Home Made Sushi

Since we eat sushi out a little too frequently, we decided to try and make some ourselves. Starting with Avocado Cucumber Rolls! Next time I will talk my way into shrimp.

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Out West Bucket List

1) Go to Banff (Bonus Find Moose/Squirrel Intersection – to satisfy the supernatural fangirl in me)
2) Go to Lake Louise
3) Go to the Calgary Stampede
4) Go to the Glenbow Museum
5) Go to the Capilano Suspension Bridge
6) Vancouver Island to see the trees
7) Johnston Canyon
8) Go up the Calgary Tower

PLEASE LEAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS FOR PLACES TO GO OUT WEST!

Stage 2 – Booking Travels

There are a few standard ways to get from Point A to Point B – driving, taking the Train/Bus, or flying. The decision was pretty simple for us, neither of us drive so that was out of the question, and the train only runs from Toronto to Edmonton (though this would have been a really nice way to see the country). Which left us with the decision between spending 2 days crammed on a bus or taking a 4.5 hour flight on a plane. Decision made, we searched for the cheapest flights we could from Toronto to Calgary over a 3 day period and came up with the 28th of February. Which leaves us spending one night in a hotel and with one day to scope out the land and just about enough time to find a good sushi place.

As neither one of us drives, we were left with a new task: we had to come up with a way to get our stuff across the country (because we decided against selling it all and just going with our clothes). Once again there was a number of options for moving companies, and even websites that would contact multiple companies for you. Once we had all these quotes and were sifting through them, we received another email – warning us about almost every single company on our list. So again we endeavored to find a way to move our stuff ourselves, without having to drive our stuff ourselves. Somehow we found this magical option in the form of a UBox – a personal shipping container from Uhaul. The box will be unloaded on your driveway and picked up again once you fill it and shipped to your destination where you can choose to unload it yourself or hire a company through Uhaul to unload it for you. Normally I would be all over the unloading it myself to save some money, but in the grand scheme of things we decided that it would be best to have some help.

Now that the travel plans are set the next thing we have to do is actually begin to pack. The time for procrastination is OVER.

Stage 1 – Collecting Cardboard Boxes

I will be the first one to admit that I do not have any real authority to be giving advice on moving. Sure, I moved my bedroom from one apartment to another and back home again after school was over, but really it was nowhere near the great cross country escapade that I am about to take on.

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One thing I am a horrible pack-rat for is cardboard boxes. I moved into my boyfriend’s apartment with a great many of them and then proceeded to store them in the furnace room because we would be moving again sometime within the next year. However, my pack-rat tendencies did not save me enough boxes to move both my stuff and my boyfriend’s stuff… which I suppose is now called “our stuff”. So, it is time to start collecting cardboard boxes again. A simple enough since I work in a grocery store surrounded by  vast quantities of them. The plus side to collecting: You don’t have to buy boxes to move. The down side: If you are like me and cannot seem to leave anything un-assembled, you end up with a massive stack of boxes laying around.

Now there is one exciting plus side to packing… I got to buy pretty new giant sharpies and multi-coloured tape for easy box labeling – it even has the room name on it!15965301_10154737610361223_1675762950526057807_n