Monday, October 01, 2007


I love Autumn, but it still feels quite summery. So today I’m wearing a skirt and a new top, which I bought at The Clothing Show this weekend. It’s black and yet colourful. I’m all paradoxy, me.

Okay, so the past couple of weeks have been hectic, lots of visitors! Got filmed at City Hall during an evacuation drill, giving opinions on a car makeover for a new Slice show (The List I think, hasn’t started yet). Went to dinner at The Rivoli and for drinks at Wide Open with T&R and J*&P and a few others, that was quite fun! I had FOUR chocolate martinis that night, twice my usual limit! Went to The Clothing Show and bought dresses and tops and jewellry and purses, prrrrr... Had dinner with C&C and a bewildering variety of Bowlies and quasi-Bowlies, then attempted to do Nuit Blanche. Actually, that turned out to be Nuit Blech - I probably won’t bother with it next year.

Oh, and I’m almost finished my Clapotis!

Photos on Flickr soon, I promise!

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Keeping up (with the Joneses)

Okay, so I’m going to try to keep this up a bit better. That means not leaving things in Draft purgatory for so long. I think I’ll try to post directly and then update as needed, rather than making drafts and then finalizing them.

So what’s happened in my life since last week? Well, had a few friends in visiting last week so we all went for dinner, that was nice. Saw a bit of the filming going on downtown for the new Hulk movie. Shook hands with Brian Mulroney last week at a corporate event. Went to a Stag & Doe in Welland and chatted with nice people. Bought a DVD (The Lost Room). Stressed over what to wear to a wedding that’s in two weeks’ time. Tidied only the tiniest little bit.

So not much really.

I’ve been feeling okay lately too. I mean, I’m out of shape and all, but in a pretty good mood most of the time. Which is nice.

Oh, and last week there were no-apparent-reason fireworks at The Docks, which can be viewed quite easily from my place, so I took pictures and they turned out quite nicely (see my Flickr page).

Sunday, September 16, 2007

*sigh* I'm back

Okay guys, I'm back. I've been gone, yes, I admit it. Well, when I say gone, I mean I've been right here all this time, but too lazy to update my blog. I have a number of posts in limbo, and I should really rescue them, but this is just a little flare to let you know I'm still around!

What's happened over the past few months? Well, lessee. Had my deck party, which was excellent. Had a number of visitors. Booked my January vacation (Mexico, yay!). Worked like a fiend. Stopped going to the gym (just too damned busy). Got to the cottage. Finished my first pair of socks. Had a photo chosen for Schmap (see the widget on the bottom right - check out BCE place). Spent too much money. You know.

So anyway, just a quick check-in.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

They Might Be Giants at the Mod Club

Just got back from seeing They Might Be Giants at The Mod Club. What an excellent show!

Met with my long-lost friend LB, who I haven't seen since the store we ran at The Eaton Centre (Outback Jack, anyone remember that?) closed way back in 1996. Ah, the wonders of Facebook. She's still tons of fun. Also met up with M&D, who I also hadn't seen for a while. Also fun.

Okay, so the opening band was Young Rival. They were okay. Nothing fabulous, but a better opener than that stupid Fiction Plane were. More suited to the music style, more fun - not amazing, but pretty good.

Main Event: TMBG. What can I say? They were amazing! Played lots of stuff off the new album and lots of oldies, got a phonecall from the grave mid-show (Eleanor Roosevelt, I think), and actually played Fingertips, how wacky is that??? I bought a Music For Anteaters t-shirt at the show - I would have preferred a Mesopotamians shirt, but I think they had trouble getting stuff past customs or something. I still might order one from their site.

Oh, and the pix I took from the gig turned out amazing - visit my Flickr set to check 'em out!

- rescued from Draft purgatory -

Sunday, July 22, 2007

The Police at the Air Canada Centre

Just came back from their first night at the Air Canada Centre. They were quite excellent! We had some pretty good seats I think, but it's a damned huge venue!

They did every relative hit except Spirits I think, plus some others I wouldn't have thought they'd do. No Bring On The Night though, which is too bad. Did some reworking of a couple of tunes, mostly it worked except in one Sting went a wee bit jazzy, which is good elsewhere but has no place here.

Stewart had the most fun. And it showed, he really does have boundless energy. He had a great kit behind his main one, with kettle drums and cymbals of every description and a huge gong, every time he went between the two sets the audience went nuts, as did he!

Andy's getting old but damn, he can still play. Sting's voice is much better than it was at the beginning of the tour too, and he's still sexy. Yes, I know he's an old man, but still.

Sting's son is kinda lame though. I mean, the first couple of songs his band did ("Fiction Plane"), and the second last, were kinda okay, but the rest of the time they just sounded like kids in a garage who thought they were really big shit. When he sings you can really hear his Dad when he hits higher notes, but for the rest of it he sounded more like Eddie Vedder.

Oh, and the blatant cash grab thing annoyed me. $50 for a concert shirt? Gah.

(I got a $40 one, still too much but I couldn't help myself. Plus a tote bag. Gah.)

So what else... um, got The Peacekeeper Wars on DVD, plus The Else, the new They Might Be Giants CD, in preparation for their gig... tomorrow!

- rescued from Draft purgatory -

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Leon Redbone's here!

So a week or so ago J&P&A were in to visit, and as we sat across from Massey Hall having lunch I saw Leon Redbone listed on the playbill - omg, I didn't know he was coming! So when we got home I went online and got the tix *phew*

So in the meantime, I went to Tavern, spent too much money - DVDs (Shirley Valentine; Kiss Kiss Bang Bang; Lucky Number Slevin; The Commitments Special Edition) and a new fishtank to sequester the evil goldfish - and sucked at darts. Well, didn't suck completely, but still.

So yes, Leon. Well, really he was only opening up for Madeleine Peyroux - who wasn't really all that exciting, she has a nice voice and all but I could have lived without seeing her. Leon though - ah, he's wonderful. But he didn't look well, I think he's been ill to be honest. He's not the youngest man anymore of course. But he's still wonderful. Well, it was a long trip for him I'm sure, he won't fly anymore - he survived an airplane accident a while back, so it's understandable.

- rescued from Draft purgatory -

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Disappointment at BMO Field

L and I went to see Toronto FC play the Red Bulls tonight out at BMO Field.

