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.
  • ūüė¨
  • 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

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.

 

Seen and heard and read this month

Hot diggity, it’s already the end of June! Now, I usually can’t get over how quickly the month goes by, but this was lightening fast. So, what’s been happening? Let’s recap…

Seen:

-The Tony Awards. I’m not as familiar with the Tonys as I am the Oscars, but it was a fun watch.

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Taken on a visit to a local nursery

 

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Reading early 20th century headlines prove to be the best kind of headlines.

I found this oddly amusing.

Heard:

The Myst (remember that game??) OST. Despite not having any clue as to what I was doing, I loved playing it as a kid. My favourite track starts at around 6:30.

-Music from the Handmaid’s Tale series. I can’t say enough about the series, and the musical tracks they include just make it even better.

Read:

Cassandra Clare’s Lord of Shadows. Man, she’s goooood. When I was reading its prequel Lady Midnight, I didn’t feel much of a connection with the characters (perhaps from being hung up on the other set in her previous books), but after reading this book I warmed to them more.

 

Image from this site¬†(check it out, it’s fun)

30 Day movie challenge: Day 28/29

Favourite movie soundtrack

Whoops! I missed posting¬†yesterday, so I’m making up for it today. My favourite movie soundtrack? Chicago all the way, baby.

A movie that changed my opinion on something

I gotta say, I didn’t think much about Angelina Jolie , or her acting ability before I saw this film; but when I did,¬†I was very¬†impressed, and it totally changed my mind about her. I honestly thought she¬†was most deserving of¬†the Academy Award for best actress that year.

Image from here

Seen, heard, and read this month

Taking a slight¬†detour from my movie-blogging marathon… Sort of.

Seen:

-Everything/anything about my favourite/least favourite¬†movies. I’ll tell you, this challenge really got¬†me thinking about my life choices.

-Creature feature movies on TCM Thursday nights. Think Godzilla, Them!, and Creature from the Black Lagoon. Many of them hilariously awful.

-The Handmaid’s Tale¬†series. I know I should probably have read the book first, but I couldn’t help it, with all the hype it’s gotten. It’s very good, and very eery.

A fun Star Wars take on the Moana song.

12 things to keep in mind when a terrorist attack happens.

Heard:

Read/reading:

Letters to the Lost by Iona Grey. Oh boy. If you write a WWII romance/mystery involving a hunky American pilot, and link it to present day through old letters, you have me hooked. It was kind of sad in some parts, but I liked it anyway.

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare. Just barely into it, but I think it’s going to be a good read. I trust in Cassandra Clare.

Seen and heard this month

Seen:

-The spring season in its early glory in my neighbourhood. I’ve been taking pictures mostly from my phone these days, but I really have to break out my good¬†camera if I want the more superb shots.

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Anne and Gilbert, those adorable little imps from the¬†new tv adaptation. My feelings about the show? OH, I JUST LOVE THE WHOLE DAMN THING. Really, I think they’ve done practically everything right with this new adaptation, and it¬†is perfect for today’s¬†generation. And now that the season finale is coming up I won’t know what to do with myself. (Like I’ve said after many a tv show.)

-By fate or silly coincidence, I happened to turn on TCM last Easter weekend to this very scene¬†from¬†Godspell (the movie/musical).¬†I have never seen it before, and have no idea what the hell¬†heck is going on, but it sure is catchy. (Also… Um, hi Victor Garbor?!)

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Whoops, wrong end.

HOLY SPACE. Blows my mind every time we go somewhere no person has gone than before.

This artist is so, so good at conveying what we all feel and think of the life experience.

Heard:

-Before last week, I had no idea someone sang Respect before Aretha Franklin did. Well, now I know why: she owns it. (Figuratively, and probably literally.)¬†And now I’ve got to listen to¬†it again.