Sunday, June 24, 2007

Eating Healthy

So in an effort to shape up, i have been doing my best to eat more healthy over the past 2 months. It hasn't been easy. To put it simply, I am not a very good cook at all. Actually outside of peanut butter and jelly sandwich (hold the jelly), I am relatively useless in the kitchen. What i have done in the healthy eating department is take small steps. I used to eat large almost submarine type sandwiches for breakfast. I have switched to eating cereal. first it was frosted flakes but now i have switched to reduced calorie frosted flakes. I used to use whole (3.25%) milk but then i switched to 2% then to 1% and now I use skim milk. It took some getting used to but i actually like it better than whole milk now. I also bring my lunch to work and have been making an effort to bring healthier meals. I bring grilled chicken breast at least twice per week and when i get home i don't eat much deep fried stuff any more. And if i make burgers at home i usually buy chicken burgers instead of the big Angus beef variety.

I am not here to give a lecture on healthy eating, because quite simply i am not qualified. I still only prepare maybe 50% of my meals so i am no chef by any means. But i have found that healthy eating isn't that bad. Actually, i don't even really miss any of the greasy stuff i used to eat. And i have lost about 5 pounds and my clothes fit better so that's a step in the right direction.

Next week ... Video games


Sunday, June 17, 2007


For anyone living outside of Toronto reading this Blog, the TTC stands for the Toronto Transit Commission. In other words the buses and trains of public transportation in the city. For a variety of reasons I have not had to spend much time on the TTC in my lifetime. I lived within walking distance of both my elementary school and my high school. When i was in college my mother lent me her car pretty much everyday. I think in 4+ years of college/university i probably only had to take the bus maybe about 15-20 times. Then after college my mother also lent me her car for almost another 2 years to get to and from my new job in Richmond hill which is about 30 minutes north of where i live by car but would have been around an hour and a half by bus. Then i got my bought my first car and i have been driving to work and every where else since.

That is until last week. As i am sure everyone is aware gas prices the world over have gone completely insane over about the last 6 months. And since my car is no hybrid and is actually quite the gas guzzler I have been spending a lot more money than i used to. In addition my workplace is in downtown Toronto and right on the subway line. I have been buying a monthly TTC metro pass to ride the subway for the last 6 months anyway. Basically, i would drive the to the subway, park my car and then hop on the train the rest of the way to work. However, my monthly metro pass also allows me to ride the bus to the subway station. I haven't done it because I was basically to lazy. However, last week i gave it a try. Its not actually that bad. In truth in only take me about an extra 10-15 minutes longer by bus than it did by car. But now i am not spending any money on gas. I didn't have the fill my tank this week and i probably wont have to next week either. So that is pretty good. My plan is to try and continue taking the bus until at least the end of September. The only time I will drive is on a day when i know i will have to work late. Taking the bus is fine during rush hour but the buses don't move so quickly when it is not rush hour.

And that's it....

Maybe not.

I also want to comment that i say the Fantastic four rise of the silver surfer last night. I am a comic book fan so good or bad any comic movie that comes out i go see. This movie is better than the first still not perfect. I would give it 3/5 stars.

Next week... Eating Healthy

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Date Night

I don't really talk about my relationship much on my blog and this post isn't really about my relationship just an aspect of it i guess. Specifically where to go on dates. This of course implies that one has a date. I am not sure if that really applies to me anymore. To me a date is something you go on when you just start seeing someone. I have been with my girlfriend for almost 8 months at this point. We see each other every weekend. Its implied, its not like i call her up on a Tuesday and ask her if she would like to go out this weekend. This then raises the question of what constitutes a date. Now if we do go out to say dinner and a movie then that is obviously a date. However, A lot of time we just hang out at her house or mine. If we do not actually go out side i am not sure if this can be considered a date. Sometimes its just easier to stay in doors. Especially on a Friday after a long week at work.

This leads me to the real point of my post which is where are the good spots in Toronto to go on a date. A few weeks ago my girlfriend heard that the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) had been remodeled and as such they were giving free admission on a Sunday. We thought it would be a nice date outing. However, by the time we got there the lines were so long that we couldn't get in. However, the point is that going to the ROM would be a good place to go on a date. Other than that there is the aforementioned dinner and a movie, perhaps a nice cafe. I know i am not very interested in going clubbing so that's out. So what does that leave? I am not sure. I am trying to think of some interesting places to go. If anyone has some suggestions they would be much appreciated.

Anyways that's it for now.

