Tuesday, June 28, 2005
Christine Fellows was really good. Her band was great. She had the drummer from the Weakerthans and the bass player from the Weakerthans in the ensamble. Both TB and myself bought her new CD "Paper Anniversary", I've been listening to it all day. I think my fave songs are Souvenirs and Phantom Pains.
Today I had to run a few errands. I'm almost through my list of things I need to do before I leave on Friday. A trip to the mall tomorrow and a couple phone calls and I should be done (except packing).
Today I had to make a trip to the bank 'cuz my bank card stopped working. I was just thinking last week how it was probably coming up on my bank card's 10 year bday. I got it when I got my first job, which was at the end of June when I was 15. Anyway, yesterday it refused to work at the grocery store and at the bank machine. I'm just glad that it did that before my trip, since I'll prolly use it at least once to get cash in Australia.
Arghhhhhhhhhh! It's sooooooo hot! I'm actually glad that I'm going off to a country where it's their winter time. However, I think it'll be in the teens or twenties everywhere where I'm going. I'm so not a heat person.
Monday, June 27, 2005
Only 4 more full days of the 2004/2005 school year. And I'm pretty much done everything, so I'm really only gooing to make appearances for those days and clean a couple more things off of my desk. Summer's here!
More importantly, I only have 5 more sleeps until my departure day for Australia! I can't wait. I really, really need to start packing. Well, at least tonight I did some laundry. Clean clothes will help me.
Tomorrow night TB and I are going to go see John K Samson of the Weakerthans/Christine Fellows at the Mod Club. It will be a good time. We've only been to one concert before at the Mod Club, and it was a great venue. We especially liked the fact that all of the minors had to be up on the balcony, while we older folks got to be close to the stage.
I am quite disappointed with my concert going patterns this year. Part of the reason I wanted to move back to Toronto was to go to more concerts. So far I've only been to *gasp* two concerts in 2005. I went to see Cuff the Duke/Joel Plakett Emergency in January and then The Constantines/Weakerthans in April. Both concerts were excellent, so where I am lacking in quantity, at least I am compensating in quality.
I'll be missing some good shows while I'm in Australia, but I can't complain too much about that. In August, I have my Ben Folds/Rufus Wainwright double bill coming up, which I am soooo looking forward to. Also, I just heard that Tori Amos is playing at the Molson Ampitheatre so I'll have to go with OE, as is tradition. There are also some good free shows (ie Joel Plaskett) at the Harbourfront in August. So, things are improving.
While I'm in Australia my best concert buddy in the world (TB) will be rockin' in the free world sans moi. She's got Edgefest on July 1st (the day I leave) and then she's going to Live 8 on July 2nd (the day that won't exist for me).
Sunday, June 26, 2005
While I was on my way to the GO train at Union Station, people running Bell Canada's Cityrun or some such nonsense almost ran me over. Why they were running throught the station is beyond me.
This column makes me laugh. I like poking fun at Stephen Harper. I think I'm going to print it out and send it to my dad.
Here's an article from the Toronto Star that seems to suggest we Torontonians have a tendancy to be sanctimonious and rude towards Americans. I bet his experiment would have had way different results if he'd said he was a Democrat...
Anyway... only five more days in Canada! I'm leaving for Down Under on Friday. I'm now officially starting the hardcore countdown!
Edit: That's the last time I'm calling Australia "Down Under". When reading over my post, I thought it sound gross and cliched and awful. Blech. Never again.
Wednesday, June 22, 2005
Rick Mercer heard this kerfuffle and decided to check if Jason Kenney had registered his own domain. Of course, he hadn't. So Mercer bought it and re-directed it to the Communist Party of Canada. Anyway, check out Mercer's blog. He wants readers to email him with other suggestions for re-directs. Kenney responded to this shennanigan with "what's good for the goose, is good for the gander." Anyway, I find this whole thing rather amusing... I love it when Conservatives are ribbed. Although I would have enjoyed a stronger reaction from them.
