- everyone who knows me knows that i am becoming more and more quite the yogi. of course, i’m not sure what truly qualifies as being a yogi. do i need to pass some level of meditative state? should i have been to yoga retreats? all i know is that i’ve been practicing yoga for more than 3 years now. i feel funny calling myself a yogi. but i suppose that is, at the least, the path i’m on. anyway – yes, i do love yoga. but one of my most favourite things about yoga? the added bonus that i get to do it barefoot. putting on gym socks and tying my shoes is such a bitch!
- i’ve always wanted formal pants. i’ve always, always, ALWAYS worn a cocktail dress or long evening gown/dress. but a classic 2-piece formal outfit involving pants sounds, well… comfortable. i was looking for something to wear on my 2nd formal night on the cruise. so here you go.i bought the matching top as well. it will also work for my cousin’s wedding in january.
- i’m glad i’m right that rob forb did smoke crack. to all the people in my life that have been so hyper-supportive of our idiotic mayor, i’m happy to say, “i told you so.”
i spent an hour yesterday sorting through chaeli’s summer clothes and fall/winter clothes. a garbage bag of clothes is now ready to be donated as i tucked her summer clothes away and reorganized her drawers with fall and winter clothes.
i tried to keep some of her summer clothes out that i may need for our caribbean cruise – that part was a little tricky and i’m sure i kept more than i needed out and available.
chaeli prefers summer clothes – the ability to wear t-shirts and shorts is much more liberating. i suppose she is right. i remember feeling the same way when i was a kid.
but as an adult, fall fashion is way more fun. not only because of the boots (i love boots!) – it’s just that there’s something to be said with more fabric choices. and in some ways, more accessories.
i dug out this leopard printed sweater dress from the back of my closet for work today – paired with my black ankle booties. it is a little bit too loose on me this year so i may just have to go shopping for another sweater dress. every girl needs a sweater dress in her closet, after all.
yesterday, we took a day trip down to ball’s falls conservation and local area around beamsville. the trip to ball’s falls was for a light hike. light, it certainly was. the website described the trail to the lower falls to be about 40 minutes and the trail to the upper falls to be about 50 minutes – both times were for to and fro from the parking lot/visitor’s centre.
i doubt both took longer than 60 minutes altogether. which is fine if you are really looking for a very light hike. but given that we’re use to something with just a little more challenge at least in duration, if not the actual trail difficulty, it was a surprise for us. not that we minded the beautiful scenery. it was just an awfully long drive (construction) just for such a short hike.
still, we made the most of it. along the way back, we stopped at a small, road side farmer’s market for some freshly picked, niagara peaches, cold apple cider and a bottle of apple syrup. then we stopped at dillon’s distillery for some sampling of ontario vodka, whiskey and gin (she prepared the gin for me as a mini gin & tonic, bless her heart!) we brought home a large bottle of gin and two types of their bitters – lime and pear.
here are some photos of ball’s falls…
before the lower falls trail, we passed by a historical area with artifacts from the mid-1800′s. this time capsul illustrates life of the ball family during their early settlement in the niagara area.
the lower falls is what most people come to see – with the falls equal in both width and height.
along our hike to the upper falls, we passed by the ruins of what use to be a woolen mill.
when i think about all those broadway shows i use to go in my late teens and early 20′s, the only one that truly stood out was les mis. others? crap. or pretty much close to it.
big productions – lots of smoke and mirrors to make an impressive BOOM visually. but the storyline, the depth of the writing and sometimes, even the talents of the performers, always seemed to fall flat. perhaps the allure of that glamour for my naive, young soul, had me going back to give it that one last chance.
nothing. amongst some of the worst were miss saigon and sunset boulevard. oh. miss saigon – just the mere words are bring back horrible memories.
i’ll even go as far as saying that phantom of the opera (aside from some of the lovely music), was just so-so.
smokes and mirrors.
then, lets see… about 20 years later, i’m introduced to this much smaller production (though it’s grabbed huge attention). the theatre – the young centre for the performing arts, found in the historic distillery area – was the most intimate setting i’ve ever experienced. my daughter’s gym, where most of their concerts and shows are performed in, is about 5 times the size of this theatre. i’m quite certain if we were to round up my family and friends (locally), we could fill up this space easily.
but perhaps this was part of the whole charm, because when the lights dimmed and little stage was lit, we felt we were being invited into this family, the kims, home. or convenience store, as this play was called kim’s convenience.
i won’t say much more – i only urge any canadian who might be reading this (or even those that aren’t too far from the border) to give this play a try as it is doing a national tour. the last time it was here, the show sold out and it is definitely back by popular demand. i have never laughed so hard one minute, only to be brought to tears and heartache the next, then back to a belly-aching laugh again.
the characters are all so endearing – i couldn’t help but to fall in love with each of them by the end of this 1.5 hr journey.
[note: image from the distillery district website]
for those living in and around toronto, a bonus of the location is that it is found in the distillery district – a pedestrian-only area where the buildings have been preserved since the 1830′s. now, it’s a haven for artisans, performances, cafés, restaurants, boutiques and specialty shops.
we met up with friends, peter and lisa, earlier for some brunch at café uno. the americanos were disappointing but the food was amazing! i ordered the nut free pesto chicken & goats cheese frittata which was about the tastiest frittata i have ever had!
we did a bit of window shopping both before and after our matinee showing of kim’s convenience. but what caught my attention was this sake tasting brewery just across the street from where we ate. after the show, lisa, doug and i dropped in for a $10 sampling that gave us 3 different types of cold water sake.
i need to go back to the distillery district soon in order to sample some of the other cafés. plus, there was this one espresso place we didn’t have time to check out. the day also called for thunderstorms and heavy showers. i had opted to leave my nikon at home. i’ll have to return back to get some of my own photos – it’s a photographer’s haven as well!
and am a bit nervous as to how it will look on me. the problem is that none of the stores had stock – it was only available online.
i wouldn’t have taken the risk except that it was $23.99 down from $150. even with shipping and tax, it is only $36.
it’s for an upcoming wedding. i have a long, slim, black evening gown but when i saw this at home, i figured it would be worth giving it a try.
well, if it doesn’t work, i’ll be selling it on ebay.