Our vacation started right after work on Friday. I got off a little early, got home, changed, then we headed downtown Toronto to catch the Jays game. Getting downtown was actually pretty quick… but trying to find parking nearly resulted in homicidal behaviour. We circled around the Skydome area for around 40m before finding parking. At least this time parking was a reasonable $12 at the very top of a multi tiered parking lot. It seemed to take forever to get to our seats. Metal detectors. Long lines. Climbing to the top of Skydome… by the time we finally sat down we had missed an inning already. It was a beautiful day to see a game. Skydome was open, it was warm with a little breeze. The Jays didn’t disappoint winning over the Orioles. It was a pretty exciting game. Lots of hit and scoring. An important inner division battle for the top place in the division, maybe even playoe ffs. Still the nightmare of getting to the game would certainly prohibit any desire to return anytime soon. We met up with friends at Skydome. The game was for primarily for a friend’s birthday. The crew we are spending our holidays with.
We wandered around downtown for a bit. The parking lot was bumper to bumper from the top to the bottom. We weren’t going anywhere for a while. So we took advantage of the view, despite being ass end hungry.
Saturday we packed and drove up to Bonnie and Buck’s place which was about half way to the cottage. We stayed over night there since we didn’t start our rental until Sunday at 3:00. Buck has done a ton of work in the backyard. They now have a lovely SHADED deck with comfortable chairs and a fireplace. I can imagine they will get tons of use of of it. The night was fun, filled with laughter, drinks and music. It was a great way to start our holiday.
Sunday was more packing then departing for Jake Lake in Apsley, Ontario. We arrived at exactly 3:00pm. Heh.
It doesn’t take long to get into holiday mode. Your biggest concern is dinner and your next drink. Monday was pretty quiet as everyone was pretty exhausted from the travel, packing and finally being off. We stopped for Kawartha Dairy Ice Cream on the drive up. Saw a bumper to bumper collision as we were leaving. Hmmpt.
Tuesday we enjoyed a boat ride of the Jake Lake area. It is quite extensive how far you can boat through all the little bays and channels.
After a hard afternoon of touring we enjoyed ice cream at the local Marina. In the evening we made S’mores by the fire. Yeah, vacationing is hard.
Wednesday we decided to go golfing. It looked like the coolest day remaining during our time off… So we booked a time at Owenbrook Golf Course. It was a unique experience. I guess the Summers here are slow. Really slow. The course owner Bruce opened the course just for us. Yes, we had the entire course to ourselves! Bruce was a charming older fella and shared some stories and troubles before we teed off. The course is 9 holes and in good shape considering what little help Bruce gets to maintain it. Neither Barb or I have golfed for about two years, so I was expecting the worst. My swing was actually pretty good. My chipping and putting however was very hit and miss. Fortunately we played best ball. I was paired with the David and Bdot, Buck and Vicky were the competition. It was enjoyable for about five holes, then the heat just became too much for me. My shirt was soaked and I was losing grip on my clubs. And also getting stupid, hangry.
It is hard to golf without thinking about my Dad. Then bdot pulled out a Sabres ball marker. It was nice to think he was part the day.
We stopped in Apsley for pretend poutine, beer and groceries. Watched another Jays win and TFC win on the tube. It was too hot to be ‘upstairs’ and too ‘buggy’ to be outside.
Today started with a good thumping from The Wife and some rare quiet time by the lake. Speaking of which, enough blogging, I have a lake to go jump in.
I’ve been watching quite a bit of the NHL playoffs. Even without my Sabres or a Canadian team in… there are always compelling stories in the playoffs. I’d like to see Ovi win or any of the teams that have never won before. So far, so good.
Yesterday I had the car in to repair a broken headlight. Bdot was crafting at her sister’s. So I was stuck at home. Got a lot of housework done. In the evening we had Buck and Bonnie over for the night. Buck and I had a few beers and watched a hockey game.
Today we ventured to Collingwood for an afternoon at Le Scandinave spa. We didn’t have reservations so we got waitlisted. We were hungry so to kill some time we went for lunch at The Tremont Cafe. It is a lovely little place to eat. We sat in, what felt like a library. The men had yummy burgers and the women had eggs. Yum. We were told the was going to be 2-3 hours but we got a text from the Spa after an hour and a half. It was a lovely afternoon. After the first hour the spa was less busy and the hottubs were more comfortable. Certainly enjoyed my hammock time with bdot.
My sister and BiL have been dealing with more problems with their dog Boomer. He has sudden seizures and can’t walk. They have run tons of tests on him and at least it is not cancer or a tumor… otherwise they have no idea. Hope things work out, they have had a tough go with him.
The weekend was quite the busy blur. Saturday morning started with a haircut at 9AM. After I got home we prepared to head off to Collingwood for an afternoon at Le Scandinave. Lead foot bdot managed to get us to Collingwood in time to grab a quick bit before our scheduled massages. We both enjoy the 1hr of downtime. Unfortunately only one of the three hot tubs at the spa was functional. Hmmpt. We did get a minor gift card. *shrug* I don’t think it impacted the afternoon all that much. It was still very relaxing. I was even able to get in a few chapters of Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris. He is a new author to me. He writing witty and humour stories based on personal observations he’s made in his life. It is enjoyable and light reading. After an afternoon of relaxation and being too hot or too cold we were both really hungry.
