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.”

30 Day movie challenge: Day 1

So, I’m taking this directly from Twitter. It’s basically a questionnaire that you answer every day for 30 days about¬†movies you’ve seen, and so forth. I thought it sounded like a fun thing to try.¬†Plus, it gives me an excuse to get on here more frequently. So, here goes!

Your favourite movie

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I would have to say… The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Not only is it an all around gorgeous film, it has everything I need to know about life. Everything. Plus, it takes me through the glorious fashions of the various decades.

But, since I can’t just choose one, I would also have to go along with A Matter of Life and Death, or The Trouble With Angels.

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Thoughts on a Friday

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Springtime crocuses in the garden
  • Sometimes it’s hard to concentrate.
  • Especially if there is a vast internet landscape before you.
  • I’ve had my computer away from me for the past two days to get its battery replaced and now I’m just drinking everything in.
  • Remember a time before the internet?
  • I do.
  • Vaguely.
  • All that spare time I had as a kid!
  • Filled with reading, barbies, outdoor activities and colouring books.
  • If I were an adult in the 90s, I’d probably be bored to tears.
  • Or so I’d like to think.
  • But I would probably be too busy living a life to be lured by the sirens of the web.
  • Which, as a matter of fact, wasn’t even spectacular back then.
  • No youtube, no netflix, no social media…
  • Dull, dull, dull.
  • According to something I watched recently (online of course), Generation Z (the ones¬†following¬†Millennials) is¬†the first group¬†to not remember a time before the internet.
  • How about that.
  • In a way, they’re kind of lucky.
  • I didn’t even know there was a¬†generation¬†following “The Greatest Generation”.
  • Didn’t even cross my mind, because I just assumed they were lumped in together.
  • But no!
  • From about 1926 onwards to 1945, they were the “Traditionalists,” or the “Silent Generation.”
  • Makes sense, I suppose.
  • My maternal grandma was in that demographic.
  • Even more shocking was that I discovered no one from the Silent Generation has/had ever been elected president.
  • Alright, so the thing I watched recently was American.
  • Can’t say the same thing about Canadian Prime Ministers, however.
  • And I did a quick background check to make sure this was true.
  • Off-hand question: When you pipe in during¬†a conversation (not interrupting), and¬†the other person¬†tells you¬†they weren’t talking to you… Is it rude?
  • ¬†This happened to me the other day. I’d explain the situation, but it’s slightly complex.
  • The alleged person wasn’t very nice about it, either.
  • But I brushed it off.
  • Mostly.
  • I didn’t think I was being rude by chiming in, but maybe it wasn’t an appropriate time.
  • Or maybe they were just grumpy.
  • At times I wish I were more of a chatty/outgoing person, but incidents like this one gives me all the more reason to just not say anything.
  • Forever.
  • Maybe I’m just sensitive.
  • No, I’m definitely sensitive.
  • So I shall leave it at that.
  • I want a chocolate.
  • There’s still Easter candy sitting by me that’s waiting to be devoured.
  • But first, the dogs must be walked.
  • Time to take off.
  • So, here’s this week’s music: take it away, MJ!

