Happy Halloween! I must like Jack Skellington a lot as apparently I’ve done this pumpkin design before. I think it turned out pretty good. Hope it is safe for everyone. On 640 this morning they said there is a push from Christians to change Halloween into Jesusween. (I can’t make this up…) They want to add Christian propaganda to handouts at the door for kids. I was going to rant about how ridiculous and offensive this is… but I’ll sum it with the word barf.
As usual, Google getting into the festive spirit… One frame from google’s animated video showing the creation of their pumpkins. Looks like they had a lot of fun! Did I Santa there? Hmmpt.
The Mac family arrived late Friday night. The evening was pretty quiet while everyone got settled. After breakfast we headed up to Collingwood to Scandinave Spa at Blue Mountain. The drive up Airport Road was stunning with all the Fall colours still in their glory. Airport Road is very hilly… so it provided some vistas full of rolling autumn hills. It we ever luck into a beautiful day weather-wise. Since the spa is outside, rain or a cold span can ruin the experience… but it was bright and cool. Perfect! So basically the day was hot tub, steam sauna, cold plunge, hut tub, dry sauna, chill out by fire, chill out in a hammock, hot tub, massage, hot tub, stream sauna, cold plunge, dry sauna…. icy cold Creemore. Phew. I was a little concerned I was going to get Kelly… but I ended up with Danielle, and she was very good. It felt like she removed a speedbumb out of my shoulder. Oddly she didn’t really say anything afterwards. She said I was a little defensive with my sore wrist. Well it is my sore wrist. *shrug* It was a much needed down day. Very relaxing. Very Ahhhhhhhhhhh.
After the spa we wandered around Blue Mountain for a bit. We stopped at Twist for a martini and a light snack. It seemed like a pretty cool place. I had a delicious Snickertini. I think it was slightly different than the online recipe. Regardless, it disappeared faster than a pack of Smarties at a Weight Watchers’ meeting. The drive home was very dark. Most of Airport road had no streetlights. We got lucky again… during the drive we passes a good sized deer just standing in the other lane of the highway… Had the deer moved or spooked he could easily have hit the truck and this could have been a very different entry. Phew…The rest of the evening was less eventful. Homemade pizzas and hockey.
Sunday we went to Upper Canada Mall in Newmarket. I tried on some clothes… Found some nice stuff but I didn’t like the prices. The main purpose of the trip was to check out the new Kobo colour… The screen is nice but it seemed really underpowered… and there was no Internet available so I couldn’t test any of the web apps… I guess for $200 however, not bad. I’m waiting for the Asus Transformer Prime however! The evening was a dog walk, dinner, Pumpkin Carving and the Walking Dead.
Must be a slow news week for the media. The CBC (and most Canadian media) are running on and on with the This Hour Has 22 Minutes/Rob Ford story. They showed up at his house in the morning as he was going out the door to take his daughter to school. Apparently upsetting his daughter and freaking Rob out. I know if anyone shows up on my driveway at 8 in morning as I’m trying to get to work they’d be lucky if the only thing they got was my bad attitude. Yes he is a public figure, blahblahblah… so why not ambush him at City Hall when he is acting in his public capacity? Now I’m not a big Rob Ford fan… he seems like he can be an abrasive prick… but he was dealt a steaming pile to deal with in Toronto. Cleaning a mess of that magnitude (and having the balls to try to) is worth something. It is silly to think you can cut out the gravy without pissing some people off. And the CBC…well… it is nice to see the light on them right now. Taxpayers are giving them over 1B$ and it seems they are largely unaccountable for it and pad critics pockets and spend lavishly internally. Idunno, but for the average programming I’ve seen from the CBC, perhaps they should spend more time at work and less running around Toronto gagging political figures.
Another odd, it must be a slow weed for newsarticle. Really? Hating on the Beaver? I don’t mind the idea of the Polar Bear… but I see no reason to get rid of an icon, that IMHO stands for an industrious, hard-working, stubborn and steadfast animal.
