Monthly Archives: September 2011

Theatre Nights

Toronto 'Live with Culture' Campaign

It’s easy to be in love with Toronto, after all, it IS the Centre of the Universe!  This week was a great example of why I love this city so much – getting to see both a Cirque du Soleil show and some excellent live theatre!

On Monday, Peggy shot me an email with a 40% off deal for the Cirque Du Soleil show Totem that was playing at the pop-up Grand Chapiteau in the Port Lands.  I hopped on the deal and picked up tickets for us for Tuesday evening.  Cirque never fails to entertain, and Totem was no exception.  The experience at the Grand Chapiteau is marvellous, the feeling of actually being under a Big Top really emphasizes the Circus genre of the entertainment.  We were technically in the ‘cheap seats’ – which at 40% off were still over $60 – but there honestly isn’t a bad seat in the house!

The show was phenomenal.  The aerialist and unicyclists stole the show in my opinion.  Even though one of the tricks was flubbed by a unicyclist, she quickly attempted again, with a perfect result.  I think that’s half the excitement of Cirque, they truly are performing unbelievable acts and since they are only human, errors can – and do – happen.  When you watch some of the Aerial acts, it can be nerve racking – especially with the knowledge that they aren’t attached to anything and there is no safety net!

On Wednesday night, Peggy and I had tickets to the second show of our Mirvish 2011/2012 Subscription Season – Private Lives, starring Kim Cattrall and Paul Gross.  Even though Paul Gross is a bit of a Canadian Legend, Kim’s stardom was palpable – confirmed by the applause she received during her first stepson the stage.

I honestly can’t say enough about Privates Lives.  The acting was impeccable – I can’t imagine keeping up with that dialogue, and I’m a self proclaimed Chatterbox!  The set design was beautiful, which included a balcony scene on the French Riviera and a hipped out apartment in Paris. The whole thing was a riot, absolutely hysterical.  It was also refreshing to have another non-musical act (after Railway Children) included in the Subscription Season, as it is usually heavy handed with Musicals.

I could easily top off my week of loving the Culture in my city by attending any number of the Nuit Blanche projects tomorrow night – but instead, I’m going to don a trashy outfit and drink Malt Liquor out of 40oz bottles.  Malt Liquor Party Weekend!! 

Expect next week’s posts to be distinctly less dignified.

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Not on our A Game

It was a busy Thursday night for Nancy!  I spent the first half of my evening with Depot, taking a few loads of stuff to her new apartment in Korean’s Silver wheels!  We felt quite productive and even had time to nip into Gabby’s for a well deserved cold beverage and a hot meal.  After that, I nipped up to Rosedale to collect Jillian who I was chauffering to St. Catharines – a mid point on her trip to join up with Mr. Moustache on the ‘seas’.

Normally, Jillian and Nancy on a Roadtrip absolutely reeks of Type-A over planning.  Schedules, maps, conversation topics, planned breaks – you get the drift.  Things started out as usual, made a pit stop for coffee and popped on the highway for our supposedly one and a quarter hour journey.  Jillian had some directions on her phone and we both had a faint idea of whereabouts St. Catharines actually was.

First sign of trouble ahead:

Jillian: “Umm.. what highway are we on?”

Nancy: “The 401!”

Jillian: “Ok, we should have gone South to the QEW.  Take the 427 when you get to it”

Nancy: “Umm, doesn’t the 401 just meet up with the QEW eventually?” (editors note: this is FALSE) 

Thankfully, I took Jillian’s lead and caught the 427 south to the QEW – we were back on track, whew!  We continue chattering away for the next 20 minutes or so, and then I follow Jillian’s instructions to jump on the 403 – off we go!!  Nothing seems amiss – yet – so we continue our never ending banter, and enjoy the remainder of our Starbucks treats.

As Jillian is playing around with her uber fun Mac (I’m currently obsessed with buying one), I notice one of those green highway signs that indicates the distance to the upcoming towns:

 Brantford37k

Woodstock72k

London122k

Curiously, no mention of St. Catharines. 

Nancy: “Umm… why isn’t St. Catharines listed as a destination on the highway sign.”

It’s a good thing I did notice that sign – as you can see from the maps below we were completely off course! Green indicating the direction we should have travelled, and red indicating our chosen course.

Its like the Bermuda Triangle - only not actually mysterious at all.

 

Talk about heading the Wrong Way!

In the end it took us just shy of two hours to get to our destination, and took me slightly more than half the time to get gas, drive back to Toronto and get in bed!  I guess even the most organized gals can have an off night!

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Old Sole

Neuroma sounds a whole lot like Neurotic

No, that’s not grammatically incorrect – I do, in fact, have an old sole.  Actually, I should say soles plural.   I know I’ve discussed the advanced aging of my actual soul before, but today I’m specifically referring to my poor little feet.  Not only have I been previously diagnosed with Bunions, Plantar Fasciitis, Bone Spurs and Arthritis of the foot (and have been sporting s.e.x.y. orthotics since my early twenties) – I now apparently have a neuroma in my left foot, which explains the significantly increased amount of whinging I’ve been participating in recently.

Thanks to a trip to see my Chiropodist (pronounced somewhere between Sure-opodist and Shear-opodist) my left foot is all taped up and I’m walking more foolishly than usual.

