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ART GALLERY OF ONTARIO REOPENED

Courtesy of the AGO

Courtesy of the AGO

When I was young, I remember going to the AGO, Art Gallery of Ontario, and looking at the various exhibits there.  I didn’t understand it much at the time, but I could appreciate that I was looking at something not only was artistically appealing but had a story behind it.  The next time I was there was many, many years later with a family friend who was visiting.  That was the last time I stepped into the AGO – more than 15 years ago.  I’ve driven by it, wanted to visit, but time just rushes past you and you forget. 

I read an article online today that they were reopening the AGO.  It had been under construction for quite awhile now, three years?  Its a bit of a landmark on Dundas and Beverly.  The grand opening is tomorrow and for the weekend they are going to have free admission.  I’d love to go this weekend, but unfortunately, I have plans on Saturday and Sunday.  So, I’ll just go another day and pay for it.  I think its worth it, especially considering who designed it.  And, there are some interesting exhibits going on right now that I’d like to see.

So, who designed it?  I was surprised to learn it was designed by Frank Gehry.  Famous Canadian architect currently living in California.  I’ve admired his work for many years, so I’m happy they choose a Canadian, and a famous architect to boot, to design the new AGO.  I went to the Experience Music Project in Seattle about 6 years ago and loved it.  It was definitely an experience.  And, of course, the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago’s Millenium Park.  His signature style can definitely be seen in both of these designs.

I don’t think I can get any of my friends to go with me to the AGO, except for one friend who likes the arts like me.  I suspect the new building has revitalized the neighbourhood.  The area stirs up a lot of good memories for me, and I was even around there about a month ago but was in such a rush that I didn’t stop to see the progress on the building, so I’m looking forward to seeing how it looks now all completed.

Funny how something like this stirs up old memories long gone that can still make you smile.  Call me sentimental.

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LIFE RAMBLINGS

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I can’t believe that its already November.  I got my first Christmas party invite.  My best guy is having his annual party in a few weeks time.  I’m looking forward to it.  I haven’t seen the boy in ages.  We’ve both been so busy.  Him especially since he got a promotion.  He offered me a job, but I turned him down.  It wasn’t enough money and I wasn’t willing to commute downtown again for less cash.  It would have been fun to work with him again, but it wasn’t meant to be this time around.

Speaking of jobs, work has been super tense lately.  Over the past few weeks there have been a number of layoffs and reduction of hours for a number of employees.  I feel bad, but I’m not worried about my job.  Its not that I think I’m indispensable, I’m just not worried about it.  My co-worker is pretty worried.  He was telling me how badly the company is doing, which I knew already, but he knows it best because he’s the analyst.  It will be interesting to see what happens in the next month.

I had a feel old moment today.  One of the girls in marketing came over and we got into a conversation about the weekend.  She mentioned she was going to a party at Queen’s university – she wanted to have fun and hook-up with some future doctors and lawyers, which Queen’s is filled with.  I laughed and told her to pick me up one, then remembered that most of these guys were about 10 – 15 years younger than me.  She was like “oh, come on its fine, I’ll find you a lawyer!!”.  I laughed…of course we were just joking, but it made me feel old thinking how young this party crowd would be.  I am certainly way past the partying age, I did my damage way back when, so for a few seconds I had my feeling old moment, but honestly I’m quite happy to be beyond all the body slamming, head banging, drinking, dancing till dawn and bad pick-up lines of my younger years.

And, honestly, who would want to see me head bang anyone, right?  😀

LOST WEEKEND

My friend and I decided not to do the treetop trekking this weekend, as lamented below, because of the rain, cold weather and possible snow up north, so we decided instead to do a bit of hiking.  We chose, well, I chose cause my friend’s directionally challenged and suggested somewhere in Timbuktu, to hike in Cookstown, about 45 minutes outside of the city.  There’s a trail that starts there and stretches about 9 km’s or so.

The torrential rain they were calling for on Saturday didn’t happen.  Instead, it was just rain in the morning and it was pretty dry in the afternoon.  We could have trekked some treetops, but it still would have probably been too cold.  So, after lunch and browsing of the outlet mall in the town, we drove to where the start of this trail would be.  Of course being the forgetful person I can be, I left my beautifully printed map and instructions at work.  All I had were my scribbled instructions I quickly put together that I had googled.

The entrance was suppose to be somewhere located near the antique market.  We parked there, browsed the market quickly and then went to look for this entrance.  After wandering for about 5 – 10 minutes, we could not find anything.  My lame instructions that I scribbled down were no help.  I guess a gps would have been handy, or if one of us had a blackberry we could have fired up that sucker and figured out where the hell this trail was, eh?  No such luck.  We didn’t bother to ask around, and I suspect its because we were very tired at that point and were not thinking straight.

Instead we ended up in the downtown portion of Cookstown, which is about 1/2 city block long, but scattered with quaint little shops.  My friend was dying for a coffee so we settled into this little restaurant that served afternoon tea and coffee.  And, what a great find it was, reminded me of this great place in Kleinburg that does the same thing.  We had the best scones served with yummy jam and whipped cream and a nice relaxing chat.

Although we weren’t very successful with the hiking, which we have decided we will try on another weekend with better instructions, we had a good time and even fit in a movie at the end of the night.  If you’re looking for something cute and funny, Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist, is a great gem.

RANDOM THOUGHTS

Work went from being insanely busy to…well, not so busy.  I’m fiddling my thumbs a bit, and worrying that I must be missing something.  I do have some things happening in November, but right now it’s far away enough that its not keeping me busy.  Although when November hits, I’ll be insanely busy because the schedule for January and February is…well, in one word “crazyass”.

