Thursday rambles

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Throw back to four years ago when I went on a photo assignment to Todmorden Mills as a journalism student
  • It actually and finally feels like October.
  • Gosh, I love this month.
  • What a glorious time of the year.
  • Minus the rain and gloom.
  • Which makes everything so much more colourful.
  • Lots of things happen in the fall.
  • Steeped in nostalgia.
  • Even more so than the summer.
  • Time to buy some candles.
  • Who am I kidding? I never buy candles.
  • But it’s tempting to start.
  • In other news, Twitter depresses me.
  • Why do I have it again?
  • Oh, to live tweet classic movies.
  • And to shake my head at whatever stupid thing POTUS is doing/saying next.
  • But mainly to tweet about classic movies.
  • About the only thing worth keeping Twitter for.
  • Almost.
  • Speaking of classic movies, I finally watched Cat People last night on TCM.
  • It’s got an excellent creep factor, and the camera shots are phenomenal.
  • Like this scene.
  • Which in turn, reminds me of this scene. (Totally different movie, by the way, but it’s great.)
  • I was, however, hoping for more… Cat people.
  • Also, I love the 1940s-ness about it.
  • But that comes as little surprise.
  • The more news I hear coming out of Hollywood, the more messed up I find it really to be.
  • It’s always been a messed up business, but ugh.
  • Nor is it shocking to hear about gross pervs using their privilege and power against actors.
  • Harvey Weinstein was one, and there are certainly more to follow.
  • I hope more women (and men) speak up about this.
  • Because the silence that once ensured these men protection and the preservation of their good name no longer exists.
  • I appreciate what Rose Marie had to say.

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  • Young Kurt Russell was a babe.
  • And he still is a babe.
  • Sorry, just taking a Pinterest break.
  • An excellent diversion, because I’m done thinking about this Weinstein crap.
  • Pinterest is a good escape from reality when youtube doesn’t cut it.
  • Ellen DeGeneres tickets.
  • 12 Days of Giveaways.
  • I always thought you had to get tickets waaaaay in advance, but apparently not?
  • I guess I know what I’ll be doing in the next few weeks.
  • Nolite te bastardes carborundorum
  • In other words, don’t let the bastards grind you down.
  • Thanks, Handmaid’s Tale.

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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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Thoughts on a Monday

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Taken by me, last summer on my good camera.
  • Hello, I’m here on a Monday!
  • I may have to do this more frequently, if my Fridays are going to keep me busy.
  • Mondays will be a bit busy too, but I might have enough time and energy to drop by in the afternoon.
  • I got back from a ballet class after a month off, and I never felt so… Intermediate.
  • My beats and entrechats are a mess.
  • Right now, anyway, because I haven’t been practicing much this summer.
  • Oops.
  • Still debating about whether to go through with the RAD Advanced Foundation training.
  • For now, yes, but as to whether I will actually do it…?
  • It’s a big commitment.
  • Two more years of my life, training for something where I might only earn a pass.
  • Which is what I got on my most recent exam.
  • And the exam before. Which is ok…. Sort of.
  • Unless I work super duper hard for a higher mark.
  • But I might have other things to do.
  • However, our marks also depend on how seasoned the examiner is.
  • That makes a difference.
  • Our examiner was definitely seasoned.
  • Same with the examiner I had before for my Intermediate Foundation exam, but after this recent exam, I never thought I would have an appreciation for the other examiner.
  • Go figure.
  • But oh boy, those entrechats.
  • It’s not so much about the calves beating together, but the inner thighs.
  • Look here to see what I’m talking about.
  • They’re like delicate little butterflies.
  • On your feet.
  • That’s just what they remind me of.
  • So, today’s news tells me that The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting no. 3.
  • Well well! That’s some pleasant news.
  • I guess they decided to wait until after the anniversary of Princess Diana’s passing.
  • It’s very interesting, looking back on it all.
  • Same with reflecting on how it affects us today.
  • I mean, I was only seven when it happened, and even though I didn’t understand the events leading up to her death, I do remember how significant it all felt, and the huge sense of loss for everyone.
  • There was so much to that woman that none of us knew or understood.
  • She was incredibly complex, and had a rather sad life.
  • But never the less, she had a heart of gold.
  • I end this post with a song I found through a TCM promo video. Who ever compiles the clips together and finds the music to accompany them is brilliant.

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 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!

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