Saturday evening we had four couples over for dinner and some games. A good chunk of Thursday and Friday was spent house cleaning. Vacuuming, mopping the floors, dusting, various food/booze runs, bdot got the hot tub ready… Things were set. Saturday night’s dinner was Thai. Bdot made spring rolls and Pad Thai (enough for a small army) and I picked up a few dishes from Bolton Thai Cuisine. It was pretty busy there. I usually find it is empty so… that was good to see. They missed part of my order so I waited a few extra minutes for them to get it ready. It was a steady steam of people in and out for take-out. There aren’t many good take out options in Bolton, so it is nice to see them busy. When I left to pick up the food the house was empty, by the time I returned nearly everyone has arrived. So the quiet house was suddenly loud. I guess there was different levels of enjoyment of the Thai. Not everyone is adventurous with food. MikeMike brought Swiss Chalet take out. *smirk* It was still nice that we could all eat together, regardless of what each couple preferred to eat. I enjoyed the Thai. Although I’m not sure I’d do it again for this crowd. I think something BBQed or a roast would have been easily and more palatable for some. *shrug* We don’t get together that often as couples so it was a unique and interesting evening with KK, Captian, Joe, MikeMike and their wives. We managed to fit 10 people in our kitchen/dining room for dinner. Everyone was invited and encouraged to stay the night but only Captain and his wife did. So after dinner everyone was eager to get to the gaming. Bdot decided to try Cards Against Humanity with this group. It is a a game for horrible people. Indeed. It pushes all the buttons for sure. But wow… I don’t remember when I’ve ever laughed so hard in my life. Everyone seemed to enjoy the game a lot. Watching people squirm as that read out their answers was hilarious. Lots of drinks, food, laughter… I thought it was a great night. We didn’t crash until after 3AM.
Needless to say Sunday morning was a slow, foggy punishment for the night before. The brain was craving carbs. So bdot bravely trekked over to The Fry’s the Limit [note: website has annoying unmutable sound] for a Canadian classic: poutine.
It was delicious going down… but gah… when mixed with my unsettled stomach, it only made my stomach more upset. After lunch Captain and Jenn headed back to St.Catharines. We headed to the couch and resumed our Season 3 Mad Men Marathon. It was a pretty awesome weekend. It was great to see our friends and catch up and have some laughs.
The table runner I got from my SiL for Christmas was a big hit. Everyone loves crayons. 🙂
Our Christmas gift to our nephews was a trip to Legoland at Vaughan Mills. I have to say I was pretty daunted by the thought of lugging three young boys to Legoland but I think bdot and I divided and conquered well. That said, three boys… Good lord. It was a bit of drive to Vaughan Mills from Aurora and the parking lot there is absolutely ridiculous. If anything can encapsulate 1st world anger and frustration, it is parking, and driving around Vaughan Mills. It really should be redesigned. Wow. Anyway… after dodging Mercedes and Minivans we ushered the boys into the Mall. Fortunately Legoland is right on the edge near a main set of doors, so you can get in quickly since they don’t have a coast check. The first area we entered was a lego recreation of many of Toronto’s landmark buildings. It was pretty impressive! The CN Tower lit up as did many of the other buildings. Some of them had motion and sounds as well. At ground level there were lego people, street cars etc. as if an actual moment in time from downtown Toronto was captured.
After Lego Toronto we ventured into the main area of Legoland. First thing you notice is lack of girls. It must have been 70-80% boys running around. Well I guess lego knows their target market? It was a mixed experience for the boys. The younger two boys loved it. There was a play area where they could climb around, run and smash…Much like a McDonald’s play area. There were rides and activities where you could build cars and race them which was very popular. After about two hours however the eldest teenage nephew was getting bored. After building and racing a few cars and watching a movie or two there wasn’t anything else he could do. The rides and play areas are height restricted. He was a trooper however and didn’t complain while his younger brother’s wanted one more ride and one more race.
