Sunday, January 29, 2006
Precious was my sister, Sarah's cat and he was 18.5 years old.
This is Sarah's favorite ode to our pets. I like to think that this is what happens.
Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; his eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.
You have been spotted and, when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together ...
Saturday, January 28, 2006
From Toronto.com ~ Named for the ideal temperature at which to serve red wine, this new steakhouse is as beautiful and sultry as its predecessor, Brasserie Aix. An ante room opposite the kitchen shows off a handful of cozy booths, outfitted with newly installed red leather banquettes and velvet curtains for the ultimate in plush privacy. And, the main dining room still dazzles with an antique iron chandelier, imported from Russia. Dark wood tables and red leather upholstered chairs further emphasize the aura of old-school steakhouse.
Tonight Gord and I checked out 65 Degrees as part of Winterlicious. It's not too far from home so we walked there and back (about a half hour each way). We had a 9:00 reservation as that's all we could get. It was jam packed! We kept expecting someone to knock over something on our table as they were whizzing by. And it was also very loud. The back room where we were seated about 100 people ~ and by the noise factor, it was obvious.
I had tomato bisque and Gord had cream of broccoli soup. We both went with the steak with a dab of mashed potatoes (the other choices were a chicken thigh or trout) and chocolate torte for dessert.
We probably won't go back because it was so jammed and loud. Granted it was Winterlicious but we weren't impressed enough to go back. It's on the trendy College Street strip and there are so many other choices.
From Amazon.com ~ Lisick, a natural storyteller, plunges not only into the pool but also into details, some undeniably gory, about her transformation from ultratanned homecoming queen (high-school freshman with a hunky senior as her date) in a puffy-sleeved, plaid dress of royal blue, lime green, canary yellow, bright pink, and hues of purple into a young woman living illegally in a warehouse as raw sewage falls from broken pipes and the upstairs occupants. Lisick employs a whacked-out, loopy humor that many will find charmingly off-the-wall as she recounts such larks as traveling as the sole straight girl with a lesbian punk band and spending an evening at a Catholic charity fund-raiser selling raffle tickets (and filching some of the cash). Readers will also learn of Lisick's open-minded, not entirely successful quest for bisexuality in the early 1990s and her stint as a giant banana.
Most of the stories are funny. It's a quick read and I'd recommend it.
Friday, January 27, 2006
We went to Biff's, a French restaurant. A friend of Deb's, Sylvie, came too.
We had an awesome waiter named Jacob. He was very nice and took good care of us.
I went off the Winterlicious menu and ordered steak and fries. Upon Jacob's recommendation, I had creme brulee for dessert. It's the first time I've had it and it was quite tasty. Liz's birthday is next Friday so Jacob wrote "Happy Birthday" on the plate in chocolate with her creme brulee. Very cute!
It was a fun time catching up. Lots of laughs!
Thursday, January 26, 2006
From Amazon.com ~ For eons, Adam Black has aided humanity and meddled in its affairs, much to the chagrin of the queen of the Seelie Court. He has finally pushed her too far and finds himself, a once powerful Fae, invisible and very human. But he is still as resourceful as ever and finds a way to reach the queen and plea to have his curse lifted with the help of a young lawyer, Gabrielle O'Callaghan, a human born with the ability to see his kind. As old enemies yearn to take advantage of his weakened state, threatening his life and all existence, Adam discovers that Gabrielle threatens a heart he never thought he had.
This isn't my usual kind of book. I read it because it was recommended by sweet angel and dylan.
Gabby is a lawyer in today's world and Adam is fairy who is thousands and thousands of years old. He needs her help to get back to his old world and state after his queen punishes him. He has been turned into a human form, though Gabby is the only one who can see him. When he touches her, she also becomes invisible. Wacky story and premise but I enjoyed it.
I'm looking forward to reading the other books in the series.
Monday, January 23, 2006
I went to the Bon Jovi concert tonight with my friend, Kelly (aka Rockell), and her son, Christopher. They have four sold out nights here in Toronto ~ we were the second night, though we were supposed to be the first night (so we are die-hard fans!) because they had added Saturday night's show on after last night's tix had sold out.
It was an awesome time! They played for 2.5 hours and sounded great! Jon was all over the place ~ strutting back and forth across the stage and even popping up in the crowd (same row as us, two sections over) to sing a couple songs.
