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Wow, it's been an exciting couple of months.

Back in May, I was prowling the Internet, looking at apartment when one stood up compared to the others. I was not quite looking at moving this summer but this apartment is in a rural area, with fields and lakes and rivers all around us. The skies unburdened by lights and we can see the stars and the Milky Way as clear as day.

It's a small apartment but it's such an improvement compared to the room I was living in at my parents!











It's truly heaven for my dog. He loves water and we've been at the marina every night so far. I'm trying to get him into a routine so he doesn't feel as stressed out during the day and I believe this is going to be our biggest obstacle. He's been doing good, but I want him to learn to relax as quickly as possible.

In the meanwhile, he discovered that he has ducks here! DUCKS! And he felt so, so important yesterday because he jumped (!) in the water to separate two ducks who were fighting. He was walking like a badass afterwards, all puffed up. This place is also going to be fantastic to my waistline. I'm getting into a habit of walking 1km in the morning and another in the evening, along with our 60 min walk/run on the fields. My fitbit tells me we've been walking at least 8,000 steps. I'll have to bump up my step goal soon!

Our goals here is that next spring, I'll have enough money to safely have ducks to practice herding with Ruten, along with the new puppy, who's supposed to arrive in December or so. It'll be an adventure, for sure!
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Oh boy.

2016 was a rough cookie. I didn't have it harder than anyone else. It was simply a grind year, where nothing came easy, where I had to fight every minute of the way. 

The Good:
  • ALMQ Communications came to life! 
  • Getting my first and second clients; overcoming my initial shyness and contacting potential clients. 
  • My grandmother paid for a full semester tuition fees. 
  • Got an A and an A- in classes I was convinced I would fail. 
  • Linguistics Research about the perception of queer people in the medias.
  • New Hampshire.
  • Ruten turned 2 yo.
  • Ruten's breeder accepted Matt's offer to potentially breed Ruten to one of Matt's bitches.
  • Fun herding match. 
  • Herding classes.
  • Sports Ratiers au Saguenay.
  • Getting a lovely job right before Christmas, to begin on Jan. 9th.
The bad:
  • Very slow recovery from my surgeries from 2015. 
  • Bout of unexplained ankle pains and knee pains. 
  • Ruten's busted pads. 
  • UQAC and that one teacher everybody wanted to hit. 
  • Administrative problems wit UQAC. 
  • The general atmosphere at home. 
  • Getting second AGAIN at a job competition. 
The ugly:
  • Didn't get my dream job.
  • Financial problems, as always. 
2016 wasn't so bad and the fun definitely outclassed the bad or the ugly, but the ugly was really, really ugly and uncertain for a little while. I didn't have any suicidal thoughts, I didn't want to finish things off, but I did consider moving away for a little while. I really wanted to get away from the family, from my friends. But then in November, I applied for my dream job, thinking that I had no chance to get it. It was too much, too big and too wild. But then I had a phone call, a phone interview. Then I had an in-person interview... and I got a call, about 5 days before Christmas and I didn't get the job, but finished a good second, 3 points behind the one who got it. 

I was mad. 

I'd dared to dream big and I got bitten quite violently.

Then school crapped out on me and the three classes I needed to graduate were cancelled because not enough people were taking them. So out of spite I took myself out of the next semester. No Masters for me next year.

And then, I got a call from a company and was given a phone interview and an in-person interview. 

Midway through the interview, the second person stood up and I was filled with dread, until he grabbed my hand, shook it and offered me the job on the spot. 

For 2017, I want: 
  • 2 herding competitions with Ruten
  • 1 car (!)
  • A contractual to permanent job.
  • Steady translation income. 
  • Weekly summer herding classes with Nancy/Francois
  • Another New Hampshire trip with the Boozes. 
  • My own apartment. 

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