Thursday, May 31, 2007
Other things that are overstimulating me:
a) The fact that it's only 21 more days 'til my Weakerthans roadtrip to Hamilton.
b) Trip-planning. This summer's trip will be a Western Canada extravaganza (isn't everything more fun when you call it an extravaganza?). I'm just fleshing out the details now, but I believe that some booking will commence very shortly. I'm excited. I must say that I do like planning a trip.
c) Only 12 more teaching days. Well, really only 11. The last one doesn't count.
d) I can't believe June is starting soon. That reminds me, I gotta write my roommate the last rent cheque ever for this apartment. That's crazy. I'm going to miss this living arrangement.
Obstacles that are standing in my way:
a) Massive pile of marking.
b) Exams to be written.
c) Tests/quizzes/etc. still to give.
All right, I really should go to bed. Happy weekend everyone!
ps Rowing is cancelled for tomorrow. :( Although, that buys me a few hours of time to write exams, clean my apt, or more likely procrastinate before my train leaves.
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Anyhow, the beginning of this week was made even more busy by the fact that I was due for a teaching appraisal at work. Basically, the principal comes in and sits in on one of your classes and watches you teach. The good thing is that they let you pick the class and the lesson, so you can take out your best tricks. Being a science teacher, I of course planned a lab for my appraisal. So, really, it made my life easy and the whole thing went really well. Anyway, I'm just glad that it's over.
Nothing much more exciting is happening this week. On Friday, I have rowing practice and then I'm taking the late train to St. Ratford. I also have exams due next week, and it doesn't look like I'll get to them this week, so I'll be working on those this weekend. Woo-hoo (insert sarcastic look here).
In stupidity news, the TTC or the city or someone without much going on upstairs has decided to erect 5 yellow poles for bicycles outside the entrance to the subway station near my house. Normally, I used to exit the station and turn left towards the intersection, but now there are these dumb poles in the way. These poles slow people down because they have to walk around them, and it is really annoying. Why would anyone decide to put up these poles in a high traffic area? I really should take a picture of the ridiculousness... Anyway, that makes me glad that I'm moving one station north.
Next on tap is me going to bed early. That never happens, but I am exhausted.
Sunday, May 27, 2007
The concert was the Joel Plaskett Emergency. The venue was the Opera House. I've actually never been to the Opera House before. It's a great venue, albeit in a slightly sketchy neighbourhood. I had a friend who lived pretty close to there in university. I'm sure she'll be pleased to know that the skeevy strip joint is still around... Anyhow, the Opera House is great. The stage is really cool because it has this ornate moulding around it. I definitely would like to go to another concert there again.
The opener was Peter Elkas. Becca T and I had seen him open for Joel during a solo show at a littl place called Hugh's Room a couple of years ago. This was an amazing show that I think both of us might place in our top 10 favourite shows of all-time. It was little and intimate and made you feel like you were one of Joel's friends that he invited over to entertain. I've never had that feeling from a concert before.
Anyhow, Peter Elkas was a great opener. I'd describe his music as straight-up rock. I'd compare him to Sam Roberts, but perhaps more because he really looks like him, as opposed to sounding like him. Peter Elkas also had a really great backing band, which is always helpful. During his performance, we remembered that we'd also seen him open for Sloan once, so this was our third Peter Elkas experience and by far the best. He also played with the Joel Plaskett Emergency, so I have to award him bonus marks for being up on stage so long.
Joel Plaskett and his Emergency band were fabulous. I love when one of your favourite artists comes out on stage and you feel like you're seeing an old friend. He started by playing a few songs from his enjoyable new album Ashtray Rock. Then, he mellowed a bit by playing some stuff from his solo-acoustic album La De Da. He played the song Natural Disaster, which *may* just be my favourite Joel Plaskett song, and that started the sing alongs. After that the band came back and they really started playing a lot of the older stuff and everyone was singing along. It was so much fun. Joel Plaskett is such an amazing performer and songwriter.
Becca T and I commented after the show how we'd forgotten how many truly fabulous Joel Plaskett songs there are. I definitely think he's one of Canada's most underrated performers. He's gotten some radio play, and his song Nowhere With You was in a beer commercial, but he should be a household name. But, then again, I like my performers underrated so that I can go see them in small-ish venues.
