Friday, 21 September 2018

Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Guelph, ON

I have seminars to conduct at a client's site in Guelph starting at 7am this morning so spent last night at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites - Guelph.

There was a pool and fitness room, though I didn't spend time in either.

Here was my room ...

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Crabby Joe's Tap & Grill, Guelph, ON

I had supper this evening at Crabby Joe's in Guelph.

The dining room
I sat on the bar side

I ordered Chicken Parm (without the parm cheese).  It was good.  The marinara sauce was thick.  Though I found the piece of chicken on the small side, it was real chicken rather than processed.

I had let myself get too hungry so couldn't say "no" to the Apple Crumble.  It was tasty and hit the spot.  No regrets.

 Sarah was my server and she was friendly and helpful.

Crabby Joe's Tap & Grill Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Swiss Chalet Rotisserie & Grill, Etobicoke, ON (Dundas Street W)

I had lunch today at Swiss Chalet.

I ordered what I usually order at Swiss Chalet ... a half chicken dinner with corn. It's Weight Watcher friendly (just seven points!). It was really good. The corn was obviously frozen but hadn't been sitting around ... it was hot and crispy. The chicken was hot and tender. The roll was warm and the sauce was hot and tasty.

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Swiss Chalet Rotisserie & Grill, Mississauga, ON,

I had an early lunch today at Swiss Chalet on Dundas Street E in Mississauga.

I ordered what I usually order at Swiss Chalet ... a half chicken dinner with corn. It's Weight Watcher friendly (just seven points!). It was really good. The corn was obviously frozen but hadn't been sitting around ... it was hot and crispy. The chicken was hot and tender. The roll was warm and the sauce was hot and tasty.

Monday, 17 September 2018

Ipsy Glam Bag - September 2018

My September 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.

Here's what I received ...

Value:  $68.56

Topbox - September 2018

My September 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 ...

Value:  $36.01

Sunday, 16 September 2018

Terry Fox Run 2018 - Liberty Village, Toronto, ON

I participated in the third annual 2018 Terry Fox Run this morning in the Liberty Village run (it's close to my 'hood).  I'd done it last year for the first time and this year I was also a volunteer.  It was a great day for it ... hot and sunny!

Terry Fox (1958 – 1981) was a Canadian athlete, humanitarian and cancer research activist.  In 1980, he began the Marathon of Hope, a cross-country run to raise money for cancer research.  He hoped to raise one dollar from each of Canada's 24 million people.  He began in St. John's, Newfoundland, in April and ran the equivalent of a full marathon every day. After 143 days and 5,373km/3,339 miles, he was forced to end his run outside Thunder Bay, ON, when the cancer spread to his lungs. His hopes of overcoming the disease and completing his marathon ended when he died nine months later.
The annual Terry Fox Run, first held in 1981, has grown to involve millions of participants in over 60 countries and is now the world's largest one-day fundraiser for cancer research.  Almost $800 million has been raised in his name.

I raised $1,445.  Thanks to Gord, Christine, Sky, Darlene T., Shawna, Kim, Baljeet, Joanne, Yvette, Jennifer, Margo, Nawaf,  Marianne, Annie, Lance, Kevin and Rosemary,  Sox, Craig and Wendy, Elaine and Bill, Franca, Malcolm and Mary, Darlene M., Sandra, Trish, Mary, Simone and Steve, Judy and Doug, Andy and Nikki, Eduardo, and Liz!

I dedicated my brisk walk to Gord.

You could buy a teeshirt for a $20 donation.

Book ~ "Not Dead Yet: The Memoir" (2016) Phil Collins

From Goodreads ~ Phil Collins pulls no punches - about himself, his life, or the ecstasy and heartbreak that’s inspired his music. In his much-awaited memoir, "Not Dead Yet", he tells the story of his epic career, with an auspicious debut at age 11 in a crowd shot from the Beatles’ legendary film "A Hard Day’s Night". 

A drummer since almost before he could walk, Collins received on the job training in the seedy, thrilling bars and clubs of 1960s swinging London before finally landing the drum seat in Genesis. Soon, he would step into the spotlight on vocals after the departure of Peter Gabriel and begin to stockpile the songs that would rocket him to international fame with the release of "Face Value" and "In the Air Tonight". Whether he’s recalling jamming with Eric Clapton and Robert Plant, pulling together a big band fronted by Tony Bennett, or writing the music for Disney’s smash-hit animated "Tarzan", Collins’s storytelling chops never waver. And, of course, he answers the pressing question on everyone’s mind: just what does "Sussudio" mean?

"Not Dead Yet" is Phil Collins’s candid, witty, unvarnished story of the songs and shows, the hits and pans, his marriages and divorces, the ascents to the top of the charts and into the tabloid headlines. As one of only three musicians to sell 100 million records both in a group and as a solo artist, Collins breathes rare air but has never lost his touch at crafting songs from the heart that touch listeners around the globe. That same touch is on magnificent display here, especially as he unfolds his harrowing descent into darkness after his “official” retirement in 2007, and the profound, enduring love that helped save him. This is Phil Collins as you’ve always known him, but also as you’ve never heard him before.

Phil Collins is now 67 and is an English drummer, singer, songwriter, record producer and actor.  In addition to being a solo artist, he was the drummer and singer of Genesis.  I was a fan of Phil Collins and Genesis in the 1980s so thought his memoir would be an interesting book ... and it was.

This is his story, starting with his childhood as an actor.  He became interested in playing the drums and played in some local bands.  His break came when he became the drummer for Genesis.  When lead singer, Peter Gabriel, left the band, Collins stepped out from behind the drummers and became their lead singer.  Over the years, the band would take a break from each other and do solo projects before getting back together to record and tour.

Collins has been married and divorce three times and has five children.  As of the writing of this book, he was back living together with his third ex-wife.

I liked this book and found it interesting.  He's not a saint and this he admits.  He details his childhood, his career, his relationships with other singers, his marriages, his children, his addictions and his ailments.  I appreciated his sense of humour and honesty.  As a head's up, there is swearing.

If you're a fan, you'll like it as you learn a lot about Collins.  If you're not a fan, it's interesting to get the background scoop on the life of a successful singer.

Saturday, 15 September 2018

The Famous Canadian Beer Run, Toronto, ON

Today I was at the third annual The Famous Canadian Beer Run ... it's the first time I've done it.

This ain’t no beer mile! At Toronto’s beer-iest 5-kilometre fun run, the real party begins when you cross the finish line into the Craft Beer & Food Festival. Kick back with friends as you sample the finest Canadian craft brews, nosh on delicious food truck eats and enjoy live music all afternoon long. Custom beer stein, soft-cotton race shirt, two beers and an awesome race kit are all included!

I'd signed up for the 11am start.  I got there just after 10am to pick up my bib and teeshirt.

About 10:40am, we were corralled to get started.

And then we were off!  There were lots of runners and walkers ... I did a brisk walk and it took me about an hour.