Friday, 19 January 2018

Ipsy Glam Bags - January 2018

My January Ipsy Glam Bag arrived today.
  • 4 to 5 beauty products in a collectible makeup bag 
  • Monthly videos showing you how to get the Look 
  • Win free products in contests and giveaways

Subscriptions are $10US a month or $110US for a year.  Shipping is free in the U.S. and $4.95US per month to Canada.

Total value: $55.44US (without the make-up bag)

I got two bags this month.  I took over my sister's subscription until it runs out.

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Swiss Chalet Rotisserie & Grill, Sudbury, ON

I had lunch today at Swiss Chalet (the Barrydowne Road location).

I ordered the half chicken dinner with corn as my side.  I usually order mashed potatoes but went with the corn today because I'm now on Weight Watchers and corn is zero points (mashed potatoes are five points).  The corn wasn't great but it was okay ... though it was hot, it seemed like it was previously frozen and sitting around for a while.  The chicken was good.  My entire meal was just seven points (no skin).  I'd get it again.

Brittany was my server.  She was pleasant and took good care of me.

Swiss Chalet Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Best Western Downtown Sudbury Centreville, Sudbury, ON

I spent last night at the Best Western in Sudbury.

Here was my room ...

The bed was comfy

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Book ~ "Tin Men" (2018) Mike Knowles

From Goodreads ~ Woody was working on getting high when the phone rang. Dennis was on a date - it was a date he paid for, but a date all the same. Os had blood on his hands from a little extracurricular law enforcement. All three men picked up their phones because they were cops and cops are never really off-duty - not even when they’re crooked.

Detective Julie Owen was savagely killed in her own bed and the unborn child she was carrying is nowhere to be found. The grisly crime has the brass breathing down the necks of the three detectives tasked with finding Julie’s killer. Woody, Dennis and Os each shared a bond with Julie that went deeper than the blue of their uniforms and have their own reasons to want to find the person responsible for her murder. Secrets drive the investigation - secrets that need to stay buried long enough to solve the case.

Woody, Dennis and Os are police detectives in Hamilton, ON.  Each has their own issues.  Woody is dealing with his personal grief by becoming a junkie.  Dennis pays for female companionship who have extra parts.  Os is big and angry and has his own way of bringing criminals to justice.

A fellow police officer is found brutally murdered in her own bed.  She was pregnant and her unborn child is missing.  Partners Woody and Os are assigned to the case, as is Dennis.  No one likes Dennis but he has a knack for solving crimes quickly.  Their boss is putting pressure on them to get this crime solved quickly which adds to the tension they are already feeling.  They go off investigating this case using their own styles.

This is the sixth book I've read by this author, the first other than his Wilson series (which I like).  It's written in third person perspective with a focus on wherever the action is.  I liked the writing style ... it was blunt and to the point.  As a head's up, there is swearing and violence.  Initially I found Woody, Dennis and Os unlikable but became more sympathetic towards them as I got to know them better.

I'd recommend this book.

Monday, 15 January 2018

Book ~ "M is for Malice" (1996) Sue Grafton

From Goodreads ~ "M" is for money. Lots of it. 

"M" is for Malek Construction, the $40 million company that grew out of modest soil to become one of the big three in California construction, one of the few still in family hands.

"M" is for the Malek family: four sons now nearing middle age who stand to inherit a fortune - four men with very different outlooks, temperaments and needs, linked only by blood and money. Eighteen years ago, one of them - angry, troubled and in trouble - went missing.

"M" is for Millhone, hired to trace that missing black sheep brother.

"M" is for memories, none of them happy. The bitter memories of an embattled family. This prodigal son will find no welcome at his family's table. 

"M" is for malice.

And in brutal consequence, "M" is for murder, the all-too-common outcome of familial hatreds.

"M" is for malice . . . and malice kills.

It's 1986 and Kinsey Millhone is a private detective in Santa Teresa, CA, in her mid-thirties.  Her cousin, Tasha, who is a lawyer, hires her to find an heir of the wealthy Malek family.  When Bader Malek died, everyone assumed his $40 million estate would be split between his three sons Donovan, Bennet and Jack ... but the will also names his disinherited son, Guy.  Guy was the black sheep of the family who had left home almost 20 years ago and hasn't been seen nor heard of since.   Kinsey is able to locate Guy, who comes back to the family home hoping for a happy reunion, but she is soon sorry that she had.

I liked this story and thought the reveal of the whodunnit at the end had a nice twist.  The book shows a more emotional side of Kinsey with her interactions with Tasha (who she meets for the first time in this book), the return of her former love, Robert Dietz, and finally dealing with the grief of the deaths of her parents and her aunt years ago.  It's written in first person perspective in Kinsey's voice.  As a head's up, there is swearing.

This is the thirteenth in the "alphabet series" featuring Kinsey Millhone.  Though it is part of a series, it works as a stand alone.  I discovered this series in the mid-1990s and have read them all.  I started rereading them this year.  With the author's recent death, Y is for Yesterday will be the end of the series.

Topbox - January 2018

My January Topbox arrived today.

For only $12 a month, you will receive a Topbox with 4 carefully selected, indulgent, beauty products. Then test the products in the comfort of your own home.

Here's what I received ...

Total value = $37.80 value

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Knitted scarf

I finished knitting a scarf tonight using Bernat blanket yarn ("Sweet & Sour").

I knitted each row (garter stitch).

The skein is 300 grams/10.5 ounces and I used a 6.5 round needle.  I kept knitting until I ran out of yarn and the scarf ended up about seven feet.  It's soft and thick and warm!

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Monster Jam, Rogers Centre, Toronto, ON

Gord and I went to Monster Jam this evening at the Rogers Centre.  We went the last two years.  It's LOUD and a lot of fun and we looked forward to going again this year.

Our seats were in the first row.  There was a huge crowd with lots of kids.

There were three competitions.  The first was the head-to-head racing.  Competitors report to a starting line. On a green signal, the trucks head along a prescribed course to a finish line with first to legally complete the course advancing in competition. Winners advance until two trucks remain with the finals determining the racing champion.  The winner was Son-Uva Digger driven by Ryan Anderson.  Here are the trucks ready to go.

The official let them know when it was time to go.

The second competition was the two-wheel skills challenge.  Drivers have multiple opportunities to perform the best stunt, bringing at least two wheels into the air.  This is a judged competition.  The winner was Mad Scientist driven by Lee O'Donnell.