Here I am, in the south .... it's been a couple of days since I left Arctic Bay (and how do I ever miss the much cooler climate of the North!).
Thursday, as we were driving to my relatives (with whom I am crashing with for the duration of my stay in Ottawa), we stopped off at the grocery store to pick up some grub for the night ... well, I was completely in shock in the store. Anyone living in the North knows what some of our selection is like .... how much it costs ... and in general, what our grocery stores look like. Let's just say, I was walking around there with my eyes practically poping out of my head. The produce section was bigger than our Northern back in Arctic Bay. And it was the little things that amazed me the most ... 2L bottles of pop, 99 cents .... fresh bread, fruit, unfrozen meat .... I was quite giddy!
On Friday, I headed out to the mall to see if I could find any summer gear (the little that I need) while in the south ... found a couple pairs of shorts ... and of course, a bunch of stuff for the North (what else is new right?).
Today, I headed out to Westboro to hit up MEC - I (heart) MEC!! ... As we were driving there, for the life of me I couldn't remember why Westboro sounded so familiar ... until we got there, and it hit me - Westfest is going on! (Thanks for pointing this out to me Tristan! It was quite a sight to see!). So, of course, I picked up some new winter and fleece gear for the North, as most of the stuff I had with me up there this year has either worn right out, was near wearing out or I just couldn't handle wearing it any more (it does happen, we do grow very tired of the clothing we bring up north very quickly) and I just gave it away for others to use ... and of course MEC was having a nice sale on their "old" winter stock, which made this process even more difficult. I was at home in MEC ... so now, all I really have to get for next year are a couple of pairs of jeans and I'll be all set.
So far, I'm doing alright in the South .... but it is kinda strange not being in the North.