Sunday, May 28, 2006

More adventures in Toronto...

OK, so I have now heard from numerous sources that North York is not exactly the best neighborhood of Toronto.

When I talked to my sister, Tracy, who lives in Kitchener (about an hour's drive away), she said, "You're staying in North York? Oh my God! Come and stay with us for one night... PLEASE!"

And so, I did... spending a delightful Saturday night with Tracy and husband, Bill. They did a fantastic BBQ and invited their neighbour, Scott, over. The four of us had a fabulous time and I thorougly appreciated that they drove an hour to pick me up and take me to their beautiful home. (It's one of those that looks like it could be photographed by an interior design magazine without any notice at all...)

They have acquired a few more animals since I was there last time, bringing the total up to 4 cats and 1 golden retriever... all of whom seem to love me, and the feeling is quite mutual. I woke up at one point, to find that Kramer, one of the big (huge, actually) cats, had decided to sleep with me... or rather spoon. I must say... I've never had a cat do that before... He nuzzled and nuzzled until he was comfy.


What's a girl to do? Naturally, I just scratched him on the head until he went to sleep...

This morning, Tracy and I met up with our kid brother, Bryce, and his family: wife, Marsha, along with their two kids -- Wes (age 4 - almost) and Katelynn (age 2 - almost). Man, those kids have grown! I've got pictures, but I'm on a public computer at the University library at the moment, so I'll have to post them later.

I love seeing Kid, as I call him... though this time he got a hard time from me for all the grey hair he's sprouted -- especially in his beard. Not even 30 yet and already lots of grey! Poor Kid...

The conference is going well... sort of... I figured out that my name and paper title were left out of the conference program. This kind of sucks because no one will know that I am even presenting... except for the few people I've run into who've asked me and promised to be there.

I've confirmed that yes, I am still supposed to present. It was a layout error on the part of the typesetter (or designer...) I've been told when and where and of course, I'll show up and do it. (That's the only way you get to legitimately put it on your resume.)

But still... I doubt there will be very many people there.

Oh well...


The sessions I have attended have been interesting so that's one plus.

And I have a story about getting my fitness fix while I'm here, but this post is getting a bit long, so I'm going to make you wait for it...

I know, I know... You hate it when I do that... But I promise the aforementioned photos with the next post, too...

Until soon...

8 comments:

backofpack said...

Very nice that you got to get some family time in on your trip. Can't wait for the photos and the stories!

By the way, don't you think every woman has an IB? If they say they don't I think they're fooling themselves! Of course, some have her out on a full time basis, others of us try to control her...I do like my "inner child" better!

ipodmomma said...

oh, making us wait!!! :)))

so glad you had time with sis and bro and families... and pets too... :)))

have a good time in your presentation!

Bast said...

Hmmm... I hadn't heard that about North York (lots of friends grew up there) but then again, I've been gone from that area of the world for about 15 years. Enjoy Kitchener! I'll be there on Wed. night - for Ontario, it's a pretty nice place. ;)

robtherunner said...

Glad to hear you got a reprieve from the flying bullets in the area. I'll be back for the photos and to hear how the presentation went.

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Granny said...

I usually wake up with a cat somewhere on the bed. Most often right above my head sharing the pillow.

Good luck with your presentation.

zouzou said...

I wouldn't mind a lovin' spoon-full these days, even if it's being dished out by a large furball! Of course I'd promptly start sneezing my head off so it would be a pretty short spoon. Have you learned some of those matrix-style bullet-dodging tricks yet? Shall we start calling you Trinity?

Robb said...

I bet you had to walk a very long way - what, with the transit thing going on there. That how you got your workout in?