Friday, December 21, 2012

Merry Christmas from Tupper!

"And the angel said to them, 'Fear not for behold, I bring you good news of GREAT JOY that will be for all people.'" Luke 2:10

Stay tuned for many joyful blog posts in the new year! 

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Hello From 1900 Lonely

Hello, Kinsey here. I feel the need to explain the lack of blog posts as of late. As many of you know, this is prime exam time for most university students, but somehow not for my two roommates. While Katie and Emily are off galavanting around Toronto, St. Catherines, and Waterloo, I am home alone for the first time ever on Tupper. Katie went to visit her dear friend Jessica in Toronto before continuing onto Waterloo to stay at Noecker (Where all our friends, who we surprised a few weeks ago, live!). Katie will be back Tuesday accompanied by our friend Jeremy; and Emily, who is home in between exams for the week, will return Thursday with Jared. As for me? I have 5 exams but I'm not complaining. Sure it would be nice to do just about anything other than studying, but I always feel that exams are my chance to prove myself as they are the culmination of all the effort I've put forth over the course of the semester. In addition to studying I've been cooking,(currently have red-wine chili in the crock-pot! Mmm) cleaning, and enjoying some peaceful time to myself; however, I cannot wait to have my roommates back before we all head home for a well-deserved Christmas break :)

Monday, December 3, 2012

Meow! Hisssss.

Last night Tupper had a special feline visitor.

But before I tell you about that, I need to tell you about Kinsey's and my trip to the grocery store.

We needed strawberries, cream cheese, pita bread, and frozen fruit--strange combination?--so we zipped out to our "favorite" grocer, Supermarché PA. The store itself was unusually calm and uneventful, but on our way out, we ran into Kathy.

Kinsey knows Kathy from two of her classes, and we got to chatting. The conversation went something like this...
Kathy: "Do you live around here?"
Kinsey: "Yeah, just around the corner actually."
Kathy: "So random!"
Kinsey: "Do you? We're just on Tupper..."
Kathy: "Me too..."
Kinsey: "You don't live in 1900, do you?"
Kathy: "Yeah..."
Kinsey: "Which apartment?!"
Kathy: "Number 6."
Katherine: "We're your noisy neighbors upstairs!"
What are the odds! We talked for a while longer, and learned Kathy has a kitty. So we promptly invited her to bring sweet little Joey for a visit.

Much squealing ensued.

Then Joey got restless so Kathy took her home, with Kinsey promising to kitty-sit whenever necessary. (Kinsey, by the way, tried to convince me last year to let her foster a kitty in the apartment. I said no.) And I made two new friends in one day! Meow!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Welcome to Tupper Papa Neuf!

Last weekend my dear ol' pops made his yearly (at least) visit to Tupper. 

The highlight for me would have to be our Friday dinner at KAZU. This restaurant is MAYBE 15 steps from our apartment and there is a line up out the door EVERY SINGLE DAY. It's a Japanese restaurant and there are literally only 6 tables inside. I'd yet to gather the gusto to wait in that line up but I figured it must be worth the wait or people wouldn't do it in the rain, snow, sleet, hail, you name it (which they do). And so we waited. We arrived at 5, it opens at 530. This is definitely the way to go. We were 2nd in line and got to sit at the bar which looks into the tiny kitchen where the four cooks are crowded into their stations. Dad took some great photos. What an experience! Thankfully we'd looked at the menu online before going in, but we still had no clue what some of the dishes were! We ended up having "fried ravioli" which are basically dumplings, a BBQ chicken and tofu soup, a pickled ginger pork rice bowl and dad had a shrimp burger! SO YUM. I'd definitely go wait again. 

I'm sure the highlight for my Habs fan father was the tour of LE CENTRE BELL (read with French accent). He's been wanting to do this since my first year in Montreal, but it's only now that there's no hockey that they had a tour available the weekend that he was here (tradeoff: usually we go to a game!) The tour was pretty cool though. From the top left, clockwise: Dad and I sitting on Jean Beliveau's couch in the Player's Alumni Lounge. This couch is reserved for Monsieur Beliveau and his wife when they go to a game and no one else sits in it out of respect for them (except us...hopefully my buddy JB never sees this post!), original plaque from the old forum which is in the dressing room above the door. The players tap it with their sticks on the way out for good luck. Next is a look into the dressing room itself! We learned that players are fined $100 if they step on the logo in the middle and the money is given to charity. They also leave all their equipment inside and then the raise and drop the temperature of the room overnight to clean it! Can you say STINKY? Next is dad giving his first press conference, and then sitting on the players bench! Beside him is a photo of our dear friend monsieur Jean Beliveau himself and finally I am sitting in a replica of the dressing room in the Habs Hall of Fame! GO HABS GO! 

It's always a pleasure to have you pops! Thanks for visiting!