Wednesday, December 27, 2006

holidayed out

We started doing our Christmas shows immediately after Hallowe'en, so by the time Christmas actually rolls around...we're already tired of it! There is such a thing as too much Christmas and now we're recovering from Christmasitis. Symptoms include sensitivities to the Chipmunk Song and liquored-up old geezers posing as the really jolly St. Nick.

Every weekend has been designated to either a show or a holiday party, which usually involves an overload of high-calorie goodies and not so Muzak to my ears. The doctor of the house recommends a natural home remedy - hit the trails and embrace the sun and fresh air. Check.

A couple of low-keyed and enjoyable things we did this season was go on a Christmas Light tour on our bikes and watch The Holiday. Personally, this sweet, romantic comedy is most memorable for the beautiful English scenery and I'm not referring to Jude Law, though he was most pathetically adorable. It's a typical chic flic - predictable and mindless entertainment, but amusing nonetheless.

What was more impressive is the Rio Theatre on Broadway. This cozy, single-screen theatre has a wonderful, warm and fuzzy feel to it, where there aren't any crowds of rambunctious adolescence to contend with, plenty of free street parking and comfortable seats for a mere $8.00. With the convenience of Skytrain and a number of restaurants and cafés just around the corner, I selfishly hope this little gem stays undiscovered a wee bit longer.

We recently picked up a copy of the much coveted, hard to find - had a glass: THE TOP 100 WINES FOR 2007 UNDER $20.00 by Kenji Hodgson and James Nevison from Barbara-Jo's Books to Cooks down on West 2nd Avenue.

We were quite pleased to see mucho recommendations of Spanish wines including the Segura Viudas Brut "Reserva", a Mongeot family staple. With only 3 down and 97 bottles to go, we should be in fine shape as we ring in the New Year.

Speaking of fine the season comes to an end and life gets back into the groove, I am preparing myself for a tortuous month of Survivor Boot Camp, a Christmas pressie to myself. As I'm a bit of a fair-weather commuter, I haven't been on the bike as much as I would like, hence the affliction of junk in the trunk that needs tending to.

ANOTHER pressie to myself was a pair of women-specific Nike AIR MAX N-Dorfin 3 Rollerblades that promises to transform me into an "inline goddess". Hmm, complemented with a pair of our goddess earrings, nothing can stop me now...

"...I will survive."

Thursday, December 14, 2006

The Christmas Party

I have survived yet another year of organizing the office Christmas party. I dug out this very funny tragedy from my archives as a warning of where I may very well end up! It's a bit of read, but well worth it. Enjoy.

FROM: Pauline Lewis, Human Resource Director
TO: All Employees

DATE: 4th November 2005
RE: Christmas Party

I'm happy to inform you that the company Christmas Party will take place on December 23rd, starting at noon the private function room at the Grill House. There will be cash bar and plenty of drinks!

We'll have a small band playing traditional carols... please feel free to sing along.
And don't be surprised if the E.D. shows up dressed as Santa Claus!

A Christmas tree will be lit at 1 pm. Gift exchanges among employees can be done at that time, however, no gift should be over $10 to make the giving of gifts easy for everyone's pockets. This gathering is only for employees!
The E.D. will make a special announcement at the party.

Merry Christmas to you and your family,

FROM: Pauline Lewis, Human Resource Director
TO: All Employees

DATE: 5th November 2005
RE: Holiday Party

In no way was yesterday's memo intended to exclude our Jewish employees. We recognize that Hanukkah is an important holiday, which often coincides with Christmas, though unfortunately not this year. However, from now on we're calling it our "Holiday Party". The same policy applies to any other employees who are not Christians. There will be no Christmas tree or Christmas carols sung. We will have other types of music for your enjoyment.

Happy now?

Happy Holidays to you and your family,

FROM: Pauline Lewis, Human Resources Director
TO: All Employees

DATE: 6th November 2005
RE: Holiday Party

Regarding the note I received from a member of Alcoholics Anonymous requesting a non-drinking table... you didn't sign your name. I'm happy to accommodate this request, but if I put a sign on a table that reads, "AA Only", you wouldn't be anonymous anymore!!! How am I supposed to handle this? Somebody?

