be filled in her place and because she was home alone she wanted someone to be there when unfamiliar men came to the house. So in exchange for looking all intimidating, I got this.
Ecuadorian chicken stew, avocado, rice, and refried plantains. It's good having friends who can cook.
I'm currently trying to pick up some more shares in JRL which I feel are grossly undervalued, and I think I will approve and participate in the capital raising for VMG. I may get rid of it after a while. Clearly I've held on too long, and I hope I can use this as a learning experience. I have also applied for a margin loan. I've never dealt with margin trading and I don't plan to go too far into it. I've applied for the smallest credit limit available, but it does present the opportunity to increase some of my holdings like CCV and AUT and to get into new ones like NAB that offer stable and long term growth. This would not be the place for something risky, and I have no intention of getting leveraged up to the hilt. Still this stands to be the largest debt I've ever taken on.
I will be getting my unused annual leave paid out when I go and I will likely have another job to go into, but I will have to keep more cash around than I otherwise would given what will become my new working situation.
I also tried to sign into Google+ and was told to come back later. Not encouraging. The big new social media platform being run by the biggest kind on the block and they can't handle the capacity.