@redheaded&crazy I rather love the LCBO (yay making money for Ontario and a unionized environment!), but when I first moved to Ontario, I could not believe there were no off-sales at bars. Things you just expect when you grow up in the prairies. The selection of beer and wine at depanneurs in QC, unless you hit one of the awesome ones, tends to suck.
@Science Vs. Dinosaurs Oooh, mine was similar. I have a friend running for political office in a province I don't live in. I can't donate to her campaign, but she can self-fund, and I can give her a birthday cheque. I said I'd make the donation in March...this week I finally actually bought her a birthday card (covered in kittens!), got out my chequebook, went to the post office and mailed the darn thing. I feel good!
@Tatiana Exactly! This sounds like a really good step, and I hope you meet some nice people and get some free food (restaurants are great for that!) and find it an enjoyable experience.
Sooo, you gave up the card both because you gave up train travel and because you gave up on credit cards entirely as a daily transactional form of payment. Glad that worked for you. But when you did have the card, you did want the rewards that came with it, you paid off your bill on time to avoid the high interest, and it worked out really well. Not quite sure I see how this was a trap or a bad thing... (Written by someone who has a "cash back" card but keeps thinking she should get a travel rewards card but is always too lazy to compare and figure out what suits my needs best).
@stuffisthings *heart* you for it, too.
@chic noir Ha - nope! But now I want to read said blog! Maybe I have a life twin!
@megsy Hello, Ottawan!
@jr I went from owning a home with a partner, and paying about 17% on mortgage and taxes, to living with a roomate in an apartment and paying about 8% for rent. I live in a decently affordable Canadian city, and make what I classify as an obscene amount of money for a person of my age and education. I also am okay with somewhat run down and smaller (for both house and apartment), and prefer to spend my time and money traveling.
Your kitty is AMAZING! Ridiculously photogenic and away of just how cool he is. I love my second hand stuff - i.e. most of my clothing and furniture. Since I am across the country from my family, most of it comes from Craigslist, Kijiji and various second hand stores. I am lucky to live in a mid-size city where there are many older people selling wooden furniture, usually for less than particleboard new stuff. Amazing drop-leaf cherry end tables, beautiful art deco waterfall dressers with bee drawer pulls, a mahogany dining set with a corner china cabinet that makes my heart sing, as well as a $50 Ikea bedframe when my box spring wouldn't fit up the stairs, two simple but sturdy wine racks that hold 48 bottles of wine each ($8 a piece!), and a green entryway table I got off the street on garbage day. I am typing this as I wear my second hand shoes, pants and sweater, each of which I have gotten compliments on today. Yay for second hand things, and saving money to fill those wine racks!
Ugh. This reminds me far too much of Canada's issues with the Highway or Tears, the Picton case in the Downtown East Side, and so many other confirmed/suspected serial killers who have targeted women of colour, particularly Aboriginal women, and those who are considered marginal (drug uders, prostitutes, etc.)