I am working on a new illustrated story that is kind of taking a while, so in the meantime I just have a few loose Florida ends that I want to talk about. Nothing else all that interesting has been happening around here. But then I’ll shut up about Florida, I promise!
1. I was perusing Sky Mall while on the plane.
Which is an online catalog that lives in airplane seat pockets. There were definitely a few interesting items in there…
I would like to draw your attention to the man in the top left with his lap pillow. Specifically how ridiculous he looks. I don’t know about you, but I would feel like a pretty big idiot lugging that thing onto a plane and then sleeping on it like that. Especially in that shirt. That being said, he does look kind of comfortable. I was making fun of it, but on the way back when I was trying to sleep I kind of wished I had one…
The second interesting thing I came across was this:
I like zombies as much as the next Walking Dead fan, but I am not sure I want a life-sized one crawling its way out of my family room “pleading for assistance with the eeriest eyes you’ve ever seen.” How about no thanks. That thing is terrifying. Although I think it would be pretty fun to terrorize your kids with this.
Sky Mall is a good time.
2. I need to take another minute to rant about alcohol prices.
I stopped dead in my tracks when I saw this in Walgreen’s. $11.99 for that JUG of wine? What is that? We can definitely get inexpensive wine here also, but not quite that cheap.
I also enjoyed the beer prices quite a lot.
I can’t get over those prices. A 12-pack of Coors Light here is double that. And a 2-4 of bottles is something like $35. A 2-4 of cans? $40. Not cheap friends, not cheap.
Also, the fact that you can get your alcohol in a drug store, or a grocery store, or a convenience store just boggles my mind. In Ontario we can buy alcohol from two places: The Beer Store, and the LCBO (Liquor Control Board of Ontario). Both close at 9pm, and 6pm on Sundays. Ontario does not really make it convenient to buy your booze. The sale is very controlled. I mean, it doesn’t stop anyone from drinking, we’ll go through hoops for our love of beer. I’m just saying the difference between Ontario and the US is crazy. And I don’t understand why we are selling the same product for double the price.
I actually signed a petition the other day to bring booze to convenience stores, so hopefully someone gets on that.
3. I think this might embarrass Evan (in a good way!) but I wanted to show the amazing thing he did for my parents while in Florida. He is a skilled tiler, and as a thank you for letting us stay in their Florida pad, he installed the kitchen backsplash for them in their condo. Here is the before and after:
I think it looks amazing! My parents arrived on the day we left and loved it also. They called him to rave on about it. He did such a good job that I couldn’t not talk about it.
He spent an afternoon installing the backsplash…
And another evening grouting it. And then it was just beautiful.
He has such sweet tiling skills.
4. We went to a flea market one day, and I was pretty unimpressed with the offerings there, I have to say. I think I would have been more enamoured if I was a kid. But I did spot this beautiful sight:
Holy shiny, Batman. I was overwhelmed just looking at that shop. The lady who worked there was trying to lure me in, and though I love shiny things, I think going in there would have given me a panic attack.
5. The pressure on the plane did this to my bag of chips!
Weeeeeeird. But no worries, they were still good.
And that is it. Have a great Tuesday!