Thursday, December 31, 2009

2009 Book List

  • Moby Dick
    Herman Melville 2009.11.04

  • Don Quixote
    Cervantes Stopped at page 270 of 982

  • Frankenstein
    Mary Shelley 2009.08.21

  • Rise of the Creative Class
    Richard Florida 2009.05.31

  • Hot, Flat, and Crowded
    Thomas Friedman 2009.01.01
  • Sunday, December 13, 2009

    It's a dreary December afternoon. If it was a few degrees colder it would be more Christmas-like, but right now it's about 2C and drizzly.

    Yesterday Mom and Dad were over to decorate the tree. Maricar got us a nice Fraser fir, 7.5' tall, and perfectly shaped. One of the decorations broke, as per Christmas tradition. We're still looking for a better decoration for the top of the tree. We have an angel that we bought when we first moved in, but it's a bit small for the tree.

    We won our hockey game 4-2 on Thursday. We only had eight skaters, so there was lots of ice time, and on the big ice on Rink A. I got an assist, but they haven't posted the game sheet yet so I don't know if the scorekeeper gave it to me.

    Our Ultimate teams aren't doing as well. There's a few people on both teams that I've never got in sync with on the field. Oh well, at least it's a good workout because they're both speed point.

    Heather's friends Fed and Darlene came into Leslieville on Friday night. We had dinner at Gio Rana's, and then headed to Ceilidh Cottage for a drink. It was standing room only, not good for Heather's back, so instead went to Curzon's. It was freezing outside, about -7C, which was about a 10 degree drop from a couple days earlier.

    Google released Chrome for Mac last week. Unfortunately it's just for Intel Macs, just like Picasa. The hard drive on my Mac has been making whirring noises recently. I may try to get the hard drive upgraded -- it's only a 60GB, and almost full. Depending on what it costs, it may be more worthwhile to just get a new Mac.

    My game tonight is at 9pm, so I'll have time to eat beforehand. We're having fajitas. Mmm good.

    Sunday, December 06, 2009

    Finally, a place to hang my hat

    After much debate about the style of the coat rack, we finally decided on a white backing and black metal hooks:

    We weren't sure at first what the coat rack should match (e.g. the style of the kitchen cabinets) but settled on cast iron hooks (like the stair railing) and white-painted wood for the back (like the house trim).

    We lost our hockey game on Thursday, 4-3 in overtime. We had 11 skaters, which made it hard to get an flow going on offense (nine or ten is best, because there's two full forward lines, otherwise it's messed up). However, it was still a good game with fast line changes, and I got a good workout.

    I re-posted my ad on kijiji to sell our old table. I lowered the price to $50 (from $75) and I've got way more hits. If it doesn't sell soon I'm just going to give it to Goodwill, to clear it out of the basement.

    Heather got an email from aeroplan that her account was going to expire soon. Apparently if you have no activity (ie get more miles, or use some), within a year, they expire your account. I would have got the email too, except I had a really old email account listed. So we looked for the best dollar value for points, and got $150 Esso gift cards each. It's not that exciting, but seeing as I use gas anyways, I'll use the gift cards, and then we'll use the money to go out for dinner or something. (It was better value then getting restaurant gift cards from Aeroplan).

    Two of our bigger plants died a few weeks ago. I didn't have them in double pots to allow drainage, and I suspect overwatering caused the roots to rot. We've seen some nice plants at Quince Flowers, but figured we'll wait until after Christmas when the tree is down, before we replace them.

    Wednesday, December 02, 2009

    Yesterday was the IT department Christmas party, at Sharkey's in Bloor West Village. This year, Ram and Rob A organized it, and it was a lot of fun. There was a good turn out -- about 120 people, which is the maximum capacity of Sharkey's for dinner. Most people stayed well past the end of dinner, a good sign, as often people leave as soon as dinner is done.

    I always plan a vacation day after events such as this, and so ran a few errands today. Heather had read some good reviews about Gale's Snack Bar, so we decided to try it out for lunch. I drive by the place (on the SW corner of Eastern and Carlaw) twice a day, and never realized it was still open! Check out the prices:

    I had a cheeseburger with fries and gravy, and a can of Coke; Heather had a turkey club (with real actual turkey!) with a can of Diet Coke. Total bill for the two of us, including taxes, was $7.25! I was tempted to try the sardine sandwich for a whopping $1.25, just to see what it was about; but the fries and gravy filled me up.

    The place was full when we arrived, and so had to wait a few minutes to get seats. However, once we placed our order (she only takes the order when they're ready to cook), it was fairly quick.

    Definitely one of the cheapest places around Toronto.

    The winter Ultimate season started up last week on Sunday, speed point at the newly domed Lamport stadium. Speed point is much more of a workout than regular point. I was sweating and pretty tired at the end of the game. We lost the game. We had a couple new players, and some subs and so it was hard to get a good flow going.

    Last Thursday I scored a goal! We won 5-1, I was in the slot and one-timed a pass from Craig into the top corner. It was my first goal in a while, and at least they marked it as my goal (the scorekeeper doesn't always get the goals and assists right, I have four assists this season but only two on the stats).

    I've been trying to go cashless the past few months, and I've been able to go two to three weeks at a time using just my credit card. There's just a few places downtown that don't take credit card (and Tim Hortons which doesn't take Visa, so I don't go there anymore). Today I was at three (!) cash-only places -- Leslieville Diner for breakfast, Gale's Snack Bar for lunch, and Pho Pasteur for dinner.

    I bought my Olympic red mittens from Zellers today. Supposedly these are always selling out and hard to get, so I was surprised to see them in stock.