I love WI-FI access! We arrived safely at our Finger Lakes B&B at around 6:45. It was along drive and the border was an extra 45m. The B&B is really nice and the hosts friendly. Arriving late as we did we really only had time for dinner tonight. We went to the Americana Crystal Lake Winery, it has a lovely patio and restaurant. We were lucky to come on a night they had a jazz band playing, I didn’t catch their band name, but they were quite good. The food service, not so much. Between ordering and getting our good was an hour. The food was good, but not worth that ridiculous wait… So a mixed review for the Americana. Anyway i’m zonked and one finger typing on my Desire is starting to suck.
Starting to get excited about the upcoming holidays. It has been a long time since the last one.
Ball hockey tonight. I finally scored! I took a beautiful pass in the slot and shot roof-daddy to the glove side. Once again however I injured myself. I’m starting to think my shoes are lacking stability, they seem to buckle awkwardly at times. Tonight the shoe twisted in such a way that it bent my toenail back. It was pretty gross. I didn’t play most of the third. By the time I got home it was bent back down. It feels better. I’m not sure what to do… it is bruised but I think the nail is fine. Ugh.
Watching the conclusion of Gene Simmons Family Jewels. It is strangely compelling… and Gene is really the least interesting Simmons. It is possible that Gene is going to settle down and marry Sharron? It is looking like it at the moment…
It has been a few days since I got stitched up in Orangeville. I found it odd that only one co-worker said anything… the first day it was pretty apparent. *shrug* Now it is hard to notice… the mustache conceals it well. Down the road I’ll have to shave the stash off to see how noticeable the scar is. Ho-hum.
The work week was quiet. The office has been half full most days – with people away on holiday or off for the summer. Bdot and I have a short work week as our holidays start this Friday! The first weekend off we are going to the Finger Lakes region of NY state. It looks like a great region, I’ll looking forward to this couple day adventure. My parents have graciously accepted watching the house and herd for the first weekend. The rest of the time we’ll be at Round Lake, we’ve got a Vet Tech coming by to care for the cats. We had her over today, she seems really nice and competent. We are glad that is settled, we were having trouble finding someone… Phew.
Yesterday we had a family gathering at my sister’s. The drive up the 400 was typically appalling. It’s a shame the drive up sucks so much, it is a nice area where my sister lives. The drive is certainly a deterrent to visiting more. Once there we drove into Orillia to pick up some dessert. I hit the usually Mariposa bakery, but I’m finding it a little disappointing lately. There was another in town and they said there would be open until 6, I was there 10 to, and the door was locked. Bah. So we only came away with some cookies. That didn’t deter dinner from being excellent. As usual Chef JP made some BBQ magic. He tried a special tenderizing marinade… and WOW the beef was like butter… One of the nicest, tender tasting steaks I’ve had. (I’ll post the photo of the marinade later) We brought a bacon potato salad, it was pretty yum for the first go at the recipe. After dinner we had a bocce match. In-laws vs the G’s. We played until the bugs and lack of light made it unpleasant to play. I think the G’s were ahead by a point or two when the match was called. It was a fun night with my parents, sister and JP.
Today was a whirlwind of house cleaning, a little yardwork, visits and we watched the end of the Tour de France in the morning. In the evening KK brought over his killer new Marshall amp and we jammed for a bit. His new amp sounds great, incredible powerful tones. Anyway bagged and it is after midnight so cutting this short.
Yup the tradition continues with less than 3m left in the 3rd of my ball hockey game I took a high stick to my upper lip. (It was a team mate. He felt bad… shit happens in sports. I’m glad it wasn’t an eye or a tooth, really, ’tis but a flesh wound) It was a nice gash. The guys said I should get it looked at. So I spend my night in the Emergency room. I guess it was pretty quick… The doctor was really nice, patched me up and said I’d be good to finish the game. My teammates suggested ‘crazy gluing’ the laceration. I asked the doctor about that (which I never entertained) and he laughed. It is good you didn’t do that. *smirk* Frankly I find it remarkable I’m nearly 4 decades old and have only got stitches now. I think the doctor did three stitches. The game… we lost, yet again… and again only two subs. In spite of this I love hockey. The guys look at it as a mark of pride. I don’t know about that… Certainly there will be a scar under my mustache. Anyway, I’m completely bagged now.