So be aware Legoland is certainly geared toward the younger kids. The boys were pretty well behaved most of the afternoon. Clearly by the time we were driving home however, the toll of the long day and tired, hungry young boys began to become apparent. After some food and couch crashing at home the boys returned to a normal level of hostility. Overall it was a fun afternoon. I certainly enjoyed seeing how popular one of my favourite toys growing up continues to be.
We chilled out at home Saturday night and watched The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. I can understand the mixed reviews. It was at times epic and awesome but it was also over-the-top and laughable with some really silly action sequences. Why is Legolas always portrayed with such ridiculous battle maneuvers? Sigh. So the long winded Hobbit series ended untriumphantly. That said, I did enjoy it. Most of the characters and battle scenes were well done. I rate it slightly higher than the 60% at Rotten Tomatoes.
We are planning two short trips to some Ontario Winter destinations. One to Killaloe to see bdot’s parents, and another to Huntsville for skiing/skating. We are looking to do these trips in February and March.
It was another uneventful week on the job front. January seems to have picked up only marginally compared to December. Sigh. Yup.
Trying a linux distro that was created specifically for aging hardware. It’s called LXLE. So… I’m going to toss it on my old Lenovo Thinkpad R60. From their website:
LXLE is based on Lubuntu which is an Ubuntu OS using the LXDE desktop environment. It is designed to be a drop-in and go OS, primarily for aging computers. Its intention is to be able to install it on any computer and be relatively done after install. At times removing unwanted programs or features is easier than configuring for a day. Our distro follows the same LTS schedule as Ubuntu. In short, LXLE is an eclectic respin of Lubuntu with its own user support.
I found the distro on Linux Help Guy’s Youtube channel.
I guess I should comment on the Sabres season. *laughs* I’ve embraced the tank a long time ago. If I took this season seriously then I’d probably lose it. Last in the league and have set (and are still on) the worse losing streak in franchise history. THAT BAD. Somewhere in my mind is the dread of surviving this season AND NOT getting McDavid or Eichel. Then enduring this shit would have been for nothing. Then I’d know the team is truly cursed. They are so bad this year.
Hello… If you are like me you updated your Nexus 7 (2012) to Lollipop 5.0.2 then realized this was a mistake. The device ran so slowly it was practically unusable. So frustrating! Well… I googled about it and came across this page. I added the original posters updates and all the suggestions in the comments below. Turning off all animations. Turn off NFC. Limit processes to 3. Lo and behold… it is certainly better.
Update: Bah. It was no different. Still runs like shit. I’ve done a factory reset. Runs a bit better now… I assumed a factory reset would set is OS version back to 4.1.1 but it is still 5.0.2. Le sigh.
The Sabres got close, real close, to the Stanley Cup against The Stars… this was largely due to Dominik “The Dominator” Hašek. His acrobatic, never quit on a play, dedication to hockey was revolutionary and inspiring to watch. It is about time #39 in raised to the rafters in Blue and Gold.
Somehow bdot has scratched her cornea causing his persistent discomfort and high sensitivity to light… It should pass in a few days but seems to be rather aggravating for her. 🙁
It sure feels like it’s been a long time since we last skied. We finally got out yesterday and consequently today my body is reminding me of my age. 🙁 We found a picturesque and quiet route beside Palgrave Forest along Duffy Lane (which is currently closed to traffic for the Winter). The road is pretty hilly as you can see from the photo above. I didn’t ski down that hill as I was already smarting from a fall 10m earlier and decided to err on the side of caution. It wasn’t cold outside…maybe a few degrees below zero but bdot had some issues with her ski clips freezing. It was the first time on the skies and other than the freezing issue she did quite well with them.
In the evening we hit the hot tub to soak our bodies numb then make dinners for the week: a soup and stew. We got back onto the series The Americans and are working through season one.
Saturday night was originally bdot’s work dinner but it was cancelled due to lack of interest. Hmmpt. We toyed with the idea of seeing the final Hobbit movie but decided to stay in and chill instead.
