Monday, December 13, 2010

Day 297: Welcome to Canada

Canadians are very apologetic. A few weeks ago, I cut a man off in traffic. At the next light, he pulled up next to me and motioned for me to roll my window down. 
Awesome, I thought. I'm gonna get shot in a road rage incident. (contrary to popular belief people actually do get shot in Canada) 

Anyway, I rolled down my window and the man says "I'm so sorry. I don't want to seem like a pest, but you cut me off back there. I'm really sorry, I just wanted to let you know that you really should be more careful because you could cause an accident and I would hate for people to get hurt." 
Here I was ready to exchange fighting words and he's apologizing to me!  True story.

Some might also consider Canadians boring. I grabbed this picture from the CBC website where I was listening to a webcast about the world's perception of Canadians. I wish I could find that webcast again so I could post it because it was quite funny. 

I have decided I'd like to make this sign say:
"Welcome to Canada. Everything costs more."
Here are some photos of a recent grocery shopping excursion
Enough to make you go vegetarian?
Not such a great picture...Didn't realize I had the camera on video, so I had to grab a still shot...the bread on the top left is $3.29.
I have found that frozen pizza is perfect for sending in the kids lunch - cut it into fourths, put each fourth in a zippy bag and viola! Pizza for lunch. I put it in the oven when I wake up in the morning and it's usually ready and cooled enough for their lunch bags when they have to go. BUT we usually wait and buy a bunch when they are around $3.00 each.
A little over a pound of cheese.
A pound of butter.
Bag o' milk - 4 liters (1 gallon)
Now Canadian friends, before you get all defensive, like "That is an unfair representation - there are different stores, better prices, sales, that's not all the brands etc...this is just what you might see if you walked into a store. And people were looking at me funny for taking pictures of food so I had to be stealthy :D

Oh and gasoline is now hovering around $1.10 a liter. A liter! How many liters are in a gallon? Almost 4.  O_o

Welcome to Canada.


  1. Holy butter Batman! And what the *&^( do you do with a bag o' milk?! Spill it, is all I can think of.

    You are de best.
    Your family is de best.
    Your posts are de best.
    Can't wait til you come back!

  2. You put it in a pitcher, Miss Brandy :)

  3. That means you will feel rich when you come back here! Miss you guys tons. Emma friended me on fb yesterday. The little cutie.