Bullseye!

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I finally hit Target! Ok, maybe a slight exaggeration of time, but Target has been open for about 2 months and I just went.

My love affair with Target started about 10 years ago when my sister moved into the Seattle area. Whenever I would visit her, we would make sure that I got a quick trip to Target. There was no store like it in Canada. Yes, we had Zellers, but it didn’t have the unique products or the “fun” experience that Target provided.

Since then, any trip south of the border, had to include a trip to Target.

Yesterday, I visited the store in North Delta and found it to be bright, clean and quiet! There was hardly anyone there on a Saturday afternoon…hmm…

After shopping around, I think they definitely could use more stock in most of their departments. But that didn’t stop me from getting a few things for me and the kids.

Until my next time and I know there will be one…

4th of July Identity Crisis

Happy 4th of July!

I am a Canadian living in the U.S. for the past 13 years. I hold Permanent Resident status in the U.S. and have not yet applied for citizenship. Not sure I will. Not sure I need to. Yes, I would like to be able to vote but is that reason enough? Most Americans would say yes. I have a feeling most Canadians would say “Don’t do it!”

The other day someone asked me what I would say if asked my citizenship. I’m sure the look on my face suggested they were an idiot. Canadian. I am a Canadian citizen until I am not. If ever I’m not.

They then asked if I felt more Canadian or American. That one was more difficult to answer. I don’t really feel either. I’m disconnected from Canada in most ways. ┬áMy family still lives there but my daughters are American. I’m not sure what’s happening in government (though, to be fair, ┬ásometimes I’m not sure what’s happening in U.S. government either).

I travel with a Canadian passport and my green card…trust me, I’ll never make the mistake of leaving that at home again.

I love the reputation Canada has for its beauty and “nice” people. I brag about some products you can only get in Canada and how some things made in Canada taste better. Oreo cookies for instance.

I still laugh at Americans who think Canadians live in the land of ice and snow, barely have electricity and have not seen a high-rise. These people still exist. Ignorance isn’t limited to Americans, however, because in Canada there are still people who think all Americans are arrogant.

The 4th of July is so important to Americans. Perhaps because I’m stuck in the middle it doesn’t mean as much to me. I like a good BBQ and fireworks as much as the next person and the Star Spangled Banner gives me goosebumps but I don’t feel the same pride Americans have in their country. I couldn’t possibly. It is hard to explain. They are fiercely proud. And while that is true, I still stand and sing the anthem as if it were my own.

Canadians are proud but much more humble about it.

I feel tied to the U.S. for a number of reasons. My daughters were born here and are truly American. No matter how much I’ve tried I can’t get them to say pasta correctly. It’s pahhh-sta. Drives me crazy.

I began my married life, my divorced life and my dating after divorce life all here. I’ve worked here and not worked here. I’ve lived in two different states and discovered a fondness for several others.

To say I’m a proud Canadian who is proud to live in the U.S. may sound confusing but that’s what it boils down to.

Team Canada vs. Team USA at an Olympic hockey game would really stress me out.

Hope everyone has a happy and safe 4th of July!

Happy Canada Day!

Although our neighbors south of the border tend to be known for their celebratory nature, we Canadians bring out the spirit when we need to.

Today, being Canada Day is one of those days.

Fireworks, parades, flag waving – you name, you will find it anywhere across Canada Day.

I bought my kids Canada Day t-shirts (a first) and we are going to watch a parade (another first). We probably won’t stay up for the fireworks, but I think we will have had enough spirit by then.

Happy Birthday Canada!

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Better Late Than Never…

So, depending on how far back you’ve read, you may or may not know that there are two of us writing this blog. We are sisters, one living in Canada and one in the U.S. I am not the organized one. I am the one who excels in procrastination.

While late to the party, I am happy to have finally figured out how to make a separate identity for myself on our blog so you can tell which sister is writing what. I am the U.S. sister. I am the single mom sister. The younger sister with the older children. I am the one lucky to have a sister like her.

Nice to meet you.

Happy Victoria Day!

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Happy Victoria Day? What, another stat holiday ? Yes, here in Canada, the last Monday before May 25th is a holiday. It’s the day that we are to celebrate Queen Victoria’s birthday, it’s a day off work and school, and it’s the early lead in to summer vacation!

Which leads me to talk about holidays. In particular, statutory holidays. Here in British Columbia, we have 10 statutory holidays every year. And we take them. But there are a couple extra days as well. In some cases, like Easter Monday, mainly government and small businesses will get the day off. On Boxing Day, only those working in retail stores will be at work. The rest of us are at home enjoying the leftover turkey. Essentially, that gives a lot of Canadians 12 extra days per year.

From what I researched, the United States has approximately 10 public days per year. Close to the same, but when I speak with my sister, it sometimes seems like we have more time off here in Canada. Do we like them more? From her perspective, as a Canadian living in the US, don’t ask her how she feels about working on Boxing Day!

No matter how many days you have, spend them doing what makes you happy!