Sabres finally won a game at home! Vanek looked like a machine last night. Strong on the puck and determined to make plays. Now if only Leino, Stafford and Roy could appear… they were very invisible last night. Enroth is looking good and has looked good since he came to Buffalo. Some people, for reasons I can’t understand, want to create a goalie controversy for some reason. Perhaps some deep seated undefinable hatred for Miller? I don’t know? I wonder why some fans can’t just be happy to have two great options between the pipes? Would you rather be the Flyers? *eyeroll*
It is getting cold. Frost this morning and Sunday night is going to drop to -1. Brrrr…. Bdot’s friends Bonnie and her family are over tonight and tomorrow. Tomorrow we are heading to Collingwood with them for a spa day. I can’t freaking wait to do nothing. I hope I don’t fall alseep in the hottub and drown.
Kicked off Saturday getting my haircut. I booked my next appointing… in December! Yes, I’m already booking activities into December. Time is flying by. When I got home my sister had called and was in the area. After some phone tag we decided to see a movie up in their area in Orillia. We had a short dog run in Cold Creek then continued up to Horseshow Valley. JP (my brother in law) made a delicious beef stew and biscuits for dinner. He offered me a Richard’s Dark. I’m not sure how I missed this beer. I used to drink Rickard’s Red a lot… Anyway, it was a great beer, clean smooth, no aftertaste and a sweet flavour… I’ll certainly be stocking the fridge with some for the Winter season. Also, it is much darker that the image on their website, silly photoshopping. Our choices for movies were pretty bleak. So bleak in fact I agreed to see a Baseball movie. I’m very fond of Rotten Tomatoes and their ratings and it reviewed at a staggering 95% so I felt it was worth a shot. So we agreed to see Brad Pitt in Moneyball.
Before going to the movie I wanted to change from my athletic pants into a pair of jeans. Well frack – they didn’t fit, and it wasn’t even close. Yes I’m aware I’ve gained a bit in the middle but wow… this was an eye opener. I don’t think this pair of jeans has fit for awhile but now they were ridiculously hooker tight. I think it is a mere pant size from 32 to 33/34 but still… it reminds of the effort that will be required to keep this aging body from gaining further sizes. Sigh. ‘what a drag it is getting old…’
Anyway Moneyball. I enjoyed Moneyball. In spite of the old codger behind me that felt it necessary to comment on every baseball stat mentioned in the film. SIIiiiGH… Yes one of my pevs is people who talk in theatres. I paid to see and hear the movie – NOT to hear you talking. So STFU. But can you really tell an old man to shut up without looking like a dick? I don’t know. I came pretty close to finding out… *cough* The movie followed the transformative season of the Oakland Athletics. The team has just dropped it’s three star players and had to find a way to compete against team salaries that were double or triple theirs. Faced with few promising player options, the A’s GM (played by Pitt) looked to an innovative (and controversial) new mathematical solution to be competitive. The movie became a curious underdog film. Pitt was very convincing as a seasoned pro putting out fires at every turn with both with his team and in his personal life. Moneyball is both a look behind the scenes of a baseball team and the into the life of a GM. The movie included interactions between the GM and his daughter which added a touching dimension to the movie. The daughter played by Kerris Dorsey was also impressive in her role. She sung a cute song too. The dialogue was well written and balanced with some humour. I don’t think a lack of baseball knowledge would hamper someone’s enjoyment of the various banters between the GM and other players or staff. As I’ve said, I quite enjoyed this baseball movie as the human elements stood out for me and made it engaging and at times touching.
