We decided to take advantage of an opportunity to go to B.’s sister’s cottage. It was an incredibly ZZZzzzful weekend. I didn’t do much other than eat, drink and sleep. I must have been run down, my body wanted to sleep a lot, so I did. It was a warm and sunny weekend. It was great to get some down time. Just chilling with a movie, It’s Complicated on the couch.
It was a short work week. It didn’t really feel like a short work week. Yesterday I was at a work event that started at 7:30AM so, we had to be there for 6:30…which meant I was up at *gasp* 4:30AM. Ya fun. I figured we would get off early after the event, but no, we closed at the normal time. -eyeroll- Of course on the drive home after an extra long day my route was detoured and I got turned around for 30-40m trying to get back to the road home. Bloody hell. I guess somewhere in there I hit a second wind after I got home and took the dog for a good long run. I jogged a fair bit of the trail back. It actually felt… good? Hmmpt. I’m not sure the plans for the weekend. I think we are toying with the idea of going to her sister’s cottage for a night. Stay tuned sports fans.
We had a HVAC guy in yesterday and a bunch of settings and sensors weren’t functioning properly. (On our new AC unit) Awesome. Nice install guys. I believe it is working properly now however.
The heat was so bad here the arena where I play ball hockey had some issues. Apparently the concrete was ‘sweating’ and players in the first game of the night were wiping out so the refs called all the games for the rest of the evening. There is talk of relocating the games to a different arena now, one of which is 5m for home! 😀
B. went crazy with hanging baskets and flowers today. So the exterior is looking very spring-like – there should be flowers and colour soon. We finished the side garden today. It was a mess of shrubs that covered the walkway. Now, it is hostaVille. I’m out of zots, working outside is something that drains me to the core. I have no idea how construction guys work a full day in the sun…
The weekend has been a lot of yardwork and housecleaning. We rented a steam cleaner and cleaned all the carpets. They seem clean and fresh now. Outside we’ve done some work on the front garden. We tried some black mulch in it and it is quite striking. The various greens really pop off the black.
It is only Tuesday and I’m already thinking about the upcoming long weekend. Apparently it is going to rain. Bah. Played ball hockey tonight. The last of the brutal 10PM games. Coach moved me from defense to forward. This ended up being a good call because I scored the game winning goal. It felt good to score. Uber nerd me, jocking it up. LOL. I hope I don’t get my Ubuntu membership revoked. I do feel pretty good. Habs lose again. Gawd, Flyers in the finals? WhoTF thunk that one two months ago?!
I’m starting to fear that B. may need some sort of counselling for her bird obsession.
update: Feeling a little stiffer in the morning. Poor legs. 🙁
Most of the windows in our house are still the original 25+ year old windows. We have been looking into upgrading the windows and some of the doors. It is pretty pricey. We are debating various options on how to do the job. In small pieces or a big job where we would get it all done.
We decided to join my sister and BiL in Barrie to see Ironman II last night. We started off intending to met up for dinner at Jack Astor’s but somehow that fell apart. B. and I ended up going to Wood Fired Pizza Joint which is within sight of the theater. Dinner was good, albeit a little expensive. Seven bucks for a salad? *cough* Anyway, we were on time for the show but since it was the first weekend for the show the theater was crammed and we got stuck in the front row. Bah. The movie was entertaining. Downey is pretty awesome in that role, the cocky superhero. Johansson looked great and had a few girl power ass-kicking scenes. Rourke continues to impress – Jesus he is huge.
Today was primarily yard work. I think we took back most of the front lawn from the dandelion scourge. We also did some planning for the front garden and made a trip to a local garden center to get some stuff for the planters. I found a planted called obsidian, the basis of the alias I’ve used for years. I’ll be added some to the next garden bed. *grin* Pretty tired now. Holy the Habs got owned tonight. Ouch. Kinda funny hearing Filthy fans chanting the obnoxious Ole song. Hahaha…
Coming home from work Monday night *suddenly* my brakes felt really soft… I had to slam on them to slow down. It was a little disturbing. Well, apparently my brake lines were both ruptured and I had no brake fluid. Joy. So the car has been in the shop since first thing yesterday morning and they are still not done with it. I guess running a new brake line is a bit of a bitch. I hope this doesn’t end up costing more than the Greek bailout package. (Granted I’m also getting new tires as well…)
I do have a post about the weekend. I think it is on my laptop at work. Which I can’t get to, and I hate retyping them.
Wow! What a great night last night was! My musical mate @sephiros (a.k.a. RP) and I ventured to Sound Academy to see Massive Attack. In a stroke of wonderful luck, RP was at home right along the QEW, so the drive in was simple down the Garndier along the Lake to the venue. But first we stopped to eat like Kings! KINGS! I’ve went to a lot of restaurants with RP and I trust his culinary wisdom, he suggested a South Indian restaurant called Rashnaa. I’ve had Indian cuisine many times, but not South Indian which is, as I discovered, hotter! We ordered the traditional South Indian staple Masala Thosai and started with veggie samosa. Damn. The food was so flavorful and delicious! The samosa pasty made me want to just eat samosas for dinner. The demeanor of the server was oddly indifferent but that didn’t deter a great meal. My first Thosai was yum. It is an impressive site. It looks like a long crepe (or I thought a massive fish filet). It was filled with potato, onion and spices. You eat it with a spoon of coconut chutney and then dip it all in a sambar (lentil soup like mixture) the culmination of which is like getting punched in the mouth with flavour. Don’t be shy to ask for mild. Regret is a terrible thing. We parked on Amelia Street which has to be one of the cutest street I’ve seen in Toronto. Lovely little row houses with perfectly manicured and landscaped lawns.