Well, first of all, I’m always disappointed when something gets a corporate sponsor-type name, but there are far worse names BMO Field could have (I mean, if you say it fast, it just sounds like a nickname for your brother or something).

Anyway, the seats were great (let’s face it, they’re all good there) and the view was fantastic, and there was a lot of action, but the same thing happened tonight that happened last time L and I went - early-ish in the first half Toronto FC scored, there was much joy and happiness. Then shortly afterwards the other team scored. Then, pretty quickly, they scored again. And no more scores were made.

Oh sure, there was lots going on, but it was mostly the various refs either completely missing things that happened right in front of them, or penalizing TFC for things that didn’t happen (admittedly a couple of things did, but nothing like what we got called on) while allowing the other team to get away with everything short of armed robbery.

Now I realize I’m going to be biased on this, but I really do think they’re overcompensating in trying to prove they’re not going to favour Toronto. It really isn’t fair.

I’m not blaming it all on the refs though, TFC is a new team and they still need to learn how to maintain their performance throughout the entire game, they seem to lose steam halfway through. But they’re new, and I think by the end of the season they’ll be much better.

Geez, anyone would think I’m starting to like the footie.

Oh, and I sucked at darts lastnight. Mostly due to not having played for a while, but at least a little bit because I can’t find my glasses - have you seen them?

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

And suddenly it’s June!

Man, the weather has been nuts - bright and sunny, then storming, then muggy, then cold...

Summer darts starts tonight, yay! I’m a bit worried that I will suck as I haven’t really played in over a month, but I sucked total donkey last year when I first started so that’s okay. Oh, and I won a gift certificate to Mayday Malone’s from!

The last week has been pretty good - last Monday I saw my dentist, and he’s a bit worried about a spot on the back of one of my teeth (argh, could this be my first cavity?) BUT he’s started giving out electric toothbrushes, which rocks! The rest of the week was hectic, but Thursday I bought Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest and watched it with L and Xog so we’d be prepared for Friday, when we went with T to see Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World’s End - which, btw, was a lot of fun but quite long.

Had a meeting before the movie on Friday with a financial person from my bank - she wanted to do a ’financial checkup’ on me (i.e., she wanted to see if she could get me to sign up for stuff) which started late, had me running back and forth between two banks and ended with her trying to trick me into thinking I was breaking the law (’no, you have to have a power of attorney, it’s the law’ ’hang on, are you actually saying I’m BREAKING THE LAW by not having one set up?’ ’oh no, not that serious, hahahah...’). I really doubt I’ll be dealing with her when I finally decide to get a mortgage.

Saturday I wanted to be productive, so I pulled all the tupperware and baking pans and pots and stuff out of the bottom cupboard and cleaned and organized them all, I felt like an adult! Then I went off to The Pilot in Yorkville to join J&R and some others for a reception of sorts, which was bright and sunny and fun (L joined us after the Toronto FC game, which I think we won).

Then on Sunday - you guessed it - another enormous family get-together! This is what I get for dating an Italian - not that I don’t like his family of course! I do, they’re all very sweet and fun, but I’m just not used to this social whirl and I’m getting exhausted! A very nice day though, and I think I’m starting to get the hang of pacing myself with these never-ending meals...

Sunday, May 27, 2007

They're all married up!

Yesterday L and I drove into Niagara Falls to stand up with my friends J&R as they got married! It was really nice - up the Konica Minolta Tower, great view, only ten of us plus the photographer and minister. French tourists tried to invade twice, but we beat them back with picks and shovels. Next door to TGI Fridays (shades of Office Space) for drinks while they had more pix taken, back to the tower for drinks and carousing at the bar, back again to TGI Fridays for more drinks and nibblies, then off to my parents’ for the evening.

Today I made a shirt for my Dad as I won’t see him for Father’s Day (Two-Sheds, get it? Well, maybe you had to be there) and then L and I drove to Stoney Creek for his cousin’s engagement party (big family again, of course) and then back here.

What a weekend! Oh, and I bought a couple of DVDs before taking off - A Mighty Wind and Bladerunner (Director’s Cut) - but I haven’t watched them yet!

rescued from Draft purgatory

Thursday, May 24, 2007

I ache

Have you ever fallen up the stairs? You would think it wouldn’t hurt much, you know, since you’re actually closer to the ground that way, but it hurts enough. More than that, it’s embarassing.

That’s just what I did on my way in today - I was almost at the elevators when my toe caught on that last step. It was pretty impressive actually. I didn’t just stumble, I sprawled out flat on the floor, purse in one direction and knitting in the other. I was pretty cool about it though, just kinda thought ’wow, that hurt’ and started to pick myself up - and then a stranger came up and asked me if I was okay, and started trying to gather my things.

Damn, almost got away unnoticed!

Anyway, now I have two fabulous bruises starting on my kneecaps and I ache all over. Feh.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Three Hours of LOST

Holy doodle. Season’s over, until next January I hear, what’ll I do???

So yeah, it’s been a busy week, an old friend from Waterloo and his wife were in town so we visited with them a bit, dinner at Hot House, you know. Very nice.

I’d taken the next day off, originally we were all supposed to go to the Toronto Metro Zoo (never been? Check out my pix from my last visit on my Flickr page - also linked at right) but plans for that fell through so I did some cleaning and then L and I went for a nice walk on the Rouge River. Next day we went to the Toronto FC game, which was very cool, although we didn’t win (damn) and then went up to Kitchener to visit with J* and co., and another friend from my Waterloo days, busy busy! We even got to Aberfoyle, but I was good, didn’t spend too much...

...which brings us to tonight. My neighbour A came over and we watched the recap episode and two hour season finale of Lost. HOLY DOODLE. Damn. Grr...

rescued from Draft purgatory

Saturday, May 19, 2007

True or False

You can only write true or false. Do not explain your answers.

