Thursday, October 20, 2005

Never try to make a fondue dinner and send a package in the same day

In my on-going quest to use all my wedding-gift appliances, I decided that tonight was the night for a fondue dinner. Yes, it was going to be a great day. I just had two little errands to run:

1. Mail a framed 8x10 family wedding photo to my grandmother in Montréal
2. Buy all the stuff I need to make a delicious fondue dinner, including fuel.

Here are some factors which transformed my great day, with easy errands, into a sucky day, with not-so-easy errands:
  • Longo's does not carry fondue fuel
  • No Frills only carries liquid fondue fuel, not the gel kind that I needed.
  • None of the three variety stores near my house carries fondue fuel. Although it was pretty funny trying to explain what it was. Go into a convenience store and try to ask for fondue fuel. I dare you. It's hillarious.
  • At the UPS store near Longo's, it costs $36 to pack a frame the size I have into a box in such a way that it doesn't break.
  • Plus $27 for shipping to Montréal.
  • The woman at the Post Office has 26 years experience so she knows she doesn't sell anything that will protect a picture frame from breaking while in the mail.
  • One package of sponges, bought at the No Frills plaza, is not good enough to package the frame. You need 3 more.
  • It takes 5 minutes to walk from my apartment to the Post Office.
  • It takes 15 minutes to walk from the Post Office to No Frills and back.
  • The Post Office closes at 5pm
  • Longo's and the UPS store is 20 minutes walk from my apartment in the other direction.
  • I don't have a car.
  • I never did mail the picture frame.
  • The cheese fondue burned.


~Becca~ said...

We have a rediculous amount of fondue pots, let us know and we will have a fondue night . We could have, cheese, hot oil, hot soup, and for desert Chocolate... All in one night :)

a "Fun"due party

Superhappyjen said...

That sounds nice. Now that we have fuel.

Anonymous said...

your a trooper

dont worry
even tho the cheese burned it was good!

Amber said...

Aww man, that sounds like an unhappy day. Chin up, and keep moving along. Funny story with an unfortunate ending, so sad when that happens!

Carol said...

Hey Jen, that sucks! I get so pissed when the simplest of tasks takes an age to complete or not even get completed because of stupid little things. :( Hope your night got better... Just remember though how much more personal snail mail and fondue is compared with e-mail and take-out. :)
~ Carol ~

P.S. Only 12 more sleeps 'til my Wedding Day!!!

Carol said...

You know, I meant to say...

On Sunday I had planned to finish making t-shirts for my bridesmaids. Like you I thought this a simple job (buy t-shirts, print transfers and iron on!) Simple? Noooooo... Trailed round a billion shops, couldn't find t-shirts and when I did (super extra huge large ones), the transfers burnt on 'cos the iron was so hot from waiting for the printer to actually print! :( So I know how you feel girlie... :)

Oh btw, what type of flowers did you have in your bouquet? ;)

zydeco fish said...

This posts reminds me why we should all have personal shoppers or assistants.

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