YHZ-YOW-YYZ Halloween

Halloween is now a somewhat distant memory. We were traveling for the weekend, which means we didn’t have to hand out candy. That was a win for me. It’s against my rules to buy it, technically, and I would have eaten so, so much of it. My son still needed a costume for school, and no amount of bribery was going to dissuade him from his first choice: Godzilla. (Boring, but whatever.)

Last year he wanted to be an Allosaurus, so I had taken a secondhand dragon costume, done some modifications, and he was quite happy with it. It’s pretty easy to turn an Allosaurus into Godzilla as long as you’re willing to make do.

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This thing is disgusting to me.

We gave it a once-over with spray fabric paint ($9.98- allowed) and it was his idea to colour in the whites of its eyes with a yellow Sharpie.

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The fabric paint did not give me the coverage I was looking for and the nozzle clogged a thousand times and I was NOT going to open the second bottle I’d bought when there was plenty of paint left in the first bottle. That’s how they get you, I suspect. I returned the unopened bottle a couple weeks after Halloween.

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He was happy, and that’s all I care about.

I let him wear it on the plane and the crew invited him to trick-or-treat on the flight deck. Pretty nice!

Week 4: Making Do in Montréal

I think I have been slacking with the posts. Maybe I was posting too frequently before, and once a week is the right amount. I don’t know these things.

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1. I was in Montréal for a few days for work, so I got to enjoy eating at restaurants! I had steak. I spent a total of $20 on a 6-pack of beer (allowed), of which I only drank two. I did no shopping, and bought no convenience food or drinks. Although I travel light, I packed a water bottle and my travel mug so I wouldn’t be tempted to buy water or coffee. I even brought along a lemon and a lime from home to make Montréal tap water more palatable. I also brought fruit from home and some muffins.

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3. My spend for this week was pretty low, mostly because of the trip. I gassed up my car for $47.42 and I bought some groceries for $8.94. Plus the $20 beer.

4. My son was invited to his first birthday party of the school year this Saturday, and we also have a wedding to attend that day. The birthday boy allegedly likes Batman, so he’s getting a knitted bat-hood hat. I am doing makeup for the bride and some of the wedding party as a gift, and I have a little something I made for them to unwrap as well. I am pretty sure that makeup and knitting are my only giftable skills, and sometime soon, people are going to stop inviting me to things.

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5. Last Saturday was serendipitously eventful and also free. My cousin told me about the grand opening of an athletic club near my house, and I met her there for sammies while we watched the demos. We each got a free class for showing up and checking in on Facebook. After we left, my son saw some bouncy castles on the way home and we stopped to check it out. A company that sells mini-homes was having an open house with a barbecue, so we hung out till dinnertime, bouncing and touring the pre-fab homes before chowing down again. We got home with enough daylight left to water-seal the deck, which is a job that had been haunting my dreams since late July. I had entertained the thought of staining parts of the decking a fun colour, but I had plenty of sealer to do the whole thing, so I made do.

Pack It Up, Pack It In

This has nothing to do with not buying anything, but I was on the news today!

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(You can watch it before the stream disappears. I am at the 14-minute mark.)

I was interviewed for the CBC about packing for airline travel in a carry-on, since two out of our three national carriers now charge for a passenger’s first checked bag. People are ticked.

There are two distinct types of frequent travelers: those who check everything, and those who check nothing. Anthony Bourdain is the former. I am the latter. I will never, ever pay to check a bag if I can help it.

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I have been packing in a carry-on for years, and am now (apparently) an Expert. I will have many more opportunities to talk about making do while I travel, but this is a good introduction to my packing philosophy.

When in doubt, leave it out.