Friday, 29 February 2008
Book ~ "Murder 101" - Maggie Barbieri (2007)
This wasn't a bad book but it certainly wasn't a great book.
I found Alison extremely wimpy at times ... she faints and barfs non-stop. Yet off she goes putting herself in danger at others. The extremes are too much. And her ex-husband, Ray, is a dog yet she still helps him when he gets arrested and she has the patience, after all he had done to her in the marriage (which she continuously whines about), to be nice and polite to him. And her best friend, Max, is just annoying!
And the ending (solving the murder) was pretty blah.
I would read another in this series but I wouldn't go looking for it.
Sunday, 24 February 2008
Then we remembered that the City had posted notices that they were clearing the snow from our street.
Click here to see our street last week.
They towed away the cars from the south side and then cleared it.
Then they moved the cars from the north side to the south side ...
And then they cleared the north side ...
Then they'll bring back the cars from the south side and put them on the north side.
Saturday, 23 February 2008
Book ~ "Into the Wild" - Jon Krakauer (2007)
Interesting story and I'd like to see the movie.
Book ~ "Another Shot: How I Relived My Life in Less Than a Year" - Joe Kita (2001)
After two months of conditioning, he works out with his alma mater's high school basketball team and is told that this time he wouldn't have been cut. He and his wife attend a workshop for lovers (for which he happily paid $1,000 and would do so again before spending another $10 on a Viagra pill), allowing them to have "the best sex of our married lives and with each other, no less." They also renew their vows in a ceremony far more satisfying than their overstressed wedding. Even when his quests don't pan out, Kita finds peace: so what if he can't recover that first Camaro or if that woman he was too shy to approach in college won't return his letter?
Basically a happy guy, Kita doesn't often stray toward seriousness, though he laments not having said good-bye to his father, who died at 62 (and tries to revisit him via a psychic); he also takes a day trip with his Mom to try to repair some long-standing rifts. In his conclusion, Kita lists some regrets he hasn't yet pursued that might make for a deeper challenge.
This book caught my eye at the library ... it sounded like an interesting premise.
I enjoyed the writing style and the stories. I'd definitely recommend it!
My favourite missed opportunities? Chapter 16: Not being a real man (he did a survival camp ... I can't imagine being left alone for two days!), Chapter 18: Mistreating a dog (made me hug my dog and cats), and Chapter 19: Not having a hero (he worked out with Jack LaLanne).
Would I want to relive any of my "missed opportunities"? No way ... my experiences are what make me who I am today. How about you?
I'll leave you with a quote that resonnated with me from his story about trying to find his first car ... I'll have realized a long time ago that it's only where you are and where you are heading that matters. So true!
Thursday, 21 February 2008
Queen Street W fire
Buildings were burned to the ground, businesses are closed, residents left homeless and Queen Street W is closed. Thankfully no one was seriously injured. They have yet to determine the cause.
KC and I took a walk over there this afternoon (about 15 minutes east of us). It was very sad to see the destruction of these old historic buildings.
There were lots of people lining the north side of the street (including me with my phone) taking pictures.
Here comes the sun
It was still dark when I left home.
By the time I got to Stoney Creek, the sun was blinding but beautiful!
I was driving 120km on the QEW when I took these pictures (through a dirty windshield).
Wednesday, 20 February 2008
Lunch with Deb
Peter and Deb
As always, it was fun to catch up with Deb!
Then I met up with Gord and spent his lunch with him before heading home.
Tuesday, 19 February 2008
Can you spot Byron?
Five minutes later I was going to put them away ... but there was a kitty already settled in.
I got a call while I was on the cruise that it was cancelled.
Today would have been the day I had to show up to see if I was eligible.
Instead the day is mine! Mine!
Monday, 18 February 2008
Gord and I drove the Hamilton to spend the afternoon with Ken, Gord's son.
We first saw a couple movies. Gord and Ken saw Rambo (I had no interest in it) and I saw The Bucket List.
Corporate billionaire Edward Cole and working class mechanic,Carter Chambers have nothing in common except for their terminal illnesses. While sharing a hospital room together, they decide to leave it and do all the things they have ever wanted to do before they die according to their bucket list. In the process, both of them heal each other, become unlikely friends, and ultimately find the joy in life.
