Saturday, June 30, 2007
Book ~ "Roasting in Hell's Kitchen: Temper Tantrums, F Words, and the Pursuit of Perfection" - Gordon Ramsay (2007)
I'm not much into cooking but I like Hell's Kitchen. This was an interesting book to read because it was a chance to get to know Gordon Ramsay ... and it should indeed change your perception about him. He writes as he speaks ... lots of "F" words.
Definitely a book to check out!
Gord was up early this morning to head to Hamilton for the day for three fencing tournaments (good luck!).
I was up early too and walked KC and Nova to Trinity Bellwoods Park and back. It's a lovely morning!
Friday, June 29, 2007
So I met him after work for a couple drinks on the patio at Vertical, near where I work in the financial district. It looked like a nice place so I wanted to check it out.
Then we stopped at the Wheat Sheaf for supper before heading home.
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Sunday, June 24, 2007
(the guy next to me eventually snoozed halfway through ...
too much sun and/or beer?)
Saturday, June 23, 2007
One of the tomatoes is starting to turn red so it must be a grape tomato after all (we had our doubts).
Plus we are plantsitting for Brock and Sherry while they are visiting the east coast. They are doing well also.
Saturday, June 16, 2007
One of the great things about living in Toronto is that in the summer, there is always something going on.
This weekend is the Taste of Little Italy. It's just north of us so we walked up this afternoon. Every year in Little Italy, they close down College Street from Shaw to Bathurst. There are lots of patios that spill out onto the street, bands on various corners, food vendors, etc. It attracts tons of people.
We started with a 10 minute shiatsu treatment that felt really good. Then we stopped off in some patios for cocktails (Gord found a place that makes great mojitoes) and ate way too much. But it was fun!
Friday, June 15, 2007
The photographer took about 30 and sent five back to me today. Two aren't too bad ...
My hands need to be cropped out of this one.
Thursday, June 14, 2007
It's not even in the stores yet and I have it read (the beauty of pre-ordering!).
"I used to be a badass. Everyone was afraid of me. Everyone wanted to kill me. I needed Tank walking behind me to keep the paid assassins under control. And now look at me. I'm followed by a woman in a rented Taurus. And I can't remember the last time someone tried to kill me." ~ Ranger
As with the others in this series, I loved it! It was hilarious and fast-paced! And the scenes with the squirrels and beavers were very funny. And Blackie, the cat!!
Evanovich has other series and books but I just can't get into them. There's something about the Stephanie Plum series that I love!
Would I recommend it? Yes!
Sunday, June 10, 2007
Gord and I saw "The Full Monty" today at Stage West (we have a subscription).
I had seen the play more than ten years ago and love the movie so was looking forward to it.
They did an excellent job with it ... and didn't tone it down.
Saturday, June 09, 2007
We stopped at Magnotta Winery in Beamsville for some sampling before we headed down to Niagara Falls.
Gord and I played roulette at the Fallsview Casino. I was prepared to lose $200 ... which is exactly what happened! Oh well! Gord lost $30.
Then we had lunch at the Grand Buffet, which was included in the cost of the day (only $25!).
Gord and I walked down to the Falls for a while.
Thursday, June 07, 2007
I've been reading a lot of Gayle's books in the last couple months. Though I enjoy his "lad lit", I'm glad this is the last I have of his to read. Though I like his style, they are starting to sound the same. So I need a break.
Having said that, I enjoyed this book and I would recommend it.
Sunday, June 03, 2007
I enjoyed this book in the beginning. But as I got to know Lily, I found her to be too self-centered and horny (she slept with everyone!). That's all she was about. And she said the "F" word a lot. The ending left me thinking ... "Whatever!"
Would I recommend it? No.
Saturday, June 02, 2007
Liz was my father's sister (they had the same parents - their mother had four children later on with someone else). I hadn't seen her since 1997. I lost touch with her again about five years ago (here are the details).
The memorial service was held in a legion in a small town a couple hours northwest of Toronto. It was very casual. People got up and told stories. I said how we'd lost her ... then found her ... and then lost her again. But I was happy to be included today to say good-bye.
Her daughters had put together some posters with memories. Here's the one of her childhood that included some pictures of my father (he died in 1971).
Her five daughters are just older and younger than I am. It was weird that though they are my blood relatives (first cousins), we're strangers.
One of Liz's daughters introduced herself to me afterwards because she said we'd never met. Actually we had ... back in 1996 at a family reunion Liz organized. My half aunt came up to me and marvelled that she hadn't seen me since I was a kid. She too had been at the same reunion.
It sounds like the memorial service was just as Liz would have wanted ... lots of food, laughter and tears, and singing (her daughter set up a karaoke machine). I left after a couple hours.
It will be interesting to see if we stay in touch (I gave one of my cousins my address, etc.). Though I have lots of aunts and uncles, cousins, etc., on both my parents' sides, I'm not close to them. Sister Sarah is really the only family I have (besides Gord).
I guess it 's true what they say ... friends are the family you choose for yourself. I'm lucky in that I have some great friends.
Friday, June 01, 2007
Long. Boring. Blah.
When we worked together (1998-99), we would have rotis at Island Foods almost weekly. After I left (they are still with the same company), we would meet every couple of months.
It's been a while so it was great to see them today. I work downtown so it's tough sometimes to get away and meet them. Island Foods is in my 'hood so working from home today made it easy to hook up.