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…


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

Taken on a visit to a local nursery


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

I found this oddly amusing.


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.


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)

Thoughts on a rainy Friday


  • I wonder if there’s any margarita mix lying around.
  • It is Cinco de Mayo after all.
  • A rather wet day for it, unfortunately.
  • If this is all the rain we’ll be getting, we’re in trouble.
  • It’s a lot of rain.
  • Whenever I go on Twitter and see people tweeting about the news, I feel like the dystopian society we read about in books is almost upon us.
  • Well, maybe for the US.
  • Not that it doesn’t/can’t affect us here in Canada.
  • And watching/hearing about the Hand Maid’s Tale doesn’t help much.
  • It was one of those books I always thought we owned at home, but we actually don’t.
  • I had always seen it in the book stores, though, and was mildly intrigued, but never picked it up.
  • Little did I know what sort of plot lurked beneath the cover.
  • Although I guess it always was a hint, of sorts.
  • Oh my, I think I want to try a Midnight Frappuccino.
  • It’s a Starbucks drink, if you were wondering.
  • Anything with chocolate and mint is a winner for me.
  • Or perhaps a S’mores one, which sounds equally delightful.
  • The only frappuccino I’ve ever had in my life is the Java Chip.
  • It was like a milk shake.
  • Only better.
  • The world is practically in crisis and I’m thinking about frappuccinos.
  • What a nice thought.
  • Thanks, Starbucks.
  • If you are trying to rope me into buying one of your drinks this summer, you will have succeeded.
  • I wish more headlines today were written like this.
  • Or this.
  • But I guess that’s what the Onion is for.
  • I wonder if I should get back into water colour painting.
  • I painted a lot back in the day.
  • Interesting, given that I’m not much of an artsy person.
  • Do what you enjoy, they say.
  • Or love, whatever.
  • This rainy day is affecting my train of thought.
  • I don’t have a music track in mind for this week, but I do have a Cinco de Mayo-ish themed video below. Kind of cute, no?


Words for a Thursday

“I fell in love with her courage, her sincerity, and her flaming self respect. And it’s these things I’d believe in, even if the whole world indulged in wild suspicions that she wasn’t all she should be. I love her and that’s the beginning and end of everything.”
~F. Scott Fitzgerald, Letter to Isabelle Amorous, Feb. 1920

Seen and heard this month

One! More! Day! Of! January! Since everything and everyone is feeling particularly shitty during this time of political turmoil, I bring you light and positivity in the form of a blog post.


-Moana! Oh my, such a beautiful movie.

Something relaxing. (And holy crap, does the water look amazing.)

-Krispy Creme donuts. Love love love. (I’m all for cream-filled goodness.)

-A compilation of gorgeous scenes in various Disney movies.

-Rain. Mist. Snow… Sometimes all at once.

-Confusion, sadness, fear, irritation… But also, at times, happy!

-Cold. Then warm again. Then cold again. Because, weather.

-Stiff muscles…. Again.

Thinking about…

-Hawaii. Or any place where there is a beach and lots of sun.


Favourite line: “It’s always darkest before the dawn.”

A final seen and heard for… 2016

Not seen: SO MUCH FOOD.


Well here we are. At the end of another December! And another year, for that matter. It seems that the general consensus is that 2016 has been a sucky, sucky year. And with the sad recent passings of Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds to round things out, it has made it an all too depressing reality… Which is why I’m burying my face in a bowl of ice cream as I write this post.

But I’m not here to drag on about 2016. It’s (almost) over and done with, and I’d rather not dwell on it any longer. Let’s get back to me! As always. And look ahead to a brand new year.


Or what I like to call, heaven in a box.

-More snow. This, after all, is just the beginning. (But at least we got something of a white Christmas, which was nice.)

-Rogue One! Fantastic Beasts! Both exceptionally good movies!

-A crap ton of tv Christmas movies… Both good, awful and in-between. But I must admit, I rather miss seeing them on tv now. Why can’t we have more feel good crap like that on tv?

-A s’mores maker!!!

-Home Alone. I think it’s my favourite holiday film, if only for the lines. (Namely, “keep the change ya filthy animal!” Classic.)

-My favourite Debbie Reynolds number.

-The best thing about this time of year is that it gives you an excuse to eat anything you want at any given time, and to get those foods you only seem to have once a year. In our house… M&Ms appetizers and Chinese food.


Christmas music. Lots. But I don’t miss hearing it on the radio, weirdly enough, unlike those Christmas shows.

And so, dear readers, whoever you may be…. I wish you all…






Gif from here

Seen, heard and read this month

Good news: the election is over, yaaay! The bad news: well…. It’s inescapable, isn’t it?


-Snow! Below-freezing temperatures! Wasn’t expecting it so soon after we’ve been riding milder weather since before October. But it is half way through November, I guess…

-The National Ballet of Canada’s production of Cinderella! It’s not often I get out to see a ballet, but I’m glad I finally got to see it this year.

-Mannequin Challenge. Kind of cool? Still think the Harlem Shake of 2014 was better.

Smart cockatoos being smart.

-Christmas. Christmas is officially everywhere now, whether you’re into it or not. The Santa Clause parade was on the weekend, which means BRING ON THE JING-A-LING TUNES.

-A little show called Cuisine and Confessions. It was exactly how it sounds: live cooking onstage with some personal stories, and a little bit dance mixed in.


-Good things about the new movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. I must see it in a theatre, and in a theatre only, because it is the only way I will get that magical movie experience.

Love and Imagination.


The Big Sleep, by Raymond Chandler. It was…. Interesting? I saw the movie a few years ago, and it was just as confusing as the book, if not more. (Although Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall made a fab team.) Very descriptive and fast paced, but holy heck it was complex.

Drank (new):

-My first iced peppermint mocha of the season!!! It was delightful. Must have another.

-A glass of chardonnay before the ballet on Friday night. Everyone was buzzed on alcohol, so that made it all the more awesome.

Lastly, here’s some music to round up this month: