It sure is tiring packing the car for vacation. We are off for a week to Round Lake. Sadly this is the last year we’ll have access to it… on the road now… only six hours to go.
Ugh. After about 5 years of work… I was told by my employer today that I’ve been laid off due to financial reasons. It was a stupid long commute and the pay wasn’t awesome… but I liked the people and thought it was rewarding work. My boss was very upset and said it’s a ‘shitty’ day… but they had no choice. Sigh… so a few things are now on hold… specifically the backyard reno. One door closes another opens… hopefully sooner than later.
It looks like we are going to push forward with at least some part of the backyard reno this Fall. The main section we hope to address is the dilapidated back patio. It is structurally falling apart, full of weeds and doesn’t match the plan for the backyard. So we need to pick a new brick for the patio. The brick used on the house is orange and gray. The house is board and batten with the wood painted a warm medium gray which you can see in the photo above. We don’t want to emphasis the orange in the existing house brick so we are clearly going with a gray brick in the patio. Saturday we stopped by Unilock in Georgetown and picked up a bunch of sample bricks. It was pretty useful to see the bricks laid out in their display area outside. Unfortunately the specific brick colours we wanted to see weren’t on display… Unilock is in the process of expanding their display area. So, we need to pick. (Looks at the wife OCDing over choice…. *frowns*)
Since it looked like rain Saturday afternoon, we decided to deal with a few errands. But not before food! We stopped for a yummy breakfast at Flips. Some time ago bdot lost one of the small gems in her ring and we’ve been wanting to get a replacement. We took the ring to our jeweler in Orangeville. He is looking into getting a new Tanzanite stone – we should hear back within a week or two. This has been on the todo list a long time. We also browsed Dragonfly Arts, Bdot found a necklace with lovely glass beads. It is pretty easy to fall in love with the pottery, metal work and paintings on display there. It did start to rain… pour even. We warmed up with a coffee at Starbucks then bought all of the beer and wine at the LCBO. *cough* Bdot made an amazing Ginger Carrot soup for dinner once we got home. Yum! I watched the FIFA U20 Women’s team play Germany… it was a solid effort but Germany capitalized on their key opportunities and Canada did not. The team showed a lot of heart and competed until the final whistle. I wish I could say the same for TFC… I guess it would be easy to blame the loss on two marginal PK goals… but the team looked disinterested and sluggish compared to KC. Sigh. At least Tottenham won. The Blue Jays are following the Toronto tradition of falling out of contention in the last half of the season. Yaye.
Since Lost ended we’ve been searching for new series to watch. (Thanks for the suggestions on Facebook!) We’ve settled on The Killing. We have watched about four episodes. Wow… the acting is impressive and very moving. The story is about the mysterious death of a high school student in Seattle. It follows various storylines connected to the student, her parents, her friends, her teacher, the police, the politician who’s car the body was found it… So far it is pretty engaging. It is shot with a lot of gray tones and exaggerated darkness… it feels really gloomy and oppressive. Solid blanket TV for October it seems. I’m not sure where the story is going so far…
I’ve also been watching a few other series. The Strain (Not bad… on par with True Blood so far… the old man is pretty awesome), Hell on Wheels (Curious series. Decent but not exceptional) and True Detective (Really strange characters, unfolding pretty slowly… hoping it holds my interest…). Bdot started watching Damages and seems to have been sucked into it pretty deeply.
I got in a bit of gaming this weekend playing Divinity:OS almost exclusively. I finally made some progress in the main questline. I released the Snow White, killed King Boreas (a slugfest) and the two demons in the Immaculates’ Cathedral. They kicked my ass a few times so I tried a new strategy. I took one character along the edge of the map so I could just see the annoying Marksmen. Charmed him then and let the demons rip him apart. I did this to both Marksmen. It made a huge difference. When I finally faced the demons I could focus on them alone and not worry about the marksmen chipping my HP down… It was still tough but I got past it. Now to figure out the basement library…. Hmmpt.
Sunday was pretty much just housework. We are off in a week to Round Lake so we wanted the house cleaned up before we went. Pretty tiring day… sure feel tired this morning.
I was shocked to hear of the passing of comic legend Robin Williams. He was a special one. A rare unique comic talent with a brilliant and spontaneous creativity. Known for so many roles and acts… He will be missed.
Hopefully the severity and seriousness of depression gets some exposure from his death. He was only 63. Sigh.
I thought this was awesome. From Time.
Nathan Lane and Robin Williams made comedy history when they co-starred in the 1996 film The Birdcage, the hit film version of the much-adapted French play La Cage aux Folles. They played domestic partners, Williams as the owner as a drag club and Lane as its histrionic star.
