Bdot hits a milestone birthday today. She took the day off to hit the spa… Unfortunately it is gray and overcast… hopefully it clears so she can enjoy the day. Happy Birthday chou.
It’s felt like a long week physically. I’ve been fighting a combo of the flu and allergies since Tuesday. I stayed home Wednesday, and I’m still feeling somewhat lethargic.
Today we visited the Alton Mill since there was a wedding going on to see how they setup. They set up in the back ‘falls’ courtyard… we had thought about that as an option originally but the waterfalls are really loud… it is an intimate location however. It is curious to have one venue with so many good options. The one drawback to the Annex Courtyard (where we are currently holding the wedding ceremony) is it is very public and close to the parking lot. Really anyone can just stroll on by…. *shrug* The debate continues. We also stopped by the Millcroft Inn and we spoke with the Hotel Manager who said if we stayed (which we intend to) that taking photos on the grounds would be okay… Normally it wouldn’t. I’m not really sure what they would do… but… we have clearance from the Inn’s tower to shoot. After a morning of running around we had a yummy lunch in Alton at Ray’s Bistro. I’m pretty sure we’ll be returning there in the future. We were suppose to go to Woodbridge for an Italian dinner… but we were both beat after running around all morning. And it was hot… and gah… zzzzzzzzzzz…..
In the evening we suffered through another poorly picked movie.
This time Bernie… This was a rare time I disagreed with RT, which has it rating a staggering 92%, the critics loved it… I don’t like Jack Black…so… I should have known better. I found the movie really slowed from the constant interview interruptions and the pacing was bad… and frankly it was just not interesting. I guess it was based on a true story… curiously the more Black played up his likable character, the more I disliked him. Oh well. Lesson learned.
Friday night we has BBB and her family over. It is bdot’s birthday on Monday so we had some cake and dinner to celebrate. Mmm cake.
Bdot has been itching to go golfing so we drove down the 50 to play the short course at Riverstone. The course is in a curious location. It is wedged inside green space that runs behind a subdivision. There are houses everywhere. A crazy person with a driver could do some serious damage. I guess that is why there is only a short course here, and the short course is very short. All of the holes were par 3 and under 100 yard many around 50… Still being the duffers we are it is very good practice. The short game and putting is a cruial part of golf so, it was still a challenge. The course is well maintained and the club house looks brand new… I think we’ll return to try the championship course sometime in the Fall. There were only nine holes, which was enough as it was stupid hot. The course is setup rather oddly. The first hole we came across was 4 then the numbers seemed to be jumping all over… we played 1 last… *shrug* We hit a lot of extra balls since the course was empty. After golf we drove over to the Starbucks in Kleinberg for a cold drink. Yum, seriously needed the cool down.
It was an odd sort of weekend. Friday night I ventured over to KK’s new place in Vaughan. (For shits and giggles I went the route the GPS suggested… Gah, it took me through the main street of Kleinburg (Which has several speed bumps and stop signs…it ended up adding maybe 10m… Sometimes it is right. Sometimes it is wrong.) He’s been moved in for a few weeks now and his place looks great. He even managed to setup a cool sitting area surrounded by bookshelves. It is a very library, nerdy, relaxing sitting area. It can also be used to drink beer and watch hockey we postulated. Assuming there will be hockey to watch. Which is looking doubtful at the moment…
We went over to Vaughan Mills (which is a mere 5m away!) to the only place we know of with pool tables, Lucky Strike. Yes, it is primarily for bowling but it is also a massive bar as well. And I thought it was remarkably dead for a Friday night. We played pool for several hours and there were two other tables that didn’t get used during that whole time. With a remarkable display of pool excellence I defeated KK 5 games to 4. (Okay, okay… so he had a few -technical- losses… but a win is a win right? -smirk- ) As we were leaving VM I noticed signs for -premium- parking spots for e-cars, I thought this was curious, perhaps a nice little incentive? It was an enjoyable evening.
Saturday I awoke with a nasty headache. It felt like I slept on an iron pipe. Gah. (Thanks to my ‘Fancy Chou’ for showing me some kindness.) Drugs, silence and two hours later we drove up to Orangeville (seems I can cut and paste this from previous weekends) to finalize the chocolates for the wedding. It seems the chocolate idea should come together nicely and deliciously with a dark chocolate, a milk chocolate and a truffle. Yum. We also picked up our Special Events Permit which was probably sitting at the LCBO for a week. Thanks for the call. eyeroll So we can finally start buying booze for the wedding. Well, wine at least…We also stopped in to the wedding florist to set a date to review the centrepieces. The floral designer seems excited and has a few interesting ideas. I’m looking forward to see what he comes up with within our parametres. Hmm.