My friend and I were going to Treetop Trek this weekend.  Unfortunately, the weather is not cooperating with us, which on the one hand gives me relief and on the other I’m a bit disappointed that I’ll have to wait till next year to do it.  The treetop trekking goes out pretty much all year round, but I am not trekking no trees when its freaking cold.  My friend’s schedule and my schedule kept conflicting that’s why it took us so long to pick a date to do it.  My friend suggested we go hiking, but I reminded her its going to rain this weekend and thats the reason why we’re not trekking (not that rain is the biggest deterrant – but its colder up north so it may turn to snow) – sometimes I wonder about her – but I understand she wants to do something active this weekend.  So, we’ll see.

The fall colours are fading fast.  I’m a bit sad that they didn’t stay for too long.  But, its been getting cold quick.  Like the other day it was snowing here!  It was wet snow and it didn’t stick, but hell, its only October what the hell is snow doing in Toronto at this time?  Anyways, since I’m going up north possibly this weekend, hopefully there are still fall colours to be seen.  I’ll have to bring my camera and take some pictures.

This really is a random thought kinda post today.  Its been that kind of week.  As usual, can’t wait for the weekend to get here already.  😉

MY OBESSESIVE WAYS

So, on the weekend, my youngest nephew had his birthday party.  He turned the ripe old age of 3.

I had bought him a dinosaur play tent and some clothes.  I opened up the tent when I got to the party, which was being held at my brother’s mother-in-law’s party room, intending to put it together so the kids could play with it when they got there.  Well, I’m not the handiest person, I’ve had my share of Ikea mishaps.  But, I was determined.  It came with two poles and the tent – nothing else.  Easy right?  Hell no.  I fiddled with that damn thing for two hours (which included an exasperated break in between).  There were too many damn pockets/holes to put these stupid poles into and with horrible instructions how are you suppose to know what goes where?!  But, I refused to let it get the better of me.  All the while my sister-in-law, her sister and a friend were nagging at me to stop and let my brother do it.  I was having none of that!

The result?  Tada!

Now, before you applaud my success, the tent wasn’t very stable.  My sister-in-law looked at me sadly and told me, after we saw it in one heap in a corner – when the kids had a go at it – that I probably didn’t do it right – I had got it erect, but definitely not correct.  I just didn’t want to wait for my brother to do it, I had to do it.  I was obsessed.  As my sister-in-law put it at the end of the night when I was trying to fold this thing up and put it away, which involved me having another battle with it, “you can be quite obsessive about these things”.   She’s right, when I set my mind to something, I must accomplish it.

Don’t even get me started on the tent I tried to put together at my oldest nephew’s party last year – tent hell is what I call it…..  😀

UNHARMONIOUS

So, speaking about love and relationships, I’m on a roll now, I had another conversation with a different friend over the weekend about men.  It was like the weekend of relationship talk.

I don’t even know how we got into it because we weren’t even talking about men, but she just blurted out to me that she had tried E-Harmony.  I was really surprised, I looked at her and was like “what?”.  She had tried another dating site before E-Harmony and did not like it at all, that’s why I was so surprised that she tried internet dating again.  And, E-Harmony is not cheap, so I was doubly surprised – because according to my friend, the system is worthless unless you pay for it, so she caved and paid.

I don’t think she knew much about the site before she signed on.  All I know about the site is that it’s expensive, they have mushy commercials and a friend of mine who used it didn’t have much success.  I’ve never done the E-Harmony process myself, guided romance just doesn’t appeal to me. 

Anyways, she was telling me how annoying it was to go through this whole questionnaire process to sign-up and how the matches come to you.  You don’t choose, they choose for you based on your answers to the questionnaire and their patented technology.  And then she was telling me how stupid it was when guys closed the matches.  When they do that it’s basically “see ya later alligator, not interested” and you don’t get matched to them again.  You can appeal, but that seems a bit weird, and desperate, to me.

So, she’s met a couple of guys, but it hasn’t been what she thought (she’s no longer using it).  And, for her it felt strange to go through this whole process just to have contact with them.  Its not immediate, you have to go through this song and dance before you have direct contact.  Instant gratification is not how you would describe E-Harmony. 

The whole process seems weird to me.  Not harmonious if you ask me.  But, I applaud her for taking the plunge to do something proactive.  And, she’s still in contact with at least one guy, so who knows what will happen.  But, she won’t be participating in those mushy commercials for E-Harmony anytime soon.

CANADIAN THANKSGIVING

It’s Canadian Thanksgiving this weekend, and that means a nice long weekend.  I almost missed out on this weekend.  I was going to be on a business trip, but my boss saved me from that fate at the last minute.  I could tell she felt really bad about sending me on the trip, but I didn’t think she felt so bad that she would get me out of this trip.  So, no complaints from me.  Its all good, although I’m a bit conflicted because it would have been nice to get 3 lieu days out of it!

I’ve never been a huge Thanksgiving kind of person.  I don’t celebrate it as passionately as Americans do or as some of my Canadian friends do.  I think its because my parents really didn’t know what to make of Thanksgiving while we were growing up.  And, then in my early teens we started going to a family friend’s place for Thanksgiving dinner and it became a tradition.  I think that’s when I began to appreciate it more.  But, we haven’t done that in almost 16 years.  My family celebrates Thanksgiving much better these days.  My brother’s mother-in-law always likes to have us over, so I’m looking forward to that this weekend.  I’m gonna have me some yummy Filipino food.  Sorry, our families don’t like turkey so we do a different take for Thanksgiving dinner.

There was one year, though, my family decided to make a turkey.  Oh, it was hilarious since it was the first time we’d done that.  I got into a huge fight with my mom on how to make the turkey and she was all stressed out about the timing.  In the end, though, the turkey was fine and peace was restored.  Thankfully, no pun intended, there will be no fights over turkey this year.  😛