I'm short: False
I have many scars: True
I tan easily: False
I burn easily: True
I wish my hair was a different color: False
I have friends who have never seen my natural hair color: False
I wear glasses or contacts: True
I have 5 or more piercings: False
I have/had piercing in places besides my ears: False
I have freckles: True

I miss someone right now: True
I love someone right now: True
I've gotten divorced: False
I've had a crush on a teacher: True
I've hugged a stranger: True

Disney movies still make me cry: True
I've laughed so hard I've cried: True
I've glued my hand to something : False
I've laughed till some kind of beverage came out of my nose: True
I've had my pants rip/drop in public: true
I was born with a disease/impairment: True
I've sat in a doctors office with a friend: True
I've had my wisdom teeth removed: True
I've had a serious surgery: False
I've had chicken pox: False

I own something from Hot Topic: False
I own something from The Gap: True
I own something I got on e-bay: True
I own something from Hollister: False
I own something from American Eagle: False
I own something from Anchor Blue: False

More Random:
I've stolen a tray from a fast food restaurant: False
I watch the news: True
I kill bugs: True
I curse regularly: True
I sing in the shower: True
I'm a morning person: False
I am a sports fanatic: False
I have listened to more than 30 CD's in a day: True
My favorite color is either white, yellow, pink, red or blue: False
I've worn pajamas to school: True
I know how to shoot a gun: True
I laugh at my own jokes: True
I am really ticklish: False
I play video games: True
I'm good at remembering names: False
I'm good at remembering dates: True

This is all thanks to Mags on facebook!

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Wedding project under way - and the evil that is Facebook

Yep, joined Facebook. It’s evil.

The Clothing Show came around, and of course I spent money - not bad though, a dress, three dress shirts, a t-shirt, five badges, a project bag and a purse for under $100! Better than most years! I also got back to Honest Ed’s and got that Magic Bullet - I love it!

But the best news is - I found what I need for J&R’s present! So now I’m going to be VERY busy!

Of course, I joined Facebook too. I have friends who refer to it as Crackbook. No kidding... but it’s been interesting, I’ve been contacted by people I haven’t seen in years, which is pretty cool.

Oh what else has been going on, I dunno, it’s been a blur while I’ve been working on the present...

Oh, due to circumstances too involved to go into, I now have four giant orange goldfish, three times as long as any of the other fish in my aquarium. I think it was a bad idea now to have adopted them though, as they’re terrifying all my other fish and I think they even ATE two of my shrimp - who are now too scared to come out and clean the tank, which they were doing before. My aquarium is gross now, I will have to clean it myself, sheesh...

Oh, and visited my parents and L’s parents for Mother’s Day weekend, that was very nice. My Dad and I went for a nice long walk along the canal and such, so nice that the weather was sweet.

New DVDs: Casino Royale (best Bond EVAH) and Night At The Museum, both nice additions to the addiction...

rescued from Draft purgatory

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

I've seen 136 out of 239 films

Supposedly, if you have seen more than 85 films, you have no life. Mark the ones you've seen. There are 239 films on this list. Copy this list, go to your own facebook account, paste this as a note. Then, put x's next to the films you've seen, add them up, change the header adding your number, and click post at the bottom. Have fun.

(x) Rocky Horror Picture Show
(x) Grease
(x) Pirates of the Caribbean
(x) Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man's Chest
(x) Boondock Saints
(x) Fight Club
(x) Starsky and Hutch
(x) Neverending Story
(x) Blazing Saddles
(x) Airplane

Total: 10

(x) The Princess Bride
( ) Anchor Man
( ) Napoleon Dynamite
(x) Labyrinth
( ) Saw
( ) Saw II
( ) White Noise
( ) White Oleander
( ) Anger Management
(x) 50 First Dates
( ) The Princess Diaries
( ) The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement

Total so far: 13

(x) Scream
(x) Scream 2
( ) Scream 3
(x) Scary Movie
( ) Scary Movie 2
( ) Scary Movie 3
( ) Scary Movie 4
(x) American Pie
( ) American Pie 2
( ) American Wedding
( ) American Pie Band Camp

Total so far: 17

(x) Harry Potter 1
(x) Harry Potter 2
(x) Harry Potter 3
(x) Harry Potter 4
(x) Resident Evil 1
( ) Resident Evil 2
(x) The Wedding Singer
( ) Little Black Book
(x) The Village
(x) Lilo & Stitch

Total so far: 25

(x) Finding Nemo
(x) Finding Neverland
(x) Signs
( ) The Grinch
( ) Texas Chainsaw Massacre
( ) Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning
( ) White Chicks
(x) Butterfly Effect
( ) 13 Going on 30
( ) I, Robot
(x) Robots

Total so far: 30

(x) Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
(x) Universal Soldier
(x) Lemony Snicket: A Series Of Unfortunate Events
( ) Along Came Polly
(x) Deep Impact
( ) KingPin
( ) Never Been Kissed
(x) Meet The Parents
( ) Meet the Fockers
( ) Eight Crazy Nights
(x) Joe Dirt

Total so far: 37

( ) A Cinderella Story
( ) The Terminal
( )The Lizzie McGuire Movie
( ) Passport to Paris
(x) Dumb & Dumber
( ) Dumber & Dumberer
(x) Final Destination
(x) Final Destination 2
( ) Final Destination 3
(x) Halloween
(x) The Ring
( ) The Ring 2
( ) Surviving X-MAS
( ) Flubber

Total so far: 42

(x) Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle
(x) Practical Magic
( ) Chicago
( ) Ghost Ship
(x) From Hell
(x) Hellboy
(x) Secret Window
( ) I Am Sam
( ) The Whole Nine Yards
( ) The Whole Ten Yard

Total so far: 47

(x) The Day After Tomorrow
( ) Child's Play
( ) Seed of Chucky
( ) Bride of Chucky
(x) Ten Things I Hate About You
( ) Just Married
(x) Gothika
(x) Nightmare on Elm Street
(x) Sixteen Candles
( ) Remember the Titans
( ) Coach Carter
(x) The Grudge
( ) The Grudge 2
(x) The Mask
( ) Son Of The Mask

Total so far: 54

(x) Bad Boys
( ) Bad Boys 2
( ) Joy Ride
(x) Lucky Number Sleven
(x) Ocean's Eleven
( ) Ocean's Twelve
(x) Bourne Identity
(x) Bourne Supremecy
( ) Lone Star
(x) Bedazzled
(x) Predator I
(x) Predator II
(x) The Fog
(x) Ice Age
(x) Ice Age 2: The Meltdown
( ) Curious George

