Catching Up

  • On Canada Day, we broke out or little charcoal BBQ and had steak.  We haven’t done that in ages.
  • I checked out a Toronto Fringe Festival show on Saturday called “Chasing Maragaret Flatwood” by my friends at Theatre Awakening and had a great time.  Loved the sense of humour, and it was presented at a historic site downtown.  Then I walked south to meet Carlo when he was finished work and I can never resist a good photo of the CN Tower on a gorgeous day.
  • Carlo is making a wedding cake for a good friends of ours this week.  They did the food for our wedding, and now it all comes full circle.  I picked up a few supplies on Sunday.  Yes, that is 12 pounds of butter.  And he thinks he needs more!
  • I’m working on some new and old stitching projects.

That’s all…

 

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Company

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Last night, my friend Jory and I went to see Theatre 20‘s production of Company by Sondheim.  I loved it!  I’d never seen a live production of the show before and the cast line-up was so incredible, I could not miss it and they did not disappoint.  Not surprisingly, my favourites were Brent Carver and Louise Pitre.  I highly recommend checking it out.

Today

I’m in a bloggy mood today.  Probably because I read others and then I want to join in.

My office is having a World Cup pizza party right now.  Drinking beer at my desk feels so bad 😉

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Tonight, my friend Jory and I are going to see the musical Company by Theatre 20.  I haven’t seen any Sondheim shows in a while and the cast list for this on is incredible.  Can’t wait!

Mini Staycation

Carlo and I did not get much time off together over the holidays, so last weekend we had a mini staycation.  We both took a few days off work and 4 days off together.  I had grand plans of getting things done and going places, but in the end we mostly stayed close to home.

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We did make it out to the new Ripley’s Aquarium at th base of the CN Tower.  The price tag is pretty steep at $30, but neither of us had been to an aquarium in a long time, so we took the plunge 🙂

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Going on a weekday was great as there weren’t too many people and we could wander through at our own pace.  The central sight is the “Dangerous Lagoon” with the underwater viewing tunnel and it was my favourite part.  It has sharks!  It even had a moving sidewalk so that you could look around and not worry about bumping into people and waiting your turn to get to the front.

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Carlo also made us Danish donuts, or aebleskiver.  We received a donut pan from Carlo’s mother ages ago but had’t managed to put it to good use.  My mother-in-law is Danish so these delicious little donuts were a staple in Carlo’s house growing up and are still a favourite.  As a true Canadian, I smother them with real Maple Syrup!

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There was also a lot of TV watching and napping, it was lovely.

Last Saturday, I also had the opportunity to attend a rehearsal of the play Night by Human Cargo .  Two years ago I was the Assistant Stage Manager on this production as it travelled to Calgary to appear in the Magnetic North Theatre Festival.  It’s about to embark on a new tour to Canada’s north and then the west coast.  It was fun to see everyone involved again and get a chance to see it as I was always backstage.  Safe travels everyone!

Lazy weekend

This weekend was an indulgent lazy weekend, my favourite kind.  Carlo doesn’t often get Saturday and Sunday off so spending two days together felt special.

We started off the weekend with a musical.  We saw Once at the Royal Alex.  I loved it.  We were way up in the nosebleed section, but it was still a great view.  I’m a big fan of the original movie and I was worried that I wouldn’t enjoy hearing the actors sing the music because I love the original so much.  Not a problem.  The actors were very good and extremely talented.  I loved seeing them dance with their instruments while singing and creating the scenes within the setting of an Irish pub.

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After the show, we had a very cold walk home, so we stopped and had a sausage and a pint at Wurst.  I thought it was just a hotdog place, but it’s a very cool restaurant/bar and it was packed!

On Saturday and Sunday, there was a lot of TV watching from the comfort of the couch in our pjs.  We finally watched the last episodes of Breaking Bad.  That show was so good, I didn’t want it to end.  I found myself holding my breath at times because I was nervous to see what was going to happen next!  Now we need a new show.  I’m hoping to catch up on Season 3 of Game of Thrones and Downton Abbey is on TV again!

We also got in some post-holiday sale shopping, I can’t believe we went to a mall on a Saturday, it was crazy busy.

I started a new book on Sunday morning.  I decided to join in with A Beautiful Mess on their book club.  I haven’t been reading much lately, and I thought that some external motivation would be helpful.  We are reading The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer.  I was aided by a cup of coffee in my new Bowie mug and enjoyed one last morning by the Christmas tree before taking it down.

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We also started up our New Year’s tradition of collecting memories in a jar.  I saw the idea on Pinterest last year and we gave it a try.  I loved it.  Throughout the year, anytime something memorable happens, write it on a piece of paper and put it in the jar.  On New Year’s Day, we got to read about our year one memory at a time.  It was a great reminder of how many fun things we did.  It ranged from big things like my sister’s wedding, to little inside jokes or a nice dinner at home.  We’re definitely going to keep this one going in 2014.

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Our jar already has a few papers inside.