Monday, 15 July 2019

Ipsy Glam Bag - July 2019

My July Ipsy Glam Bag arrived this week.
  • 4 to 5 beauty products in a collectible makeup bag 
  • Monthly videos showing you how to get the Look 
  • Win free products in contests and giveaways

Subscriptions are $10US a month or $110US for a year.  Shipping is free in the U.S. and $4.95US per month to Canada.

 Here's what I received ...

  • Make-up bag
  • DILLYDELIGHT Real Egging Pack 
  • PHASE ZERO MAKE UP Blusher (Making Moves)
  • BENEFIT COSMETICS Roller Lash Curling Mascara (Black)
  • GLAMGLOW Glowstarter Mega Illuminating Moisturizer (Nude Glow)
  • Sunday, 14 July 2019

    Bar Aperol, Toronto, ON

    Bar Aperol is a pop-up in our 'hood ... it's only here from July 4 to 28.  I wanted to check it out before it's gone so Gord and I went this evening.

    The patio was jammed so we sat inside.

    Mill Street Beer Hall, Toronto, ON

    After Gord and I saw Fool for Love, we had an early supper at Mill Street Beer Hall.

    It was a warm sunny day so we sat at a shaded high-top on the patio.

    Live Theatre: "Fool for Love", Soulpepper Theatre, Toronto, ON

    This afternoon Gord and I saw the play Fool for Love, by Sam Shepard.  It was a finalist for the 1984 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

    Some people you just can’t quit.

    On the edge of the desert, passions are buried deep, and secrets even deeper. Eddie has come to bring May out of hiding and win her back, no matter who stands in the way. 

    This celebrated work from Sam Shepard combines his characteristic dark humour with a raw energy that won’t let go.

    It was about 75 minutes and there was no intermission.  Yesterday was the first day for it and it runs until August 11.

    We saw it at the Soulpepper Theatre in the Distillery District.

    May is staying at at a rundown Mojave Desert motel when Eddie, an old boyfriend, shows up.  Eddie tries to convince May to come back to him and live in a trailer on a farm in Wyoming and May refuses.  She has no desire to live in a trailer ... she has a job and started a new life.  She even has a date that night with a man named Martin.  There is an old man sitting next in a rocking chair in the sand next to the hotel who provides comments throughout the play.

    When the play started, it was May and Eddie arguing back and forth.  She would kick him out and then be heartbroken.  He would come back and she would be tough.  I found the play got more interesting towards the end when Martin arrived to take May to the movies and Eddie, then May, reveal their twisted history.

    There are only four actors in this play and I thought they were good.  They were convincing in their roles ... Eion Bailey and Cara Gee as the tormented Eddie and May, Stuart Hughes as the passive then raging old man and Alex McCooeye as the bewildered innocent Martin.

    Saturday, 13 July 2019

    Toronto Wolfpack 22, Featherstone Rovers 18, Lamport Stadium, Toronto, ON

    The Toronto Wolfpack RLFC is a Canadian professional rugby league club, based in here Toronto, which competes in the British Rugby Football League system.  In 2018, the club competed in the Championship, having begun to play in 2017 in League 1 and won a promotion in its inaugural season.  Gord and I have been going to the most of the games since 2017 and have been season ticket holders for the last two years.

    The club is noted as being the first North American team to play in the Rugby Football League system, the first fully professional rugby league team in Canada and the world's first transatlantic rugby league team.  Their home stadium is Lamport Stadium (aka "The Den"), which is just a couple blocks from where Gord and I live.

    Today the Wolfpack were playing the Featherstone Rovers.  Going into today's game, the Wolfpack were 19 - 1 and Featherstone was 13 - 7.

    It was hot and sunny for the game ... there is zero shade at Lamport Stadium.  They were calling for heavy rain and thunder around 3pm but thankfully it held off until the game was over and we got home.

    Here are Gord and I ...

    Our pal, Trish, joined us.

    The players warmed up before the game.

     The Wolfpack Dance Squad entertained ...

    Friday, 12 July 2019

    Book ~ "The 18th Abduction" (2019) James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

    From Goodreads ~ Detective Lindsay Boxer and her husband Joe Molinari team up to protect San Francisco from an international war criminal in the newest Women's Murder Club thriller.

    Three female schoolteachers go missing in San Francisco and Detective Lindsay Boxer is on the case - which quickly escalates from missing person to murder.