Anyhow, the concert was obviously the high point of my weekend. Becca T and I went to see Pirates of the Carribean 3 today. It was way too long and had too much action in it. I would have preferred more Johnny Depp and more funny moments. The people responsible for this movie should have re-watched the first and made notes about why that one was really good and applied this to the third.
Friday night I didn't do much except for my dragonboat practice. It's so fun. The hardest part is getting in and out of the darned boat. I scraped my knee getting out... Only 2 more practices 'til the races though.
Tomorrow I have errands to run and a massive pile of marking to deal with. I miss the length of last weekend.
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Okay, I have lots of exciting pieces of news to relay:
1) Weakerthans Road Trip!! On June 21st, the Weakerthans are playing a one-off show in Hamilton. My dear friend Becca T and I are going to go. We got our tickets yesterday! Back in university, the Weakerthans played in Hamilton, and we made the trip by GO Bus. It resulted in us getting lost in the sketchy part of town, almost freezing to death and spending the hours betwee 2 and 5 am in a Tim Hortons, but it was good times and a great concert. We're going to re-live the experience, but this time going by rental car, which will not only get us to the concert, but help us deal with our collective fears of driving in Toronto. Anyhow, I'm very excited. My two-year drought of not seeing the Weakerthans is almost over!
2) As you know, my roommate is getting married, which is why I have to move. The wedding is in Vancouver. I've been planning on making the trip, but part of me had not confirmed because I hadn't secured a travel buddy. Well, my dear friend Becca T has decided to not only join me on the above Weakerthans road trip, but also to Vancouver! And, she apparently knows someone with a farmhouse who will let us stay there for free. Yay!
3) I have a second date with the apartment that I saw on Saturday. I kept thinking about how much I liked it, and after talking to a bunch of people, I might just go for it and be done with the hunting process. I'm going to go see it again tomorrow after work, and if it lives up to what I remember, I will probably go for it. I'll keep you posted.
Other random tidbits from the weekend:
a) a coworker lent me season 1 of Arrested Development. I'd never really watched it and I have to say that I am enjoying it muchly.
b) I am sooooooooo going to miss the view from this apartment. Last night Becca T and I were able to watch all sorts of fireworks from my window. We could see all of the big shows across the city.
c) Only four more weeks of classes for me to teach. Then, exams and it's summer!
Saturday, May 19, 2007
1) I think my arms have finally become un-sore from dragonboat practice last night. It was another beautiful afternoon and it was a good practice. I believe we're getting slightly better. Afterwards, we had drinks and dinner at a cafe down by the water where we practice. A fun night in all.
2) Today I looked at two apartments. I really liked the first one. It only had two cons on my list: 1) no balcony and 2) not a great view. Now, quite honestly, I have lived in two apartments with balconies, and I don't use them enough so I don't think I'd really notice if I didn't have one. Also, I'm a spolied brat with my awesome south-facing (ie the lake and the city skyline) view. The second apartment had a really small balcony, which made me think that maybe it's better to have no balcony than a crappy balcony. It also had a pretty great north-facing view. But, it was so tiny compared to the first, more expensive, and the bathroom was super crappy. So that one's a definite no.
I have an appointment to see an apartment that may be similar to the first but with a balcony on Tuesday. Then, next Saturday I have a appointment to see another apartment that is a little more expensive than what I've been looking at, but in neighbourhood where I'd love to move. I'll prolly make a few more appointments on that Saturday too, and maybe hopefully, I'll just make up my mind and pick a place.
3) This afternoon I met a friend at Yorkdale mall (inferior to the Eaton Centre in my rankings of big Toronto malls) for some shopping and dinner. I picked up the new Rufus Wainwright CD, a couple pairs of shorts for summer (woo!) and a new lipstick. Now, this lipstick is totally blog worthy for the following reasons:
a) its tube is made from corn and is compeletly biodegradable;
b) its box contains wildflower seeds so you can plant it;
c) the name of the shade is "Killarney" because it is inspired by Killarney National Park in Ireland, which I visited last summer. I won't be able to go there again this summer, but I can wear a lipstick inspired by it, dammit!
