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A fan of The Fan

We went to see The Fan in Strathcona Park last night. It’s Odyssey Theatre’s 25th anniversary production.

The Fan is a big fat rollicking farce with lots of big, over-the-top personalities, humour and movement. It’s about romance, rivalries and rumours in a tiny Italian village in the 18th century.

This was a terrific way to spend […]

Timeraisers: A fiendishly clever way to add to your art collection

Last year several people said they wished I’d blogged about Timeraisers before the event instead of after, because they would have gone if they’d known about it.

So here you go: It’s happening this Saturday November 13th, 8:00 p.m., at the National Gallery. Tickets are $20. Franklin’s Fault will be providing musical entertainment. Cash bar. Dress […]

They All Do It

Last night GC and I went to the opening night performance of They All Do It, a play produced by Odyssey Theatre.

I’m not someone who has their ear to the ground when it comes to theatre, so I’d never even heard of Odyssey until they emailed me an invitation a couple of weeks ago. […]

Things to do this weekend

Okay, time for the weekend roundup of things to do.

The Naked Bike Ride, Saturday, 2:00 pm, Confederation Park. You can strip down and join the naked bike parade as it winds its way through the downtown core. If being entirely naked isn’t your thing, you can wear body paint. Or skimpy clothing. Or you […]

Alice in Wonderland: I loved it anyway

GC and I won tickets to go see the advance screening of Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland last night. (Thank you, Penguin Canada.)

Going for free is a treat, but it isn’t as easy as paying to see a movie. First there’s a lineup to get your pass converted to a ticket. Then there’s a lineup […]

Good news and a gala

Good news! Karen’s homeless cat friend has found a home in the country where he has the run of the barn and the house! His new staff includes a Burmese Mountain Dog and some chickens. Life probably doesn’t get much better than that.


Speaking of Burmese Mountain Dogs, I met the cutest puppy ever this […]

Good people wanted

I’m smart, affectionate and homeless.

My friend Karen is trying to find a good home for a homeless cat she’s befriended. She writes: “This cat has been hanging around our office here at the corner of Bank and Gilmour for over a month now. He’s smart, affectionate and homeless. I’ve taken to feeding him […]

Treats at the end of treatment

Zoom, moments before the last treatment

I had my last breast cancer treatment today! Sure, there’ll be regular imaging tests (starting tonight, actually, with an MRI), and follow-up appointments for years to come, but I am now officially DONE.

I know I said a couple of months ago that the oncologist told me I […]

A bunch of things we almost did

Yesterday was one of those days where we almost did a whole bunch of things, but actually did very little.

In the morning we decided to drive out to Mantotick to the Swan on the Rideau where Sue W now works. We thought we’d have brunch at her new digs. We were about halfway there […]

Yummy Little Tidbits

Here are a couple of yummy little tidbits of upcoming fun.

Burlesque Life Drawing Comes to Ottawa!
When many artists think “life drawing,” they think of sterile rooms,
bad lighting, and bored, silent, models with nary a hint of
personality. Dr. Sketchy’s Anti Art School is here to change all

Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School is the little New York […]