Bdot was craving Japanese… so logically we ended up at the Hungry Sumo for dinner. First off we loved the logo… the little sumo with chopsticks and a fish, it seemed to fit perfectly. I guess we really were hungry as sumo. We polished off a lot of sushi rolls and I also had an entire dinner of Dolsot Bibimbap. The Dolsot came with a fried egg on top which is NOT how I like my eggs. Fortunately the dinner came in a hot plate and bdot suggested setting the egg to the bottom of bowl. It worked! In a few minutes gross running egg was replaced with solid tolerable egg. I’d certainly return to the Sumo, the food was quite good. We also stopped to pick up a few groceries at the lovely Collingwood Loblaws. We enjoyed Chai Teas for the long dark drive home.
Sunday morning we were suppose to meet my sister and BiL to pick out Christmas trees. But we received a late text message saying they weren’t coming with no further explanation. *shrug* So we looked up some closer options. Since the original destination (Drysdales) is more like a middle meeting place. We ended up at Rudolph’s instead. While we enjoy Drysdales and it has been the go to Tree Farm for years… we have found that Rudolph’s was an equally good option. First off it is closer, it is significantly less congested with people, the trees are closer – so the freezing cold tractor ride is optional… So you get the best part of the trip, finding and cutting a tree with shorter lines and less misery. Sign me up! And damn we found a chubby little bastard of a tree.
The tree chopping went well, getting the tree on the car not so much. It decayed into a bit of an argument which we eventually talked through. The good thing about being married is the eventual willingness to apologize and forgive regardless what stupid things you may have said or done. Anyway. In the afternoon we prepared for guests. Bonnie and her daughter Brooke came over for a visit. The three of them spent the afternoon/evening baking/talking/hottubbing. The result is a house that smelled delicious for hours.
The office was closed Friday. The boss gave us the extra day off for March break. It was a pretty chill day. I did some housework and a little gaming. I’m really enjoying Dishonored (PC). I bought it cheap during a Steam Sale. Mmmm Steam Sale. I’m nearing the end of the game it seems. It has been a really fun game. *blinking* all over the map is awesome. Also, after of months of causal play, I finally dinged 80 for the first time with a character on Guild Wars 2. Hopefully the post-80 gameplay is better than WoW was… We shall see…I’m not in guild so… probably not.
We were suppose to go to Bonnie’s this weekend but Bdot is still not feeling 100% and one of Bonnie’s kids is sick… so… we decided just to stay home. Bdot then spent a lot of the weekend searching out a place to rent for the summer. It is amazing how many great rental properties there are in Ontario!
I’m not sure what we were thinking… I guess because it was finally above zero outside… but we decided to drain the hot-tub. Bdot found a killer pump. It is only 1/4 HP but wow… the little machine drained the tub in under 45m. I can’t imagine how powerful a full horsepower would be. When we refilled the tub, the water was a bone chilling 4C. OMG cold, arm going numb in seconds cold. I guess the hose we used for the refill had sat in the garage and had dirt in the line… the dirt was obvious to see once the tub was full. So… we had to drag the pump along the bottom of the tub where the dirt congregated. The water was so cold. I think it took 20m for the numbness in bdot’s arm to pass. We were concerned that the hot-tub’s pipes might freeze… but thankfully overnight the tub raised its water temperature back within a normal range. Phew. We won’t do that again. >__>
The critical nature of my sister’s dog’s sudden paralysis seems to have passed. The dog is far from well… but she is out of the woods. I’m not sure exactly how mobile the dog is… last I heard she is still struggling to walk. Hopefully we’ll get up to see her new cat sometime in the future.
Saturday night we watched Her. It was a little odd. The story was about a lonely man developing a relationship with a new advanced operating system that is capable of thought and feelings. The story went in a strange direction at the end which I thought was a bit of a cop out. I felt it didn’t really address the relationship. I guess that is what you get dating an OS. The movie was interesting however for suggesting the potential that future of interactions with artificial intelligence could have for humans. I’d give the movie . Joaquin Phoenix gave a solid performance and Scarlett Johansson as the OS voice was intriguing. I guess it also begs the question, how close is this type of technology?
Working my way through American Horror Story: Asylum. It started off a little slow… but I’m really enjoying some of the characters now that I’ve reached mid-season. Zachary Quinto as a crazy killer is awesome. This is the first role I’ve seen him in other than Spock. And wow… Frances Conroy as Shachath: The Angel of Death. Damn. Also have to mention the consistently impressive acting of Jessica Lange.
Sabres are pretty close to guaranteeing they will finish last. Awesome. They may even set a new record for fewest goals in a season by a team.
Happy St.Patrick’s day!