4) Tonight I plan to lay low and watch SNL and eat popcorn.
5) Tomorrow's plan is to run errands and such, and then go see Shrek with a couple of friends. And, I will also enjoy the absence of the usual Sunday night blues because Monday's Victoria Day!
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Tired of all of those surveys made up by high school kids?'Have you ever kissed someone?''Missed someone?''Told someone you loved them?''Drank alcohol?'Here are 50 questions for the people who are a little more "mature"...
1. What bill do you hate paying the most?
Visa. All other bills lead to the Visa, so it's the mother of all bills. Why, why, why do I never win what I buy?
2. Where was the last place you had a romantic dinner?
Oh gosh, I don't remember. I don't have romantic dinners enough in my life. :(
3. Last time you puked from drinking?
After my friend Joanna's wedding (not anywhere near the actual wedding... I'm not that bad of a guest...) in 2001. Thank goodness that my friend Sandra's boyfriend was nice enough to hold my hair for me. My date was useless. And, he was the reason that I got drunk, because we placed bets on the music during the reception and I lost a lot, hence the reason I ended up in my sorry state.
4. When is the last time you got drunk and danced on a bar?
I've never danced on a bar. On tables, yes. Last time would be during a shed party in high school. (Remember, St. Ratford is surrounded by farmland.)
5. Name of your first grade teacher?
I skipped first grade.
6. What do you really want to be doing right now?
I'd love to be at a Weakerthans concert.
7. What did you want to be when you were growing up?
8. How many colleges did you attend?
U of T for both of my degrees.
9. Why did you choose the shirt that you have on right now?
I'm wearing a pink tshirt for two reasons: 1) it's comfy; 2) it matches my stiped pj pants.
10. GAS PRICES?
Don't drive, don't care. (Sorry to those of you who drive, I hear they're high.)
11. If you could move anywhere and take someone with you?
I'm honestly really happy where I am now. I love Toronto. Okay, if I had to go, I'd move to London England and take my friend Becca T. Or maybe Ireland. Or maybe Wales. Or maybe...
12. First thought when the alarm went off this morning?
Thank goodness it's a late-start day so I don't have to rush off.
13. Last thought before going to sleep last night?
I don't remember.
14. Favorite style of underwear?
I don't care as long as they're comfy and not granny panties, of course.
15. Favorite style of underwear for the opposite sex?
16. What errand/chore do you despise?
All of them. Probably cleaning floors is the highest. Or bringing down the mountain of recycling that piles up way too fast.
17. If you didn't have to work, would you volunteer?
I hope that I would.
18. Get up early or sleep in?
Sleep in all of the way!!
19. What is your favorite cartoon character?
20. Favorite NON sexual thing to do at night with a girl/guy?
Go to a concert.
21. Have you found real love yet?
22. When did you first start feeling old?
I'm not sure. Maybe when I hit 26.
23. Favorite 80's movie?
Say Anything. Love the young John Cusack.
24. Your favorite lunch meat?
25. What do you get every time you go into Sam's Club? Or Walmart?
I don't go to those places.
26. Beach or lake?
Ummm, here you can easily get both at the same time. This questions confuses me.
27. Do you think marriage is an outdated ritual?
28. How many people do you stalk on Facebook?
I wish I had the time to stalk on Facebook.
29. Favorite guilty pleasure?
Oh my. I am the queen of guilty pleasures. Let's just say there are some songs on my iPod that are soooooooooooo uncool, but I love sooooooo much.
30. Favorite movie you wouldn't want anyone to find out about?
Ummmm... I'm not sure. I am totally comfortable that I love and own a cinematic classic such as "Win A Date with Tad Hamilton!"
31. What's your drink?
Alcoholic = amaretto and cranberry juice. Non-alcoholic = chocolate milk. Starbucks = grande non-fat, sugar-free cinnamon dolce latte with sprinkles.
32. Cowboys or Indians?
33. Cops or Robbers?
34. Who from high school would you like to run into?
I keep in contact with everyone that I like. So, there's no one I particularly miss. Oh actually, I wouldn't mind running into some of my teachers, especially my science teachers. I'd like to borrow some of their resources.
