Thursday, March 31, 2005

Adding a picture just for the heck of it.

I'm just a no-class, beat-down fool and I'll always be that way.

Right now I'm really into the new Weezer song "Beverly Hills". Would I be even more into it if I'd procured those Weezer tickets that I so desparately wanted?

Okay, I think I've mentioned my lack of Weezer tickets at least 73 times in my blog so far. And, I wrote a whole post on a freakin' Lululemon bag. Yeesh, if I was reading this, I'd think I was pretty damned shallow. I suppose this highlights the shallowness of my life outside my career. I'm thankful that I have a career that's devoting to helping others and hopefully, somehow, making the world a better place. And last year I built up some good karma working up in Northern Ontario in isolation. Of course, I did make money up there, some of which is funding my summer trip to Australia. So, I guess like a good Catholic, I feel guilty that I was renumerated for doing something somewhat, maybe just a little, selfless and hence I really didn't build up any good karma...

I think the reason that I'm thinking on this track is that my roommate's bf went on a trip to Africa and just offered to let me watch the DVD but warned me that it's pretty emotional. I said "perhaps on another day" because I was thinking that I couldn't handle any real reality today. Which got me to thinking about the community that I lived in last year. I wonder what people would say about the conditions if I had actually recorded them? When I took pictures, I made sure that they were about more picturesque aspects of the community, as opposed to harsh reality. I know I used that as a survival tactic since I had to deal with harsh reality on a daily basis up there so I didn't want to deal with it more by recording it at the time. However, the images in my mind are indeliable, so I'll always have them. I guess right now I'm regretting it since I can't share my experiences with anyone else. Well, in a visaul way; I'll always have my words.

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Now I can post pictures!

Okay, so I learned how to post pictures as previously promised. Which lead me to see that I really don't have many picture on my hard drive, so I just picked one that came with the computer.

Anyway, I was thinking that once I do my taxes (this weekend I hope), I'll be able to use part of my refund to buy a digital camera. Which'll be a good investment for Australia and to actually get some decent photos in my blog.

I don't have many pictures of my own on my hard drive, so this'll do. Posted by Hello

But the game is for the adults, and I don't know how to play.

Today was one of those days where you feel like going shopping to relieve after-work stress. So I went up to the cheap bookstore a lil' north of Yonge & Eg. Cheap bookstores are dangerous places. I bought 4(!) books. Now, all of these were half price, so really it was just the same as buying 2 books, right? Well, that's how I'm justifying it to myself.

So yeah, I got The Red Tent by Anita Diamant. It was highly recommended to me by a co-worker last year. Next I picked up Million Dollar Baby. I can easily justify that, since I can always use it as a father's day gift. Now, if you don't know my dad, you are thinking to yourself, that I'm a horrible, horrible daughter to think of giving my dad a book that I'm planning on reading myslef. However, that's how my father believes in giving books. To him, it is extremely rude to give a book that you haven't "tested" to make sure it's good.

Then I picked up Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson. Can't go wrong with Bryson. Finally, I got The Forest Lover by Susan Vreeland. It's about Emily Carr. I really enjoy a good novel about an artist and their art.

Something else I really enjoy is when people put graffiti on advertisements. Today I sat directly across from the good ol' "My name is Julie. Last night I did a striptease for my husband" subway ad. The one that asks the probing question "What would you do with a few pounds less?" Someone had written the question "What would you do if you felt beautiful the way you are now?" in black permanet marker on the ad. Yay! I love when people do that. Then, as I walked home on Yonge, I could see that someone had placed a red "ads suck" sticker on the "For Me, Myself and I" Botox ad. So, I guess I can conclude that it's a good day when I've seen two of my most hated ads defaced.

All this graffiti on ads made me think of my all-time favourite piece of graffiti. This summer I was taking the train from Toronto to Stratford and as we passed through Kitchener, I saw "MANILOW RULES!" spray painted on some old abandoned warehouse. Honestly, if you're vandalizing with such a sense of humour, is it such a sin?

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Cigarettes and chocolate milk, these are just a couple of my cravings...

Bah! I just lost my last entry. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr.... Well, in my entry, I had eloquently waxed poetic about how I was sitting in my camp chair out my balcony after work today, sipping some chocolate milk when "Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk" came on my iPod. I mean, what are the chances? 1146 songs on my iPod and one about an craving that I'm partaking in comes on that very moment! I wish that the other craving was something that I enojyed, like maybe Kahlua and chocolate milk.