Total so far: 65

(x)Independence Day
(x) Cujo
( ) A Bronx Tale
( ) Darkness Falls
(x) Christine
(x) ET
(x) Children of the Corn
( ) My Bosses Daughter
(x) Maid in Manhattan
(x) War of the Worlds
(x) Rush Hour
( ) Rush Hour 2

Total so far: 73

( ) Best Bet
(x) How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
( ) She's All That
( ) Calendar Girls
( ) Sideways
(x) Mars Attacks
(x) Event Horizon
( ) Ever After
(x) Wizard of Oz
(x) Forrest Gump
(x) Big Trouble in Little China
(x) The Terminator
(x) The Terminator 2
( ) The Terminator 3

Total so far: 81

(x) X-Men
(x) X-2
(x) X-3
(x) Spider-Man
(x) Spider-Man 2
( ) Sky High
( ) Jeepers Creepers
( ) Jeepers Creepers 2
(x) Catch Me If You Can
( ) The Little Mermaid
(x) Freaky Friday
(x) Reign of Fire
( ) The Skulls
(x) Cruel Intentions
( ) Cruel Intentions 2
( ) The Hot Chick
(x) Shrek
(x) Shrek 2

Total so far: 92

( ) Swimfan
(x) Miracle on 34th street
( ) Old School
( ) The Notebook
(x) K-Pax
( ) Krippendorf's Tribe
( ) A Walk to Remember
( ) Ice Castles
( ) Boogeyman
( ) The 40-year-old Virgin

Total so far: 94

(x) Lord of the Rings Fellowship of the Ring
(x) Lord of the Rings The Two Towers
(x) Lord of the Rings Return Of the King
(x) Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
(x) Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
(x) Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Total so far: 100

( ) Baseketball
( ) Hostel
(x) Waiting for Guffman
(x) House of 1000 Corpses
( ) Devils Rejects
( ) Elf
(x) Highlander
( ) Mothman Prophecies
(x) American History X
( ) Three

Total so Far: 104

(x) The Jacket
( ) Kung Fu Hustle
( ) Shaolin Soccer
(x) Night Watch
(x) Monsters Inc.
( ) Titanic
(x) Monty Python and the Holy Grail
(x) Shaun Of the Dead
(x) Willard

Total so far: 110

( ) High Tension
( ) Club Dread
( ) Hulk
( ) Dawn Of the Dead
(x) Hook
(x) Chronicles Of Narnia The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe
(x) 28 days later
(x) Orgazmo
(x) Phantasm
(x) Waterworld

Total so far: 116

(x) Kill Bill vol 1
(x) Kill Bill vol 2
(x) Mortal Kombat
( ) Wolf Creek
(x) Kingdom of Heaven
(x) the Hills Have Eyes
( ) I Spit on Your Grave aka the Day of the Woman
( ) The Last House on the Left
(x) Re-Animator
(x) Army of Darkness

Total so far: 123

(x) Star Wars Ep. I The Phantom Menace
(x) Star Wars Ep. II Attack of the Clones
(x) Star Wars Ep. III Revenge of the Sith
(x) Star Wars Ep. IV A New Hope
(x) Star Wars Ep. V The Empire Strikes Back
(x) Star Wars Ep. VI Return of the Jedi
( ) Ewoks Caravan Of Courage
( ) Ewoks The Battle For Endor

Total so far: 129

(x) The Matrix
(x) The Matrix Reloaded
(x) The Matrix Revolutions
(x) Animatrix
( ) Evil Dead
( ) Evil Dead 2
( ) Team America: World Police
(x) Red Dragon
(x) Silence of the Lambs
(x) Hannibal

Total 136 movies

Post "I've seen ____ out of 239 films" as the title of the note.

(Thanks Melanie! I have no life...)

Friday, May 04, 2007

Oop, new project...

Yet again, I’m procrastinating. Clapotis has been put aside. Why? J’s getting married! There’s less than a month before the big day, and even though they’ve said they don’t want presents, I’d like to give them something. I’ve decided on what, but I’ve got to find the supplies. I’m not saying more until I’ve finished it!

So I’ve been going everywhere looking for the right stuff, but with no luck. In the meantime I’ve been stocking up the aquarium - I have four new little cherry shrimp and three new pretty blue guppies, they went in well and made themselves at home with everyone. Tried Honest Ed’s - man, haven’t been in there for years and years, and it’s still just as easy to get lost! No luck, but saw that Magic Bullet thing (you know, the one that sold for $100 last summer) for $34, so maybe tomorrow I'll go back for it!

Today was a great day - not only did my Amazon order arrive (Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire, WKRP Season 1 and Willo The Wisp!), but tonight was Tavern night, and it was good - stayed late too but sooo tired!

Tomorrow: I WILL find what I’m looking for, maybe maybe...

rescued from Draft purgatory

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

A nice week

Well, I haven’t seen any fry since that first time, I think the fish are too traumatized to have any more! So what’s been going on?

Well, now that Darts is done my Tuesdays are free-ish so I’m catching up on my House-watching. Hugh Laurie rocks. Ahem. But I haven’t seen him lately. Why? Last Tuesday I got together with some of the girls from my Darts team and had some drinks on the Danforth, which was really nice, if a bit chilly - Summer’s not here yet, but soon!

Last weekend I went up to Kitchener and met some of the girls for dessert at a swank restaurant, very nice, to celebrate some birthdays. J* really liked what I brought her too! FYI, Inglot makes some really nice makeup, a bit pricey but worth it! L came up on Saturday to join us, as he had been at the Toronto FC game at BMO Field (they lost, didn’t even score, but they’re awfully new so there’s time yet) and we went for dinner with some other friends, and Sunday we all went to Oscar’s before having a nice walk in the park with my godson (cutest little boy ever).

Yesterday I went for lunch with L and his old coworker, which was really nice - I’d only met her once, at his housewarming, but she remembers me and was really sweet, aaw...

Oh, and I saw Hot Fuzz again tonight with T and Xog, couldn’t help myself! Still funny, so there.

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Sunday, April 22, 2007

A bit of a surprise!

Sorry, a couple of weeks have gone by, haven’t they?

Last Friday I went to see The Lookout with T and Xog & L, quite out of the blue. I must say, Joseph Gordon-Levitt has really been making excellent choices - this was awfully cool, I highly recommend it.

