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.


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.

wpid-wp-1416342556866.jpeg      wpid-wp-1416343315437.jpeg

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.


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.


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.

wpid-wp-1412180317330.jpeg2. I flew Porter to and from YUL on this trip. First time on the airline. Checked bags cost money but the beer is free. I didn’t check a bag and I did drink the beer. As I was reading the in-flight magazine, I saw that the airline is supplying all their in-flight crew with Rimowa Salsa Air cabin bags. Being a Rimowa girl myself, I tried to convince the flight attendants that it is possible to pack for five days in that bag. I am hereby offering my services as a packing coach to all Porter Airlines in-flight crew. Get at me, Porter.

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.


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!


(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.


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.