Thoughts on a Friday

 

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This will never not be funny.
  • This is the last Friday of July 2018.
  • Figure that one out.
  • Next weekend, it will be August.
  • That means CNE time.
  • Which also means the end of summer.
  • Sadness.
  • Raspberries… Gone bad.
  • From my seat, it looks like it could rain.
  • Hopefully it will.
  • Last night there was lightening flashes in the sky, but no storm.
  • It’s been a heavy week for Toronto.
  • Again.
  • When you can’t fathom the senseless actions of one person who sets his mind on destroying peoples’ lives.
  • We’ve seen it time and time again in other places, now it has hit home twice in the last few months.
  • There’s really not much else I can say at this point.
  • However, as terrible as things have been, it’s brought us even closer together as a city.
  • When we help one another, and are nice to one another, remarkable things happen.
  • I still trust in the people here.
  • And that my friends, is why we are called Toronto the Good.
  • But we still could be Toronto the Great if we reeeeeally tried.
  •  Speaking of great, Mamma Mia! Here we Go Again.
  • I saw that the other day, and it was damn near perfect.
  • I say ‘damn near’ because I didn’t see enough Cher or Meryl Streep in it to suite me.
  • Cher is a gift to us all and we are not worthy of her.
  • But I liked it.
  • A lot.

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    I WANTED MORE!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Can I also say I hope to be that sassy and diva-esque when I’m her age?
  • The young version of Sam was especially good looking.
  • Just so you know, any movie that I talk about will inevitably lead to me pointing out a character that I find good looking.
  • I rest my case.
  • I was trying to figure where I had seen him before, and then when I looked him up afterwards, it hit me.
  • War Horse.
  • He was much younger then.
  • And still cute.
  • He’s about my age, actually.
  • I can’t believe it’s been seven years since that movie came out.
  • 2011, if I’m not mistaken?
  • The Artist came out that same year.
  • Remember? That modern silent film?
  • Oy vey.
  • Who the hell works at the Onion and how can I get their job?
  • Kidding, I wouldn’t even begin to know how to make a killer headline.
  • Like this one.
  • Ps: It hasn’t rained yet.
  • You could have fooled me, sky.
  • I was looking forward to a raging thunderstorm, but I guess that was for yesterday.
  • While I was sitting in the movie theatre.
  • :/
  • I KNOW WHAT I’M HAVING FOR DESSERT TONIGHT.
  • Chocolate lava cake.
  • Homemade.
  • Just thought I’d end this post on a sweet note.
  • And here’s some Joni Mitchell to carry you on your way.

 

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The ides of summer

Well hello, are you surprised to see me? Did y’all miss me? I haven’t been round here in a while because some unforeseen circumstances popped up mid June, and I was forced to halt my movie challenge.

I can’t lie, it’s been a weird, stressful couple of months. A family member was in an accident (but is thankfully on the road to recovery), and since then the days have been in a complete jumble. Routines shifted, plans changed, and my family and I simply had go along with it and adjust to this new rhythm.

But in-between, there have been lots of nice little moments that remind me of how nice the summer time actually can be.

Whether it be fresh flowers….

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Or pretty evening sunsets…

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Or World Cup excitement (even though I barely watched any of it)…

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The summer time provides a terrific canvass for wonder and opportunity. (And for the record, I’m not complaining about the heat anymore. Especially after this past winter.)

My sister and her family came to visit for a few weeks as well, and that was also a nice break for us. If you ever need a distraction, small kids will definitely do the trick! They’re loud and they’ll get in things, but you’ll have a good time.

For the first time ever, I signed up for a YA writer’s class with the University of Toronto. It was only a week long, but that was enough to get me inspired again with my own story–which I’ve been writing on and off for the last few years. I critiqued bits of my classmates’ works, and got good feedback on my own piece (eep!), and it was an incredibly positive experience. Plus, I made new writer friends!! Now I just want to write and write and write and work towards getting my baby published at long last.

Other things I’m taking in this month….

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This character, who I like to think of as my goth boyfriend

The Amazing Race Canada, because… Eh, Canadians.

Nothing Much Happens, the only podcast I’ve discovered that I think is worth listening to. The narrator tells you a relaxing bedtime story, and you fall asleep. My cup of tea!

And finally, music! I guess this can be my theme for July.

I’ll be back soon, and I’ll try not to be too much of a stranger around here.

Emmanuel Macron image from here

June movie challenge for day 9 to 13

Oh dear, it looks as though I’ve fallen behind again. And the draft that I thought I’d saved deleted itself. Pooh! But as they say, oh well. All the more for me to post right now, and get it over with. Here we go!