Anyway, then I complained that I had to back to work today, but hey at least "Monday's" over and we're onto Wednesday.

Then I commented about how I was looking forward to the W/Thans concert in less than two weeks. I've broken my new year's resolution since I've only been to one concert this year: Plaskett waaaaaaaay back in January. Yeesh, the only time in recent memory that I've had such a concert-poor start to a year was 2004 when I was up in NSL! Hmmm, I should convince TB to do a W/Thans double-header since she saved $40+ due to ticketmaster's inability to save Weezer tickets for me. Grrrr... I'm still bitter about that. Now I'm going to try to post this entry and if I lose it, I'll be doubly bitter.

Monday, March 28, 2005

My city's still breathing but barely it's true.

Well, I'm back in Toronto. Today I just lounged around the house until it was time to leave to catch the 5:30 bus in Kitchener. I probably would have had a more productive day if I'd left earlier, but productivity isn't the point of a day off.

So now that I've returned I'm imported some CDs onto my iPod. I still have quite a few discs that aren't on there yet, and it is my goal to have my whole music library (or at least the songs that I like from certain CDs) onto the thing.

Last night I finished The Secret Life of Bees. If I were to rate the book, I'd give it 4 stars out of 5. A very enjoyable read. I've started on A Complicated Kindness which is so far very disappointing. I think I was expecting something far different from it. Oh well, I'll keep slogging through 'til it's done.

Tonight I should do a bit of work too. Blech. No more holidays for a long while. I'm in for the long haul now.

Sunday, March 27, 2005

It's how the hustle goes, see what the juke box knows...

Well, it's still Easter Sunday. I'm rather bored. I'm watching ''The Ladykillers" with my mom but as you can see, it's not holding my interest.

Went for a nice walk around the river this afternoon. Although it was a bit muddy and my pantlegs got all splattered. Then I got home and continued reading my book. I want to finish it tonight so that I can find out what happens.

...I won't push you unless you have a net...

Easter Sunday. Went to church with my aunt. Afterwards, went for lunch with my aunt and MR who was also at mass. Didn't see her last night since our plans fell through. Gave her the booties and hat that I knit for her baby. I made them from a nice light purple wool with cream ribbon.

Anyhow, last night I watched "The Terminal" with the 'rents. Then I took my iPod for a walk around the neighbourhood hoping to run into some ghosts. I'm thinking of going for a walk around the river this afternoon.

Right now I'm reading The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd and I'm enjoying it immensely. It revolves around some sisters who, among other things, have their own religion. I think it's called the Daughters of the Black Madonna. The story revolves a lot around worshipping the Black Madonna. Coincidentally, I read poritons of Tori Amos' book the evening before. Worship of Mary, and Mary Magdalene, was discussed a lot in this book too. Tori subscribes to a lot of the theories about the divine feminine (far before The Da Vinci Code was popular). A line in the from The Secret Life of Bees resonnated with me; something along the lines of everyone needs a god that looks like them to worship. All of this made me want to pray to a woman, so I said a lot of Hail Marys today at mass.

Well, I need to go send a birthday e-card right now. Then I'm going to take my iPod for that walk around the river.

Saturday, March 26, 2005

...and make a record of my heart...

Bah humbug! No Weezer tickets for me! I was online right at 10 am and no luck. I'm blaming the slow dial-up that I have to resort to here. Actually, no... I'll blame the evil inherent which is ticketmaster. Anyhow, maybe I can hope that Weezer tours again in August (not July!) and comes to the Ampitheatre where I'd prefer to see them anyway.

Last night was fun! We went to Kelsey's and I had a blue lagoon and nachos (no meat). Then off to DT's for board games. Played Apples to Apples for 2 hours. Good fun since we argued a lot. Gonna tease RS for a long time since she argued that James Dean was unforgettable since she thought about him every day.

So what's on for today? I'm going to go buy myself some socks. I keep losing them. I might pick up some Mint Smoothies at Rheo Thompsons too. Maybe rent a movie for the afternoon. Tonight I'm planning to go with MH to MR's to visit and give her the booties and hat I knit. They're purple with cream ribbon. She'll like them.