Anyway, I had a pretty good day. I love this time of year because I can leave work a bit early-ish. Tomorrow my boss requested to talk with me, probably about my position next year. I'm all paranoid that she'll be like "Remember when yesterday I told you we'd have a permanent position for you? Well, things have changed and we don't..." Today I actually turned down an interview, so that has increased my paranoia. I'm sure it'll all work myself out. I think the reason why I sort of make up stuff for myself to worry about or be paranoid about is that I have my grandmother's genes. She worried so much she gave herself ulcers. I was pretty good at supressing my worry level in university because I had to, or I would have self-destructed. In fact I got too good at it and I got to the point where I didn't even worry about exams.
Well, enough rambling about my neuroses. This evening I've been killing brain cells by watching silly reality tv. I watched the results show for Canadian Idol. The Moffat didn't make it. I kind of felt bad for him, since ya figure he should be a shoe-in with his experience. Maybe he was nervous since he didn't have his brothers around... I was kind of sad that the Italian guy from Toronto didn't make it through. Maybe he'll show up in the wild-card show. Hey - I'll miss that show 'cuz I'll be in Australia!! That's a happy though.
Now I'm watching that "Dancing with the Stars" show that is popular for some reason. I mean, for reality tv, it's definitely low on the sleaze scale. C-list celebrities dancing is actually quite high-brown entertainment in our times. I guess I should appease my 10-year-old self and cheer for Joey McIntyre.
Tuesday, June 21, 2005
Post Secret - I'm thinking about what I could send in now.
Subservient Chicken - Ask him to do something a bit naughty. (Note: Recommendation of this site in no way is an endorsement of Burger King.)
Store Wars - For you Star Wars fans, or for you organic food fans.
Today was a really good day at work - I guess mostly because of the news I got regarding my position. I spent about 2 hours cleaning the explosive mess that is my desk. I decided to call this task "reducing the entropy of my workstation". Entropy, for those of you whose thermodynamics are a little rusty, is the tendancy of the universe toward disorder. Consider the universe (or at least the part of it that's occupied by my desk) to be a little less disorderly. Homer Simpson might be angry at me, since one of my all-time fave Homer lines is "Young lady, in this house we obey the laws of thermodynamics!" (This was his response to Lisa's perpetual motion machine.)
Well, I had said in an early post that I was gonna go for a walk and take some pictures. I think I said that last night. Well instead, my roommate and I ended up watching "Spanglish". I didn't really like it... So, after Canadian Idol, I will go for a little walk.
Canadian Idol aside - Can you believe that there is a Moffat in the competition? Shouldn't there be a rule exempting former pop stars from this sort of compeition? Isn't the point to find an unknown?
Monday, June 20, 2005
I argue that you can secretly like a really bad song by a really bad artist, and not have to worry about it compromising your musical coolness as long you classify it as a guilty pleasure.
Here are some of mine:
- Since U Been Gone by Kelly Clarkson - Despite the grammar of the title, and the fact it is sung by an American Idol winner, I like this song.
- After watching that show "Hit Me Baby One More Time" a couple of weeks ago, I've got a new appreciation for Arrested Development (think 1992) and actually have "Tennesse" on my iPod.
- I turn the radio up in my car (on the rare occasions when I'm driving) and "Fighter" by Christina Aguilera comes on.
- Ditto for "Bang Bang Boom" by the Moffats. Oh, methinks I need to put that on my iPod.
- I actually like the Santana/Chad Kroeger from Nickelback song from a couple years ago. Can't think of the name. But at least I still hate Nickelback.
- "Lost Without Each Other" and "Penny and Me" by Hanson. Yeah, thes are two new songs that came out last year by the kids who sang Mmm-bop. Is it my fault they're catchy?
- Okay, I don't mind the new Mariah Carey song "We Belong Together"
- I listen to Manic Monday by the Bangles on my iPod on my way to work every Monday morning. Corny? Perhaps.
- I have a fondness for pop-punk which is probably one of the most over-saturated and cliched genres. But "The Anthem" by Good Charlotte is fun, dammit. And yes, I am aware that one of them is dating Hillary Duff.
- Gwen Stefani's new stuff. I think her solo work is filed under guilty pleasure, but it's totally respectable to like No Doubt.
Anyway, that's the list for now. I'm sure that I will think of many additions.
Coming soon, Guilty Pleasures: TV, Guilty Pleasures: Movies, and Guilty Pleasures: Frivolous Products.