The next day I went to Bay-Bloor Radio for my Turntable Clinic appointment - this, btw, is very cool! Not only do they clean it for you, inside and out, but they also check the needle and outputs (ignore that they used Air Supply to test it, I’m trying to put that out of my mind) and rebalance the arm, and teach you how to do it while you’re there! Plus, you get to be behind the counter and look all impressive *grin* Later we went to Markham and I bought Mirrormask on DVD. Ah, Neil Gaiman, you’re my hero. We capped off the weekend watching Layer Cake on DVD, which was awfully cool - this must be the one flick they watched when deciding who would be the new Bond...

This week flew by, as it’s been insanely busy with one event or another at work, so it was Thursday before I knew it - L came in and we went for a nice little walk and ate at Mr Greenjeans - I was happy about that, actually, as I hadn’t been there in forever - and then walked home. It wasn’t until 5:30 in the morning that I realized something was wrong, my digestive system didn’t want to touch the food (indeed, it was all still sitting there like a rock in my stomach) and had decided everything needed to go. I thought I was okay to go to work though, so off I went - and by 10 I was in a clinic getting a shot of Gravol so I could hold down water. Yep, minor food poisoning. Won’t be going there again. Which meant I missed having dinner/drinks with friends on Friday.

Anyway, yesterday L brought me back up to Markham again and we had some friends over for the afternoon - I was a lot better by then, just a bit weak - and spent the weekend relaxing. And today we came back downtown, went for a nice long walk and went to see Hot Fuzz. Did you like Shaun Of The Dead? Then you’d like this! Hilarious! I may see it again!

I’m still feeling a bit weak and shakey, but I’m pretty good otherwise. Back to the grind tomorrow!

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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Houston, we have fry...

So Tuesday night last week I came home to find one of my guppies in a corner having fry! I saw her have three little baby fish right then! Not sure how many she might have had before I got there though, as they may have been gobbled up. I had been thinking about whether I wanted to get a little breeding box for them, but I've been told that it's all you can do to keep them from having little fish, and I don't want a tank that's all fish and no water, so I figured I'd let them make their own way. So cute!

Oh, and I saw Bedazzled (1967) and Twin Peaks Season 2 on sale so had to buy the dvds, of course. Oh, and a couple of cute tops at Winners. I'm on a rampage.

Tavern was good, Easter at my parents' place was good, and tonight was the first round of the Queen Street Darts League tournament. We lost. However, I personally did quite well and I'm proud of myself!

Monday, April 02, 2007

New Who!

Still running around everywhere, getting to the gym (but I'm thinking I need new runners) and having fun with my fish. Of course, one of my guppies got his head stuck in the filter on Friday night and had to be rescued, but he didn't make it, poor fella.

So on Saturday I bought more fish - bunch more guppies and some cherry barbs, they're interesting. The kuhli loach still glares at me.

Anyway, Saturday night my neighbours were having a party so I bought some new liqueur to bring - a chai cream liqueur, so yummy! We stayed a bit longer than I'd planned but we were only 3 doors away so that's not so bad *grin*

Then yesterday some of us congregated at a friend's house to watch the new Doctor Who season opener - which was so so so cool! Very well done, the Judoon were great, and Martha has some dimension to her - things look good for the new season!

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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

More new life!

I bought guppies! Yep, I don't know why I was avoiding them for so long. I think I was of the mind that they were too simple, since we had them at school. But really, why should that mean I shouldn't have them? So I bought some, and introduced them tonight. Everyone's getting along so far - except for my kuhli loach, who's glaring at me because he can't hide anymore.

Still going to the gym, still playing darts - although the season's almost over!

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Monday, March 26, 2007

Some stuff - and new life

So on Friday L and I went to see 300 - how cool! Seriously, it was very graphic novel, very violent, just ever so fabulous. Trying to decide if I want to buy it when it's out.

To recover from that, L and I joined J* and a bunch of other folks at the Toronto Wine & Cheese Show. It was good, but not as good as other times. Not much swag, not much liqueur, higher cost. The swimming pool at the hotel was really nice though!

Had lunch the next day with L's parents. They like me.

Tonight, I spent the whole freakin' night stooped over the large aquarium - catching the fish, transferring them to smaller containers, getting all the gravel, etc. out, removing it from the stand, replacing it with the smaller aquarium, putting all the gravel and plants and stuff in, migrating the fish, and filling it up. My back is killing me, and now there's a giant aquarium on my kitchen floor and I don't know what to do with it. The fish are all freaked out too, they've lost their colour - I think they'll be okay though...

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Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Back to the Gym!

Holy doodle, I got back to the gym! That's right, I got back! It was difficult too, I had to give up looking for my lock and by my first new one since the 80s (grr), but the gym is as comfortable as I remember it. Now, can I stick to it?

Darts was good this week again, I'm definitely improving.

What else? Oh, on the weekend I bought a new, smaller aquarium - I'm sick of the 20 gallon one with the busted everything in the hood - this will be easier I'm sure. I've got it in the kitchen now, with the filter running, waiting for it to acclimatize before putting my fish in...

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Saturday, March 17, 2007

Some stuff...

Busy busy, me. Before darts this week I went over to Sonic Boom and made off with Stan Ridgway (Black Diamond and Partyball - which I've wanted on CD forever!), and I played well that night too. Had lunch the next day with one of my old co-workers and had dinner the night after that with L and my old roomie and his bf (had a few drinks, I must say).

Friday was nice, met a bunch of friends at a pub up Yonge street and threw darts and drank for the evening, having a minor war with other pub denizens over what we needed to listen to and playing a new game with some strangers, good times! The weather was, of course, nuts - no surprise of course. It seems whenever I meet friends, it snows like crazy...

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Monday, March 12, 2007

Winter eases its grip

It’s 6° celsius out there today. Last week we had a high of -12°. And a bunch of downtown streets were closed due to the Menace From Above. It’s a crazy town, it really is.

Anyway, life’s been good, I got a couple of new DVDs for cheap (West Wing season 7 and Flushed Away), I finished my clapotis cap finally and I’m moving on to the scarf, my dart game is improving, and I just got back from a lovely weekend with the girls getting pampered at a spa, mmm... And weekends with J* are decadent enough as it is without adding pedicures to the mix - as it is, I bought some pretty new sandals for the summer and some new fun undies (cherries are awfully sweet)!

