Sunday, 22 September 2019

King Rustic, Toronto, ON

Gord and I had supper this evening at King Rustic at King Street W/Strachan Avenue.

We both ordered the Herb Fried Chicken Dinner.  It was delicious, especially when dipped in the accompanying sauce.  I'm not a big fan of salads but this was a good salad.

King Rustic Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Toronto Wolfpack 40, Toulouse Olympique 24, 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 was the first game of the playoffs and the Wolfpack were playing the Toulouse Olympique.  If the Wolfpack won, their next game would be the final on October 5.  If the Wolfpack lost, they would have to play next Sunday and if they won, they'd play in the final on October 5.  Whoever wins moves up to the Super League.  Needless to say, we were all hoping they'd win.

Here are me and Gord.

The theme of the day was 90s ... can you tell that Zach is a fan?

Penny, Sue and Gord had manicure and pedicures in support of the Wolfpack!


Saturday, 21 September 2019

Book ~ "Broken Man on a Halifax Pier" (2019) Lesley Choyce

From Goodreads ~ Fifty-five-year-old Charles Howard has lost his long-time journalism job and has been swindled out of his life savings. Standing by the edge of Halifax Harbour on a foggy morning, contemplating his dismal future, his ritual of self-pity is interrupted with the appearance of the mysterious and beguiling Ramona Danforth. And so begins a most interesting relationship. 

On a whim, Charles asks Ramona to drive him to his childhood home, Stewart Harbour, a fishing village populated by rugged individualists far down Nova Scotia’s remote Eastern Shore. Charles left the Harbour immediately after graduating from high school and never looked back. And now that he's returned, the past starts catching up with him in ways he could never have imagined. 

Charles is 55-years-old and unemployed.  He was a journalist until the newspaper shut down.  He has no money and no prospects.  One morning, he is standing on a pier on the Halifax Harbour and a woman starts talking with him.  Her name is Ramona and she is a former actress, now living off a trust fund provided by her father.  She invites him to breakfast.

Charles invites her to drive to his childhood home on the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia.  He hasn't been back since he left for university many years ago.  His parents are now dead and his brother lives in Alberta.  Things move rather quickly and Charles and Ramona end up staying his father's old fishing shack.  The longer Charles and Ramona stay in Stewart Harbour, the more they become involved in the lives of those Charles had left behind ... a old fishing buddy of his father's (who was also a fisherman), his old girl friend, his ex-girl friend's ex-husband, his ex-girlfriend's son and others.

I've read a couple books by this author and this was the first fiction.  It is written in first person perspective in Charles' voice.  I liked the writing style and I liked the story.  As a head's up, there is swearing.

I'm originally from Nova Scotia (as is the author) so have been to some of the places Charles and Ramona went to ... like The Bluenose, where they had breakfast.  I lived for a year not too far from "Stewart Harbour" on Nova Scotia's Eastern Shore.

I liked the characters.  I thought Charles and Ramona got together very quickly and it was a bit unbelievable to me that they would fall in love within days.  Though Ramona had lots of money and Charles had none, I thought it was weird that Ramona would be so generous so quickly and that Charles would be okay living off Ramona ... he didn't seem to have any ambition to make his own money or any qualms about accepting her generosity.

Friday, 20 September 2019

Book ~ "Donna Has Left the Building" (2019) Susan Jane Gilman

From Goodreads ~ Forty-five-year-old Donna Koczynski is an ex-punk rocker, a recovering alcoholic, and the mother of two teenagers whose suburban existence detonates when she comes home early from a sales conference in Las Vegas to the surprise of a lifetime. 

As her world implodes, she sets off on an epic road trip to reclaim everything she believes she's sacrificed since her wild youth: Great friendship, passionate love, and her art. 

But as she careens across the U.S. from Detroit to New York to Memphis to Nashville, nothing turns out as she imagines. Ultimately, she finds herself resurrected on the other side of the globe, on a remote island embroiled in a crisis far bigger than her own.

Part one - Donna is a successful kitchen gadget salesperson and has been married to Joey.  They have two children ... Ashley, who is in university and doing a semester in London, and Austin, who is in high school.  Donna comes home early from a sales conference in Las Vegas and discovers Joey has been leading a secret life.  She tries to adapt to his lifestyle but discovers she she can't.

Part two - After all the years of being a wife and mom, Donna takes off to find the fun and wild person she used to be.  When she was younger, she was in punk rock band and lived that lifestyle.  She jumps in the car and heads off mindlessly.  She visits her university roommate in New York and eventually heads to Nashville to find her first love.  Through all this, as an alcoholic, she has to keep reminding herself (and others) that it's been over five years since she's had a drink but the temptation is still strong.

Part three - When she discovers Ashley is in trouble, Donna heads to Europe to find her and bring her home.

