Mystery Photo #127

I know, I know, I’m late this morning, but I have an excuse.  I had a late night down in the city last night.  My friend, Marcy, and I had a girl’s night out.  We drove an hour and a half down to the top end of Toronto and enjoyed some retail therapy at Yorkdale Mall.  Then we hopped on the subway and headed downtown to the Toronto Reference Library for the Dark Side Tour, an author event featuring Craig Davidson (aka Nick Cutter), Jennifer Hillier, and Brad Smith (all Canadian authors).  Andrew Pyper was also supposed to be there, but he had to cancel because of a family emergency.  I was pretty bummed out about that because he was one of the authors I wanted to see the most (check out his book The Demonologist – it’s fantastic), but what can you do.  A family emergency comes first obviously.

Anyway, we had a great time!  As I have said before, I find these author events really fascinating, and this was no exception.  The three authors read excerpts from their latest books and then had a discussion about different aspects of the writing process.  It was fascinating hearing the differences and similarities among them.  Afterwards, there was a question and answer session, and I’m glad I’ve gotten over my childhood shyness (well, mostly anyway) because asking a question won me a hoodie with the Dark Side Tour information on the back.  When the questions were done, we were able to meet each of the authors and have our books signed.  I was lucky enough to get one signed by each of the three authors and also had my picture taken with them.  It was great because they were all so friendly and easy to talk to.  I was especially thrilled to meet Craig Davidson, whose newest book The Troop was written under the pen name, Nick Cutter.  It’s a good old fashioned horror like I haven’t read in a long time, and he even got an amazing compliment from Stephen King.  The quote is on the front cover of his book.  This guy has an incredible sense of humour, and he kept us laughing!

So, needless to say, I didn’t get to bed until quite late and had nothing prepared for the mystery photo today.  However, sitting here at my iPad, I found an iPhone photo that I thought might be interesting, cropped it, and voila instant mystery photo.  Let’s see if you can figure this one out.  Ok, ready, set, go….

Mystery Photo #127

 

P.S.  Happy Easter everyone and don’t forget to eat lots of chocolate!!!

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Mystery Photo #126

I think it’s really happening!!  With cautious optimism I can say that I believe Spring has finally put on her boxing gloves and is giving Winter a sound beating to put him out of commission until next year.  Now, I’m not saying that we have buds on trees or flowers poking their heads out from under the soil because there is still too much snow for that to happen.  However, I have shed my heavy down-filled winter coat for a lighter version and have vowed to not wear my boots again no matter what.  The temperatures are above zero for the first time in months and are slowly climbing.

The most exciting sign to me is that the Canada Geese have finally returned to Southern Ontario.  Yayyy!!!!  Every morning when I drive to work, I see them flying overhead and landing in little ponds created by the melting snow.  I know you’ll think I’m crazy, but I put down my window every time and yell out, “Hello geese!  Welcome back.  I have missed you so much!!”  Trust me, after a winter like we have had, you would do the same thing if you saw such a sure sign of Spring :).

With things definitely looking up in the weather department, let’s celebrate with some fun and games.  It’s time for the mystery photo.  Give me your best guesses.  Ok, ready, set, go…

Mystery Photo #126

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Mystery Photo #125

Today’s mystery photo defines my day yesterday, a day that had my nerves so on edge that I had to come home and have a shot of rum.  And I don’t even drink!!  That’s all I’m going to say for now, but tune in tomorrow for the full story.

In the meantime, see if you can figure it out.  Ok, ready, set, go….

Mystery Photo #125

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Mystery Photo #124

I can’t believe what happened last night!  I was attending a virtual release party on Facebook for Shannon Thompson’s new book, Seconds Before Sunrise (definitely check out her series if you enjoy young adult fantasy novels), and she sent me a private message regarding a question I had.  She told me to check my “other” messages on Facebook where it might be hidden.  I had absolutely no knowledge of these “other” messages, and when I checked it out I had messages going back two years which I had never seen.  Most of them were garbage except for one.