35. What radio station is your car radio tuned to right now?
36. Norm or Cliff?
37. The Cosby Show or the Simpsons?
LOL. Do I even have to say???
38. Worst relationship mistake that you wish you could take back?
Ummm, I never make mistakes. I'm perfect. ;) Yup, that's it. That's why I'm single...
39. Do you like the person who sits directly across from you at work?
No one really sits across from me. Except for my students. And I like them. Well, most of them.
40. If you could get away with it, who would you kill?
41. What famous person(s) would you like to have dinner with?
George Strombolopolous. Actually, that would be a mess. I can't focus even on his TV show because he's too attractive to me. So... I'm going to go with David Suzuki. That would be safe and enlightening.
42. What famous person would you like to sleep with?
LOL There are a lot. But, I think that this would be a better George Strombolopolous option than #41. And Jim from The Office. Not the actor, but the actual character.
43. Have you ever had to use a fire extinguisher for its intended purpose?
44. Last book you read for real?
I haven't finished a book since March Break. That was the Josephine B Trilogy. I've started about 4 books since then, but I haven't had luck getting through them. I think it's attributed to that I'm going through a crappy book-picking period and a short attention span.
45. Do you have a teddy bear?
Yes. I just bought one in January from Starbucks because it was on sale and oh-so-fashionably attired in a red parka.
46. Strangest place you have ever brushed your teeth?
No where that stands out.
47. Somewhere in California you've never been and would like to go?
The Winchester Mystery House! I've wanted to go there since I was a kid and I saw it on a TV show about haunted houses. I'd really love to go at Halloween, but that'll have to wait until I'm retired. (Oct. 31st 2035 will be the first Halloween of my retirement. Yes, I know it's scary that I know when I'll retire, but they send you stuff in the mail with that date printed on it, so how can you not remember that?)
48. Do you go to church?
49. At this point in your life would you rather start a new career or a new relationship?
New relationship for sure. I like my career.
50. Just how OLD are you?
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
(Currently I'm reacquainting myself with Want One and thinking, yes, a new Rufus album would be a worthwhile investment.)
We've been having wicked thunderstorms this evening. I love thunderstorms.
Sunday, May 13, 2007
I haven’t posted in awhile. I wish that I could say it was because my life has been super exciting and busy with many social activities and romantic dalliances, but alas it hasn’t. I’ve been spending the nice weather outside lots just walking aimlessly accompanied by my trusty iPod. On Tuesday, I did get together for beer and greasy food with a long-lost friend who I recently found on Facebook, so I guess I can’t say I’ve been a complete social recluse. Also, I did have dragonboat practice on Friday night. I am enjoying this endeavour thus far; who says that drunk people don’t make good decisions? This is something I never would have signed up while sober. I guess the moral of the story is that I would have been involved more in athletic activities in my life if I was a heavy drinker. Yup, I’m pretty sure that’s the moral.
I spent the weekend in St. Ratford for Mothers’ Day and my mom’s birthday which is in a couple days. I didn’t even phone any friends; I figured it’d be good to stick around home and watch movies with the ‘rents. I saw The Queen (v. good) and The Pursuit of Happyness (not bad). Also, I got my hair coiffed and highlighted for summer. I haven’t touched my hair colour in three years after a very traumatic highlighting experience, but I decided it was time to jump back on that horse, and I’m glad I did since I’m pleased with the results. I also indulged in the purchase of some new summer clothing. It’s getting hot inside my school, so I need some lighter stuff.
Right now I’m on the train and I can’t focus on a book or even a sudoku puzzle. A lot of the time when I take the train, I’m content sitting, listening to music, staring out the window and letting my mind drift (often into sleep), but for some reason that’s not working tonight, so I decided to pull out my laptop and write. I might actually write some posts that have been kicking around my old brain and post them next time I’m blocked.
Note: The writing of posts did not go well. I started, then got distracted by a game of spider solitaire, then got of a bit of a headache from staring at a computer screen on a bumpy train. I suppose those posts will have to kick around my brain awhile longer
Also, the train actually got me home on time for once. *Gasp!* That rarely happens. Anyhow, when I got to my apartment, there were three police cars outside. Weird. There were a couple of officers in the lobby, but no commotion, thankfully. Wonder what was up...