Crazy red moon out. It certainly feels red hot here lately. Tomorrow has a chance to reach 100F for only the third time in history for this area. Ugh. I’m really hating this heat.
Zappy cat had dental surgery. Apparently she was a pain in the ass. I guess I must feel a little like she does.
Bdot arrived home safe and sound Friday night. The plan was to head up to her sister’s cottage but we weren’t organized, too tired and the 400 was rammed anyway. So, we relaxed at home and headed up Saturday morning. Packing always takes longer than expected, and we always bring way more than we need… it was only one night… The drive up wasn’t too bad, we took the 27N a good chunk of the way which was usually moving. The weather has been sunny and crazy hot… it continued to be at the cottage. For me, it is too hot. The humidex was hitting >35C. Any kind of movement is stifling and uncomfortable. We spent most of the time relaxing by the water, hiding from the sun on the deck or being food for various annoying insects. I can’t think of too many things more annoying than Deer Flies. They are unrelenting and buzz around your face, in your hair and ultimately bite at your feet. Gah. So we battled, and they lost. Yes they got a few bites, but I killed seven of them. I made an alter and sacrificed them to the ants by the edge of the water. I’m happy thinking ants ate them. In the evening we eventually settled on watching Yes Man with Jim Carrey and Zooey Deschanel. It was a pretty standard light romantic comedy. Carrey and Deschenel were cute together. It was funny at times and rather ridiculous at times.
Sunday we drove home in the early afternoon and stopped at Bdot’s sister’s for her Brother in Law’s and nephew’s birthday. We had a delicious Greek dinner. The boys were typically wired. It was a fun visit.
Wow the Women’s FIFA final was very exciting… Back and forth, the Japanese keep finding a way to stay in the game. Penalty kicks decided the winner JAPAN! I can’t believe how many penalty kicks the U.S. missed! Congrats to Japan!
It has been a pretty busy week home alone. Anytime I sit down I’m covered in animals. Gah. Love me! Love me now human! Since I have complete uncompromising control over the remote, I watched a lot of sports this week. The FIFA World Cup has been quite exciting, especially now that it has reached the final rounds. The semi matches were good, I only caught the U.S/France game. The final should be really good on Sunday, both teams are feisty and have a lot of skill: Japan v. U.S. for the title! I haven’t decided who I’m backing, I’m sure Japan could use some good news.
I’ve watched a few movies too.
The first was Hanna. I’m a little surprised it is rating at 71% on RT. Only because it wasn’t a major film, and high rating non-blockbuster action films seem rare to me. It was good, but I felt it could have been better. The characters were really interesting. The story could have been fleshed out more. Yes, there were a few flashbacks but I wanted more substance to build the lead character on. It was well acted, and Hanna was great in the role. At times they made her look well beyond her years, which was a little creepy. They left the possibility open for Hanna 2 as well.
Next was Green Street Hooligans… I thought it was really good much better than the sub 50% rating would suggest. It is about football (soccer) hooligans in Britain and their love of the game and pride to protect the honour of their teams; or just a bunch of drunken prats using that as an excuse to fight. Regardless, a straight laced American played by (Frodo actor Elijah Wood) enters into this world and it slowly becomes his home. When I first heard about this film I thought it was a documentary – which it wasn’t. It was very entertaining. I’d be curious to see how it was received in the U.K. as the portrayal of these fight firms shows them as senseless thugs looking for the next fight or vengeance for a previous one. Regardless, I liked it. I thought it was gritty and real and ultimately the message was to stop the violence.
Lastly was 5 Days of War based on the Russia invasion of the break away nation of Georgia. This one was very hit and miss for me. I liked the historical angle. It showed numerous scenes from the Georgian President’s POV and his struggles and frustrations as he had being overrun by the Russian superpower. No outside nation wanted to get involved… and the invading forces looted, raped, killed, burned and destroyed, in most cases, with little resistance. The film wrapped the war around the story of journalists trying to get the story of the atrocities out to the world. At times the story was a little flaky. Also odd was the see/sawing actions of invaders. One minute they are killing senselessly next they are giving the same people a pass. I didn’t get that. At the end of the film they had numerous interviews with real victims of the war… BUT THEY DIDN’T SUBTITLE THEM… So these people are giving, what I assume were heart wrenching accounts and I have no idea what they are saying. The movie was in English. *shrug* *fail* Overall the film was decent, at times it felt uneven though. The editing wasn’t very good. Ho-hum.
