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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  • My favourite time of the year is hanging on a bit longer.
  • I miss doing these on Fridays.
  • So much more interesting than on Tuesdays.
  • These are the days nostalgia is made of.
  • Next time someone suspends Donald Trump’s Twitter account, I hope it’s permanent.
  • One can dream.
  • I never knew I needed a Noirvember nickname until now.
  • You may now refer to me as Margot Savage until December 1st.
  • *Seductively takes a long draw on a non-existent cigarette*
  • *coughs*
  • I thought about doing Nanowrimo this year….
  • …. But decided not to.
  • I started with 600 or so words, but then I lost motivation.
  • I already have three (unfinished) stories on the go.
  • Lost in the sands of Nanowrimo past.
  • I better start writing… Something.
  • Now that Halloween is over, I’m waiting impatiently for those terrible Christmas tv specials to start.
  • Not until after Remembrance Day, which is acceptable.
  • I don’t know why, but I’m really looking forward to seeing them on tv again.
  • Even when they’re overly saccharine, over the top Christmas-y, and filled with too-beautiful-to-be-true people who just can’t seem to get their shit together in their love lives.
  • L’amour, l’amour.
  • It’s getting cold.
  • To state the obvious.
  • Unless you’re in Australia, where it is no doubt blissfully warm.
  • Lucky you.
  • G’day.
  • No fair, it’s Saturday tomorrow.
  • I can’t sleep in.
  • Time change is on Sunday and I can’t do much sleeping in then either.
  • Because, work.
  • I really want a new camera.
  • And I really want to visit Los Angeles.
  • This has been brewing for some time.
  • SO much want, and not enough buy.
  • So I will end things here, on a Girl Hunt Ballet note.
  • Since I can’t find any decent music.
  • So, this will do!
  • Be good and enjoy the weekend, peeps.

Seen, heard and read lately

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Well thank f***, it’s finally started feeling like fall. The leaves are finally changing (better late than never), the weather is turning gross, Halloween is looming…. And scary movies are on tv. What’s better than that??! (Just don’t say Christmas.)

Seen:

-The Alias Grace mini series. (See below.)

-Dracula films on Sunday nights this month starring Christopher Lee. Campy at times with tons of bright red (fake) blood, but they are awesome.

-A demonstration of how Medieval people walked. Sounds like a drag, but it’s actually quite interesting. Apparently humans (depending on the region, that is) have gotten lazy at walking properly  over the last Millenia.

The most beautiful thing to grace the Internet over the weekend. However, I did find out that this was created in August, so it’s been around for a bit. Also, I thought this was sung by Frank Sinatra, but nope! It’s actually sung by Matt Monro.

Heard:

-I’m still kind of on a Jesus Christ Superstar kick, so I’ve been coming back to this and this as of late. (And holy smokes, I never thought I’d be admiring how hot a singing voice Jesus has.)

-The Carpenters’ “We’ve only Just Begun”. It randomly popped up in my recommended videos on Youtube a while back, and then I heard it on the radio in the car.

Read:

Alias Grace, by Margaret Atwood. So good! I only wish I could write as compellingly as Atwood can. I thought it would be dark and depressing (which it was at times) like The Handmaid’s Tale, but it had its happy moments, and it ended on a good note. I was watching the tv series along with it, and I was not disappointed with it either. Now I am finished, and once again without a compelling book to read. Hmm.

Thoughts on an autumn equinox Friday

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I only wish the weather matched this picture.
  • I celebrate this first day of fall by drinking–not a pumpkin spiced-coffee drink as one might think–but an Ice Cappuccino.
  • It’s almost 30 degrees outside, and I’m appalled.
  • But at the same time, still being able to wear shorts is glorious.
  • But I’m ready for cooler weather.
  • Like, really.
  • Now my Ice Cap has made me feel chilled.
  • And you know what other season it’s almost time for?
  • Sweater weather.
  • No.
  • Well yes, but not that.
  • Libra season!!!
  • The next best thing after Valentine’s Day.
  • Good thing Valentine’s Day isn’t in the fall.
  • Librans would go love-crazy.
  • And in turn make everyone else crazy.
  • But it would be beautiful, no?
  • “It matters not who you love, where you love, why you love, when you love or how you love, it matters only that you love.”
  • Thank you, fellow Libra John Lennon.
  • We live in uncertain and scary times, but at the very least, there still is love.
  • And kindness.
  • You don’t often hear or see it in the news, but it’s there.
  • There’s no easy way of stepping around the current events happening in the world, but as Mr. Rogers said, look for the helpers.
  • Thinking about this makes me feel better about humans.
  • We may be wreaking havoc on the planet, but at the very least there are people trying to change things.
  • Did you know spiders have tiny, fuzzy lil paws?
  • I bet you wish you didn’t know now.
  • Sorry, arachnophobes.
  • But oh my, they could almost be considered cute.
  • I must sign off here, because I have to make dinner.
  • Something with chicken, if you must know.
  • I leave you with my theme for September, courtesy of Donavan.

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Seen, heard, and read lately

Seen

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Enjoying the last of the summer’s hydrangeas

It’s fall, y’all! Well, almost. It doesn’t feel like it at present, because it’s still hanging in the mid-twenties (very summer-like), but we shall get there! It can’t come soon enough, because I want the weather to be cool so I can switch up my wardrobe lineup.

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-Sometimes those “On this day” flashbacks on Facebook can be not-always-so-pleasant reminders of things we said and felt at the time… Because, youth. This one, however, is not one of them. I remember this fondly and is one of my favourite statuses I put up, because the umbrella incident itself was so comical. (Also, I miss living university life in Halifax. In some ways more than others.) If you’ve ever lived in Halifax, or any coastal/windy city, you tend to go through an obscene number of umbrellas.

-Jane Goodall thinks we still have time to save the planet, and I therefore believe in Jane Goodall.

-Pumpkin spice… It’s baaaaack. (Martha Stewart, however, thinks it’s for basic bitches.)

As for this Drunk History clip… I just found it really funny.

Heard

A Long Walk, by Jill Scott. Some of the best songs you hear are while you’re driving in the car, as I did with this song.

Never forget you, The Noisettes

Read/reading

A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle. Never read it as a kid, but I’m interested in seeing the movie, so I figured why not? (But the movie’s not out til next year!!!) I think it would have had a greater effect on me if I had read it earlier on, but still it’s a good read.

Alias Grace, Margaret Atwood. Oooh, I’m in for a page turner. May have to check out the tv adaptation. (also, speaking of Margaret Atwood, I had a weird Handmaid’s Tale-like dream last night???)

A Vindication of the Right’s of Women, Mary Wollstonecraft. I studied a passage or two from this in university, but I saw this at the same time I found Alias Grace, so I picked it up as well. While it’s a good item to have to read and include on my bookshelf and has some good points in it, I also realize that it was written by a white English woman for white women at the time. Wollstonecraft’s feminist viewpoint comes from a very privileged position, given that black women and other women of colour at the time were not allowed the opportunity to express their own views on the subject. Which leads me to this statement: Intersectional. Feminism. Matters! Having said that, I think her work is still something we can learn from today.

And that’s a wrap, good people! Until next time…

Blessings be upon you with this image of Oprah from A Wrinkle in Time.

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