Elisa is a former colleague/forever friend. We became close because we co-taught a class of students at-risk. A real line from that class that sums up the experience is "Miss, I'm too sober to be here." (Us too, kid, us too.) However, by the end, the two teachers and the kids formed a strange unit that we called our dysfunctional family. Elisa and I have always referred to each other as co-parents because of this little dysfunctional family from years ago.
Apart from being co-parents, we also have similar concert-going styles. We'll both see bands over and over again, and have a love of Canadian music from the 90s. I don't know when it happened, but we found out that we both love Blue Rodeo, and have huge crushes on one of its lead singers, Jim Cuddy, who is pushing sixty and wearing it well, dammit. To give you an idea of the man's fineness, watch this.
We've made it a tradition to see Blue Rodeo whenever they play Massey Hall, and have always wanted to see their annual summertime show at Molson Ampitheatre. So far this has never happened, because one or both of us has been travelling on the date of the show. However, this year we were both in town, and we got cheap-o lawn tickets.
The Canadian National Exhibition (CNE, aka The Ex --> a giant fair with rides, games, and the most unhealthy food you'd want to eat) is happening right now, and since you have to walk through the CNE grounds to get the Molson Ampiteahtre, and get free admission to The Ex with your concert ticket. We took advantage of this and got there early so we could walk around and eat some of the unhealthy food. I had the Thanksgiving Waffle from Fran's (a waffle made out of stuffing and cranberries, stuffed with turkey and gravy). We split one of this year's most talked about offerings: deep-fried red velvet oreos (i.e. an oreo coated in red velvet batter and deep fried).
When we made it over the venue, there was a marketing campaign going on by Klipsch Audio, where they wanted you to take a picture of yourself being enthusiastic somewhere by their logo and post it on social media. The winning picture would have their lawn seats upgraded to something closer to the stage.
We are younger than the average Blue Rodeo fan. We heard lots of people say "Twitter? Instagram? I don't use those!" when the Klipsch explained the contest to them. We knew that we had this contest, especially when our teacher brains listened carefully to the "enthusiastic" description and posted a slightly embarrassing photo of us jumping in the Klipsch tent.
At about 8:30 pm we got the call from Klipsch that we'd won the upgrades, and we were escorted to our new seats much closer to the stage!
And Jim was oh-so-close and still looking good!
It was such a fun show. They did not skimp on the hits, and we had a blast singing along to some Canadian classics. You know a band is Canadian when they namecheck Lake Ontario in their songs.
If you follow me on Instagram, you've probably noticed that I've been cooking a lot lately and maybe have thought WTF. I am not a fan of cooking. I have a few recipes that I've mastered that I can make when needed, but for my day-to-day life, I do not cook. However, cooking for myself is something that I wish I could do more often, and I've come across something that helps me.
I signed up for a service that allows you to pick 2-3 recipes per week from a list, and they deliver all of the ingredients to you on Mondays. It costs about $10 per meal, which I do not think is extravagant at all. The recipes are definitely healthy, and use locally-sourced ingredients. I'm on my second week of doing this and I've made lots of yummy things like turkey with red peppercorn sauce, spinach stuffed chicken, Bavarian sirloin steak, and vegetarian pad thai.
I feel this a DIY learn-to-cook class. I don't know how long I'll keep having ingredients delivered to me, but I'm learning tricks from these recipes like making tasty rice by adding tomato paste to the water, how to cook steak (I'd never cooked steak before), and making the best roasted sweet potatoes ever by coating them in Bavarian mustard.
Tonight I'm having my pal Mathew over to watch the very important baseball game (let's stay in first place Blue Jays!) and to try out pistachio encrusted steak with fingerling potatoes and dino kale. Hopefully both the meal and the baseball game are winners.