When the stupid heat subsided yesterday I finally got some yard work done. Most of the week was stupid hot (>35C). So I hid inside in the AC, but yesterday was typical hot so I got outside. I continued bringing dirt to the backyard gardens. Some of neighbour’s kids helped so the job went much faster. smirk It is pretty clear we seriously over ordered dirt, it took many weekends of work wheelbarrowing to the back. I did get it done though! Finally the driveway is back… now to mulch. *cough* Hockey tonight so I’m done with yardwork for a few days, as we will be going up to bdot’s sister’s cottage north of Barrie, time to be determined… Bdot gets back sometime after dinner tomorrow! Yes, I’ve missed her a great deal.
It was an odd weekend. Bdot left for California early Sunday morning so I got up to see her off and actually stayed away. I watched the Tour then FIFA soccer. First the Tour… Another entertaining stage for all the wrong reasons… I appreciate that the cars travelling on the tour with the cyclists are in a tight cluster , but my gawd… hitting a cyclist? It might have been the perfect storm with a tight road and a tree suddenly jutting out… but surely weaving into a cyclist is the last resort? The crash knocked the cyclist into a barbed wire fence. Jesus. I saw a photo of Hoogerland afterward.. there were multiple long deep cuts along his back and legs. And he finished the race! He was given some race award for finishing. No shit. A disturbing incident… He could have been killed. It overshadowed a race day changing all the jerseys. It was classy that the peloton waiting as long as they could to give the riders a chance to get back. (At least that is my understanding of what happened…) Hopefully that is the last of the horrific incidents on this tour. More sports? Sure… I flipped between the #TDF and the FIFA Woman Cup game between Sweden and Australia. The Ozzies gave a great effort but they couldn’t stack up to the Sweds. Especially gifting the Sweds a goal on an unforced error didn’t help either… they did battle until the final whistle which was good to see. The other semi-final was far more interesting. The U.S. v. Brazil. I caught the final 30m of regular time. Apparently there was a controversial call and re-kicking of a penalty kick by Brazil star Marta. By the time I was watching she was being booed mercilessly by the crowd every time she touched the ball. Heh. The one thing that sickens me about soccer is the complete lack of honour some of the players play with. This was no more evident that with 10m left in the overtime one of the Brazilian players suddenly fell to the ground forcing a stoppage in play. Well, she rolled around and it was a drama, a stretcher was brought out and she was taken to the sideline. Well, they took her maybe 20m down the sideline then she got off and came back onto the field walking perfectly fine. GRRRAHHH! And you wonder why I hate the Brazilian and Italian soccer teams?? In a beautiful act of poetic justice she was given a yellow card. Unreal. It was a very exciting game… The U.S. tied the game late with a miracle header goal… they ended up winning on penalty kicks. Good for the Americans… I’d hate to see Brazil rewarded for their repugnant unsportsmanlike play.
In the afternoon I finally got my ass off the couch and cleaned out the garage. Now a car can fit. I also got groceries and continued with yard work in the backyard. I tarped one full side of the garden. So die weeds. Die! Die! Die! It was pretty quick and easy, would have been better if it wasn’t 36C though. The slightest action and I was a disgusting sweat monster. I think we have even agricultural tarp to cover the entire block. It is impressively thick. Ain’t nothin’ gunna survive under there… I’m hoping to get the other side done soon. This is a big step to revitalized those gardens are they are simply overrun with weeds. The Yard Plan is to cover the tarp with mulch… I think that should look pretty decent actually. I’m sure bdot will want to know all the plants were watered too. 🙂 The day lilies in the front garden are looking great.
In the evening my time was split between catching up on Season four of True Blood and gaming. It was a pretty relaxing evening.
