Wednesday, May 31, 2006
Well, the heat is supposed to break tonight and that's all I care about right now. My school's been sweltering for the past three days. Can any crazy heat just hold off until the end of June?
Yesterday I bought the new Amy Millan solo CD. I like it.
Gosh TV is crap. My roommate is looking for something to watch and there's nothing.
This site amused me for a good half hour this evening.
I've been spending way too much time on celebrity gossip blogs. The madness must end. My fave is Pink Is The New Blog which is the first thing that I check when I get home. Even before my email and my own blog. Yeesh.
Well this has turned out to be quite the random post, hasn't it?
This weekend will be nice but there's a big of suckiness attached - exams are due on Monday. Have I started? No. Am I in a rush to start? No. I'm thinking that Sunday is going to be an exam-writing marathon.
I made the mistake of double-booking myself on Saturday night. I said I'd go to a dinner at my friend Flora's in Whitby plus to a Christine Fellows concert with Becca T. I think I'll be able to swing both. I really want to go the concert, but my friend scares me too much to cancel... (Plus, the guilt... oh, the guilt...)
Well, I think I'm just going to do some dishes and perhaps read for a bit and then hit the proverbial hay. Hope you all have a good rest of the week.
Monday, May 29, 2006
- a heat advisory (temperature of 33 right, humidex in the 40s -- look at my nearly naked weather pixie!)
- a smog advisory
- air quality is moderate to poor (they expect it to be poor tonight)
- a ''wildcat'' transit strike
What a fun day.
There were grumblings last night about the possibility of a strike but I think most people didn't think it would happen and were really unprepared. I made sure to line up my ride to work from a colleague last night just in case. We left super early (6:45 am) to beat the eventual mad rush.
My classes were really empty. Which was good because no additional body heat was needed in my classroom. It was soooooo hot. Plus, I'm on the third floor and we all know that hot air rises... I'm not looking forward to tomorrow and Wednesday when this heat wave continues.
Story of the day: one of my colleagues overheard a student signing in at the office during first period. He'd arrived late and the attendence secretary asked him "why are you late?" He told her he was late because the bus was running late. She looked at him and started to laugh and proceded to inform him of the TTC strike. Hmmm... guess whose "I'm late 'cuz of the bus" excuses aren't going to fly any more.
I got home really early. My colleagues and I decided to beat the rush home and left school right away. A weird feeling. Glad to be out of the oven. When I walked into my super cool air conditioned apartment I felt like singing the hallelujah chorus.
Tonight I plan on going to the Second Cup or Starbucks and getting a super cool chilled coffee beverage and finishing the marking I've been avoiding. Good times.
Oh yeah, and the strike's been declared over. Back to normal tomorrow. Except for the crazy hot weather that is.
Sunday, May 28, 2006
While, the surrealness continues. Today was her wedding shower.
This meant I took the good old train home to Stratford for the event.
A bit of history: I was part of a group of nine girls in high school and we still keep in touch. It's now been almost 10 years since we've graduated. Anyway, we've spent the last couple of weeks trying to organize stuff together to make a scrapbook for Mel who is the girl getting married in June.
Four of us showed up at my friend Teresa's place on Saturday night and we had a super scrapping time. Oh, how my scrapper blog friends would be proud of me, I thought. I'd never really done the scrapbook thing before. Anyhow, we got a book of 19 pages called "Memories of Mel" finished in 4 hours. And, dare I say, it rocked. It was hard to give it up today.
However, I did take a picture of each page (mostly for Sandee, since she was stuck in North Bay). I'll show you all my favourite page that I did. It tells the story of this really really bad party Mel once dragged us too. We didn't have any pictures, but the story is hilarious.
So the scrapping was really fun. I think I may have to take up this hobby for the summer.
Today was the shower. And boy, it was soooooooooo weird to be back at my friend's parents' house. I practically lived there in high school. I haven't been there in probably 8 years. I also saw her little sister, who was probably 10-ish the last time I saw her and is now 18. She still greeted me in the same way: "Do you remember when you babysat us and you showed us that Frog Prince video from the 70s? That was so fun!"
Mel's stepmom was a riot too. I'd forgotten about how she used to call us "fridge raiders" (in all honesty, we raided the liquor cabinet way more than the fridge) and the little ratbags and all sorts of other terms of endearment.
Eight of the nine of us showed up. It was so nice being together again and catching up and laughing about old memories. The nicest thing was when one of Mel's stepmom's friends turned around to us and said "I just love watching you girls. You give me such a good feeling."
