I have been a little testy today, so something that happened earlier really just set my kettle boiling. There is a woman here in town who loves to bash the Northern publically whenever she can. Too high of prices, taking advantage of poor aboriginal people, wonk, wonk wonk. Most of the time, I can just laugh it off and let it go. For those of you who don't know, my husband is the manager of the Northern store here in town. We are a small Metis community where the Northern is the main source of groceries and large ticket items. The next place you can go to shop (and we are fortunate as a lot of Northern stores are in Fly in communities where you do not have the option to drive) is 2.5 hours away. Yes, the prices at the Northern are high. A lot of it is shipping costs. You can blame one or another, but at the end of the day, it's a business. If you don't like it, don't shop there. Spend 5 hours round trip to buy cheese 2.00 cheaper. The part that bothers me the most is that I see this woman in this store ALL the time. Either don't shop there, or shut up about it. The Northern does a lot of good in communities also, but no one seems to recognize that. The Northern raises MILLIONS of dollars for the Canadian Diabetes Association. Rob donates constantly to functions around town, more than he should sometimes. The Northern is also a job to a staff of 15, who otherwise wouldn't be working. Grrr.
But now for some amazingly amazing news. Rob has been selected to participate in a marathon this December for the Canadian Diabetes Association in.. wait for it.... THE CAYMAN ISLANDS. Bastard!! I'm very proud of him. He has a fundraising goal of $4000.00, because whatever he raises the Northwest Company will MATCH dollar for dollar! So we are both on a very serious weight loss / exercise regime. Which I suppose is why I'm soo testy today. Sugar withdraw is a BITCH!