The Log for Monday November 14, 2016

Categories: 2016, Daily Log, and Personal.

What I Ate Breakfast: 3 pieces of toast, with peanut butter, jam and cheese; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea with mint; apple Lunch: shwarma, 2 grape leaves filled with rice; guava juice Dinner: Beef stew with carrots and mushrooms and long grain rice What I Did for Exercise Walked down 19 flights of stairs, walked down half the stairs at Spadina, jogged up the stairs at Sherbourne Walked down the stairs at Sherbourne, jogged up the longer stairs at Pape, walked up the escalator further up at Pape because too many people were coming down the stairs, Read More

The Log for Sunday November 13, 2016

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What I Ate Breakfast: bacon and eggs and toast; glass of tea Lunch: Apple, a few handfuls of chips Dinner: bowl of German meatball soup, German beef rolls (name I can’t remember) cabbage with beats, potatoes; glass of ginger ale After dinner: Thin slice of green tea cheese cake What I Did for Exercise Walked down and up the stairs at Union, walked down and up the stairs at Long Branch Go Station Walked a few blocks, walked up some stairs at Tim Horton’s Field Walked from Tim Horton’s Field to the Hamilton Go Station Walked down and up the Read More

The Log for Saturday November 12, 2016

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What I Ate Breakfast: three waffles with yogurt and maple syrup, glass of tea Lunch: honeydew bubble tea Afternoon: Some chips Dinner: 1 1/2 helpings of beef stew with mushrooms and carrots, cesar salad What I Did for Exercise Walked from Jones and Gerard to Front and Spadina What I Did with My Life I did some laundry. Does that count? Read More

The Log for Friday November 11, 2016 Remembrance Day

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What I Ate Breakfast: miniwheats with yogurt, 1 glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea; apple Lunch: 2 salami and cheddar sandwiches on rye, with mustard and mayo Dinner: duck ragout, ginger ale After dinner: homemade soursop and lime ice crime What I Did for Exercise 2o minutes or so on the exercise bike Walked to Donlands, walked down the stairs at Donlands, jogged up the stairs at Sherbourne Walked down the stairs at Sherbourne, walked at a snail’s pace up the stairs at Broadview, walked from Broadview to Greenwood, walked home from Greenwood What I Did with My Read More

The Log for Wednesday November 9, 2016

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What I Did for Exercise 25 minutes on the exercise bike Walked to Greenwood, walked down the stairs at Greenwood, up the stairs at Sherbourne Walked down the stairs at Sherbourne, walked up the stairs at Pape, walked home from Pape   What I Ate Breakfast: wheat cereal in milk; glass of tea Morning: apple; 2 glasses of tea Lunch: 2 old cheddar and salami sandwiches with mustard and mayo some kind of crusty bread; apple Dinner: BBQ-sauced pork on a cheese bun with kimchi and coleslaw What I Did With My Life I started a new post for my Read More

The Log for Monday November 7, 2016

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What I Ate Breakfast: 3 pieces of some of the weirdest French Toast I’ve ever made, with cottage cheese and yogurt; glass of tea Morning: apple; 2 glasses of tea Lunch: 2 old cheddar and salami sandwiches with mayo and mustard on rye Dinner: a piece of pot roast my girlfriend saved for me with spicy tomato sauce and rice; pink lemonade What I Did for Exercise 25 minutes on the exercise bike Walked to Donlands, walked down the stairs at Donlands, jogged up the stairs at Sherbourne Walked down the stairs at Sherbourne, jogged up the stairs at Pape, Read More

The Log for Sunday November 6, 2016

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What I Ate Breakfast: 2 pieces of French toast with fig cream cheese and raspberries; 2 glasses of tea Lunch: coleslaw, mock Monte Cristo sandwich, pink lemonade Afternoon: some bread, mayo and avocado Dinner: 1 1/2 bowls of minestrone After dinner: homemade lime-sour sop ice cream What I Did for Exercised Walked down 19 flights of stairs, walked a few blocks, walked up 19 flights of stairs Walked from Spadina and Front to Dundas and Bathurst, walked from Broadview and Gerard What I Did with My Life Met with a potential client, got hired Read More

