Today marked the end of our my first week in Toronto, and it was a productive one. Amid the madness of the pre-production process, we managed to break two stories (episodes 4 and 5)!
I also managed to put on five pounds. The shape of things to come? I’ve got to stop doing less burritos and burgers and more homemade meals. Like this one…
I also need to find that gym. And, quite possibly, furniture for a new place. Saw another two places today. The first was so far out of the way, Robert Cooper would be my neighbor! The second was sad and creepy-looking on the outside, but nicely furnished on the inside.
So, to reiterate, my choices so far:
1. Stay where we are. Pros: Furnished, well-situated, quick and easy access to doggy daycare, restaurants and downtown area (for Akemi). Cons: No security system in apartment, kind of small, .
2. Townhouse #1: Pros: New, clean, well-located in nice neighborhood, not far from downtown, modest backyard. Cons: Unfurnished.
3. House #1: Pros: Well-located in nice neighborhood, fenced-in backyard. #2: Old, no air-conditioning, unfurnished, probably haunted.
4. House #2: Pros: HUGE, enormous fenced-in backyard, squash court in the basement, Robert Cooper as neighbor. Cons: Old, unfurnished, very remote, Robert Cooper as neighbor.
5. Apartment #1: Pros: Nicely furnished interior, well-located in nice neighborhood. Cons: Weird-looking exterior, lobby hallway looks like something out of The Shining, no backyard.
So, them’s my choices. So far. I intend to keep looking (maybe even look into a condo) but time is running out. We’ve only got the place we’re in until April 4th. If I don’t find a place by then, I’m going to have to start living out of my office.
Which isn’t as bad as it sounds. Work has become my place of refuge, the only place I’ve truly been happy since moving to the land of cold and concrete.
And I’m not the only one. Check out Carl –
I’m trying. I really am. Tonight, I went out to dinner with Akemi and Alex. We checked out a Japanese restaurant called Omi which was highly recommended over on the chowhound boards. High recommended! If this is the best of what Toronto has to offer, I may as well just give up any hope of ever enjoying sushi in this city.
Today was the day Jelly and Maximus had their interview of St. Roch’s School for Gifted Canines. Their assessments lasted about thirty minutes each. I regret to report they failed to wow the judge. Their excessive panting around the puppies (a sign of anxiety, they say) and reluctance to take part in any sort of extended play (they prefer to lie about and observe the action from a distance) makes them less than ideal candidates. The invigilator suggested they’d be better disposed to a home setting from where they can partake in the occasional walk. Bubba and Lulu, who are infinitely more playful and less, well, lazy, are scheduled for their interviews on Monday.
A friend pointed out that, for the money it would cost me to send the dogs to daycare, I could hire a full-time nanny. Believe me, I’ve thought about it.
Tomorrow, I head back to Vancouver for all of a day. In tomorrow afternoon and out Sunday morning – just enough time to run some errands, pack two more suitcases full of belongings, and squeeze in one final Van city dinner. This time, Lulu and Bubba will be flying in style along with the lovely Leah Gauthier who’ll be backing me up on the dog transport on this one. No doubt she’ll be offering a detailed account of the experience over on her blog here: http://keepinitleal.blogspot.com/