Saturday, July 31, 2010
Friday, July 30, 2010
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Kate McKinnon wrote a very interesting post today outlining some of her future plans, one of which involves writing a book of love letters (click the link on the right hand side to read all about it, under the heading "Such a Lovely Day").
She mentioned a project that The Times Online did back in 2007, in conjunction with the publishing of a book called "Four Letter Word", allowing readers to sign up to receive one love letter a day for a week from the likes of Margaret Atwood, Neil Gaiman and Leonard Cohen. Can you imagine what a special week that would have been? There is a hilarious sample from the book of a series of emails, you'll have to read it for yourself but I promise, it's worth clicking this link to check it out: http://http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/books/book_extracts/article2748772.ece
In describing her own project-in-development, something Kate said really struck a chord with me. It was, and I quote, "I remember my shock, about eighteen years ago, when I learned that there were many lovable people who had never received a love letter." Wow. To be honest, that thought had just never occurred to me before. I am lucky enough to be able to say I am not one of those people. I can even remember the first love letter I received. I was at camp and it arrived rather crumpled, sticky and slightly illegible as it had been wrapped around a butterscotch candy and I think it had gotten wet from having been left out overnight and covered with dew. I don't actually remember what it said nor, sadly, do I even remember the fellow it was from, but I know he had a crush on me and I'm pretty sure I had one on him too.
I also still have, in a box of letters and cards I've saved over the years, a hastily written note that a boyfriend left behind after spending the weekend at my place that said, simply, "Had a great time. Love, R..." It may not have been overly original or poetic but I still remember how loved I felt when I found it lying on my desk after he had left.
Sadly, I have to admit that both those examples happened many years ago and it has been a while since I received a love letter from a member of the opposite sex. Nor have I written any in quite a while, although I have done so in my time and pretty good ones, if I do say so myself. Indeed, in this age of computer technology, I have to say it has been a while since I received a handwritten letter of any sort! But at the same time, I feel like I am getting love notes delivered to me all the time, with every email or text message I get or from a comment left on this blog or on my Facebook page, each one feels like a little dose of love from someone near and dear to my heart.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
The idea is that you fill the cooler up with ice and your canned beverages of choice, load the batteries in the remote and presto, cold drinks are only the touch of a button away.
Although I have to tell you, as much as we adults enjoyed playing with this new toy, it was an even bigger hit with the under 10 crowd. We drove the cooler down the street to the condo party and the kids couldn't get enough of it.
I've edited out faces in most of these photos (except for Pyjama Boy, whose face is turned away from the camera) to protect the identity of these children as I don't have their parents' permission to post their pictures online but hopefully you can still tell how much they were enjoying themselves. Mike made the mistake of telling them there were bottles of water at the bottom of the cooler, which there were but they were frozen solid, meant to be more like freezer packs than drinking water. The kids were so disappointed, both Lyn and Mike made quick trips back to the condo for water bottles and juice boxes! (Note to self: never try to kid a kid!)
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
However, after what I saw on the highway tonight driving back, I thought it might be a good idea for a little refresher course on what to do when a police car with their flashing lights and siren going comes up behind you. You might not notice them right away in your rear view mirror, you might not hear them over the sound of your radio (and you'd better not be talking on your cell phone!) but the rule is, when you do see them, get the heck out of the way!
Pull over to the right and let the police car pass you. Obviously, you need to be careful and check the lane on your right to make sure the way is safe but otherwise, don't take your time about it, don't expect the police car to go around you and don't, under any circumstances, think that the right thing to do is come to a complete stop in the left hand lane of a three lane highway with traffic moving at 100 km an hour, as some yahoo did tonight. What the heck he was thinking I do not know, because by that time, there were two police cars behind him and a couple of other cars as well, all of whom almost plowed into the back of this idiot. I'm sure if the police officers weren't already in a hurry to get somewhere (and no, I'm guessing it wasn't the donut shop), they would have had some harsh words and a major fine for this fool.
Monday, July 26, 2010
But really, it was a great weekend. A lot of fun was had by all in our group of 5, each of us newbies to the Elvis Festival. A grand total of 125 "tribute artists" (you're not supposed to call them "impersonators") performed, with the winner moving on to compete in Memphis. I'm pretty sure we didn't see all of them perform (nor does the winner look familiar) but we sure did see a lot of them. It took a while for my brain to get used to seeing them anywhere and everywhere, at the grocery store, in front of the drug store, standing beside you in the jumpsuit booth in vendor alley, but after the first day, it seemed quite normal to be surrounded by men (and a few women, one by the name of Michellelvis) dressed like The King. All of the ones we spoke to, and there were several, were very friendly and gracious, quite willing to chat or pose for photos.