The Log for Saturday November 5, 2016

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What I Ate Morning: glass of tea Brunch: Cubano with fries; caesar Afternoon: guava smoothie Dinner: bowl of cauliflower soup, (too much) charcuterie What I Did for Exercise 25 minutes on the exercise bike Walked to Danforth, walked past Greenwood, walked back to Pape, walked home Walked a bit, climbed 19 flights of stairs Walked from Front and Spadina to the AGO, to Kensington, back to Front and Spadina What I Did with My Life Went to the dentist Went to the AGO Read More

The Log for Thursday November 3, 2016

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What I Ate Breakfast: wheat cereal in yogurt; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea; apple Lunch: 2 old cheddar and salami sandwiches with mayo, mustard and tomatoes on rye, apple Dinner: 12 Chinese-style dumplings (from frozen), bok choy and mushrooms in a garlic-soy sauce; hot toddy After dinner: mint chocolate tea What I Did for Exercise Between 20 and 25 minutes on the exercise bike Walked to Donlands, walked down the stairs at Donlands, jogged up the stairs at Sherbourne Walked down the stairs at Sherbourne, walked up the escalator at St. Andrew because too many people were Read More

The Log for Wednesday November 2, 2016

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What I Ate Breakfast: bowl of wheat cereal in yogurt; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea; apple Lunch: two old cheddar and salami sandwiches with mayo, mustard and tomatoes, one on whole grain, one on rye; apple Dinner: two bowls of minestrone, pink lemonade After dinner: banana and blackberry muffin; hot toddy What I Did for Exercise 25 minutes or so on the exercise bike Walked to Greenwood, walked down the stairs at Greenwood, up the stairs at Sherbourne Walked down the stairs at Sherbourne, jogged up the stairs at Pape, walked home from Pape What I Did Read More

The Log for Tuesday November 1, 2016

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What I Ate Breakfast: 2 cottage cheese pancakes with additional cottage cheese and yogurt, banana and blackberry muffing; glass of tea Morning: 2 glasses of tea; apple Lunch: old cheddar and salami sandwich on whole grain bread with mayo and mustard, apple Dinner: Club sandwich (a real club sandwich), side cesar salad; apple juice After dinner: the left Twix, or was it the right? What I Did for Exercise 25 minutes on the exercise bike Walked to Donlands, walked down the stairs at Donlands, jogged up the stairs at Sherbourne Walked home from work, taking the slightly longer way (i.e. Read More

The Log for Monday October 31, 2016

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What I Ate Breakfast: cottage cheese pancakes with some additional cottage cheese on them and yogurt, with honey; glass of tea Morning: apple; 2 glasses of tea Lunch: cheddar and salami sandwich with mayo and mustard on whole grain bread, apple Dinner: two bowls of minestrone, pink lemonade What I Did for Exercise nearly 25 minutes on the exercise bike Walked to Donlands, walked down the stairs at Donlands, walked up the stairs at Sherbourne Walked down the stairs at Sherbourne, walked up the stairs at Pape, walked to the grocery store and then home from Pape What I Did Read More

The Log for Sunday October 30, 2016

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What I Ate Breakfast: Eggs Benedict but with a modified sauce made with dill and avocados; 2 glasses of tea Morning: glass of iced tea Lunch: large bowl of chips, bowl of carrots, homemade sour cream dip with mayo, pickles, green onions, paprika Dinner: mock pad thai After dinner: gelato, banana and blackberry muffin What I Did for Exercise Walked from Spadina and front to Dundas and Spadina and back Walked down 19 flights of stairs, walked down the stairs at St. Andrew, walked up the stairs at Pape What I Did with My Life Nothing, again. Read More

The Log for Saturday October 29, 2016

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What I Ate Breakfast: 3 1/2 cottage cheese pancakes with yogurt on top; glass of tea Lunch: fried egg sandwich with tomato; pink lemonade Dinner: fried pork belly with salad, sisig on rice (healthy, I know), mango shake After dinner: mint roibos, small ice cream bar What I Did for Exercise Walked to Donlands station, walked down the stairs at Donlands, walked up half the stairs at St. George, walked up the stairs at Dundas Walked from Dundas and Macaul to Front and Spadina; climbed 19 flights of stairs What I did with My Life Nothing Read More

