Wednesday, December 31, 2008
#1 CSS, Donkey - My favourite Brazilian band came back with a great album with 3 of my favourite songs of the year, Left Behind, Move and Believe Achieve. Sadly their hulla hoops and cat suits didn't get thier visas in time to play Toronto last month.
#2 Wolf Parade, At Mount Zoomer - Montreal indie rockers never fail to impress. This is good all purpose and morning music.
#3 The Ting Tings, We Started Nothing - The boy/girl british duo had one of the best pop albums of the year. My favourites include: That's not my name, Shut up and let me go and We Walk.
#4 Fleet Foxes, Fleet Foxes
#5 - Radiohead, In Rainbows
#6 Portishead, Third
#7 - MGMT, Ocular Spectacular
#8 Girl Talk, Feed the Animals
#9 - Bon Iver - For Emma, For Ever Ago
#10 - Lykke Li - Youth Novels
The only other honourable mention I have to tell you about is Natasha Bedingfield, Pocket full of sunshine. I have no shame. I like it.
I hope you enjoyed the list and found some new music. I won't do a big list like this again. Happy New Year!
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Winnie got Utopia for dinner tonight. My favourite neighbourhood causal dining restaurant. Bonnett is getting dinner next week but I forget where we decided.
Yesterday I was supposed to meet co-workers at Utopia for lunch (they are working, I am not, Ha Ha Ha!) They canceled because they were feeling holiday fat. I didn't take it so well. You do not dangle Utopia in front of face and then take it away. I don't respond well to that.
Tips for Utopia
1) It's small, do not come in groups larger than 4 (2 is even better!)
2) You can get 1/2 fries and 1/2 salad. Yum! Just ask. The fries are awesome.
3) Even their cheap red wine is still good and worth the price.
4) Try the burgers first, then move on to the delicious burritos.
5) If it's winter and you have to wait for a table. Be mindful of the door, the draft gets cold.
6) Enjoy yourself. It's soooo Yummy and cheap!!!!!
Ewww! Yucky, yuck, yuck!
Last night while waiting for a friend's girlfriend to come down to the lobby of her building, a bum asked for a buck. I thought a had a buck then I checked. I didn't. I did have 20s in my wallet. He saw them and then asked for a 5. I didn't give it to him.
I hate when bums go for the hand shake. I am also disappointed that my gloves were in my pocket so I had to bare hand touch the gross bum. He shook Belle's hand as well she was wearing gloves. She was lucky. After the bun left Belle said "Dude, he had warts all over his hands." I almost barfed. Then I demanded immediate hand washing, of course using the other hand to pump the soap not to contaminate.
Later that night, As I was leaving Ted's Collision (where they sell big bottles of Bud for $7, like twice the size of a beer, yes I know Bud is kind of gross.) I saw the bum shake 2 smoker girl's hands. I reported such warts and they almost barfed on me. I suggested immediate hand washing. They smartly obeyed.
#4 Fleet Foxes, Fleet Foxes
The Washington, D.C. band had great a first studio album which is a total throw back to 70s rock. It reminds me of CKPC radio playing in my parent's kitchen growing up. I love it.Honourable Mentions:
Crystal Castles, Crystal Castles - A great electronic album by the guy/girl duo named after She-ra's home. From Toronto.
Cut Copy, In Ghost Colours - Aussie band from the virgin mobile commercial had a great, fun dance record this year.
Sunday, December 28, 2008
The show is from Australia and is a mockumentary about a shockingly gay drama teacher, a rich popular private school transfer and a Polynesian special education punk. All 3 are played remarkable well by Australian character actor, Chris Lilley.
Here is a short video of each character:
Mr. G, the drama teacher,
Ja'mie, the popular "pretty" girl
Jonah, The special ed student
It airs Sundays at 11pm on HBO Canada and on demand with TMN on demand.
My partner is lazy eyeness Thom Yorke and mates came back with a great CD with not one bad song. My favourites: All I need, Bodysnatchers, 15 steps, House of Cards and one of my most favourite of the year, Reckoner.
More Honourable Mentions:
Bloc Party, Intimacy - British band back with another great CD.
Cat Power, Jukebox - One of my favourites, Cat Power went soulful on their latest album. It's good but unfortunately I don't think lead Chan Marshall will ever top You Are Free. One of my all favourites.
