Monday, 28 April 2008
Sometimes better not to know ...
Cynthia is happily married with a young daughter, a new family. But the story of her old family isn't over. A strange car in the neighborhood, untraceable phone calls, ominous gifts, someone has returned to her hometown to finish what was started twenty-five years ago. And no one's innocence is guaranteed, not even her own. By the time Cynthia discovers her killer's shocking identity, it will again be too late ... even for goodbye.
I had really enjoyed Barclay's Zack Walker series earlier this year so was looking forward to reading his latest.
It's definitely a different tone (more serious) than the Walker series. It took me a bit to get into it but I'm glad I did as I enjoyed it.
I cared about the characters, especially Terry, who is the "voice" of the story.
I had the main plot figured out fairly quickly but it was interesting to see how Barclay got us there. But there's a surprise at the end I wasn't expecting.
So would I recommend this book? Yes!
Sunday, 27 April 2008
This afternoon was game 6 in the first round with the San Antonio Rampage (Phoenix Coyotes' farm team). Toronto was leading the series but lost 3-0. So the deciding game will be tomorrow evening.
We live just north of the Ricoh Centre so walked down.
It's great hockey at great prices ... yet they never come close to selling out.
We bought cheap tickets ($12) and moved down a few rows when we got there as there were lots of empty seats.
During the first intermission, we moved to a lower section by the other net.
There were fights during the first and second periods.
Duke, our mascot:
Duke kicked the butt of San Antonio's mascot during the second intermission!
Gord towards the end of the game:
Friday, 25 April 2008
Interesting and fun book that tells the stories of why we women get tattoos. I didn't realize that parents still disapproved so much! My favourite story was by Michelle Swartz about her grandmother who got a red sportscar and a pig tattoo on her 80th birthday. You go, Girl!
I was drawn to this book because I have two tattoos. One is of two hearts with a purple flower on either side on my left shoulder that I got when I was 30 (it used to have my and my first husband's initials in the hearts which I've since had lasered out and touched up) and a sunflower that I got when I was 44 (October 2006).
I think tattoos are cools and will no doubt get more ink in the future.
Thursday, 24 April 2008
So that's where I headed for supper.
The wings come in two flavours ... regular and hot. Melissa, my waitress, said that hot was HOT so I went with regular.
The wings came ... no sauce. They were just deep-fried. So I asked for sauces on the side and dipped.
I heard Melissa describing the brownie for dessert and it sounded good! I needed something fun after the boring wings.
The brownie was dry and hard. The ice cream was frosty. And there were weird small crunchy things sprinkled all over.
I put enough cash on the table to cover my bill and left.
Book ~ "Microtrends: The Small Forces Behind Tomorrow's Big Changes" (2007) - Mark Penn and E. Kinney Zalesne
Interesting book with small bite-sized chapters on a variety of topics. The stats are mostly American-based as are the discussions about politics.
Wednesday, 23 April 2008
They are only around the corner so I figured it would be quick. And you know how much I love pizza!
58 minutes later it arrived. So much for their "40 minutes and it's free" pledge.
And I discovered it was cold after the guy left!
I called back twice to complain ... but they didn't answer the phone. Great customer service!
Gord and I order from Pizza Pizza in Toronto fairly often and it's fast and fresh.
Pizza Pizza in Timmins, though, sucks!
Tuesday, 22 April 2008
Top male: Matt Druken ~ 11:27
Top female: Julia Totosy de Zepetnek ~13:55
I came in 3965 out of 4428 (2041 out of 2393 women) with a time of 37:46.
The last in was 1:28:52.
Great experience and it gives me something to shoot for next time!
You can do a tour that takes about an hour and is $9. That's a whole lotta Shania!
She has provided a lot of her memorabilia and souvenirs ... and apparently all the money taken in goes to the city of Timmins.
I just wandered around the gift shop.
Monday, 21 April 2008
Interesting book to read considering where we are today with convenience meals ... Lean Cuisines, President's Choice products, etc.