Thoughts before the Easter long Weekend

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Jeune Femme, Etienne Adolphe Piot
  • If I had a bag of Cadbury mini eggs next to me, odds¬†are good that I would be eating them.
  • As would any person in their right mind.
  • Instead, I have to settle for cheese.
  • Not ideal, but good enough.
  • Although I will need something sweet sooner or later.
  • I could even go for¬†a cream egg.
  • Or better yet: A cream egg McFlurry.
  • I’ve had only one of those in my life thus far, and every time Easter rolls around, I find myself thinking of getting one.
  • Sadly, I never do.
  • Good god people, my ballet exam is in a month and a half.
  • I’m torn between nervousness and relief that it’s finally happening.
  • On the other hand, there’s still plenty¬†I need practice on.
  • Uuuuunghhh.
  • At least it’s going to be done at our dance studio.
  • The one consolation I have.
  • Save me from myself¬†and the horror of my¬†left-side piqu√© turns.
  • Rumour has it a new Star Wars trailer has dropped. Exciting!
  • Haven’t watched it yet.
  • It’s rather sad knowing that this was¬†Carrie Fisher’s last film.
  • There’s a¬†lovely tribute for her that was released¬†the other day, ahead of the new Star Wars trailer.
  • A real gem of a woman, Carrie was.
  • Scotland.
  • I’ve been getting really wanderlusty for the British Isles, as of late.
  • Or perhaps Europe in general.
  • Last time it was for Hawaii.
  • Mainly I want to prance around¬†those rugged hills, and explore¬†the ruins of¬†centuries-old castles… All while breathing in¬†the history.
  • Seems like magical place.
  • I’ve never actually been to the UK, ya know?
  • Not counting a stopover in Ireland, once.
  • For all of a day, and I never left the airport.
  • Can’t wait for my next getaway! Whenever that may be.
  • I’ll be sure to blog about it when it happens.
  • If it happens.
  • I promised myself that when I take my¬†next European vacance, my biggest goal (aside from taking great pictures) is to be a trendy¬†dresser.
  • I just want to look damn good¬†in my photos for a change.
  • But for now,¬†I leave you with this charming¬†Easter-themed song by Rosemary Clooney.

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Friday in the gray

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Of course, the cat doesn’t care who she’s next to. What so ever.
  • Nothing says global warming¬†like 16 degree temperatures in February.
  • I mean, it’s nice weather, but at the same time oh god.
  • Any snow we started with in December has finally melted.
  • Anytime I worry that¬†the world might be going to hell in a hand basket, I try¬†to remember the good things that are happening as well.
  • One doesn’t always hear about them, but they’re there.
  • Look for the helpers, Mister Rogers would say.
  • Or just watch a video on cute puppies or kittens.
  • Can’t go wrong with that.
  • I took a trip down memory lane by sorting through my old grade school stuff today.
  • Boy did I love making¬†art.
  • From the sparkles that got everywhere, to the construction paper, to the glue that stuck on the fingers.
  • Even if the creation ended up looking like crap.
  • Oh, and¬†my writing was fit for a 6 year old.
  • Thankfully, it has since improved.
  • And thankfully my parents appreciated my stuff.
  • I think.
  • But the best part was when I was reading about a trip to the Royal Ontario Museum, and I casually mentioned how we got¬†stuck in traffic on the 401 west bound.
  • The specific details are incredible.
  • The second best part was my two sentence ghost story, circa 1995.
  • “A ghost is white. The ghost is scary.”
  • It’s that short.
  • And my teacher commented, “A good first story!”
  • HAHAHA.
  • In a painful sort of way.
  • La douleur¬†equise.¬†
  • A beautiful word with a painful meaning behind it.
  • Wanting someone you can’t have.
  • The indescribable want of something.
  • For me, I don’t know what that something is.
  • ANYWAY.
  • The music I’ve included down below is to inspire¬†you to go out and conquer the weekend. Or world, whatever.

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Seen and heard and read this month

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It was so warm this past¬†weekend I almost could have gone without a scarf. But didn’t.

SEEN:

  • What can the musical Cabaret teach us about today’s society? More than you might guess.
  • ¬†It goes without saying: tissues upon tissues upon tissues. More so than usual.
  • Snow. And then, melting snow.
  • Jack Reacher: NEVER GO BACK. I’m not one for action movies, but I gotta say this¬†was pretty good.
  • The sun! Finally!
  • Valentine’s Day…. Stuff.
  • The Trudeau-Trump meeting. Just… Yeeuugh.
  • Anything with Trump just… Yeeeeuuugh.

HEARD:

  • Whatever crap that comes out of the POTUS’ office, ho hum….
  • Stuff about the latest great new Netflix series. This time, it’s¬†Riverdale based on the Archie comics. (AND I STILL DON’T HAVE NETFLIX.)
  • A particularly lovely story¬†(first half) from Canada’s story-teller, Stuart McLean (of the Vinyl Cafe), who sadly passed away last week. I used to listen to his radio show when I was living away at university, and in the years afterward; his stories were always funny and touching, and a comfort to listen to.