Rockell, Sarah (my sister) and I last saw them during their Keep the Faith tour ~ and that wasn't yesterday!
Friday, January 20, 2006
I stopped in at this forum after work tonight. I was expecting it to be more holistic with naturopaths, women's products, etc. Instead it was a small collection of organizations like the Heart and Stroke Foundation, some cancer groups, etc. So it was a bit of a disappointment.
Gord and I met at Burrito Boys after he got off work and we had supper together and then walked home.
Sunday, January 15, 2006
From Amazon.com ~ She couldn’t change the way the world looked at her, so she changed the world. Ronnie Tremayne is a big girl with big dreams: she wants to be a fashion designer. But as her model-thin mother never fails to remind her, in fashion, image is everything – and Ronnie is a size 28. When she learns that her job managing a plus-size boutique is in jeopardy because her weight is “disturbing” to the clientele, Ronnie loses control. After a late-night binge, she dozes off wishing for a world where fat is beautiful. When she awakens the next morning, it is. Now the ideal woman, Ronnie is thrust into the spotlight. She attends the best parties. She has her mother’s approval. Her boss invests in her clothing line. And the men! But as her appetite for life grows, Ronnie’s appetite for food shrinks. She soon becomes unrecognizable–inside and out. And while navigating the giddy highs and miserable lows of this so-called perfect world, Ronnie discovers what she should have known all along: it’s not the size of your body that matters, but the size of your heart.
It was a really interesting concept and I had a hard time at times wrapping my head around it because it's the opposite of all we know. It was quite funny to see skinny women put down and to read about all the ways women were trying to gain weight. I'd recommend it!
From www.stagewest.com ~ Grease is the word at Stage West! The wild and wacky 50's are back with the return of this sensational musical! Set in 1959, Grease is a 50s rock n' roll musical about young summer love and the students of Rydel High. Grab your favourite Pink Lady and travel back to when beehives were in and coils were cool.
I've never seen the movie (though I knew the basic plot) so it was good to finally see it in some format. Stage West has put together a good production and it was enjoyable. As usual, I ate way too much!!
Friday, January 13, 2006
A bunch of us got together tonight at Pat's for a pajama party. I went to the gym first, scampered home and showered, and then drove over in the red pajamas my sister, Sarah, gave me for Christmas. I put on the kitty slippers she gave me when I got there.
There was quite a feast: pizza, chips, chocolates, nuts, fruit, desserts, etc. It was a fun night sitting around yakkin' and catching up. I hadn't seen Pat or Ann in a while. One of the high points was when Angie showed us her bruise from a fall a couple weeks ago. Um ... I can't put that picture up here!
I'm the only one who went home ~ the rest are spending the night. I've got a busy day ahead of me tomorrow so wanted to sleep in my own bed.
Pat said she is going to make this an annual event ~ I hope she does!
I was thinking it would take some explaining if I was stopped by the cops for any reason since I was wearing pajamas. Ironically, I got stopped at a spot check on my way home, just around the corner from where we live. I was asked if I had been drinking tonight (no, I hadn't). The cop shone his flashlight in the car. I wonder if he realized I was wearing pajamas!
Thursday, January 12, 2006
KC hasn't been herself the last couple weeks. She seemed kind of listless. It hurt to jump down from the bed or couch and she seemed hesitant to jump up onto things. She's usually a lazy dog inside but loves going to the park. We've had her to the park a couple times lately and she wasn't as excited as she usually gets.
I took her to the vet tonight. The vet says she has degeneration in her back. Not surprising considering she is going to be eleven this year. So he gave her a shot of an inflammatory and gave me medication for her (it's liquid so we have to put it on a piece of bread every evening). If this doesn't help, he said it would probably be her heart murmur that's making her this way and we'd treat that.
January 14 update: KC is doing much better on her meds. She seems like her old self again. Yay!!