The quotes from those times were hilarious. Gord and my favourite from radio personality, Mary Margaret McBride:
"She went on to predict that homemade biscuits and cakes would never lose their appeal, 'just as no satisfaction will ever equal the joy a woman finds in setting those biscuits and other delicious products of her own skill before her family.'"
So for supper how could I not check Don's Pizzeria ... who says it's Timmins original and #1 ... and Shania's favourite?!
It was different from any pizza I've ever had.
It seems like it's baked ahead of time, the ingredients you want are put on it and then it's put back in the oven again. That would explain why it was ready in less than ten minutes.
It was very crunchy and the toppings were dry.
I won't be going back during my stay.
Timmins is an eight hour drive north of Toronto ... or a 90 minute flight from Pearson Airport. So I flew.
Here's my plane.
My flight was overbooked so they were offering an incentive to someone to give up their seat ... a $200 travel voucher and breakfast/lunch/supper/hotel room in Toronto because the flights after mine were overbooked. The next available flight wasn't until tomorrow.
Sunday, 20 April 2008
We went to the Cadillac Lounge.
Tanya Kim and her party were behind us having fun! Though we talked with a friend of hers, Tanya ignored us. Oh well!
With the warm weather here, it was time. Today was her doggy spa day!
I took her for a walk first. Look how furry she was!
Saturday, 19 April 2008
I got there around 7:10 to check in. It was quite crowded!
Though I've never met her, I recognized my blog bud, Dawn, heading out to do the climb as I was in line. I called to her and we exchanged high-fives!
This was my last view of the Tower just before I went in to do the climb. Very overwhelming!
It was what I expected ... tough! I started the climb at 7:50:06 and was finished at 8:27:52.
There are 1776 steps and 144 floors. The floors were numbered so I knew exactly how much more I had to do. There was plenty of space to stop and rest, which I did.
When I got to the top, my first thought was "What the hell was I thinking!? I'm never doing that again!"
But once I caught my breath and walked around outside, I knew I'd do it again. It was a challenge and now I have a goal ... to beat this year's time.
It's best to go early. The worst part is the waiting and I was there fairly early ... a 20 minute wait to get registered (I got pulled out of the long line, though, at that point because I had done everything online), a 30 minute wait to get on the elevator to get back down, a 20 minute wait to get the teeshirt, etc.
When I was leaving, there was a HUGE line-up outside the Tower of people who hadn't even started it! About 5000 people are doing the climb today.
Thursday, 17 April 2008
We were supposed to meet at Living Well on Yonge Street. When I got there, I discovered that it's now Arrabiata Resto Bar. Trish was there already and we waited for everyone else to arrive.
Except they went to another restaurant because Living Well is no more. We eventually got it figured out and they met us there.
Trish, Jen and Susan
Shawna, Yvette, Teena, Trish, Jen and Susan
It was great to see everyone and catch up! And the pizzas were good!
Now Jefferson is dead, the victim of a brutal murder, and his widow has called upon Perry for a favor he knows he shouldn't accept but can't turn down: to find Jefferson's estranged son, partial beneficiary of the dead man's fortune. The case is simple enough, a routine "locate," and he'll be paid plenty of money for the work. The encounter should be simple, too: a brief exchange of information and maybe an empty condolence before Perry gets back into his truck and returns home. Instead, he's loaded into a police car and taken to a rural jail while Jefferson's son is zipped into a body bag.
Perry soon learns that Jefferson's millions are the target of a thirst for revenge that hasn't been satisfied by blood. As a pair of deadly assailants push deep into the investigator's life, they bring with them police from two states who are determined to see Perry in jail.
This is the first novel I've read by Koryta and I enjoyed it.
Lincoln Perry is a likeable character. I liked the writing style. I wasn't all that crazy about Karen and hoped that she was involved in the crimes.
I'm looking forward to going back and reading first two books in the series.
Wednesday, 16 April 2008
How do I know?
The patios are open!
Gord came home from work today with the great idea of having our first "patio beer" of the season.
We headed over to our closest pub, the Brazen Head.
The beer tasted goooooood!
My observation is ... not much.
Here are Morgan and Byron at 10:00 this morning.
Here they are at 3:00.