READ/READING:

  • Finally half way finished with¬†this book! After three years of stopping and re-reading. I’ve stopped again, but I’ll finish it sooner or later.
  • The English Patient. So far, it seems to be a good read, but I’m on the fence about whether I’m liking it or not.
  • A Dangerous Inheritance. Only a few chapters in, but I am most certainly intrigued.

 

Lastly, thinking about this quote:

“It’s funny these trips we take: to beaches and cottages, to mountains and lakes, and sometimes to the highways, to the place between places. We leave the things that we love, the things that are familiar to us, and trade them for the new and the different. City folks like me often head to the country; country folks are often city bound. We see things big and small, old and new and we collide with one another. We come together as strangers, and, if we’re lucky, learn over and over how much we are connected to one another; how even, in our differences, we are the same, and how, when we consider it, how safe the world usually is. Full of people, just like us who are trying their best to do the right thing, and be their best self.”

Stuart McLean, the Vinyl Cafe, September 2010

 

Thoughts on a Friday

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Well well well, if it isn’t¬†two¬†of my old-school Hollywood crushes hanging out in the same photo. (Buster Keaton and Donald O’Connor.)
  • Guess who’s got a cold? *This* girl!
  • Tis the season.
  • My biggest achievement¬†of the month, so far.
  • Thankfully it’s on its way out.
  • I think.
  • As crummy¬†as it tends to be, it’s probably a sign that I need to slow it down.
  • Staying home to recover helps.
  • As does chocolate.
  • So says me.
  • God, with all cold viruses I’ve ever caught in my life, one would¬†think I’d¬†be practically done with them all.
  • All…. 200+ of them.
  • I think about this every time I catch a cold.
  • Maybe I’m one cold away from finally being done with them all.
  • Or not.
  • How¬†have some¬†people never caught a cold in their life?
  • I kind of envy them.
  • But¬†maybe that means they are prone to catching other viruses that make the cold seem like a fantastic week long vacation.
  • OK. Then I’ll stick with colds.
  • Of all the things I least likely need in life, it’s probably a pink coat.
  • Well, actually, that’s not true.
  • It’s a coat, after all.
  • But it’s pink.
  • And you can wear that colour¬†anytime of the year.
  • Investment goals.
  • Amongst other things.
  • I’ll be very interested to see how this meeting between Trudeau and Trump plays out on Monday.
  • I wonder how Trudeau is bracing for it.
  • I can only imagine the change in atmosphere in the White House this time around, compared to his visit with Obama last year.
  • Maybe I should watch SNL tomorrow night.
  • If only to see whether¬†Rosie O’Donnell will¬†make an appearance as Steve what’s-his-name.
  • Bannon.
  • I only ever get to see the highlights the next day.
  • Melissa McCarthy was priceless¬†as Sean Spicer.
  • I keep wanting to call him Spencer.
  • Oh, it’s snowing outside where I am.
  • That big snow called an Alberta Clipper.
  • In December, the anticipation¬†of snow¬†had such magic and nostalgia, but now….
  • It’s lack lustre.
  • Maybe because there are no Christmas decorations to cheer things up.
  • Then the snow is supposed to melt by tomorrow when the temp rises to 6.
  • Fun!
  • But not when it comes to drying off the dogs.
  • Especially if their hair is long, prone to matting, and the snow clumps.
  • Ugh, I dread the possibilities.
  • But one thing I don’t dread?
  • Not having to blow my nose every other hour.
  • And having take out food tonight.
  • And the up-coming spring season.
  • Which makes for a perfect segue to my choice in¬†song this week down below.
  • Listening to it makes me feel like everything is ok¬†in the world.
  • Or at the very least, completely relaxed.
  • Close your eyes and take a listen.

 

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