Thursday, July 31, 2008
Ridgely is a cow.
Carlisle is a wimp.
The whole concept of the rich and debs was dumb.
But I continued to the end because I enjoyed the writing style.
I'm not a big fan of romance novels but will probably check out another of Lee's books because of the writing style.
I'd put it away and was going to do it when the warm weather came.
Then I couldn't find it.
I found it yesterday ... of course, it was right in front of my eyes!
Here it is!
It has to soak in water for 24 hours.
As do the seeds (to form a paste).
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Gord started with a Mojito (hand-shaken with Appleton White rum, lime juice, plenty of fresh mint, cane syrup and a splash of soda). He thinks Milestones makes the best Mojitoes in Toronto.
I had a Bellini (a frozen blend of premium white rum, peach liqueur and sparkling white wine, topped with Boone’s sangria).
Gord had a Ceasar salad.
I had Spicy Thai Chicken Drummettes (toasted sesame-cucumber mayonnaise, peanut sauce) ... yum!
Then Gord had the special ... steak with shrimp.
I had the pork chop and garlic mashed potatoes.
Thanks, Sister Sarah!
We were in the cheap seats ... $9 in the 500 section.
Alas, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays won 3 to 2. It was a good game.
Because it was a 12:35 start, it was "camp" day and there were tons and tons and tons of kids there. We were surrounded by kids, going up and down the stairs continously to the bathroom. So we moved a few times.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
We stopped at the Bar Wellington and discovered they had buckets of beer ... 5 Amsterdam Pale Ale for just $15.
So here's us (taken with my cell phone):
Batman raises the stakes in his war on crime. With the help of Lieutenant Jim Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman sets out to dismantle the remaining criminal organizations that plague the city streets. The partnership proves to be effective, but they soon find themselves prey to a reign of chaos unleashed by a rising criminal mastermind known to the terrified citizens of Gotham as The Joker.
I'll admit that I wasn't looking forward to seeing this movie.
But it wasn't that bad.
Heath Ledger is excellent as the Joker. He is hilarious in the scenes at Gotham Hospital.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
First stop was the patio at The Kitchen (Queen W/Northcote).
We had a drink at the Gladstone (Queen W/Gladstone).
We were hungry so had fish and chips at Mitzi's Sister (Queen W/Sorauren). Yum!
We headed north on Roncesvalles and stopped at the back patio at the Local Pub (Roncesvalles/Howard Park).
We sat with a couple named Michelle and Michael. They've been married for 25 years and have two kids. They split up 20 years ago and became roommates three years ago. Wacky! Michael started a band in 1962 called Jon and Lee & The Checkmates.
One last stop on the back patio of Loons.
Using Blanchard's signature breezy style, The 4th Secret of the One Minute Manager tells the story of a bright young man, Matt Hawkins, who wants to help his mentor, the company president, face and deal with some crucial mistakes. For advice, Matt turns to family friend Jack Peterson, known by everyone as the One Minute Manager. What begins as a beautiful country weekend turns into an enlightening few days when Matt discovers how to take action effectively when we have done something wrong. Through this engaging parable, Blanchard and McBride teach readers step-by-step how to accept responsibility for their errors and deal with the cause of the damage while maintaining a genuine sense of integrity.
This is a clearheaded way of approaching one of life's most perplexing dilemmas: how to accept that we have made a wrong decision and how to correct it by making a meaningful apology. The techniques described in this simple but profound story will have significant results at work and at home.
A really really quick read ... it took about an hour.
The story is cheesy but the message is a good one.
Interesting combination of experiences along with scientific facts.
It was a good read for any animal lover. It was interesting getting into the head of a vet. The chapter about having to put pets to sleep was a bit tough to read, though.
Friday, July 25, 2008
I read about this on a blog during the week.
And there's an article about it in today's Toronto Star.
Ready for the latest in spa pampering? Prepare to dunk your tootsies in a tank of tiny, nibbling carp.
The fish don't do the job alone. After 15 to 30 minutes in the tank, customers get a standard pedicure, made easier by the soft skin the doctor fish leave behind.
I love getting pedicures, though I don't get them very often. I dunno if I'd want to try this. What do you think?
My heels are callused so there would be some good eatin'!
I read some of the wishes and, if they are sincere and honest, it makes me thankful that I have as much as I do.
Welcome to the world's largest social helping website. Everyday new wishes are posted and everyday wishes are granted. Wishes range from needs to wants and can be searched by category, time, location and even by keywords. Anyone can become a hero just by granting a wish. It's easy, it's free and it's inspirational. The world is now empowered to help itself.
Wish Upon A Hero was first conceived by founder Dave Girgenti shortly after the September 11th attacks on New York City. Dave dreamed of creating a platform where can people help other people directly. This idea became a reality in September of 2007 when the site was launched.
Wish Upon A Hero has registered over 13,000 members from all 50 states and 101 countries. As more people join the site, then more people are getting help. Members have posted close to 19,000 wishes and an amazing 12,000 wishes have been granted in the first 7 months. The wishes range from small items like baby diapers to incredible request such as Lasik Eye surgery. No wish is too big, no hero to small. Sign up today and become a hero!
Fun, and often sarcastic, episode recaps of over 175 of TV's best (and worst) shows. Keep up on what's going down on the tube.
