Monday, December 22, 2008
These are the mukluks I got for Christmas from D. So beautiful...but...
This is what ice fog does to the trees.
This is ice fog. We had over a week of it last January. It was -44C the day I took this picture. This is 2nd Ave in Whitehorse. The library is out of the photo on the left, at the streetlights. I was outside for literally 5 minutes.
I had a pretty good "no spend" week, considering it's so close to Christmas. It helped that I made food that lasted for dinners & lunches. That saved me a lot.
Having said that, however, I have bought two lunches this week. I worked at the liquor store yesterday for some overtime and have two more shifts. It wasn't quite what I was expecting, mostly a lot of walking around and making sure everything looked nice and full, stocking shelves and tidying. But it should net me about $500 after taxes for 3 days work, and that will pay off my Visa and I'll have a little extra to put on my LOC & student loan. It's pretty exhausting, as I don't get much time off over the holidays, but like Gail says - do what you need to do to get out of debt. I don't have much, but it's still hanging over my head and I want to get rid of it next year.
I had an excellent day on Friday because I got my exam results back. I was aiming for a Level 4 essay (demonstrates adequate competency) and ended up with a Level 5 (demonstrates fluent competency)! I am really excited, particularly as I was concerned because I left an hour early! I was relieved, to say the least. This means I should be able to register for the English class that I want in January, but will have to talk to the college to confirm.
My lunch yesterday cost me $17.20 (incl. $2 tip). One of the women I supervise was also working at the liquor store and we went for lunch together. It was really good - the only Vietnamese restaurant in town.
My other spend on lunch was today and was almost the same price! I paid $17.64 for an excellent hamburger and fries. Three of us went for lunch as we don't open until 1pm on Sundays over Christmas. It was a nice suggestion to go and spend some time together. I hadn't tried the restaurant we went to, but I will definitely be going back. It was really good. Probably one of the best hamburgers I've ever had. I don't eat a lot of hamburgers, but I always try them when I go out to a restaurant.
I also spent $50 on a gift certificate for my friend's daughter. I'm spending Christmas Eve with them, so wanted to give the kids something. I need to buy a gift certificate for her oldest son and a little something for my friend and I'm DONE! I'm looking forward to dinner with them. Cats and dogs and kids...it'll be fun!
And my present from D...I'm thrilled with the boots, I really am. They're beautiful. It's just that I've always been really anti-fur (it's an truly awful way for an animal to die), so I'm having a really hard time with this. D has a trap-line. He hunts. He's First Nation. This is part of his heritage. It doesn't make him stop and think and wonder and shudder. City Girl here, on the other hand, has never understood the need for the use of fur. Has, until this point, found it quite repellent. But I didn't live in the North. I never experienced below -20 before, or windchills, or ice fog, or days of extreme cold out hunting on the land.
So I'm having a very difficult time reconciling my hypocrisy in accepting this gift. And I feel so ungrateful and unappreciative of the work and the thought that went into these beautiful boots. They are hand made and hand beaded. They are beautiful and they are WARM. They fit like a glove. And I think I need to wear them and love them because they came from someone I care about...right?