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We are Vanessa + Jess, a couple who have just moved into our new apartment on Manning Avenue. Although we take photographs for a living, we often forget to document our lives. This blog is decidated to the things we love to do, projects we start, thrifts we find and general day to day adventures. Thanks for stopping by.

While I am at it, I decided to post a few other books I read and enjoyed recently. The ones that aren’t in the pictures I read on my Kobo.
The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt - I found out  about this book one day when I was in a sandwich shop and this guy  walked in and he had it in his hands. I thought to myself “damn that  book has a cool looking cover. I am going to check it out.” Man I’m so  glad I did. This book won the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Price in  2011 and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize as well. The story  takes place in the 1800’s during the gold rush and is about two brothers  named Eli and Charlie Sisters who are hired by a man named The  Commodore to travel to San Francisco on horseback to kill a guy named  Hermann Warm. As dark as that sounds, there are actually a lot of really  funny moments, especially when the two brothers start bickering.
The Visible Man by Chuck Klosterman - I think I  consider this book to be one of the top 5 books I have ever read. It’s  very weird but its so amazing. The basic synopsis is that there is this  really odd crazy smart guy who invents some kind of suit that lets him  appear invisible and he starts visiting a psychiatrist to deal with his  issues. Sure, that sounds ridiculous, but I dare you to read the first  20 pages and not finish the book. I am about to start Downtown Owl which  is Chuck Klosterman’s first fiction novel and I’m pretty excited about  that.
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson - Vanessa and I read this book at the same time and went to see the movie the day after we finished. Both the book and the movie are really great and I honestly think I would recommend both. As with any book vs. movie debate comparison, the book has a lot more detail and feels way more intense. But the movie was also great. I’m a huge Daniel Craig fan so that was also a bonus.
The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes - Vanessa bought me this book as a random gift on an average weekday and I really loved it. It isn’t very long, but its quite intense. I don’t even really know how to explain what it’s about. I would say you should just go ahead and read it.
The Bone Collector by Jeffery Deaver - I had read a few of Jeffery Deaver’s more recent books in the Lincoln Rhyme series and always meant to read this one. I thought it was a lot better than his newer books since he didn’t end every chapter with a crazy cliffhanger like he does in The Cold Moon, The Broken Window, The Burning Wire, or the James Bond novel that was released last year called Carte Blanche.
Sandstorm by James Rollins - This is the first book in a series James Rollins has written about a team of government agents called the Sigma Force. Overall it is a pretty decent action adventure novel. I would say that if you are going to read it you need to prepare yourself for the pages and pages of scientific explanation. I really enjoyed it but I could see how some people would find it annoying.
Map of Bones by James Rollins - This is the second book in the Sigma Force series. I haven’t ever read Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code, but I have been told this book is quite similar. Its pretty cool but the ending was a little lame.
The Final Testament of the Holy Bible by James Frey -  At first I really liked this book, but then a little over halfway  through it kinda gets weird. Its really well written and I did enjoy it.  It just kinda took me by surprise I guess. I also have a copy of James  Frey’s book A Million Little Pieces which I am planning to read very  soon.
11/22/63 by Stephen King - I think this is a terrible book. I would only suggest it if you want to be bored out of your mind reading about some guy from present time spending 5 years in the 60s as a substitute teacher. Oh yea and he is also trying to save JFK’s life but that doesn’t really happen until pretty much near the end.
That’s about it for now though. I will post another update once I finish Downtown Owl.

While I am at it, I decided to post a few other books I read and enjoyed recently. The ones that aren’t in the pictures I read on my Kobo.

The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt - I found out about this book one day when I was in a sandwich shop and this guy walked in and he had it in his hands. I thought to myself “damn that book has a cool looking cover. I am going to check it out.” Man I’m so glad I did. This book won the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Price in 2011 and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize as well. The story takes place in the 1800’s during the gold rush and is about two brothers named Eli and Charlie Sisters who are hired by a man named The Commodore to travel to San Francisco on horseback to kill a guy named Hermann Warm. As dark as that sounds, there are actually a lot of really funny moments, especially when the two brothers start bickering.

The Visible Man by Chuck Klosterman - I think I consider this book to be one of the top 5 books I have ever read. It’s very weird but its so amazing. The basic synopsis is that there is this really odd crazy smart guy who invents some kind of suit that lets him appear invisible and he starts visiting a psychiatrist to deal with his issues. Sure, that sounds ridiculous, but I dare you to read the first 20 pages and not finish the book. I am about to start Downtown Owl which is Chuck Klosterman’s first fiction novel and I’m pretty excited about that.

