Yesterday morning we applied for our Ontario Health cards. It couldn't have been easier. We filled out a form (which, like all of Canada's forms, you can get online), showed up with our documents, waited all of five minutes, answered a few questions and had our pictures taken. Et voila. We now have forms that serve as temporary cards, and our permanent cards are being mailed to us.
Then we had a cool Toronto afternoon. We drove in, and headed for the Toronto Archives. After several of you mentioned The Annex neighbourhood and Casa Loma, we saw the Archives on the map, and it sounded appealing. There was a good exhibit called "Signs Of Urban Life," about advertising and signage in Toronto from the early 1900s to the present. We like old ads and store signs, we look at them wherever we are, so this was a fortuitous find. The exhibit was really well done, with beautiful photographs and good explanations.
The coolest thing in the Archives was the "Miles of Files," an area through which you can view a vast room of boxes, each catalogued and labeled, and get an idea of the scope and breadth of the Archives' holdings.
Allan: Ooo, all that paper, all those things...
Laura: Ooo, all those boxes, neatly labeled and organized, they know where everything is...
I'm sorry I didn't bring a camera, just for this room, but I'm trying to find a picture of it online.
Next we drove down Spadina a bit, then parked and wandered around The Annex and a little in the University area. We found an excellent bookstore called Ten Editions. Beautiful old houses in The Annex. Does anyone know, are those mostly privately owned, or broken up into apartments? And here's another question. What is the mansion-like building on Bloor and St George, diagonally across from the Bata Shoe Museum?
After this, the highlight of the day: the flagship LCBO store. Do you remember long ago when I asked about where to get a better selection of wine? Lone Primate tipped us off to the Summerhill store, the flagship LCBO housed in a converted train station. Whoa. Not only is it huge, with an amazing selection and lower prices, the building itself is fantastic, both inside and out.
Allan: Ooo, all this wine. What a great place...
Laura: Ooo, all this wine. What a great place...
We sampled more than a few wines and liquers and cheeses, shopped our little hearts out, and were very impressed with the total bill. Ah, the joys of owning a car.
Our last stop was Chinatown: dim sum and bubble tea. There doesn't seem to be very good Chinese food in Port Credit, and with Chinatown only 20 minutes down the QEW, it's becoming a regular stop.
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The information I need to start the next Ancient Civs book was supposed to be emailed to me this past Monday. It just arrived this morning. The first deadline, however, remains the same. Grrr. I've been working on other assignments in the meantime, but that doesn't change the fact that my outline is due December 15. I guess I'll be very busy for the next two weeks. I'll still be blogging, but I might be a bit absent from comments.
Having said that, I'm now going to read yesterday's comments. See y'all later.