I liked The Bucket List. It is a cute movie and a good reminder to live each day as if it's your last ... find joy and provide joy.
After the movies, we had a bite to eat at Montana's Cookhouse.
Ten minutes later, there was no sign of it. We have enough snow already, thanks!
Sunday, 17 February 2008
My toy boy
For the last couple weeks, Morgan has been digging under the fridge.
In the past, I had put packing tape across the bottom of the fridge so he couldn't knocked his toys under the fridge. This tape is now ripped and needs to be replaced.
He's been a maniac every time he heard the fridge door open. He would run over and drive his little arm under the fridge.
It had gotten to the point of being very annoying because we've had to push him away to avoid crushing his skull when we close the door.
This afternoon I pulled the fridge out to see what has been obsessing him.
In addition to dust, there were 17 soft toys and 5 plastic toys (with bells inside)! I threw the plastic toys out (they are dangerous if we step on them in the dark).
Some are really nasty ... who knows how long they have been under there? The fridge hasn't been pulled out in two years.
But Morgan's happy and not being a spaz anymore.
Friday, 15 February 2008
Book ~ "Stone Rain" - Linwood Barclay (2007)
Now Zack is implicated in a murder, Trixie is missing, and everything he thought he knew about his friend, his town, even his own marriage, reveals a darker side. Zack’s twisted trail to the truth will lead to a long-unsolved triple homicide, bikers, drug wars, and a stone-cold killer hell-bent on revenge. It’s a story that’s already cost him his job and possibly his wife, and, if Zack’s not very lucky, it will cost him his life.
Another excellent book in the Zack Walker series. The suspense and comedy are still there.
I'm definitely enjoying this series and look forward to reading the others from this Toronto-area writer.
I donated them this morning by putting them in the Oasis Clothing Bank box that is at the grocery store we go to.
There were eight pairs and, with the cold weather we've been having, I hope they can make use of them.
I'm going to keep making mitts and hopefully I'll have quite a few pair to donate at the beginning of next winter.
Book ~ "Bad Guys" - Linwood Barclay (2005)
While researching his first feature article, Zack stumbles upon a real-life crime scene, but what seems like an ordinary hit-and-run may actually be a homicide linked to a gang that’s been burglarizing Crandall’s high-end shops. Suddenly Zack finds himself at the center of a violent crime wave and destined for a confrontation with Barbie Bullock, an unsettling figure infamous in the crime syndicate for his ruthless business tactics and peculiar proclivity for collecting dolls.
And all is not quiet on the home front either. Zack’s protective instincts launch into overdrive when he discovers that his daughter’s rejected suitor has been tracing her every step and may harbor a much more ominous motivation than winning a Saturday night date. Nor does his son’s strange behavior and recent friendship with a creepy computer recluse inspire joy in a father’s heart.
As worlds begin to collide and boundaries between family and foe blur, Zack goes on the attack, and heaven help the bad guys when this resourceful father comes to make good on a deal gone bad.
This is the first book I've read by Barclay and I really enjoyed it. I'm into mysteries and this was comical too. The writing style is quick and funny and I look forward to reading the others in the series.
Wednesday, 13 February 2008
The day after
We have a lot of snow after yesterday's storm.
Our parking lot
Tuesday, 12 February 2008
What should have been a 45 minute drive took me three scary slippery hours!
I started on the Don Valley Parkway but got off at Bloor an hour later (it usually takes me 10 minutes to get that far). Traffic was crawling and I figured I'd be better off driving through the City.
When I got home, our parking lot wasn't plowed and I barely got into our parking spot. I slid into it crookedly but got stuck on some ice so left it as it was. It's a good thing our neighbour wasn't home or I would have slid into her car.
It was initially forecast to be a minor system with only five to 10 cms but most areas received about 20 cms.
Sunday, 10 February 2008
Back to reality
There were some snow storms while I was gone and the temperature right now is -30C with the wind chill. Brrrr!
Saturday, 9 February 2008
Old San Juan
Our first stop was a quick one at the Capital Building.
|There's Sister Sarah (in fuscia) climbing!|
|Christopher Columbus Statue, Columbus Square|
|We ran into Christina and Dennis|
It's always nice to get away ... but it's good to get home again too.