The variety of costumes was amazing, all based on what category the artists were competing in, i.e. the early years or the concert years. For example, there were several wearing suits and ties from the late 50's (think of the Ed Sullivan appearances), the hot black leather outfit from the '68 comeback concert and of course, the white pantsuits (in dozens of variations) from the later years - you get the idea. The Elvises themselves came in every size, shape, age and nationality. The youngest one we saw perform was only 5 years old and man, he was good. Even Tim Horton's got in on the act, with their gingerbread King Kookie!
Sunday, July 25, 2010
You've got to admit, before he got older, gained weight, started taking drugs and making bad costume choices (pantsuits? seriously? let's hope that fashion doesn't come back into style!), the man was undeniably handsome.
Oh yeah, and he could sing too.
I read on the Internet that in the year between October 2007 and October 2008, the Elvis estate earned $52 million, which was $12 million more than Madonna made for the same time period. Not bad for a guy who had been dead since 1977!!
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010
I've been planning to attend with a couple of friends from work since we first starting talking about it last Christmas. Believe it or not, this is the festival's 16th year but I've never been before. I'm not quite sure what to expect. Surely there's got to be more to it than just collecting a bunch of Elvis impersonators in one place and having them perform. Please God, don't let it be a bunch of guys that look like this:
I'll report back next week. In the meantime, you can read more about it here: http://ww.collingwoodelvisfestival.com/
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
The good news is, I now feel quite confident with my right angle weave skills and look forward to using that particular bead stitch more often.
Throughout the day, Marcia entertained us by changing the jewellery she was wearing several times. Which was easy for her to do, given that she had brought so many of her designs with her as well as kits for students to purchase. Boy, was it hard to limit myself to buying just one, I was sooo tempted by several of the designs. However, I have her book, which is chock full of directions for many amazing pieces so once I make my way through that, say 10 or 15 years from now, I can think about picking up another kit or two. :)
Most of the other students finished at least one bead, here are a few pictures of their gorgeous creations:
We then headed downtown to meet up with her husband Mark and went out to dinner at Milestones at Yonge & Dundas (Mark tried their signature bellini drink but wasn't too impressed with it). Afterwards, we strolled around Dundas Square, enjoying the summer evening, and having a look at all the goings on, including a few minutes watching a guy riding a very high unicycle, before heading back up Yonge Street to drop them off at their hotel.
It was so nice to have a day of beading, it's been too long since I have done that!
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Monday, July 19, 2010
Here's how it started - innocently enough:
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Isn't that a beautiful shot? It reminds me of the lyrics from that song Garth Brooks sings, called "On A Prayer":
"There’s a ship out on the ocean,
At the mercy of the sea.
It’s been tossed about, lost and broken
And God somehow you know that ship is me.
Cause there’s a lighthouse in the harbor
Pouring its light out across the water
For this sinking soul to see
That someone out there still believes in me."
That song is the theme for the movie "Frequency" starring Dennis Quaid from several years ago. If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend it.
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Friday, July 16, 2010
Here's a picture of what the city skyline looks like from the Polson Pier vantage point:
(photo courtesy of fortinbras via flickr - thank you!)
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Here's what Betty White looks like on my TV right now:
As you can see, people's faces end up looking like those puppets that Genesis used in their video for "Land of Confusion", remember them?
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Although the urge to climb up and get a better look at these glass insulators on the hydro poles might be hard to resist. I wonder if I will be able to find one to bring home?
Monday, July 12, 2010
Susan came up with this idea using several stamp designs and gold embossing powder:
I don't have any connection with this group but this date has always stuck in my mind for the simple reason that ever since I was young, I can remember my mother telling me that the orange daylilies that we see by the side of the road at this time of year always bloom in time for the Orange Parade. As far as I know, the only thing these two groups have in common is their colour but to this day, I remember this connection because of the sheer abundance of this pretty flower that seems to be blooming everywhere you go in central Ontario at this time of year (although this year, they actually bloomed two or three weeks ago and they've been hanging about ever since).