He also bolted a full length mirror up high to the wall in my front hallway. It is now truly a full length mirror as I can see my entire 6'5" frame. I think it will be too tall for some of my short friends but they should have there own mirrors at home. Since I wasn't used to the mirror being there, I have caught myself catching a glimpse of a strapping, cute tall drink of water in my entry way and yelling thinking someone has broken into my apartment. It was just my reflection. Yes, I am retarded.
My disco ball also got installed. Yay! It couldn't go in the centre of the room as I was too tall for it. The last thing I need is to be knocked unconscious by a disco ball.
Then I took my dad to Hurricanes and the waitress who was younger than me called him doll. I think he liked this.
Saturday, December 27, 2008
To celebrate our reunion. Here are 2 videos for dance moves of the week. Video 1, I was not impressed with my performance and video 2 Mya Pussy was being a bitch. Here are both for you to see.
While on the train, I was sitting beside a guy with a huge laptop screen. He was ordering cans of Labbatt Blue by the doubles. It was only noon and the ride was only an hour long. To make matters worse and more disconcering for me. He was resting his open cans on his laptop hands free. People kept bumping me I was a afraid I was going to knock a beer into his laptop. That would not have been fun and he looked as though he may have been carrying weapons. Thankfully and regretablly I took every bump of gymbag, suitcase and (gulp) used pillow of everyone walking past me.
On the otherside of me on the train was a very old man who was eating a sandwich. Everytime he tried to swallow he would make a choking noise. Everytime he did this I grasped and reached across to help. Then I figured out that it's just a noise he makes when he eats. Thankfully no hemlick maneover was needed as I probably would have killed him. Getting old sucks.
#6 Portishead, Third -
Beth Gibbons haunting vocals are back with the trip hop/electronica band's third studio album. Favourite songs include: Hunter, The Rip, Machine Gun and Nylon Smile.
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Dig Lazaraus Dig!!! - Just got in to Nick Cave this a few weeks. Awesome rocking jazz on this one off album.
Black Mountain, In the future - Great throw back to 70s rock throw back from the B.C.'s band second album. If I was a pot smoker I think I would love this even more (I am not a pot smoker, I make myself crazy and paranoid enough all by myself.)
Friday, December 26, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Tomorrow it's off to Browntown, Ontario for a little R&R. Looking forward to my parent's house. It's big, clean, smells nice and usually full of cheese. Mya Pussy is in good hands with Aunt Jones.
One of my best life skills is maneovering my suitcase on wheels through packed crowds. I will be at Union station Wednesday at 9:30am if you want some tricks and pointers.
I know it's supposed to be all about giving but I really love recieving. It's nice to get presents. Although Santa told me earlier this year I am cut off for life, therefore hoping for big things Katie, (we now do a sibbling draw.) He will be visiting 2 special little boys tomorrow night though at my parents. Here they are:
The master of the mash, Girl Talk was back hardcore in 2008. Great album and great show a month ago.
Here is a cool fan video:
Fleet Foxes, Fleet Foxes - This was a hard one, they are definitely number 11.
Deerhunter - Microcastle - Great walking music
Kylie Minogue, X - One of my favourite dance discs of the year.
Monday, December 22, 2008
To see more of Spin's lists for best songs, albums and videos for the year click here.
Since I love the song so much and now know it's by Boney M here is the video:
#9 - Bon Iver - For Emma, For Ever Ago
Remember my post is not in any specific order. I think this may be my favourite album of the year. The lead, Justin Vernon wrote and recorded the entire album by himself while living in his father's desolate cabin over a winter in North Western Wiscosin, most songs include Justin's lush vocals with a distant acoustic guitar.
Best Songs: Blindsided, lump sum, Stacks, The Wolves (Acts I and II,) flume and my fav Skinny Love, here is the video to Wolves:
The Streets - Everything is Borrowed - The Streets are back and happy this time.
Raconteurs - Consolers of the lonely - Jack White can do no wrong.
Santagold - Santogold - A solid and dancey debut
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Since the fear of raw eggs and the risk of salmonella, I haven't eaten any raw dough or allowed my children to do this either. I have definitely missed the yummy taste of uncooked cookie dough. I got the idea for a dough that's safe to eat raw from one of my daughter's friend's moms. The eggs have been substituted with milk, so there is nothing in there to hurt little tummies (or big ones :o). This recipe is definitely not designed to be cooked, just eaten with several big spoons.
