June 2005

>A Walk in the Park

>I piled up on cold medication and headed out to the Irving Nature Park for a little fresh air. I needed to stretch my legs, but didn’t feel quite up to getting back into the gym routine just yet. I wound up walking the outer trail of the nature park, which is about 8 km. The weather yesterday evening was perfect for a walk and I’m really glad I went. I don’t get to the park often enough and I forget what a wonderful hidden gem it is.

>Sunny Weather :-)

>Friday night was the opening for Dee and Jeff’s new business, Sebastian. It was busy and fun, the martinis were fabulous and what appetizers I had were very tasty. Colin and I hung out there until almost 10,at which point we decided to pop over to Churchill’s for something a little more substantial: burgers. We ran into Anthony and Micah and caught up with them for a bit before callign it a night. I just didn’t have the energy to stay out very long.

Saturday was amazing – it was actually warm uptown! After getting a few things done around my apartment, I washed my car then headed to Rockwood park to get a little sun and try to spend some time learning my lines for my scene study class. That evening was Elizabeth’s Shakespeare BBQ, which was really nice. It was a great chance to catch up with a few freinds that I don’t get to see that often. I made it home shortly after 9 PM and was asleep within the hour.

Sunday morning I got up bright and early to cheer Colin on at the Rockwood Park triathalon. I picked up Joanna on the way and we headed over and met up with Shannon and Cliff and Felix. Man, was it ever hot. It was uncomfortably hot by 9AM, which unfortunately meant thtat Shannon and Cliff had to leave early and take young Felix home. Joanna and I stuck around to watch Colin finish – he did well, considering the extreme heat – and he beat his record from last year. I think his time was 1:22:15.

I wasn’t feeling too swell, so as soon as Colin finished, I headed home to nap. I slept for over 4 hours! I have somehow managed to pick up a summer cold, and I guess I really needed the sleep to combat it. Lots of sleep, lots of liquids and lots of vitamin C should hopefully nip this cold in the bud. I want to be healthy by Thursday.

After my nap I went to see Bewitched. It was cute, like all things written by Nora Ephron. But I have a hard time with Wil Ferrell as a romantic lead. His sense of comedy is a little too over-the-top for my tastes. My other problem with it was the ending – which seemed like it came out of nowhere. It just ended. I recommend renting this movie instead of seeing it in the theatre.

I am glad it’s a short work week. That’s all the more reason to make sure I’m feeling better by Thursday!

>AN OPEN LETTER TO THE NEIGHBORS DOWN THE STREET WHO HAVE A LARGE DOG THAT BARKS A LOT THAT THEY LEAVE OUT AT NIGHT THAT IS DISTURBING MY SLEEP

>Now I love animals, and I think it’s great that people own pets, but if you own a large dog that barks constantly and you leave it out all night, I have a problem with that. I am tired. I have a big day at work tomorrow, I am trying to get rid of a little cold I’ve recently acquired. And now I’m feeling no love for this animal or you the owners. It is 1:26 AM and your dog has been barking for well over an hour. I would think that this constitutes some sort of noise disturbance by-law. I’ll have to look into that. If this continues, I’ll also have to find out just who you are. So the next time your dog disturbes my sleep, perhaps I can disturb yours by at least giving you a courtesy call to ask you to bring your dog in before I call the police to complain. Let’s just say I am not a happy camper and I am pretty damn sure I am not the only person on the block who feels this way.

>Friday Feast

>Appetizer:
What time do you usually wake up each day? If you could choose your wake-up time, when would it be?
I normally wake up at 8:00 AM – even on weekends. Sometimes if I’m tired I’ll sleep in until 8:30. I’d love to wake up at 6 AM. I could get so much more done. Of course, since I need a solid 8 hours of sleep, that would mean that I’d have to go to bed at 10 PM and I don’t see that happening!

Soup:
When was the last time you bought groceries? What store did you go to? Name 3 things you purchased.
I shop at the Atlantic Superstore on Rothesay Avenue. I was there last Saturday and picked up a small chicken, some goat’s milk cheddar-style cheese and some broccoli, among other things.

Salad:
How many books have you read so far this year? Which was your favorite and why?
Alas I have not been able to make much time for reading since the new year. We are half way through 2005 and I’ve only read 3 books. My favourite of the 3 was “The Da Vinci Code.”

Main Course:
What is something you consider to be very elegant? In particular, what about that item/place/person conjures up the feeling of elegance?
There are lots of elegant things. Most of the things that I think are elegant have very clean lines to them, such as a certain wine glass or piece of jewelry. I think a pair of plain black stilleto’s is elegant, as is a black umbrella with a wooden handle. I think gracefulness is elegant – in all of the animal kingdom.

Dessert:
Who taught you how to drive?
I took the drivers education course that was offered through my high school and the province of Manitoba. It included defensive driving, which has come in handy a number of times.

