The Canadian men's hockey team plays USA this afternoon around 3. I'm leaving at 3 to be driven back to Toronto from Port Colborne. When I get to Toronto I won't have a television to watch the game on.
I will watch the end of this hockey game tonight. I will watch Canada's final chance to get a gold medal and break another record. This time for having won the most gold medals at the Olympics.
Question: If you went to the theater hoping to watch the first Boondock Saints, but when you got there the staff told that they were given Boondock Saints II instead and you had a choice of which one to watch, what would you do?
The correct answer would be to watch the second movie. Unless you haven't seen the first one... then by all means.
Bunny and Tyler had just finished watching the Canadian women's curling team take silver medal before they picked me up from the St. Catharine's bus terminal. When we got back to Bunny's place, we finished watching an episode of Star Trek: the Next Generation, and saw Canada snipe a gold and bronze in the men's short track speed skating. We also watched the bobsledding and loved the intensity of the one male commentator. He certainly loves his job.
The movie started at midnight, so we left a little after 11pm to make a 7/11 pit stop before heading over to the theatre. I bought mango peach Bubbalicious and was taken by surprise when I bit into the gum and gooey stuff came out of the inside. It wasn't a bad taste, I just wasn't expecting it. It was quite good actually.
So there we were... sitting in the theatre, when one of the staff members walks in and informs us of the situation. They were shipped the 35mm of Boondock Saints II, instead of the first one, and we had a choice of which one to watch. They would play the second one in the room we were in and would play a Blu-Ray version of the first movie in a different one. I think there were only two guys who left to watch the first movie.
I was honestly a little skeptical before watching the movie, but I loved every bit of it. There was quirky humor, an awesome shower scene with the brothers (not together, but I wish) and some good slow motion action. There were also some references from the first movie tied into the plot. And of course, there was some awesome Irish music
After the movie ended, all three of us agreed that it really made us want to watch the first one. Although it doesn't trump the first movie, it's still a good follow up that makes you fall in love with the MacManus brothers all over again.
Which brings up the final question: Which brother would you choose, Connor or Murphy? As much as I would love (love) to have both, my heart lies with Connor.
Robin and I went to the Science Center to see the Body World's exhibit yesterday afternoon. We got there a little early and killed some time before our show in the "Weston Family Innovation Center" exhibit. The first thing we did was make paper airplanes. I never have been good at making airplanes and it clearly showed in the one that I made. I even had instructions to follow and it somehow ended up looking like crap. Let's just say, Robin's was the better of the two. Hands down.From there we moseyed over to Body Worlds.
Wow. All I can say is wow. I though we were going to see body after body of preserved muscles and what not, but they even had examples of our organs on display. The exhibit centered around the heart and at some stops there were little snip-its about its function.
One of the plagues talked about Broken Heart Syndrome - where too much stress, caused by grieving over the loss of a loved for example, can lead to a heart attack and worse case scenario, death.
Another one also explained why the heart makes a "lub dub" noise:
"The normal heart sound is typically described as "lub-dub." The "lub" sound is usually softer and longer than the "dub", and it is associated with the closing of the A-V valves at the beginning of systole. The sounds are also amplified by the chest, making them more audible. The sounds of the heart are only from the valves closing, not opening. The "lub" is the first heart sound. The "dub" sound is shorter and louder than the "lub" sound. It is associated with the closing of semilunar valves (aortic and pulmonary). The sound is shorter and louder because the cusps of the valves are more rigid than the mtral and tricuspid valves."(http://library.thinkquest.org/C003758/Function/Sounds.htm)
One of the coolest things on display was the nervous system - where they had laid out all the nerves in the form they would take in our body. The brain was at the top and the nerves, what looked like roots extending into the ground, trailed from underneath it.
They even had a lamb, rooster, and bear models on display.
I found the entire exhibit to be fascinating, but felt disturbed once we got to the section devoted to the stages of pregnancy. Fetuses, contained in glass cases, were on display to show the size and appearance in the different stages of pregnancy. One of them was sucking on its finger. I didn't like to think that I was actually looking at babies that were once alive, but my brother said it was very plausible they were real.
However, I did learn that babies start to grow fingernails around week four. That was cool.
After Body Worlds, we got some food at the cafeteria and then went to the "Mindworks" and "The Living Earth" exhibits.
After the Science Center, Robin and I headed downtown to Younge and Dundas because I had to catch my coach bus to St. Catharines. We stopped inside the Eaton Center where I found a pair of Sorel boots that I really like. They're waterproof, having a thermal lining in the inside, and can stand up to -40 degree weather. I didn't buy them then, but I plan on doing it sometime this week.
I really want to get back to the Science Center sometime soon and spend some more time browsing through the exhibits. It made me feel like a kid again.
I finally got around to making multi-coloured pancakes over my reading week. Even though I'm probably one of the worst people to make pancakes, they tasted better than they look... minus the blue one because it was undercooked. Here's where my inspiration came from
Apparently I'm most comfortable in my green zippy hoodie, a pair of long-johns, and my socks pulled up over said long-johns. Although you can't see it in the bottom picture, the answer is yes, I'm wearing socks (they're salmon coloured!) pulled over my scotty-dog lj's.
Nothing beats forcing yourself out of bed at 8am only to listen to soft rock for an hour and a half when you're at the dentist's office. I had to giggle to myself when Avril Lavigne's "Complicated" came on the radio while I was waiting for my cavity to be filled.
That was by far the hugest needle I've seen in my life and my entire body cringed when it came into contact with my gums. And then came the tingles.
In all honesty, it wasn't as bad experience as I thought it was going to be. The thought of something drilling into my tooth always made me uneasy, but I was a champ today. There was only one point at the beginning when I felt some pressure on my tooth and I let my dentist know right away. We waited a minute or so and then continued on with the rest of the procedure.
