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I’m so tired of looking for event locations near the Toronto airport!

September 9, 2015

Way back in January I started a job at The Toronto International Airport working on a big project in the IT department.  Part of my job is securing event locations for large offsite meetings. This is a constant pain in the ass because it’s hard to sift through all of the shit to find a decent spot, so I figured I would put my decent finds all in one place.

The Corporate Event Centre at CHSI
CHSI Conference Centre - Theatre Style
5110 Creekbank Road
Notes: The booking process is a bit cumbersome in that you have to fill out an application before being able to book space.

Roma’s Hospitality Centre

5-5980 ShawsonDrive
Notes: This is primarily a wedding reception place, but a co-worker got very excited at the prospect of holding meetings here. I am going to check out the space tomorrow, I will update after my visit.

The Toronto Congress Centre
650 Dixon Road

The International Centre
6900 Airport Road
Note: This place has been trying to book stuff with the GTAA (my employer) for a long time and it’s never really worked out. But at least I now have a direct line to Kevin who will be my go-to guy for future bookings.

The Vue Event Venue
195 Galaxy Blvd.
Notes: This space has a fantastic view overlooking The Royal Woodbine Golf Club. I’d seriously throw a party at this place just because, it looks amazing!

The Alt Hotel
6080, Viscount Road
Note: Their space has really clean lines and their meeting rooms all look fantastic. I’ve tried to book space here a few times now and it’s just never worked out. They don’t have an onsite kitchen but they do have a catering partner who brings in food for them everyday.

Modern Swashbucklers in Guyliner

April 21, 2015

Just because!  I propose there be more of this!!

Killian Jones (aka Captain Hook) from "Once Upon a Time"

Killian Jones (aka Captain Hook) from “Once Upon a Time”

Captain Jack Sparrow from "Pirates of the Caribbean"

Captain Jack Sparrow from “Pirates of the Caribbean”

Khal Drogo from "Game of Thrones"

Khal Drogo from “Game of Thrones”

I made dis – Sha Ban’g font (free)

December 19, 2014

I’ve been told my handwriting is so nice it was deserving of a font.  I assume it’s so someone can steal my chequebook and steal all of my money.  HAHA, jokes on them cause I’m broke!

Download the True Type naow!

Download the Open Type naow!

As this font get’s passed around some additional helpful information has been coming to the surface, I’ll add anything that comes up here:

  1. Install this font on your android device (apparently only works on rooted driods)
  2. If you pay $1.99 (to ifont?) it can be set but limited to certain Samsung devices
The Sha Ban'g font, so sweet at first, until you discover all of it's durty durty secrets!

The Sha Ban’g font, so sweet at first, until you discover all of it’s durty durty secrets!

I made dis – housework inspo poster

December 18, 2014

I was chatting with a friend about the fictional realities of living in a writers commune if we were all to quit our jobs and just write for the rest of our lives and our imaginations went to the obvious drudgery of keeping the household going and all of us fed…I wound up writing this, and I felt it deserved more than to be lost as a comment forever on the internet.

Damn you housework!!

Damn you housework!!

The Working Family – Pancakes

November 16, 2014

A weekend just isn’t a weekend for this working family without pancakes!

Because I’m super lazy I always use a mix (I mean really, who has time for this shit from scratch? Not I!). I’ve tried the usual Aunt Jeremiah, and the somewhat better Bisquick pancakes, but they aren’t amazing really, they just fill the void with dough.

Awhile ago The Man decided he wanted to try going gluten free, much to my dismay.  Tell the grocery shopper of the house you want to completely change your diet and watch the look of horror pass over their face.  Try it, it’s fun!

He’s since given up on it, but for a time I brought home all kinds of disgusting gluten free shit, not on purpose, it just worked out that way cause I had no idea what the hell I was doing!  Out of everything I brought home, kinnikinnick pancake mix is the only thing I still buy regularly.  It’s my kids favourite pancake mix, it always tastes fantastic, the box doesn’t lie!!!  If you prefer using a mix for your pancakes I can’t recommend this shit highly enough! If you can’t find it in your local grocery store you can order it from them online.

Now I’m going to give you some tips on making the most of your pancakes.

Tip #1.  Always collect your bacon grease!  I realize that maybe if you’re the type of person to use gluten free pancake mix, you’re maybe not the type of person to eat bacon. But if you are, and you’re just dumping that grease out, it’s a wasted opportunity for using it as a pan lubricant for pan frying pretty much anything.  Save the butter or oil for other things! I have a small glass jar with an air seal lid I collect it in, you can usually find something similar in a dollar store.  I pour it though a kitchen funnel lined with paper towel and then store it in the fridge.

Tip #2. Use a cast iron pan on almost low (if your cook top has it numbered, like a one or two setting).  If you don’t have a cast iron pan, get one! It takes a bit to get it seasoned properly and it’s a bit of a learning curve to use, but once you’ve got it you’ll wonder why the fuck you were ever cooking on a “non-stick surface” in the first place.  BONUS: Cast iron is great to take with you camping too, if you’re into that sort of thing.  I’m not, but I go anyway.

Tip #3. Make more mix than you require.  Leftover pancakes are a godsend on a busy school morning!  