Also, I’ve been thinking about getting my butt back to the gym too. To motivate myself, I bought some new gym pants and a new gym shirt, so I won’t feel like I’m wearing something several years old anymore. I’m going to see if I can drag my butt in there tomorrow morning before work - no guarantees, but we'll see...

Saturday, March 03, 2007

February, and all it entailed

Okay, I admit I've been busy, so I haven't had a chance to update my blog for a month! Not a good way to mark my one-year anniversary here... So let me fill you in on my fabulous February:

Tavern was good, we had a couple of new people (who were attached to some regulars). L and I went to his Nona's 90th birthday party in Stoney Creek and then on to Welland to visit my folks for a few hours, which was nice. Huge family! All very nice - L's father kept singing old Italian songs, it was hilarious! When we got back to Toronto we watched Suicide Kings, as L hadn't seen it before.

I brought my friend Ari to my Stitch & Bitch and taught him to knit, and he actually enjoyed it, good sign. it's the last s&b I made it to last month though, everything was just too busy...

...because L and I went to Los Angeles! We based it around Gallifrey One, which was actually cool, but we only went to one day of the Convention, we spent the rest of the time tooling around the area - Venice Beach, Santa Monica, Topanga Canyon, Mulholland Drive, The Getty, the Sunset Strip, Hollywood, Warner Brothers Studios, the Bradbury Building, Dodger Stadium... exhausting! And along with that was the fun of meeting a ton of people that we've known online for a long time but were only now finally meeting, and they're all lovely, aaaw... (pix are on my flickr page, slowly being updated). I bought the Monty Python box set and News Radio set 2, as well as two Wall of Voodoo CDs, Belle & Sebastian's Storytelling and Steve Hackett's Spectral Mornings (yahoo!) from Amoeba...

Got back to playing darts - one truly awful night and another truly fabulous night - spent a bit of money (West Wing season 7 and Flushed Away), watched some DVDs (My Big Fat Greek Wedding and lots of Green Wing), and went to the theatre to see something terrible (Hannibal Rising - completely two-dimensional, by the way, save your money!).

So there you go, all caught up!

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Camera Obscura with Essex Green, Opera House

What a great show! I was so worried I wouldn't get to go - for some reason I thought tickets would be available for quite some time, so when it sold out so fast I was screwed! But Gav came through and put me on the guest list with a +1 so I could take L with me too.

I love the Opera House. The acoustics are great, and there's a balcony with padded seats that gives you a perfect view of the stage, and it's easy to get to as well. I've never been in the washrooms there before, so I can't comment on them (and I've heard people complain about them).

The opening band was Essex Green from Brooklyn, and they were a lot of fun. They started about 15 minutes before scheduled, I think so they could play a little more. Really I think I should have bought a CD or two from them, they were quite something. Oh, and the singer totally had a Christopher Eccleston in Heroes thing going on - well, other than the fact that he wasn't invisible of course *grin* I'd see them again for sure.

Camera Obscura came on quite soon after, and played for a little over an hour, and didn't disappoint! There was a young'un on the stage though that I didn't recognize, I think he must be subbing in for Nigel, I wonder where he was? That's okay though, he was easy on the eye and played well. (Oh, I just looked into it, and Nigel's a new daddy so he's home with the baby, that's a pretty good excuse!)

I was right in front of Kenny and Gav, which gave me a pretty good view of the whole stage except for Lee, that was a bit obstructed but not totally so that was good. They played a pretty good mix too, almost the whole new album and lots of their second, not much off their first though - oh, which I finally picked up at the show, my LP collection is complete, bwa haha!

Oh, and I just noticed that they're playing in Los Angeles when I'm there! I can't see them that day though, it's the one day that's totally booked up, oh well!

Monday, January 29, 2007

A bit of a pickle

Fact One: Camera Obscura are playing at the Opera House on Wednesday night.

Fact Two: I haven't been able to get tickets. I left it too late.

Fact Three: Gav's gonna put me on the guest list, but that's just one, which leaves L with no ticket.

I've checked everywhere, no one seems to have any. I might have just found someone though, just waiting to hear back from them - but I'm not getting my hopes up, as these things have a habit of just not working out for me *sigh*

My living room, btw, is neat and tidy, and I have a brand new Ikea CD Shelf to put up - I'm going to purge a bunch and get rid of my current storage, L says he'll take them off my hands though, isn't he sweet?

Triple bill night tonight - Dr Who's not going to be the next one in the series though; instead they'll be playing the season opener, but that's okay as I think Xog hasn't seen it yet, and to be honest I prefer it to the episode they're supposed to be running *grin*

Saturday, January 27, 2007

2006 Roundup

2006 was quite a year! I went on two vacations (possible because I've passed the five-year mark at work and got an extra week of holiday time!), one to the sunny south and one to the UK. I made some new friends, my roomie moved out, I joined a Stitch & Bitch group and the Queen Street Darts League, participated in the Knitting Olympics (the whole reason I started this blog in the first place), took a digital photography class (which was only half worth it), bought a new computer (The Metatron™) and a new printer and a carpet shampooer (ooh, big ticket items!), had foreign visitors, started dating someone awfully sweet, Dad had hernia surgery and then went through cancer treatments (all looks well - don't smoke kids!), and had three deaths in the family (it always seems to come in threes, doesn't it?). All in all, a pretty eventful year.

Where did my money go this year, otherwise?