    Under pressure at work, Lindsay needs support at home. But her husband Joe is drawn into an encounter with a woman who's seen a ghost - a notorious war criminal from her Eastern European home country, walking the streets of San Francisco.

    As Lindsay digs deeper, with help from intrepid journalist Cindy Thomas, there are revelations about the victims. The implications are shocking. And when Joe's mystery informant disappears, joining the ranks of missing women in grave danger, all evidence points to a sordid international crime operation.

    It will take the combined skills of Lindsay, Joe, and the entire Women's Murder Club to protect their city, and themselves, from a monster.

    This is the eighteenth in the Women's Murder Club series (I've read them all). Though it is part of a series, it does work as a stand alone.  There are four members of the Women's Murder Club ... Lindsay, Cindy, Claire and Yuki, though the focus in this book is on Lindsay.  Cindy, Claire and especially Yuki are barely there.  Yuki makes her first brief appearance about a 1/3 of the way into the book and if you didn't know what her job was, you had to wait until she made her second brief appearance about halfway into the book and that's when you find out she is a prosecutor.  I found this slack editing.

    Lindsay is a detective with the San Francisco Police Department and her husband Joe works for the FBI.  This story happens five years ago so Lindsay and Joe are newly married and don't yet have a daughter.

    Three teachers have disappeared after having drinks one Monday night and Lindsay and her partner, Rich, are assigned to the case.  As they dig deeper into the case, they discover the teachers aren't as wholesome as everyone thought and this adds a bit of a dirty element to the case.

    In the meantime, Joe is approached by Anna, who had escaped from war torn Eastern Europe a few years ago.  There she was a young housewife with a baby.  Her husband and baby were killed and she, along with other young women of childbearing age, were taken and beaten and raped.  The man ultimately responsible was arrested but reportedly died.  Anna sees him living a couple blocks from her in San Francisco so she goes to Joe to report it.  Joe gets involved because he wants the guy to pay for all he had done.

    I liked the writing style of this book and thought it went at a good pace. I liked the short choppy chapters.  The point of view shifted ... it was first person perspective when the focus was on Lindsay and third person perspective when the focus was on others such as Joe, Anna and the kidnapped school teachers.  As a head's up, there is swearing and graphic violence.

    I thought the stories were okay, though I couldn't believe Anna, while traumatized at all she had gone through back home, would be that dumb and naïve to follow around the monster responsible.  She knew he was dangerous ... how could she think she could outsmart him?!  I thought it was a bit of a coincidence that in the big ole city of San Francisco that Lindsay and Joe may be working on the same case.

    Coronation Park, the Trillium Park and William G. Davis Trail, Toronto, ON

    It was a warm sunny and breezy evening and I went for a walk to get my 10,000 steps.  It was such a nice evening and lots of people were out and about.

    I headed to Coronation Park and walked through it.

    Then I headed to Trillium Park and William G. Davis Trail ... I love this park and trail and head there often!

    The Trillium Park and William G. Davis Trail is the province's new landmark park.

    Previously a parking lot, the park and trail is 7.5 acres of public green space on a spectacular part of Toronto’s waterfront.

    The design is inspired by Ontario landscapes and is the culmination of discussions with people from across Ontario, including the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation. As a result of public consultation, key features are included in the final design, including a pavilion and washroom facilities.

    The Trillium Park and William G. Davis Trail is a first step in transforming Ontario Place into a vibrant, year-round waterfront destination.
    1. William G. Davis Trail 
    2. The Ravine with Moccasin Identifier 
    3. The Pavilion 
    4. Romantic Garden 
    5. Fire Pit 
    6. Bluff
    7. Summit

    Thursday, 11 July 2019

    KC's tree, Trinity Bellwoods Park, Toronto, ON

    I went for a walk this evening and stopped by to visit KC's tree in Trinity Bellwood's Park.

    It looks fabulous and with the other trees around it is in great company!

    Wednesday, 10 July 2019

    Swiss Chalet Rotisserie & Grill, Scarborough, ON (Lawrence Avenue E),

    I had lunch today at Swiss Chalet (Lawrence Avenue E/Kennedy Road).

    I ordered what I usually order at Swiss Chalet ... a half chicken dinner with corn. It's Weight Watcher friendly (just seven points!). It was really good. The corn was obviously frozen but hadn't been sitting around ... it was hot and crispy. The chicken was hot and tender. The roll was warm and the sauce was hot and tasty.

