NOvember 2010™ wrap-up

November 30, 2010

As you might remember from my post at the beginning of the month, I’ve been on a strict diet for the month of NOvember™. Today (being my birthday) marks the end of the fast and time for a little celebratory indulging.

I started the day with a double Americano. The staff at the Second Cup were pleased to see me and were brewing my “usual” before I had a chance to say “I’d like a…” I swear those people have memories like elephants.

The great thing about going off caffeine for a month is that first cup hits you like a speedball. To say I was floating on clouds this  morning is an understatement along the lines of “Jupiter might be considered by some to be rather large”.

I also forgot how much it MAKES YOU PEE.

Lunch was poutine and a chocolate milkshake. That was really pushing the lactose envelope after a month dairy-free. So far I haven’t had explosive diarrhea. But I do feel like my stomach has lead weights tied to it.

I really did feel so much better this month not having dairy and fried foods at all. That isn’t to say the poutine wasn’t a culinary orgasm in my mouth (try a gang-bang of well-lubed flavour), but this sluggish, blah feeling wasn’t worth it.

That doesn’t mean I’m not drinking some beer tonight though. Oh no. This poutine incident isn’t preempting me from indulging in a nice winter ale (or two).

But I do think tomorrow I’ll be back on the NOvemberwagon for most of December (minus a few key feasting days). I just felt far healthier, more alert and generally happier (even when I was pining for a coffee or some chocolate).

Also, though I didn’t weigh myself at the start, my clothes fit a lot more comfortably.

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Got him!

November 25, 2010

It might look like overkill, but you know for sure you got that pesky mannequin when you drop a dumpster on it.


Grinderman @ The Phoenix, Toronto, 2010-11-11

November 12, 2010

Grinderman @ The Phoenix, Toronto, November 11th. The strangest part of the night wasn’t that Nick Cave is beginning to look a little like Cavil from Battlestar Galactica on a bender these days. Jowly. Maybe he always did, but last night was the first time I’d seen him in the flesh.

Nor was the strangest thing—and I didn’t expect this—that Warren Ellis is absolutely batshit crazy. I’d seen Bad Seeds concert films and he was certainly dynamic in them, but in Grinderman he is a complete wild man. Feral. Maybe he always was, but this was the first time I’d seen him in the flesh.

Ellis definitely stole the show, coming-off as genuinely on the edge where Cave’s energetic performance seemed like a contrived act. Again, it being the first time I’d seen him, it was hard to tell if he’s become a caricature of the Nick Cave persona or if it’s always been an act. It was a good act though. No one plays Nick Cave better than Nick Cave. Except Warren Ellis who plays Nick Cave and Charlie Manson simultaneously.

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Squirrel Stairs

November 2, 2010

Submitted by Sophie Idsinga

sometimes you have to feel bad for the squirrels of Toronto. Once again construction is obstructing their stairways and elevators. However will they get into the trees? And why is it the loons and the seals are never inconvenienced? It’s because squirrels are black, isn’t it?

Interesting also that washrooms apparently are just to the right but if you don’t want to climb a barrier to get to them, you’ll need to go to City Hall. Where there’s never any barrier to defecation (bah-ha).


NOvember(tm) 2010

November 1, 2010


It’s November 1st which means it’s the start of my annual post-Halloween-sugar-binge diet, NOvember(tm).*

It’s an easy diet to follow. Simply say NO to nasty foods.

• NO refined sugar
• NO dairy
• NO processed meat
• NO deep-fried foods
• NO yeast bread
• NO alcohol
• NO caffeine

It’s actually not as hard as you might think to cut these foods out of your diet. Well, except for the last item. I am, however, looking forward to some good sleeps this month. Hopefully not with my head on my desk.

*Not to be confused with Movember, which is also a good thing to do.


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