Yes the mighty tree is down. It was an incredible tree this year. I do enjoy the red/silver/glass look we had this year. Bye ornaments, until next Christmas!
It has reached the point where I’ll no longer walk the dog. I think it okay for a well bundled up human to be outside… but a dog? No. There have been reports of homeless people being found dead in bus shelters in Toronto. It is sad to hear stories like this. Be safe people.
More sad terrorist news from France today. The nutjobs targeted a newspaper that previously published a satirical comic of Allah. I’m sure where ever Allah is, she wouldn’t want psychos murdering people because of it. Sigh. This world is really disappointing some days.
We started watching 100 last night. I wouldn’t say it has gripped us after two episodes. It is passable. It seems geared towards young adults… I find I want to slap most of the characters and the music is horrible. Sigh. When does Game of Thrones or Walking Dead return?
Gah. If there was one thing I didn’t want was to watch another horrible Canadian collapse. And damn…. it nearly happened. Even as Canada took a 5 – 1 lead I figured the game was far from over. Once again Russia struck back with 3 goals in about 5 minutes getting to within a goal of tying the game. Oh the déjà vu… After the third consecutive Russia goal the tension got ratcheted up to maximum. Then there was the entire third period the boys protected the one goal lead. Phew… But they held on! Canadian juniors are golden once again defeating one of the arch rivals and reoccurring spoilers for Team Canada, the Russians. It looks like next year will be tough with the US and Sweden both in their group.
It was awesome to see Sabres draft pick Sam Reinhart play really well. He was named one of team Canada’s best players.
Goodbye to 2014. It was a curious year. It ended with the disappointment of being laid off from a position I enjoyed for close to five years. The job search yielded some decent opportunities originally but December was a frustrating gong show. I hope the new year in January will be better. Sigh. It weighs very heavily on my mind at times.
We ended up spending New Year’s eve in Bethany at BBB’s place. We nearly had to turn around and go home because we forgot dog food. Tanga can’t just eat anything… Miraculously we found her exact food at Pet Valu in Aurora. It was actually a really impressive store and it certainly saved our bacon. The first order of business after finally arriving was dinner. The plan was to make ‘Chinese food‘. So three couples (David & Vicky were also there) starting preparing dinner. We ended up making a ton of food including a Chicken Rice Dish, Orange Chicken Dish, Broccoli & Beef Dish and the pride and joy, Eggrolls. After filling our bellies and chilling our for a bit with some drinks we went for a short walk to get some air. Later in the evening we tried to play Pictionary but that quickly dissolved into squabbles about rules and gameplay. Ho-hum. We flipped between a few channels to see the clock tick to midnight. The wife and I shared a small bed usually used by BBB’s daughter. I don’t recall having such a poor night’s sleep. Hmmpt. It was a curious night.
This weekend at the last minute we decided to go to Collingwood to visit the artist I bought art from for bdot. We knew bad weather was coming but we hoped to beat it. The drive up wasn’t too bad, slow but moving. We met up the artist and had a very long chat and looked at a ton of her work. I guess it was good we went up because she is transitioning her style away from the style the wife and I were initially drawn to. We looked at pieces for a while then decided to talk it over with some food. We ended up having a delicious lunch at the lovely Tremont Cafe. Above the cafe is more artist space which was very cool. We especially liked Bryan Wall. Once back at the artist’s studio we couldn’t decide between two larger pieces. So she suggested taking them both home and deciding. Seemed like a great idea… but fitting two large canvas into an Impreza was ultimately a pretty bad idea. Yes they fit…. but we were both pushed forward in awkward positions for an 1hr plus drive home. Did I mention it was during an ice storm with traffic driving 50km/h up and down the hilly roads of Airport road? Ugh. Fortunately we got home very slowly but safely and the art does look great! Now to pick one…
I’ve been watching the Canadian Juniors and they’ve made it to the GOLD medal game tonight against the pesky Russians. The Russians have defeated Canada a lot in this tournament lately. Hopefully tonight will be different. I’m sure most of Canada will be watching!