Monday, May 07, 2007
Okay, I swear I won't bring up the fact I'm looking forward to summer again until after the long weekend.
Speaking of long weekends, I've decided that I will officially start the apartment hunt that weekend. I actually got my room somewhat clean last night; now I'm thinking about how I'm really going to miss this apartment and perhaps this area.
Tonight my friend Becca T dropped by and we had fun watching last week's office episode (hilarious), playing cards, listening to music and watching vintage SNL on YouTube. It kind of felt like university again, in that more or less we talked about the same stuff and made the same corny jokes. I love the comfort of the familiarity of old friendships.
Speaking of old friendships, I am soooooooooo addicted to my new Tori Amos CD. It's a huge album (23 songs), and I've pared it down to 15 favourites that I've put on their own playlist. Right now I'm addicted to two specific songs: Programmable Soda and Roosterspur Bridge. The first is just a super fun song, the second makes me feel wistful for the past, specifically for what I'm not sure, but it just evokes this bittersweet melancholy in me. I suppose I'm attracted to that feeling right now since I'm on the cusp of change in my life, and I'm not a fan of change. So, bittersweet melachonly suits my mood.
I think any Toriphile will dig her new album. There was a bit of hype of this album being a throwback to her earlier stuff. It seems more of a natural progression from the last album as opposed to going back to earlier stuff. I'm really connecting with the songs to the point where I can feel them just becoming part of my cells.
I wasn't a Tori fan until I worked at the art gallery in St. Ratford for a summer while I was in university. Another summer student left her Tori CD (Under the Pink) at the front desk, and I started to listen to it during the last hour of my shift when there would be no visitors in the gallery and I was more or less killing time. Even though I wasn't a fan of the music at first, it somehow became part of me and I missed it when my summer job was over, so I bought it. After that, I started listening to other Tori songs here and there, and I grew into a fan. It helped that one of my good university friends was a huge Tori fan and we bonded over her.
Speaking of my Tori-friend, I haven't seen him since my 26th bday but we reconnected over Facebook and are going for drinks tomorrow after work. So, Facebook does have practical applications uses, ie reconnecting with old friends that you actually like, in addition to wasting lots of time.
Anyhow, tonight while Becca T and I played cards, I put on my new Feist. It's actually the first time I listened to the whole album through, and I liked it a lot. Woo-hoo for great albums.
Saturday, May 05, 2007
1. Does anyone know your password to your MySpace besides yourself?
I refused to join MySpace so the answer is no. But no one knows any of my other passwords either.
2. What was the last thing you ordered at McDonalds?
Probably fries and a strawberry sundae.
3. Are you an emotional person?
In public, no; I think I have a calm, easy-going demeanor. I can get very emo in private though.
4. Do you like your middle name?
Yes I do. Alexandra is a fabulous name, as other bloggers will attest.
5. Do you believe in love at first sight?
For shoes, yes. For people, I'm not sure. If I ever experience it, I'll let you know.
6. Does the person you like, know that you like them?
7. What was the last thing you did?
I checked all of my fave blogs and commented. But before that, I went grocery shopping.
9. Who was the last person you ate with?
Probably my roommate. I think we had dinner together at some point this week. I've been too busy at lunch this week to actually eat lunch, so I don't think I haven't even eaten with any colleagues lately.
10. What song are you listening to right now?
Bouncing Off Clouds by Tori Amos. Love it.
11. How's the weather right now?
It was sunny today, but right now the sun is setting. A nice day; temperature of about 17 degrees Celsius.
12. Last person who called you?
My pal Becca T.
13. Last lie you told?
Hmmmm.... I don't remember. I rarely actually tell lies, although I think up a lot of lies.
14. Last song you sang?
1234 by Feist.
15. Do you love anyone?
Family and friends of course.
16. Lost a friendship over something stupid?
Not since elementary school.
17. Last thing you drank?
18. Last thing you ate?
A Frosty from Wendy's. Mmm.
19. Where do you wish you were?
I'd love to be back in the UK.
20. Faked being sick to miss school?
I try to do that once per semester for my mental health. :)
21. What time did you wake up today?
About 10 am.
22. Last person you talked to in person?
23. last person who made you laugh?
