Plagued By Dumbasses

May 8, 2008

Look at those ponies go!

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Last night Jason and I took advantage of another one of the McMaster Alumni events and headed to Woodbine Racetrack for a little dinner, a little racing form education and a little horse betting.  Jason had been before but it was my first time.  I have always wanted to go but never really got around to it before so this was a great opportunity. 

After getting a little info on how the betting form worked from a Woodbine guy, I threw out what I had learned and picked my first horse based purely on its name and blanket colour.  I bet on the 3 horse wearing a blue blankie (Jason’s favourite colour is blue) whose name is Native Wisdom (Jason is half Ojibwa).  Now I have to mention that this horse was showing 19:1 odds when I went off to bet….Jason thought I was a little crazy but I didn’t care – it was the horse I wanted and so off to the betting window I went with my choice and my $2. 

The betting process felt a little like order soup from the Soup Nazi.  Step up to the window and give info in this order – Race, Amount, Horse, Kind of Bet. 

So I took my money and stepped up and said, “First race, $2, 3 horse to Show”, put my money on the counter, took my betting slip from the machine and stepped back.  Phew!  It was a little stressful but I was quite pleased with placing my first horse bet! 

We took our seats and the ponies got ready to go….”And they’re off!” was announced and the yelling started…..”Come on 3, come on 3…”.  So for those of you who aren’t familiar with the lingo at the track, placing a bet for a horse to “Show” means that the horse has to come 1st, 2nd or 3rd for you to get any money.  When the race began, my pick was showing 30:1 odds – so not a sure thing by a LONG shot!

As the horses got underway, Native Wisdom was hanging back as his odds would indicate he would but about half way through he got himself pumped up and he took off.  They were rounding the final corner and Native Wisdom was hauling ass!  He was over-taking horses and moving up and up and up.   I was yelling and hopping in my seat as my pony got closer and closer to the front.  At the line Native Wisdom was in 2nd!  Yes people that is correct – my 30:1 horse finished 2nd.  Now as I had only bet $2 and your payout is less if you take the “Show” bet as it is a safer bet I actually ended up winning only $12.70 but I don’t care.  It was my first time at the track, my first bet on the ponies and I won.  Wahoooooo!!!  I used my winnings to bet on the other races and even though I didn’t win I had a great time.  I ended up leaving with a profit of $4.70.   I realize that isn’t much but I am quite proud of it! 

Oh and just between us, Jason didn’t win anything…ssh…he doesn’t want to talk about it.

April 18, 2008

Mmmmmm….cheese!

Jason and I went to a cheese tasting last night that was put on by the McMaster University Alumni group/association/whatever at the Faculty Club at U of T.  It was really good actually.  Jason went to Mac and gets invites all the time to these kinds of events but we have never attended any.  We are glad we decided to check this one out though as it was a fun time.  We had some appetizers and then the Dean of the Cheese Education Guild…yes, there is actually a Dean of the Cheese Education Guild…walked us through 5 different kinds of Quebec cheeses.  Mmmmmmmmm…..cheese!

It was pretty fun and we have been wanting to get out and do different things and so this was a perfect way to spend a couple of hours.  In May the Alumni is hosting an event at Woodbine Racetrack.  I can’t wait for that one.  I’ve always wanted to go see the ponies but I’ve never been. 

In other news, in exactly 6 months from today at about this exact time I will be preparing to walk down the aisle on my way to becoming a married woman.  It is very exciting but a little stressful as well as I know how many things I still have to do before that wee walk.

March 12, 2007

“It’s yo birthday, we gon party like it’s yo birthday”

Filed under: Social Subjects — by gresmer @ 8:33 am

Today is my actual birthday but the partying has been happening since Friday.  Friday night I organized a shindig to celebrate my birthday at the Rivoli.  I had a fantastic time and I was so happy to see everyone that came.  A crowd of 34 came out to help me celebrate and we had a blast!  There was pool, food and a LOT of alcohol.  I didn’t crawl into bed until after 3:30 on Saturday morning.  I took a load of pics and I’ll get them up for you all to see in a day or so.  I feel so blessed to have such great friends.  I don’t know what I did to deserve such great people in my life but whatever it was – I’m glad I did it.  My life would be empty without you!

