Seen and heard lately

The month goes by so fast, and I can’t remember the last time I wrote one of these, but I figured it was time for an update. And oh, what a month it has been! I didn’t end up throwing self-control away (re: my last post), but my horizons were certainly broadened in some respects.

Seen:

First, allow me to begin with the obvious: the Royal Wedding of the year. It was only natural I should get up with the birds on the Saturday so I could watch the coverage as it happened. I made cream scones for the occasion and sipped loose-leaf English breakfast tea, and I watched it with my Mom. (We did the same for William and Kate’s wedding in 2010!) I must admit, it was a very sweet ceremony. Cheers to the happy couple!

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A snap shot of some lilacs that I took while I was attending a wedding shower one weekend. The venue/nursery Bloom Field Gardens was truly breathtaking!

Speaking of gorgeous, here’s a ballerina who’s fouettes/pirouettes/chaines I aspire to have. Oh, and to dance to that glorious Swan Lake Coda. (And that ending!!!)

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The new Solo movie!!! Ok, I haven’t seen it yet, but I will make sure I do so soon, because to not see a Star Wars movie in theatres is to be considered an abomination. (I learned this the hard way after not seeing The Force Awakens. #regrets)

Heard:

This Woman’s Work, Kate Bush. I heard this on the 2nd season premiere of the Hand Maid’s Tale, and my oh my, that was a powerful scene.

Wuthering Heights, Kate Bush. Another Cathy–I mean, catchy song! I think I’ve watched the video enough times to get the dance moves down pat. If I ever hear it playing somewhere, it will be incredibly hard not to dance to it.

Swan Lake, Op. 20, Act III No. 18, Tchaikovsky. I am mainly here for the trumpets and dramatic entrance of Odile.

You’re so cool, Hans Zimmer. Ok, so I recently began taking up jogging (something I never thought I’d want to take up again, because why run when you can dance?), and I was looking for ways to ease my way into it. I came across one blogger who used this as one of her running themes. What a superb idea! Indeed it is a good piece, because as soon as I had first played it through, I knew I wanted it on my iPod (which doesn’t come often).

Tra la!

Image from here, Solo gif from here

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Seen and heard (and read) lately

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Happy first day of spring! It’s a bit cold and windy, but if you look past that it’s quite lovely out. I’ve also got Krispy Kreme donuts sitting a few feet away from me, so that is another tell-tale sign of spring.

Seen

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri. Initially, it was not something I was interested in seeing. But my parents had rented it, and I had to see it myself. Whew! Despite some weird/unexpected moments throughout the film, I came to the conclusion that it was quite good. Now I can see why it earned so many awards!

Writer’s Block. That would be me… If I didn’t use the internet as a distraction to keep me from writing.

Hands down my favourite Heritage Minute. For a minute long clip, it does a wonderful and beautiful job at encapsulating who LM was as a person–not just her Anne of Green Gables persona. It also makes me want to create beautiful words and imagery.

-Making this place in Tuscany my someday travel destination.

Heard

Smalltown Boy. It was one of those 80s’ tunes I’d always heard, but never knew who it was sung by. Then I had an aha moment and asked Siri. Now I know, and now it’s permanently stuck in my head.

I got you Babe. Another case of the ear worm! It’s a good song, but I know if I ever put it on my iPod I would enjoy it considerably less.

Fireworks, by First Aid Kit. Warning: you may find it achingly emotional.

Read(ing)

Alas, no new books to report! I will report back soon when I find something worthy. The only one I’ve been reading lately is Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird, which has some excellent advice on both writing and life. Take for instance: “Clutter and mess show us that life is being lived… Tidiness makes me think of held breath, of suspended animation… Perfectionism is a mean, frozen form of idealism, while messes are the artist’s true friend. What people somehow forgot to mention when we were children was that we need to make messes in order to find out who we are and why we are here.”

It’s as much a comfort novel if there ever was one.

 

This month

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A November sunset that my iPhone camera did not do justice for.

As L.M. Montgomery so beautifully put it, “It was November – the month of crimson sunsets, parting birds, deep, sad hymns of the sea, passionate wind-songs in the pines.” If I could sum it up to today’s narrative, I would have to go with ‘the month of grey skies, dead leaves, overhasty Christmas decor, unnecessary Thanksgiving/Black Friday influx from the US.

Seen:

  • Flurries! And rain.
  • The Great Canadian Baking Show. For a spin off of the British series, it’s very enjoyable… No doubt thanks to its adorable contestants! As of now, I want to try making Montreal style bagels, fondant fancies(!), and maple cookies.
  • Frankie Drake. Fun show! It reminds of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries in some ways, but this show is definitely lighter in its tone, and very Canadian (since it’s set in Toronto).
  • Cheesy Christmastime movies that started the weekend after Halloween. I couldn’t be more thrilled/nauseated.

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Babe alert! An admirable portrait of Jeff Bridges (circa 1970s), because I have no shame.

  • Black Friday deals. So much want and not enough buy. Take for instance, a Canon or Nikon camera, which I’ve been lusting after for almost ten years. (Just a few thousand dollars more! Not.)

Listening to lately:

  • Journey. I heard their song ‘Separate Ways’ in the film Tron: Legacy not too long ago, and simply had to look it up on Youtube. And of course I found the accompanying music video in all its 80s’ glory, at the top of the search results. The song itself is so intense and hardcore, and the video is just… Whoa. (It eventually led me down a rabbit hole to find the best parody video of it.)
  • Not One Minute More, which I happened to hear on the radio while driving home last Monday. (RIP Della Reese!)

Read:

Sadly, no books have caught my interest this month. SO BRING ON THE CHRISTMAS PRESENT READS.

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Once again, no justice done by my iPhone.

 

Jeff Bridges photo from here

Seen, heard and read lately

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Well thank f***, it’s finally started feeling like fall. The leaves are finally changing (better late than never), the weather is turning gross, Halloween is looming…. And scary movies are on tv. What’s better than that??! (Just don’t say Christmas.)

Seen:

-The Alias Grace mini series. (See below.)

-Dracula films on Sunday nights this month starring Christopher Lee. Campy at times with tons of bright red (fake) blood, but they are awesome.

-A demonstration of how Medieval people walked. Sounds like a drag, but it’s actually quite interesting. Apparently humans (depending on the region, that is) have gotten lazy at walking properly  over the last Millenia.

The most beautiful thing to grace the Internet over the weekend. However, I did find out that this was created in August, so it’s been around for a bit. Also, I thought this was sung by Frank Sinatra, but nope! It’s actually sung by Matt Monro.

Heard:

-I’m still kind of on a Jesus Christ Superstar kick, so I’ve been coming back to this and this as of late. (And holy smokes, I never thought I’d be admiring how hot a singing voice Jesus has.)

-The Carpenters’ “We’ve only Just Begun”. It randomly popped up in my recommended videos on Youtube a while back, and then I heard it on the radio in the car.

Read:

Alias Grace, by Margaret Atwood. So good! I only wish I could write as compellingly as Atwood can. I thought it would be dark and depressing (which it was at times) like The Handmaid’s Tale, but it had its happy moments, and it ended on a good note. I was watching the tv series along with it, and I was not disappointed with it either. Now I am finished, and once again without a compelling book to read. Hmm.

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.

Image from 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

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)