Friday, April 29, 2005

Long time, no post...

I am well aware of the fact that I haven't posted in awhile. I think it's because I will no longer be able to realize my dream of having my blog linked to Matt Good's blog because he has decided to no longer post his contact info. So, in fairness he removed all links. *sigh* Oh well, quite frankly, I think I have more important things to aspire to.

So, it's been a fairly busy week. Also, a bit of a harrowing one since my iPod decided to stop working. I'm sending it in for repairs. Purolator called me to tell me that there's a package that I can pick up on Monday which I'm assuming is the box that I can use to ship my iPod to Apple. So, I'm hoping that after that it will be all better in two weeks. I got myself a new discman to survive in the meantime. Plus, I think I will bring that to Australia with me so I don't have to worry 'bout the iPod.

I also got the new Ben Folds CD which is soooooooooooooo good. I've been listening to it constantly since I bought it on Tuesday! It's pretty mellow - I kind of wish there was just one song that he'd rock out on but I can't really complain since all the songs are really good.

Tomorrow I gotta clean this place, then I'm having the ppl who are helping TB move over for pizza. Then I'm helping her with phase three of her move. Finally, I'm going over to hang out with the Ws. So a busy day!

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

I finally got a digital camera!

After about a year of debating and being wishy-washy, I got myself a digital camera. I definitely want one for Australia and I figured now's as good a time as any to buy it (plus Futureshop had a sale). Plus I have a baby shower to go to this weekend. Anyhow, I bought it on Monday night and last night I spent more money on it by purchasing another card (on sale), batteries and a case. Last night I played around by taking photos and today I wanted to try importing them to my computer. I decided to snap the view from my room's window. Too bad there was a big cloud hanging over the city and cutting off the head of the CN Tower. Gives you an idea of the icky day it has been.

Today was a pretty good day. I really want to tidy this place up tonight. We'll see how that goes.

Also, some bad news: no Sloan road trip to Bala this year. They're playing there on July 2nd, which will be the day that doesn't really exist for me. *sigh* A three year tradition broken. I am hoping that they decide that they will play in Toronto before my trip. But it still won't be the same! Posted by Hello

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

So they picked a new Pope.

They picked Ratzinger, now known as Benedict XVI. Here's a NY Times article on Pope Benedict XV. They say that Popes choose their names to give an idea of how they want to direct their papacy. So, if Pope XVI was a peacemaker, I guess he's not a bad namesake.

I watched the proceedings on TV at work. It's a very interesting process to say the least. However, it won't be another 26 years until it happens again... unless the new guy lives to be 104 (like Mr. Burns).

Monday, April 18, 2005

Monster Book of Monsters

A "Monster Book of Monsters" toy! This was advertised on the back of the DVD advertisement. Oh would I love that! Must have it sent to me somehow... This would be even better than the Whomping Willow game! Posted by Hello

I wonder if Harry is as magical in Japan...

Here's an ad from Japan for the DVD of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. My pal sent it to me in a letter. Posted by Hello

It was the ice cream truck!

On Wed. April 13th, I complained that I heard mysterious music coming from outside. It sounded like a retro Nintendo game.

Well, I just heard it again. It turns out that it is the ice cream truck which is parked on Balliol right now. Hmm.... I'd run out and get some if it wouldn't ruin my supper.

So I didn't blog all weekend. Here are the highlights:

1) Saw Da Kink in My Hair on Saturday. It was excellent and very moving. I think I cried at least thrice. The most emotional part was the little girl who was being abused by her stepfather. It is closing on April 26th, so if you haven't seen it, you should. And go quickly.

2) Shopped around Queen St. W. after Da Kink. Was a very good girl and did not buy anything.

3) That evening, went out for dinner at a Mexican restaurant just up Yonge St. Had a very tasty mango margarita, tasty appetizers, bland enchiladas and yummy fried ice cream (betcha the ice cream truck doesn't have that!).

4) On Sunday, TB and I wandered around her neighbourhood. I ended up buying the green running shoes that I had been wanting as well as a pair of fun flip flops with a flower on them.

Anyhow, today was a good day, even though it was Monday. I downloaded the Bangles' song Manic Monday on itunes, so I now listen to it on the subway on Monday mornings. It slightly eases the pain.