Friday, March 25, 2005

Just hop a train, you hate to fly.

I'm in Stratford for the Easter weekend. I took the 10:40 am train this morning. It left Toronto on time, and arrived in Stratford 15 minutes late. Which is pretty damned early for a VIA train. It was a pretty good trip. They actually had me sitting in the first class seats at the front of the train since the train was sold out. Man, those seats were roomy and comfy!

I wasn't orginally going to take my laptop home with me this weekend but last night TB told me that Weezer was coming to Toronto! She didn't know when; she said "they're coming in the summer." I had a panic: what if the concert was during my Australia trip? However, turns out that the concert is on May 6th, which is far before my summer starts. Tickets go on sale tomorrow morning at 10 am, so I will be up and trying to get a couple. Weezer's playing at the Kool Haus. Blech. Why can't they play at the Ampitheatre again? I love outdoor concerts! Oh well, as long as they bring the big light up W, I'll be happy.

Tonight we're having a group of nine get together since RS is in the sunny south for a couple of days. We're meeting at Kelsey's then proceeding to DT's place to perhaps play some board games. I brought Kuuduk and Apples to Apples. I'm up for a game of Apples! I think it'll be fun if we have enough people. We are quite the argumentative bunch which'll make the game fun. I'm not sure how many of the nine will make it; three have already said they can't come and we haven't heard from one, so we'll see. 5/9 is not a bad ratio though.

Thursday, March 24, 2005

I've got links!

Oh man, I just figured out how to add links to my sidebar. Fun! I've started with five and I'm sure I'll add more.

Gee, next I'll be adding pictures. I've already read the FAQ about posting pictures.

Now, to get to cleaning this apartment. (First I'll eat supper though.)

I'm the good teacher that got away; with buttoned-down sweaters and black-rimmed frames.

So I thought I'd title my second post with lines from a song ("Independent Thief" by Kathleen Edwards) just like I did with my first post ("Ashes to Ashes" by David Bowie). I have to admit I've seen this technique used in another blog, but in my defence, HB and I have been doing this with our emails for years. I picked this line because I've been constantly listening to Back to Me by Kathleen Edwards since I bought it last week, and I feel that those lines can somewhat describe me, yet there are aspects that don't.

Today I broke down and bought the Lululemon bag that I've been craving for a couple of months. I had been eyeing people with cute Lululemon bags on the subway. Around my birthday, I decided that I'd go to the Lululemon store and buy one as a gift for myself. They didn't have any. All of their bags were icky. So, my birthday money went to makeup and my flower ring, which I love.

Anyhow, this week I noticed a colleague of mine with a Lululemon bag. I dropped what I was doing to ask her about it. She said she got it a couple of days ago at the store and they had tonnes in yellow, pink and black! Well, I was able to get there today and I just had to buy one. Now, initially I only wanted a cute little handbag (which they still don't have) but this is a gym bag that I will be able to use as an overnight bag/briefcase/possible carry-on for Australia. I went with the pink; since pink seems to be my new favourite colour (along with green). Now, I think that deep-down I'll always harbour a feeling that maybe I should have gone with black. But, I just couldn't since nine times out of ten I go for black. Plus, I didn't want to look like I was copying my colleague!

After my fun purchase, I made my way home. I decided to stop by the drugstore near me to take advantage of their 99 cent 2L bottles of Diet Pepsi. Or maybe I just really wanted to see if the cashier who asked me about the Weakerthans was working. He wasn't.

Tonight I'm going to watch the Apprentice with TB and see how the American version of The Office is. Admittedly, I've never watched the British version but hey, Steve Carrell is in the US version ("I love lamp!"). I'm not sure if TB's coming here or if I'm going to go over there. *sigh* Either way, I'll have to clean the apartment. Benny's dropping her leaves all over the floor and probably needs to be watered.

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Ashes to ashes, funk to funky.

Okay, so I've entered the world of blogging.


Right now I have a bit of a headache. I think it's because of the plastic-chemical smell coming from the carry-all bag they gave us at the workshop today. Or, it might have been having to sit and listen for hours and participate in group discussions.

So, to cure my headache I decided to walk instead of subway-ing. As I was walking, I thought that someone ahead of me had ashes blowing on me from a cigarette. But, it was just snow. The snow was falling lightly, yet the flakes were large and well... flaky. Will it ever be spring?