Life in Alberta

Nicole and Marcel currently live, work, and study in Lethbridge, AB. However, they have family and friends across this country who we have difficulty keeping in touch with due to their schedules. This is their attempt to stay connected.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

When know you're an Albertan when...

Jeff Foxworthy wisdom as it applies to Alberta

If you consider it a sport to gather your food by drilling through 36 inches of ice and sitting there all day hoping that the food will swim by, you may live in Alberta.
If your local Dairy Queen is closed from September through May, you may live in Alberta.
If you instinctively walk like a penguin for six months out of the year, you may live in Alberta.
If your dad's suntan stops at a line curving around the middle of hisforehead, you may live in Alberta.
If you have worn shorts and a parka at the same time, you may live inAlberta.
If you have had a lengthy telephone conversation with someone who dialed a wrong number, you may live in Alberta.

You Know You Are A TRUE Albertan When:
1. "Vacation" means going south past Calgary for the weekend.
2. You measure distance in hours.
3. You know several people who have hit a deer more than once.
4. You often switch from "heat" to "A/C" in the same day and then backagain.
5. You can drive 110 kph through 2 feet of snow during a raging blizzard, without flinching.
6. You design your kid's Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit.
7. Driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled withsnow.
8. You know all 4 seasons: almost winter, winter, still winter and roadconstruction.
9. Your idea of creative landscaping is a statue of a deer next to your blue spruce.
10. "Down south" to you means Calgary...
11. Your 1st of July picnic was moved indoors due to frost.
12. You have more miles on your snow blower than your car.
13. You find 0 degrees "a little chilly."
14. You actually understand these jokes, and you forward them to all your Alberta friends.

Friday, November 03, 2006

Skating to Vulcan?

So, winter hit Alberta over the last week. The first snowfall is always a little bit crazy and fun to drive in. The weather hit Saturday night. At 10pm it was 15 degrees outside and when I woke up it was -4 and there was a couple inches of snow on the ground. The weather continued over Sunday building up a lot of ice on the road. When I woke up Monday morning the snow had stopped but the damage had been done. I was supposed to work with a youth in the Town of Vulcan about an hours drive through rural Alberta. I started driving and the roads in Lethbridge here were fine. However, once I got out of town the highway was similar to a skating rink. Now I have driven over some crazy roads before that I shouldn't have (just ask Sara about a trip to Hamilton one night) but this was crazy. There was a little Firefly in front of me who continued to drive sideways right in front of me. I drove out of town for ten minutes and then turned around. I think that was the first time that I've ever turned around and went home because of the weather. I wish my car had skates.

Oh, and check out the Vulcan website. Someone there is a great marketer! Vulcan has decided to profit from the Star Trek crowd. They have even built the largest UFO landing pad in North America and their tourist centre looks like a flying saucer. It's a lot of fun.

Monday, October 30, 2006


Hi everyone,
It's been a while since I posted anything (this blogging thing is harder than it looks).

Anyway, Nicole and I have some good news. Nicole is pregnant! We are very excited. She is just past 16 weeks and is having a very easy pregnancy so far (all things considered). She felt naseous earlier but was able to keep everything down.

We decided to call our baby Hobbes, following in the Aasman tradition of having H prenatal names. Hobbes is due April 13, which makes that month a really busy month for us (finishing school, trying to find a job, baby, moving perhaps). It should be fun. We'll continue to post updates on here as it becomes available.

Monday, October 02, 2006

An overview of the past year

I don't know exactly what to write about. Life is busy with my practicum and multiple part-time jobs and my thesis. Nicole has slowed down though so that is good.

I thought I would post these pics of an experience we had a year ago. On the way up to Edmonton for Thanksgiving a rock came off of a gravel truck and launched itself through our windshield. Luckily it hit the roofline as well so it dropped straight down into my lap. Unfortunately, it took out my windshield wiper control and threw the receiver from my car starter into the back seat. Here is a pic of the remainder of the rock that came through. I think about a third of the rock broke off when it hit my car. Happy October to everyone.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

My Very First Post!!!

So, I have finally entered the dark side, blogging. I really don't have anything to write today but I figured that I would start it now and see if I can't keep everyone up to date on our lives. I just started my practicum placement this week and am excited about that. Nicole is enjoying her job as well - loves (most of) her clients.

We had Jeremy and Tanya down for the weekend. We had a good time; we even went to see the one Lethbridge tourist attraction (or at least the best one). We hiked through the river valley and Jeremy and I climbed the bridge (the bottom 20 feet of it anyway).

Earlier last week Nicole and I went out for our second anniversary to a great restaurant in Lethbridge. It is in a water tower converted to a restaurant and has pretty cool views of the city. It was the first date that we have had in a little while (due to our crazy schedules) and it was good to be able to relax together without having to do the dishes afterwards. Another cool thing that just happened was that we purchased a piano with an inheritance from Nicole's grandma Aasman. It's the second or third most valuable thing we own (after the house, and maybe the car). Anyway, I'll try to make this blog more up to date than Jason's, but no promises.