Sunday started slowly. We debated the merits of the new furniture arrangement in the living room. Yes domestic bliss. I think this debate is on-going as I like the positioning aesthetically but functionally it sucks walrus. We have a big bay window and the biggest couch now is turned into the room with the back of the couch to the window. Bah. Unfortunately the size of the room and the size couches leave us with few options… Hopefully a better arrangement can be found so we will want to utilize this room more. Bdot and I planned on going to Alton Mill in the afternoon to confirm which rooms we wanted to rent for the Wedding. After one false start (read : we had a spat) trying to leave we eventually got on our way to the Mill. It must be the right location because we really like all the rooms at the Mill. The problem is becoming matching rooms with the parts of the wedding. This is good problem to have, we feel there are so many great options! I think after the third loop around the building we have a tentative plan for where we will hold everything. Huzzah! Even the bad weather backup room for the ceremony is stunning room. After wandering around indoors we wandered around the grounds outdoors for awhile with the dog. There is a trail that leads to the Millcroft Inn, a mere 10m walk away. We are thinking of walking over on the 13th. The day didn’t start off well, but I think it ended up being very productive.
Once we got home I got ready to go to Toronto to see Boris and Asobi Seksu. (More on this later…) B. took care of a bunch housework – thank hon.
Not sure what I think about the murder of Gaddafi. I often wonder what a top politician like him would have to say if they were made to stand trial. I’m sure there are many influential people and entities that would want him dead, and more importantly, his knowledge to die with him. I think it is a momentous occasion. It will be fascinating to witness the results of this ‘Arab Spring’ evolve. Ultimately it isn’t surprising that he was killed in the streets. Human nature being what it is, being under his oppressive thumb for decades the sense of wrath and vengeance would have to be overwhelming. Hmm.
Sabres are off to a 5-1 start! Miller got a shutout last night. Vanek is becoming a crazy scoring threat. Beware of #vanekslapshot. Myers is amazing. He seems to be everywhere when he is on the ice. Now if Leino and Boyes could start producing… So far it has been an impressive start to the first full season of the Pegula era. Ironically the only loss was at home.
Not sure what is going on this weekend. I guess it depends if bdot is going huntin’. Boris on Sunday.
After over eight years together bdot and I have decided to take the final step in our relationship. Yes… we are getting married! We have a date, venue and photographer set. I’m excited and happy to be getting hitched to a wonderful woman, great friend and true partner. More details as they unfold.
We met with photographer Jennifer from Jennifer Images yesterday and we both liked her and hr work. She will be our wedding photographer. Bdot and her seem to have been separated at birth and have had to catch up on a life’s worth of issues. I just want great photos. *shrug*
After a long meeting with Jenn we carried on to my parent’s in St.Catharines. It was a little later than we expected to arrive so we quickly ventured over to Mister B’s in Niagara Falls New York for dinner. It is always an interesting night at Mister B’s. Fresh wings there are amazing. I also really enjoyed their pizza and strangely two Buds when down nicely too. It was my Dad’s birthday, my mother made a cake but after stuffing ourselves at dinner we had to take the cake home. *smirk* It was an enjoyable night. No issues at the border.
Nice win by the Sabres in Pittsburgh!
It has felt like a typical and long work week in spite of it really being a short four day work week. The last two days at work were particularly brutal with IT issues the entire days. *yawn*
I’m really starting to wonder what I’ve done the right upper side of my body. I have a lingering sensation on my upper chest like a punch (but much more mild) and my hand on the same side has had a nagging tingling for a few weeks now. I don’t think it is carpal tunnel related… Whatever it is the nerves seem to be revolting periodically. It is more annoying than painful but it isn’t nothing. I’m pretty happy to have massage therapy tomorrow morning.
It feels like forever since the Sabres played their two opening games of the season in Europe. Tonight they finally play their home opener at the
HSBC First Niagara Centre… There is huge anticipation amongst Sabres’ fans for the first full season of the Pegula era. With the numerous off-season acquisitions, the expectation for this season are very high. Are you ready for some hockey?!!
Bdot has been in a OCD frenzy all week looking at photographers. We meet another tomorrow. This one seems very promising as we both like her photographic style and personality. After tomorrow’s meeting we are driving down to St.Catharines to take my Dad out for a birthday dinner. Should be fun. I’m very much looking forward to the downtime. That said, there is some must-do gardening and lots of housework to do as well. Ho-hum.
