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Our old Apple Nano was recalled, and its replacement just came in.  So tiny and touch screen.  Ah, technology.

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New Nano

New Nano

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Lily the Kitten being anti-social and hanging out under the bed.

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If I can't see you, then you can't see me...

If I can’t see you, then you can’t see me…

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More pretty desserts from the grocery store.  It’s a good thing I finally developed some will power, or I’d be 500 lbs!

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They look so happy...

They look so happy…

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Watching fresh churros being made at a market.  I got mine filled with Dulce du Leche.

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Churros!

Churros!

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Pretty gift boxes!

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Pretty

Pretty

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If you’ve been following this blog, you know that I love Legos.  I also happen to love ninjas.  So what do you have when you mix the two?

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Ninjago!

Ninjago!

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The Ukrainian Festival up over on Bloor West is always a good time.  We always start with perogies, and then search the street vendors for our mains.

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Mmm...street food...

Mmm…street food…

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Having breakfast before doing more legwork on our investment property.

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Greek Omelette

Greek Omelette

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An evening with friends.  We played the awesome game “Cash ‘N Guns”, and ate some dessert.  This is a sweet rice ball soup.  Very good.

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Rice ball soup

Rice ball soup

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Lily finally got tired of having her picture taken that day.

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No more pictures for you!

No more pictures for you!

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:Sadface:  Our last outing of the year to “Film Buff” for ice cream.  They loaded my cone so much that it tried to escape, so I had to dump it head first into a cup.

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Save the Cone!

Save the Cone!

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A view of Lake Ontario from the Gardiner Expressway.  One of another great day of sunshine.

Sunny by the Lake

Sunny by the Lake

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A view from the bottom of a nearby condominium.  Toronto has become the city of condos, and it is not uncommon to see building cranes everywhere.

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Looking up

Looking up

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Had some of the girls over today for food and trivia.  Specifically, Canadian trivia.  Dudes, I am soooo terrible at Canadian trivia, I’m ashamed to admit it.

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Trivia spread

Trivia spread

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Saw this totally cute little weiner dog (Dachshund!) in front of “Film Buff”.  This little guy makes me want a dog.  Can you imagine him with sharing the house with Lily?

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Waiting...

Waiting…

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The Dude introduced this song by Mumford & Sons to me when it made the shortlist of songs for our ‘First Dance’.  Ultimately, Bill Withers’ ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’ won out, but it’s a gorgeous song.  This near-perfect acoustic version is amazing if you like that sort of thing.  I guess my years of piano lessons make me biased, but I can’t resist a good acoustic or orchestral cover.

“After the Storm”

And for those of you who also grew up with the original Super Mario Bros. games, here is an orchestral version of the theme song.  Ah, nostalgia.  Thanks to the cuz-in-law for this one!

The theme to “Super Mario Bros.”

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Bumming around downtown, waiting to meet up with some friends we get a view from a rare vantage point (at least for us).

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A View from the North

A View from the North

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Sorry for the minimal posts over the last few weeks, but since we decided to try and invest in some real estate, it’s been pretty hectic.  Hoping to work out some posts about that soon, but just wanted to check in.

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A puzzle in some birthday cupcakes.  The birthday boy is a huge fan of this star.  Can you figure out the anagram?

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Who am I?

Who am I?

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I started learning something new today:  learning to drive a manual car.  I’ve always thought of driving stick shift was one of those nice to have skills…like sewing.  But I never really considered learning because 1. I don’t have any intention of ever buying a manual shift car, and 2.  No one in my family buys anything but automatic anyways.  Well, the Dude changed all that.  And as much as I never intend to buy anything but automatic, he will never buy anything but standard.  Crap.  And yes, I would never really need to drive his car anyway, so why learn?  But I’ve been thinking, at some point, I may need to know how…like what if my car breaks down and I need to borrow his?

Yes, I’ve pretty much put this off for over 3 years (yes, I’ve been saying I should learn for that long), but the time has come for him to replace his car, and what better time to learn than on an older, not-as-nice car?  I’m sure he’d cringe a lot more if I was learning to drive on his new one.

To me, it’s not very easy.  It just seems like a lot of things you have to remember.  Have the clutch down when you start the car, feather the throttle as you release the clutch, release the gas and press the clutch when you upshift…:sigh:…I hope this becomes intuitive at some point.

I did learn something though, and that is that I find it extremely disconcerting when starting on a slight incline.  It totally freaks me out that the car rolls backward as you are trying to find that grab spot to propel the car forward.  Yikes! WHAT AM I SUPPOSED TO DO AT A LIGHT WITH A TAILGATER!?!?

Yes, I know I’m being overly dramatic with that last point, but it is a genuine concern.  I know that most of the world drives stick, so I should have the capacity to learn and excel at it.  And hopefully, I get confident enough that that stops being so freaky.  Will keep you all posted.

Stick shift.  Pic courtesy of fanpop!

Stick shift. Pic courtesy of fanpop!

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