The Log for Thursday October 20, 2016

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What I Ate Breakfast: Large bowl of two different types of serial with 1% milk with strawberries; glass of tea Lunch: mushroom stroganoff and greek salad; macintosh apple Dinner: chicken breast, smashed potatoes with carrots; large bottle of IPA After dinner: some grapes What I Did for Exercise 12 lengths of front crawl, 6 of breast stroke Walked down 19 flights of stairs Walked down half the stairs at Spadina, up all the stairs at Sherbourne Walked down the stairs at Sherbourne, walked up the stairs at Pape, walked home from Pape What I Did with My Life Created a Read More

The Log for Wednesday October 19, 2016

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What I Ate Breakfast: oatmeal with cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, maple syrup and 1% milk; glass of tea Morning: macintosh; 2 glasses of tea Lunch: chicken salad sandwich on marble rye, macintosh, stick of buffalo jerkey Dinner: two helpings of mushroom stroganoff, two helpings of Greek salad; glass of wine After dinner: small pint of IPA, smaller glass of Saison; 2/3rds of a bowl of dill pop corn What I Did for Exercise Over 20 minutes on the exercise bike Walked to Greenwood, down the stairs at Greenwood, up the stairs at Sherbourne Down the stairs at Sherbourne, up the Read More

The Log for Sunday October 16, 2016

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What I Ate Breakfast: two poaches eggs, three pieces of sourdough toast, glass of tea Lunch: two small pieces of yesterday’s omelette, bowl of grapes, glass of pink lemonade Dinner: pork chop, smashed potatoes with carrots; hot toddy with rum After dinner: 2 large beers (I had my fantasy draft!) What I Did for Exercise I did not swim, ostensibly because I woke up at 8:40 (late for me) and the pool is cleaned from 9 until 10 All I did is: walked down the stairs at Union, walked up the stairs at College, walked back down the stairs at Read More

The Log for Saturday October 15, 2016

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What I Ate Breakfast: Two pieces of an olive, artichoke and salami omelette with cheddar cheese, piece of whole wheat rye toast; glass of tea Lunch: two slices of beef jerky Afternoon: half a large bowl of carrots, bowl of chips, cream cheese dip, tall can of dark ale Dinner: 3 spring rolls, two helpings of Thai curry, two helpings of rice, two helpings of Broccoli and mushrooms with garlic; two hot toddys, one with rum and one with Polish honey liqueur What I Did for Exercise Walked to Donlands, walked down the stairs at Donlands, walked up half the Read More

Am I Still a Leafs Fan?

Categories: 2016, Hockey, Personal, and Sports.

As I find myself wrapped up in the success of The Blue Jays so far this playoff, and eagerly awaiting the NBA season, I wonder to myself if I still care about the Maple Leafs, this at a time when there is more legitimate optimism around the team than perhaps there ever has been before in my lifetime. The Leafs were the most important sports team for me from my late teens (I’d say around 1998, when I was 17) till only a few years ago (2013), when The raptors completely took over my sports fandom. (I was also a Read More

The Log

Categories: 2016, Daily Log, and Personal.

I have been gaining weight recently. Ever since my ex-girlfriend and I broke up a couple of years ago, I have been gaining weight. And ever since I gave up swimming about six months after that, I have been gaining fat instead of muscle. I am now close to the weight I was in university which is, in my mind, not a good thing. I want to do something about it. I want to get back to the weight I was when I lived in Hamilton and climbed 15 flights of stairs multiple times a day. I want to get Read More

Riley Goes to Colombia Day 13 – February 22, 2016

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It was cool again this morning, probably as cool as the day before (so, relatively cool). The hotel had a large breakfast buffet, probably the biggest we’d seen. It was quite nice, although it wasn’t particularly Colombian. We took a cab and got to the airport relatively quickly, despite it being a weekday. I looked for a Botero mug at the airport but no such luck. Tons of other mugs, just no Botero. We had to get exit visas to leave the country, which appeared to be a complete formality. Our flight to Panama was quick and then we had Read More

