Monday, November 30, 2009

Cost of Living

I realized recently that my cost of living has increased substantially lately. Most of that is because I am a homeowner now. It is a good thing but it is shocking how much life cost. we have a 4 car drive way so last week we bought a new snow blower. It was on sale but after taxes it still came up to $675. In addition we bought some new drapes for the and curtain rods to hang them from for the only bedroom where we hadn't yet changed the window treatments. There were all on sale but it still came up to about $120 for everything all included. It seems like there is always something that needs to be done. And it did all need to be done. I live in canada it's almost december and the snow will eventually have to come. And when it does I have no interest in being in front of my house for hours with a shovel trying to fight back the storm. My hope is that this snow blower will last me around 10 years or more. I mean i don't want to give the wrong impression here. We are not strapped for cash by any means. It's just that it seems like there is always something that needs to be done.

Ah well, that's life I guess.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Busy Weekend

So this weekend was a very busy one for me. On Friday we went to the 11th annual "When brothers Speak" event. It is a spoken word (poetry) performance here in Toronto. We went last year as well. It is a good event generally speaking but I enjoyed last years much more. The performers this year didn't seem to have as much energy. Also their performances were not as entertaining. It was nice to get out and go to an event though. The only thing is that in the future I think my wife and I will stick more to Saturday events. When you work the whole day and then go out again in the evening it can be pretty tiring. She actually fell asleep at the end and it is because were just tired from the day.

On saturday two of my wife's friends from college stopped for dinner. The live in Brampton so it was quite a trek for them. They have a very cute daughter who is about 18 months old. After dinner we were supposed to go to a play downtown in the distillery district. Unfortunately when we got there we could not find the unit number for the play. So we ended up just going for dessert and talking. IT was a fun evening overall.

Sunday we just stayed home and did nothing.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Trick or Treat

So last night was the first Halloween in my new home. Halloween was never a really big thing with my parents. In fact for many years we just turned off the lights and actually turned off the doorbell also.

Since we are in a new home in a new community I decided I wanted to be a part of the festivities. So my wife and i actually went and got some decorations for the house. Pretty modest stuff really, just a plastic jack -o - lantern and a hanging plastic gargoyle. Total price for both was about $15. We also went and bought chocolates and candies. From now on I will do all my halloween shopping on the day of. We bought just under $40 dollars worth. At the time t seemed like a lot but it actually was all gone pretty fast. I think the hand fulls i gave out were too big. Next year i will give smaller amounts so it can last longer.

Overall it was a lot of fun.