I had planned on blogging today about my magnificent evening at the Circus last night – but instead, I will show you a picture of my foot all taped up, next to some shoes I love.  I feel like some retail therapy will lift my spirits!

At least my taped foot fits in my favourite Sequined Zebra flats! Hello, Brightside!

 

 

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Charitable Nancy

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Depot and I hit the town last night for a mid-week, open bar, charity event. We donned our chic fall outfits, pretty heels, more makeup than usual for a Thursday and headed to the Burroughs building for Project Sunshine’s Yuppie event, Shine on.

Eventing, in my opinion can go one of two ways 1. Bore fest full of pompous suits and holier than thou women or 2. Highly entertaining evenings in Interesting spaces with eclectic people. This night was definitely the latter.

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The venue itself was in a wonderful old building with beautiful hardwood floors and whitewashed walls. Kudos to the organizers for having all the right elements:

Excellent food: tasty and plentiful appies PLUS a midnight poutine bar courtesy of Smoke’s Poutinerie

Booze: readily available and included my fav, Steam Whistle

Entertainment: an Art Battle included four artist in essentially a ‘paint off’ – was phenomenal to watch and the talent, and resulting canvass’, were top notch

Self Directed Fun: a silent auction and an excellent photo booth that depot and I hogged – best photos of us ever!

The only downside was the lack of seating – not a chair, bench or banquette in the joint. Not the best situation when teetering around in heels! When the photo booth was temporarily shut down for the art battle, we had a stroke of brilliance and used the bench to have a quick sit down!

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We had an excellent time – left with smiles on our faces, full bellies and a slight limp. Thankfully, my hangover was shockingly almost non existent – my system was probably just thrilled I wasn’t drinking out of my Oktoberfest glass again 🙂

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Fashion Blog Attempt

I love fashion, I really do – but I can be crap at it. However, I love my backless shirt and turquoise heels outfit – despite the lackluster photo!

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I’m a Loser

…And I mean that in the nicest way possible.  Really, I am a loser – I lose things, mostly cellphones, at an alarming rate.  Actually ‘lose’ maybe isn’t the right word, if you put things down and simply walk away from them its not losing as much as it is forgetting, right?  Not that being forgetful (or absent minded) is much better than just being a loser.

During the past six years, I’ve lost at least as many cellphones – generally when I’ve been over served or had a bad ice cube or two.  Generally the culprit is Taxi cabs and my nasty habit of falling asleep at inappropriate junctures in the evening.  I’ve also twice had a phone graciously returned to me by a cab driver (for a fee…), but the rest have disappeared into the oblivion.  I’ve even tried installing those ‘Lost Phone’ applications once I forayed into the Smartphone domain, but the most that ever did was allow me to watch my lost phone travel around the city for a bit last Halloween (via GPS feed) prior to someone wising up and popping out the battery.

My misfortune with cellphone possession struck again last night – although this time I actually believe that my phone was physically taken from me as opposed to being woefully abandoned.  I threw my two phones (iPhone for fun, Blackberry for work – its as douchey as it sounds) into my only purse pocket –  my Longchamp, while coveted and beautiful, is not super functional – and raced off to the subway as usual.  I hit the ATM on the way to the subway and then picked up some salads before meeting up with Peggy at the cinema.  Neither occasion was cause for me to put my purse down.  After I settled into my theatre seat, I reached for my phones to turn them to silent/off only to find that only my iPhone remained.  Ironically enough, I had actually zipped up my purse for the first time in months as the subway seemed rather crowded.

After retracing my steps in my head, the only option is that someone reached in and grabbed it from the very visible top pocket prior to my feeling the urge to zip up the purse.  I obviously can’t prove this, and due to my track record it’s likely that no one will believe me.  Its also noticeably strange that my iPhone remained intact in the pocket – and I used neither during my journey.  However, as soon as I noticed it was missing I called it (you know, from my other phone) and it went straight to voicemail – in my experience, this is the first indication that the phone is gone forever and some thieving jerk now has a new phone.

Simple? Yes. Practical? No.

The worst part is that I was only given this Blackberry in July, which pretty much confirms everybody’s opinions that I’m unfit to own a cell phone.  Shockingly, after I finally admitted my predicament at the office today (after some coffee, and much avoidance), the only reaction was that I’ll have to wait a day or so for my new device as a few key people are out of the office.  Great, lets see how long this one lasts – I really think I need to start attaching them to my body somehow.

This would totally ruin my hair

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Beer by the Litre

I made the trip to the Steam Whistle Brewery this Saturday afternoon with Tigger (later joined by Eleanor and Pickering) to partake in the first Oktoberfest party they have hosted.

Needless to say, much beer was consumed and fun was had by all.  However, I’ve definitely discovered why Beer is usuall served in pint format – and not by the litre (over double the size of a pint):

1. Its friggen heavy

2. It warms up a bit too quickly

3. It leaves you brain dead with two day hangovers (on day two now)

I understand that you don’t HAVE to drink more just because the glass is larger, but its definitely more tempting.

One hell of a party, had a fabulous time – from what I can recall.  Hopefully this will tide me over until the St. Patty’s party since I will be missing the Halloween festivites this year 😦

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