24. What are you wearing right now?
My fave jeans, a green t-shirt, and a corduroy jacket. And a Christie subway station button on my jacket.
25. What’s the first thing you notice about the opposite sex?
27. Where are you right now?
My bedroom in my apartment. Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Planet Earth.
28. What day and date is it?
Saturday May 5th.
29. Did you go anywhere today?
Walked around the cemetary and to the grocery store.
30. What did you do there?
I think it's self evident.
31. What else are you doing today?
I'm not sure. Perhaps going for a latte.
32. Are you watching TV?
33. Are you mature or immature?
A bit of both, I think.
34. Who are you closer to, your mum or your dad?
I'm pretty close to both, but in different ways. I talk to mom about emotional stuff, whereas I joke around with Dad more.
36. What school(s) did you go to?
St. Al's elem school, St. Mike's high school, U of T (SMC) and U of T (OISE).
37. What's the most annoying thing people say to you?
Coming from students "I'm not late" when they walk into class late. I'm trying to train them to say "Sorry Miss, I am late because..."
38. Do you like music?
I love it. I don't know what I'd do without it.
39. Do you want to get married?
Yes, if I come across the right person. And hopefully that won't happen 'til I 30, because I'd enjoy a few more years of being single.
41. Where did you go on vacation last summer?
England, Wales, Ireland.
42. Would you bungee jump?
Good Lord no.
43. Do you like rollercoasters?
44. Is there anything you wish for every summer?
That summer would not end. :)
45. Do you use chopsticks?
Yup. Took me awhile to master them though.
46. What's your favorite meal of the day?
Dinner - I can take my time eating and I get dessert.
47. Thinking of someone right now?
48. Concerned about life right now?
No more than usual.
49. Have you ever tripped going up the stairs?
50. What are you looking forward to this spring?
The end of spring because it means summer.
Tuesday, May 01, 2007
I also took a bit of a detour on my way home after that. On Sunday, I browsed around the shoe department at the Bay. I came across a pair of Converse All-Stars that could only be described using one word: emo-licious. They had little pink broken hearts on them for crying out loud. But, on Sunday, I was well-behaved. I said "No Christielli, you do not need new shoes. Why, just yesterday, you purchased yourself a nice pair of grown-up shoes with pretty understated gold-flowers on them, fun straps, and heels that make you sound like a grown-up as you walk down the halls in them. " However, the running shoes have been in the back of my mind since Sunday, and especially today at school when it was dress down day and they would have looked oh-so-cool with my jeans. Since the Bay was just by where I picked up my new CDs, I had to give in.
Here's a picture of them, in all of their emo-liciousness.
I look forward to wearing them to many rock concerts. Their first show will be Joel Plaskett. I also picked up those tickets today while getting my CDs, and had an enjoyable Joel Plaskett conversation with the record store clerk who was sort-of-kind-of-cute in a geeky way, but probably too young. (He said he'll be at the Plaskett show.)
Now that I'm done with my shoe babbling, I'll move onto other new topics.
In I-don't-know-what-I've-got-'til-it's-gone news, the beginning of May is a bit sad despite new CDs. I own an Office calendar, and April was Jim Halpert month. I don't feel that I took enough advantage of enjoying Jim's picture during April. May is The Temp month. I have nothing against the Temp, but he's no Jim. Not even close. Maybe I should just leave the calendar at April forever.
In I'm-really-not-completely-vapid-despite-this-post-being-mostly-about-shoes news, I bought a great book recently: Ecoholic by Adria Vasil. Vasil writes a column of the same name in Now magazine. She dispenses advice for greener-living for those of us who are addicted to the planet. (Hi, my name is Christielli and I'm a total Ecoholic.) Anyhow, I'm going to try and green myself up one step at a time. I recently got a grocery bag made from old water bottles so that I can end my dependence on evil one-time plastic bags. Note: remembering to bring the bag with me is the hard part. My second step is to try and buy more locally-grown food. There's a farmer's market every Thursday in the community centre by my school. This Thursday, I'm going to go for the first time ever and see what I can score. And I'll remember my grocery bag.
Anyhow, I must go listen to my new CDs. So far Tori's 6 for 6 of the songs I've listened to. Happy humpday tomorrow.