Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Toronto Update #1

I'm at my brother-in-law's this evening. He has internet service, while my parents-in-law don't even have their computer set up anymore. So here's a quickie post on the trip so far:

* flew in Friday night. Beautiful, gorgeous view of the city at night glowing like a quilt of orange light. Sorry, Sparky Duck and Dale, but Toronto is beautiful to me.

* met up with Amy Ruttan, Wylie Kinson and Leah B. at Milestones before the Toronto Romance Writers October meeting. My husband Brad joined us for lunch and really enjoyed all the writerly discussion. It was SO wonderful to see everyone in person!! The meeting was more than great, as I learned a little tidbit of fabulousness on behalf of my Romance Writers of Atlantic Canada writing bud, Kelly Boyce. I very much enjoyed a dialogue workshop given by Eve Silver.

* Brad and I hightailed it for Dundas and Yonge and ran with tears in our eyes into the loving embrace of the World's Biggest Bookstore

* on Sunday we went to dinner with Brad's friend Lisa and her sister Sherri. Her sister is a psychic who read our palms for us and gave us Tarot readings. I had wonderful news from both readings that left me in actual tears.

* today was more of a hang-out-with-Brad's-mom-and-dad kind of day

* I did talk to my friend Donna - I used to be the nanny for her now-22-year-old-daughter. Can't wait to see her!!

* but in the evening, his brother Jeff came to get us, and drove us out to his place in Oakville. We had Chinese take-out with his wife Violet. She showed me how to use different features on my mom's digital camera. She also let me take pictures of her art work for a future Thursday Thirteen...

* my mom is looking after my dog while we're away, and it's such a good feeling knowing she's in good hands. But I miss her!

19 comments:

Annie Mac said...

Sounds like you and Brad are having a great time. Kelly shared the fabulousness of her news with us on Sunday. How great was it that you were there when they announced her name?

Karina said...

Sounds like you're having a fabulous time! Glad to hear it!

Akelamalu said...

Great to hear you're having a good time. :)

Samantha Lucas said...

You're having so much fun!! Good for you. :)

Sparky Duck said...

Hey I never said Toronto wasnt beautiful, I just said it needed fruity drinks

No Nonsense Girl said...

sound like a good time!!!

I was stopping by your blog to check on you! :)

Christine d'Abo said...

That is aweseom, Julia! I'm so glad you are having a great time. :)

Toni said...

>>>The meeting was more than great, as I learned a little tidbit of fabulousness on behalf of my Romance Writers of Atlantic Canada writing bud, Kelly Boyce.<<<

Well then that's just perfect, because I nominated you for a "fabulous" award.

And you made me smile when you "ran crying" into the world's largest bookstore. That would bring tears to my eyes as well. ;)
Have (more) fun, friend!
Blessings,
~Toni~

Kelly said...

Glad you're enjoying your trip! We missed you at the meeting but thanks for the phone call Saturday night - made my weekend! :-)

Karina said...

Came back to tell you that I know you're away, but I've tagged you for a meme for when you get back. No rush! ;-)

annette said...

Glad you're enjoying your trip. And I know what you mean about that bookstore. Isn't it the best? I could spend days in there, seriously.

Dale said...

It's beautiful, it just doesn't glow the same as it does in those heavily retouched photos. I like my city!

Sniz said...

Toronto IS beautiful. I didn't know they had the biggest bookstore in the world. That makes it even better! Sounds like you're having so much fun!

Isabella Snow said...

Sounds wonderful, have fun!

Devon Ellington said...

The bookstore's still there? Awesome! I remember when it was "Cole's World's Biggest Bookstore". I'm tempted to visit Toronto just to go there!

disillussioned_me said...

Good to know your trips going great! Have loads of fun& enjoy...

Camille Alexa said...

Have fun!

Wylie Kinson said...

Julia - It was lovely meeting you and Brad. We were so glad you were able to join us for lunch. Next time we'll linger and chat longer ;)

Karina said...

I'm back yet again...this time to tell you I've given you an award. See what happens when you go away?