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson - Vanessa and I read this book at the same time and went to see the movie the day after we finished. Both the book and the movie are really great and I honestly think I would recommend both. As with any book vs. movie debate comparison, the book has a lot more detail and feels way more intense. But the movie was also great. I’m a huge Daniel Craig fan so that was also a bonus.

The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes - Vanessa bought me this book as a random gift on an average weekday and I really loved it. It isn’t very long, but its quite intense. I don’t even really know how to explain what it’s about. I would say you should just go ahead and read it.

The Bone Collector by Jeffery Deaver - I had read a few of Jeffery Deaver’s more recent books in the Lincoln Rhyme series and always meant to read this one. I thought it was a lot better than his newer books since he didn’t end every chapter with a crazy cliffhanger like he does in The Cold Moon, The Broken Window, The Burning Wire, or the James Bond novel that was released last year called Carte Blanche.

Sandstorm by James Rollins - This is the first book in a series James Rollins has written about a team of government agents called the Sigma Force. Overall it is a pretty decent action adventure novel. I would say that if you are going to read it you need to prepare yourself for the pages and pages of scientific explanation. I really enjoyed it but I could see how some people would find it annoying.

Map of Bones by James Rollins - This is the second book in the Sigma Force series. I haven’t ever read Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code, but I have been told this book is quite similar. Its pretty cool but the ending was a little lame.

The Final Testament of the Holy Bible by James Frey - At first I really liked this book, but then a little over halfway through it kinda gets weird. Its really well written and I did enjoy it. It just kinda took me by surprise I guess. I also have a copy of James Frey’s book A Million Little Pieces which I am planning to read very soon.

11/22/63 by Stephen King - I think this is a terrible book. I would only suggest it if you want to be bored out of your mind reading about some guy from present time spending 5 years in the 60s as a substitute teacher. Oh yea and he is also trying to save JFK’s life but that doesn’t really happen until pretty much near the end.

That’s about it for now though. I will post another update once I finish Downtown Owl.

Business As Usual by Michael Boughn
I just finished reading this book and I have nothing but good things to say about it. It is about a couple living near St Catharines ON who accidentally stumble into so Mafia related business in Southern Ontario. In general the story is very good, but its even better that a lot of it takes place in Toronto. Check it out!

Business As Usual by Michael Boughn

I just finished reading this book and I have nothing but good things to say about it. It is about a couple living near St Catharines ON who accidentally stumble into so Mafia related business in Southern Ontario. In general the story is very good, but its even better that a lot of it takes place in Toronto. Check it out!

It would appear that Vanessa and I have been slacking majorly on updating this blog. That is going to change very soon. Lots of things have changed in the last few months and we will try to keep the blog up to date in the future!

For anyone living in or around Toronto, we are both going to have some photographs on display at an art show this Thursday, February 2nd at Analogue Gallery just west of Queen and Bathurst. Come and hang out any time between 6-10pm!

Christie Lake Antique Show

The Christie Antique show is Canada’s largest antique show and takes place twice a year in Dundas, Ontario. There are over 300 dealers and 10 acres of antiques, so when I got wind of this event the first person I thought to call was my friend Maria who is the antiquing queen.

Jess and I had a few things in mind to look out for - lamps and maybe another rug for the living room.  This lamp was the first score of the day.  We also ended up with two other lamps and a beautiful orange and blue rug. There is so much to see and take in that it can be a bit overwhelming. Even if you are hunting for bargains, it can be hard to backtrack so you have to be pretty thorough and concise. Luckily we found most of our items at the beginning of the day. Although I opted for coffee to keep me company on the walk, there was a beer and wine tent so you could shop n’ booze. I might have to do that next time around.

After our shopping field trip we headed back to Maria + Taylors for some beers and bbq. Taylor was painting the house when we arrived, so Jess helped out.

Charlie!

Maria’s new mailbox.

The most amazing portrait of Taylors grandfather.

- Vanessa

BON APPETIT

Pan Friend Gnocchi with Oyster Mushrooms + Asparagus

It called for Morels + Fiddelheads so I made a few substitutions as they were not in season. Kept the rest of the recipe the same and it was delish.

(Source: veganyumyum.com)

BON APPETIT

A lil’ bit of everything…

Currently Reading…

The World Without Us by Alan Weisman.

This book is about what would happen to our world if people no longer existed. So far I am half way through and it’s a great read. I definitely recommend it to anyone looking for something new to check out.

- Jess