Sunday bdot’s friend BBB came over. They were off to do some shopping, then go to an over night party to be followed by a day the spa Monday. The Life of Riley. So I was left to deal with animals and groceries. It was quite a nice afternoon so I thought I’d look for a new place to hike the dog. I ended up going here. It was a tiring hike. I regretted not getting the groceries first.
It is feeling like summer is over. The evening’s darkness comes sooner and the nights are much cooler now. Fall already?
And this editorial cartoon re: Pussy Riot sure seems to be spot on.
It is certainly an embarrassing day for Russia and freedom of speech. Any notion that Russia has progressed to a Democracy has clearly taken a major step backward. The punk band Pussy Riot staged a protest in a Catholic church in Moscow sometime back. They disrupted a ceremony of some sort. Sure, that is pretty stupid and should be punished with a fine or a night or two in jail. Well, three of the band members have already been jailed for weeks and today were sentenced to 2 years of jail being found guilty of hooliganism. Yikes. Holy disproportionate over reaction. Putin politics sounds a lot like Stalin politics… well no, I guess they haven’t been put to death, … yet. Pretty shocked that the massive uber-macho Putin feels so threatened by a girl band. Hmmpt. So far there has been worldwide outrage by this absurd sentence. To quote the band member Ekaterina ‘[the] state is not able to hide the repressive nature of the judicial process’.
International condemnation was quick to follow:
» Josh Earnest, a White House spokesman, said: ‘The United States is disappointed by the verdict, including the disproportionate sentences that were granted.’
» Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt has expressed concern over the two year prison sentences given to the three singers in the Russian punk group Pussy Riot, for singing a protest song in a church. Bildt writes on Twitter: ‘Even the Human Rights Commissioner of Russia deems the prison sentence for Pussy Riot unfair and calls for it to be appealed. Easy to agree.’
» Alistair Burt, UK foreign minister, said the sentence was a ‘disproportionate response to an expression of political belief’, while Baroness Ashton, the EU foreign affairs chief, said she was ‘deeply disappointed’ with the verdict.
» International celebrities including Sir Paul McCartney and Madonna had already criticised the prosecution. They were followed by demonstrations and gatherings in support of the women in at least 40 cities worldwide on Friday, including New York, London and Paris.
» The Orthodox Church issued a statement urging Russian authorities to show the women mercy ‘within the law’ but it appeared too late for such an appeal after senior priests had earlier lustily condemned the group.
» Amnesty International condemned the sentences, which a spokeswoman said showed ‘that the Russian authorities will stop at no end to suppress dissent and stifle civil society.’
» In a closing statement, Ms. Tolokonnikova [of the band], the most outspoken of the defendants, railed against repression in Russia. ‘To my deepest regret, this mock trial is close to the standards of the Stalinist troikas,’ she said. She added, ‘In any event, it is a form of civil action in circumstances where basic human rights, civil and political freedoms are suppressed.’
I’m starting to worry about the likelihood of hockey this fall. It seems the NHL and the NHLPA are far apart from an agreement. An agreement they need to reach by the 15th of September or the players will be locked out. I’m most concerned about the ramification of a lockout on smaller market teams in the States where support is already marginal. Sigh…. Happy Canada pulled off a late win in the Russia/Canada series rematch from 1972… It was very close… it could easily have been a Russian win. After today I’m a little happier we beat their commie asses.
This is what I came home to at the end of my street. Which is usually the main exit for us…. I wonder how long the city will have that blocked off?… What a mess.
It looked like rain most of the day but we set the day up to try and get in some golf in the late afternoon. And we did! We drove up to Orangeville and played 9 holes at Dufferin Glen. This was the first time bdot and I played alone together and we both survived without injury. I gave up on driving and used low irons to tee off… I got a few par but mostly bogeys. My chipping was pretty good today! The course doesn’t look like much from the road, but it is quite a nice course. The fairways are all well maintained and green. It is fairly short and there are only 9 holes available at the moment but another 9 are in the works. It was a fun afternoon of golf.
Finished most of the wedding ceremony tonight as well.
It has been awhile since I’ve blogged. I was on holidays near Algonquin park at bdot’s aunt’s cottage last week where there is sadly no internet access, so no blogging, nothing… Bdot when to the cottage a few days early since she has more holidays than me. I did the typical bachelor take-out dinner from Funky Thai 2 Go the first few nights alone. I’ve eaten from their lunch menu numerous times but this is the first time I’ve ordered from their dinner menu, and it was delicious.
