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11 Mar, 2019

One dress, thirty days: ski day (!) and cost per wear

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Challenge me, challenge you|Ottawa

It’s Monday and I’m having trouble coming making the adjustment after our jam-packed weekend. The highlight of which was a glorious ski along the SJAM Winter Trail from Westboro Beach to Mill Street Brew Pub. I think it’s 14K. Mark and I have never skied so far and I’m so pleased we did it. I tell ya, it really helps to have a goal (read: a veggie burger and a pint) as well as pretty views along the way.

Would you look at these tracks:

Perfect day to XC ski in Ottawa

It was very hard to leave the rest stop pictured in this next photo. Whoever thought to put a bunch of Muskoka chairs around a fire pit out here is a genius. (It’s near Remic Rapids by the way, and operates on weekends.) Not pictured: the fat bike rental station. Cool eh?

NCC rest stop in Remic Rapids sector of the SJAM Winter Trail

I am pretty sure I could angels singing when we arrived at Mill Street Brew Pub. I was SO DONE.

Mill Street Brew Pup Ottawa

Also worth noting, the impromptu ski parking:

Impromptu ski parking at Mill Street

My veggie burger never tasted so good:

Late lunch at Mill Street Brew Pub. Veggie burger and salad for me! Plus beer.

With thoughts turning toward the trip home I was a tiny bit worried about the pint of beer I ordered. There is only one outhouse along the entire SJAM (unless you count the Canadian War Museum). Would I have to pee en route home? Turns out I had nothing to worry about because I just sweated everything out. (If that’s TMI, I apologize.)

Full belly, fresh air, sunshine, gorgeous views… all in the company of my best guy. It doesn’t get much better than this:

Homeward bound on the SJAM winter trail

And yes, I wore The Dress.


Grinning like a crazy person because it was all so beautiful

I knew it was a little bit crazy, but I wanted to illustrate that it can be done. I have no regrets. You can see it under my coat there.

So today is Day 17 of The Dress and I’ve been thinking more about the cost per wear. Does it ever figure into your clothing purchases? It’s something I talk about in the book about our Shopping Embargo. I’m a big fan. And I am pleased the cost per wear of this dress, which was a fair price to begin with, gets lower every day.

Consider this: If I buy a classic black cardigan for $100 and wear it 100 times, the cost-per-wear is $1.00. If I buy a dress on sale for $75 and wear it out twice, the cost-per-wear is $37.50. The black cardigan – even though it was more expensive to begin with – is the better value. My dress was $120 and if I wear it 30 times I’ll get the cost-per-wear down to $4. I’d call that a win.

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