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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Thoughts before a Canada Day long weekend

  •  Please let there be sun tomorrow, please let there be sun tomorrow.
  • Because I want to go to the beach.
  • Not necessarily for the Canada Day celebratory stuff, although that’s nice.
  • Mainly for the sake of visiting the beach.
  • And taking the dogs.
  • And by beach, I don’t mean the ocean side beach.
  • Rather, the lake-y side beach.
  • A lakeside beach has an entirely different vibe.
  • Or does it?
  • This whole Canada 150 celebratory thing has got me conflicted.
  • On one hand, it’s a party for our existence, but on the other hand…
  • It’s a reminder that it’s 150+ years of colonialism.
  • Not cool.
  • It’s also a reminder that there will be masses and masses of leftover Canada 150 collection items that no one bought, and will eventually go to waste.
  • Or go on display in museums in the future.
  • Just being realistic, don’t mind me.
  • I probably should have gotten that 150 water bottle.
  • Nah.
  • Should I make butter tarts this weekend?
  • That would be going the “extra” Canadian mile.
  • So would be chugging a shot of maple syrup.
  • Which I would not recommend.
  • That is, unless you have a reeeeeally sweet tooth.
  • The Doctor Who finale is this weekend, and I’m not feeling great about 12 regenerating.
  • I was unsure about Peter Capaldi in the beginning, but now I DON’T WANT HIM TO GO.
  • Which is what usually happens when a new Doctor comes along.
  •  It’s like David Tennant and Matt Smith all over again.
  • :/
  • At the same time, I’m very interested to see who’s going to replace him.
  • It’s been kept well under wraps this time.
  • Time to sign off now! Leaving you with some Canadian patriotism.
  • Y’all Americans aren’t the only ones that can boast.
  • We can do it.
  • ….We just don’t want to.

 

Ballet basics

Ahh, yes. It’s June! The sun is shining (mostly), my intermediate exam is finished at last… And now it’s time to get back to focusing on the bigger picture. Which happens to be… Finding comedic ballet videos on youtube. Oh, and writing.  But this makes me quite happy when I watch it. Only in New York would this ever happen.

30 Day movie challenge: Day 27

Your favourite classic movie

The Women

I was originally going to go with Meet Me in St. Louis (and I love it, it’s one of my top classics), but then I remembered what a brilliant and funny movie I would be overlooking if I didn’t choose The Women: full of snappy lines, snarky dames, and stunning 1930s fashion. Plus, the best cat fight ever.

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30 Day movie challenge: Day 26

A movie that is a guilty pleasure

Actually, I have a few contenders:

  1. Sleepless in Seattle


Significantly and absolutely better than You’ve Got Mail.

 

2. 

I admit it! I got this movie when I was in the midst of my Beatles obsession in my teens.  It’s full of their early music and rather campy (although definitely not as campy as Help), but I still enjoy watching it from time to time.  And, I also have to admit, I found them pretty cute.

3. 

Ok, this is one my guiltiest of all guilty pleasures. I really only watch it for Kate Winslet and Jack Black (their budding romance is so much better than Jude and Cameron’s), the beautiful, overly-indulgent/unrealistic sets, and Eli Wallach–that dear, dear man. (The writing is meh.)

Images from here, here, and here

 

30 Day movie challenge: Day 23

Your favourite character from any movie

Yeesh, that’s a tough one. It’s probably subject to change, but since I can’t think of anyone else right now, I would have to say Ida Corwin from Mildred Pierce, because she’d make a funny friend, and she’s the kind of woman whose witty/wisecracking attitude I aspire to have. Gotta love Eve Arden!

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