I get such a good feeling from just being with my old pals.
Anyhow, enough with the sap. Mel's stepmom makes a mighty strong drink and I got well, a little tipsy. After the shower, I had to drop by my parents' to grab my stuff. Yeesh, I haven't come home drunk from Mel's in a long time like that. I faked sober for old time's sake.
Lucky for me, I had a car ride back to Kitchener with my pal Jo and then a bus ride back to Toronto.
Hope you all have super weeks!
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
So things are pretty much crazy busy right now. Tonight I had to travel way across the city on a bus for a work-related meeting. I tend to forget how big this city is. Just got home and vegging in front of the tv.
Tomorrow night, I'm going to my school's musical. I think it's gonna be good. A good third of my period 1 class is involved, so it'll be fun to watch. Plus I'll get to see those sets I helped paint in action! However, I'm prolly gonna stick around school until the show in the evening, so it will be a long day.
On Friday, I'm hopping on the train to Stratford. Sunday is my friend Mel's wedding shower. It should be lots of fun. I'm really looking forward to spending the weekend at home and recharging. Gee, 2 days back at work and I already need recharging.
Oh look! Blogger's being cooperative and allowing me to post some pics from my weekend trip!
Well, I may catch you on the other side of the weekend. Don't think I'll have time for blogging until then.
ps Congrats to my dear friend Sandee on getting into teachers' college!
Monday, May 22, 2006
Here's a run down of the weekend's activities:
Friday - Caught Go-Train to Burlington where my friend/old roommate Jeanine picked us up. We drove to her place, dropped off her stuff and headed to Niagara Falls to stand in the cold rain and watch fireworks over the falls. Then we headed to the new casino where I lost a little bit of money and Becca T won a little bit of money.
Saturday - Slept in a little, brunched and then headed again to Niagara Falls. Walked around for a bit and decided our corny Niagara Falls activity would be to go on the Maid of the Mist which neither Becca T nor I had been on since our childhoods. It was a little cold, very wet, but a fun time. Thank goodness for disposable ponchos.
We took a break and did a little bit of browsing in stores. Becca T used her casino winnings to buy us each a very large, very very tasty chocolate covered strawberry at the Hershey's store. Then we hit the factory outlet mall (the only store that actually had good prices was The Body Shop) and went out for supper. We returned to Jeanine's place, met up with her friend, went out for ice cream and then watched a super cheesy movie (The Perfect Man with Hillary Duff and Heather Locklear).
Sunday - Slept in again and brunched again. Drove around the country and saw tonnes of vineyards, orchards and Brock's monument. Went to Port Dalhousie where they have a really old caroursel that you can ride for a nickel. Jeanine was nice enough to treat us each to a ride. It was fun. We wanted to walk along the beach there but it was far too cold and windy.
We then drove to Niagara-on-the-Lake (Stratford's main competition in the area of tourist town with shopping a festival... I always feel like a traitor going there) and looked around the stores.
Caught the train back to TO. Becca T came over here to watch the season finale of Desperate Housewives. Sunday shows are so much better when you can drink while watching them not having to worry about work on Monday.
Today - Main activity was going to see The Da Vinci Code. The critics are right. It's rather boring. Stick with the book.
Now, I'm trying to post pictures of my weekend but blogger's being muchos unco-operative. Stay tuned.
Friday, May 19, 2006
However, all of these calamaties are made up for by the fact that, yes, it is a long weekend. Woo! I'm in the middle of packing my stuff for my mini-trip to visit an old roommate in the Niagara area. A change of scenery will be nice.
Hope you all have great weekends. Thanks for your comments on my previous post. By the way, the albums were in no particular order - just more or less the order in which I thought of them.
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
Anyhow, here is a list of 10 albums that are special to me:
1) The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner - Ben Folds Five
This album was released on the last day of my first year of university. So, it kind of marks a milestone for me: the end of my hardest year of university. More importantly, I listened to it constantly that summer. My Nana was dying of cancer that year, and it brings me back to frequently making the trip to visit her in the hospital in Sarnia with my Dad. The song "Magic" was eerily appropriate for that experience. It's about coming to terms with someone you love dying of illness and being glad that they are finally out of pain. I love that song so much, and it makes me happy and sad to think about my Nana who was one of the most special people to me ever.
