January 4, 2020: Moving on

It's been four days since Lulu's sudden passing and it still hasn't really sunk in.  For any of us.  Today, Akemi was in the kitchen cooking and, from the corner of her eye, caught what she thought was Lulu sitting, as she often did, impatiently waiting for a treat.  The situation with Lulu is, of…

January 3, 2020: So far…in 2020!

So I was going through my blog archives in search of something else and I came across the following video from back in the day.  Actors Jamil Walker-Smith, Brian J. Smith, and David Blue watching the finished cut of SGU's Time - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Suf7X50oDlM&feature=youtu.be Good times! I've decided to start a new feature on twitter titled…

My Favorites Reads of 2019

2019 was not a great reading year for me, partly because I was busy working on a production, partly because I have grown disillusioned with the award winners and Best Of recommendations, but mostly because, after my staggering 2018 reading record, I was burnt out.  In the end, I managed roughly one fifth of the…

January 1, 2020: Goodbyes!

Thanks to everyone who left a message regarding Lulu, on twitter, instagram, facebook, and here on this blog.  Over a thousand well-wishes received.  Thanks so much.  It's nice to see my gal was so well-loved. On the other hand, at times like these, it's hard not to second-guess, decisions made and not made.  So it…

December 31, 2019: Lulu

I hadn't really planned on getting a french bulldog, but a series of fortunate events saw us welcome this little, big-eared frenchie into our home. Lulu settled in quite nicely with the rest of the pack, but it was clear from the get-go that she was different.  Smarter, stronger, and spryer than our three pugs,…

December 30, 2019: Travel! Art! And BIG New Year’s Eve plans!

Five hours and forty minutes, ninety-seven kpop songs, and a smoked meat sandwich later we are back in Toronto.  And I am exhausted.  I may have to redeem one of the massage tickets Akemi gifted me for Christmas. Our last full day in Montreal saw us all attend the special Van Gogh exhibition in Old…

The Top 25 Kpop Songs of 2019

Well, I could have easily done a Top 50 Kpop Songs of 2019, but elected to stick to half that for the purposes of this blog post.  And so, here you go - My Top 25 Kpop Songs of 2019... 25 - Violeta by Iz*One https://open.spotify.com/track/0ahbzg4GCq3wJzUM3cjS3N?si=S5ugraINRHSFpD_2X12h5w Feel bad for this relatively young group which debuted…

December 27, 2019: Mundane books and more horror movie tagline!

Ah well.  An overnight ice storm has rendered the various streets surrounding mom's place defecto skating strips (This morning, Akemi and I watched a squirrel literally slide down the driveway).  As a result, we are housebound.  No smoked meat lunch.  No going downtown to check out that condo in Old Montreal.  No walkies for the…

December 26, 2019: Happy Boxing Day! Get out there and fight, fight, fight!

Guys, if there is one thing I absolutely must do in 2020, it's curb my pistachio cream consumption.  It's really getting out of hand! Mallozzi's. Akemi doing the chipmunk thing. Lulu Sujiko And Christmas dinner. Alright horror aficionados, it's time for another round of Guess the Horror Movie by its Tagline.  This time, it's the…

December 25, 2019: Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!

At some point late last night, Akemi decided the guest room we were sleeping in was too cold for her, so she moved to the second guest room.  It wasn't until 6:00 a.m. that Suji realized she was missing - at which point she freaked out, in turn freaking Lulu out.  They would NOT go…

December 24, 2019: Merry Christmas Eve! Guess the horror movie by its tagline – moderate edition!

Merry Christmas Eve from mom.  Here, have some Christmas cookies. In case you missed it, check out - https://medium.com/fan-fare/12-of-the-best-science-fiction-fantasy-television-series-of-the-decade-406d3c719e1a Thanks to Rod T. Faulkner, longtime Dark Matter supporter, for the mention. Alright.  It's time for another round of Guess the Horror Movie by its Tagline.  Yesterday, we played the Easy Edition.  Congratulations to Colleen O’Shaughnessy for being the…

December 23 2019: Road Trip! Guess the horror tagline!

336.5 miles, 74 kpop songs, and one prosciutto, lettuce and tomato sandwich later, we arrived in Montreal.  The dogs were a little edgy for the first two hours until they presumably realized were not, in fact, going to the visit the vet - at which point they kicked back and snoozed through the remainder of…