Insurance Done Right — How to Protect the People You Care About WITHOUT Selling the Farm!

It finally happened, Toronto. We thought we could dodge it and the good times would last forever. People strolled around in the middle of December with their coats wide open, not caring that the calendar marked toboggan season. I saw people still mowing their lawns in late November—a time of the year where everyone’s usually salting their walkways so they don’t slip and break their necks. No—snow’s hit Toronto, and it’s here with a vengeance.

But it could be worse—at least we have some idea of what to do when the world freezes over. Bundle up. Get winter tires on your car. Stock up on groceries just in case the weather gets bad. We do all we can to make it through winter, but is anyone making winter easier for you?

Let’s be real—winter takes its toll. Salt and snow do a number on your car, you need extra nutrition so you don’t catch cold… there are extra costs we need to pay to make it through this season, and it’s not like anyone’s paying us more to help out.

Good thing there are ways for us to pay less.

Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you to Esurance, an online insurance provider that can protect your interests and save you money!

DO ALL THE THINGS: Monthly Wrap-Up — The February Freeze

As I stood outside, chipping away at our icy walkway with a spade borrowed from our in-laws (because remember, our garage is still frozen shut from the ice storms), I suddenly recalled that February started with a surprise visit from my parents.

This… is pretty much what I looked like on February 1st.

Having missed out on seeing DoomzToo for the entire month of January, they came to Casa de Palmer to see a scruffy Casey Palmer in his house clothes, a relaxing weekend planned with his family and sister-in-law, who was visiting from Ottawa.

Lesson learned — always dress like you’re ready for anything.

Regardless, another month’s come and gone, much of it spent seeking refuge from the harsh Canadian winters we face each February. Many of my Canadian peers likely read this with disdain — after all, what does Toronto know about the cold? — but while we don’t share the massive snowfalls or the extensive swaths of black ice you endure while commuting to your destinations, we too know freezing winds that chill you to the bone. We too know the misery of days all too short, sun blotted out by snow, hail and all manner of projectile falling from above to ruin our days.

In short, fellow Canadians, we know your feel.

#100HappyDays — Day 3 — Google Gloves

Once upon a time, I went to a Toronto Travel Massive event at the Google Canada headquarters, and at the end of the session, they gave away Expedia flip-flops and Google touchscreen gloves.

10 months later, and after having my fingers freeze outside a couple of times with not-as-awesome iGloves, I was happy to find these when searching for a wayward USB key 🙂

I never did find the USB key, but at least I could play Ingress on my phone without my fingers trying to disown the rest of my body!

#100HappyDays Day 3/100!

–case p.

 

The Lords of Winter — A Buytopia Skiing/Snowboarding Deal at Skyloft

2006 was a simpler time with whiter snow, colder winters and a serious need for adrenaline!

It’s -14°C outside, feeling like -21 with windchill. To everyone who’d complained that we weren’t getting a white Christmas, I hope you’re happy now.

It’s been ages since I’ve gone skiing (February 21, 2006 to be precise). I remember the last time I was on the slopes — barely knew what I was doing, but hitting hills because I could (and not doing a very good job of it). Winter sports have never been my forte, but when in Rome….

There’s No Business Like SNOW Business!

I’ve never been a fan of winter.

My parents always say that being born in Canada, I’d be used to the cold by now — but come on. I have my parents’ West Indian genes and the blood of someone who loves the heat flowing through his veins — how’re the cold and I gonna be friends?

To be honest, I’m probably the worst Canadian ever. I don’t follow hockey. I don’t drink Tim Horton’s coffee. And anything that has to do with water (frozen or not) that’s not a shower? Fuhgeddaboutit!

But where I see the snow and cold outside and think of it as a pain in the ass, I know there’re friends of mine who look at it and see opportunity. The friends who run straight to their sleds and toboggans (which I, too, hope to check off my list), or even better — to their skis and snowboards.

If You Like Going Down Hills of Snow at Ridiculous Speeds, DO I HAVE A PROPOSITION FOR YOU!!!

Having fun on the slopes doesn’t come cheap, though! If you go without your own equipment, there’s rental fees, the cost of a day pass, the change to use the ski lift, and heaven help you if you need to grab a meal or stay overnight!

Buytopia’s made the entire process a little easier, though, in a recent offering of a cheap deal where you can pay $45 for a Day Lift Pass and equipment rental, or $59 for a Day and Night Lift Pass with equipment rental at Skyloft up in Uxbridge, ON. An hour northeast of Toronto, Skyloft Ski Resort markets itself as the “best ski resort” with “the highest elevation in the area” — with only a short distance from the big city and these kinds of prices, how could you go wrong?

So if you want to go skiing, better do it soon — global warming waits for no one, the winters ain’t as cold as they used to be, and you only have a couple of days to take advantage of this deal at Buytopia, so if moving down hills of snow at ridiculous speeds is your thing, get off your butt and go save some money!

Go scope some slopes!

–case p.

[Disclosure: I wrote this post as a member of the Buytopia.ca Inner Circle, where we try goods and services before blogging about them and earn affiliate percentages for successful sales. But I’m honest and will never write a dishonest review for the sake of money — without integrity, we have nothing.]