In a statement to TIME, Lane remembers his friend and colleague, who died Aug. 11 at the age of 63:
I feel I have to say something more than just “heartbreaking and shocking” which everyone has said and I feel as well, but something a little more personal. Thus the following:
One day in 1995 while riffing in the character of a snobby French toy store owner, Robin made me laugh so hard and so long that I cried. It seemed to please him to no end. Yesterday I cried again at the thought that he was gone. What I will always remember about Robin, perhaps even more than his comic genius, extraordinary talent, and astounding intellect, was his huge heart — his tremendous kindness, generosity, and compassion as an acting partner, colleague, and fellow traveler in a difficult world. My heartfelt condolences to his wife and family.
Saturday started off as most weekends do. We had a bunch of errands to do, housework, yardwork etc.. It all got sidelined when remicat had another series of seizures. This time it resulted in paralysis of one side of her body. Her legs became stiff and wouldn’t bend, she drooled uncontrollably and seemed to be in a lot of distress. Our vet was closed, and bdot was out of house so I sat with her and waited. Like the last time, after what seemed like an eternity, she calmed down and regained control of him limbs and was walking normally again. It took about an hour for the symptoms to pass. After sleeping for several hours she returned to normal activity. Still, these episodes are scary to witness. When I first found her it looked like she fell and was unable to get up. Sigh.
While the cat drama was going on I was suppose to be cleaning for company. A woman bdot worked with made some effort to contact her to get together. So her friend Melanie came over for the afternoon. Thankfully by the time she arrived the cat was resting and out of the panicked parent, severe distress state. Melanie brought her dog, a big Lab named Cooper and a bunch of food. They spent the afternoon talking, eating, drinking and bdot showed her how to knit. They seemed to be having a good time. Unfortunately she got called away, she was suppose to stay for dinner. Perhaps another time. It was also the weekend of the neighbour down the road’s big house party. They get a band and who play all night. It was curious hearing music while soaking in the hot-tub.
I don’t know the details, but in other strange pet news… somehow my sister’s dog Boomer (the million dollar dog) managed to impale himself on something while at a dog sitter. The wound looks really nasty and it’s fairly deep. Boomer is undergoing surgery today. Hopefully it goes well. I have no idea how they will keep such an active dog from re-injuring himself. I assume he’ll require sedation. What a mess. Ugh.
So after watching over one hundred episodes and six seasons… we watched the final episode of Lost last night, ‘The End’. The End indeed. It was an incredible series. What a story. The characters were some of the best and most enjoyable of any TV series I’ve watched. Ben, Sawyer, Kate, Hugo, Sayid, John… so many memorable performances. I can’t say I understand everything completely… My understanding: The crash did occur, the passengers were on the island to search for meaning and purpose in their lives, whatever that might be. Once they found this purpose they moved on and truly died like Jack did in the final scene in the church. There is a decent explanation of Lost here. * BAD ROBOT! * So…. what’s next?
It was a good weekend for soccer. Nice road win by TFC and the Canadian U-20 Girls made an impressive comeback against Finland for a 3-2 win.
Testing new distro linux time kids. Next up elementaryOS. Comment at some point in the future.
Concerts on a school night sure are getting tough for me. For some bands I’m willing to go to work on 4 hours sleep. Zzzz… But that list is getting really short. One band on the list is Boris. I joined two of my former co-workers, who I refer to as my concert buddies, last night in Toronto for Boris, SubRosa and Atlas Moth. Getting into Toronto wasn’t that bad. I GPSed it and it took me down all sorts of odd roads but it was ultimately a decent route. I met up with Raj and we walked over to OneLove where we agreed we’d have dinner. It is all vegetarian. Which is fine. I got a chickpea/potato roti. I gotta say, it was a little disappointing. I found it dry and bland. Certainly not near the calibre of roti I’ve had in the past. But after waiting a bit for Rich we were all really hungry and made short work of them. We still had time to kill so we grabbed a coffee and cookie. Coffee Toffee Chocolate Chip um…. yes please. After a pit stop we ventured over to Lee’s Palace.
