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Saturday, September 18, 2010

Maji's 89th - Round Two!

Maji's 89th birthday celebrations continued today with a delicious lunch at the Mandarin with family!  It was perfect.  She had a terrific time, came home and fell asleep by 5pm.  Last we checked, she was snoring and I'd like to believe having the most gorgeous dreams!

Maji with a rose from Suli's garden in her hair.

Maji and her great grandchildren.

Zara in the Bollywood Baby onesie I made for her.  She's so gangsta!

 My khutumb (family.)

The sugar settled in and Kahzmir and I got a bit silly!

Getting ready for the scariness of Halloween!
Calming down...

Happy Birthday Maji!

Maji's 89th - Round One!

My Maji is 89 today. 

I expressed my gratitude last year and am so lucky for another year spent with her.  Thank you Mom and Dad for doing an amazing job taking care of her, keeping her safe and making her laugh.

Here is tonight's joy in pictures.  Stay tuned for Round Two of our celebrations tomorrow!

The birthday girl and her Black Forest Cake!

My Dad, Maji and my Mom.  A TERRIFIC trio!

My new favourite picture!

Karim, Minaz and Kahzmir about to cause an icing overdose! 

Kahzmir and his Great Grandma!

A common interaction between Maji and I.  She gets unruly and I have to lay down the law.


Grandparents are there to help the child get into mischief they haven't thought of yet. 
~Gene Perret

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Labour Day at the Baseball Game!

Your starting Fan Line-Up for the Labour Day baseball game where the Jays welcomed the Texas Rangers and won 7-2.

#18 - Ameera "Princess" Hosein
She's #18 because so far that has been the best year fo her life. 
Her batting stance song would be Diana Ross' "I'm Coming Out."

#11 - Karim "What's your twitter handle?"Kanji
#11 Karim Kanji came out to the game rocking this geriatric look.  All his matchy matchy tracksuit was missing was a few gold chains. (I like to bug him.  He knows he is one of my favourite people.) His batting song would be "Piece of Crap" by Neil Young.  Of course it would.

#89 - Minaz "Did you know you could recycle that?" Kanji
She came to Canada in 1989 and has worked at making Toronto a greener place to live in ever since then.  She'd come out to Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger" and would likely hit a homerun with that anthem in the background!

And with these shoes, she would deserve it too!

#2  - Faiza "Genoa City" Kanji
I like the #2 because some of my best times in life have been spent in duos!
 I'd walk to the batter's box to the tune of the Jackson 5's "Can You Feel It?" 
That song makes me feel like I have ants in my pants.  In a good way.
(I'm not sure how to recover from that one....)

#1 - Kahzmir Kanji
This kid is too cool for a nickname.  He picked #1 for his jersey because it's Thomas' number. 
Makes sense to me and of course his batting song would obviously be "Go, Go Thomas!"
It's a real crowd pleaser amongst the 2-6 year old demographic.

Seriously...too cute!

We had a great time watching the Jays beat the Rangers. 
A gratuitous shot of Michael Young for Micaela just before he got a hit.

The dome was closed and then it opened.  It was sunny and then it rained. 
High five to Kahzmir's parents who brought weather appropriate reading materials.

I'd say a Happy Labour Day was had by all!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Do You Dewey? Summer 2010 Edition


You wouldn't know from the length of this post that over the summer months I faithfully visited my library every Monday on my lunch break.  I've been a diligent and dedicated library card carrier, I just haven't been watching any of the movies I've been picking up each week.  I've also become an expert at renewing my items or placing them on hold over and over and over again.  I was okay keeping up this farce until I miscalculated one day and realized that my 8 items were OVERDUE. One day of fines led to nine and I ended up having to pay $8.40.  I was shamed.

So without further adieu, here is what I was able to get through this summer...

Lars and the Real Girl
I heart Ryan Gosling.  Ever since his days on Breaker High, I've wanted to go back to high school - on a cruise ship and participate in Sean and Jimmy's crazy pranks and schemes.  Fast forward to The Notebook and......swooooooon.
Gosling is Canadian.  He's cute.  He's a terrific actor. You'll enjoy him in this movie because of the very real quality to this small town story.  Lars' character is so vulnerable that you just want to extend kindness to him and be a part of a community taking care of its own. 

Cadillac Records
If you are a Beyonce or Mos Def fan, you will want to see this movie.  This is a musical biopic that takes you through some of the best music to come out of Chicago in the 40s, 50s and 60s.  I don't enjoy watching Adrian Brody on any size of screen and was thankful for all the terrific music that made me forget him...until he reappeared again. 

The Bucket List
I loved this movie and was inspired to start my own Bucket List!
The relationship between Jack Nicholson's character and Morgan Freeman's was endearing and comical.  If you love life, love family and love people who come together in the oddest of ways and create life experiences and memories to cherish and reflect upon, watch this movie NOW! 

I may have taken this book out from the library and renewed it twice over the summer.....don't judge me.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Snail Mail Tale - Give Bookmooch a try!

Bookmooch - My latest acquisitions from Bookmooch.  Have you joined yet?
 Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh.  A recommendation from Roxy on goodreads. Sent from Dorit in Israel.

The Go-Giver: A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea by Bob Burg and John David Mann.  A recommendation from Emil.  Another book from Dorit in Israel.

The 4 Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferriss.  Sent from Josh in the US and recommended by Suzie and Timo in Germany.

Stephen in the 416.  Stephen found me on Postcrossing.  He favourited one of my custom cards seen here and asked me to send him one.  Turns out he lives in the neighbourhood I grew up in.  Small world!  This is the vintage postcard he sent back to say thank you.  It is a TTC subway from years ago.

Another thank you card from shopoholic in the Ukraine.

Alida sent me this dreamy postcard from her recent trip to Mykonos, Greece.  Thank you for the woman in the thing Alida. It made me want to floss...

Bianca - Love the ghost and lucky horseshoe stickers on this envie.  I ordered some Carte Postal prints from Bianca.  You can get your own along with her other creations here. 

First exchange of gratitude songs between Lisa and I.  Lisa had a great idea to take turns sending each other snail mail that highlights songs of gratitude.  The first song she sent me was Sly and the Family Stone's Thank You.

First letter from Passion's new home after her big move this summer.  She uses a lot of fun Japanese stationery.

Marianne - Kindness, love and treats in an envie from Texas' finest!

Marianne covered the back with images of three of my favourite things - giraffes, The Young and the Restless and snail mail.  Love the quote on the back of her envelope as well.

And inside was one of the best letters I've ever received AND three giraffe notebooks!  Thank you so much my sweet friend Marianne. 

Anni - A postcard for Anni and her family.  Check out their amazing family postcard project.

Marianne - Marianne sends me postcards from wherever she travels.  I thought I would send her one from a place I like to go often!

A letter for Farah in Malaysia.  Thanks to Melanie for the great envelope.

Felicity - A letter to the brave Felicity.  I doodled on her envie while riding the bumpiest bus ever.  Felicity just posted her first video.  It was so surreal seeing her "live" after having just written to her.  She's as down-to-earth and kind as I knew she would be.

Micaela - For the romantic and generous Micaela who sent me such a great package!  I repurposed an ATC that Bianca sent me in the mail for this envelope.

Wishing you all a Happy Monday!  (Happy Labour Day to my Canadian and American friends!)