2) (Last Night We Were) The Delicious Wolves - Hawksley Workman
I decided to skip an evening stats class to go to the CD release party for this CD. Best reason to skip class ever. The concert was Hawksley, his pianist Mr. Lonely, and a string quartet. It was one of the most amazing shows that I'd ever seen and sort of started the beginning of me going to lots of small concerts in clubs and discovering little known artists.
3) Jagged Little Pill - Alanis Morissette
Ahh, to be a 16 year old girl again. This CD was all the rage when a lot of my friends were getting their driver's licenses. We'd listen to this CD while going on roadtrips and sing along with every song. Bonus fun: acting out the Ironic video and pretending to be the various Alanises in the car. However, I never would hang out the window if I was shotgun. That's just not me.
4) Left & Leaving - The Weakerthans
This CD got me started on my favourite band of all-time. I love this album for so many reasons. I can identify with the Weakerthans' songs because many of them have the theme of having a love/hate relationship with your hometown. I always have to listen to the song "Left & Leaving" when I'm on way to visit Stratford. My city's still breathing, but barely, it's true.
5) Parachutes - Coldplay
Whenever I hear any song from Parachutes, I think about Harry Potter. For Christmas 2000, I got this CD plus the first 4 Harry Potter books. I listened to this CD as I read through them, and Coldplay and Harry Potter are forever linked in my mind.
6) Tranatlanticism - Death Cab for Cutie
This CD rocks. I got it for Christmas from my dear friend Becca T the year that I was up north. It's just so sweeping and grand. It was a great album to have while dealing with challenging times. And the title track is to die for.
7) Pretty Together - Sloan
I wasn't much of a Sloan fan until this album came out. For some reason (was it fate?), Becca T and I kept constantly getting free tickets to Sloan concerts and running into Sloan playing at various places while they were promoting this album. After the third performance, we were hooked and went through a summer of Sloan obsession. I'm talking Sloan road-trips and even making Sloan crafts. Don't ask. But if it feels good, do it, right?
8) Pinkerton - Weezer
El Scorcho is one of my favourite songs of all times. My roommate and I knew that we'd get along when we discovered that we both love this song. Pinkerton is another one of those albums that remind me of high school. I remember getting in trouble for singing El Scorcho too loudly in the library and my friend Sandra hating me for singing that song which made me sing it more. The rest of the album's good too.
9) You Were Here - Sarah Harmer
I love this album. I'm surprised that I haven't worn out my copy of it. (Can you wear out a CD?) It makes me mad to see this CD on the cheap rack at many stores. It's worth so much more, dammit!
10) Set Yourself on Fire - Stars
Last night I was reading my blog entries from a year ago and I noticed that I'd bought this album last May. I can't believe I've had it for a year! It still seems so new and exciting to me, which testifies to its excellence. I love it all, but my favourite songs are Your Ex-Lover is Dead and Reunion which are respecitively numbers 1 and 3 of my most-listened to songs on my iPod. Oh, can't Stars come play again soon?
Sooooo, what are some albums that are special to you?
ps I actually spell-checked my entry for once. Can you believe that Blogger's built-in spell-checker does not have the word blog in it? Too funny.
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
Update on last week's fire: it was caused by someone on a higher floor dropping a lit cigarette off of their balcony. Idiots. The poor people whose apartment it was - I hope it's less damaged than it looks.
Today's my mom's birthday! Happy Birthday Mom!
Oh - my flight and everything for my trip to England/Wales/Ireland are all booked and deposits are down. I'm so excited. I leave on July 28th and will be back on August 7th. I can't wait.
Lovin' my 60s cover CD by Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs.
I'm addicted to the "No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" series. I'm currently reading the fourth book. It makes me want to go to Botswana or someplace else in Africa. Perhaps that can be my 2008 summer vacation. (2007 will be British Columbia for my roomie's wedding.)
Hmmm, I think that's all the randomness that I have for today. Gotta go clean the kitchen. Blah. I wish the dishes were enchanted to wash themselves like in Harry Potter.
Monday, May 15, 2006
- You could save a lot of money if you decided to celebrate all of your holidays a couple of days late. I was inspired by this latest money saving scheme when I saw Mothers' Day cupcakes on sale at the grocery store for a whopping $0.20 off.
- How the hell did I become a "grown-up"? This question passed through my head as I stood in line to buy a stamp for my mom's birthday card. I don't know why this task made me feel weird and grown-up but it did. Don't you sometimes look at your life and feel like you're playing grown-up? I constantly do.