>A Very Belated Friday Feast

>Appetizer:
What’s one word or phrase that you use a lot?
Über. I use it often enough that some of my friends have started to pick up the habit as well.

Soup:
Name something you always seem to put off until the last minute.
Laundry. I’d rather go out and buy something new to wear than gather my stuff and bring it to the laundromat. Alas, I don’t have the budget or the closet space to do that, so every now and then I have to give in and get my laundry done.

Salad:
What was the last great bumper sticker you saw?
Hang up [your cell phone] and drive.

Main Course:
If you could be invisible for one day, how would you spend your time?
Probably playing practical jokes on some of my friends.

Dessert:
Describe your hair.
My hair is brown with blonde highlights, just past shoulder-length with a few layers.

>Where Does The Time Go?

>I have been trying to make good use of my “free” time to finish some logos,etc. for folks, and cook helathy meals, but I’ve also been trying to balance it with relaxing stuff – like catching a movie. The result has been jam-packed evenings. Did I mention that I saw the new batman movie? It was very good. Long but it held my interest. I also watched The Machinist – which was disturbing and very well done.

My knee has really been bothering me so I didn’t run yesterday. I’ll probably stick to an elliptical machine for the rest of the week to give it a bit of a break.

>Post-Vacation Sleep

>I still feel like I need to catch up on sleep from vacation. That was a lot of driving, and the late night at the end of the trip wore me out a bit.

On Thursday I managed to be pretty awake for our work boat cruise socail event. They had a karaoke machine and I sang a terrible rendition of “New York, New York” before doing a duet of “Kiss” with Beth. Ah – the silliness. I went home and napped but had a tough tiem waing up for class. I was barely functioning through class but still insisted on going out thanks to my sometimes stubborn nature. I should have just gone home and called it a night because by Friday I still felt worn out.

Friday evening I was supposed to go to the Somerset for more karaoke with a few of the gals from work, but our plans fell through and I wasn’t up for anything loud or active anyway. I wound up purchasing Hitch and hung out with Colin and watched it. I really enjoyed that movie – and I’m happy to have it in my collection.

Saturday I still felt pretty tired. I tried going for a run but was having some knee problems and was feeling a bit nauseous, so it turned into a pretty short run. Later that evening, I headed over to Dee and Jeff’s new restaurant/bar Sebastian (opening on Friday!) for a little photo thing for one fo their ad’s. After sampling a couple of awesome martini’s, Dee and I popped over to Lemongrass for dinner. I didn’t last long after that. I had originally planned to head out to Quispamsis for a friend’s b-day party but I didn’t feel up to it. Instead, I went home and went to bed. I was woken up in the middle of the night by my upstiars neighbor who was having a house party. After clse to 3 hours of tossing and turning, I finally fell back asleep.

Sunday – I still felt worn out. Sigh. I had all sorts of intentions to get to the gym but I couldn’t bear it. Besides, I had a busy day that involved some Shakespeare stuff and rehearsal with Beth for our workshop scene. We rehearsed on Beth’s new deck – which is awesome! I’m already looking forward to her first deck party!

I have a huge list of things to do once again. Funny how that happens when you go away. Time for me to get to tackling the list….

>The Road Trip

>I took a road trip with my friend Joanna to Ontario last week. She had a wedding to go to and I wanted to see some friends.

THURSDAY
It was about the fourth day of decent weather in Saint John this year. As we left the city just after 5 PM, it was still 24 degrees celcius. We headed to Bangor, then across to Skowhegan, and then up Route 16 past Sugarloaf and to the border at Coburn Gore. It started to get dark around Skowhegan, so it was an interesting drive full of wildlife. We saw 4 deer, killed a rabbit and scared a baby moose. Oh, and killed a number of frogs. Glad I didn’t hit anything larger than the rabbit! We got into Sherbrooke Quebec a little after midnight and crashed at the Delta.

FRIDAY
A leisurely breakfast at Mike’s then back on the road to Ontario. We stopped at the Quinte Mall in Belleville to pick up a few supplies, and then took a pit-stop in Trenton so I could see one of my childhood homes. It was pretty cool to see! We got in to Ajax around supper time and spent our first night in Ontario with Joanna’s friends Sue and Scott. They have a pretty cool place near the water. We all went out to a local pub for an awesome dinner and then called it a night rather early.

SATURDAY
The day of the Jim and Kim’s wedding. It was hot. damn hot. I think the humidex was at 48 degrees celcius. I tried running but only lasted 10 minutes. With the heat and smog – even in the early morning – it was difficult to breathe. As Scott, Sue and Joanna headed to the Niagra region to the wedding, I headed out to catch up with Peter, an old friend of mine. We saw Mr. and Mrs. Smith then BBQ’d a tasty meal and watched Road to Perdition. It was nice to be able to catch up with him – especially since I’d been telling him that I’d visit for a few years now.

