Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Well I haven't been too consistent in blog entries lately -- this is my 3rd this month...

I just got back from a best-ball tournament at Maples of Ballantrae. My foursome shot a 71 and only finished 3rd! It was through Craig and his friend Pete (from PEI, last name Rogers, don't know who his father his). Our fourth was this guy named Patrick, who also happened to be Mike Weir's cousin. Craig and Patrick hit the long drives, and Pete and I had our short game. It was a good combination for a best-ball foursome. The weather was perfect (finally a non-rainy day), and a fun day.

A couple new restaurants finally opened in Leslieville, Pic Nic and Table 17. Heather and I went for a glass of wine at Pic Nic this past Friday and were quite impressed with the place. It's pretty much a grown up picnic -- they serve wine, cheese & meat platters, and sandwiches -- I could see people easily starting off with just a drink and end up staying a night. It was busy on the Friday, and there were quite a few people there on Monday night when we went for a walk. That's great considering it's not even been open for a week. I predict it's going to make it.

Table 17 was also packed on the weekend, but I think more from reputation of the owners. It's on our list of places to try.

Heather and I were in Winnipeg a couple weekends ago for Kristin & Erick's wedding. It was my first time in Winnipeg so we flew in on Thursday night, so we'd have Friday to sight-see. Stayed at the Fort Garry. It's the first time I've stayed in one of the old CN hotels, and now we have a goal to stay in all of them across Canada at some point in our lives. Winnipeg was nice (although a bit small for my liking as a place to live), and the wedding was great. It was small (about 70 people), held at the Tavern in the Park in Assiniboine Park.

I worked on the deck this past weekend and now have the structural work completed. Next is framing the fence and built-in bench. It's coming along nicely, although slowly.

I had a work function last night and got home a bit later, and so Heather and I walked up to Go (aka Spring Rolls) on Broadview for dinner. The food was great as usual (I sometimes get takeout for lunch at work from there). There's some nice older buildings on Broadview that are in disrepair. Maybe the gentrification of the area will help. Then again, it looks like a few of them will be torn down for the Leslieville Lofts so maybe not. (Never mind that I don't even consider that project to be in Leslieville as it's west of the tracks.)

Tony (our electrician) came by a couple weeks ago and installed pot lights over the front porch. It looks great! I have to now finish the ceiling, but that's a lower priority over the back deck.

We lost in the finals of Sunday Ultimate a couple days ago. We were playing against The Enemy (that's what they call themselves). We know quite a few of the players and so it was a very friendly intense game. We quickly went up 3-0, and then started to make unforced errors. The Enemy went up 10-5, and then Craig and I started staying on a lot. We caught up to within one, down 17-16, but then they won 19-16. Maricar and Trishia were away, and so there weren't enough people on our team who knew our offence, and that made a difference. We threw the disc away on offence a lot. It was a disappointing loss.

We've been doing well at hockey, and actually scoring goals! We had two 4-goal games in a row last month. I can't remember the last time the Rockets scored four goals in a game. There's some new players this summer who are pretty decent.

Well that's it for now. Just going to finish my tea (we've got in the habit of having a green tea or white tea in the evenings, which we figure might be healthier than a beer).

Oh, almost forgot to mention I finally finished reading The Count of Monte Cristo. It's a long book (over 1200 pages) and partially why I haven't been updating here recently. I'm now onto Tale of Two Cities. It's a more difficult read so I won't be going through 150 pages or so a night.

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