Thoughts on a rainy Friday

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A beautiful sunset after today’s rain
  • When it rains, it pours.
  • Pretty much in a literal sense, these days.
  • Last summer was hot hot hot.
  • This summer has been wet wet wet.
  • I can’t believe it’s already August.
  • Oh wait, yes I can.
  • Peach season!
  • This thrills me more than I can say.
  • Same goes with the wild blueberries.
  • Can’t get them any better than that.
  • Watching the live-action Beauty and the Beast earlier this week was the soul-cleanser I needed.
  • Emma Watson was an excellent Belle; if not for her singing abilities (which were meh), but definitely for her portrayal.
  • And of course, Dan Stevens killed it as Beast/Prince Adam.
  • What a lovely guy.
  • I could almost forgive him for his quitting Downton Abbey.
  • Kidding!
  • No hard feelings about that.
  • Sure, it was sad to see him go (if you’ve watched the show you’ll know what I mean), but Dan’s gotta do what Dan’s gotta do.
  • Because if he hadn’t left Downton, he might not have taken the role.
  • And thus, we wouldn’t have been gifted with the wonderful sass master of a Prince we have today.
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Jerk move, but his expression is hilarious.
  • If Beauty and the Beast was the soul-cleanser I needed, then Wonder Woman was the soul-strengthener.
  • Saw that today, fyi.
  • Now I feel 1000 times more powerful than I did when I woke up this morning.
  • A lot of the movie was summed up to “Diana, no!”
  • Only to be rebutted with “DIANA YES!”
  • Long live the female super hero.
  • Forever and ever.
  • Chris Pine.
  • Not the star of the movie, mind you, but still impressive.
  • Oops, there I go, doing double on the crushes.
  • Must be that kind of week.
  • Who’s next?
  • No, don’t answer that.
  • Ah, the sun is out again.
  • I feel like Diana and Steve Rogers (aka Captain America) would get along great.
  • Because, you know… They both have shields they rely on.
  • And other stuff they can relate to.
  • Actually, I think they would be quite good.
  • That is, if she can ever get past his name being “Steve”.
  • And oh gosh, if he can ever get past her brown eyes.
  • Similar to Peggy Carter’s, if you know what I mean.
  • It’s not about “deserve”. It’s about what you believe. And I believe in love.
  • Stay strong and enjoy the weekend, peeps.

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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.”

Thoughts before a Canada Day long weekend

  •  Please let there be sun tomorrow, please let there be sun tomorrow.
  • Because I want to go to the beach.
  • Not necessarily for the Canada Day celebratory stuff, although that’s nice.
  • Mainly for the sake of visiting the beach.
  • And taking the dogs.
  • And by beach, I don’t mean the ocean side beach.
  • Rather, the lake-y side beach.
  • A lakeside beach has an entirely different vibe.
  • Or does it?
  • This whole Canada 150 celebratory thing has got me conflicted.
  • On one hand, it’s a party for our existence, but on the other hand…
  • It’s a reminder that it’s 150+ years of colonialism.
  • Not cool.
  • It’s also a reminder that there will be masses and masses of leftover Canada 150 collection items that no one bought, and will eventually go to waste.
  • Or go on display in museums in the future.
  • Just being realistic, don’t mind me.
  • I probably should have gotten that 150 water bottle.
  • Nah.
  • Should I make butter tarts this weekend?
  • That would be going the “extra” Canadian mile.
  • So would be chugging a shot of maple syrup.
  • Which I would not recommend.
  • That is, unless you have a reeeeeally sweet tooth.
  • The Doctor Who finale is this weekend, and I’m not feeling great about 12 regenerating.
  • I was unsure about Peter Capaldi in the beginning, but now I DON’T WANT HIM TO GO.
  • Which is what usually happens when a new Doctor comes along.
  •  It’s like David Tennant and Matt Smith all over again.
  • :/
  • At the same time, I’m very interested to see who’s going to replace him.
  • It’s been kept well under wraps this time.
  • Time to sign off now! Leaving you with some Canadian patriotism.
  • Y’all Americans aren’t the only ones that can boast.
  • We can do it.
  • ….We just don’t want to.

 

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?

 

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 piqué 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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“Listen to the song of life” edition of thoughts

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My personal aesthetic.
  • One of the most satisfying feelings out there is finishing a book you actually enjoyed reading.
  • It happened with me these past two weeks.
  • It’s been a while since I’ve read such a good book, so therefore it’s worth noting.
  • I won’t tell you what it is, because… I’m saving it for an upcoming blog post.
  • Aha! About time.
  • So much for keeping up with blogging consistency.
  • This month has been ripe with creative constipation.
  • It happens every so often.
  • But one must push through it!
  • That, and I’ve also been busy.
  • But not today.
  • Today, I write.
  • Write, and stare out the window.
  • And find music to listen to on youtube.
  • It looks like rain.
  • Spring arrived this week as well, bringing with it below-freezing temperatures.
  • But it’s getting warmer.
  • Or so we’re told.
  • You know, sometimes I like to believe in fate.
  • Like, if it’s meant to be for you, the opportunity will present itself.
  • An interview with Robert Osborne (RIP) and Kim Novak I was watching last weekend got me thinking about that.
  • She seems to definitely be about the fates and destiny sort of thing.
  • Or rather, she just fell into the acting gig and went along for the ride.
  • Do you call that fate, or just rolling with it?
  • What is fate?
  • There I go, waxing philosophic again.
  • Probably not the word I’m looking for, but that’s all I can think of at the moment.
  • But this goes well with the Katharine Hepburn quote above.
  • “Listen to the song of life!”
  • Which brings me to mention that I also watched a good Katharine Hepburn bio not long ago.
  • I want to be a lady like her in my golden years.
  • At least then I will have an excuse to be sassy.
  • Which isn’t to say I’m not sassy right at this stage in life.
  • KH dressed like my grandma would have dressed in the 90s.
  • And I can imagine her home smelling somewhat like my grandparents.
  • Well, sort of.
  • I was going back and forth as to what song I would end this post with. Lately I’ve been about the 1960s, but for a change I’m in a waltzy mood.
  • This piece makes me visualize dancing in a ballroom in the 1800s, and being swung around by dapper gentlemen in suits.
  • Which would be a lot of fun as well.