The First Time You Call Someplace Home

When you first move from one place to another, you never refer to it as home.

Not intentionally, but because it truly isn’t home to you. For the first little while, you feel like a visitor- in my case, a displaced Vancouverite who’s not really sure what she’s doing or where she’s going. Your new place feels more like a hotel, or like you’re simply crashing with a friend for a few days. It feels unfamiliar, uncomfortable, cold. You yearn for the comforts that you’ve taken for granted all these years.

You pull the blanket around you tighter and close your eyes, trying to imagine yourself at home in your own bed. You trick yourself into believing that it is, so that your mind will finally rest. Day in, day out.

When you talk to friends, you refer to your new place as “your apartment”, and when you leave work for the day, you say “I’m heading out”, rather than “I’m heading home”. These are all technically correct. It is a subconscious reflex- you can’t control it. You won’t realize it either.

The first time you call someplace home, you will surprise yourself. The taste of the word will feel strange in your mouth- like speaking a foreign language.

3 weeks in-
Roommate: “Are you on campus? I forgot my keys and I’m locked out.”
Me: “I’ll be home around 6:30.”

“Home”. You roll the word over on your tongue, trying to digest what you just said. Evaluating your comfort with the concept that a foreign place could be a home to you. You are momentarily lost in thought.

And it will happen again. And again. Until it is an automatic reflex. And only then will you take a step back and realize just how far you’ve come.

After being displaced this summer into a tiny residence and three different hotels- my point of reference of “home” has shifted again and again. And I’ve come to realize that home isn’t a place or a person- it is a feeling. Home is a feeling that you carry with you wherever you go.

And I will carry it with me again when I leave this January, and I will carry it wherever my life takes me.

Tim Hortons and Cold Stone Creamery is the Most Delicious Partnership Ever

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I think I’m a little late on this news, but a few weeks ago while commuting to work I noticed that a Tim Hortons and Cold Stone Creamery opened up on Granville Street.

In addition to making my mouth water a little, it kind of baffled me. Why would a coffee chain and an ice cream chain decide to partner up? When I go into a coffee shop, I seldom crave ice cream, and vice versa (Besides, when I eat hot and cold foods immediately after each other, my stomach hurts). I mean, I wasn’t complaining. I remember back in the day, Cold Stone was only available in the U.S, so I’m happy that it’s finally come to Canada.

I was so curious that upon arriving at work, I googled news about the partnership between the two companies. According to Bloomberg Businessweek, co-branding will “offer customers a reason to visit … locations morning, noon, and night”, because Tim Hortons drives up tons of traffic during the morning and lunch-time periods, as it offers coffee, baked goods, sandwiches and soups, and Cold Stone peaks in the afternoon and evening as a mid-day snack or after dinner dessert.

“Our intention is to fill each other’s non-peak periods with new or even repeat customers.” says David Clanachan, Tim Hortons’ Chief Operations Officer.

Some may think that because Tim Hortons’ is more of a daily convenience good that easily fits into a busy lifestyle, while Cold Stone is an indulgent treat where customers are typically not in a rush, it would not work. But these differences actually benefit the company, as they do not cannibalize each other’s products, and draw both types of customers into the store, whereas normally they would not attract the other segment into paying a visit.

I visit Tim Hortons for my morning coffee on a daily basis, but now I would be tempted to pick up a treat because it’s conveniently placed and doesn’t require any extra effort. I am excited to see where Tim Hortons and Cold Stone takes this business partnership!