Oh, hello there! Long time no see! Where have you been? I’ve been everywhere and nowhere. Everywhere in the weekends, nowhere during the week. Same old, same old. In addition, I’ve been sick for the last week or so. Have really bad coughs. I hope I’ll get better before the weekend because we’re going back to the cottage this weekend for more barbecue, lake swimming, and gaming fun with friends. I’d say more mosquito bites but that part isn’t fun at all!
Being sick has its advantage, though. I get to do more reading because I don’t really feel like sitting in front of the computer all day when I’m sick. Last week I finally got around to finishing reading The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, which is probably the thickest book I’ve ever finished reading. 518 pages! Considering how short my attention span is, it was quite an accomplishment. And I picked up the book, oh, only two years ago! :)
Finishing that book made me enjoy our most recent visit to bargain book stores even more. I picked up The Areas of My Expertise by John Hodgman (the PC guy in the Mac ad campaign) and Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O’Neill. I listened to an excerpt from the latter on CBC a while ago and had been on the lookout for it since. Sure I could’ve picked up a copy from Chapters or Coles but why pay a major bookstore 20-something dollars when you can get the book for 5 dollars new from a small bargain bookstore. Troy actually got the whole series of PostSecret books from the bargain book stores for 6-7 dollars each. Those book stores are that awesome. We really don’t need more books because we already have hundreds if not thousands of books in our to-be-read piles (well, Troy does anyway) but we just can’t help buying more. I think we may need counselling!
Oh, in case you’re wondering about the story behind the picture above, I took it at the Donkey Sanctuary of Canada yesterday. It was fun to hang out with a bunch of cute donkeys who like to be brushed and to listen to the story behind each donkey from one of the caretakers. Many of the donkeys are products of abusive owners. I’m so glad that they ended up at the sanctuary where they can live in dignity. One of the caretakers has to point out every time that even though the donkeys have big bellies, none of them is pregnant. They just like to eat! :) If you live around Guelph and have nothing better to do on a Sunday, you should consider visiting the sanctuary. You’ll love it.
By the way, I do hate summer. It’s my least favourite season. Hot weather and blood-sucking bugs aren’t really my favourite combo. Now back to bed for me!
You know, every now and then I get pieces of memories about my mum coming back to me. It used to make me feel like crying every time it happened, but the last time, it only made me smile. See, I liked to buy my mum stuff whenever I had some money to spare. Usually stuff that I knew would make her laugh. One day I bought her a sticker that says, “If it’s so important today, it will still be important tomorrow.” And guess what she did with it? She stuck it on the wall behind her desk in her office for everyone to see. It stayed there until the day she had to retire. My mum was awesome that way. :)
Wow, it’s been more than a week since I last updated the wee blog! Yet I don’t really have much to report even though we’ve been busy doing stuff. Just don’t think anyone would find the stuff we do very interesting. Unless you’re really into: (1) garage sales; (2) cameras; (3) watching Canada’s Worst Handyman. But you’re not really, are you? What? You’re actually into going to garage sales? Alright! Let’s talk about it then.
So, garage sales. Don’t you just hate it when people have a garage sale and put high price tags on their crap? Those are things you don’t want anymore that you’re trying to sell, people! Price everything accordingly. No one wants to pay $50 for your crappy 1.8MP digital camera, especially when it doesn’t come with the box, cables, driver, and manual. We paid $5 recently for a Kodak box film camera, but at least it was antique. Digital cameras, unfortunately, don’t go into the antique category yet. Wait for 25-30 more years and try again.
Another thing I hate is when people don’t put price labels on their crap. Make some effort, people! We are more willing to buy your crap when it is priced properly (and reasonably). It’s also less annoying for us because we won’t have to hear you quoting the price without being asked every time we touch every single junk you have out for sale.
And please, don’t sell toys that your kids obviously still love. It makes us feel bad and it makes you look bad. Also, before letting your kids sell lemonade during your garage sale event, please teach them the concept of change. If you can’t be bothered to do that, please put up a sign that says “correct change only, please”. Having to spend two dollars on a tiny cup of lemonade that’s priced 50 cents because your kids think every coin is a 50 cent coin is extravagant. And we need all the change we have to buy your crap.
And last but not least, please don’t be a jerk and do take down your garage sale signs as soon as you’re done with it. Having to drive for miles for a garage sale that’s already over is a waste of gas, and you know how expensive gas is these days.
Now it’s your turn to share your garage sale pet peeves, or to agree/disagree with me in the comments! :)