Saturday I had an appointment to get my hair cut and even though I was dealing with some serious sleep deprivation and hang-over symptoms, it was still a great experience as always.  On Saturday night we headed to Ajax to have dinner with my parents.  It was fantastic but I ate waaaaay too much – especially seeing as it was the first real meal I ate all day.  We left there exhausted from lack of sleep and bursting with food.

Sunday morning, Jason took me out to brunch at Mildred Pierce.  It is really close to our house and it has a pretty good brunch.  We had a great time.  On Sunday evening we headed out to Mississauga to have dinner with his family.  More food, more cake – no alcohol. 

Surprisingly enough, even with all that eating and no work-outs in sight, I actually didn’t gain any weight.  Not sure how that happened.  Hmmm, maybe there really aren’t any calories in birthday cake.  Today I’m having a birthday lunch at work with my team and tonight – after we go to the gym of course – Jason and I are making some bbq steak with blue cheese mushroom sauce and some rice for dinner.  And for desert – a piece of the sugar pie my mom sent home with me on Saturday. 

I have loads of other stuff to update you on since my last post but those will have to wait.  Now I have to get back to doing some work.  Although….”it’s my birthday and I’ll slack off if I want to”….yes, perhaps that is a better plan.

December 27, 2006

Poof…and then it was gone

Filed under: Random Ramblings,Social Subjects — by gresmer @ 11:58 am

All that build-up, all that hype, all that stress and then poof!…it is all over in the blink of an eye.  Christmas is gone.  The presents have been opened, the treats have been sampled and the turkey has been carved.  It is all over for another year.  This year more than ever it just seemed to sneak up on me and then it was gone before I could even start to enjoy it.  Don’t get me wrong – I had a great Christmas – I just wish it could have lasted longer.

I hope everyone had a great holiday and I wish everyone all the happiness they desire in the year to come.  Be kind to yourself, be kind to your loved ones and be kind to the people around you.  I know it isn’t always easy and I for one find it hard to practice, but we should all try to be just a little more tolerant and a little more forgiving towards ourselves and towards the people around us.

December 20, 2006

Siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiigh! That feels goooooooood!

Filed under: Health Highlights,Social Subjects — by gresmer @ 10:12 am
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Instead of buying each other presents, Linda and I decided to buy ourselves a day at the spa together.  What a brilliant idea (if I do say so myself)!  Yesterday afternoon we met at the Pantages Spa at Victoria and Dundas and enjoyed a hot stone massage (fantastic!), a facial (fantastic!) a pedicure (fantastic!) and a manicure (not fantastic but after the rest of it I was in no shape to be complaining). 

From 2 until 6 we were pampered and I left there feeling so utterly relaxed.  The last few weeks have been mega stressful for me and so this was the best present ever!!!!

For some reason, Linda has been saying that I am very tied to my traditions and rituals (not sure why – that’s not me at all – hmm now where did I put that eggnog – I can’t bake without it).  Well I think I may have just created a new Christmas ritual.  A little pampering for myself certainly makes me feel more festive.

December 7, 2006

Back but oh so busy

Filed under: Random Ramblings,Social Subjects,Travel Tidbits — by gresmer @ 12:09 pm

I just wanted to post a short note to say that I am back from my trip but I am too busy to write.  My trip to Mexico was great but way too short.  I will try to get some pictures up sometime in the near future to show you a little of what it looked like. 

Since I have been back it has been non-stop for me.  My sister Linda is visiting from London, England (yeeeeeehaw!!!!) and we have been trying to fit in some visiting around our work schedules so our evenings have been pretty busy.  It is awesome to have her here though and I will gladly give up some sleep to spend time with her.

I will try to get back to posting next week and give you all an update on what is going on in the wacky world of Gwen these days.

Don’t desert me just yet – I promise entertaining tales and interesting topics will be seen here once again in the near future.

October 30, 2006

Man, I suck!!!

Filed under: Random Ramblings,Social Subjects — by gresmer @ 3:42 pm

A whole week with no posts???  What the heck is going on?? I feel like I am turning into one of those bloggers who neglect their public with claims of being too busy. People like um, oh I don’t know…Taras perhaps?  Mathew maybe?

