Friday, February 29, 2008

Una pregunta

Just a question this morning: What was your favourite song when you graduated high school, or alternatively, what was the background music for your "first time?"

My fave tune in grade 12 was "We don't need no education" from Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in the Wall" album. That or ... Jeez, I wince as I write this... "Dancing Queen" by Abba. What's worse, though, the BeeJee's "How deep is your love" was spinning on the turntable that memorable night back in the spring of 1979...

Thursday, February 28, 2008

The Hour

One of my favourite shows on TV is CBC's The Hour hosted by George Stroumboulopoulos. The show is intelligent and fast-paced, and George does a great interview. He has the ability to draw you in and expose viewers to new ideas and people. Tonight on the show George will interview Chris Bosh of the Toronto Raptors. Chris is an incredible basketbal player and the Raps would be lost without him. To me, he is truly the face of sports in Toronto. I'm looking forward to the interaction between George and Chris tonight. Two of the other reasons I like to watch Raptors games are José Calderone and Carlos Delfino. They're both amazing players and drop dead gorgeous.

I've never been able to get into football, but perhaps if they played in their underwear as shown in this pic, which has blazed across the blogosphere in recent days. I first saw it on

Have a good one and check out The Hour tonight.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Jack Frost nipping at your nose

I just found this pic on the PC. A reality check to bring me back to the here and now. Brrr... That's our dog Jasper, btw, after a run with Brad.

Flowers in February

This is a pic of some brown-eyed Susans taken in our back yard a couple of summers ago. Kaiser's nose somehow got in there too... They're a reminder that Canada does indeed have a season called summer. Right now there is at least 3 and a half feet of snow covering the flower beds. (Hmmm... Is it just me, or do most Canadians still measure snow in inches and feet as opposed to centimetres and metres?) In any case, it has been a long, cold, snowy winter here in eastern Canada. And with no end in sight. The temperature is forecast to drop into the minus 20s (now temperature, however, I measure in degrees Celsius) later this week and another snowstorm is scheduled for Saturday.

Good friends of ours jetted off to Cuba the other day for a week of sun and warmth. Two years ago, a good friend and I went to the Mayan Riviera for a week in February. It was incredible... to get away for just a week in the middle of winter. To feel the sun warm your skin and your spirits. To jump (ooching and ouching) across the hot sand. To float in a warm salty ocean. To smell summer and see bright, vibrant colours, especially green. Ça fait du bien, as they say in French - It's good for the soul.

But this year, for now, I'll have to settle for these...


Going to try again...

Will be posting about my life with Brad and our two dogs (Kaiser and Jasper) here in eastern Canada. Brad and I have been a couple for 17+ years. Ça passe vite!

Me, I'm 46. I like to cook, travel, read, walk dogs, and think of things for Brad to do. A guilty pleasure is watching Coronation Street and Survivor. I also like to watch basketball - Go Raps! I work as a translator (French to English) and hope to retire within the next decade. The photo in my profile was taken at "The Idiot" restaurant in Saint Petersburg, Russia, in the fall of 2006, when we had a great trip to Sweden and Russia. The restaurant was a haunt of Dostoyevsky back in the day, so the place is now named after one of his novels.

We are going to Italy this spring with 4 of our good friends (2 straight couples). We are renting a villa in Tuscany for a week and tacking on a few days on either end of that. So I suspect I'll be posting about that as our plans progress. I'll have some recipies, some stories, and perhaps a few pics of handsome guys thrown in for good measure.

Please come in, and welcome!