TelevisionWithoutPity.com delivers exactly what its name promises: detailed recaps of TV dramas, sitcoms and reality shows in an admittedly biased and snarky way. Ease into the site by reading a "weecap," (a shorter recap composed in real time as the reviewer's watching the show), then go for the full length, real deal summaries to get the whole story on your favorite episodes.
Try out several different recaps to get a feel for each reviewer's writing style (some get to the point a little quicker than others, but might not be as funny). Or head to the Forums to discuss an episode or show with other Television Without Pity users.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Welcome to We Are What We Do, a new movement inspiring people to use their everyday actions to change the world. We're not talking moving big mountains. More of a gentle nudge from the corner desk. A little prod from the sofa. A gentle push from the PE room.
So go on then! Track an action, share, connect.
The idea behind We Are What We Do is pretty simple: small actions completed by a lot of people means big change. There's definitely power in numbers.
The site launched in 2004 with a list of 100 simple, everyday actions people can do to improve their health, environment and neighborhoods. And in the last four years, over 1.3 million actions have been completed! So what are these simple tasks? Everything from using just one energy-saving light bulb to planting a tree to smiling at (or hugging) someone to shutting down your computer properly. Doesn't seem too hard, right?
Click here to join!
So many bloggers are doing the "pay per posts" now ... it's a more relaxed cost effective way for companies to advertise their products and services.
I came across a book called The Word of Mouth Manual, Volume II. You can buy it from Amazon for $45 or you can download it for free here.
From Amazon.com ~ Why is this book $45.00?
* Only a few thousand have been made
* It includes all of the material from Volume I
* Its cover is entirely water resistant and sized to be used as a rainhat
* There's a monkey on the cover (of course)
* Each comes with a one-of-its-kind bookmark, cut from a massive piece of artwork by BzzAgent Artist-in-Residence, Seth. B. Minkin.
Of course, if you don't want to pay for this fantastic, water-resistant version, you can get the entire book for FREE in PDF form from 20 of the big thinking bloggers around. You can find more about that at www.bzzagent.com/monkey.
And that's the point. The Word of Mouth Manual, Volume II is the ultimate illustration of how Word of Mouth actually works. Each element of the book (including the free distribution) was carefully crafted as an example of how you can make Word of Mouth work.
What do Falco and the Grateful Dead have in common? How did Joey Chesnut unseat "Tsunami" Kobayashi in the Coney Island hot dog eating contest? From Tickle-Me-Elmo and Casey Kasem to Crocs and those terribly annoying HeadOn commercials, the book is packed full of real-world examples of what makes people recommend products and services to each other. If you're a company who is interested in how to get people talking, you can't get started without reading the Manual.
I'm blogging about it so I guess I'm a good example of word of mouth marketing!
Why don't you go check it out!
The rainiest June and July in city records has made Toronto the country's soggiest city this summer and has put 2008 on the fast track to be the city's wettest year ever.
Morning showers and flash afternoon storms yesterday brought Toronto's two-month rain tally up to 272.8 millimetres (10.7 inches) as of 2 p.m. yesterday, eclipsing the previous record for the same period with eight days left to go.
The two months of regular downpour made Toronto the only city shattering summer rain records. It also makes us the rainiest area in the country over that time, said Dave Phillips, Environment Canada's senior climatologist.
"Toronto is the wettest location in the country," he said. "Nowhere even comes close."
Add the saturated summer to the snow-laden winter, and we're easily on pace to beat a 30-year-old record for the city's wettest year ever, Phillips noted.
Routinely waterlogged cities like St. John's, Halifax, Thunder Bay and Prince Rupert, "can't hold a candle to Toronto" over the last two months, the weather guru said.Source: Toronto Star
My tomatoes and red peppers are loving all this rain!
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
I met with a fella I used to work with about a project I may work on with/for him. Sounds interesting so we'll see if it works out.
Then I had a doctor's appointment. She wants me to come in every three months or so to check my blood pressure (she's very thorough). She's always running late ... I finally saw her at 12:45 (my appointment was for noon).
Then I had a dentist appointment for a cleaning.
And I ran into three people I used to work with ... and they all work for the same company!
And look at my red pepper ... it's turning red!
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Sunday, July 20, 2008
From Toronto.com ~ There are heroes. There are superheroes. And then there's Hancock. With great power comes great responsibility - everyone knows that - everyone, that is, but Hancock. Edgy, conflicted, sarcastic and misunderstood, Hancock's well-intentioned heroics might get the job done and save countless lives, but always seem to leave jaw-dropping damage in their wake. The public has finally had enough. As grateful as they are to have their local hero, the good citizens of Los Angeles are wondering what they ever did to deserve this guy. Hancock isn't the kind of man who cares what other people think - until the day he saves the life of PR executive Ray Embrey and the sardonic superhero begins to realize that he may have a vulnerable side after all. Facing that will be Hancock's greatest challenge yet - and a task that may prove impossible as Ray's wife, Mary, insists that he's a lost cause.
I like Will Smith so was looking forward to seeing this movie.
Lots of action! Interesting story, though I wasn't buying part of it.
I'd recommend it if you are looking for a fun action-packed flick.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
For supper, we enjoyed Bungalicious at the Bungalow Cafe. An appetizer, main dish and a dessert for just $30! It's a great deal!
Kirsten and I ordered Shit That Dreams are Made of martinis. Yum!
Here we are!