Sunday, 16 June 2019

Beerocracy, Toronto, ON

Gord and I spent some time at Beerocracy (College Street) this afternoon during the Taste of Little Italy.

We sat on the patio

I had a couple Founders Blushing Monk ... despite being high in alcohol, it was tasty.


We ordered some food.  We first had some nachos, which were good, followed by some chicken satay, which were also good.

KC's tree, Trinity Bellwoods Park, Toronto, ON

I visited KC's tree this afternoon in Trinity Bellwood's Park.

With all the rain and sun we've had, it looks great!

Saturday, 15 June 2019

Toronto Wolfpack 70, Dewsbury Rams 8, Lamport Stadium, Toronto, ON

The Toronto Wolfpack RLFC is a Canadian professional rugby league club, based in here Toronto, which competes in the British Rugby Football League system.  In 2018, the club competed in the Championship, having begun to play in 2017 in League 1 and won a promotion in its inaugural season.  Gord and I have been going to the most of the games since 2017 and have been season ticket holders for the last two years.

The club is noted as being the first North American team to play in the Rugby Football League system, the first fully professional rugby league team in Canada and the world's first transatlantic rugby league team.  Their home stadium is Lamport Stadium (aka "The Den"), which is just a couple blocks from where Gord and I live.

Today the Wolfpack (15 wins/1 loss) were playing the Dewsbury Rams (4 wins/12 losses).  It's been about month since there was a home game.  The day was grey and threatened rain.

Here are Gord and I.


Everyone loves Jefferson, the Wolfpack mascot!

Jefferson paid tribute to the Toronto Raptors, the recent NBA Champions!

To celebrate Father's Day (which is tomorrow), the first 500 fans were given a Wolfpack ~ Carpenters & Allied Workers apron.  Thanks!

Friday, 14 June 2019

Ipsy Glam Bag - June 2019

My June 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 ...

Book ~ "The Unfinished Dollhouse: A Memoir of Gender and Identity" (2018) Michelle Alfano

From Goodreads ~ No mother is prepared for the moment when a child comes out to her as a person whose physical gender is out-of-keeping with his emotional and psychological gender-identity. In Michelle Alfano's intimate memoir, she recounts her experience as the mother of a transgender child.

The central metaphor of "The Unfinished Dollhouse" tells the story: on Frankie's fourth birthday, her parents Michelle and Rob purchased a kit to create a beautiful dollhouse. Michelle imagined building the home, buying the tiny pieces of furniture and accessories to fill it and, more importantly, the times she and her daughter would spend constructing the perfect dollhouse - a fantasy of domestic and familial happiness. Frankie expressed no interest in such typically girlish pursuits because Frankie harboured a secret - a secret about gender.

In the years to follow, Frankie's parents experienced an education in parenting a child transitioning from female to male - which pronouns to use, how to disclose the information to friends, family, school and how to deal with the reactions of all - some heartening, some surprising, some disappointing.

Michelle and Rob are married, living in Toronto and had a daughter named Frankie.  Michelle had dreams of what her daughter would like ... frilly dresses, girly dolls, a dollhouse (hence the title of the book ... the dollhouse was never put together), etc.  Frankie instead like to play with "boy" toys, hated girly girly things and like to dress more masculine.  As she was getting older, she had severe bouts of illnesses, anxieties, depression and didn't want to leave her room.  Michelle and Rob took her to doctors, counselors, etc. to determine the cause.  Finally when she was in her mid-teens, Frankie revealed that she was a boy born in a girl's body.  And once she revealed this, she wanted to do something about it ... begin the journey to transition from a female to a male.

This is Michelle's story as the mother of a transgender child.  Michelle comes from a traditional Italian background and Rob is Asian ... how do they tell their family and friends?.  It's how they dealt with having a child who didn't want to leave their room and was depressed.  And when Frankie finally told them what she wanted, how they dealt with it ... the denial, the anger, the resentment and the acceptance.

I thought it was an interesting story to read what a family goes through when their child tells them they are transgender and all they have do to transition.  At times the book seems all about Michelle, rather than Frankie ... we learn a lot about her, her family and growing up.

The book could have been edited better.  There was a lot of repetition, sometimes even on the same page.  At 67% into the book, she said, "I called Frankie's dad ..."  Why wouldn't she say she called Rob?  This far into the book, I know Frankie's father's name.  And there was odd phrasing at times.  For example, she writes about the death of friends' son named Pablo.  Pablo was "one of two twins".  When I read that, I thought the family had two sets of twins.  But no, there was only one set of twins and Pablo was one of the twins.

The James Hotel, Saskatoon, SK

I spent the last three nights in Saskatoon and stayed downtown at the James Hotel.  I'd stayed there before and liked it.


It used to be a condo building and was converted to a hotel.  They gave me a one bedroom suite ... sweet!

Thursday, 13 June 2019

Ayden Kitchen & Bar, Saskatoon, SK

I was chatting in the Toronto airport last year with a woman when we were both on our way to Saskatoon.  She had recommended Ayden Kitchen & Bar and said that Dale MacKay, Top Chef Canada's first winner, owned it.

This evening I was wondering where to have supper and remembered our conversation.  So I checked it out and discovered that Benet Hunt, who was in the last Top Chef Canada, is also there.  I had watched this past season so decided that's where I was going for supper.


When I got there about 5:30pm, it was quiet.


But it was busier within an hour.

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Scarlet, Saskatoon, SK

I had supper this evening at Scarlet (on Spadina Crescent E).

Meewasin Trail, Saskatoon, SK

I went for a walk this evening along the Meewasin Trail ... I started near the Delta Bessborough and headed east and then back.

It was such a nice night and a lovely walk along the South Saskatchewan River.

Kiwanis Memorial Fountain

Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park & Zoo, Saskatoon, SK

I spent some time this afternoon at the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park & Zoo.

It all began with a tree nursery. Millions of saplings and a hundred years later, the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park & Zoo remains a cornerstone of ecology, inspired learning and lasting memories in the Prairies. Today, this National Historic Site boasts carefully crafted gardens, restored heritage buildings, a great new naturally-themed playground and Saskatchewan’s only CAZA-AZAC accredited zoo. Whether your visit is lively and exciting or quietly reflective, this distinctly-Saskatchewan experience is sure to be a memorable one!

The park was originally established as the Dominion Forest Nursery Station and later Sutherland Forest Nursery Station.  Between 1913-1966 it was responsible for growing and shipping 147 million trees shipped across the northern prairie provinces.  The first shipment of trees were sent to farmers in 1916. The park is designated a National Historic Site of Canada.  The nursery grew caragana, ash, maple, elm, and willow. After the nursery closed in 1966, a portion was re-opened as a city park.

The zoo is housed within the park. In 1964, when the Golden Gate Animal Farm ran into financial difficulties, the city agreed to acquire the animals and equipment.  The zoo was then relocated to the park.  The zoo is accredited by the Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums and contains over 80 species of animals.  The Saskatoon Regional Zoological Society (now called the Saskatoon Zoo Society) was formed in 1976 to aid in the education program at the zoo and advance the care of the animals.


It's not a big zoo but in addition to the animals, there is lots of park land to walk around in.  There is double fencing for safety but it was hard to get pictures of some of the animals.