I left work early Friday so we could get a head start on the traffic headed North. Work was having our final BBQ of the year so I grabbed a burger to go. Yum. As usual we took a long time to drive up. Bdot’s back was nagging her so we stopped in Bancroft at the Shoppers which was thankfully open. We arrived late in Killaloe and stayed at bdot’s parents.
Saturday we spent most of the day with bdot’s family and various local friends. In the early afternoon we picked up Bonnie. We then drove into Wilno to pick up two paintings we bought before from Joyce Burkholder. They are amazing paintings…soon to be viewable in our home gallery. The hills in the area were ablaze with colour we wanted to get some photos. Bonnie knew an old back road to park on a lake. We stopped there for awhile and took some photos. The weather the entire weekend was ridiculous for October. It often felt like July… very hot. After will filled our photographic needs we stopped at another park and grabbed a few more. I don’t know where any of these parks are or their names – I was just along for the ride. I quite liked the second park, it had a nice stream and some hiking trails. There wasn’t much time to investigate the park… enough to grab more photos. We dropped Bonnie off at home and were heading to Round Lake for dinner… when we saw a little white dog walking down the road right at the car. If bdot didn’t stop we would have ran the dog over. I don’t know what the dog was thinking but it was the dog’s lucky day in spades. Bdot is a big animal lover and we drove up and down the road trying to locate the dog’s owner. Eventually someone suggested going to the Centre – the local store… so we did. The staff there suggested a house just down the road of a woman that loves animals and would likely help find the dog’s owner. (It turns out a neighbour of hers had friends over… it was their dog. Nicely dog irresponsible dog owners, your dog was very nearly killed) Insert rant here about it being sad that anyone can own a pet.
Anyway… after this run around we were later than we wanted to be to arrive for Thanksgiving dinner. One of bdot’s Aunt’s cooked up a feast for twelve of us. Before dinner there was a lot of drinking – included some select individuals taking -pulls- of Grey Goose Whiskey,some bocce and a lot of mingling. It was chaotic outside. There were three dogs on long lines constantly getting tangled and barking and fighting. It was a bit much for princess Tanga so we cabined her for the evening. One of dog’s was Ali’s new dog shamrock, Tanga didn’t mind her, but they left before they could play the next day. After dinner the Men watched the Leafs edge by the Sens. The Sabres were one of the teams sent abroad to Germany and Finland to start their seasons. The Sabres won both their games in Europe and should be heading back home soon. After the game there was further revelry at the neighbour’s. They wanted a fire so I built one. People were sitting around the firepit waiting for someone to make a fire… *shrug* The night wore on and eventually we called it a night. I’d certainly had enough to drink for one night.
The cruel morning came… bright and loud. I was in a haze most of the day. We debated about heading home but, neither of us were in any shape to drive. Bdot’s cousins had bailed by the time we returned to the cottage. So we chilled on her aunt’s deck most of the afternoon. I had a glorious nap with the dog and plenty of restorative Round Lake air. Sunday was pretty chillax. We eventually headed back to bdot’s parent’s and crashed for the night. Not before some delicious chocolate truffle cake which her mother forced upon us. *cough*
We left early Monday morning. (Well early for us, before 8:30…) It was a long seven hour drive home. We made numerous stops to take photos or grab food. We got home just before 3 and worked on the yard with the remaining light. Now I’m pretty tired. Zzzz…
Ontarians have elected the Liberals to a record third term. The Reds are within one seat of a majority…. Either way I’m glad Hudak isn’t in. It was sadly a choice of the lesser evil once again. I didn’t really care for any of the candidates. And once again, sigh my riding remains Blue. *eyeroll* My vote just goes on the pile of also-rans.
I had an appointment with my optometrist tonight. My left eye is marginally worse. They recommended new glasses. Of course they do… they are several hundred bucks. No new glasses today.
Off early from work tomorrow… we are heading to Round Lake for Thanksgiving. It should be a fun weekend. I’m bagged. Good night.