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Today is a holiday in Canada.   And possibly other parts of the world like Australia and such, but I’m not entirely sure.  Because I’m drunk.

We call this holiday “Victoria Day”.  At least that’s what’s printed on our calendars. Most people refer to it as the May 2-4 (pronounced two, four) weekend, in honour of the cases of beer that are purchased, imbibed and then – among the younger crowd – thrown up over this first weekend of the summer.

Oh! And Victoria Day also happens to fall on whichever weekend is closest to May 24th. So it all works out in a perfect Canadian-like way.  24th … 2-4 … get it?  Do Americans call a case of beer a 2-4?  Just curious.

Because I’m feeling all patriotic and slurry and stuff because of this Victoria Day Weekend, I’m going to show some Sponsor-Love to my fellow Canadians who are nice enough to advertise on my site and keep things rolling around here.

Without sponsors I would be forced to drink RC Cola and shop at the 50 cent store, as opposed to the Dollar Store. And frankly, I’m klassier than that.


As you all know I love costume jewellery.   Is it still called costume jewellery?  Or was Doris Day the last person to use that term?  Regardless, I love jewellery that costs less than $100 and has huge impact.  So when I went browsing around Lost Apostle’s Etsy site, I found a few things I LOVE.  My very, very, absolute, very favourite is this …


Why yes!  It is a handful of pills hanging off a chain.  I cannot explain why I love this so much or what demented part of me needs to own it.  I just love it.  The same way I “just love”  actual pills.  Just jokin’.  Unless we’re talking about my migraine medication.  In which case, those pills and I have a bona fide love affair, complete with a 3 day honeymoon once a month.

I’m also especially fond of this … the cassette tape on a chain.  Because I remember cassettes.  Because I still have an entire cupboard filled with cassettes I refuse to get rid of.  I love you Dwight Yoakam.

Go check out the fine workings of Lost Apostle’s bronze jewellery.  I’m think you’ll like it.  Hic.



Another Canadian on my sponsor list is Nancy Zimmerman. Money Coach Extraordinaire! (She’s not a financial planner)

Here’s Nancy’s story which is partially made up and partially true. She used to live in Vancouver, which is where the idea for planning people’s money came from. She was forced to think about her own money management when (this next part might not be true) she realized she was spending $17,314 a day on candy. Nancy recently moved to the far North (Alaska or the Yukon or something) where (this next part might not be true) she advises seal skin mittens on how to manage their money.

Seriously though … the idea of not using a money coach seems kindda stupid. MOST people have no idea how to manage their money. They don’t know where to spend, where to save and how much to invest. She has clever, easy money saving tips that anyone can benefit from. If you are Donald Trump you will not benefit from Nancy’s services. If you are anyone else, you probably will.  (Nancy isn’t fond of Donald.  Neither am I for that matter so I’m sure Nancy and I would get along famously if we ever met in real life.  Unless she tried to steal my candy)

If you tooooo would like to advertise on The Art of Doing Stuff,  just shoot me an email at  If you’re lucky, I might make stuff up about you too!  You can also click here to read more about my ad sizes and rates.  I’m now scheduling ads for June, so let me know as soon as possible if you’d like in.

Now if you don’t mind, I’m going to get back to my Canadian long weekend.  Hic.

O.K.  I’m not really drunk.  Although Friday night I did walk home from the store with a case of 12 Diet Cokes in each hand.  Which would be my version of the perfect Canadian 2-4.  (Don’t worry Nancy … it was on sale)


  1. Tiffany S. says:

    You’re so hilarious! Love the necklace. PS I’ve had horrible migraines my whole life (mostly from a preservative and MSG allergy). When they got bad around my period – like so bad medication did NOTHING – my doctor had me take the birth control pill three months in a row so I only got headaches or the possibility of them 4 times a year. Seriously a game changer. Just saying. I can’t believe no one told me before that I didn’t have to have that time of the month every month.

    Ok, enuf girlie chat.

    I also agree about the money coach. We’ve had someone for a few years, and it’s made a HUGE difference. We have family members who would never have one, and they are in serious financial trouble. It’s just silly to keep your head in the sand and stay ignorant.

