Gord BBQed ribs for supper.
Monday, July 31, 2006
Sunday, July 30, 2006
the restaurant at the top.
They have chairs set up on the side of the mountain
so we spent some time enjoying the view.
The liquor laws in the pedestrian village are very relaxed … much different from Toronto. Here you can buy a can of beer at the liquor store and walk around with it. Or you can buy a drink from a vendor and take a stroll.
Saturday, July 29, 2006
We dipped north just inside the Quebec border and caught a ferry, thus bypassing the traffic around Montreal. We followed the big ferry signs to get to it … only to discover it’s actually a barge being pulled by a fishing boat. But it did the trick!
We are renting a one bedroom condo. And it’s amazing!! Everything we need is provided, even a washer and dryer. And the tub is awesome … big and deep.
We brought groceries with us and Gord BBQed steaks for supper on the deck. We had a bottle of wine that Mark and Monica had given us for our anniversary (thanks, Mark and Mon!). As we were eating, we saw a couple deer on the golf course we are backing onto.
After the long drive, we were happy to be here and relaxed. We’ll go exploring tomorrow!
Thursday, July 27, 2006
Monica, Susan and Trish
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Gord and Teena at Milestones
with the birthday cake
After supper, we saw You, Me and Dupree. It was okay ... not great. We gave it a 6/10.
Monday, July 24, 2006
Cute story that takes place not far from here in Little Italy.
Sunday, July 23, 2006
The view from our seats
It was a great game! They closed the roof just before the game started because there was rain coming :(
During the first inning, four people arrived and had problems with their seats ... they were taken already. We're not really sure why. There were two empty seats next to us so we offered to move (so the four of them could sit together) if the attendant found us two empty seats. For offering to move, the attendant gave us a couple game balls.
We ended up sitting about five rows down ... right in the middle of about 100 Yankee fans who had been bussed in for the game! So we cheered a little extra loud ... that wasn't hard considering the Jays kicked some Yankee butt!
Teena and Gord after the game
On the walk home, we stopped at the Old York for drink (Gord had a beer and I had water) ... we like their patio.
Saturday, July 22, 2006
As we were early, we started off with a drink on their rooftop Garden Patio. Gord saw they had mojitoes so had to have one to continue his mojito battle. It was okay, not great, so won't be added to his list of top three (theDrake is winning apparently). I had a bellini. They aren't at all similar to my favs at Milestones and was also just okay. But the patio is quite nice and we'll be back!
We had supper in the dining room downstairs. My appetizer was the salad of 20 different organic greens from cookstown in aged sherry vinegar and arbequinas olive oil (the dressing was a bit bland) and Gord had the white port-mushroom veloute with grilled wild mushrooms. We both had the grain-fed cornish game hen brined, then cooked under heavy things with arborio nero risotto, spring garlic oil, baby arugula. And for dessert, baked cru chocolate mousse. Very good, especially for $25 each. Czehoski has the second more expensive burger in Toronto ... $35! Fries are $5 extra!
We stopped at a couple bars on Queen Street W on our way home ... Squirly's and Done Right Inn (we've never been to either). Both had cool small patios in the back. And we finished the night watching karoake at the Gladstone.
Friday, July 21, 2006
Tonight I saw "Menopause - The Musical" - we were a group of 14 organized by my friend, Angie (thanks yet again, Angie!). There were five of us Seasons Sisters, my friend, Yvette and her sister and friends, and my friend, Deb and her three sisters. It was really funny and clever, especially to someone who is going or has gone through menopause.
The audience was invited onto the stage at the end
of the show to dance to the last song.
Those who went got pins ... which Kate and Michelle have strategically placed.
Thursday, July 20, 2006
A delightful collection of the author's stories about the dogs he has had over the years. Definitely a book all dog lovers should read.
For dessert, Deb had some kind of banana cake or pie. I wasn't paying much attention because I was too busy devouring my peanut butter sundae with chocolate syrup and whipped cream (very yummy!).
Our only complaint was that the music was too LOUD and we had to YELL to talk.
Deb's husband, Ron, recently had bypass surgery ... get well soon, Ron!!!
Monday, July 17, 2006
- Getting yourself into a successful frame of mind
- Using failure as an advantage
- Mastering self-discipline and resisting the urge to quit
- Developing long-term goals that drive your daily activities
- Building and finessing a great, moneymaking list
- Developing great leaders and associates
- Following up effectively
- And much more
Interesting and informative book for any sales and/or marketing person (like me!).
Sunday, July 16, 2006
We have to climb how high?
Our seats were in row 30 (7 rows from the top)
The view from our seats
We moved in the second inning to the first row of the 500 level seats, just behind first base. Much better seats!