The last day of the weekend was a busy housework day. We both worked most of the day. Outdoors : Moved more rocks, more dirt, removed more weeds… the dirt pile of doom is finally looking beatable. One more day of shoveling and it should be gone. Then we’ll tarp the gardens and rest as sunless weeds die. Joy. Inside : Laundry, put away laundry, steam cleaned the carpets, moved some furniture… by the evening we were both beat. I once again seemed to do too much and reaggravated my lower back pain. Aging sucks. Monday meant multiple Advil… only today does it feel better. I hope I don’t mess it up at ball hockey tonight. The game I missed was a slaughter… An ugly 11-0 beat down. I can only imagine that no one showed… A full team, however, would have only minimized that carnage. It may have been close if they played the game with an empty net. There is no parity in this league.
bdot is off to California next week. So I’m a bachelor for a few days…
The initial NHL trade deadline blitz is done. I think teams are looking for trades now. The Sabres look solid defensively at all eight slots. I would expect Miller should face less rubber this year… in turn various benefits year long. The offense… well… I’m still not sure… I think the new additions may improve the powerplay. Ehrhoff is an offensive d-man so I expect some points there. My uncertainty is still with the Sabres’ centres. I still don’t see a clear number one centre on the team. Will a trade come? Hopefully. Roy is a great second. Leino… well, talk about a wildcard… IMHO best case scenario for him he’s a second line centre. I know Darcy is looking at trades… hopefully he’ll find someone. What will cost? The offseason continues to be intriguing.
Work fun day was a little disappointing again. The day seemed full of disorganization and misinformation. The team decided on taking us on a Hippo Tour of Toronto. It is an amphibious bus tour of the main tourist locations in Toronto. Parts of the tour were interesting, but it was a lot of waiting in traffic and the water part of the trip was brief and uneventful. This after we nearly missed our boarding time because we didn’t have the tickets. Ho-hum. The lunch was also somewhat disappointing. It was at ??? which is a massive two level sports bar. We had reservations but they split us up on two tables and refused to open up the upstairs to seat us. Which would have been really cool. Oh well. The bar itself had a gigantic tv. I’m not sure the dimensions but it looked like the size of a cargo truck. The food was good and it would be a great place to watch a game even with the Toronto beer prices. So pluses and minuses. I guess it beats working. I did get too much sun however and developed a nasty headache which wiped out my evening. I even skipped my hockey game as I would have been of no use. Bah.
A great example of how awesome twitter is was evident during the frantic NHL trade day. The clock struck 12 yesterday and tweets of signings continued all day long. It was exciting as a hockey fan seeing live updates of signings… The big fish was Richards… the Sabres do need a Centre as well, badly. Unfortunately, so does every other team in the league. The list of suitors for Richards was very long and the expected contract will be massive. The Sabres decided too massive and dropped out of the Richards race. I except they will look to upgrade centre via a trade. They had better anyway… They did make one trade which I don’t fully comprehend. They picked up another Right Wing, Ville Leino. I assume Darcy is up to something. Time will tell. The defensive signing earlier this week were great, I think the Sabres got two great veterans d-men, Reger and Horoff. In the big picture it has developed into an exciting off-season, clearly the Pegula Era has arrived, and will be very exciting for Sabres fans. In Pegula we trust. Thanks for letting me use your 3G bdot. ^_^
We drove up to Ennismore through Port Hope. It was a slow drive at times. Port Hope was busy, the town looked maxed out on parking for the Canada Day celebration. Happy 144st Canada! We arrived in the early evening. It was a warm evening. The evening was spent chilling out in front of the fire debating the correct placement of pine cones in the fire. The park no longer has any type of security… which really is ridiculous for a park with ~300 trailers. Basically drunkards could be heard carrying on well into the night. Yes, I’ve been that guy, but usually in a detached house or isolated cottage. Here at the trailer park people are crammed together like sardines, a little more respect would be great. One of many reasons the park has lost its luster.
Today looks like another beautiful July day in Ontario. I think we are going to go look at day lilies near Bobcaygeon. First however, we stopped for brunch in Buckhorn at The Olde Ice House Family Restaurant. To say our server was a little eccentric would be an understatement. The entire time we were there she was colourful in her dialogue with patrons… I wondered if everyone would find her as enjoyable as we did. Regardless the food was good and the price was right, by the time we got there I’d have eaten a bag of snakes. Down the road was the Lily farm. They had around 30-40 different colours/breeds whatever they are called. We ended up with four Rose Beauty and three Stephany yellow day lilies and two Buckhorn surprise. They gave us two plants that lost their tag. Once the tag is lost they have no idea what colour/breed it is. So we’ll have a little surprise when they bloom. There was a dark red I was going to get but another customer snapped up the last one. Meh. The afternoon was really hot… So, fittingly we just chilled on the desk at the trailer for our find few hours there. The drive home was smooth and quick… I think we got home in just under 2.5h. Anyway. To sleep.