We went to Shipwreck Lee's for their "All You Can Eat Fish and Chips". Actually, only the boys had all you can eat fish and chips. The girls couldn't stomach that much fish and chips. We opted for the shrimp and fish dish on the lighter side. The "lighter side" wasn't that light either! The portions were quite generous and everything tasted delicious. It's not often we eat fried food! (Thank goodness!) We enjoyed our meal immensely, but I think I've had my fill of seafood for a while!
This next photo is quite telling, don't you think? LOL!
10 Good Things:
1. My cousin, "Ren" and his girlfriend "Sharmander" came to visit us on the island for almost a week.
2. My friend, "British Lion" is here visiting us for two weeks (and I've coerced him into staying even longer)!
3. My student is absolutely wonderful and we just adore her!
4. I've done whackloads of pickling in the past week! I've made pickled beets, dill pickles, bread and butter pickles, chili sauce, relishes and I've even made apple sauce, tomato juice, tomato soup...tomato everything!
5. We've gone to the beach, on a boat trip, and we have just been enjoying ourselves immensely.
6. Hubby has been enjoying having a full house and having so many people around.
7. Chance's coat has grown in and he isn't so exposed.
8. The kittens haven't had any accidents on the floor in weeks.
9. The fall colours are at their best right now. All the brilliant reds, yellows and oranges are just beautiful.
10. Hubby's birthday is coming up the weekend after Thanksgiving.
10 Bad Things:
1. Ren and Sharmander just left for Montreal this morning. I'm so sad since I just love it when they come visit us on the island! We always have so much fun!
2. I love having British Lion here! He's too funny! I just don't want him to go back to England though! LOL!
3. My student has been here for almost a month. She's got two more months with us and then she'll be studying in Toronto. I'm going to miss her when she leaves!
4. I finally got all the canning and pickling done, but I've got crazy, annoying fruit flies from having the fruits and veggies in the kitchen this week. Grrrr! I hate fruit flies!
5. The beach was gorgeous (I can't believe Ren went swimming!! Crazy!) and the boat ride was fun. The only problem is that I get motion sickness and on the way home, the ride was really, really rocky! I ended up feeling quite ill.
6. Though Hubby's been enjoying all the social interaction with all my friends and family being here, he has been working really, really hard most of the time and hasn't had as much time as he'd like to spend with everyone.
7. Chance's coat has grown back, but it still looks a bit choppy.
8. Though the kittens haven't had any accidents on the floor, they've been very rambunctious around 3AM for the past few days. They keep jumping on Hubby's face and sleeping on his neck. They really keep him up. Poor guy. They haven't been bothering me at all! LOL!
9. Soon the leaves will drop and all the beautiful colours will be gone :(
10. I have no idea what to get Hubby for his birthday!
Photos and a proper post will follow shortly.
We were in Espanola the other day when I saw this sign. I had noticed it a few months ago, but the store owner still hadn't changed it. I thought it was funny (okay, it was in poor taste, but it was funny) and even picture worthy. You'd think that the store owner would have noticed it, right?
My aunt and uncle were up for nearly a week and they just returned to Montreal yesterday. Today, some friends are coming up for a few days. Sunday, my cousin and his girlfriend are coming from Montreal for a week. Monday, a friend of mine from England is coming for two weeks. The day after my friend from the UK leaves, one of my dearest friends from college and university will be coming up. Though I'll be teaching during the day, I'm sure we'll all have a lot of fun. I just love having company. Don't get me wrong--I love having "me time" and doing my own thing, but I certainly thrive in social gatherings. There's just something so warm and happy in having a house full of people. I always miss my friends and family when they leave. I miss them a lot!
These past few weeks have certainly been happy days for us and I'm sure the next few weeks will be too.
Before I sign out, do you remember this song from this show?
Anyway, in this Throwback Thursday photo, Middle Bro and I are hamming it up for the camera. I don't remember whose birthday it was, but it was a typical birthday celebration for us. Good times. How I miss those simpler days :)
This set of photos are pretty special to me. I often post old pics of my family on my mom's side. The reason for this is because I don't have too many photos of my dad's side. We are all separated geographically (Toronto, Ottawa, Quebec, New York, Trinidad, and the Dominican Republic). It's hard to get together on a regular basis. Growing up, I lived just around the corner from my cousins on my mom's side, so we saw each other all the time.