Got a letter from Japan today. It was dated Jan 11th but it looks like it was postmarked on April 9th, so it looks like it hung about before it was sent. Nevertheless, it made my day. It also included a Japanese advertisement for the Harry Potter DVD!

Friday, April 15, 2005

Weather Pixie

So I decided that instead of renting a movie, that I would waste more time at my computer. I want more fun accessories for my blog so I did a bit of a search and I came across the Weather Pixie that tells everyone what the weather is like in TO. Cool, eh? I know my dear weather-obsessed pal TB is gonna love it. I would wager that she might even start a blog of her own just because of this accessory.

Wish it was last Friday again.

There should be a Weakerthans concert every weekend. This photo is from the Eye Magazine review. Posted by Hello do do do...

In case you can't tell, the title of my post is the keyboard hook from the Constantines' song "On to you" which I am listening to incessentaly right now. Eye magazine posted a review of last Friday's show (oh was it only a week ago?). I think they described the show well.

Anyhow - yay it's Friday! Woo! But what to do? I left work early after cleaning off my desk (a distasteful task) and then got some food at Valu-mart and made dinner. Then I had a quick couch nap and did the dishes.

Think I may rent a movie tonight. I dunno.

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Hey Queen St... Too cool to run?

Still enjoying those damned Nike ads.

Today was a pretty good day... espeically since Friday's one day closer now! Woo!

Had to watch most of reality TV night by myself this week. Survivor was OK and the Apprentice was good. I was really glad to see that in-need-of-anger-management-training Chris be fired. Can't believe that he made it that far.

Think I'm just gonna go to bed early tonight.

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

"Hey Queen Street - Negative Split is not some underground band - Annex"

Oh my, I have a guilty pleasure. I really love the Nike 10K TO run ads. I know, I know... Nike is one of the first companies that come into your mind when think about evil corporations so damn them all to Hades for coming up with a subway ad campaign that makes me smile.

I can't believe how it's been sunny out for like a bajillion days straight. Aren't April showers supposed to bring May flowers? I know that now that I have noticed and commented on the sunshine, it's going to start raining soon. Sorry everybody.

There's some really weird music playing outside. It sounds like an old school Nintendo game. It's really bizarre.

Anyhow, I require a nap now...

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

I like titles, but I can't think of one right now.

Things of note that happened today (in no particular order):

1) Saw the movie Dear Frankie with a couple of pals. Really liked it. It was very sweet.

2) Annoyed at punctuation yet again. Lisa Marie Presley's new album is called "Why Not" which would be a much more effective title if she used a question mark. "Why Not?" Doesn't that look much better?

3) Daily Show's on now. Must go.

Monday, April 11, 2005

A visual aid to help with today's earlier post!

Here is where I actually ate. Rumors, the dank pit, is located underneath Falstaff's. If you look above Falstaff's, you will see Classics, aka Divorce Court, another one of Stratford's unique night spots. As they say at Classics, "buy 5 drinks, get one divorce free!" Posted by Hello

Cons/Weakerthans in TO review

Today's edition of chartattack contained a review of the Saturday afternoon Rolling Tundra Revue show. Thankfully, I was able to go to the 19+ show on Friday night. By the sounds of it, there were too many kids at the reviewed show.

Anyway, the review helped me figure out that the grande finale song was "End of the Line" by the Travellin' Wilburys. My dad had that tape back in the day.

Well don't let me out of your sight...

Saw another cleverly placed sticker on a subway ad today. Buying [does not equal sign] beauty. It was on one of those Dove ads with Velma from Scooby Doo. I like those ads, but I must admit that I need to heed that sticker at times.

Saw the Weakerthans show at Lee's featured on the Loop on MMM after I got home from work. I say more Weakerthans, less everything else on TV. My mom once saw them on TV and called me excitedly; she was happy to see that the band that I always babbled on did actually exist.