- Ye gods: the 90s weren't as stylin' as I thought they were. This thought passed through my mind as I skimmed through a 1995 yearbook as I was making copies on the slow-as-death copier in the staffroom. I was in high school in 1995 and I swear I was far more fashionable than those in that yearbook. Hmmm, maybe in the 90s Stratford was the style mecca that I always assumed Toronto was.
- I'd kill to travel back through time and be back in high school for a couple of days. I really think that it would provide me with some kickass professional development. Much more useful than the workshops etc. that I have to go to now.
- Now that I'm a teacher, I do not want to listen to the same music as my students. Ick. That stuff sucks. It seems like it was just yesterday that I felt the opposite way; I did not want to listen to the same stuff as adults did.
Okay, that's all the weird thoughts for now. Here's a totally normal one: thank goodness Monday's over! It's all downhill (in a good way) from here!
Sunday, May 14, 2006
Sooo, in an attempt to break my blogger's block, I'm going to try and give y'all a rundown of my weekend:
1) On Friday after school, I hit a travel agency to figure out some stuff about the trip I'm planning to go on this summer with my friend Flora (who also went to Oz with me). We're going a tour of England/Wales/Ireland. Anyhow, I just gotta go in on Monday and put down a deposit on the thing. So it's pretty much a done deal. Britain, here I come (well, at the end of July).
2) Friday night I went to my friends Jon and Ali's place to hang out with old university buddies. My friend Gloria has been working in New Zealand for awhile (maybe like 2 years) and is back for three weeks. We caught up and played a loooooooooooong game of 90s trivial pursuit. Fun times.
3) Saturday I just couldn't get motivated to do much. I ended up doing laundry (finally) and watching a crappy movie (Rumour Has It with Jennifer Aniston et al.). Meh.
4) Today I went shopping. Again. At the Eaton Centre. Fourth weekend in a row. It was super necessary though because I needed a new outfit for my friend's wedding in June. I actually bought the very first thing I tried on. Talk about efficiency. But, I swear that I can't go shopping next weekend. But d'oh! I'm supposed to be spending time with Becca T and our old roommate Jeanine, which probably means we'll go shopping. It's hard to not go shopping when social time with female friends (and sometimes the right male ones) invovles shopping. Why is it such a fun activity?
5) I also picked up a new CD. It's called "Under the Covers Vol. 1" and it's by Sid n Susie (aka Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs). It's a bunch of 60s covers and it's super fun. I'm grooving in my room to it right now.
Sooooo, that was my weekend. Sigh. Went by too quickly, as usual. But... this is the last week of school until the long weekend, so things are looking up.
Tonight is the season finale of Survivor, so I have a long date with my TV. Have a great week!
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
After we were given the all clear, they had problems turning off the alarm, so I ended up going for a walk instead of staying at home. The alarm is freaking loud and I was already agitated enough.
Needless to say my plan of doing laundry and watching tv did not happen.
Tomorrow is another night I suppose.
Sunday, May 07, 2006
I AM feeling the Sunday night blues.
I WANT to go on a vacation.
I WISH it was June already.
I HATE waking up early in the morning.
I MISS my university days.
I FEAR the death of my parents.
I HEAR the Weakerthans on my iPod.
I WONDER what my life will be like in 5 years.
I REGRET sleeping in today.
I AM NOT a morning person.
I DANCE when I’ve had something to drink.
I SING off key.
I CRY during the series finale of “Sex and the City”.
I AM NOT ALWAYS in a good mood, although I act like it most of the time.
I MAKE WITH MY HANDS quality hand-knit scarves.
I WRITE tests and blog posts.
I CONFUSE my students sometimes.
I NEED a long weekend.
I SHOULD eat more veggies.
I START lots of Sudokus.
I FINISH mainly the easy ones.
Bonus: Here are some I-songs from my iPod (a la Lea's blog awhile ago):
I Am Aglow - Sarah Harmer
I Am Missing - Dashboard Confessional
I Believe in A Thing Called Love - The Darkness
I Can Feel It - Sloan
I Don't Know What It Is - Rufus Wainwright
I Don't Like Mondays - Tori Amos
I Drive Alone - Esthero
I Fought the Law - Green Day
I Hate My Generation - Sloan
I Know I Know I Know - Tegan & Sara
I Never - Rilo Kiley
I Really Want to Help You - Cuff the Duke
I Should Have Been Watching You - Hayden
I Will Follow You Into The Dark - Death Cab for Cutie
I.O.U. - Metric
Friday, May 05, 2006
Although... I did manage to pass my little phase by listening to some old stuff I have listened to in awhile. Danny Michel I heart you, and I really hope I can made his CD release show in June, even though it's the day before my friend's wedding. Hmmm... nothing wrong with a sleepy wedding guest, right?