Tip #4.  Use a 1/4 cup measuring cup and rubber spatula to pour your pancake batter into the pan.  I know this sounds a little neurotic, and possibly OCD, “All my pancakes must be of uniform dimension!”. But it’s for a really good reason, and I’ll explain more in a moment.

Tip #5. Because you’ve made all of your pancakes to a size that stores perfectly in a medium Ziplock bag store your leftover pancakes in a medium Ziplock bag!  Keep your pancakes separated with some wax paper, or parchment paper to avoid them sticking together when you’re ready to use them.

Tip #6. Because you’ve made all of your pancakes to a size that fits perfectly in the toaster, put them in the toaster to reheat them.  I guarantee they taste even better than when you first made them!

Now go forth and make pancakes bitches!

10 records that mean something to me

November 6, 2014
Wonder Woman by Marguerite Sauvage

Wonder Woman by Marguerite Sauvage

A few weeks ago on Google+ someone asked me to list 10 records that mean something to me, and I spent so much time on it that I felt it worth cross posting here. So without further ado…here it goes (more or less in chronological order).

01. Bon Jovi – New Jersey

When I was little my Dad gave me a tape of this. I played this SO many times. I remember lying on my bedroom floor reading all of the liner notes (remember those?) memorizing all of the lyrics. This was the first cassette tape in my house that was just for me and not one of those “It’s for all of you kids!” things. While other girls my age were crushing hard on NKOTB I was SO into Jon Bon Jovi! I had a poster of him in all his 80’s big haired glory on my bedroom wall. I think this may have been part of why I was picked on as a kid?

02. Queen Greatest Hits

This is the first CD I ever bought. I remember my Mom really being resistant to switching tech from cassette to CD. “Why would we get CD’s if we don’t have a CD player?” “Well we’ll never get a CD player if we don’t get CD’s!” I’m gonna cheat a little and also post my second CD purchase as part of my #2. I think I bought this either the same day or a few days after.

03. Digital Underground – Sex Packets

This is the first album I had that I was all “OMG I’m so bad for even having this.” My very Catholic Mom would have flipped the fuck out if she heard me listen to it so I had to keep it secret, and I could only play it when nobody was home or I had headphones on. To this day, if “Humpty Dance” comes on I must absolutely bust a move!

04. Fleetwood Mac – Rumours

My Mom and I didn’t always agree on music, but she later relented to CD technology and bought this on CD. It was played a lot in our house. I love LOVE this album!

05. Metallica – …And Justice For All

In high school, what better album to listen to and feel your teenage angst? My friend pierced the top part of my left ear while we listened to this. Ya, it took her that long to get the needle through the cartilage. I later that day went to a high school dance. When my Mom saw me the next day she flipped out thinking the money she gave me for the dance I wasted on piercing. When I told her how economical I was she flipped out even more. I guess her being a nurse and all didn’t really jive with the DIY body modification.

06. No Doubt – Tragic Kingdom

I was in my second year of College and just came out of a long term relationship and found myself for the first time ever totally free, and able to do whatever the fuck I wanted. I played this a lot, it was my getting ready for school soundtrack pretty much everyday that year.

07. Thievery Corporation – The Richest Man In Babylon

My brother introduced me to Thievery Corporation and I’ve been a mellow fan ever since. They did a concert at The Carlu in Toronto once, it was really the perfect venue for them. I was right up front and got pulled onstage and then got to go backstage afterwards. It’s a concert experience I’ll always treasure from a band I’ll always treasure.

08. The Black Keys – Thickfreakness

I don’t wanna be one of those “I knew about them before they were cool” people but when it comes to The Black Keys I had been singing their praises for years before they got huge. I’m super surprised it took so long for everyone else to catch on really! This album blew my socks off and I’ve loved every single album they’ve put out before or after since then!

09. Death From Above 1979 – Heads Up

When this album came out I felt like a jet engine kicked me in the face. I’d never heard anything like it and fell immediately in love with DFA! I’m super super happy that they’re back together!!!

10. Metric – Live It Out

I tried really hard to see Metric in concert once on center island. By the time they hit the stage though we were leaving because we all of a sudden became old lame people who needed to do laundry so we wouldn’t be at work naked the next day. Metric is kind of now my soundtrack for adulthood. Weirdly they have a lot of songs that really fit that theme of adulthood, and questioning why the fuck I really need to do laundry in the first place. Buy this car to drive to work, drive to work to pay for this car! Metric is another band that I love everything they put out!

So what are the 10 albums that mean something to you? 

Honorable mentions:

Breakfast of Champions

October 11, 2014

So I started going to the gym and trying to eat right better. Part of my routine now is mixing this smoothie up for “second breakfast” every morning. Ya, that’s right, weight training has turned me into a Hobbit! My first breakfast is a chicken drumstick while I walk the dog at 5am.


“The Mug” has apparently evolved into J.J. Muggs. Yard sale glassware FTW.

Blend it all till you don’t hear the blades catching on any chunks anymore.

I found a bag of organic frozen strawberries on sale and I think it’s ruined me for the regular ones. I don’t care how much people say there’s no difference, the organic ones taste and smell better!

I like using Bolthouse for a little extra protein (they also have Protein Plus Chocolate I’m thinking I might try), but if you can’t find Bolthouse anywhere just sub it with any libation you think might taste good or you have handy. Rum works, I won’t tell anyone ;)

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