    That’s enuf blah blah for now. 🙂

    • Karen says:

      LOL. Thanks for the comment Tiffany, I’m just tottering off to bed and read it. For some reason I found it highly entertaining! Thanks again. ~ karen

  2. Renee says:

    No, we call it “a case of beer”, not a 2-4.
    Silly Canadians. 🙂

  3. CJ says:

    Nope non-holiday day in Australia. Never heard of a case of beer referred to as a 2-4 either. Still we do have lots of holidays and slabs (cases) of beer with 30 cans in them so can’t complain…

    Meanwhile, I just bought a cheap $429 ikea leather couch because we’ve never had a leather couch and we’d like a leather couch but we also have a cat.

    A cat who has a bit of a feather and leather fetish. Not to mention, she also has, as cats should, claws.

    So this will be our trial couch. We have bought a trial couch… To see if a leather couch will get along with our cat… So that I won’t cry if it gets a whole eaten in the corner of a cushion or if the inevitable scratches are ridiculously horrible to live with.

    I can’t imagine what a money coach would say about needing a cat trial couch…

    • Bill Grigg says:

      30 cans? As long as it’s Victoria Bitter and not Fosters!

      My cat loves my leather couch. She doesn’t chew on it, but there are claw marks along the front edge from where she’s had to dig in to haul her ever-expanding bulk onto the cushion. Luckily I think leather couches should look beat up!

      • CJ says:

        There’s only one kind (I think) that has 30 cans – I think it’s tooheys but I could be wrong. I just ask the drive-thru guy for the mid strength 30 can one when I visit my Dad. I’m sure he thinks he’s getting a good deal but I don’t know whether that’s based on the per unit cost, the fact that a carton should technically last longer or whether he gets to drink a greater volume while still only buying one carton a week…

        I think beat up leather looks good too and we don’t have to worry so much about bulk being pulled up onto the couch (love the visual there) more about her springing off and over it while at lightening speed, misjudging and sliding down the back. Plus after having her chew the piping and corners on the cushions of the fabric couch, a couple of leather handbag straps and so forth, I’m just going to cross my fingers and liberally coat the edges in wound guard 🙂

        • Teresa says:

          Sounds like you need Soft Claws. Much cheaper than trial couches. But, of course, you can’t send your cat outside to play if their defenses are compromised.

  4. Angeline says:

    Thanks for the Victoria Day info – I’m off to ask for a 2-4 at our Wisconsin WalMart…

  5. Rachel says:

    i LOVE canadians!!! we call a case of beer “a case of beer.” 2-4 is much more exciting. have a fun holiday!!

  6. terry says:

    I always love your posts but feel compelled to comment today because you’re outnumbered on the 2-4 count. I am also Canadian and so of course call a case of beer a 2-4 and just explained this entire idea, complete with holiday info, to an American friend of mine too. Makes me giggle. (I am actually a wine drinker but please don’t tell the rest of the country that, I’m always afraid they’ll kick me out or something).

  7. kristin says:

    How interesting. We in Alberta don’t call it May 2-4 and we don’t refer to cases of beer as 2-4’s either. Here it’s called May Long and a case of beer is a case of beer. Not all “silly” Canadians are the same.

  8. Kim says:

    Hi Karen,
    Yes here in southwestern Ontario we call it May 2-4 weekend. I do believe people around here purchase more than their share of 2-4’s. They have called it that as long as I can remember. I live in a small town and people buy 2-4’s and leisurely paddle down the river. It is an annual occurrence. What ever it is is called elsewhere have a great “May 2-4”.

  9. Bill Grigg says:

    Not all Canadians call a case of beer a 2-4, only the 24 pack cases of cans get called that, and they are more popular in Ontario and Quebec. Another amusing numerical Canadian euphemism for alcohol is “Forty Pounder”, as in “pass the forty pounder of Rye”.

    Victoria Day, May 24th or May Long Weekend, are all referring to the third Monday of May being a civic holiday in Canada. Historically, it was based on Queen Victoria’s birthday, though it seems odd to celebrate the birth of a person who died 110 years ago!

  10. joanne says:

    Around here, in a semi-hillbilly section of NYC, we call it a case. but I think I’ll try to get two-fer to catch on this next weekend, when we traditionally purchase a case per person. Y’know, so there are multiple options…. and to get the summer started off right.

    Of course, if it never stops raining, we will never get to the point of switching from hard alcohol to the more appropriate summer beverage (beer).

