Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Gord got one many many years ago. It sat in our cupboard for more than five years before I took it out in December to try it out.
Since then, I've been using it a lot! Roasts, ribs, cottage roll, chicken and lots more! But since Gord's is so old, there is no separate inside pot ... so cleaning it isn't fun!
We were at the grocery store last week and discovered there are liners for them.
Reynolds Slow Cooker Liners are made of heat resistant nylon and designed to make slow cooker cleanup fast and easy. The liners help you avoid all that soaking and scrubbing that is associated with slow cooking. Simply place the liner in the slow cooker bowl, add ingredients, and cook as you normally would. After cooking, remove meal from the lined-slow cooker, allow to cool, and simply toss the liner. It’s that easy!
Reynolds Slow Cooker Liners are 13"X21" liners, optimally-sized to fit 3 to 6.5 quart round or oval slow cookers. There are 4 liners in each carton, along with timesaving tips and delicious recipes.
They cost about $2.50 for the four liners but are soooo worth it! After we're done, I just lift the bag out, liquid and all, and throw it out. Yes, it is that easy!
Monday, January 28, 2008
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Then we walked to City Hall because the Winter City Festival is happening (it started last night and runs 'til February 7).
The Nights of Fire was really neat!
Experience the enchantment of Nights of Fire, magically created by Cie Carabosse, France's acclaimed fire art troupe in Toronto for their North American premiere.
Fuel the flames of your imagination as you wander among intricate sculptures of metal, clay and fire that will transform Nathan Phillips Square into a wonderland of warmth and light.
The gentle illumination of the entire square will unfold over three hours as clay pots are individually lit until 1500 burn in unison, radiating heat and reflective beauty across the urban landscape.
Haunting musical performances will accompany the fire installation, delicately enhancing the magic and wonder of the flames.
"On nights of fire, the audience discovers a magic previously unexplored. Eyes reflect the sparkle in the flames, and minds open to the surrounding beauty. Soak in the images and experience the emotions. Reflect. Absorb. Enjoy."
Thursday, January 24, 2008
I had completed the jury questionnaire they had sent to me in September and I guess that determined that I'm eligible.
"You have been summoned as a potential juror for a lengthy criminal trial of five (5) accused persons commencing February 19, 2008.
Crown and defence counsel estimate that this trial may last about six (6) months. Estimates are never precise. The trial may be longer or shorter than the counsel have estimated."
I'll let you know if I'm chosen.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Teena, your position as eldest child shows most strongly in your self-esteem.
Similar to other eldest children, you are probably in tune with who you are and what you want. You are conscious of your limitations but you are more aware of your positive qualities. Being the eldest child put you in a leadership role. To sustain this position, you learned at a young age how to leverage your positive qualities, or things you were better at than your younger siblings, to your advantage. This natural, though possibly unconscious, insight into your own personality enabled you to obtain whatever you set your sights on. People tend to enjoy your company because you are confident and have a positive outlook on life.
Go here to take the test!
I read an interesting book today called The Provincial Asylum in Toronto edited by Edna Hudson.
It was interesting to me because the Provincial Asylum, now known as the Centre of Addictions and Mental Health, is in my neighbourhood ... I take KC for walks there quite often.
I did skip over some of the book as I was more interested in the history of the hospital and the neighbourhood that the details of the architects.
Monday, January 21, 2008
This is the first book I've read by Delinsky and the theme intrigued me.
I did enjoy the story but there was so many storylines going on (though I didn't get confused). Hugh lost his trust in Dana briefly but still insisted on the paternity test so he'd have proof that Lizzie was his to show others. He cared more about what people were going to think than on how this was affecting Dana. Then he expected her to be understanding and forgiving.
The structure is the same as the ones I've made the last couple months. The pattern is:
Row 1 and 2: knit 2, purl 2 (repeat)
Row 3 and 4: purl both rows
Then repeat this pattern 10 times.
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Friday, January 18, 2008
One of the benefits of the Inspiron 1420 is that it has a built-in thing-a-ma-gig so I can surf wireless.
He then suggested the router to buy and I got it today. And it was on sale for $59.99 (a savings of $40) ... sweet!
I hooked up the router this evening and followed the directions on the enclosed disk ... but didn't have any wireless Internet access.
I was determined to figure it out. And by fluke, I did!
Yes, I'm sitting on the couch surfing! Whoohoo!!
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
I've been hit with a wicked headache around lunchtime today and yesterday that Tylenol aren't getting rid of.
I can't jump around if my head feels like it's going to explode.
Hopefully tomorrow will be better ...
Using 4 double pointed 5.5mm needles, cast on 32 stitches. *Knit 3, purl 1* to end for ribbing. Repeat this 15 times.
Pattern: *Knit 1, purl 2* to end decreasing two stitches evening (to 30 stitches). *Knit 1, purl 2* to end. Knit the next two rows.
