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