    Beryle was my server.  She was friendly and took good care of me.

    Swiss Chalet Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

    Tuesday, 9 July 2019

    Heritage Toronto - Architectural Photography Tour, Toronto, ON

    This evening Gord and I did the Architectual Photography Tour for members of Heritage Toronto.

    See the city through fresh eyes as we focus our discussion on how composition and light can help you get the best building shots for your personal portfolio or Instagram page.This tour is co-led by Heritage Toronto staff and architectural photographer Vik Pahwa. 

    Vik Pahwa has been documenting the GTA since 2011. Vik’s work includes shoots for the Ontario Media Development Corporation film locations library, Toronto-based architects and builders, and Spacing and Azure magazines.

    We've done Heritage Toronto walks in the past and enjoyed them.  About Heritage Toronto ...

    We celebrate and commemorate our city’s rich heritage and the diverse stories of its people, places, and events – both to make sense of our present and to inform the future. Our Vision To be the recognized voice of Toronto’s heritage stories.

    We met in Berzcy Park on Front Street E.  Katelyn from Heritage Toronto was our host.  She gave us tidbits of information as we went from site to site.  Vik is self-taught and gave us suggestions to look at things differently.  Both were approachable if you had questions.

    We spent some time at Berzcy Park and were encouraged to take pictures of whatever caught our eye.  I headed to the fountain.  It's a fun fountain with cast-iron statues of 27 dogs and a lone cat.  It opened in 2018 and was nominated in the 2018 Heritage Awards.  The dogs are all looking up towards a large bone perched on the fountain's peak. The cat is looking north at statues of two small birds perched on the arm of a lamp post about three metres away from the fountain.

    Book ~ "Frying Plantain" (2019) Zalika Reid-Benta

    From Goodreads ~ Kara Davis is a girl caught in the middle - of her Canadian nationality and her desire to be a “true” Jamaican, of her mother and grandmother’s rages and life lessons, of having to avoid being thought of as too “faas” or too “quiet” or too “bold” or too “soft.” 

    Set in “Little Jamaica,” Toronto’s Eglinton West neighbourhood, Kara moves from girlhood to the threshold of adulthood, from elementary school to high school graduation, in these twelve interconnected stories. We see her on a visit to Jamaica, startled by the sight of a severed pig’s head in her great aunt’s freezer; in junior high, the victim of a devastating prank by her closest friends; and as a teenager in and out of her grandmother’s house, trying to cope with the ongoing battles between her unyielding grandparents.

    A rich and unforgettable portrait of growing up between worlds, "Frying Plantain" shows how, in one charged moment, friendship and love can turn to enmity and hate, well-meaning protection can become control, and teasing play can turn to something much darker. 

    Though she was born here in Canada, Kara's family is Jamaican.  Her grandparents live in Toronto but don't get along ... her grandfather has his own apartment and sees other women and occasionally goes home to the family house.  Eloise, Kara's mother, got pregnant with her at age 17 and doesn't want the same thing to happen to Kara.  Kara has no contact with her father and Eloise is doing the best she can ... she want her daughter to do well in school and have a better life.  Because she is carrying such a burden, Eloise is overprotective and can be moody.  In addition to this, Eloise and her mother don't get along so she doesn't have a huge support system.

    This is the story of Kara's life from a child until she was finished high school living in Toronto ... not having the freedom others had because of her mother, discovering boys, finding out how catty other girls (even friends) can be, dealing with her family's dysfunctional dynamics, living in Canada but with Jamaican traditions, etc.

    Though I had nothing in common with Kara (she's young and Jamaican), I liked this book.  I liked that it was set in Toronto and I've been to many of the neighbourhoods and places mentioned.  It is written mostly in first person perspective in Kara's voice ... there are a couple chapters where it's in third person perspective.  I tend to read fairly quickly, which I could with the majority of this book.  When some of the characters were speaking in Patois, I had to pause at times, though, to figure out what they were saying.  As a head's up, there is swearing.

    I liked the writing style and Kara.  I found the timeline at times confusing, though.  For example, Kara and Eloise were supposed to move back in with the grandmother but the next thing I know, they were living in a studio apartment.  What happened to living with the grandmother?!  It's not until later in the book years later that we find out what happened.