Monday, October 27, 2014

So much to blog about...

...so little time.

But my period 3s are working hard on a test, so I can point form update.

1) Dream Serenade at Massey Hall on Saturday was *AMAZING*.  Lineup was:
  • Lou Canon
  • Greylands
  • Jason Collett
  • Sarah Harmer
  • Barenaked Ladies
  • Hayden
  • Billy Talent
  • Aaron & Matt from The National
  • Feist
There were all kinds of special treats like when Aaron & Matt from The National joined Hayden for the song "Dynamite Walls", when Sarah Harmer joined Billy Talent for "Surrender", and when Hayden joined The National for "I Need My Girl".  And of course, there was a group sing along at the end.

Even though I enjoyed sets by some of my very favourites (Sarah, Hayden, The National, and Feist), the highlight might have just been The Barenaked Ladies, whom I've never seen live before.  That's shocking considering they are a mainstay of Cdn music, and I'm a mainstay of Cdn music concerts.  Anyway, at the end they did a mashup of current pop songs (Roar, Wrecking Ball, etc. etc.) that had me roaring for laughter.

And this was all for a great cause.  Hayden's daughter has a developmental disability, and the funds went to the Beverley School, which is for students with developmental/physical disabilities.  As an educator who does work with some students with these disabilities, it was very close to my heart.

Good news: it was the First Annual Dream Serenade, so I look forward to going again!

2) LIGHTS at the Danforth Music Hall on Sunday night was pretty great too.  She's an excellent live performer, and it was a super fun show.  And, I was super happy to have a comfy seat up in the balcony, and it was done by 10:30 pm.  A perfect activity for both the young and old in me.

3) It's Election Time! FINALLY.  I hope our new mayor has a last name other than Ford.  I am proudly voting for Olivia Chow if you are interested.  I am not voting "strategically" because I don't want another conservative running my city.  I'm voting with both my head and my heart for the best and most progressive candidate.

4) Ugh, the Jian Ghomeshi scandal has got me down and I'm sickened.  Obviously we don't know for sure what happened, but I feel (just like I felt with Rob Ford) that where there's so much smoke, there's gotta be fire.  I always enjoyed his radio program, Q, and liked him so it really sucks that he's turned out to be an awful and abusive person.  Boo.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Cancel life.

Sometime ago, I read that every season of Gilmore Girls was going to be on Netflix, but only American Netflix. Boo for me as I haven't gotten around to figuring out the trick that allows a Canadian to access American Netflix.  This is actually OK because I spend more time on Netflix figuring out what to watch as opposed to actually watching stuff.  Therefore, I prefer having the smaller selection that Canadian Netflix offers.

Back to Gilmore Girls.  I used to watch that show sporadically back in my university days.  I believe it was on on Friday nights, and usually I'd be partying, studying, or on a train to Stratford on Friday nights. I was always in and out of that show, but I really did like it.  I was sad when I heard that it would only be on US Netflix.

But then, all sneaky-like, it appeared on Netflix this weekend!  Well, actually it might have been before that, but I didn't notice until the weekend.  My friend Wes had tweeted "The entire series of Gilmore Girls is on Netflix. Cancel life," but I'd missed that since I was like doing stuff or something as opposed to being on Twitter.

However, upon my discovery, I spent a chilly afternoon/evening indoors watching yesterday.  I got six episodes in and the show is bringing me so much joy!  Did you know Kirk had a bunch of different names at the beginning?  And it's so sweet to watch Rory connect with her grandfather at the golf club.  And the wake for Cinnamon, the cat?  I wish I lived in Stars Hollow.   I sometimes think I belong more in a quirky close-knit small town as opposed to the big city.  Surely there must be one of those out there that needs a science teacher, right?  And there's gotta be a version of Luke's Diner in that town too.

So, in summary, if you need me, I'm probably watching Gilmore Girls. 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Another life, another weekend.

This is my favourite song by a long shot these days.



Topic #1 - Signs of Aging

I'm getting older (and so are you, sorry).  I'm noticing that my willingness to put up with a lot of shit decreases as I get older.  For example: I am much more willing to fork out money for a cab these days because sometimes I can't deal when it comes to public transit.  For example, this morning I took a cab downtown to board a shuttle bus to get me to the starting line of the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon 5K.  Last year, I got up at the crack of dawn, and took a bus and then another bus to get me to the shuttle buses.  It was cold, and I had to wait a long time for each TTC bus.  This year, all I could think was eff that, I'm forking out for a cab.  And I did, it was glorious not waiting out in the cold.

As I get older, I hate lines more and more.  And waiting, gawd do I hate waiting.

But I do enjoy being able to take a break every now and then and relax.  So I'm not all about the hate and the "I can't even".

Topic #2 - Cross Border Shopping Trip

Yesterday, I went on a cross border shopping to trip to "The Buffalo" with my friend Mathew.  We call Buffalo NY "The Buffalo" because Mathew is the worst when it comes to talking to border agents.  He was once asked where in the US we'd been, and he said "The Buffalo" and it's been called that ever since.