Today I got a credit card bill in the mail, and it was very distressing. No, it's not the bill that has my Australia airfare - that's still coming. It had a $32 bill for Rumors in Stratford on it. Now, every Stratford-ite is aware of the sketchiness of Rumors and probably spent a good deal of their late teens/early twenties there. At one point it was the pinnacle of Stratford's bar scene (which isn't say much at all). Now, I have not darkened the doorstep of said establishment in years but it is owned by the same guy who owns Falstaff's, which is a very nice restaurant/pub. I had dinner with a pal there over March Break and that's where the charge came from. (For the record, my dinner was not $32 - I had no cash so I paid for it all on my card and she gave me cash.) However, when I got the bill I did a bit of a quadruple take and wondered if I had partaken in a night of slumming while in Stratford over March Break...

lol All this talk of Rumors makes me think of the story of the Grasshopper. Now, back in the late 1990s, Rumors was the Stratford bar scence. A new bar called the Grasshopper opened up in the former location of Stratford's short-lived but highly controversial strip club. The Grasshopper was far nicer than Rumors (even though it did used to be a strip club) so soon enough, everyone migrated to the Grasshopper and Rumors lay empty. However, in the never-say-die spirit of Rumors, they dropped their drink prices to something ridiculous like 2 for $4.50. So, like a flock of fickle seagulls, the Stratford bar crowd went back to scummy ol' Rumors. About a month later, the Grasshopper closed.

Ah! Just got a call from the roommate. She booked tickets to Da Kink in my Hair on Saturday! Woo! Weekend plans!

Sunday, April 10, 2005

No TTC stirke!

Yay! They reached a deal at about 6 pm tonight. So my morning routine will not be disturbed. Not to mention, the morning routine of 600 000 others... TB'll be sad. I know that she was going to take the day off of work if there was a strike.

I finally went out and what a beautiful day. Yay spring. I was in the U of T neighbourhood and saw lots of students about. It made me remember what it was like to be in university at this time of year. Classes were just wrapping up and the weather was getting nice and there were many exams to study for. I remember the stress of looking for a summer job at this time too.

Watched the last hole of the Masters'. Tiger Woods won. My mom'll be happy.

Why am I so bored?

Oh man. It's 2:29 and thus far today's been a total waste. I think it's because in the back of my mind I feel like I should be cleaning and I don't want to. I woke and started to watch the movie "Road Trip" on TBS. Can't believe I actually watched it for over an hour before I realized I couldn't take much more of that crap. Then I watched a couple episodes of the Simpsons and called my mother to complain I'm bored.

It's a beautiful day out. I should just grab a book, my iPod (if it's not dead at the moment) and hit a coffee shop somewhere and read.

Oh... TTC talks are on right now. I really hope they come to a settlement. I do have plans to get to work if they strike, but I really don't want my morning routine changed. Oh, the selfish way my brain works.

Oh the bright side, last night I almost peed my pants laughing. I called TB to see what she was up to and she told me the traumatic incident of how she washed her sleeping bag in the bathtub. It soaked up tonnes of water and she had to drag it onto her balcony to dry. Problem was, it started to goosh water onto the street below.

Saturday, April 09, 2005

I'm leaning on a broken fence between past and present tense.

Well, last night was the Weakerthans. Really, I don't need to take too much time here saying how great it was. I guess a Weakerthans concert really is my favourite thing in the world. They played two new songs which makes me optimistic that a new CD is coming soon.

I crashed at TB's last night so I wouldn't have to worry about catching the last train. This morning, we went out for breakfast at Flo's. Now I'm back home and I need to figure out what to do with the rest of my Saturday. Cleaning is an option. Not an attractive one though.

I shall start with a nap though.

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Only two more days until concert bliss! Posted by Hello
2 more days 'til the Weakerthans show at Lee's Palace!

Can't believe that I didn't start the countdown earilier.

Ooh... they're playing "Bandages" by Hot Hot Heat on the radio. Fun! Makes me think of the Sloan road trip of 3 summers ago. I hope I don't miss our annual migration to Bala to see Sloan this summer. If the concert's while I'm in Australia, I'll be out of luck and break our streak.

Gotta survive April, May, and June first though.

Monday, April 04, 2005

Cold Swans Walking

Another year and I didn't make it to Stratford's swan parade. Here is a photo from the Sneakin' Beacon. Looks like the poor swans didn't have the best of weather. This picture makes me laugh. Only in Stratford would this be front page news. Posted by Hello

Perhaps this bicycle can help me out. Posted by Hello

This girl only sleeps with butterflies.