Day 9, favourite horror film: Cat People.

There are so many creepy elements in this movie, I can’t even begin to describe it.

Day 10, favourite movie monster: The creature from Young Frankenstein.

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Day 11, favourite damsel in distress: Willie from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.

The DID thingy is slightly problematic in itself, but you know what? I love Willie anyway. She’s whiny, but she’s hilarious.

Day 12, best book to movie adaptation: The Wizard of Oz (written by L. Frank Baum)

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Even though MGM took quite a few liberties with it in in the movie, I still enjoy it because it is a classic and magical and perfect.

NOW FOR DAY 13! favourite movie soundtrack: Cinema Paradiso.

I couldn’t for the life of me choose a favourite soundtrack, but then I remembered how absolutely beautiful the soundtrack is. Listening to it, I feel like I could float away.

Willie image from here, Wizard of Oz gif via Tenor

June movie challenge: day 7 and 8

Day 7: favourite character actor

Edward Everett Horton. He does his roles so well, and any time I see him on screen just makes me unreasonably happy because he’s so good in his roles, and he’s very funny.

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Day 8 (today!): Director you most admire

Ida Lupino. An actress turned director, Ms Lupino was ahead of her time; she brought realistic (and sometimes controversial) stories about women to the big screen that weren’t often talked about.

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Images from here and here

June classic movie challenge!

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It’s back! And this time, it’s all about the classic films. I loved doing the 30 day May movie challenge last year, and I’m excited to kick it off again this year. I’m 6 days behind, but no worries, I’m happy to do a quick catch up.

  1. Favourite movie: The Women. I love everything about it, from the snappy dialogue to the late 1930’s fashion. Plus, an all female cast, baby! 
  2. Favourite actress: Katharine Hepburn. She can make you laugh while breaking your heart at the same time.
  3. Favourite actor: Donald O’Connor. This one was tough (and subject to change), but the first guy that came to mind was Donald, because he is all around amazing, and immensely talented and immensely underrated. (And cute.)
  4. Most underrated movie: A Matter of Life and Death. Brilliant from beginning to end.
  5. Most overrated movie: Singin’ in the Rain. #Sorrynotsorry.
  6. Favourite character actress: Thelma Ritter. Or Mary Wickes. I can’t decide, they’re both great.

Seen and heard lately

The month goes by so fast, and I can’t remember the last time I wrote one of these, but I figured it was time for an update. And oh, what a month it has been! I didn’t end up throwing self-control away (re: my last post), but my horizons were certainly broadened in some respects.

Seen:

First, allow me to begin with the obvious: the Royal Wedding of the year. It was only natural I should get up with the birds on the Saturday so I could watch the coverage as it happened. I made cream scones for the occasion and sipped loose-leaf English breakfast tea, and I watched it with my Mom. (We did the same for William and Kate’s wedding in 2010!) I must admit, it was a very sweet ceremony. Cheers to the happy couple!

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A snap shot of some lilacs that I took while I was attending a wedding shower one weekend. The venue/nursery Bloom Field Gardens was truly breathtaking!

Speaking of gorgeous, here’s a ballerina who’s fouettes/pirouettes/chaines I aspire to have. Oh, and to dance to that glorious Swan Lake Coda. (And that ending!!!)

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The new Solo movie!!! Ok, I haven’t seen it yet, but I will make sure I do so soon, because to not see a Star Wars movie in theatres is to be considered an abomination. (I learned this the hard way after not seeing The Force Awakens. #regrets)

Heard:

This Woman’s Work, Kate Bush. I heard this on the 2nd season premiere of the Hand Maid’s Tale, and my oh my, that was a powerful scene.

Wuthering Heights, Kate Bush. Another Cathy–I mean, catchy song! I think I’ve watched the video enough times to get the dance moves down pat. If I ever hear it playing somewhere, it will be incredibly hard not to dance to it.

Swan Lake, Op. 20, Act III No. 18, Tchaikovsky. I am mainly here for the trumpets and dramatic entrance of Odile.

You’re so cool, Hans Zimmer. Ok, so I recently began taking up jogging (something I never thought I’d want to take up again, because why run when you can dance?), and I was looking for ways to ease my way into it. I came across one blogger who used this as one of her running themes. What a superb idea! Indeed it is a good piece, because as soon as I had first played it through, I knew I wanted it on my iPod (which doesn’t come often).

Tra la!

Image from here, Solo gif from here