SUNDAY
Another blistering hot day. 33 degrees out. Don’t know what the humidex read. Joanna and I stopped in at Yorkdale Mall but only hit a few stores before heading in to the Beaches to meet up with Jim and Kim for a tasty beverage and a bite to eat. It was great to see them and to hear all about the wedding. They had their wedding filmed by The Food Network for a new show called I Do, Let’s Eat! – I think their episode is going to be aired October 1st. I can’t wait to see it! They had a 5-course meal with wines at a vineyard. Scott joined us for a bit then Joanna and I went for a stroll through the beaches before heading abck out of town.

MONDAY
We said our goodbye’s to Scott and Sue this morning. (Thanks again for letting us crash at your place.) Joanna and I stopped in to visit her sister and nephew for tea and crumpets and then headed in to Toronto to stay at Jim & Kim’s. They were kind enough to let us use their place while they were on thier honeymoon. They live right near a Go station so it was really easy to get into town from there. We had planned to meet up with Peter for lunch (he and Joanna had never met) but he got called into work – so that left Joanna and I free to spend a bit more time shopping. We strolled through Queen Street West and stopped for an awesome sushi lunch. I don’t think either of us wound up finding too many purchases – wich was good since we were both on a budgeted trip. At one point, the skies totally opened up and we got stuck in a huge thunderstorm, so we ducked into a restaurant for a glass of wine, and ran into Jennica! What a small world! It wasn’t long before the skies cleared and we finished the ‘shopping circuit’. We opted for East Indian cuisine on Queen Street – which was amazing. Well, the food was amazing. We wound up with a couple of obnoxious arrogant young financal guys sitting at the table next to us and alternately boasting loudly about their sexual conquests or complaining about their girlfriends. Yeesh. After all the great food and walking about, it was a releif to just head back to Jim & Kim’s to crash in their nice cool basement on the uber-comfy futon!

TUESDAY
Our day started out with a pit-stop at IKEA before we headed off to Montreal. We had more great weather fro our drive – the temperature was 33 again, and I was thankful to have air-conditioning in my car. We got into Montreal around supper time and checked into the Days Inn on Guy Street, a block away from our intended destination: Bar B Barn – home of the world’s best ribs! We totally stuffed ourselves and then decided to head out and check out the nightlife in the city. We stopped at one bar which was pretty mellow and then decided to find another place that was a bit more upbeat. Little did we know that the bar we entered, Thursday’s was a “cruising” spot. There were tons of men there and only a handful of women. The guys looked at us like they’d never seen a woman before – I can’t remember the last time I felt like a piece of meat. Not the most pleasant feeling. We decided to grab a drink anyway and wound up meeting a few folks that were pretty friendly and funny. So we stuck around and danced for a bit before dissappearing around 2 AM (early for Montreal).

WEDNESDAY
Tired and with slight headaches, we headed back to Saint John. The weather had turned and it was now about 11 degrees. Talk about depressing. It was all we could do to get back – we barely stopped for anything because we both just wanted to get home. We got back into town around 6:30 pm so we had enough time to do a bit of unpacking and get some sleep before getting back to the regular grind on Thursday.

>Friday Feast

>Appetizer:
Name one thing that madeyou sad this week.
I looked at my bank balance the other day and I am just scraping by once again. Looks like it’ll not be quite the shopping vacation that I was envisioning.

Soup:
What was the last object (not person) you took a picture of?
When I get new shoes I keep them in their boxes and take a polariod of the shoes and tape the polarid on the front of the box so things are organized and easy to find.

Salad:
Who do you talk to when you need help making a decision?
Uh… I hate aasking for help. But I’ll ususally talk through it with whoever I’m hanging out with.

Main Course:
If you were a weather event, what would you be and why?
I suppose I would be a thunderstorm. Cause they are damn cool and sometimes scary. Yeah, that’s it.

Dessert:
Suggest a website that you think your readers would enjoy visiting.
You mean other than the ones I already have linked on the left side of this page? Uh – http://www.popcap.com to play online games while you should be working.

>Monologues and more

>Last night was the evening of monologues at the SJTC Loft. It went pretty quickly, as there were wonly about 6 or 7 short monologues. Still – it was a nice little break and it was great to see everyone. I basically spent the rest of my evening cleaning. Terribly exciting, no?

My run yesterday was so-so. I am aware that there will be good runs and bad runs. The humidity was a little hard to take, but the slight rain was a blessing. I ran 5 walked 1, ’till I got to the 20 minutes mark and had to stop. My knee was achey thanks to the wet weather and low pressure system, it was a bit hard to breathe fromt he humidity, and I was starting to get a stitch in my side. I hadn’t quite finished my route so I just walked the rest of it. Still, I’m glad I managed to get out for 20 minutes!

It looks like a gorgeous day today – it was even warm as I headed in to the office. It smells like summer. :-)