Riley Goes to Colombia Day 12 – February 21, 2016

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It rained today, the first time it rained on our trip. And that was kind of funny because it was supposed to rain the entire time we were in Medellin and I think a few other times. Anyway, it was just sprinkling too. We took a cab to the bus stop and had to wait a bit for the bus. It was pretty full so, for the first time on the trip, Jenn and I couldn’t sit together. The bus ride was interesting as the guy we paid for the tickets hawked maps to us for half the trip. But Read More

Riley Goes to Colombia Day 11 – February 20, 2016

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This morning we headed to the northern bus terminal, one stop farther on the metro than the northern gondola. We were able to find our bus counter rather easily and our bus. We were early, which was good, and sat on the bus for a bit before it took off. It’s a 2 hour so drive to Guatape: The main road was full of construction, and not as scenic as the drive from the airport. (Though, on the way back, the view was obviously better.) Once we got off the main road, the construction stopped (for the most part) but Read More

Riley Goes to Colombia Day 10 – February 19, 2016

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I woke up feeling much, much better. I would still have some minor digestive issues over the next few days, and it would take rather a while before I felt completely myself again, but I was able to enjoy our holiday once more. I don’t know whether that’s just the thing that happens with stuff like this, or it was because I started taking antibiotics immediately – either way, back to normal. It turns out, the timing was rather lucky, because we had been unable to book a walking tour for the 18th. Instead, we had to be content with Read More

Riley goes to Colombia Day 8 – February 17, 2016

Categories: 2016 and Movies.

This morning we had a flight to Medellin. We were sitting in the airport wondering why everyone was lined up for their flight 2 hours too early. We decided “well, I guess that’s what they do here” and got in line. Only once we were in line did we realize it was for the earlier flight. It was a short flight, but it was a nice one – there wasn’t much of a ceiling so we were able to see the coffee plantations on our descent into Medellin. That seemed like a real treat until…well, I’ll tell you in a Read More

Riley Goes to Colombia Day 7 – February 16, 2016

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This morning we went to Playa Blanca. There was more than a little confusion: Nobody picked us up despite the pledge yesterday that we would be picked up. We could have walked four times before we finally got in a cab. First, our hotel called them and they said they were on their way. Then our hotel called again, and we were told to take a cab. We waited close to an hour before they told us they were waiting for us, but only after our hotel had called them twice. (Fortunately, the tour company paid for the cab. We Read More

Riley Goes to Colombia Day 5 – February 14, 2016

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Valentine’s Day. One of the cool things about this hotel was the breakfasts. Every morning we had a choice of “American” or local breakfast, and I ate the local every day: empanadas, arepas, a local sausage and limes. Plus, fresh fruit juice! Good stuff. This morning we walked over to Castillo de San Felipe, which I have read is one of the largest Spanish style forts in the New World, if not the largest. Even walking over after breakfast, it was already fucking hot. (Though, as with the entire time we were in Cartagena, there was a breeze, albeit a Read More

Riley Goes to Colombia Day 4 – February 13, 2016

Categories: 2016 and Travel.

The first two mornings at the hotel, we’d had regular food for breakfast: eggs, waffles. But today we got tamales! They were pretty good. We had a super fast ride to the airport, as it was a Saturday morning and apparently the awful traffic virtually disappears on the weekends. So we got to the Bogota airport a little early and spent time wandering around the domestic departure side. As airports go, Bogota isn’t bad. It’s certainly nicer (cleaner) than Panama. The flight was pretty quick – just over an hour, I think. My first impression of Cartagena was that the Read More

Riley Goes to Colombia Day 3 – February 12, 2016

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This morning we took a cab ride to Monserrate, a mountain that overlooks Bogota. For the first few minutes of the cab ride, we worried he was driving us up the mountain, as we had to go up high to get on a beltway that runs along the hills. The cabbie took us to the station where we could catch a funicular up the mountain, or a gondola. The gondola didn’t open until noon, but that was fine with us because we both wanted to take the funicular. (Jenn took pictures from it; I did not as my camera doesn’t Read More