Next Week ... The TTC

Sunday, June 3, 2007

Summer TV

Well the summer TV season is nearly upon us. Most shows with the one exception of the sopranos have had there season finales in the last few weeks. There has been a change for the good in the last few years in that many networks no longer just air reruns during the summer hiatus. For example last summer NBC ran a show called windafall about a group of lottery winners. While it was not must see television by any means it good enough to hold my attention for 10 or so episodes that the series ran for. Thats something else i like about summer shows, they have a limited time frame. I think more US shows should be willing to give this a try. Apprently it is quite common in britain to have shows that run for just 10-15 episodes and thats it. The problem is the big US networks like to milk a show that is a cash cow untill it is completly ruined. For instance there is a show on Fox called prison break. The shows creators have stated pubilcly that the show was intended to run for 2 seasons. However, the rating are so good that it is coming back for another season next year. As a conseqeunce the shows has put the main character back into another prison and no doubt he will spend most of next season breaking out of that one. Maybe they can just keep throwing him in different prisions all over the world for the next ten years. LOL.

Anyways after reading a few reviews my picks for summer tv are as follows...

The Loop
Airs: Saturdays at 9:30pm, beginning June 10
Network: FOX
Starring: Bret Harrison, Philip Baker Hall, Mimi Rogers, Joy Osmanski, Eric Christian Olsen
The Scoop: When 20-somethings face the daunting challenges of real life, there are those who choose to embark on a career path and those who'd rather goof off with pals. And then, every so often, there's someone who sets out to do both. Set in Chicago, The Loop is the story of Sam (Bret Harrison), the youngest executive at the corporate headquarters of a major airline, and the first of his friends to get a real job. As Sam strives to meet the relentless demands of his boss Russ(Philip Baker Hall), dodge the nonstop advances of his colleague Meryl (Mimi Rogers), manage his overqualified and somewhat bitter secretary Darcy (Joy Osmanski), and keep his older and rowdier brother Sully (Eric Christian Olsen) from bringing the party to work and possibly destroying his career, he is, by turns, ambitious, exhausted and inspired. Moreover, he is a hero for everyone who has ever tried to work hard and play hard at the same time.

Burn Notice
Airs: Thursdays at 10:00 PM, beginning June 28
Network: USA
Starring: Jeffrey Donovan, Bruce Campbell, Gabrielle Anwar, Sharon Gless
The Scoop: When spies get fired, they don't get a letter from human resources. Michael Weston (Jeffrey Donovan) got a "burn notice" and became untouchable and he has no idea what or who triggered his demise. Stuck in his hometown in Miami, a place he never wanted to return to, with his ex-girlfriend (Gabrielle Anwar) and his old partner (Evil Dead's Bruce Campbell), Michael is determined to find out the reason for his sudden termination. Unable to utilize his normal contacts and needing to stay under the spy network radar, he puts his Special Ops training to use to help those who the police can't or won't, in order to fund his ongoing personal investigation.

Big Brother 8
Airs: Tuesdays at 8:00 PM, Thursdays at 8:00 PM and Saturdays at 9:00 PM, beginning July 5
Network: CBS
The Scoop: Big Brother follows the relationships and conflicts of players who live together in a house outfitted with dozens of cameras and microphones recording their every move 24 hours a day. One by one, the houseguests will vote each other out of the house. At the end of three months, the last remaining houseguest will receive the grand prize of $500,000. While living together in a confined space won't be anything new to the houseguests, choosing between any pre-existing relationships and building new alliances could be a challenge.

The Kill Point
Airs: Sundays at 9:00, beginning July 22
Network: Spike
Starring: John Leguizamo, Donnie Wahlberg
The Scoop: The Kill Pit revolves around a downtown bank robbery by a team of American Iraqi-War veterans. More than a dozen hostages from all walks of life are taken, ranging from the daughter of a business tycoon to an adulterous couple. Throughout the eight-hour event, viewers will follow the escalating action as the volatile soldiers plot their way out, the negotiator anticipates their moves and the hostages desperately try to survive. Time is critical and the game intensifies with surprising twists at every turn.

Flash Gordon
Airs: Fridays at 9:00, beginning August 10
Network: SCI FI Channel
Starring: Eric Johnson
The Scoop: Placing a 21st century spin on a science fiction classic, SCI FI's contemporized version of "Flash Gordon" follows the all-new adventures of Flash (Eric Johnson) and his companions, Dale Arden and Dr. Hans Zarkov. Ordinary people thrust into extraordinary circumstances, they find themselves as Earth's last line of defense against the forces of the merciless dictator Ming.

And that's it.

Next Week... Date night!