Saturday, April 29, 2006
It is the dawning of The Age of Aquarius. The tribe is rebelling. American youth are screaming out against The Establishment, Vietnam, segregation and sexual rigidity. Hair, the iconic 60s musical is part pop, part rock, part nostalgia and total visual delight. Recapture your spirit of hope in a strife-torn world.
Excellent play! They did a good job on it. And there was always something going on on all parts of the stage and the actors were very good. I'd definitely recommend it (though my sister does a slightly better version of Hari Krishna!)
After the play, we had a couple beer at C'est What? (I had raspberry flavored, which was tasty). We had supper at the Flatiron Firken (my wings were very yummy!). We popped by Jamie Oliver's wine bar for some reisling before heading home.
Thursday, April 27, 2006
Book ~ "Fish!: A remarkable way to boost morale and improve results" - Stephen C. Lundin, Harry Paul and John Christensen (2000)
I read this book a couple years ago and it was fun to reread it. I'd seen the video in my in Marketing Management course a couple months ago. They looked like they were having so much fun that I wanted to be reminded about the message.
The principles are easy:
- Choose your attitude
- Be present
- Make their day
The builder has decided that they don't want to put the metal plating around everyone's windows. Too much work and too expensive to do all 180 units. Instead, they want to put fire resistant paint on wooden frames. But they have to test it ... and that will take four to six weeks.
We've told them to finish painting our trim (as it looks like crap!). They can come back and do whatever they have to do once they figure it out.
Keep in mind that we are heading into week six of what was supposed to be a three day job!
Wednesday, April 26, 2006
I read this book for our street's book club. Finally a book club book I really enjoyed! Thanks for picking it, Mon!
Though I read this book in four days, the book club meeting isn't until next month. Should make for some interesting conversations.
Tuesday, April 25, 2006
Apparently a guy in Montreal started off with a red paperclip and wanted to trade it for something. Ten trades later he has an apartment in Phoenix rent-free for a year and round trip airfare from any major airport in North America.
I find this hard to believe and think it's all a scam and/or publicity stunt. What do you think?
I guess if it is a publicity stunt, I'm feeding right into it ...
Sunday, April 23, 2006
Good book about Toronto, its neighbourhoods and all the many things to do here.
Thursday, April 20, 2006
There was nothing done for a couple weeks. We still have a bunch of stuff in boxes that we'll put away once all the work is done. So we still aren't settled. But we love the new paint!
On Monday, they came in and measured our windows (we only have three) to fix the crappy job they had done on March 29. They put the metal plating in yesterday and were supposed to be back today to do the trim and touch up the paint. And then we'd be finally finished. No one showed up :(
So this is what our windows look like. The wooden sticks are holding the metal plating in (I'm assuming they have been glued on) and the sticks are acting as braces. From the outside, it looks like we are in jail. We're hoping to make bail soon ...
Wednesday, April 19, 2006
Another in the series of PI Grace Smith. As with the other two I've read, I enjoyed it. Evan's writing is funny and quick.
Monday, April 17, 2006
This evening when he was BBQing, he saw it curled up inside the BBQ cover (he hadn't covered the BBQ when he used it yesterday).
There was a lot of movement and noise on our terrace today (the contractors were back) so it's surprising the little guy spent the day there ... it was probably too scared to leave.
Gord went to check it out just now. It has left the comfort of the BBQ cover and is now in a tree across the street.
Toronto has a lot of raccoons and we live on a fairly busy street.
Sunday, April 16, 2006
Even though we don't have kids, it's a great reminder and description of some of the fun stuff to do around Toronto.
As I'm doing my homework, it dawns on me suddenly how quiet it is. So I went to the living room and there is no one there. Where is everyone!!??
So I went past the bedroom and here's what I saw ...
Everyone but me is having a Sunday snooze!
There's Gord curled up. And KC is tucked up on the pillows by Gord's head (her usual spot). And Morgan is at Gord's feet. And Byron is in his usual spot (by my pillows). And even Nova, who we are dogsitting this weekend, is getting in on the act!
And no one seems to mind that there are clothes on the bed that should be put away!
From Amazon.com ~ Into Thin Air is a riveting first-hand account of a catastrophic expedition up Mount Everest. In March 1996, Outside magazine sent veteran journalist and seasoned climber, Jon Krakauer, on an expedition led by celebrated Everest guide, Rob Hall. Despite the expertise of Hall and the other leaders, by the end of summit day eight people were dead. Krakauer's book is at once the story of the ill-fated adventure and an analysis of the factors leading up to its tragic end. Written within months of the events it chronicles, Into Thin Air clearly evokes the majestic Everest landscape. As the journey up the mountain progresses, Krakauer puts it in context by recalling the triumphs and perils of other Everest trips throughout history. The author's own anguish over what happened on the mountain is palpable as he leads readers to ponder timeless questions.