  • An Inconvenient Truth - it's obvious that this is what Gore really wants to do with his life, he's very engaging.
  • Brick - oooh, film noir coolness
  • Casino Royale - Best Bond Movie ever. No question.
  • Crank - like a giant video game, fun!
  • The DaVinci Code - I liked it better than most of the critics did, but it wasn't fabulous, just well adapted I think.
  • The Descent - scariest movie of the year. My heart didn't stop pounding until I'd been home for two hours.
  • The Devil Wears Prada - fluff
  • Flushed Away - goofy and fun!
  • The Fountain - hrm. It was beautiful, well-acted, looked fantastic, sounded fantastic... and left the entire audience wondering what the hell that was.
  • Good Night And Good Luck - beautiful
  • The Hills Have Eyes - taught me many things about what not to do in the desert
  • The Holiday - fluff, yes, but Jack Black was surprisingly good and Jude Law wasn't creepy!
  • The Illusionist - beautiful, Ed Norton is so engaging
  • The Lake House - less chick-flick-y than I expected, nice - but obvious that the original film was written after having read the Griffin & Sabine stories.
  • The Libertine - you'd have to be a Depp fan to enjoy it. Which I am.
  • Lucky Number Slevin - better than expected - but a stupid title
  • Man Of The Year - hrm. Interesting. Kinda what would happen if Jon Stewart really ran for president.
  • The Matador - hilarious, and Pierce Brosnan was so not hot...
  • Night Watch - odd, and not for everyone, but I liked it. I want to see pt 2
  • Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest - fun! Not as fun as the first one, but still fun!
  • The Prestige - also good, but of the two I preferred The Illusionist. But it gets extra points for having Nicola Tesla as a character. And more for having Bowie in that role.
  • Tristram Shandy: A Cock & Bull Story - a lot of fun, weird too
  • Silent Hill - very much a video game in a movie format. But fun!
  • Superman Returns - hmm, well done!
  • Syriana - convoluted, but in a good way
  • Thank You For Smoking - SO FUNNY!
  • V For Vendetta - uneven but enjoyable
  • X-Men III - okay I guess, but it didn't grab me
  • Young Triffie's Been Made Away With - I haven't seen it on wide release yet, very Canadian
  • Belle & Sebastian with New Pornographers at The Docks - Great show. Horrible venue. I'll never see another show there again
  • The Dears and Jason Collett at Harbourfront - Went for The Dears, but it was Jason Collett who really impressed me.
  • The Editors with Tin Bangs and Lake Trout at the Opera House - Tin Bangs were so-so, Lake Trout were quite good, but The Editors were fantastic! Great show!
  • Spamalot - Fun! But there was a jerk sitting in front of me who seemed to think that laughing shouldn't be allowed, grr...
  • The Bowlie All-Dayer at Buffalo Bar in London, England - so many bands! I'd say Gresham Flyers and My Favourite Dress were my favourites though.
  • Regina Spektor with Only Son at The Phoenix - What a fun show! She's really cute...
  • Billy Connolly at Massey Hall - He sounded great at least - I had really sucky seats and couldn't see him at all...
  • Sloan at Koolhaus - An inconsistent show, sometimes fabulous and sometimes boring...
  • The Raging Butanes at the Black Swan - mmm, blues...
  • Ron James at the Convention Centre - what a funny little man!
  • Beatles (1)
  • Belle & Sebastian (Tigermilk; If You're Feeling Sinister; Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like A Peasant; The Life Pursuit - that's right, I'm stocking up)
  • Concrete Blonde (Walking In London)
  • Broken Social Scene (Feel Good Lost; Broken Social Scene)
  • Bruford (The Bruford Tapes)
  • Kate Bush (Kick Inside)
  • Captain (This Is Hazelville)
  • Dalbello (whomanfoursays; She; Whore)
  • Dead Can Dance (Serpent's Egg; Within The Realm Of A Dying Sun)
  • Death Cab For Cutie (We Have The Facts And We're Voting Yes; You Can Play These Songs With Chords; Plans)
  • Delgados (Hate)
  • Neil Diamond (Gold)
  • Bob Dylan (Greatest Hits Vol 1)
  • Fiery Furnaces (EP)
  • Frausdots (Couture, Couture, Couture)
  • Futureheads (Futureheads)
  • Helio Sequence (Love And Distance)
  • Hidden Cameras (The Smell Of Our Own)
  • Iron & Wine (Our Endless Numbered Days)
  • Eddie Izzard (Definite Article)
  • Japan (Souvenir From Japan)
  • Mick Karn (The Tooth Mother)
  • King Crimson (Compact King Crimson)
  • Sondre Lerche and the Faces Down Quartet (Duper Sessions)
  • John Linnell (State Songs)
  • The Magnetic Fields (I)
  • Mono Puff (It's Fun To Steal; Unsupervised)
  • Van Morrison (Moondance)
  • Negativland (No Business)
  • Florent Pagny (Bienvenue Chez Moi)
  • John Peel's Festive 15
  • Postal Service (Such Great Heights EP)
  • Propaganda (A Secret Wish)
  • Pulp (Different Class)
  • Leon Redbone (Live 1992)
  • Rough Trade Shops (Indie Pop 1)
  • Rush (Gold)
  • Sigur Rós (Agaetis Byrjun; ())
  • Sing Sing (The Joy of Sing Sing)
  • Sisters Of Mercy (Floodland)
  • Skaface (Mamooska)
  • Skinny Puppy (12" Anthology)
  • Sloan (Never Hear The End Of It)
  • Sparks (Gratuitous Sax And Senseless Violins)
  • Cat Stevens (Gold)
  • Sting (Nothing Like The Sun)
  • They Might Be Giants (The Spine)
  • Throwing Muses (The Real Ramona)
  • Ultra-Lounge (Cocktail Capers)
  • Various (Choice Cuts; Now Hear This)
  • Wall Of Voodoo (Happy Planet)
  • Wings (Greatest)
  • Acquired Taste (sub-pop video collection)
  • Afraid Of The Dark
  • Astronaut's Wife
  • Bollywood Hollywood
  • The Bourne Supremacy
  • The Call Of Cthulhu
  • Charlie & The Chocolate Factory (the new one)
  • The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
  • Cool Runnings: The Reggae Movie
  • The DaVinci Code
  • Dick Van Dyke episodes
  • Don Juan Demarco
  • Lynch's Dune (collector tin)
  • Empire Of The Wolves
  • Flightplan
  • Gothic/Chiller
  • A History Of Violence
  • Johnny English
  • Lie With Me
  • Mambo Italiano
  • Monty Python’s Flying Circus: The Life Of Brian
  • My Kingdom
  • Pink Panther Film Collection
  • The Professional
  • Snakes On A Plane preview disc
  • A Touch Of Pink
  • Undercover Brother
  • War Of The Worlds
  • Yellowbeard
  • Alexei Sayle seasons 1-3
  • 'Allo 'Allo seasons 1-4
  • The Avengers Set 2
  • Dr Who: Pyramids Of Mars
  • Dr Who 1996 telefilm
  • Dr Who Series 1 (with Mr Ecclesbum)
  • Family Guy Presents Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story
  • Little Britain Season 2
  • Lost Seasons 1&2
  • Space Above And Beyond
  • Star Trek: The Animated Series
  • Titus Volumes 1&2
  • Twin Peaks Season 1
  • West Wing Season 5

And now, I need to purge...

