1200 – 12:50 a.m.: Watch double episode of Million Dollar Listing: New York, one of Akemi’s favorites.  She’s particularly fond of Fredrik and even purchased his audio book.  I, on the other hand, am with Team Ryan.

3:00 a.m.: Wake up with a recurring cough and congestion.  A progression of that lung thing?  Benilyn is my friend.

6:00 a.m.: Lulu starts dry-heaving.  I am UP and she is OFF the bed – just in time. She has been restless all night.  Akemi says she ate something “yellow” off the elevator floor.  Mustard?  Ecstasy?  She is seems agitated so I massage her back until she falls asleep, some 45 minutes later.

7:00 a.m.: Start checking and responding to birthday messages!

8:00 a.m.: I jump out of bed to answer my first birthday call!  Only to discover it’s my alarm going off.  Time to wake up.

9:30 a.m.: Get reacquainted with Toronto traffic.

10:00 a.m.: Find THIS sitting in my office compliments of Alice and co. in the production office…

October 16, 2015: The Birthday Highlights!

Inside = a chocolate selection from Soma, Toronto’s premier chocolatier.

11:30 a.m.: Return to the apartment with a bunch of stuff I’d been storing in my office since I left town = socks, doggy beds and, for Akemi, the “humidifighter” (“It fights for humidity!” – Akemi).  I manage to ease the car into my extra-tight parking spot.

October 16, 2015: The Birthday Highlights!

Fits like a glove!  Of course because the doors won’t open, the only way in and out is through the sun roof.

12:30 p.m.: Lunch and gelato with my former Toronto nemesis, Tara Yelland.

October 16, 2015: The Birthday Highlights!

I couldn’t imagine two people having more fun!

3:00 p.m.: Pass out on the bed and nap for 30 minutes until Lulu hops up onto my chest and then, when I fail to respond, sneezes on my face.

5:00 p.m.: Early dinner at Buca Yorkville

October 16, 2015: The Birthday Highlights!

October 16, 2015: The Birthday Highlights!

October 16, 2015: The Birthday Highlights!

October 16, 2015: The Birthday Highlights!

October 16, 2015: The Birthday Highlights!

My favorite dish was the tiramisu – which I was too busy eating to photograph.

6:30 p.m.: Take the dogs for a walk, field some phone calls, update the blog and then the night is WIIIIIIDE OPEN?  How shall we cap off my birthday celebrations? A trip to the CN Tower where we’ll take in a breathtaking view of the city?  Drinks at an upscale bar?  Dancing?  Nah.  We’ll probably just watch another two episodes of Million Dollar Listing: New York.

38 thoughts on “October 16, 2015: The Birthday Highlights!

  1. Your life is non-stop. I wished you a Happy Birthday on your facebook page, but here it is again. Happy Birthday for Mr. Achy Breaky Lungs.

  2. Well, that sounds like an exciting birthday evening! I think you should do that CN Tower thing!! 🙂

    Seriously, if it’s what makes you happy during your birthday, staying at home is perfectly fine. I hope you had cake though.

    I hope Lulu’s feeling better now – did she have any issues with moving?

  3. Happy Birthday Joe!!

    That is a long and busy day… don’t blame you for wanting to put your feet up for the eve… {insert turning 50 joke here} I’m really tired and can’t think of anything funny, so since you’re the writer I’ll let you come up with your own getting older joke… just let me know what it is, I could use the laugh…


  4. Happy Birthday, Joe!
    It doesn’t matter how many candles are on the cake if you still know how to have fun. 😎 À votre bonne santé! And to Akemi and the furbabies, too.

    Hey, found a possible solution for your gold fish bowl, er window wall. And it’s repositionable, so you can take it with you to a new place. Awesome sci-fi and fractal images by digital artist Lyle Hatch. Comes in every format under the sun. Great gifts.

    wall decal, title “Curly Joe Sci Fi Fantasy,” 3’x3′

    much larger wall tapestry, up to 7’x8′

    other sci-fi choices

  5. Happy Birthday Joe! What happened to the Birthday week tradition?

    Nice dinner at Buca; I would have dug into those mussles, but then again, I am seafood challenged in my present locale, so my standards have fallen a bit.

  6. Happy Birthday Joe!!!! So I was off a little… oh well. Are you sure Robert Cooper is not in town for your huge 50th birthday party? A surprise birthday party! Ooops. I gave it away.

    Maybe you could show us some of the good things about your apartment. There’s got to be some. Like no more door dings in the parking garage.
    Is Tara talking your ear off again?

  7. Happy birthday, Handsome!
    (All men deserve to be called handsome on their birthdays.)

  8. Happy Birthday Joe, and many more!! Glad you ate the tiramisu without pix, I might have gone into dessert overload. Hope the day was good, now rest up to celebrate some more tomorrow and the next day too.