I thought there weren't very many good CDs coming out soon, but I was wrong. I've got Amy Millan's (from Stars) solo CD coming out at the end of May, and new Danny Michel and Dashboard Confessional in June. Perhaps music wasn't getting as stagnant as I feared.
Becca T and I tried to see "Akeelah and the Spelling Bee" yet again tonight. We were going to see it last weekend but then she got a little overwhelmed with work and postponed our outing. Anyway, there were no times that fit with our schedules tonight, so we saw "American Dreamz" instead. Meh. It was all right. A renter, I'd say.
Here are some pictures that I took around town a couple of weekends ago when it was raining like the dickens. I love the few short weeks when trees are in bloom, and I came across some vandalism on a mailbox that, ummm, I didn't really disagree with.
Anyhow, hope you all enjoy your weekend!
ps My real-life friend Jo has started her own blog, since she loves mine and Sandee's so. Check it out and harass her into keeping it up. Also, her spelling's atrocious, so entertainment is guaranteed. ;) She's gonna kill me for saying that but... ummm... I just can't not. She knows I love her.
Wednesday, May 03, 2006
Alright some of you are much too good. I stared at that damned triangle for 10 minutes for me to see that it read "Paris in the the spring" and not just "Paris in the spring". Most people look at things as a whole, you know - the Gestalt prinicple, and don't notice the extra "the". If you did notice the extra "the" it means you pay attention to detail and should consider a career in proofreading.
Honesltly though, I recommend writing that little puzzle on a piece of paper and showing it to people and then yelling "wrong!" whey they read it as "Paris in the spring". Then watch them puzzle away at it for awhile. It's really good fun and perhaps works better in real life as opposed to in blogland.
Okay, so that was the first reason for today's double post.
Second reason = I think I'm experienceing musical ennui. HELP!!!!! I'm feeling a bit bored with the 2100 or so songs on my iPod. Normally when this happens, I can think some new stuff to aquire but I'm fresh out of ideas. I can't even think of anything new that I'm remotely interested in right now. Soooooooooo, any suggestions? Please, please, please help!!! I'm in danger of overplaying a lot of my current faves!
It doesn't help that there are not a whole lot of new CDs that I'm looking forward to. My dear Danny Michel is coming out with a new disc in June (and playing a CD release party in TO! Yay!) but, as you know, June is a looooooooooong time away, especially for a girl in the education business. And other than that, everyone I love seems to be on some sort of hiatus.
Help me end my musical ennui!
There are also weird random objects that have been shoved into drawers. Yesterday I found this book published in 1960 called "Science Puzzles" and I flipped through it while the kids were writing a quiz.
I found the following puzzle that I have attempted to reproduce in MS Paint. All you have to do is read the words in the triangle below and tell me what it says.
So far I've shared it with all of my classes and lots of colleagues. No one can get the answer right away. It took me an embarassingly long time to figure it out. Let me know if you get it!
Monday, May 01, 2006
After today, and the crazy behaviour of my grade 9s to which I attribute to a chemical reaction between their hormones and this crazy delicious weather we've been having, I have my doubts.
Now that it's May, I have to repeat myself a minimum of 27 times for all 28 of my grade 9s to catch onto the most basic of things (eg: do the questions on the handout I just gave you).
Oh, but I'm not giving them enough credit. According to their math teacher, they retained one thing from my class this morning. Apparently they corrected her when she mentioned they have 8 weeks of school left. She was met with a resounding "No! Ms W said we only have 7 weeks left." Not that I'm counting or anything.
Today brings to an end the grade 9 biology unit on reproduction since I started test review. And the award of question of the semester goes to:
"Miss, why are pregnant women so good looking?"
After having to pick myself off the floor from laughing, I made the kid feel a bit better by saying "I think you're referring to the healthy glow that is commonly attributed to pregnant women. Interesting question.."
I tell you, I'm looking forward to the relative safety of the electricity unit. Although, they still have two work periods to finish their project on reproductive technology, which was the catalyst for the winner of the question of last semester: "Miss, is ecstasy a fertility drug?"
Okay, well, I'm going to brave this beautiful weather to make a trip to Starbucks and get a tasty frozen coffee beverage. Or maybe the Second Cup. Hmmmm, decisions, decisions. Then I'll attack the pile of marking that I avoided this weekend. Have a happy Tuesday!