Monday, 18 September 2017

Topbox - September 2017

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 ...

Total value = $58.15 value

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Book ~ "Rescued: What Second-Chance Dogs Teach Us about Living with Purpose, Loving with Abandon, and Finding Joy in the Little Things" (2017) Peter Zheutlin

From GoodreadsIn "Rescued", Peter Zheutlin interweaves stories and lessons from families who have welcomed rescue dogs into their homes with his own zany experiences adopting one for the first time in midlife to reveal what we can learn from these animals who were once lost and are now found. 

Blending keen insights and advice on navigating the complexities of caring for a rescue dog with humorous (and occasionally heart-wrenching) anecdotes, each chapter reveals important life lessons we can learn from second-chance dogs, such as:
  • The truth about living with a rescued pet: it is not one continuous Hallmark moment
  • How rescue dogs can heal us just like we heal them
  • Surprising new ways they can teach us to rediscover and celebrate our joyous inner child, accept change gracefully, and forgive others and, most importantly, ourselves 

For anyone who loves, lives with, or has ever wanted a dog, this irresistibly charming book will warm your heart and show how the dogs whose lives we've saved can change ours for the better too. 

When Peter and Judy's children were getting older and about to go away to university, he was looking forward to being an empty nester.  For many years, Peter had resisted getting a dog.  Then they dogsat for a friend and that softened him up to get a dog of his own.  They ended up adopted Albie, a rescue dog from a high-kill shelter in Louisiana.  Eventually they added Salina (he fell in love with her when he was with Greg Mahle, who runs Rescue Road Trips) and Jamba to their family.

This book is about Peter and his rescue dogs, with a focus on Albie and Salina.  It's also about different people who had adopted rescue dogs ... why they have done so, where the dogs come from and their past (if known) and the status of the dog today.

Peter discusses that when you are adopting a rescue dog, it is much more than buying a puppy from a pet store (that is probably coming from a puppy mill).  Adopting a rescue dog is giving them a chance for life ... otherwise they probably would be euthanized.  Many dogs have been dropped off by the side of the road, tied up outside 24 hours a day/7 days a week, or worse.  They are grateful to have a loving family, food in their belly and a warm bed, whether it be for 10 years or just a year.  Their last thought is that someone loved them.

Unfortunately we will outlive our pets.  But that opens up another spot in our homes and hearts to rescue another.

"The best way to honor a dog's memory is to get another. For many devoted to rescue, the best way to honor a dog's memory is to SAVE another." Peter Zheutlin

I love reading books about animals and enjoyed this one.  We no longer have dogs but do have two rescue kitties.

Terry Fox Run 2017 - Liberty Village, Toronto, ON

I participated in the second annual 2017 Terry Fox Run this morning in the Liberty Village run (it's close to my 'hood) ... it's the first time I've done it.

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.  Over $650 million has been raised in his name.

I had registered online and raised almost $1,100 (Liberty Village had raised about $32,000).  Thanks to Gord, Trish, Malcolm & Mary, Elodie, Joanne, LeeAnn, Craig & Wendy, Rona, Kevin & Rosemary, Shahid, Franca, Steve, Elaine & Bill, Kim, Jimmy, Chrissy & Dean, Shawna, Jennifer, Darlene, Marianne, Christine & Alfred, Christine, Yvette and Ken!

Here's the line to sign in and sign the waiver.

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Toronto Wolfpack 26, Doncaster 14, Lamport Stadium, Toronto, ON

The Toronto Wolfpack is a Canadian professional rugby league club, based in here in Toronto, which began play in the 2017 League 1 season.  They are notable as being the first Canadian team to play in the Rugby Football League system, the first fully professional rugby league team in Canada and the world's first trans-Atlantic rugby league team.  Their home stadium is Lamport Stadium (aka "The Den"), which is just a couple blocks from where we live.

This afternoon they were playing Doncaster in their last super 8s.  The Wolfpack's win last week had assured them the Kingstone league championship and they earned a promotion to second division.

Seating is general admission (so you can sit where you want).  Gord and I usually sit in the middle on the east side but sat in the same spot on the west side today.  It was in the shade (it was hot and sunny out) and we wanted to be facing the award ceremony when it happened.

Here come the Wolfpack complete with fire!

God Save the Queen and O Canada were sung before the game.  There was someone signing the anthems too.

 And the game began ...

Ipsy Glam Bag - September 2017

My September Ipsy Glam Bag arrived this week.
  • 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 ...

Total value: $42.10US (without the make-up bag)

Friday, 15 September 2017

Crazy Eggs, Saskatoon, SK

Before I caught my flight home to Toronto this morning, I stopped at Crazy Eggs for breakfast as it was near the airport.

