Don’t ask for guarantees. And don’t look to be saved in any one thing, person, machine, or library. Do your own bit of saving, and if you drown, at least die knowing you were heading for shore.

 

Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451
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Words for a Tuesday

 

“You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.

Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting –
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.”

Mary Oliver, Wild Geese

Image 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

Seen and heard lately

Peeps, it’s been a long and tiring summer. In terms of news (which is bordering on ridiculous), and for me in terms of the visitors my family has had. Little children, am I right?

Summer’s been good, other wise, but it’s almost over :/ Kind of sorry to see it go, but… Autumn.

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-If you’ve haven’t been reading/hearing the news lately, perhaps you know about the upcoming solar eclipse. Wear special glasses while viewing! I for one, will not be watching. A) because I will not be in the right location to watch it happen, and B) I can’t be bothered.

-Lana Turner does her job… blindfolded. Obviously practiced, but I’m impressed never the less. (And now I’ve got a craving for a banana split sundae.)

-Game of Thrones. I don’t even watch it yet it is everywhere. For fudge’ sake people, calm down.

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Why yes, I would be delighted to skate with you Mr. Grant.

-Summer Under the Stars on TCM. I’ve been enjoying seeing a day dedicated to a particular actor. Like… Cary Grant.

Unpopular opinion: I like this version better than Bonnie Tyler’s.

Vintage news clipping from here, gif from 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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Thoughts on a Friday

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Flowers in the garden.
  • Happy Friday!
  • I’ve spent the better part of this week trying to regain my voice.
  • Not like, in terms of confidence-building (though that would be great), but my actual voice.
  • Because, laryngitis.
  • I’ve had it since Sunday, and it’s only started to sound normal today.
  •  That voice you hear inside your head when you read this is the voice I happen to speak with.
  • Let that sink in.
  • The last time I caught laryngitis I think was in 2009.
  • The time before that was…. Grade 10.
  • Pretty sure I can remember each laryngitis bout I’ve had.
  • But I digress.
  • Last week was a week of kiddies, noisiness, and mess.
  • I think I caught my illness from one of the said-kiddies, aka my niece and nephew.
  • But that’s ok.
  • When they live far away and aren’t able to visit often, I will accept.
  • Sort of.
  • But right now, I’m just enjoying the quiet and cleanliness, while they are off in England with their parents for the next week or so.
  • This week I got my hair done at a curly hair-catered salon.
  • Best decision I ever made.
  • Suddenly, everything just became clearer for me.
  • My hair is no longer a lost cause, now that I know the right techniques to styling it.
  • Simple, so simple.
  • Weekend plans include, work, ballet class and Chinese food.
  • And possibly giving myself a pedicure.
  • But that is usually best left to the professionals.
  • I’ve only had a few professional pedicures in my life, and I’ve always found them strange.
  • Relaxing yes, but strange.
  • Having someone dealing with your feet….
  • Possibly the least appealing (outer) extremities on the body to work with.
  • Poor things.
  • Clearly, I need to get more pedicures.
  • But maybe not if I’m doing pointe work.
  • 😬
  • In that case, time to brush up on my home-pedicures!
  • My final thought of the day is a quote from Marcus Aurelius.
  • “You have power over your mind–not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.”

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!

Gif from here