  9. Happy Birthday Joe! 😀

    Where’s the cake though, with the 50 candles in it? Remember that inner child inside, you’ve got to have some fun at the very least. Can’t become like one of those old people who always sigh and don’t celebrate anymore; that’s not fun at all.

    On a side-note, my dad loves watching Million Dollar Listing: Los Angeles. Every time I watch any of the MDL shows, it just makes me wonder how people can afford any of those houses. Doubt I’ll ever hit a million in my lifetime, unless I win the lottery…

  10. 10:00 a.m.: Find THIS sitting in my office compliments of Alice and co. in the production office…

    Inside = a chocolate selection from Soma, Toronto’s premier chocolatier.

    happy birthday!

  11. 3:00 a.m.: Wake up with a recurring cough and congestion. A progression of that lung thing? Benilyn is my friend.

    Oh dear! Well, I did try to warn you that its that time of year and there are virals going around that cant be picked up in blood and xray in early stages so you shouldve gotten a preventive round of antibiotics. But I get it eh. The doctors told you you were fine – so you thought you were. Perfectly understandable and correctable so dont panic. This too shall pass. It’ll just take a bit longer. 🙂
    Albeit, You probably should go back to the doctors and insist on that round of antibiotics. In the meantime, go to your nearest walgreens or CVS pharmacy store, bring ID to the pharmacy counter and ask them for 24 hr 10 count 240 mg pseudoephedrine Claritin D max. Its a ‘non’ prescription potent allergy med they keep behind the counter but it works like a charm on coughs and congestion. (Quite especially for the small handful of respiratory viruses that has been making the rounds these last 6 wks). Take once each night 30 minutes before bedtime. Also, if you can stomach drinking orange juice – be sure to drink 4 glasses of it daily without fail for the next 5 days. (Or at least be eating 2 full oranges per day). Plenty of tea, chicken broth with lemon & garlic and wonton soup with seaweed if you can get your hands on some. Follow the regimen and you’ll recover in about 10 days. In the mean time you have my sympathies. I’ve been there. It’s miserable but I promise it does pass.. 🙂

    By the way: Remember I told you about the adapter so you can watch more of your favorite shows. If you have an older tv set there and cant figure out which adapter you need, let me know what make model it is . It might just need an extra adapter to hook your tablet, laptop or cell phone into then into your video inputs on the tv But the whole thing still wont run ya more than $40-50 and its still ‘much’ cheaper than paying ‘monthly’for premium cable svc. And yes, no worries. It is legal. Stations like SyFy CNN Espn TNT etc offer ‘live’ tv viewing via the internet as part of their service. Although some stations like AMC only offer ‘replays’ of previously aired episodes but even that is better than not seeing a fav tv show at all, eh.

    Feel Better dear Joseph and Happy Birthday once again 🙂

  12. Happy Birthday Joe! Just finished watching the series finale of Continuum. So sad to see such awesome sci-fi go off the air.

  13. Hey, ol’ man…you don’t look a day over 50! 😀

    The cough could be allergies from the apartment. Mold, dust, mouse poopies…

    You look scared to death in that picture with Tara…like…an eight-year old getting a good talking-to from the school principal.

    Take care of yourself, Joey!


  14. Happy birthday, Joe! A great place to check out if you haven’t been yet is Ripley’s Aquarium, next to the CN Tower. If you’re a fan of sharks, it’s the coolest aquarium experience I’ve had. And you can pet sting rays. It’s amazing!

  15. Happy happy! Lovely dinner.

    We were on a tour today, stopped at the “southernmost bakery” in the States, bought a box of assorted malasadas. Yum. And after dinner, a slice of Kona coffee cheesecake. I did take a picture of that!

  16. 50, eh? Such a Youngster! — Back WHEN I turned 50, I actually headed out to BC! [Did the same for 40] The “theory” being, 3 more hours of 49, 3 less of 50. I’m hoping to do Hawaii for my 60th…

    BTW, ya shoulda got a Lexus. Don’t they park themselves..?

  17. Well, since you didn’t have a happy birthday, for which I am sorry for, I wish you to have a Happy Weekend! I hope you and LuLu are feeling better. And that you get some sleep. (I’ve tried ignoring my cat when he lays on me in the middle of the night. I’ve been sneezed on, too. Not a nice way to wake up.)

  18. Happy Belated B-day and thanks for the food pics, loved that plate of pasta and mussels, I just ate lunch and this is still making me hungry, the gnocchi looks really good as does the salmon. I might pop to the store to get some salmon, haven’t had it in a while. Yesterday I made an amazing salad with skinny tender asparagus, it was so good.

  19. I already wished you a happy birthday on FB and got you a Hallmark e-card (hope it didn’t go to spam), but I’m glad you had a reasonably good birthday outside of not feeling well and feeling cranky about the place you are living.

    So Tara — your former Toronto nemesis — does that mean she is no longer a nemesis? Or is she no longer a nemesis who is Toronto-based?

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