Argle bargle. I'm experiencing a bit of punctuation trauma right now. But what else is new? I was walking down Yonge St. today and I saw an ad for a new store whose slogan was "why not be original" or some such drivel. It would have been a much, much more effective slogan if they had actually posed "Why not be original?" as a question by using our handy dandy friend the question mark. Sigh. Anyhow, you could be asking me that very same question right now, since picking at punctuation has become a bit cliche after the runaway success of Eats shoots & leaves, but anyone who knows me can attest that I've been a stickler for years.

I've also been blasted with a dozen or so tramatic cases of misused apostrophes today. Although, that's no excuse for the shopping binge I accidentally committed. That's what happens when I don't stay late at work. I have a bit of energy and decide to wander around somewhere that ineveitably has stores. I got myself a new spring jacket. It looks really sharp so I think I'm excused. I also got myslef a new hoodie and a pair of black yoga pants. They're comfy and I'm wearing them right now.

I'm suffering from what I have just, right now, instantaneously coined "subway materialism". This affects those of us who commute via the subway daily. I'm stuck in a small enclosed space with strangers for a good hour of my day and all I can really do is look at what they are wearing, why kind of bags they have etc. I end up craving many assorted objects that I normally never would want: my case in point is my Lululemon bag. Now, I think I was also suffering jacket inferiority which led to today's purchase. I suppose paying attention to the advertisments could curb this for me, but at least I am controlling what I covet, if you catch my drift. You could argue that I could stop this whole problem by reading a book on the subway, but my brain really can't handle that in the morning.

Sunday, April 03, 2005

Oh the weather outside is frightful...

Another disgusting day out. It's pretty hard to accept such weather after we were treated to a few days of spring last week. It looks so horrid out that I don't want to leave my apartment. At the least, I should go out and get a newspaper and coffee. Part of me would like to wander elsewhere and a get a newspaper and some coffee but the weather isn't very encouraging for me to do so. Maybe I'll just stay in and read my book.

Saturday, April 02, 2005

The death of John Paul II

Got home this afternoon from some grocery shopping to find that the Pope died today at 2:37 pm EST.

I'm quite sad about this. More than anything, it makes me feel the loss of my grandparents acutely. It was the Polilsh-Catholic connection. During the World Youth Day mass in Toronto in 2002 the Pope talked about his age and sounded just like my Grandma.

I always admired the Pope for his commitment to peace and human rights. Also, I think his outreach to other religions was admirable and important.

We've been saying this for years...

Okay, here's a dirty secret of mine: pretty much every day I read the Sneakin' Beacon online to see what's up in my home town. Guess I should add a link to it on this blog.

I just read an interesting article called "The Darker Side of Perth County". A report was released by a social planning committe about the quality of life in Perth County. Here are some of the key findings:

"• The rate of violent and property crimes in Stratford is higher than the provincial average.
• Perth County residents are significantly less educated than provincial norms.
• Perth County, together with the counties of Grey, Bruce and Huron, have significantly higher drinking rates than the province, while smoking rates are about the same.
• Drug-related offences in Stratford are higher than both provincial and national rates.
• All municipalities except North Perth have higher rates of impaired driving charges than the provincial average, but North Perth has a higher rate of general traffic offences than the rest of the county."

I don't think any of my pals back home would be surprised by this. We've been commenting on the high drinking rates for years.

It may be years until the day my dreams will match up with my pay.

Looks like I missed posting on April Fools' Day. Didn't play any tricks today or have any played on me. Instead, I remembered tricks from the days of old, when TB and I would wrap up alarm gifts set to go off at an ungodly hour and give them to unsuspecting friends.

Very happy that it's Friday and other week is over. I guess my countdown to Australia is beginning. Less than three months now 'til I get on that long, long plane ride. And it's a bit more than three months until I actually arrive.

I had a fun Friday night. On my way home from work I stopped off at the Second Cup and treated myself to a Maple Creme. Very tasty. Once I arrived home I had a bit a nap. Unfortunatly I overslept and screwed up my evening plans a bit. I was supposed to meet TB
at the Eaton Centre at 7 so we could go catch a band that was playing at Dundas Square. Anyway, I ended up missing that but then we met up and shopped around. We hit Sephora where I used a gift certificate for a new juicy tube and picked up some tasty-smelling cinnamon bun body wash. TB copied me and bought some too.

After shopping we wandered around Queen St. and ended up going for a drink at an old university hangout. I had a good cosmo to drink. Yum.

Well, tomorrow is clean/organize apartment day. We'll see how that goes.