Friday, January 26, 2007

My life is a whirlwind!

First of all – cutting myself off from the world a couple of weeks ago (so I could get my bedroom clean) was a success! It did, indeed, take an entire weekend, but the results are fabulous! Tonight I’m going to try to tackle my living room – I want the tidy trend to extend!

Xog and I have picked up our triple-bill nights again – Dr Who followed by Heroes followed by time-shifted 24, now that Life On Mars is finished – and oooh, Mr Ecclesbum is on Heroes now! Can’t wait to see how this pans out!

The ArcherWhat else. Lessee, had dinner with friends a few times this month, went to the AGO (almost everything’s closed right now though, disappointing) and the Bata Shoe Museum (pretty cool for $8), got back to my Stitch & Bitch group (I’ve started the Clapotis hat!) and darts too (I still suck, but by less and less every week).

And a couple more movies!

Pan’s Labyrinth – the English language can be a tricky one, but honestly folks, just because it’s a “fantasy” doesn’t mean it’s for kids. Leave them at home, unless you want them scarred for life – this movie was fantastic from beginning to end, but be warned – it’s violent. Really violent. Violent and creepy. Which, as you all know, I love.

Night At The Museum – just saw this one lastnight, and it was fun. How could it not be? Um, don’t know what else to say about that. Oh, it was on the IMAX screen, that’s always fun!

Okay, now we’re all caught up. Let’s see if I can keep it up!

Oh, and I’ve decided to change the bottom quote again - replacing the following from Keen Eddie, as delivered by Monty Pippin (Julian Rhind-Tutt):

You have to be careful though, mate. I can’t handle these intense inter-personal things like that, you know? I’m English. I need to try and keep it down, keep it locked, inside, like we do. I mean, how else are you going to develop cancer?

Friday, January 12, 2007

On the eve of sequesterment...? Sequestering? Sequestion?

Lewis BlackPostal ServiceOkay, the month’s slipping by. So here’s the quick skinny:

Tavern night went well, I made out like a bandit at Sonic Boom again - Lewis Black (The Carnegie Hall Performance), Postal Service (We Will Become Silhouettes ep), Kate Bush (The Kick Inside - which is already in my collection damnit, I'll have to find a good home for it...), They Might Be Giants (Holidayland), 808 State (ex:el) and an Ultra-Lounge collection (Space Capades)!

holidaylandCB and CR have started coming to Tavern regularly, which makes me happy. Also I didn't have to pay for my drinks or dinner, as it was my birthday at midnight and folks generally paid for my stuff. That's right, they paid - I didn't do a runner! And honestly, I've never done that on purpose anyway - I just have a terrible memory *grin* I've taken to paying for stuff the moment I get it, just in case...

space capadesMy actual birthday was great too, L gave me nice things (DVDs and a CD and some nice earrings) and took me for dinner (we were going to go to Le Papillon but decided we weren't as upscale as the menu, so we went to HotHouse and had something we both liked) and spent the weekend making me happy (mmm, cheesecake!)...

fujifilm finepix F31fdI bought a new camera! Yep, the FujiFilm FinePix f31FD, it’s got crazy low-light performance and it’s light and small and sexy and quick and has a huge lcd screen and, oh, everything – I just can’t stop raving about it! I’m slowly putting pix up on my flickr page from the new camera, and leaving the exif information intact for those geeks who must know about such things *grin*

And now, we have snow! Yep, finally there's snow on the ground. It's kinda wussy snow, but it's something at least...

A sad thing happened though, L’s paternal grandmother passed away so I went to the service with him, which was a big meeting of so many people on his father’s side of the family. I think they were all just happy to celebrate her life, L’s uncle led some prayers and such. Oh, and I’ve finally met his big brother, so that’s all of ’em – sad to have taken an occasion like that, but it’s done now. Poor little man *hugs*

Lastnight the usual suspects – plus some, there were nine of us in the end! – saw Children Of Men – okay, this film just blew me away. It was so powerful, filmed in an almost documentary-style, Clive Owen was fantastic. Such a bleak image for the future. We all thought when it came out ‘this will win the oscar for direction’ – and I’ve since seen the nominations, and it’s only on the list in the artsy categories, what’s up with that?

Had dinner with L and G tonight, but that’s it for the weekend – I’ve set myself a goal, and that is to have my bedroom clean enough that people can actually SEE it…

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Monday, January 01, 2007

Happy New Year!

Good lord, time’s got away with me again! Happy new year all, by the way! So, since we saw each other last, what’s happened?

Well, I renewed my passport so I’d be ready for Los Angeles in February (quick tip: fill out your forms online, print them and bring them – they’ll give you a special turbo number that’ll get you out in fifteen minutes!) and it’s since arrived in the mail, so I’m all set! I don’t mind the photo either, they print them directly on now rather than laminating them in, so it’s harder to forge I suppose – they really made my head BIG though!

Went home for the holidays, which was nice – got to see my family and some friends from near and far and L came home for a few days too so he got to meet the locals (they seem to approve). J* et al came in to shanghai me as per usual, we went to Niagara Falls and spent the afternoon shopping (oooh, new suit, makeup and socks!) with W4tM, who came up to spend the day with us, and we all went to dinner. Of course, the two of us had cheesecake on a stick first. Yep, before dinner – I’m an adult, I can eat stuff in whatever order I want, nyah!

Anyway, from there I was hiked back to Kitchener to spend the rest of the holidays, which was also great – got lots of cuddles in with my godson, visited with lots of friends, went shopping (good lord, did I go shopping! Let’s see – socks, shoes, ELEVEN tops, pants, black velvet jacket, coat, necklace, hat, skirt), had an early birthday dinner and two parties at new year’s eve (drunken Trivial Pursuit until 3am is a great way to spend it, btw!), and then we all had dessert downtown this afternoon before L and I came back to town. What a great holiday!

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