The premise of this book sounded fun.  It was written in first person perspective in Donna's voice.  I was really enjoying the first part where Donna discovers her life isn't what she thought it was.  The writing was fast and funny.  Part two was okay.  The writing was still fast and funny but I had to question some of Donna's decisions.  Part three seemed like it was written by someone else and didn't fit with the first two parts.  Part one and two were crazy, funny and out of control.  Part three was extremely serious and a downer after the parts one and two.  It was a long book and part three could have been dropped and Donna and Joey could have had the same status.  With part three, it was like the author was trying hard to make us aware of a crisis and get us involved ... she should have fleshed out part three into its own book.

I thought the characters were okay.  I liked Donna and it was interesting to take the ride with her to try to find the old fun Donna.  As I said, though, I wondered about some of the choices she made.  Joey was the catalyst that started everything to get out of control and I thought he was a jerk for pushing the blame onto Donna and saying she'd fallen off the wagon and gotten drunk.  I didn't like Ashley ... I know she was young but I found her to be too extreme.

I liked the writing style.  For the most part it was amusing and sarcastic.  As a head's up, there is violence, adult activity and swearing.

Moxie's Classic Grill, Thunder Bay, ON

I had lunch today at Moxie's in the Intercity Shopping Centre.

I sat on the dining room side

I ordered Chicken + Ribs.  I asked for no veggies and was given extra potatoes ... a lot of extra potatoes!  They were good but, needless to say, I couldn't finish them.  The chicken was tender and juicy.  But it was a bit on the small side and really heavily spiced.  The ribs were just okay.  I doubt I would get this again.

Delta Hotel, Thunder Bay, ON

I spent last night at the Delta Hotel in Thunder Bay.  I chose to stay here because it's on the water and I figured the view would be nice.

Here was my room.

Thursday, 19 September 2019

The Foundry, Thunder Bay, ON

I had supper tonight at The Foundry.

Though it promotes itself as an Irish gastropub, it was Jazzy Thursday Night featuring the Joe Petch Quartet ... and they were good!

I ordered a meat lovers pizza ... it sounded interesting with the different kinds of meats.  Paris, my server, gave me a head's up that it was thin crust pizza and I was okay with that.  It was an okay pizza.  The crust was crispy ... a bit too crispy.  Nothing really stood out and it all tasted the same.

Terry Fox Monument, Thunder Bay, ON

I'm spending a couple days in Thunder Bay.

I'm a volunteer of the Liberty Village Terry Fox Run/Walk so I headed to the Terry Fox Monument here in Thunder Bay.  It was especially important to go considering our run/walk was just a couple days ago.

A 9-foot high bronze statue, set on a 45-ton granite base with a foundation of local amethyst, commands a breath-taking view of Lake Superior and the Sleeping Giant. The statue was erected in memory of Terry Fox, the courageous runner who after losing his leg to cancer embarked on the 'Marathon of Hope', a cross-country run in support cancer research. The site is not far from the spot where Terry was forced to end his run at 5,342 km (3,339mi) after his cancer had returned. Cancer took Terry's life on June 28, 1981.

Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Toronto Corporate Run And Walk 2019, Toronto, ON

This evening I participated in the Toronto Corporate Run and Walk.  It's the first time I'd done it and I was part of the team of the company I work for.

37 anniversary after work wellness event for companies of all shapes and sizes! Best value business networking and fitness in one place with live music, entertainment and Corporate camaraderie.

It was held at Ontario Place.

Ipsy Glam Bag - September 2019

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 ...

  • Make-up bag
  • GLOW RECIPE Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask
  • THE BEAUTY CROP Eyeshadow in Seren
  • OFRA COSMETICS OFRA x Madison Ollie Need is Love Blush
  • HARUHARU Wonder Honey Green Aqua Bomb Cream
  • KALEIDO COSMETICS Obsidian Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner
  • Tuesday, 17 September 2019

    Book ~ "Sorry I Barfed on Your Bed Again (and More Heartwarming Letters from Kitty)" (2019) Jeremy Greenberg

    From Goodreads ~ Tess wants you to know that she intends to continue throwing up freely as long as the new baby gets to - fair is fair. 

    Ovid would like to inform you that he’s giving up one of his nine lives in order to avoid a visit to the vet - he’ll miss you and knows you understand. 

    And Quinn assures you that she’ll protect you from whatever it is that’s rolled under the table with all the righteous fury in her little body - even if only turns out to be a dropped olive.

    Cat lovers will enjoy Sorry I Barfed on Your Bed Again.  It is full of letters from cats ... some letters seem sincere and some not so much.

    Accompanying the letters are full-colour pictures of the cats who "wrote" the letters.  Here's an example ...

    It's a cute book and quick read.

    Sunday, 15 September 2019

    Liberty Village Terry Fox Run/Walk, Liberty Village Park, Toronto, ON

    I participated in the fourth annual Terry Fox Run/Walk this morning in the Liberty Village run/walk (it's close to my 'hood).  I'd done it the last two and this year and last year I was also a volunteer doing the social media).

    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.

    Before registration opened at 9am, there was lots to do.  Some volunteers attached pins to the ribbons participants would receive when they finished the run/walk.

    That's Gord in the red shirt ... red shirts signify cancer survivors

     We had great support for our lunch, gift bags and raffle.

    Katie, a volunteer, was interviewed for a student paper.

    We had coffee for all before the run/walk.