Forget about the gift exchange, no gift exchange allowed now since the Union Officials feel that $10 is too much money and Management believe $10 is a little cheap. NO GIFT EXCHANGE WILL BE ALLOWED!


FROM: Pauline Lewis, Human Resources Director
TO: All Employees

DATE: 7th November 2005
RE: Holiday Party

What a diverse group we are! I had no idea that December 20th begins the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which forbids eating and drinking during daylight hours. There goes the party! Seriously, we can appreciate how a luncheon at this time of the year does not accommodate our Muslim employees' beliefs, perhaps the Grill House can hold off on serving your meal until the end of the party - or else package everything up for you to take in a little foil doggy bag. Will that work?

Meanwhile, I've arranged for members of Weight Watchers to sit farthest from the dessert buffet and pregnant women will get the table closest to the toilets, Gay are allowed to sit with each other, Lesbians do not have to sit with gay men, each will have their own table. Yes, there will be flower arrangements for the gay men's table too. To the person asking permission to cross dress…no cross-dressing allowed.

We will have booster seat for short people. Low-fat food will be available for those on diet. We cannot control the salt used in the food, we suggest those people with high blood pressure taste the food first. There will be fresh fruits as desserts for Diabetics; the restaurant cannot supply "No Sugar" desserts. Sorry! Did I miss anything?????


FROM: Pauline Lewis, Human Resources Director
TO: All F******
DATE: 8th November 2005
RE: The F****** Holiday Party

Vegetarian pricks I've had it with you people!!! We're going to keep this party at the Grill House whether you like it or not, so you can sit quietly at the table furthest from the "grill of death", as you so quaintly put it, you'll have your f****** salad bar, including organic tomatoes, but you know tomatoes have feelings too. They scream when you slice them. I've heard them scream, I'm hearing them scream right NOW!!!
I hope you all have a rotten holiday, drink, drive and die!!!

The Bitch from HELL!!!!!!!!!!

FROM: John Bishop - Acting Human Resource Director
TO: All
DATE: 9th November 2005
RE: Pauline Lewis and Holiday Party

I'm sure I speak for all of us in wishing Pauline Lewis a speedy recovery, and I'll continue to forward your cards to her. In the meantime, the Management has decided to cancel our Holiday Party and instead, give everyone the afternoon of December 23rd off with full pay.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Just In Thyme

Deserving Thyme Outlet Store is currently having their holiday gift sale...

Open Monday - Friday from 9 am - 5 pm
726 Powell Street (between Heatley & Hawks)
T: 604.683.7740 e:

Friday, December 01, 2006

About Town

Support World AIDS Day

After setting up our table in advance for the Marché de Noël, we decided to dine at the centre's in-house bistro, Salade de Fruit. We have heard much praise for this intimate and cozy hideaway, so when opportunity presented itself, we could not resist. Jesee and I both indulged in the generous portions of Moules et Frites et Canard Confit. The mussels were absolutely the freshest and most tender we've ever enjoyed and the succulent duck confit resting on a bed of sauce à cassis created an emotional excitement within us. All this superbness accompanied by a carafe of wine, crackling Piaf and an Eiffel Tower Christmas tree looking over us gets two thumbs up from Tapas and Dim Sum.

Two weeks ago on opening night, we watched and loved Casino Royale and we were curious to find out why people were fussing about Happy Feet. Heartwarming and adorable as it was, it didn't do a whole lot for me like Daniel Craig did. He's really all THAT and a bag of chips.

Truth be known, going to the cinema was more about me finding a place to rest my weary feet for a few hours before we headed to the Lotus Lounge for a night of dancing. Resident DJ Andrew Pacey was playing an early set which suited us old dudes just fine. As we zoned out and let loose to the progressive house beat, the age thing became less evident...that is until we ran out of juice.