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culture shock

LOTR updated

It's bit fun but a bit of a culture shock, coming back to Toronto for two days. On Thursday morning, I was watching the sunrise over a mirror-smooth lake. Only hours later, we were fighting our way through a tangle of downtown Toronto traffic amidst honking cars and dodging cyclists.

Had sushi with Bryan, Reid, Ian, Frank, and Jeff last night at Fune, then went to see "The Mummy Returns" at the Paramount. Warned by several friends, I went in with pretty low expectations so wasn't disappointed. :-)

Hey, check out my sister's new picture book above and below! It's the first book she's written AND illustrated, and it looks great. It should be on the bookshelves any day now.

This afternoon we had brunch at Milestones with David Barker, Luisa, Reid and family, then saw "A Knight's Tale" at the Paramount. I went in (like for The Mummy sequel) with fairly low expectations because of the bad/tacky trailer but found myself enjoying the movie more than I expected (and definitely more than The Mummy Returns). Had fun doing cartoon wars with Ronnie and Michael at Milestones.

Went to Chapters afterward and bought The Golden Compass (I borrowed it the first time I read it, and want my own copy) by Philip Pullman, The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket, Flash 4 Bible by Robert Reinhardt and Jon Warren Lentz (IDG Books), and some magazines to take to the cottage: Home Recording, Outside, and Acoustic Guitar. Yes, I know I have LOTR reading to do, but I like having other reading material as well. :-) I had a tough time getting through the "Council of Elrond" chapter...reminds me a lot of the Prologue in some ways. David and Jeff are LOTR fans, however, so gave me a pep talk to get me through this bit. Reid tried to convince me to give up. :-)

Looking forward to going back to the cottage tomorrow!

Today's Blatherpics:

- Having "cartoon wars" with Ronnie and Michael.

- Ruth's new picture board book, "Pants Off First", published by Fitzhenry & Whiteside.

- Inside spread of "Pants Off First".

- Our friend Frank.

Today's Poll:

If you found a spider inside your house, would you kill it? (as opposed to putting it outside, or having someone else kill it)

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