Repeat this combo 3 times. Put 6 stitches on a stitch holder for the thumb. Continue in pattern, casting on 6 stitches at the of the of row. Repeat pattern 8 times. Knit 1 row. *Knit 2, knit 2 together* to end. Knit 1 row. *Knit 2 together* to end. Cast off (not bind off). Pull wool through inside. Put the stitches from the stitch holder to a needle and knit. Pick up 9 stitches evenly around the thumb hole (so 15 stitches in total). Knit 13 rows. *Knit 2 together* to end. Cast off (not bind off). Pull wool through inside. Tie off and tuck the ends inside.
Monday, January 14, 2008
As you know, I have been asked to review the NutriSystem program.
Here are the benefits:
- Most of the meals come in a container you cook it in and then eat it ... so few dishes to wash.
- There is a lot of choice, especially with the dinner meals.
- It provides you with portion control.
- It's good for someone who is busy cuz it's all ready for you ... you just heat it up.
- The program includes snacks ... cookies, pretzels, chips, etc.
- A lot of the meals are high in fibre.
- I'm enjoying the Nutriflakes (cereal).
- Peanut butter cookies are my favourite kind of cookie and the NutriSystem ones aren't too bad.
What I haven't liked about it:
- The scrambled eggs are rubbery and salty. I stopped eating them after the first time (Gord's been eating them).
- I eat very little salt and I'm finding that most of the meals are very salty (the sodium content is high).
- The Green Pepper Steak with rice tasted okay but there wasn't a lot to it. There were about two tablespoons of soggy brown rice. The Zesty Cajun Chicken with Rice and Sausage, though, was more substantial.
- I'm missing "real" fresh meals.
- I love love love pizza ... and the Flatbread pizza was very tiny and not very satisfying.
Sunday, January 13, 2008
John worked at Healthy's, the nutrition store I go to. John was very helpful to me in the past with a lot of information and advice. He got me starting my mornings with a shake of Greens, ground flaxseed and protein powder.
Just goes to show that you should live each day as if it's your last ... cuz it might be.
Gord and I did a two hour Intro to Improv event this afternoon at Bad Dog Theatre Company with Single Horizons. Jane was our instructor.
It was a lot of fun!
I did Second City's five level improv program ten years ago (it's takes a year to complete) and enjoyed it. I had originally done it because I wanted to get over my fear of public speaking. It worked because I ended up spending five years after that giving investment presentations for a living.
Saturday, January 12, 2008
There were over forty of us. Along with lots of yummy food ... wings, pizza, meatballs, nachos and mini halibut and chips.
About 9:30, there was live music by Allister Bradley, who played older tunes (Eagles, Great Big Sea, Van Morrison, etc.) along with a couple Celtic songs.
Friday, January 11, 2008
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Gord and I went to the gym this evening and it was packed! No ellipticals or treadmills were available.
So I did 15 minutes on the stepmill ... 7 minutes on "manual" at level 5 and 8 minutes on "fat burn" at level 5. It's a lot harder than it looks! Then I did 30 minutes of HIT strength training.
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
And the shoes still squeak!
Monday, January 07, 2008
A positively horrible story! I hated all the characters except the kids, Antony and Zara.
As if Fleur could get away with robbing these men and none of them come looking for her. And Richard is the biggest sap ever ... he deserves to get robbed!
The ending sucked!
Hard to believe that this author and Sophie Kinsella are one and the same.
Saturday, January 05, 2008
Gord and I love theatre so found this very interesting. They have a fascinating history and it's amazing to see how well they have been restored. We definitely recommend this tour!
The Elgin and Winter Garden Theatres are a pair of stacked theatres.
They are the last surviving Edwardian stacked theatres in the world. The pair were originally built as the centrepiece of Marcus Loew's theatre chain in 1913. The ornate lower theatre, then named Loew's Yonge Street Theatre, was home to plays and Vaudeville productions that attracted some of the world's top talent. The upper level Winter Garden, which is decorated to resemble a forest, also housed Vaudeville productions.
In 1928, the decline of Vaudeville forced the Winter Garden to close and it remained shuttered for several decades. Left inside it was a large collection of Vaudeville props and scenery, now the world's largest surviving collection. The lower theatre was eventually transformed into a cinema. Over time the building gradually deteriorated as did the theatre. In 1969, Loews sold the Elgin to Famous Players. By the 1970s the Elgin was showing mainly B movies and soft core pornography. In 1981 the Ontario Heritage Foundation bought the structure from Famous Players and set about restoring the two theatres.
Since then the theatres have been at the heart of Toronto's thriving theatre scene home to major productions and musicals with Cats being the first performance at the Elgin. The building was closed in 1987 to be fully restored and then reopened in 1989.
Winter Garden Theatre
On the main level
The ceiling (those are real leaves!)
The original lighting controls
An original silent movie projector