Now I'm sitting at my kitchen table with a rumbly tummy that's shouting, "feeeeed me". It's so tempting to munch out on the red grapes that are in my fridge, but I don't think that would work out too well considering half of my mouth is numb.
So instead of actually eating food, I'm going to write about it. For my sociology essay, I need to conduct an analysis on food advertisements from the 20th and 21st century to discuss the changes in lifestyle portrayed through these advertisements.
BUT I have a dentist appointment tomorrow morning to fill in my cavity. I completely forgot I had one until my mom reminded me a week ago. I sighed when she told me the time my appointment was scheduled for, but I would rather have it fixed sooner or later.
For my Studio class I have to do a short presentation about an artist, painting, or image that inspires me. I'm pretty sure I don't have to present until the middle of March, but I'm getting a head start on it now because I want to make sure I find the one thing that inspires me the most.
This morning I was able to see my house, my aunt's house, my grandparent's house, Food Basics (where I work) and so much more of Port Colborne all from my bedroom in Etobicoke. How did I do this you may ask?
The Niagara Region was finally added to Google Street View.
Although you can barely see my house, due to the five trees sitting on our front lawn, it's exhilarating to know that my town is contributing to this global event. And the funniest thing about the candid moments captured by the Google camera is that I was able to recognize a few people that were caught walking down the street.
Right in front of my house there's a red van turning left onto another road. In the van is the janitor of my old high school. And a little further down the street, is a man carrying groceries. I realized that he's one of the regulars that come into Food Basics. I also saw my mailman.
I'm totally looking forward to browsing through my town and showing everyone that Port Colborne really does exist.
We didn't go grocery shopping this week, since we'll be home next week for our reading break, so I don't have anything to bring for lunches. This morning while we were critiquing everyone's photos, I decided that I would get something from William's.
Jenna, Katie, and I went to two house viewings today. The first one is on the same street that our guy friends live on and we're really set on getting it. The only thing is that the lease starts in March, except we got the landlord to back to April, and it's a four or five person house and there are only three of us.
I mentioned that the guys live in a house on the same street, so we were already expecting this house to have a similar layout to theirs. The layout of the main floor was a little different; laundry room, half-bathroom, three living areas, and a huge kitchen. A spiral, wooden staircase took you upstairs to four bedrooms and two full bathrooms.
The four bedrooms were a great size and each had a walk-in closet. I've always wanted to experience the pleasure of having a walk-in closet and it would be a dream-come-true if we were to live in this house. There were also 4-5 outlets in each room which is always good.
There was only one problem with both full baths... the showers were awfully dingy. I feel like I would have to wear flip-flops every time I took a shower.
The kitchen had a lot of counter space, cupboards, and room that would come in handy during meals. There was also space for a kitchen table to sit in the kitchen if we didn't want to have a dining room.
Here I am fantasizing about renting this house and we have NO idea if we'll even get it.
a freaking sweet bird bath
waiting for the landlord to show
The other house we looked at was complete sketch. We arrived at the house before the landlord and after I called him, three other groups showed up to view the house. He finally came, argued with the lady currently living in the house and we went inside. The house looked so cute from the outside...
The kitchen was the first room you walked into from the back door. It felt like we were standing in a cubby hole and I would have cried every time I made dinner in that kitchen.
Next we walked into a living room where, I kid you not, sat a fridge against the wall and a microwave and microwave oven on some shelving unit thing. The landlord said he wanted to turn the living room into two bedrooms. By this time, two other groups have showed up to look at the house. So that's 15 people looking at the same house in one session?
home sweet home
There was already one bedroom on the main floor and I'll call it the sex room. I don't know why, but one wall was covered in mirrors. The other three were wood panels.
We then ventured downstairs where there was a bar at the far corner plus another large living room. Surprise, surprise, he wanted to turn the open space into another couple bedrooms and get rid of the bar. A kitchen, in much better condition than the one upstairs, and a bathroom were also located on this floor.
Down another six stairs, were three bedrooms of good size.
sitting on katie's new perch
After seeing the basement bedrooms, Katie told me that we were leaving. We gathered Jenna and snuck out the kitchen door. I wasn't complaining.
The funniest part about the second house was that we knew at least one person from each party. Oh the joys of looking for places to live.
For the month of February, Mr. Winkle will be a ladies' man.
He's kinda creepy to look at because he's wearing a red wig on his head and a necklace with both gender signs dangling from it. And I'm totally guessing on this one, but it looks like he's wearing a sequin onesie over his furry body. Oh, and his one paw is rested on a page of his open address book. Lastly, he's doing all of this while lying on a very shaggalicious orange carpet. What a fox.
All I have to say is that my number better be amongst his contacts.
I'm stoked to have this hanging on my wall for the next 28 days...
The only thing I had been looking forward to in my elective today was buying a drink from William's over break. I rarely ever buy anything from there, but today I felt like treating myself to a warm drink. I walked down the stairs prepared to buy a flavoured tea, but I quickly forgot about that once I noticed three words on the menu:
Chai Tea Latte
Oh man. Before today, the last time I drank this was in grade twelve. Almost every Friday in the summer Ainslee and I would go to Port Colborne's farmers' market and then make a pit stop at the Market Cafe, which was located on the same street. I'm pretty sure this is where I had my first Chai Latte.
I even worked myself to try a chilled Chai Latte. I had this from the cafe in the lobby of the Welland Hospital, where my mom works, and would sometimes get one if I would pick her up. There was this cute guy who worked there, so my mom would always make a stop to buy something from him. We got the joy of looking at a cute guy AND having a decent drink.
Anyways. Let's just say, I completely forgot this drink existed until this afternoon, but I'm happy that it came into my life again.