Christmas Stuff

I thought I’d write a quick post about my general Christmas experiences in Winnipeg so far.

The trip home was fairly uneventful. Although Hugh Chipman (Arrrrrr!) was sitting beside me on the ride to the airport. And then our plane was delayed 30 minute while they located the pilot. I thought that was amusing.

I arrived in Winnipeg Friday night and have been freezing my butt of ever since. Today was the first day I didn’t wear long underwear all day. Although the weather here is really wacky – temperatures around 0 Celsius one day than near 0 Kelvin the next. It was -1 today, but tomorrow has a high of -22 (yes, “HIGH of -22”! meaning it will be colder than that most of the day).

The Christmas shopping is well underway. I braved the mall on Saturday and bought a few presents. I need to finish it all off before Thursday when we’re heading out to my grandma’s farm for Christmas. The farm is always a blast. Lots of relatives, great food (mmm kutya and perogies), and the annual Christmas bonfire (see picture) and broomball game. Not to mention numerous crokanole tournaments.

As soon as Kelsey (little sister) gets home from her fake bake session I have to head out to drop off that Fed Ex package, pick-up my mom her hair appointment, and pick-up Roxie from work. Roxie and I are making a ginger bread house tonight. We’ll see how that turns out. Maybe I’ll post a picture (I’m starting to like this live journal thing) – don’t worry I’m sure the posts will start to spread out soon.

Take it easy all. And if I haven’t talked to you individually, have a great Christmas, happy Hanukkah, and a fabulous New Year.

The Drama Begins

Well I wasn’t going to start my journal until I started my trip to the States, but I had an amusing incident today. But to fully appreciate it I’m going to have to start my story on December 9 when I had a meeting at school for all students heading to the United States for work terms.

During the meeting the co-op guy started talking about crossing the border and the forms we needed to have if we wanted to avoid a full-body search. Anyway, I hadn’t received any of those forms from Microsoft yet, so I asked indiglo_i (who is also working at Microsoft in January) if he had received his visa forms yet. Sure enough he received his two weeks prior. Agitated, I sent an email to my contact at Microsoft who put my in contact with a lady in the legal department. Anyway, I got everything straightened out and the forms were sent to me by FedEx.

*fast forward 10 days later – today*
Well the FedEx package finally arrived today. I opened it up to see how many forms I had to fill out and to check if any of them required me to promptly send some forms back. Anyway, I started reading the cover letter and it kept referring to the American Consulate in Mexico City. Confused, I flipped through the other papers and noticed they were all filled out for a Microsoft Intern from Mexico City named Fernando. I can only assume Fernando is one confused hombre in Mexico right now trying to figure out why all his forms refer to Christopher of Winnipeg, Canada. I wonder if he knows where Winnipeg is?

So, now I have to make a trip down to FedEx to overnight the package back to Microsoft (my legal contact was very sorry about the mistake). Hopefully I get my real forms soon. I’m not worried yet, as I don’t leave for a few weeks. But I would like to get everything settled. I still don’t have a plane ticket booked. I’ve found a two bedroom condo to share with indiglo_i, but we still haven’t got a finalized contract back from the owner yet. So there are still a few things left to fix up before I leave.

Back to the visa mix up. I’m kind of happy to find out that there will be Mexican interns working at Microsoft. I’ve been told there won’t be many (if any) Americans because their college system is such that most interns work in the summer, so I thought it would be all Canadians. From what I was told most MS interns will be from Canada – UBC, Simon Fraser, Waterloo, and Sherbrooke I think. I’ll have to make a point of meeting Fernando when I start work. I wonder what department he’ll be in. Maybe this will be the odd beginning of a new friendship.

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