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.