Fascinating story! One that I probably wouldn't have looked for if my friend, Kim, hadn't just read it (so thanks, Kim!).
Saturday, April 15, 2006
I started a new afghan tonight called a Pinwheel. Here's a pinwheel gallery so you know what it will look like when it's finished. It's a bit tricky to get started but once you get going, it's easy.
It can be either a bulky weight, worsted weight, or double knit weight.
Size to work with your yarn. Both double points and a circular.
Cast on 5 stitches, knit around. Place a marker to mark the beginning of the round.
Next round, make 1 stitch in each stitch (10 stitches).
Round 5: *k1, yo* around to marker. (20 stitches).
Round 6: knit
Round 7: *k2, yo* around to marker.
Round 8: knit
Round 9: *k3, yo* around to marker.
Round 10: knit
Continue this pattern of adding a stitch in each section- there are 10 sections, 10 more stitches. When needed, switch from using the double points to a circular needle.
When the blanket has reached the desired diameter, cast/bind off. Now your blanket is complete, unless you want to embellish it with an edging.
Now for your edging: You can add fringes or tassels or even pom-poms. Or you can crochet a bit of a lace edge around. You can also knit in stripes, and on the even rows, throw in some purl stitches for a bit of texture. It also works well with a variegated yarn.
Source: Knit List
Finished ~ June 13
Friday, April 14, 2006
Sunday, April 09, 2006
Gord and I went to the Travel & Leisure Show this afternoon at the International Centre (it wasn't as crazy as the last time I was there a couple weeks ago). Neither of us had been to this show before.
There were lots of exhibitors from all over Canada, North America and the world! So we came home with lots of brochures for future vacations we'd like to take. I filled in tons of ballots to win trips ... keep your fingers crossed!!
The best section were the exhibitors from Newfoundland. They had two singers who were playing traditional tunes all the while we were there. When we walked through their section, they were dancing and jigging ... having a great time! Quite a difference from other sections who were packing up.
This is the third time I've seen this over the years and I enjoyed this version. The voices harmonized really well and I like the old tunes.
Friday, April 07, 2006
This tour starts at the Royal Ontario Museum. Toronto has hosts of ghosts, some that go back to the War of 1812 and some more recent. We’ll visit many sites where ghosts haunt as we journey through Trinity College, Soldiers Memorial, University College, over to Queen’s Park and the Toronto General Hospital, on to China Town, the Grange and then the area around the Old City Hall including Scadding house and Mackenzie House. You’ll hear ghost stories and learn about the history of Toronto.
Gord and I are both history buffs so love this kind of thing, especially when we learn more about Toronto. It was a very good tour and Bill, our guide, was full of stories and information. It was almost four hours so we learned a lot and got a good workout! I'm looking forward to doing more of Bill's tours.
Before we went on the tour, Gord, Kelly and I had supper at Gabby's on Bloor W. Though our waitress was good, the preparation of our meals was slow (30+ minutes!). The last time I was at this Gabby's, the service was overall wasn't good either. Needless to say, I won't be back.
After the tour, a few of us went to the Duke of Richmond for a drink and Bill told us some more stories. After that, Gord and I started walking home and stopped in at Tortilla Flats for some Texas Ice Tea and chilly nacho chips. Yummy!
Thursday, April 06, 2006
I enjoyed Cue the Easter Bunny so wanted to read the rest in the series. As with the first one, it's was enjoyable ... a mystery with humorous writing.
Sunday, April 02, 2006
We love our new walls!!
Saturday, April 01, 2006
Gord assumed we were heading to the Elmwood Spa. Instead I surprised him by taking him to the Millcroft Spa, which is in Alton (about 90 minutes NW of Toronto). What a lovely place! It's in the country and is a former mill. We were a bit early so had a glass of sparkling rosé in the dining room that overlooks a waterfall. Very nice :)
Before we started our spa services, we took a quick a dip in the pool and hot tub. We discovered there was another hot tub outside so spent more time there. It wasn't an overly warm day and the hot tub was 99F.
We started off with a couple's massage (a 60 minute massage in the same room but with our own massage therapists). Then we moved on to a 45 minute scalp massage, which was followed by a pedicure. In honour of our new bathroom, I had my toes painted orange :)
We didn't want to leave the Inn so we had another glass of wine in the lounge before heading back to the city. We'd like to go back sometime and spend a weekend. But, alas, it's not a cheap place.
We stopped off at Kelsey's in Bolton for a late supper (thanks to Gord's mom and sister for giving us gift certificates for Christmas!).
My friend, Yvette, had a housewarming party so we stopped in for a bit. Both of us were exhausted from the last two weeks of condo repairs and were still feeling relaxed from the spa so we didn't stay long.