Another cold week. Sigh.
The house was occupied by Bonnie and Buck and family for most the weekend. Saturday was a busy day shopping. Shopping makes you hungry so we stopped for lunch at The Goulash House. It was a clean and new inside, service was good and the food was pretty amazing. It is pricey however, it was somewhat disappointing there wasn’t a lunch menu at 2PM on a Saturday…?! So we had to pay dinner prices. The food was good enough that we would return however. There were several things on the menu I’d like to try. My Chicken Paprikash was delicious. What a sauce! After lunch, we eventually ended up at Upper Canada mall in Newmarket. It was busy! As you can see from the photo above Santa was there. Yes, Santa did wave to me, even though Bdot says I’m on the naughty list. The was a tiring day of running around the mall. Malls just suck the soul right out of you. So we were less that happy to be greeting by the season’s first blizzard when we were leaving the mall.
I don’t think the photo does it justice. The first big snowfall always catches people unprepared. The drive home was very long, lots of four-way flashers and slooooooow moving cars. Strangely by Nobleton you could hardly tell it snowed at all. The evening was hockey, pizza and exhausted people collapsing. Collectively we polished off two packs of bacon for breakfast. It was a nice visit from B&B.
Sunday Bdot dragged me Glen Echo for Christmas decorations. It was cold outside as we picked out greenery for our traditional festive urns. The spirit is strong in Bdot who single handedly kept two factories open in Guangdong Province. My office is also smacked with the Christmas spirit as she tracked down the last colourful, frantic, snowflake LED lights at a local Christmas sale. Ho ho ho! We took the dog for a longer walk on the HVHT to pick up the car which was getting its front brakes done. You can always tell when a Vizsla hasn’t been walked for a few days. She was nuts. In the evening we pondered (read: obsessed) over some new dish options from Macey’s. Macey’s had a really good offer to ship to Canada so we pondered getting some Fiesta plates. Sometimes however there are too many options, too many colours… it is hard to buy crazy colourful cookware without seeing it first. Especially mixing colours together… So that idea got nixxed. We may try some cheaper coloured plates from IKEA instead.
Well Nolan’s Sabres continue to lose just Rolston’s did like before. I do feel like they are in more games however. They just lack the finish and scoring. I really thought they deserved at least a point from yesterday’s game vs. the Wings. Ho-hum. Another game behind one goal late in the period and the other team scores an empty netter. Ho-hum.
The PS4 sat idle the entire weekend. *frown* Birthday and early work event tomorrow. Yippie.
FRACK! This is my second time typing this blog entry. I lost the first one accidentally going back in the browser. GAWD I HATE THAT! Anyway… It was a busy weekend. Saturday we had some of Barb’s longest friends Bonnie and Buck (and their kids) over for dinner. Buck was kind enough to take a look at numerous electrical issues we had around the house. The issues turned out to be minor, if you knew what you were looking for. Clearly the clown that did the electrical work before we bought the house did not. Thanks Buck, it is great to have functional lights and switches. The kids seemed to enjoy chasing the dogs around the house. I’m not sure the dogs enjoyed it as much. Buck and I also connected our natural gas BBQ up! So I’m eager to try that out.
This morning Suzanne and Kevin finally picked up their dog from ‘Hotel Barb’. They didn’t stay longer as they wanted to leave before the meeting started that we were hosting at the house today. We held the VSO Annual General Meeting at our house today. It is usually not well attended in spite of the clubs 170+ members only 8 turned out. -shrug- After the business was dealt with we took the army of dogs to Palgrave forest. Oh irony… One of the dog owners made a comment that his dogs only jump up on people wearing white. So, of course the only people we ran into during the walk had a woman wearing a white sweater… Heh, you can imagine what happened. -smirk-
The hockey playoffs have started which means so did the annual hockey pool! It is very early in the pool but I’m happy to say my Dad and I are tied for the led!
Saturday we drove up to Bethany to visit B.’s long time friends Bonnie and Buck. The area around Bethany is quite lovely… Rolling hills, trees, farmland… very picturesque. It was a fun visit. Their house is full of life with three busy kids. There was always something going on somewhere. We enjoyed a delicious steak dinner and relaxed afterwards watching some hockey. (Sabres tried but came up short… probably ending the faint of a miraculous playoff berth) The teams the Sabres need to lose are winning so… it is looking like another ‘also ran’ season. Sigh. After the kids went to bed, the ‘adults’ played Trivial Pursuit Warner Brother’s Edition. Talk about some obscure questions. We played for awhile, eventually however, everyone became tired and the interest in the game sputtered out. Zzz. Today we made a short visit to the Costco in Peterborough. I don’t think we ever leave a Costco without dropping at least a $100, regardless what our intention is going into the store. Commercial evil. EVIL!
We bought of Death Valley Chipotle Kettle Brand Chips to try them out. My gawd they are hot. I should have known when the ingredients list : chili pepper, chipotle pepper, habanero pepper and jalapeno pepper! Get me some water!