Wednesday, January 11, 2006
From Amazon.com ~ Failed-actor-turned-New-York-literary-agent Wintle undertakes the biggest challenge of his life when he agrees to serve as a surrogate single parent to his 13-year-old niece, Tiffany. Since the author of this combination memoir and de facto guide to nontraditional parenting is a self-described gay, obsessive-compulsive "drama Queen (yes, with a capital Q)," the book at first promises to be a madcap romp in an Uncle Mame sort of way but soon becomes something more serious (and interesting) as the author begins revealing heretofore hidden aspects of himself. As for Tiffany, what you see is what you get: she is 13-going-on-30, and her reaction to the word no is to fly into a scenery-chewing, expletive-spewing, door-slamming rage. No wonder one of Wintle's friends coolly observes, "Teenagers are evil, vile creatures." Of course, Wintle would have us believe they're not (well, most aren't), but with Tiffany as Exhibit A, he'll have a hard time convincing most readers of that.
Interesting story and I enjoyed the writing style. I found this book on a top 100 list of books from 2005 and thought I'd give it a try as I like bios. I'd recommend it!
Saturday, January 07, 2006
From Amazon.com ~ This enjoyable collection of anecdotes recounts more than 60 of the author's fun-loving, hair-raising and off-the-wall excursions around the globe. His broad and balanced travel coverage takes many forms. One moment he's elegantly cruising the Caribbean on a luxury liner, the next sleeping under the stars on Mount Sinai. Any lover of adventure will enjoy accounts of blowgun hunting, 'gator wrestling, volcano hiking, and ostrich riding. Unusual experiences include test-driving a Ferrari, enduring a Chinese opera, and playing Finnish ice golf. Through Lansky's writing, one is rewarded with the pleasures of a novel, the excitement of a thriller, and the insightful information one would expect from a guidebook.
This is this second of his books that I've read (I also read Last Trout in Venice: The Far-Flung Escapades of an Accidental Adventurer) and I enjoyed it. He enbarks on many adventures and makes them sound very fun and interesting.
Thursday, January 05, 2006
I'm a big fan of baths! Always have been. I've got tons of bubble bath and there's nothing better before bed than soaking in a tub full of some yummy scent with a book.
My sister gave me a bath bomb for Christmas that I have been wanting to use. So tonight was the night. I dropped the bomb in and it fizzled nicely. Not a huge overpowering smell but I feel moisturized now. I read for a while, letting my cares float away.
I was curious about the bomb as the label says it is from "The Soap Girl", made in Canada and the label gave a street address in Halifax (my sister lives in Halifax). So I checked out it's website.
I was imagining a cute site where you can buy bombs, soaps, etc. like Soapscope here in Toronto. Imagine my surprise when the Soap Girl URL led me to a site that had nothing to do with bath bombs, etc. It's a Japanese, Chinese, Thai, etc. sex site.
Hey, Sister Sarah! Where did you do your Christmas shopping?! :)
Tuesday, January 03, 2006
I took him to the vet this morning and they did XRays. It turns out he has developed asthma. The vet gave him a steriod shot and I'm working from home today to keep an eye on him. Though his breathing is still a bit laboured, he hasn't been gasping for air. I have to take him back tomorrow to get checked out again.
So he and Byron were in bed earlier having a nap on the bed. Two of KC's favorite spots to nap is on the pillows (that's why we have have towels on them). She's wasn't too happy to see her pillows were taken.
She must have had a word or two with Morgan because he moved. Byron, on the other hand, was all that concerned!
January 4 update:I took Morgan for his check-up tonight. Though he isn't wheezing anymore (yay!), his breathing is still a bit laboured. And he only had one episode (gasping for air) last night (yay!). So he's going on a puffer twice a day. Then we'll try and wean him down to once a day, then once every two days. He'll have to do it for the rest of his life. Hopefully this works. If not, he'll have to go on meds, which have more side effects. Here's the puffer/contraption:
The left side is a mask that goes over his mouth and nose. The vet did it tonight and he didn't mind it too much.
January 5 update:I gave Morgan his blasts from his puffer twice today and he didn't seem to mind it. What a good kitty!
Sunday, January 01, 2006
New Years Wishes
I wish you Health .... so you may enjoy each day in comfort.
I wish you the Love of friends and family ... and peace within your heart.
I wish you the Beauty of nature ... that you may enjoy the work of Mother Nature.
I wish you Wisdom to choose priorities ... for those things that really matter in life.
I wish you Generosity so you may share ... all good things that come to you.
I wish you Happiness and Joy ... and Blessings for the New Year.
I wish you the best of everything ... that you so well deserve.