Month: August 2006

Shock and awe.

Sherry and I decided to do a spot of shopping this evening, and I must say, they were a couple of the most entertaining hours I’ve had in a long time. Because, you see, it is all about the fall fashions. And do you know what is in this fall?


Every. Fucking. Thing. Fall colours. Jewel tones. Primary colours. Pastels. Stripes. Sequins. Paisley. Cropped Edwardian frock coats. Victorian tailored peplum jackets. 40s screen siren pumps. Drop-waisted 80s knit butterfly blouses. And the nemesis of nemeses… skinny jeans.

It is magnificence.

We entertained a dear girl named Liz at The Bay with our running commentary on this fall’s shoe styles. I mean, hell, we walked over to the shoe department, and this was the first display we saw:

shoe display

Now, the picture doesn’t do them justice. Those are all patent leather pumps. SHINY. And none with less than a 3-inch heel. The farther two pairs are at least four-inch. FABULOUS.

Here is the mannequin wearing my favourite pair. With fishnets (another of my passions):

red pumps

They are SO much shinier than they look. Oh, how I covet them… Alas, not with these feets. *sigh*

Store after store, rack after rack, the glories kept coming. It was like the designers collectively threw up their hands and said, “Fuck it! We’re beat. Wear whatever you want…” And you know what? Not only can we wear whatever we want, we can wear it in any combination. Oh yes.

I shall leave you with a parting image, lest you doubt the veracity of my crowing:

velvet jacket

That, my lovelies, is a black, crushed velvet, fitted-waist jacket with gold embroidery, gold beading, and sequins. And it was hanging next to a lurid, gauzy red-orange-purple paisley print ruffled pirate/tuxedo shirt. Cuz, hell, what ELSE would you put on with it?

Anywhere but here.

I am a member of a Google Group called KW Eats, ostensibly dedicated to the gastronomic experience in and around KW.

The tone ranges from conversational to quite snobby, as expected, but there is genuinely useful information shared from time to time, and culinary gems are found.

However. I have come across a new variant of what I deemed the “Toronto Lovers“. Except these guys (to date I don’t believe I have seen posts by any other women) take it up a notch. I shall call them “Anywhere But Here”.



Rock Star: Supernova isn’t quite as guilty a pleasure for me as it is for Sherry… or everyone at the salon I frequent… or the better part of the human race, really. I’ve only seen it twice, and both times when Sherry has reminded me it’s on. However, I have found it terribly entertaining. Sure, watching wackily-dressed people scream and fling themselves around stage is fun, but the real goodness is the judges. (The rest of the band, with the exception of Dave Navarro.)

Dave Navarro: I think he is sexy as all hell… and also repellant. I can’t really describe it. And he is Paula Abdul. He’s so positive, even when he’s sitting there looking like Satan’s imp and slagging someone, and always has something to say about the relative awesomeness of all performances. Aww…

Jason Newstead: Is he trying to forget he was ever in Metallica? Cuz, umm… he’s got this sort of… middle-aged, hard-livin’, Rick Astley thing goin’ on… and it’s weirding me out. More Simon-y, much harder to impress. (And therefore has more cred and it’s even funnier when he gets worked up.)

Gilby Clarke: Please stop embodying bad 80s trends. Dude. Last night there was a moustache AND 80s rocker hair. You’re trying to be Gene Simmons, and there’s already more than enough Gene Simmons in the world. (You’re kinda the Randy. What you say isn’t really all that important…)

Tommy Lee: I admit, I kinda have a soft spot for him (which does not extend past the borders of this show). Clearly the most flamboyant of the group, but also the biggest teddy bear (among a cohort of teddies). Totally the dad, and the dog… Piercings, tattoos, pink cowboy hats and all. 🙂


Movie-Picking Day has drawn to its successful close.

I filled up my ten slots with movies I’m happy with, and Andrew kindly allowed me the use of four of his tickets, so my schedule looks like two movies on the night of the 7th, four movies on the 8th, four movies on the 12th, and a final four on the 16th. Last year on one of the days I had five movies, which was too many. I’m hoping four works out. I didn’t luck out location-wise quite as well, but I also know where things are a bit better this year.

I’ve had some trouble getting up enthusiasm this year, admittedly, so I am hoping the travelling isn’t too stressful and there aren’t many duds in the mix. And by the time it’s all over it’ll be the middle of friggin’ September already… *sigh*

“Maybe tomorrow I’ll wanna settle down…”

And so the writing is on the wall. Was talking to the housemates earlier, and the assorted fix-its ’round here recently have been to an end. The kids are planning to put the house on the market in the spring. Talk to a realtor over March break, maybe list in April, probably close by the end of June when they’re done school.

I told them that’s cool, and with luck I’d be out of here before then (as Dana‘s newest hobo). However, even if I’m not, I’ve got plenty of lead time to avoid becoming a resident of Casa Fridge Box somewhere along King St. And I’m a lot richer than I was when I moved in here, which makes moving rather less of a bitch. Six years ago this weekend. (To which I say: a) holy crap, b) where has the time gone? and c) so I’m not getting back to Australia within six month, then?) 🙂

At least it’s tasty…

This is the salad I made for the reunion today. It turned out well, which is good, since I have enough for about a zillion people. 🙂 Like a lot of stuff I make, there’s not really a recipe, so tweak to taste.

Southwest-style salad

one 19oz can of black beans
one 19oz can of lentils (I used red)
6 ears of sweet corn (I used peaches and cream)
3 bell peppers (I used red, yellow, and orange)
4 medium tomatoes
1 small red onion
2 large cloves of garlic
2 medium chipotle chilis
1 lime (just the juice)
4-6 sprigs of fresh cilantro
1 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup olive oil (I think)

Husk the corn and brush it with oil, then grill it, turning regularly so it doesn’t char. (You can also partially husk it, then soak the ears for a few hours, then grill it husks-on.) When finished, set it aside to cool. Empty the beans and lentils into a collander and rinse, then allow to drain. Once drained, empty them into a big bowl. Finely chop the peppers and onion, then cut the kernels off the corn cobs (a serrated or electric knife works best). Cut the tomatoes in half and remove the pulp and seeds (discard the pulp and seeds, don’t add them to the salad). Chop the tomatoes into small cubes. Add all the veggies to the bowl.

In a separate bowl, add the olive oil (I didn’t measure this, so ymmv – use just enough so that the resulting mixture is dressing consistency). Finely chop the garlic, chilis, and cilantro and add them to the bowl. Warm the lime in the microwave for about 20-30 seconds, then squeeze it til it’s juiced. (Warming helps release more juice.) Add the pepper and salt to the bowl, then blend the mixture. (I used a stick blender.)

Pour the dressing over the legumes and veggies, and mix til everything’s evenly coated, but doesn’t look too “wet”. (The flavour of the dressing will develop considerably – you can make the dressing in advance if you like so you’ll know if it needs more of anything or if it’s too strong.) Stick it in the fridge to chill.

Enjoy. 🙂