His performance coming back this time was slightly better, although he kept looking over at me when the agent asked if either of us had accepted gifts while we'd been over.  Afterwards, I ribbed him for that because I was like "Why were you looking at me?  Did you think I accepted a gift when we split up?  Or should I have declared that I got a sample of beer at the grocery store?"

We ended up having our car searched, which has never happened to me, but once they saw that it was full of cookies and yummy food from Trader Joe's they let us go quickly.

Monday, October 13, 2014

I know you might roll eyes at this, but I'm so glad that you exist.

Probably the VERY BEST song for a Canadian Thanksgiving is the one below.  Press play, please.



I love that the only thing that even approaches a love song by my favourite band is this one.  It's not cheesy, and speaks of the kind of affection and appreciation that I really hope that everyone has in their lives.  The kind that's not fleeting and fickle as romantic love can often be (and everyone write about that kind).  Although if you have romantic love that is not fleeting nor fickle, I'm so happy for you! :D

My favourite phrases from this song are:

1) "How you make me laugh so hard." --> I think one of things that I value most in life is a deep, long laugh, the type that takes your breath away a little, might make your stomach hurt a lot (or a bit), and is really hard to stop.  Little laughs are great, don't get me wrong.  But those really hard laughs make life worth living.  I'm lucky to have so many people in my life that bring me these laughs.  Like when I'm in London hanging with my dear friend Claire, and we are killing ourselves over "Fish Christy thinks vertically", Giggy, a dog on the RHOBH who is very committed to the cause of children with alopecia in Missouri, and a tonne more.  Or my pals Alex and Wes, who buckle up growlers of the world's best Pumpkin Ale* in the backseat.  Or, closer to home there's my friend Mathew who just sends me into hysterics with indecipherable texts about playoff baseball and Dateline NBC.  Or my co-workers, with whom I'm writing a sitcom script that describes everyday absurdity. 

Bascially, I'm thankful for anyone who makes me laugh so hard, is what I'm trying to say with the above rambling paragraph.

2) "And you tell me to fuck off when I need somebody to." --> This one isn't as fun as #1, but seriously friends who will tell you to fuck off when you are being stupid about something are great too.  I have the very bad habit of beating myself up over so many things; I'm my worst critic, and I think I most often need to be told to fuck off when I'm tearing myself down.  And my friends are there for me to tell me that I'm being idiotic with all of the self-deprecation.  Or, to tell me to fuck off when I'm just being annoying or whiny.  That happens sometimes too.

And I guess, on this Canadian Thanksgiving, I'm most thankful for people who make me laugh so hard and tell me to fuck off.

*If I were in St. Louis right now, I would be drinking so much of Schlafly's Pumpkin Ale.  It's probably best for my liver that I'm not.  That stuff tastes like the beer version of pumpkin pie.  Sooooo good.

Thursday, October 09, 2014

It's been a hard year, and I only know.

These days I'm listening to LIGHTS' new ablum, Little Machines, on heavy rotation.  I like it.  So much so that I decided to grab a ticket to her October show at the Danforth Music Hall.  Yes, after the totally awesome me-date I had going to see the Cons at the Danforth, I've decided the Danforth's balcony is my favourite new place to hang.

I love this song.



I'm also super in love with the NPR stream of Stars' new album No One Is Lost.

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

You know where to find me any time you want me.

This is my favourite October song.



I can't believe that it took me until the early hours of October 8th to listen to it.

I should be sleeping but I'm not because I passed out on my couch after drinking two strong beers (Delerium Tremens!) at a work pub Pictionary event.  It was fun, and boy I can't draw.

Before the pub, I spent sometime wandering on College St running errands.  It was a nice afternoon for this, and I just missed the rain that's been falling steadily all evening.

I think I had more to write about, but I've completely forgotten.  I'm always writing brilliant (I'm sure of it) blog posts in my head while on the subway or walking around, but they disappear as soon as I sit to write.  I should take notes.

So maybe next post you'll get something a little more interesting than my favourite October song.

Sunday, October 05, 2014

End of camp, new week already.

I'm still rather exhausted from three days of keeping up with 40 teenagers at camp, but it was a fun time.  Lots of laughs, beautiful autumn scenery, hikes, and late night nights.  On Friday, I returned to the city, dragged my stuff home on the TTC, changed out of my muddy jeans and sneakers, and headed off to see the Constantines at the Danforth Music Hall.  It was an excellent show, and thank goodness for balcony seats.

I've been pretty lazy for the rest of the weekend.  I finished re-reading "Gone Girl" and went with my pal Mathew to see the movie.  I thought the movie was an excellent adaptation of the novel, and I'm glad that I read the novel again, so I could really see what was changed from print to screen.  (I first read the book two years ago, so wouldn't have remembered all of the details.)

And with that, another week begins, but at least it's followed by a long weekend.