Friday, November 28, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Happy thoughts... Thinking of my silly niece and her fascination with electronics makes me happy. Here she is, making a grab for the camera:
She gives you this mischievous look that says, "Look at me, aren't I cute? Don't you want to share your shiny toy with me?"
Monday, November 24, 2008
As you can see from the paint chips on the wall, I haven't quite settled on the shade of green I want to paint with, which is why the space still looks like a storage area. I didn't see the point in getting all organized if I'm just going to have to pack stuff up to paint.
This is the first time I've actually sat at my desk to work....I really like the feeling of being tucked away in my little corner office....no windows though. :)
Sunday, November 23, 2008
I was also wondering about what to give Q, my friends G&E's baby boy. He was born prematurely in September and I haven't met him yet. I figured by now, they're probably good with the usual baby stuff of blankies and toys...so I'm feeling the art route is in order. How brilliant is this Q for Quetzal print by Flora Douville:
Other alphabet prints that caught my eye include:
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
So now I have to think of a training regimen to get myself into shape. The more I think about it, the more I've come to realize that I'm going to have to commit to working out in the mornings before work because it'll be hard otherwise to carve out the time.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
And while browsing online for art today, I came across the 2 for 1 sale over at Blue Ant Studio. I've had my eye on their Alphabet of Design Classics for the last year and finally pulled the trigger on my purchase. My second poster is the Side Eames LCW.
I think I may spend the holidays painting... :)
Study by phoenixc
Monday, November 17, 2008
I caught up with wL over sushi Friday night and stood in line in the rain to get into the newly-renovated AGO designed my Frank Gehry. I walk by the AGO everyday on my way to work and have always found the spiral stairs that jut out of the southern facade rather odd, but after having climbed the stairs down, I've a new appreciation for them because the view's fantastic!
Here's the view from the inside of the northern facade - it reminds me of a ship's skeleton. In the first picture below, you can see some of the names of the Italian families who donated $10 million for the new sculpture gallery.
The collection isn't entirely new to me so we wandered through rather quickly. I have plans to go back soon in the day to take in the views of the city - preferably in sunlight.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
We spent Friday afternoon at Pacific Mall before meeting the rest of my family for dinner. We spent Saturday wandering along Queen West to Trinity Bellwoods and broke for brunch at Czehoski before heading to the Distillery District to browse. We finished it with a big family dinner back at my mother's with my aunt, uncle and cousins in attendance. We went to Niagara Falls on Sunday so I can tell people back in Amsterdam that she's seen the Falls should they ask, and of course, winetasting in Niagara-on-the-Lake! We finished the night with dinner at Jamie Kennedy Wine Bar - I figured it was a good choice and the food served there is pretty representative of Canadian cuisine - whatever that is! Also, the tapas-style dishes meant we could try lots of different things.
M has a maternal great-aunt here so I dropped him and I off Monday to have lunch with her and did some work while I waited for them to call me back for a pick-up. I had never been to a Pottery Barn before so we spent the rest of the afternoon at Yorkdale. I think I may get this endtable from PB and this rug from Crate and Barrel for my living area. We had dinner their last night here at Foxley since they were asking for Asian Fusion. Yummy blue crab and avocado salad...and black sesame creme brulee!!! Mmmmmm!
And every night, we'd chat until 2 or 3 am so I never well-and-truly-recovered from my hangover Friday morning.
Friday, November 07, 2008
I was sooo hungover this morning that I really should have "worked from home" but I had a 10 o'clock meeting that in hindsight, I really didn't need to be at, and threw up not once, but twice at work. So not cool.
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
The rest of the weekend is going to be fairly relaxed...the only thing they've requested is to go winetasting in Niagara since they remembered all the great wine D, M's brother, brought back when I took him last. I figure we'll do a quick stop at the Falls since I has never been to Canada before, so that's our one nod to the traditional tourist stop.