Well I am not quite as bad as those two but a week is quite a long time to go without giving my peeps something new to read so I will try and rectify that today.

Let’s see…what have I been up to lately?  Well two weekends ago, Jason and I went to see a play called Apple at the Factory Theatre.  It was pretty intense and not exactly what we were expecting but it was quite good and we really enjoyed it.  It was fun to see a play in such a small theatre – it is a very different experience to the large productions I normally go to.

Last week a bunch of us from work went out on Wednesday to raise a glass (or two) to wish Wayne well in his next work adventure.  Wayne has moved on to another job and it was good to get out and celebrate with him.  

On Friday, Sean and I went to play poker with our regular poker crowd.  Unfortunately I didn’t win this time.  In fact I came last in 2 of the 3 games – that is my worst showing ever.  I guess my brain just wasn’t into it.  It could also have been related to the 6 Heineken I drank…um yeah – that might have affected my playing.

On Saturday I went to see my driving guy to get in a last lesson before my G1 exit test that is scheduled for this coming Friday.  After the session I got some good news and some not so good news.  He says that I have mastered the whole driving a standard thing and that my parking skills are good enough but that he thinks I am not alert enough.  Now most of this probably stems from the fact that he is always honking the horn and I choose not to, but the comment depressed me all the same. I was aware of all the things going on around me but I guess because I didn’t honk or point them out he thought I didn’t notice them.  I guess I will find out soon enough if the examiner has the same opinion.  My test is on Friday at 11:35 and I promise to give an update either way once I get home.

The rest of my weekend was spent knitting and lazing about.  I finished the back of my Mom’s sweater and now I am working on the front.  It is coming along at a pretty good pace so I am confident it will be completed in time for Santa to collect it and deliver it with the rest of his deliveries on his big night.

And that is my round-up of the past week or so.  It feels good to finally have a post actually.  I didn’t really realize I missed it until I started writing.  I really need to make this a part of my day again.

October 13, 2006

Hey wait, where are all the distilleries?

Last night I headed out to enjoy an Art and Architecture walk in the Distillery DistrictFirst Canadian Place puts on a bunch of free events during the day and after work and this one sounded like fun.  I love the Distillery District and was looking forward to a tour around. 

The night was cool and it actually snowed a bit but about 20 people still turned out.  (Yes, you read that right – it was snowing in Toronto on October 12 – WTF??)  Regardless of the weather though, it was a pleasant way to spend a couple of hours on a Thursday night.  After the walk we headed to Le Papillon which is one of my favourite restaurants for a late meal.  It was a great evening!

Tonight I am headed down to Tillsonburg for the weekend to enjoy a late Thanksgiving celebration with some family.  (The sister of my original recipe mother lives in Tillsonburg.) Mmmm, more turkey with all the fixings – oh and maybe another piece of pie.

October 11, 2006

Done for another year…almost

Filed under: Random Ramblings,Social Subjects — by gresmer @ 9:37 pm

I just ate my final piece of pumpkin pie for the season.  I do love pumpkin pie but I was happy to see the last piece disappear seeing as I have eaten some every day since Sunday.  Okay so I may have to have another sliver on the weekend as I am headed to Tillsonburg to celebrate a late Thanksgiving with my Aunt Lois and Uncle Yvan and my cousins. But after that – no more pumpkin pie for me.

October 10, 2006

So much to be thankful for

Filed under: Culinary Chronicles,Health Highlights,Social Subjects — by gresmer @ 1:58 pm

Another successful Thanksgiving is behind us and I have the fridge full of leftovers to prove it.  Thanks to a full weekend of work-outs I don’t think I gained any weight but I will admit I certainly didn’t lose any either.  But that is a small price to pay in order to enjoy the cornucopia of treats available.  Especially the all important and oh so necessary, PUMPKIN PIE!!!!  MMMMMMMMM!!!!

The weather was gorgeous this weekend and I was able to get in a bike ride on Sunday down by the waterfront as well as a long walk around my neighbourhood on Monday.  I just couldn’t let the nice weather pass without getting out to enjoy it.  We may not see many more days of those temperatures this year – it would be a shame to waste them.

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