It was a great game. We left after the tenth inning, though, when the game was tied. It was really hot (34C) and we'd been sitting in the sun for more than three hours. We went to a nearby pub with a/c to watch the end of the game.
It was Dog Days at the Rogers Centre today. Everyone was invited to bring their dog to the game. There were almost 29,000 people in attendance and 409 dogs (the most dogs since the promotion started four years ago).
The doggy section was just on the other side of the Mariners' bullpen
(between the Pontiac and Pizza Pizza signs).
If you brought your dog, you got two seats ... one for you and one for your pooch. KC would have hated it. She's not interested in baseball and doesn't like hanging out with other dogs. She was better off at home with the a/c.
Book ~ "Unaccompanied Women: Late-Life Adventures in Love, Sex, and Real Estate" - Jane Juska (2006)
I saw this book at Chapters in the new release section and it sounded interesting. And it was. It was interesting to read the day-to-day accounts of a woman almost 30 years older than I am who is still looking for love.
Saturday, July 15, 2006
We're glad we went. I started with the Jazzy Salad (mixed greens with a raspberry dressing and cajun spice ... a nice contrast). Gord started with the shrimp cocktail. We both had jambalaya ... nice and spicy with junks of chicken, ham and sausage. My dessert was pecan pie with vanilla ice cream and Gord had frozen cappucino yogurt. Both was also good. All this for $25 each! A great deal! I was so full afterwards.
Friday, July 14, 2006
My appetiser (mixed green salad) was good. I enjoyed my bacon wrapped fillet mignon (and Gord enjoyed his duck) and my brownie with ice cream was yummy (Gord's raspberry sorbet and lemon tart was good too!)!
Afterwards, we started walking home and stopped at Gino's at Dundas W/Howard Park (we'd never been there before). We were having a drink on the patio when a woman with the biggest boobs I've ever seen walked by. I ran into her (her name is Nadine) in the bathroom twice and we ended up sitting with her and her friends.
Thursday, July 13, 2006
The Kool Haus is basically a big ole warehouse. There's no seating and the place holds a couple thousand people (the concert was sold out). We ended up way in the back in the bar area.
Teena and Gord ... do you see Pink over my right shoulder?
The concert was okay, not great. I like Pink but gave it a 5 out of 10. She seemed very cold and mechanical. She saved "Get This Party Started" for her last song and left before it was over without a good-bye, thanks, etc.
Surprisingly I didn't see too many people dressed in pink. Me, I dressed for the occasion in a pink shirt and pink skirt. Ha!
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
Tonight, Joe, our property manager, treated us (the condo board) to Mildred Pierce, a fancy restaurant at the end of our street. We introduced him to this restaurant a couple months ago and he loved it. Unfortunately at the last minute he couldn't make it but he said for us to go anyway and he'll pick up the tab. So we did!
I went to a networking luncheon today for BNI. I didn't know what to expect so was a bit apprehensive. But everyone seemed nice and approached me to introduce themselves, etc.
There were about 15 of us for lunch (a couple trays of sandwiches, salad, fruit and cookies). Only one profession can be represented per chapter. Today there were a couple lawyers (focusing on different areas), massage therapist, real estate agent, decorator, IT guy, insurance agents, etc.
The members and visitors (ie me) have to stand and do a 60 second introduction ~ basically it's an advertisement about themselves and their product/service. Then one of the members does a 10 minute speech (today was the IT guy). Then they go around again and give each other referrals and testimonials. Then the visitors have to stand and say what their impression of BNI is.
It's about $600 a year plus $150 a quarter for the room/lunch. Kinda pricy but worth it, I guess, if you are getting a lot of referrals out of out. And they expect you to attend their weekly meetings. If you miss three in six months, they have a chat with you. Big commitment.
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
The pattern is called "Feather and Fan" (it's in multiples of 18 stitches plus 2) and I thought it would be cool for an afghan. Here's what it will sort of look like (mine will be all one colour).
Cast on 308 stitches.
- Knit 10 rows
- First row of pattern ~ Knit to end
- Second row of pattern ~ Purl to end
- Third row of pattern ~ K1, *[k2tog] 3 times, (yf, k1] 6 times, [k2tog] 3 times ... repeat from * to last stitch, k1
- Fourth row of pattern ~ Knit to end
- Repeat the four rows of pattern over and over and over and over.
- Knit 10 rows
August 8 update:
Ocober 10 update (finished):
Sunday, July 09, 2006
Book ~ "Compassionate Knitting: Finding Basic Goodness in the Work of Our Hands" - Tara Jon Manning (2005)
Interesting selection of patterns with sidenotes of instruction, the folklore of aran stitches, etc. There are colour pictures of the projects at the back and the patterns don't seem too difficult.