What will next year hold? I'm not sure... I've had two job interviews and I'm going to apply for some more jobs tonight. At least I know that I have a position. I just would really like to know where. Like right now please. I'm so impatient.
Anyhow, I had a good weekend in Stratford. I really enjoyed As You Like It. The music was really good. The Barenaked Ladies were responsible for it, and I purchased the CD and really like it. It's fun stuff.
Hmmmm, this is a boring entry. I'm tired. I rented Spanglish to watch tonight but I dunno if I'll actually do that. Maybe I'll just go for a walk or something. I keep wanting to go for a photo-trek and take some neat-o burrito Toronto pictures to post on my blog. It would give my digital camera a work-out since I've barely used it since I got it. Maybe I'll do that...
Friday, June 17, 2005
Today was a pretty good day at work. I'm feeling kind of emotional since it's the end of the year and I don't know if I'll be back there next year. I'm going to miss a lot of the little hellions.
Tomorrow I'm going to see "As You Like It" at the Festival with MC. I'm looking forward to it! Tickets were only $20 'cuz we're young. The Festival's trying to attract a "hipper" audience by offering cheap tix to those between 18-29. Woo ageism! Now, not only the seniors get the discount.
Over 'n out!
Thursday, June 16, 2005
So here's my "perhaps if I think about these things I'll feel happier" list:
- Weakerthans concerts
- Unwrapping a new CD to feel its smooth, perfect, shiny new face
- Sleeping in on weekends
- $2 Chillatte Wednesdays at the Second Cup
- The Daily Show and America: The Book by the Daily Show
- A good music video; these are rarities but some examples are "Keep Fishin'" by Weezer, "Learn to Fly" by the Foo Fighters and "Rest of my Life" by Sloan
- Having a concert to look forward to (eg. Ben & Rufus on August 9th)
- Getting $100 worth of free cosmetics because of my Shopper's Optimum Points (oh gee, I kind of feel like a corporate schill for saying that)
- Starting a new book and getting engrossed in it immediately
- Discovering an awesome new song and listening to it over and over again (eg "Your Ex-Lover is Dead" by Stars)
- Cinnamon Buns body wash by Philosophy (oh-oh coporate schill time again)
- air-conditioned subway cars
- taking the train home to Stratford for the weekend (will be doing this tomorrow night)
- Will Ferrell
- My friends
- The view from my apartment
- Solving a good math problem (occupational hazard)
- The fact that I leave for Austalia in two weeks from tomorrow!!!
So maybe if I curl up in bed with a good book, listen to my iPod and think about these things, my icky mood will dissapate.
If not, tomorrow is Friday!
Sunday, June 12, 2005
I still really like those flags created for that Portuguese journalism magazine. Today I thought what Canada's flag could represent and here's what I came up with:
Red - those in favour of gay marriage
White - those opposed to gay marriage
Now, obviously my ponderings aren't well-researched, but I'm pretty sure that polls have indicated that the majority of Canadians favour gay marriage. And, with the gay marriage vote coming up soon in Parliament, I thought my interpretation was pretty timely.
Today was another hot, hot, hot 'n humid day. I decided to leave my apartment and go read some books in the air-conditioned comfort of Indigo. This is always a dangerous undertaking, since it often ends up in me buying a book... This time I walked home with "Running with Scissors". Tonight I think I'll sit on my balcony and read while listening to my iPod.
Another highlight of the day was getting $100 worth of free cosmetics from Shopper's by redeeming my beloved Optimum points! They had a today-only special where if you redeemed 34 000 points, you'd get $100 worth of free stuff instead of only $75. O happy day!
Anyhow, I'm off to read 'n listen to music. Oh, and I have to do some laundry. My summer wardrobe just isn't big enough to allow me to go too long without having to do that chore.
I received the image below in a forward from a university friend. They were created as an advertising campaign for a Portugeuse journalism magazine. The artist used statistics from sources such as Amnesty International. They had images for other countries as well. For more infoChina
Red - Minors 14 years old working
Yellow - Minors 14 years old studying
Last night was TB's (27th) bday party. A group of us went out for Thai food then came back here for cake 'n ice cream 'n wine 'n a long game of Apples to Apples. It was a good time and I got to see some ppl I hadn't seen for a very long time (insert OE's name here).