    Do you Canadians also get the so appropriately named Bank Holidays (“first of May, First of April, First of June, etc) that England and Ireland seem to always have? So clever to just call it what it is…. why worry about a proper name like Independence Day when you can call it July 4?

  11. Robin says:

    The 24th of May
    is the Queen’s birthday
    and if we don’t have a holiday
    we’ll all run away.

    and Bill, at my Toronto beer store (formerly Brewer’s Retail), a 2-4 means bottles.

    • Karen says:

      Robin – Yes. I refer to bottles as 2-4’s as well. ~ k!

    • Bill Grigg says:

      Hmmm, I’ll have to look, but I don’t think my local store carries anything in bottles over 18. I’ve only seen cans sold like that. I typically drink Scotch, which comes in cases of one!

      Another way the East rips off the West! 😀

  12. Oona says:

    I bought the Lost Apostle Tribal Skull Bracelet and I love it! It’s nice and hefty and the craftsmanship is beautiful! Now I want the Flying Bomb Pendant, and the Flying Pig, and the Flying Heart, and the Key, and the Raven Skull, and the Angel Wing, and the Teddy Bear Skull… Thanks a heap Karen.

  13. Karen J says:

    Who would’ve thought that a ‘2-4’ would solicit such discussion?:)
    Another silly Canadian ‘thing’ (so I was told once) is that we crush crackers into our soup. Who doesn’t do that?

  14. Julie shinnick says:

    It’s amazing what beer and holidays do to people! lol

    Yep here in Australia we have our next holiday in June, just called

    ‘Queen’s birthday’ …..even though it is not her birthday……

    but we also love love love our public holidays here….. just not so much in the winter! oh….forgot….. shouldn’t complain about winter to a Canadian! Thinking of the new guys about to join our lacrosse team…an American and a Canadian….they must love their lacrosse….giving up their summer to join in our winter!

    gee beer has sent us off on a tangent! suprise! hic

  15. I hope you enjoyed your VD………

    Those cassette tapes are hilarious! Happy sponser shopping to you!


  16. Kiddlebug says:

    A 2-4 is a case of 24 bottles or cans. I should poll my family and friends from coast to coast and see if it is any different across the country. (Like hoodies and bunny hugs…)

    I hope you enjoyed your May long!

  17. I love this shop! Thanks so much for bringing it to my attention!

  18. sherri says:

    we have always called May 24th -May two four, but then again I am from Ottawa.
    A case of beer is called a two four- seriously, what else could it be??
    Except if you are from the west coast where a two four is called a crate.
    Threw me for a loop too.

  19. Chelsea says:

    I have never heard of “2-4″…although I am all the way down in sunny Florida…we just typically call it a case. I didn’t even think it was a holiday anywhere! I just thought it was a plain tuesday.
    You Canadians are just fillin me up with knowledge today.

  20. Dominique says:

    I’m from Québec and the french version of a 2-4 is a “vingt-quatre” a twenty-four. Not a case of beer 😀

  21. Samantha says:

    Thanks for bringing the Lost Apostle shop to my attention Karen, his stuff is really beautiful! Great craftsmanship too (and great sense of humour) :).

  22. janet says:

    jewel ry.
    no: jewellery. no.
    ok i feel better now.

    • Karen says:

      Janet – And the second I move to America I will spell it that way. So for now … jewel lery. Jewellery. no: jewelry. no. O.K. I feel better now. ~ karen

  23. Hey Karen – belated thanks for the ShoutOut 🙂

    @Tiffany glad to hear you use a coach and that it’s made a difference!

    @CJ Even this money coach understands that there is no rhyme nor reason when it comes to our pets (I have two daschunds) so no judgment whatsover re: the Trial Couch! 😉

  24. Linda says:

    Love that pill necklace. It’s totally me.

  25. mert says:

    Funny– for some reason the pill jewelry ( or jewellery) and the ‘sponsor’ reference made me think you were in AA (Alcoholics Anonymous). I was intrigued.

    Anyway, I’m enjoying wandering around your site. Found you via Pinterest– the glowing orbs. (which I’m going to attempt!)

    • Karen says:

      Nice to meet you mert. I don’t drink but it isn’t because I’m an alcoholic. I’m just not very good at it. ~ karen

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