In the first photo, I'm with my cousins from Toronto and the Dominican Republic. Now, some of them are in their 20s and the rest are teenagers! I cannot believe how fast time flies! I don't know why, but both my brothers are missing, along with my two cousins from New York and my cousins from Ottawa and Quebec.
Here's a family photo with my grandmother (Dad's mom). She's a really fit lady! She goes speed walking in the mornings! I can't believe how little BabyBro is in this photo! Now he's in his last year of university!!
2) You can understand your students when no one else can :)
3) You love doing grammar activities with your students!
4) One of your favourite websites is http://www.engrish.com/. (Photo from engrish.com)
7) You keep a book of all your favourite quotes from students.
8) Your students are some of the most important people to you.
I actually do have a book of quotes from students. I take out the book and read some passages when I need a pick-me-up :) Some of the quotes are so endearing and just so sweet. Take for example:
*"I love to eat octopus balls." *"I hate he!" *"Time flies like arrow."
*"I am confusion." *"I like to play with my boyfriend on weekends."
|You Scored an A|
You got 10/10 questions correct.
It's pretty obvious that you don't make basic grammatical errors.
If anything, you're annoyed when people make simple mistakes on their blogs.
As far as people with bad grammar go, you know they're only human.
And it's humanity and its current condition that truly disturb you sometimes.
"I have never gone near Facebook because it is one mechanism used by "bad" people to find out information about someone they want to do an "identifty theft" on - the more they know about someone, the easier it is to impersonate him. So I'm not sure if being on facebook is a good thing or not...I feel complimented, but wary..."
I've been reading Diesel's blog for over a year now. He is a really funny guy. If you haven't seen his caption contests, you simply must take a peek! In his posts, there is a touch of wit, charm, humour, and a good poke at the absurd. When he said that he was coming out with a book, I just had to check it out! Since the book is somewhat of a compilation of the things you'd read on his blog, it truly is an Antisocial Commentary.
Can't wait to delve into the book! Thanks Diesel!
PS. I love how the personal inscription is written upside down! For some reason, it seems quite fitting! ;)
In this set you will find some of my favourite photos. The first one is of Dad feeding me when I was only a few days old. I was only 5 lbs. 6 oz when I was born and my poor Mom was in labour for almost a day! I had jaundice and I was colicky. Being first time parents, sleep deprived, and having to deal with a baby that cried all the time because of colic was just so hard on them. They survived though :) My grandmother lost a few pounds and dropped a few dress sizes when she came to help my Mom with me!
Baby Bro then went to my dad and bopped him on the head with his toy and said, "F-you, Papa!" Again, the laughter was unstoppable. We could tell Mom was clearly worried now.
Here's where things get interesting. Baby Bro, Middle Bro and I had a dental appointment the next day and the dentist said that Baby Bro was too old for his bottle and needed to get weaned. He said it wasn't good for him to still be on a bottle at 2 years of age. Mom didn't have the heart to take away Baby Bro's bottle, so the dentist said he'd do it.
Our dentist (the coolest dentist ever!) spoke gently to Baby Bro, saying he was a big boy now and didn't need his bottle. He took the bottle and put it in the garbage can. Baby Bro was in shock and stood there for a while. He then opened the garbage can, retrieved his bottle, and looked the dentist in the eye and said, "F*** YOU, Dr. (insert name here)!!!!"
I remember my mom's face getting pale, her eyes bulging out of their sockets and her mouth dropping to the floor. Then she scooped up Baby Bro and we were out of there in a flash. We never did return to that dentist again...
*and finally, a bottle of pre-mixed Mojito. Ooooh la la!
Now, CK is a very attentive listener (or reader). She noticed that I had mentioned the word mojito several times prior to her trip to the island...or perhaps it was all the virtual mojitos I was sending everyone on Facebook? Anyway, CK knows that I'm not much of a drinker and that my current lifestyle does not permit for the debauchery of my college days. [Note: I've had only a handful of drinks in the past year and those were only when: a) we were at a wedding and b) we were with friends from out of town and they wanted to share some wine.] However, the occasional drink on a hot summer afternoon, while lounging with a good friend is sometimes a very welcomed treat. The one thing CK knew was that I was craving the sweet, refreshing citrus drink. My first taste of the sweet lime drink was when a student of mine from Mexico made it for me. It's a traditional Cuban drink made with mint, rum, sugar cane juice, lime and carbonated water.