From Rashnaa it was a short drive to the venue. Of course, we got raped $15 to park. Sigh. I’ve never been to Sound Academy before. Mother nature provided us with some entertainment while we waited in line. Lightning struck the CN tower four times while we waited, greeted with oooos and ahhhhs from the crowd. Hehe. It must get hit all the time. Crazy. Fortunately we got in before the downpour. What a nice venue. It is decorated in a very modern, urban chic style. Everything looked new and polished. It was a impressive looking venue. There was an upstairs area for 19+ with a balcony that overlooked the stage. We watched the show on the floor. The crowd had a curiously friendly, thoughtful air to it. People said excuse me and sorry as they passed through the standing room only crowd. Huh. The crowd was also quite a mix of ages. There were tons of 40+ 50+ and probably even 60+ fans in the audience. We also noticed an older lesbian couple. We both thought it was nice they they felt comfortable enough in public to show some affection towards each other. How many cities in the world would that be the case? We figured many more sadly would not be.
Anyway, the music. Things didn’t start off well with MNDR from New York. She tried pretty hard but the combo of her unique voice over common beats and samples didn’t work for me at all. I thought it often sounded like whining dogs or cats in heat. There were moments she had me then in the next breath, lost. I hope she has an education to fall back on. She played six songs. The crowd was equally indifferent to her in spite of some effort to get the crowd going. *shrug* Next up was Massive attack vocalist Martina Topley-Bird who performed some of her solo material. It was interesting to note both opening acts were just one person and a synth. One was awful, one was good. Martina’s sound was much more balanced. I didn’t like some of them – they were fall to mellow – but could she ever sing. She did a quite demo of her vocal sampling gear as well. Live, on the fly. She sung a little harmony into it and looped into a song on the fly, it was pretty neat. Happy Birthday Martina! The show got exponentially better when Massive Attack took the stage. Where to begin? The visually were striking. The wall of the show was all LED lights that they used throughout the show to display quotes and facts and figures… all very political stuff… it was inspiring. As RP noted, you actually came away having learned something. How many concerts can you say that about? There were a ton of Howard Zinn quotes onscreen and facts about military spending, images, patterns… it was both beautiful and… informative. Oh and Massive Attack brought the rock. I wanted to see MA a few years ago and couldn’t, they made up for it in a mind blowing 2.5hr set! Their sound translated well filling the venue wall to wall. They played a lot of singles and material from throughout their career. They seemed to be having fun on stage and extended a few tracks with some improv playing. The venue seemed to be trying to get the crowd in for the second show at a reduced price. I guess it isn’t sold out. If you can go, go.
The show is incredible. The original distinctive deep vocal sounds of Daddy G returned, and the crowd was appreciative giving him a big round of applause after he started singing. Man, he’s a big boy. Before MA took to the stage we saw five mics on stage. One of them seemed to tower over all the others… Daddy G’s. Hehe. My favourite vocalist of the night, however, was Deborah Kerr (thanks RP for the correction! it was not Neneh Cherry. Names are not my forté..) Go see MA. That is all.
Last night’s game wasn’t so good. I didn’t play that well either… I felt pretty good though. Did I mention how much it sucks to wear glasses during sports? Anyway, I tried a glasses’ sport strap last night… Now normally I think it would be great.. but wearing a hockey helmet with it created all sorts of fsckery. I’ll have to sort that out. Meh. Hopefully we can be better on Tuesday. One of the guys on my team just turned 50… 50! and playing ball hockey with mostly 20-30 year olds. Freaking awesome man!
Surprise! I had forgotten I agreed to see Massive Attack sometime ago… well, the show is tonight. I wanted to see them several years ago as headliners for the Virgin Festival on Toronto Island, but they didn’t get into the country. *eyeroll* It should be a cool show, they are pretty groovy.
Time where does it go. I want to get to the dandelions plaguing the front lawn but I’m tired or going off somewhere… it has been a crazy week somehow. The weekend will be no different. My sister’s birthday (Happy Birthday Sis)/Mother’s Day is tomorrow north of Barrie and Sunday is another BBQ at the in-laws. They should be fun… but I’m bagged. I’d really just like some downtime… time with B. would be nice too.
Wow…Habs are finding a way and Bruins could sweep? Jez.
update : unsung facelift. it is NOT fully complete. whenever I get time (haha) I’ll finish it.
Weekends simply aren’t relaxing. There is always something to do and somewhere to go. This weekend was no exception. Saturday we went to Oshawa (the ‘shwa) to see Barenaked Ladies with Bonnie and Buck (some of B.’s longtime friends). First, however, the continuing saga of our smashed backyard glass table added another (hopefully final) chapter. After the roofers tried to replace it (it came back without tempered glass and one table already cracked) so that unacceptable. So, seeing these guys clearly weren’t understanding what needed to be done…B. sourced out glass locally here. We picked out a type of tempered glass and we are in the queue for it to be fixed, hopefully properly this time. We rushed to Oshawa to meet B&B at the Keg. I had decent ribs… nothing really compares to Bill’s. Hmm. The show…well… The absence of Stephen Page I found quite apparent. Not only in the song selections, but the melodies and overall quality of the song performances. Sure, Ed et al still rock… but the material is sombre, flat and lifeless compared to their past material. Yes, I get starting something new and hopefully they can make a go of it… but the new material that I heard just wasn’t very good. The show was still entertaining and fun. I, of course, had the only idiot in a section of maybe 500 people stand most of the show in front of me. Sigh. I so prefer venues without assigned seating. It seems a lot of people were as interested in beer as the show. Bah. The opener was a guitarist from the East coast… he was decent, but nothing really inspiring or original.
I also found a sports’ strap for my glasses. I’m hoping it will help with ball hockey. We’ll see Thursday.
Sunday… well, groceries, vacuuming, walking the dog, weeding, watering the lawn… it was a pretty full work day for both of us.