Fear not, dear friends! I had a few very kind offers from friends and co-workers in the area for some company over the holidays but the best offer so far has been to head over to Regina and spend it with my Aunt and Uncle and their 4 cool kiddos (shout out!). So maaaaaybe I spoke to soon about where my money would be going but perhaps not. Tickets are still pricey at about $800 (if I’m lucky) to do the Regina thing by air so my cheap cheap heart has been considering a $166 greyhound ticket. I thought my bussin’ days were behind me but that saved $600 could go to new shoes…..or my loans. So looks like I’ll probably be packing some good books and my ipod and hunkering down for a long winter’s nap in a chair covered in stained 80s fabric.
I’ll (not) Be Home for Christmas
See what I did there? Clever, eh? Even if the sentence becomes a slightly Brit way of saying things. Moving way out here I had known that not going home with my family for the holidays would be a possibility this year with me being the noob at work I was not expecting first dibs on vacation time. And I was right. But not even that – this year we get 4 days off in a row due to when Christmas falls. Knowing this I decided to at least TRY to get home. This time it was the airlines that crushed my dreams. Thank you Westjet and Air Canada for a lonely Christmas due to your greed. To get my sorry butt to my parents’s house for the big day was going to run me around $1700! Yep, you read that right. To fly in my OWN COUNTRY. Let me remind you that it cost me less to fly to Nairobi, Kenya just this summer. Add to that kidney-punch of a price the flights are at the most inconvenient times giving me barely 48 hours with the famjam. Let’s break that down: 1700/48 = $35.42 per hour to hang out with my family. If you include time wasted sleeping then it gets up to about $65/hour. After a realistic and very adult conversation with my mother on the phone tonight we mutually agreed that, while sad, we would not be lining neither Air Ebeneezer’s nor ScroogeJet’s coffers this season.