When we arrived there was already a line-up. I overheard someone who past by the line say, “What are they lined up for, free drugs?” I guess we were an impressive lot. *smirk* Before the show started we hit the swag tables. I was impressed with the new Boris Noise tee, so I grabbed it. There were also Boris earplugs available… heh. I was a little surprised that SubRosa opened… I think they only played three songs. That said the songs were each song was around 10m. I was pretty impressed by SubRosa… their slow builds then the massive payoffs… the vocal harmonies worked well and the slight Rebecca Vernon sounded better live than I was expecting. It is a shame they played such a short set. You know you are still making your way as a band when you have to haul your amp off the stage. Next up was Atlas Moth. Oh Atlas Moth… What a confusing, occasionally tedious sound. Neither vocalist impressed and their music seemed to be competing between genres in every song. For every moment I started to dig them they would change the next moment into something I didn’t. They need to pick one singer, lose the bad 70s Fender guitar sound and get steal Takeshi’s pedal setup for week. I don’t want to hate on them too hard. They had a good attitude and put on a decent show… I just think they need to refine the direction of their sound because their current one isn’t working. I think the crowd’s polite response to them was evidence of this. People were there to see Boris. And Boris did not disappoint. By the time they took the stage Lee’s was crammed like sardines and it was really warm within the venue. Gah… I was eager to grab some photos, since the last time I saw them I had my old phone with its crappy camera. Go to take a photo and …LOW BATTERY WARNING! OMG! Siiiiiiiiiiigh. And let me say now… at the end of the show Atsuo was having fun. He was on top of his kit urging the metal salute, with the smoke machine on full, lights creating an eerie glow… the entire floor had arms in the air… the image was epic AND I MISSED IT. Boris killed of course. Playing fast, slow, doomy, poppy… always awesome. Unlike the last Boris gig, there was several mosh pits. Atsuo did some stage diving. Crowd was calling out ‘Wata’ all show long… Incredible stuff. Unfortunately being past 40… standing for 3hrs becomes really uncomfortable… Next time I’m lining early to get a chair… I could barely walk my ass out of the venue.
Got home after 1 A.M.. At work now and I’m exhausted. Worth it. \m/~
Thanks for the D mug bdot.
The rest of the week at the cottage was thankfully a lot quieter. The final few days on Jack Lake we spent most of the time on the dock. The weather cooperated and warmed up making the conditions perfect for tubing, canoeing and swimming. Buck and I canoed over a small island which we ended up naming Beer Island. It looked unowned, expect for the angry osprey. I also spent time floating on the lake. Naturally I over did the sun and got a nasty burn. (Note: When I got home I put Calamine lotion on the sunburn which didn’t seem to do anything, and it made quite a mess. So… I tried a Aloe gel… I’m not sure which of these products I reacted to but one of them caused an intensely aggregating itch which was way worse than the sunburn. *sigh*) Our last day at the cottage was Sunday. We got up pretty early (early for us anyway) and were packed and ready to go around noon. We briefly met the home owner and his son. They seem like great people.
Monday was a Canadian holiday. Yaye! It is always great to have an extra day at home before returning to the grind. We are closing in on completing the final season of Lost. It continues to be bewildering and confusing. The direction season six takes some of the characters, those who joined the Dark Side, was somewhat disappointing. Our new neighbours have finally moved in, we haven’t met them. It has been hard to determine who the new neighbours actually are with all the coming and going next door.
Bdot’s birthday is at the end of the month. I decided to give her her present early so she can play with it etc.. I got her a Kobo Aura HD. It seems like a pretty cool device. That e-ink is wonderful to read. I’m inheriting her old Sony reader so perhaps it will encourage me to read a little more…
Curiously remicat always looks chubbier after a week with the cat sitter. Hmmpt.
I’m meeting a few old buddies to see Boris, SubRosa and Atlas Moth tonight at Lee’s Palace in Toronto. It should be a fun night.
David and Vicky were gone by Tuesday. They were replaced the next day with Jessica, Trish and her two toddlers. I enjoy their camaraderie but having back to back company was poorly timed. I think some of us wanted quiet and down time. That didn’t happen.
In the evening the option to join Buck and watch his daughter’s (Brook) rugby game opened up. I needed a break from the cottage cacophony so I joined him. It was suppose to be a simple round trip into Bethany. It wasn’t. Buck lives in Bethany so we made a quick stop at his house for towel and produce. His garden is pretty impressive: three types of lettuce, peppers, zucchini. We had bags of veggies. The rugby game was at the Lindsay rugby club. I don’t think I could find the place again. It really is in the middle of nowhere.
We finally arrived at the game just after the first half. Brook’s team already had the game in hand. I’m as noob as they get for rugby. I was impressed and a little disturbed by how violent and abusive the girls were to each other. In one play there was a cleat to a throat and punches thrown. Hell yeah. Two yellow cards. One red card. We unfortunately missed Brook’s try (5 point scoring play) in the first half. Her team won the game easily.
At the end of the game she was complaining her toe was injured. (Despite her having played the entire match) Hardcore. When she took her cleat off it was clear something wasn’t right with her big toe. It was badly swollen and touching it caused her to wince in pain. After some consultation with nurse Mom (who really is a nurse) we drove off to Emergency in Lindsay. She wasn’t in pain and she earned an ice cream, so that was our first stop. It ended up being dinner. We waited around emerg for hours. She eventually got an xray but they wouldn’t tell us the results. An ambulance came in and we kept getting pushed to the end of a long waiting list. We eventually left with an answer as to the toe’s status. I cherish our health care system, but some days it is a joke.
They returned the next morning, the toe was badly sprained. We gone home after 2 A.M. Ugh.
Trish and Jessica left in the early afternoon as the kids clearly wanted to go. The rest of the afternoon was chill. Fishing. In the evening we watched the Usual Suspects.