Archive | January, 2014

Fireworks go Boom! | The Debaters – CBC Radio 1

10 Jan

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On Saturday January 11, 2014…my episode of The Debaters with the amazing Patrick McKenna will be re-airing on CBC Radio 1.

Just because he's holding a trophy, doesn't mean he won.

Patrick McKenna: Just because he’s holding a trophy, doesn’t mean he won.

We debate the merits of fireworks…of which I despise.

Backstage at the taping I'm about to lose.

Backstage at the taping I may or may not be about to lose.

If you are a fan of The Debaters and want to see a taping show, why not check out my next taping on February 12th at the Centrepoint Theatre in Ottawa?

Here’s a hint about my next debate topic.

It's the Turducken of literature!

It’s the Turducken of literature!

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How to be Romantic in Winter | Resorts of Ontario

4 Jan

Super excited to be writing a second ‘Romance’ themed travel article for Resorts of Ontario Magazine. The Fella and I spent two nights in two different Ontario resorts that knocked our sexy socks off.

The article will come out soon, but in the meantime, I thought I would repost last year’s article…just in case you’re looking for a little inspiration on how to heat up your relationship when it’s too cold to move in Toronto.

Click HERE to read the article that was published last year in Resorts of Ontario (My article starts on page 25)

Or, read below where I added pictures!

Not our actual hands or robes.

Not our actual hands or robes.

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My fella and I have been in a long distance relationship for a year and a half. I lived in Vancouver and he was in Chicago, so we were also international. If you ever get tired of having money in the bank or regular human contact, try a long distance relationship! You will become an expert at packing, customs line-ups, airline reward programs, Skype freezing your face in unflattering positions and misreading tone in emails.

He got a job in Toronto, so we made the leap from long distance to close quarters and are now living under one roof. We’ve never spent more than a month at a time together, so we’re still learning those quirky little idiosyncrasies that make us adorable and annoying. (His favourite movie is Avatar! I’m an insomniac!)

This image is keeping me from sleeping.
This image is keeping me awake at night.

As we get to know each other better, we also need to shake hands with this province we now call home. I was born and raised in Vancouver. I look at Toronto with a cautiously raised eyebrow, waiting to feel inferior. He is from Chicago and already wants to fix the TTC.

We’ve spent so much brain power organizing the move that we’ve barely taken a breath to celebrate the success of finally living together. So what better way to bond with each other AND Ontario than a romantic night away?

I wanted to find a resort that would re-boot the romance-o-meter, and in my books that means cozy quarters near water. Killarney Lodge in Algonquin Park, Sir Sams in Haliburton and Irwin Inn on Stoney Lake looked to have it all. Cabins by a lake, nature and country dining. After much deliberations, I finally decided on The Millcroft Inn & Spa in Caledon. It was originally built in 1881 as a knitting mill and sits on the edge of the picturesque Mill Pond

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