Then today, I got up earlier, did the dishes from said party, and went to meet TB and FF for bruch at Flo's in Yorkville. FF and I did a little bit of shopping in the afternoon and then I came home and crashed for a bit on my bed.
I went to see "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" tonight and really liked it. A good mix of an action movie and a romantic comedy. Good work Brangelina.
I splurged and got "Guero" by Beck tonight. I'm transferring it to the iPod and then it's off too bed for me.
Tuesday, June 07, 2005
My pal in Japan sent me a postcard that I received today with this picture on it. Makes us think of our old cat Cat. This picture really makes me laugh because it is verrrrrrrrrry OE-unfriendly. OE is my dear friend who is very into animals. He hates anything that looks slightly degrading to an animal. For example, he can't stand the movie "Breakfast At Tiffany's" because Audrey Hepburn throws her pet cat (also named Cat - in fact this is where we got Cat's name from). He hates this movie even though he loves Audrey Hepburn.
What else to say about this day? Well, it was hot, hot, hot! Yesterday, I bought a fan, which is so nice to have in my room. I carried the thing all the way home on the subway, which for some reason, gave me a sense of satisfaction.
Only 3 more weeks and two more days 'til I leave!
p.s. I almost lost this post because of random internet problems but I was smart enough to paste it into Word before the cruel gods of 'net weather could wreck their havoc!
Sunday, June 05, 2005
No go. I wasted some more time on the 'net. (God, I hate how I do that). Then, I watched the Simpsons again. Deciding I needed some fresh air, I went for a mini-stroll around Chaplin Cres. and ended up at the Second Cup, buying myself a Chillatte. Came home, drank it, called my mom again, then settled down to work.
So, as punishment, tomorrow I will be staying late at work, in a hot non-air conditioned building when it's 31 degrees out finishing what I should have at least started today. Blast my oily hide.
TB is back from her trip to Thailand. She brought me back a really pretty pillow case that really goes with my attempted red/gold colour scheme in my room. Although this scheme has now included some purple thanks to the desk that J&A gave me...
We went to Paramount to see the "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" tonight and it was quite good. TB and I admitted to each other after the movie that we had both cried at several points during the movie. But, in our defence, so did all of the teenage girls who were in the theatre with us.
Then we went off to Alison's hangout for Cosmos (in my case), Corona (in TB's case) and brushchetta. I decided to go for two cosmos and they gave me a happy feeling. I haven't really drank in so long that I was surprised. Usually liquor doesn't affect me too much whereas beer and wine do.
Today I did the laundry that I've been putting off all week so I'm quite proud of myself. Tomorrow I need to do a lot of work to get me through the last two weeks.
Friday, June 03, 2005
Well, it's Friday. Another week down and two more to go. Then two more weeks after that and it's Australia time.
MC emailled me today asking if I wanted to go see "As you like it" at the Festival (the Stratford one, of course). They Festival has a new incentive aimed at bringing young ppl to the Festival... If you are between 18-29, you can get tickets for $20 (no more than 2 weeks in advance though). I say this is a good deal, and I will see a few plays this year. MC wants to get the tix for the 18th, which works perfectly 'cuz I was thinking of coming down that weekend anyway for several reasons:
1) It's Fathers' Day;
2) Pick up my Columbia sandals which I left in Stratford; and
3) Give MC her travel docs so she can be as excited as I am.
So now we can add 4) See "As you like it" to the list.
I'm also going to have to read up on that play since I'm unfamiliar with it. Oh, and the cool thing about it is that the Barenaked Ladies did the music for it. Neat-o burrito.
Well, I'm hungry so I'm gonna have an early dinner.
Holy... My ficus plant is the saddest looking thing ever. It's lost 3/4 of its leaves. I suck at taking care of houseplants.
Thursday, June 02, 2005
IT'S JUNE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The end is in sight.
And, I'm so excited for Australia. Today I picked up all of our travel docs. What fun just to look through them. I'm thinking I really need to make a list of what I need to do before I leave.
Anyway, right now I'm watching the Daily Show. Thank God it's off reruns. Also, thank goodness I have Jon Stewart to make a witty comment after W's and Cheney's assinine comments about the AI report. Jon Stewart eases my pain....