Here's a funny story for you. CK and I decided to pop open the ready to drink mojito mix. I poured us each a glass and we, being the classy gals that we are (*laughing because you know what's coming*), we sipped our mojitos and did some long overdue catching up. As the giggle fest ensued, we noticed that after only half a glass each, we were quickly becoming inebriated. We started laughing at our sad display and decided to put the mojitos back in the fridge and take a break from them.
Is it because I'm Asian and Asians can't really tolerate alcohol? Is it because I don't drink much to begin with? Is it because I'm no longer in my 20's? CK thinks it's because we drank it straight and that's what did us in. You mean you're not supposed to drink the stuff straight? Oh, and yes... I ran out of ice. I don't know what it was, but we were both laughing about it. Hubby thought it was funny too, when he saw CK's and my half-filled glasses in the fridge.
Ahhhhh...CK, thank you for the laughs. Thank you for the pressies. Thank you for visiting! Hope you enjoyed your few days on the island, and we hope you enjoy the bottle of homemade maple syrup, courtesy of Hubby! xo
CK and I were friends in Toronto, but have surprisingly grown even closer after we both moved away. Thanks to the Internet, e-mail and blogging, we've been able to keep in touch.
There's no doubt that when CK said she'd be coming up to the island, I was excited! I just love this girl! She's so much fun, she's crazy like me, and she is intelligent and super talented! She's an accomplished pianist and a piano teacher, a fantastic cook, and is just filled with creativity and imagination. She's been one of the few friends of mine who has made the trip to the island every year since I've been up here. She was even at our wedding last summer.
CK and I spent the first day sightseeing. We went to the Bridal Veil Falls and then kicked back at my place with some mojitos. We then met up with Hubby and CK's friend, Mr. Über Coolness at the Garden's Gate Restaurant for supper. As always, the food was delicious. Hubby and I both had the Fettucini Alfredo with chicken. Mr. Über Coolness had the blackened trout, and CK had the whitefish. The mushroom soup and the vegetables were also very mouthwatering. None of us had room for dessert, but being the horrible people we are, we all decided to have some. I had the keylime pie (how predictable am I?), while Hubby and CK had the chocolate torte and Mr. Über Coolness had the Mad About Chocolate Cheesecake. We would recommend everything on the menu, because everything is so delicious! There isn't anything on the menu that we don't like at this restaurant.
The following day, CK and Mr. Über Coolness wanted to buy some fish from Purvis Fishery. I was impressed that they knew about Purvis fish! On Fridays (in the summer), the Purvis truck comes to town and parks in the parking lot where the Farqhuars' Ice Cream building is. People line up on Fridays for this! It's an event in its own! The fish is delicious and so fresh. I'm not a fish person, but I do love Purvis fish! I'd like to recommend the smoked trout in cajun flavour. Afterward, we went to Red Lodge Resort. Hubby and I are friends with the owners of the resort. They have a lovely restaurant nestled in the middle of the most picturesque setting. We had the dumpling soup, vegetables, mashed potatoes, and Rouladen, a German dish of meat rolls filled with bacon, onions and pickles. Instead of mashed potatoes, CK opted for the homemade Spätzle (German noodles). CK and I were bad and shared a Peach Melba for dessert.
For a unique dining experience, Red Lodge is also a nice place to try. It is really neat to be able to eat authentic German food and be by the water.
It was indeed the perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon. CK, we miss you already! xo
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City girl moves to the country, falls in love, and marries a farmer. She tries to incorporate her city ways with her new country lifestyle and blogs to keep in touch with friends, family & students who live far, far away :) Can this city girl go country? Watch as she learns all sorts of exciting things about life on the farm and in a small rural community. *UPDATE* We are now parents! Our baby girl was born on Nov. 11, 2008 (at 28 weeks gestation- 12 weeks premature, but she's quite the trooper)!!!