1 1/4 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter -- softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
In a small bowl, mix flour, soda and salt; set aside. In a large bowl, cream butter with sugars; mix in milk and vanilla. Gradually blend in flour mixture; stir in chocolate chips.
Now grab a spoon and dig in! Store remainder in refrigerator or freeze in blobs for a fun treat later.
Okay, so I know Skype is old news to most internet savvy people. I'm new to it and love it. Tonight I got to see my 9 month old nephew Aven who lives in B.C. for the first time in 6 months. It was awesome. All you need is a webcam and a mircophone which is built into Macs. I am going to keep this up. It's a great way to video conference for free with family and friends across the world. Yehaw!!!!!
#10 - Lykke Li - Youth Novels
Swedish Myspace sensation, Lykke Li is a cool mix of El Perro Del Mar and Coco Rosie. The 21 year old released her debut album, Youth Novels, produced by Bjorn Yttling of Peter, Bjorn & John.
Here is the video to my favourite song Dance, Dance, Dance.
Other notable hits: I'm good, I'm gone; Let it fall, Complaint Department (minus the lyrics) and I'm Good, I'm Gone.
New one tomorrow.
For you ladies, don't forget about breast self exams.
p.s. If you were offending by the testicle picture above. A) You shouldn't be. It's a tasteful illustration of the human body B) It's an important message to pass on. C) 3 posts in a row with no picture is unacceptable.
That area of Yonge Street seems to be dangerous to me.
Yesterday, I was crossing the street to get to the Shopper's. A path had been cleared in a snow bank for pedistrains to get through. A cabbie was parallel parking beside this opening. He fit in the spot with ample room to leave the through way clear. Then as I was 2 steps away he drove right up to the car in front's bumper blocking the hole. What an a-hole. As I turned to sarcastically thank him, I slipped and hurt my back. I was pissed off. Yesterday was not my best day, it got better by the end. I also jumped out of bed right on to my ab roller (that hurt) and bashed my head off the roof of the Go Train.
Friday, December 19, 2008
Now I am going to watch Burn after Reading, which I sadly never got to see in the theatre. The Coen's are my favourite movie makers. Another bonus, the commercials on TV available December 23 but it's out early. Yay!
Good luck with all your shopping!
Here is me celebrating my good day:
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Well it all went to shit after I bought it. I was having difficulty getting my lid on today. Then all of a sudden my tea cup was knocked over and the coffee and tea counter and my leg was soaked in tea. The staff was awesome they helped me clean up and were generally concerned for my wet leg which didn't manage to get burnt at all. They were I afraid I did. Especially in the crotchal area.
I used to spill a lot when I was a kid. I blame my bifocals. I can remember my siblings always having to run down and cover our Atari computer with towels because I would always spill full pitchers of juice across the table, across my siblings, all over the food, the floor and in the vents in the floor which would lead to our computer room below. I am so gonna have spazy kids. I deserve it.
Definition: egg nog, is a sweetened dairy-based beverage made with milk, cream, sugar, beaten eggs (which gives it a frothy texture) and flavoured with ground cinnamon and nutmeg.
a) I don't like raw eggs. They can give you salmonella. It's only worth it if it's raw cookie dough.
b) I don't like either nutmeg or cinnamon.
c) I avoid most fatty foods such as cream (when not iced)
But then I found out it was spiked with rum so I had a glass and all the above rules flew out the window.
"Tis the season I guess. There was also ginger bread cookies. I love them. Yummy!
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Here are some things I like about winter:
1) Winter Jackets with lots of pockets (give your pants pockets a break.)
2) Scarves (Scarves are nice.)
3) When others slip, trip or fall
4) I like snow on the ground with clean walkways
5) Gloves (they keep your hands warm and don't let the cold air dry them out.)
6) Christmas time
7) My birthday
8) Snow days!
9) Red wine
Here are things I don't like about winter:
1) Hat head
2) Wet and dirty floors inside
3) Having to bring inside shoes while wearing boots
4) When I slip, trip or fall (it happens almost daily)
5) Unsholved sidewalks, parking lots and walkways
6) Hard snow in the face
Monday, December 15, 2008
This is a busy time. My blogging is going to have slow down so I can catch up on shopping and bringing good tidings to friends and family.
