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Leisurely day off? HAHAHAHAHA NOPE

Good Friday - day off work so I can relax, drink some coffee, kick about... HA! NO!

Had to finish making up the goody bags for the kids - I'm head of the social committee here, and we usually do an Easter event for the kids, but since I'm busy tomorrow and we've got construction everywhere, we decided to just make up goody bags for every unit in the co-op. That's 70+ bags. It took a little while...

Just got in a short while ago. Had to run some errands, pick up some groceries and take the boy out to get new pants. We have a wedding to go to tomorrow, and I took the middle child out for a new outfit on Wednesday night since the last fancy shirt I bought her was for her grad a couple years ago.

The boy had a similar issue; the last fancy thing he has is from his grad. The shirt still fits; sadly, the suit no longer does. And this morning he came and told me that his black pants - the ones he was going to wear because they would be good enough with the dress shirt - tore. And yeah, no fixing that - right down the inside of the leg, not along the seam. Off to the store we go.

Side note about Walmart. On one hand, we could go there - cheaper for sure. They probably will have something that fits him. But, Walmart. I've been having more and more ideological and moral issue with shopping there over the years. The more I learn about their business practises, how they underpay their workers, how they make no effort to protect the workers in the 3rd world countries who make their cheap products, the harder it is for me to justify shopping there. God knows, to really cut out anything we buy that does not come from an ethical and/or sustainable source would break the bank - but I can choose to not shop at retailers who are so blatant in their disregard for the people who work for them. So, today I chose not to shop at Walmart. Doesn't mean I'll never do it again, but I'm doing my best to not give them any of my money.

We ended up at George Richards at Market Crossings. The boy tried on a couple pairs of dress pants... DUDE. I don't think I'll ever complain about prices at Pennington's ever again. Granted they were wool, but $195 is a little steep for slacks. I ended up getting him a pair pair of dark charcoal grey pants that are close enough to black to make me happy, a pair of jeans (both on sale) a Captain America t-shirt and a belt (not on sale) but the whole lot was the same price as the one pair of dress pants. On one hand, I shudder - I've never spent so much on clothing for him, but then, I've never taken him to a men's clothing store before - usually it's Mark's or the Sear's outlet. Yikes. These better last a while.

Now I need to get the hell off the computer, go put away stuff, make dinner, wash dishes, finish the laundry and make up a nice card for the wedding tomorrow.

Somewhere in that sack of crazy, I will insert beer.



( 15 comments — Leave a comment )
Mar. 26th, 2016 03:11 am (UTC)
So, today I chose not to shop at Walmart. Doesn't mean I'll never do it again, but I'm doing my best to not give them any of my money. I think I have been in Wallmart two time. I don't like going there for the same reasons you mentioned above. Plus oldest son is big on unions and he would give me a giant hard time if I went there.

The bags look great!

Edited at 2016-03-26 03:12 am (UTC)
Mar. 27th, 2016 04:13 am (UTC)
When Walmart first opened in Canada, there wasn't one near me, so I didn't really think about it. Then one moved in close by and I went a few times - but after buying groceries there, I actually had my kids tell me I was absolutely not allowed to buy cheese or meat there. And often, I found the produce very sad looking.

So, it's off to superstore I go.
Mar. 26th, 2016 03:55 am (UTC)
See me eyeing the pretty loot bags with longing. I remember what crinkly, pretty-patterned stiff cello was like, especially if it surrounded all sorts of goodies.

I believe your kid will get lots of wear from the better quality of clothes. I know where you're coming from - I've even become allergic to shopping at Canadian Tire because whatever I buy just doesn't last. Hence my new affection for pricier Ikea.
Mar. 27th, 2016 04:15 am (UTC)
I have generally found the quality of the stuff I get the boy at Mark's to be pretty good; he did have a pair of shoes that he blew through in less than a month, but they replaced them without hesitation, so I was happy with that.
Mar. 26th, 2016 07:30 am (UTC)

I don't buy from Walmart for the same reasons. I understand when people do when they live in places where they have little choice (as Walmart has forced out local competitors with their low prices), but I'm fortunate to live somewhere I can still choose to support better retailers.

Enjoy the wedding!

Mar. 27th, 2016 04:18 am (UTC)
...but I'm fortunate to live somewhere I can still choose to support better retailer

Yeah, this exactly. There are tons of little local green grocers in my area, plus a Safeway and a superstore, so I have options for groceries.

Clothing is more complicated, but I feel good about the choice to shop elsewhere, even if it did hurt the pocketbook.
Mar. 26th, 2016 09:11 am (UTC)
"I'm doing my best to not give them any of my money."

Good for you - it's no wonder the gap between rich and poor is growing so rapidly, when so many people are underpaid.
Mar. 27th, 2016 04:21 am (UTC)
it's no wonder the gap between rich and poor is growing so rapidly, when so many people are underpaid.

I know. I've worked part-time, dead end, low wage jobs. Right now, I have a job that pays me a livable wage. I am fortunate to have the means to be able to afford to pay more for ethical reasons. Not everyone can.
Mar. 26th, 2016 12:58 pm (UTC)
Sounds like beer was needed! Boys do grow in spurts don't they? I was always having to buy a set of clothes at a time when mine were younger!
Mar. 27th, 2016 04:22 am (UTC)
Absolutely - and beer was had!

I figured he was all done with being grown out of things, but the shoes that fit at 17 no longer fit at 19. I am hoping this is the last time we have this sort of thing happen. The feet *have* to stop growing eventually!
Mar. 26th, 2016 02:05 pm (UTC)
So. Many. Bags.

I hope the kids like them.

I completely agree about Walmart, we don't have it here - but we do have their sister/child company ASDA.
Mar. 26th, 2016 03:43 pm (UTC)
Wow, that is organisation to it's best! They look great.
Mar. 26th, 2016 07:47 pm (UTC)
Your Easter bags look fantastic!

The Captain America tee is cute.
Mar. 27th, 2016 09:52 am (UTC)
I'm in my third year, I believe, of not shopping at Walmart. There's a lot of things they do that I don't support or believe in (although I'm not sure how things stack up between the American and Canadian Walmarts--I'm sure it's not much better up here) so I made a declaration to myself that I refuse to shop there any longer. I've been fortunate enough to be able to afford to shop at other places and haven't had to turn to them for anything. I don't expect other people to be in the same position, which is why they dominate the market.

I'd like to say I'll never shop there again but they're the only large multi-purpose store here now (since Target hauled ass after all the Zellers closed. :( ) so I can't make that promise. But I've been doing well so far.
Apr. 5th, 2016 08:16 pm (UTC)
Sounds like you needed that beer after all that. o.O
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