The big news is that Murray and I purchased plane tickets yesterday for a whirlwind tour of our continent's extremes. In June, we'll be going up to Timmins so that Murray can see where I grew up, and then we'll head straight to Texas for Murray's brother Steve's wedding.
In Timmins, I'll take Murray on a culinary tour of the best the city has to offer. We'll eat poutine from Chez Nous, Poutine Land, lasagna from Toffanello's, pizza from Don's Pizzeria (the King of Pizza), and pickerel at the Fish Bowl.
In Texas, Murray will take me on a culinary tour of food found only in Texas, as he experienced on his mission. I know that some sort of peach drink will be involved, and possibly southern barbecue.
The great news is that we got all the tickets for $750 total. Not shabby, if I do say so myself. Are you planning a trip soon? Take advantage of Southwest's nationwide sale going on right now, but be quick. It's the third day of the sale, and Murray and I already bought the last $99 fare from Salt Lake to Buffalo yesterday. They're selling fast!
Now I'd like to direct your attention here briefly to household beauty products. Have you ever bought a product you loved, only to buy it again and find it has a different odor? I'm experiencing that problem right now. For over a year, I had the itchiest legs on earth, due to eczema. I even went to a doctor for help, but when she prescribed a one-ounce bottle of cream, I realized that she didn't understand that the itchiness covered my entire legs and was beyond tolerable. Then I discovered Aveeno's wonderful moisturizing lotion. It smells like menthol, but not too bad, and it was very nice and soothing when I put it on. In fact, in about a week of putting it on morning and night, my itchy legs were pretty much cured. The itchiness only comes back when I'm not good about moisturizing now.
So I went through a whole bottle. And this week, I bought a new bottle. Of the exact same stuff. But now, instead of the menthol scent, it smells like must and mold. It's gross. I kept smelling it on myself all morning. I'll be the first to admit that menthol isn't the most sexy smell out there, but it sure beats what I smell like right now. I'm ashamed to be out in public. Why do I buy the same product and get a different smell?
The same applies to Design Line hair products. I bought some volumizing stuff from my mall hairdresser and it smelled great---just a subtle smell. The next time I bought some, it smelled like musty mold. What is with the musty mold scent that is popular these days? It's okay, though. My volumizing root boost, also from Design Line, that I use with the other product, smells like Pinesol, so at least no one smells the mold.
I'm afraid that people will think I'm decaying, when really it's just my beauty products.