Here is Aven all ready for the Holidays:
Sunday, December 14, 2008
1) Eat Healthy
2) Don't Over Eat
3) Exercise Regularly
There it is. There should be no reason for girdles. I don't think the store will last.
Also tonight me and my favourite people had our annual Christmas Pot Luck. It was a fun time. I brought vegetable spring rolls and party potatoes which are my awesome Aunt Sue's specialty Here is a recipe for them although I did not do the corn flake crust. I ran out of time and Aunt Sue doesn't do them either. I also used all non-fat or light products as everyone should do.
Then I went to take my laundry out and there was a girl who looked (and smelt) homeless sitting right outside my door. I yelled and then shut the door. "I am waiting for Lisa" I hear. Then I say "Oh okay" and then open the door and proceed to do my Sunday errands.
This sketchy girl was outside my door from before noon until after 5pm. It was disgusting. I also heard the super talking to her. I will be having talks with my sketchy neighbour and the super so that this doesn't happen again. And what kind of sketchbag girl waits infront of a door for her friend for over 5 hours. Sketchy, Sketchy, Sketchy.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
The next morning I awoke, it was sunday which meant laundry day so I spray and washed the shirt. It came out clean, or so I thought.
Today I wore my rainbow stripe shirt pictured above in the header bar. I was asked if I had kiss marks on my nipples. My jaw dropped. I thought I got it all. It looked clean when I pulled it out of the closet. I guess not. How very, very inappropriate. Ha Ha Ha!!!
Photo above is of the original staining.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Sandwiches and wraps are my most favourite food ever. Burritos are included. Today for the first time I went to Quesada at Wellington and John (there are other locations in the city as well.) Forget Burrito Boyz or Big Fat. This is so much better and even offers whole wheat wraps. They have 4 kinds of salsa and choices of Steak, Chicken, Pork or Veggie. They also have tacos and quesadillas. They even sell beer! I am so getting loaded there some time.
Yummy try it out.
Even on the way back from lunch today I wowed my co-workers. I showed them whose boss and the fastest walker. Although Sonia has me beat when it comes to doing high leg kicks. I am practicing though.
Whoa that pic of the walker looks like he is constipated. You need some fibre my fast walking Russian friend number 2765.
1) He is my first ever nephew. That deserves made love.
2) He loves Transformers. I was a huge Optimus Prime fan.
3) He is a good brother to baby Ben.
4) He likes Mario Kart. I love Mario Kart.
5) He is pretty funny. I love to laugh.
6) He is my favourite nephew! (the other 2 are too young to remember.)
7) He is a sharp dresser. I like to think I am too.
8) He is super smart. I am not so much.
I don't buy a lot from ebay but when I do I always score good deals.
For those of you I have a telephone relationship with you it will be tricky getting a hold of me for a week. The battery keeps falling out.
I think I am going to need to re-create a concert in my living room Monday. You can come if you want. Cover is 20 bones.
Here is their video to Left Behind. Waaaaaaaaaaaa! :-(
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
She raised 3 great kids who I consider all friends today. She is one great lady.
Happy Birthday Aunt Pat
Today I got almost 90 bones. Boo-ya!!!!! They even take 9.8 cents off every dollar you make (thats how they get you.) But it still seems better than counting it yourself.
I'm gonna blow it on Mya's premimium vet pussy food and the rest on hard drugs and cheap hookers. Boo ya. See celebration below:
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
She must have really gone for it because I have pulled her in from the window once and the collar could take a lot of weight. Here we are celebrating no injuries!
I didn't even know you could say jizz on TV. Favourite line: "opened a window and a breeze came in..."
Monday, December 8, 2008
I am such a spaz but it was nice to see them.
Check baseboard heaters often and remove objects that have fallen on top or near the heater.
Keep all furniture a safe distance from your heaters. Never block the flow of heat.
Never permit electrical cords to drape across heaters.
Always hire an experienced electrician to do any necessary repair work on your baseboard
Man, I am crazy, wish me luck this winter.
Vincent one of my picks for the work pool. He got kicked off way too early.
Here is Lisa in the middle and me with some co-workers. Lisa did a kick ass dance with Nico to Pussycat Dolls When I grow up it was amazing.
This is me and Nico, the winner. I look stupid in this picture.
This is Natalii, my other favourite. Her body moves in ways that mine will never.Here is me inappropriately grinding a co-worker. She didn't seem to mind. In the background is Romina, she got kicked off like the first week. She does seem to mind.