I ordered a Traditional Breakfast with ham and an extra egg and a large glass of milk.  It was a good basic hearty breakfast!

Crazy Eggs Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Delta Hotels Bessborough, Saskatoon, SK

I've been in Saskatoon since Tuesday evening and my home away from home was the Delta Hotels Bessborough.

Uniquely located in a historic castle and surrounded by five acres of lush Elizabethan gardens, the Delta Hotels Bessborough provides a one-of-a-kind destination for your visit to downtown Saskatoon.

The hotel is a historical landmark in Saskatoon and is known for its castle-like appearance. It was built by the Canadian National Railway from 1928 to 1932 and is designed in the same Château-style as many of Canada's other railway hotels.

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Book ~ "The Breakdown" (2017) B.A. Paris

From Goodreads ~ If you can’t trust yourself, who can you trust?

Cass is having a hard time since the night she saw the car in the woods, on the winding rural road, in the middle of a downpour, with the woman sitting inside - the woman who was killed. She’s been trying to put the crime out of her mind; what could she have done, really? It’s a dangerous road to be on in the middle of a storm. Her husband would be furious if he knew she’d broken her promise not to take that shortcut home. And she probably would only have been hurt herself if she’d stopped.

But since then, she’s been forgetting every little thing: where she left the car, if she took her pills, the alarm code, why she ordered a pram when she doesn’t have a baby.

The only thing she can’t forget is that woman, the woman she might have saved, and the terrible nagging guilt.

Or the silent calls she’s receiving, or the feeling that someone’s watching her.

Cass is coming home one night in a storm and takes a shortcut Matthew, her husband, told her not to take.  As she is on the road, she comes across a car that was parked on the road.  She pauses to see if the driver needs help but left when they give no indication of being in trouble.  Cass finds out the next day that the driver had been murdered.  This weighs on her mind and she feels really guilty ... had she stopped, perhaps the woman would still be alive.  And she can't talk to Matthew about it because then he would know she took the shortcut.  When Cass finds out that the woman was a someone she knew, she feels even worse.  When she starts getting phone calls every day all day long and there's no one on the other end, she is scared and paranoid the murderer saw her and that she's next.

In the meantime, Cass is getting forgetful.  Her mother had recently passed away from early onset dementia and Cass is concerned that it is happening to her.  She loses her car, she forgets how to use their appliances, she orders things from the shopping channel but doesn't remember doing it, etc.  She has the support of Matthew and her best friend, Rachel, but they eventually start losing patience with her.

This is the first book I've read by this author and I enjoyed it.  It is written in first person perspective from Cass' point of view.  I thought the story moved along well at a good pace and kept me interested to get to the end to see "whodunnit".  The ending was a good twist.

I look forward to reading other books by this author.

Taverna Italian Kitchen, Saskatoon, SK

I had supper this evening at Taverna Italian Kitchen ... it came highly recommend by my client.

When I arrived, the owner/host was chatting with a guest so I waited.  Then he picked up a menu and turned ... and I assumed that was his acknowledgment of me and was going to seat me.  Then the phone rang.  Rather than say something like, "Pardon me for a moment", he answered the phone, still ignoring me, and took a lengthy reservation.  When he hung up, he walked away with the menu and I assumed it was to seat me so I followed him.  He dropped the menu on a table and walked away and I sat down.  Not very welcoming at all so he gets 0/5.  As the owner, he should know better.

Victoria was my server and she was great.  Very friendly and chatty.  She brought me some delicious warm bread to start.

I love love love lasagna and haven't had it in a while so I ordered lasagna al forna.  It was a huge portion and very delicious.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Cathedral Social Hall, Saskatoon, SK

I had supper this evening at Cathedral Social Hall in Saskatoon ... I'd been at their Regina location last night with my pal, Shawna, and enjoyed it.

I ordered the Social Hall Burger (minus the lettuce and onions) with bacon, fries and a side of gravy.  It was a really good burger.  The bun was soft, just how I like them.  The patty was thick and tasty.  I'd get it again.

Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria, Regina, SK

I had lunch today at Famoso at their Scarth Street location.

It takes just 90 seconds to bake a pizza

I love love love pizza.  I built my own with pepperoni, Italian ham and cherry tomatoes.  It was a delicious pizza!  The crust was thin, soft and moist in the middle and chewy and charred along the edge.  The sauce was good and there was lots of ingredients on it.

Alex was very friendly and chatty.

This is a chain and there is one not too far from me in Toronto.  I'll be checking it out!

Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato