It’s beginning to look a lot like…

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Yes, that’s the first snow of the season. Magic!

It now feels like we’ve reached peak Christmas, because there’s nothing in the world that compliments colourful Christmas lights and decorations more so than a blanket of white fluff.

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The dog clearly loves it.

My Christmas shopping is (mostly) complete, so now it’s down to the final touches. And festive baking! So much baking. And so much eating to come.

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Started out with this….

IMG_0431.jpgWhile getting a tad distracted (because baking while having old movies on in the background is a unique pastime of mine)….

But I finished them eventually.

IMG_0428At least, not until the end of the movie. (Slightly Dangerous, if you’re wondering)

As of this past Friday, I’ve been riding the wings of Meatloaf tunes, because I saw the Bat out of Hell musical. It was actually pretty good! If not a little strange in terms of the plot line. But still, very admirably 70s/80s’ rock. The lead performer was especially good, because his singing was actually suited for the rock music, and didn’t have the typical broadway singing voice.

Other things of note:

  • Don’t film a drone over a Renaissance festival or this will happen.
  • A week from today, it’s Doctor Who day! (I may or may not cry when 12 regenerates.)
  • The new Star Wars movie!! I may have to quit using Twitter until I see it because spoilers are jumping out from around the corners on me.
  • Another lovely year end tribute from TCM.

ALSO, because I am (for once) shameless, I started using Wattpad to publish some ridiculous stories I’ve had bopping around my head. READ MY FIRST STORY HERE. (ps: be gentle, it’s still a work in progress…!!)

If I don’t get back here later this week for my round of ‘thoughts’ or whatnot, enjoy listening to Bat out of Hell. (ps: get a load of that overture!)

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Thursday thoughts

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Eating mulberries in Shakespeare’s garden, Stratford-Upon-Avon, 1928
  • And the revelations keep on coming.
  • Every morning when I turn on the news, I find myself thinking, “who’s next?”
  • At this point, it could be anyone.
  • It’s baffling.
  • Although not necessarily surprising?
  • The Onion is having a field day with all these emerging allegations.
  • It’s also kind of upsetting, especially when it’s a person who you thought was decent.
  • Still waiting for Donald Trump’s turn.
  • That guy…
  • Iced Peppermint Mocha dreams fulfilled as of this week.
  • And the week before.
  • Chocolatey, minty goodness.
  • Although not enough whipped cream on my last to satisfy me.
  • But oh well!
  • If that doesn’t suffice, a Krispy Kreme donut will.
  • To have even half of one would be dangerous.
  • Oops, too late.
  • Dangerously delicious.
  • I hate the word delicious.
  • Especially when used to describe something that is not food.
  • Never, ever do that in my presence.
  • It’s the end of November.
  • What?…. Where did it go…??
  • It was the end of Halloween, and now it’s not.
  • Sad!
  • But then again, the Month of Merry will be upon us.
  • Have you ever heard of a Return to Saturn?
  • Unless you’re a real astrology buff, the answer is likely no.
  • I’d never heard of it before either… Until last week or so.
  • Apparently it happens. Every 29.5 years or so, the planet Saturn returns to the astrological house that you were born into and stirs up enough personal shit to make it feel as if you’re going through puberty again.
  • If you’re turning 29 within the next year, like I am, it’s fast approaching.
  • Timing is everything, isn’t it?
  • All I had to do was a bit of research as to when mine is due, and OH GOD IT’S RETURNING THIS DECEMBER.
  • My ass is going to be kicked by an invisible astrological entity.
  • For two years.
  • But perhaps some good will come out of it.
  • Hey, James Cameron’s Titanic turned twenty this month!
  • Questions still linger about that movie.
  • Namely, why Rose wasn’t able to make room for Jack on that floating door.
  • Or better yet…. Did Rose actually die at the end of the movie?
  • Likely yes, but that’s been up for debate.
  • It’s still a shame she dropped the necklace into the ocean.
  • That thing was worth a fortune, dammit!
  • You know what also came out this month in 1942?
  • Casablanca.
  • Ingrid Bergman was luminous.
  • And on that note, I sign off!
  • But not before I leave you with this other Journey song I’ve been listening to lately.
  • There’s no cheesy video to accompany it, as far as I know, but it doesn’t need it.
  • Thank goodness.

 

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This month

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A November sunset that my iPhone camera did not do justice for.

As L.M. Montgomery so beautifully put it, “It was November – the month of crimson sunsets, parting birds, deep, sad hymns of the sea, passionate wind-songs in the pines.” If I could sum it up to today’s narrative, I would have to go with ‘the month of grey skies, dead leaves, overhasty Christmas decor, unnecessary Thanksgiving/Black Friday influx from the US.

Seen:

  • Flurries! And rain.
  • The Great Canadian Baking Show. For a spin off of the British series, it’s very enjoyable… No doubt thanks to its adorable contestants! As of now, I want to try making Montreal style bagels, fondant fancies(!), and maple cookies.
  • Frankie Drake. Fun show! It reminds of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries in some ways, but this show is definitely lighter in its tone, and very Canadian (since it’s set in Toronto).
  • Cheesy Christmastime movies that started the weekend after Halloween. I couldn’t be more thrilled/nauseated.

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Babe alert! An admirable portrait of Jeff Bridges (circa 1970s), because I have no shame.

  • Black Friday deals. So much want and not enough buy. Take for instance, a Canon or Nikon camera, which I’ve been lusting after for almost ten years. (Just a few thousand dollars more! Not.)

Listening to lately:

  • Journey. I heard their song ‘Separate Ways’ in the film Tron: Legacy not too long ago, and simply had to look it up on Youtube. And of course I found the accompanying music video in all its 80s’ glory, at the top of the search results. The song itself is so intense and hardcore, and the video is just… Whoa. (It eventually led me down a rabbit hole to find the best parody video of it.)
  • Not One Minute More, which I happened to hear on the radio while driving home last Monday. (RIP Della Reese!)

Read:

Sadly, no books have caught my interest this month. SO BRING ON THE CHRISTMAS PRESENT READS.

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Once again, no justice done by my iPhone.

 

Jeff Bridges photo from here

Thoughts on a Friday

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  • Enjoying the last few days of summer weather.
  • Sitting outdoors by the pool is no exception.
  • It’s about the only thing I’ll miss about the season.
  • Except for the limitless fruits and vegetables.
  • Oh, and swimming.
  • But then there is autumn.
  • I am inexplicably excited for the changing season.
  • And cool weather.
  • And then there is Taylor Swift.
  • How’s that for a shift in thought?
  • Suddenly she has dropped a new album, and a new song.
  • Good girl gone… Bad?
  • She usually does this sort of thing this time of year.
  • She has apparently revamped herself entirely.
  • Now there are all these memes about “The old Taylor can’t come to the phone right now.”
  • Hmm.
  • If only revamping myself were that easy.
  • I’m generally not keen on her for a couple reasons, but I give her major kudos for taking that groping incident to court, and standing her ground.
  • But she sure knows how to make a entrance.
  • Or re-entrance.
  • Why am I only starting to watch the Great British Bake off now?
  • When it’s at its end?
  • If I’m not mistaken.
  • It’s a toned down competition show about baking and it’s the most comforting thing to watch ever.
  • I can only imagine how good that baking kitchen they all work in must smell.
  • Everything about it is so British and it’s fab.
  • I mean, they’re literally baking in the middle of the English countryside.
  • It better be bake. I mean, back.
  • I didn’t miss out on seven seasons of it just so I can watch it in time for it to be cancelled.
  • That was an actual typo I made.
  • How appropriate.
  • There’s a Canadian edition premiering this fall, but I don’t know how it will measure up.
  • Oh look, I made a pun.
  • I guess it wouldn’t hurt to find out.
  • Maybe.
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Sounds like something I would do.
  • I found that article clipping funny, anyway.
  • Weekend plans include work and work.
  • Oh well!
  • In honour of Jerry Lewis, I conclude this session with a classic clip of him doing the type writer.

Image from here and here

Thoughts on a rainy Friday

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A beautiful sunset after today’s rain
  • When it rains, it pours.
  • Pretty much in a literal sense, these days.
  • Last summer was hot hot hot.
  • This summer has been wet wet wet.
  • I can’t believe it’s already August.
  • Oh wait, yes I can.
  • Peach season!
  • This thrills me more than I can say.
  • Same goes with the wild blueberries.
  • Can’t get them any better than that.
  • Watching the live-action Beauty and the Beast earlier this week was the soul-cleanser I needed.
  • Emma Watson was an excellent Belle; if not for her singing abilities (which were meh), but definitely for her portrayal.
  • And of course, Dan Stevens killed it as Beast/Prince Adam.
  • What a lovely guy.
  • I could almost forgive him for his quitting Downton Abbey.
  • Kidding!
  • No hard feelings about that.
  • Sure, it was sad to see him go (if you’ve watched the show you’ll know what I mean), but Dan’s gotta do what Dan’s gotta do.
  • Because if he hadn’t left Downton, he might not have taken the role.
  • And thus, we wouldn’t have been gifted with the wonderful sass master of a Prince we have today.
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Jerk move, but his expression is hilarious.
  • If Beauty and the Beast was the soul-cleanser I needed, then Wonder Woman was the soul-strengthener.
  • Saw that today, fyi.
  • Now I feel 1000 times more powerful than I did when I woke up this morning.
  • A lot of the movie was summed up to “Diana, no!”
  • Only to be rebutted with “DIANA YES!”
  • Long live the female super hero.
  • Forever and ever.
  • Chris Pine.
  • Not the star of the movie, mind you, but still impressive.
  • Oops, there I go, doing double on the crushes.
  • Must be that kind of week.
  • Who’s next?
  • No, don’t answer that.
  • Ah, the sun is out again.
  • I feel like Diana and Steve Rogers (aka Captain America) would get along great.
  • Because, you know… They both have shields they rely on.
  • And other stuff they can relate to.
  • Actually, I think they would be quite good.
  • That is, if she can ever get past his name being “Steve”.
  • And oh gosh, if he can ever get past her brown eyes.
  • Similar to Peggy Carter’s, if you know what I mean.
  • It’s not about “deserve”. It’s about what you believe. And I believe in love.
  • Stay strong and enjoy the weekend, peeps.

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Summer Lovin’

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Me, every summer

For all of the wonderful things that summer is (excessive heat, sunshine, flash rainstorms, etc), I want to enjoy every second of it. More so this year, and I don’t know why. But I guess that happens every summer, doesn’t it?

Each year as June rolls around, I like to imagine myself living the summer of my dreams: wandering around the city, dining outdoors, taking pictures (because I like being Instagram-vain), and visiting popular local landmarks I’ve yet been to. Such as, the CN Tower: I always think of visiting the CN Tower, and then never make the effort to fulfill that visit. Oh well. One of these days I will… (Preferably on a date, hint hint.)

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Behold, Lake Ontario! The closest I can get to a beach front. Image taken with an iPhone on Canada Day

There are times when I decide to take serious action on a summer goal–that is, if it’s something I’ve really wanted, and perhaps was building up to for years*–but most of the time I’d rather just fly by the seat of my pants and do something spontaneous. Or if I’m lucky, spontaneity will find me.

That being said, the summer doesn’t always shape up the way I want it to. Much like the weather, it can unpredictable. Things happen, and sometimes I am forced to reroute and go in the opposite direction. And when it happens, I just have to go with the flow.

I have no idea what the summer has in store for me this year: my older sister and her budding family will be coming in from Australia this weekend to visit for a few months, so that’s guaranteed to be full of unpredictably. And noise.

But whatever happens, hopefully it will be fun, and hopefully I will be closer to having that glorious summer I’ve always envisioned.

I saw Beautiful, the Carole King Story musical last week. Good show! So naturally, I had to include this fine hit about someone who is not having such a good summer.

*I’m pleased to say that I fiiiiiinally got my hair coloured last month. I’m blonde…Er!

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