A few weeks ago I read an absolutely wonderful new book called The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld.  I saw on her website that she was going to be in Toronto in March, so I sent her a message asking if she was going to be doing any book signings.  At the time, all she could tell me was that she didn’t know what the schedule was yet.  Then last night I found a message under “other” from her publisher, Harper Collins.  They had actually invited me to an exclusive release event on March 12th, and I missed it because I didn’t see the message :(.  What a total and complete bummer!!

I will now go and bang my head against a wall repetitively, but before I do let’s get our Friday fun started.  What do you think the mystery photo is this week?  Ok, ready, set, go….

Mystery Photo #124

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Mystery Photo #123

Happy Spring everyone!!  At least I hope that some of you are celebrating the signs of Spring that don’t seem to be gracing us with their presence here in Southern Ontario. Our first day of Spring was full of blowing snow and closed roads, and apparently there is another whopper heading our way for tonight.  Boy, I sure do whine a lot don’t I?  Last week it was my cold and this week it’s the weather, but trust me even the people who normally love winter around here have had enough this year!  We’re all kind of cranky LOL :).

On the flip side, they say that it’s going to be an incredibly hot and dry summer, and all I can say is bring it on!!  Hot weather is something you will never here me whine about, ever!  Now it’s Friday fun time.  Let the guesses fly.  Ok, ready, set, go….

Mystery Photo #123

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Mystery Photo #122

Sniff, sneeze, blow nose and repeat.  That in a nutshell describes my last few days because my hubby lovingly passed his cold on to me.  I really can’t complain though because it’s just a head cold, and there have been much worse bugs going around this winter that we have managed to avoid.  It does mean that I have been feeling awfully lazy this week and haven’t accomplished much.  Oh well, it’s almost the weekend, and the weekend makes everything better right?

I really wish that this photo was better quality for our mystery photo game, but it was just so disgustingly awesome looking that I had to use it.  I can’t wait to see what all your creative and maybe slightly warped minds come up with this week.  Let’s have fun.  Ok, ready, set, go….

Mystery Photo #122

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Oink, Oink!

When I posted the mystery photo on Friday, I mentioned that we were heading to the Mandarin Restaurant this weekend to celebrate my oldest son, Bryan’s 21st birthday. We had a blast, as some of my Facebook friends can attest to after seeing the photo of me with little drink umbrellas in my hair and a fancy drink in my hand :).

The food was absolutely amazing, and being an all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet left us wishing they had a carry out service to the car because we were too stuffed to walk.  Trust me, we sure got our money’s worth out of that buffet.  Even though it embarrassed the hell out of my children, I tried to snap a few photos of the restaurant and the food to share with you.  The lighting around the buffet was not the greatest and it was very crowded, but I managed to get a few shots while listening to my kids say, “Mom!!  Put the camera away!”

You will probably notice a pattern on my plates of food.  Although there was a great selection of crab legs, clams, and shrimp among the buffet foods, I am not a seafood eater, so you won’t see any of that smelly stuff on my plate.  Plus, many of you know that I am an self-professed chocoholic, and although there were unlimited flavours at the dessert buffet, you will find that everything I chose  was from the chocolate family. Bryan’s girlfriend, Cayley, was laughing at me when I bit into the chocolate fudge cake because of the look on my face.  I described it as a mouthgasm LOL!!

Without further ado, here are some photos that are sure to make you hungry :).  It was kind of fun to experiment with food photography for a change.  Ok, gotta go – I feel the need for a snack all of a sudden :).

Mandarin 1

Mandarin 2

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Mandarin 6

Mmm, deviled eggs – my favourite!!!

Mandarin 7

My blue dragon marguerita :)

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Mandarin 14

Bryan, the birthday boy, and his girlfriend, Cayley. Aren’t they cute?

Mandarin 15

After some coaxing, Bryan allowed his brother, Daniel, in a photo too.

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