As I’ve mentioned remicat’s weight has been fluctuating a lot recently but I think we have, at least temporarily, found a food she’ll eat. We go to great lengths to get this cat to eat, especially bdot…It seems to be a frustrating cycle. I’m very happy we found a ‘cat sitter’ who is a vet tech and can deal with the numerous issues caring for remicat entails…
Anyway, holiday… As usual packing and preparing for a vacation seems to take forever. I finally got out of the house and up to Horseshoe Valley just after noon on a week ago Thursday where I met up with my parents. That weekend was the ‘parents first meeting’ up at Round Lake. So I drove up with my parents. I was a little surprised to see what a lead foot my Dad has. He passed more cars in 4hrs than I do in month commuting to work. Hmmpt. Naturally I voted for stopping at Henrietta’s Bakery. It was packed inside the small bakery. I scored the last eclair. I’m pretty sure kids behind me were eying it. I figure it was an opportunity for them to learn you don’t always get what you want. Especially when it is delicious whipped cream, flaky pastry with a flavourful chocolate coating. Ahem. As always seems to occur when you drive through Algonquin park, there were silly humans crowding around a baby moose as it was eating in a marsh. It seems disinterested in its stardom. The night I arrived night was low-key. I was bagged by the time we got to the cottage.
Friday the women went in to Wilno (not Wilnot) to the Tavern for lunch. I stayed home with my Dad and watched Olympics between swims in the lake. The main event of the afternoon was the Canada v. Great Britain match in Woman’s soccer. It was remarkable how easily and often possession changed in the match. Canada ended up winning and earned their first visit to the semi-finals, unfortunately they met the U.S. juggernaut. It seems like there are a lot of Canadians off the podium finishing in 4th, 5th and 6th…Meh.
I’ve been honoured to read the first draft of a friend’s manuscript for his incredible Sci-fi novel. I’m very impressed. I hope he finds a way to get it published because I think it is very good.
The rest of this entry is odd and ends from the past week. The ‘get together BBQ’ was somewhat underwhelming and certainly wasn’t what I was expecting it to be. First off, it was stupid stupid hot, well over 100F. Bdot’s other aunt also has a cottage on the same lake and she hosted the BBQ. We went over early and starting drinking at that time. Well I stopped at some point there and my Dad didn’t… so when bdot’s parents arrived he was in rare form. In the evening it was still very hot… a night swim was refreshing but didn’t make it any easier to sleep. Brutal.
My parents left the next morning. Then it rained. By early afternoon the rain stopped and we have a visit from BBB’s family. They didn’t stay very long. In the afternoon I watched more Olympics. The Men’s 100m had 3 Jamaicans and 3 Americans… Bolt wons with a time of 9.63, an Olympic record. He is quite a story. In the late afternoon we wandered over to her aunts again and had a few drinks. We watched her cousin Ali play bocce. I guess we are no longer included in the reindeer games. Oh well.
Monday was not a good day for Canada at the Olympics. The sole Canadian Women’s Boxer lost. The Sprint cyclist eliminated and the Women’s soccer team also lost. I watched the game and Canada up one nil at half time. Sinclair with the goal. Canada allowed far too many free kicks for the States. There were ridiculous repeated phantom Pro-US calls in the second half by the Norwegian ref. Brutal. The game was tied at full time. Quite the battle regardless of the outcome especially in light of favoured the US was. It was the best international soccer match I’ve seen involving Canada. Sad late goal in extra time… better than a penalty shoot out however. Ultimately the US was too skilled for Canada. Incredible effort however, it is getting a lot of deserved fanfare.
Tuesday I spent a lot of time reading the aforementioned Sci-fi novel. More 4th and 5th for Canada. Ho-hum. Cloudy and rain today. Bleck. We did a quick run into Barry’s Bay and Killaloe. Watched Coriolanus which I thought was quite good.
Wednesday more of bdot’s friends visited. Trish and Jessica hung out for part of the early afternoon. In the evening we had dinner with bdot’s aunt. A yummy dinner of ribs.
Thursday more RAIN. Sigh. Watched the Woman’s Soccer team play for Bronze v. France. We win in Extra time! In the afternoon we drove up to Pembroke. Bdot found some Earrings she wanted for the wedding. More reading in the evening. Since the forecast was further gloom we decided to head home Friday. It rained most of five hours all the way home. Blah.