Saturday, December 29, 2007

I'm starting to fashion an idea in my head...

So now I'm writing from a holiday that's half-over, or, in an more optimistic manner, perhaps I should say I have half of it left to go.

Christmas was fabulous. The pre-Christmas days in St. Ratford were spent going to holiday parties where I saw almost everyone that I wanted to. (There's only one person left on my list.) Christmas itself was pleasant and relaxing. I've spent the days since doing some shopping, reading, knitting, and hanging out with friends. Today I saw the movie Sweeney Todd, which was totally awesome, and totally lived up to the high expectations that I had of it. My inner goth is so happy right now.

New Year's is sneaking up on me. I've never been a fan of New Year's Eve; I have this internal wish to be doing something totally amazing on this night, and I never do. A typical year involves me usually just laying low with other anti-new-year's friends, or doing something that I hoped would be good, but ends up sucking. I've had the odd good evening; but the lame have outnumbered the good by far, so I tend to not look forward to the evening of Dec. 31st, especially since it does signify that my holidays are coming to an end.

However, I am optimistic about 2008. I have a feeling it's going to be a good year. This sounds corny, but I do think something special is going to happen this year. I don't what it will be; but I do have a warm fuzzy feeling for the upcoming year. 2007 was a good year for me: I traveled, moved into a great new apartment, met cool new people, and was happy professionally and personally. However, I feel that 2008 is going to have some sort of extra cherry on top. Maybe these are just the crazy ramblings of someone who has been eating a bit too much Christmas chocolate, but I'm happy giving them credence.

New year's resolution?? I have my old standby of going to more concerts. I also want to throw more parties this year; I'm going to have a much belated housewarming party on January 12th. I'm nothing if not serious about my resolutions.

Happy 2008! :D

Saturday, December 22, 2007

The kids all holler carols 'cross the water, stars that shine.

I can't believe the last week before holidays is dunzo. It went by in such a blur. It seems like it was just Sunday night a nanosecond ago and I was frantically catching up on work wondering if it would ever end. Now here it is, the end of the week, and I've made it.

It was a good week though. I managed to finish my Christmas shopping and knock a lot of things off my to-do list. I also caught some nasty virus which should have kept me home and in bed, but I didn't have time for such nonsense, so I ignored it and went about with my insanity, despite the fact I was losing my voice. (Although one of my friends commented she preferred the raspy-voice version of me.) However, after a bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios this morning, I realized I was over the worst of it and I felt that I was back on track. Moral of the story: Honey Nut Cheerios are a miracle cure.

I spent this evening catching up on some household chores type things and getting ready for going home for the holidays. Tomorrow night is my annual Christmas get-together with my friends from high school. I believe it might just be the tenth time we've done such a thing. It's always such a blast, and it has become the holiday tradition that I look forward to the most.

I should get myself to bed so I can be up in time to catch my morning train. Happy Holidays!

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Claire Fontaine you seem to bring the best out of me and the things I write to sing.

It's so nice to be all warm and inside during a big storm, don't you think? In fact, I'm all for storms hitting on the weekends, as long as they don't interfere with any plans I have. There's a storm that hit Toronto tonight and is supposed to last for tomorrow as well, and it suits me fine.

So far I've had a really good weekend. On Friday night, I went to see one of my favourite musicians, Christine Fellows, play at a really unique location: a small old church in the middle of the downtown core. It was really pretty and sounded amazing, and I enjoyed it a lot. She opened with my very favourite Christine Fellows song, Souvenirs, and every other song was excellent too. The only drawback: my butt was sore from the church pews after sitting on them for about 2.5 hrs.

Today was a super fun day, even though it started with me cleaning up the disaster zone that was my apartment (yay for having a clean apartment now). I had my annual tradition of exchanging of gifts with a couple of friends from university. I got some really good stuff like Jack and Sally (from Nightmare Before Christmas) figurines (or should I call them action figures?), photo albums, a crochet book (called "The Happy Hooker" LOL), a fun Starbucks mug for hot chocolate, and a stuffed Starbucks penguin that I've decided to re-christen as a duck. We also have an annual tradition of having dinner at Swiss Chalet. Mmmmm Swiss Chalet.

This evening, I saw the movie "Lars and the Real Girl" and it was very good and very different. I would definitely recommend it if you like quirky movies, since it is simply quirktastic.

Tomorrow I am going to venture out in the storm to go for sushi with a couple of friends, and relax and maybe knit a bit. My next project is a pair of socks, and they are going to take forever to knit because I'm using a really fine wool and small needles, and I have to knit two of them of course. I don't know about this project, but I'm going to try to commit to it, because I spent $10 on the wool.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Hijack a snowplow! Clear out the streets!

Long time no post, I know. Good news is that I just finished knitting my first pair of mittens tonight! :D

What else has been going on? Well, on Friday night I went to my work Christmas party. It was fun. I especially enjoyed going out to a bar on College St. after the party with some various coworkers.

On Saturday, I caught the musical Sweeny Todd, which was nearing its one month engagement in Toronto. I loved it, and it made me so incredibly excited for the upcoming Tim Burton/Johnny Depp version coming out soon.

Anyway, now I'm over the hump of another week of school. Only 6 more teaching days to go until vacation. I find that this semester has perhaps tired me out a bit, despite the fact that I have really good classes. Today I was talking to a colleague about the fact that I've had problems finishing books since September, and he suggested it was because of fatigue. This could also explain my lack of blogging as well. I'm not sure if it's tiredness; I don't think I'm more tired than I was in the past, but I just have a few different things on my plate that I didn't in the past, and maybe less time for reading and blogging.

Hopefully I'll be able to increase the amount of reading and blogging over Christmas vacay. I just want to spend a fairly quiet two weeks of reading and perhaps knitting another couple of pairs of mittens (it's so addictive and so much more interesting than knitting scarves!).

I've got a fun weekend coming up though, providing that I make it through the week. Becca T and I are going a Christine Fellows CD release party on Friday. On Saturday, I'm having my annual Christmas get together with a couple of friends from university. Then, on Sunday, I have a sushi lunch lined up. Sometime in between all of this I need to catch up on my marking and clean my apartment.

I got the Sufjan Stevens Christmas boxset. I love it. At least my attention span for music has not wavered. When I can no longer pay attention to music, then I'll worry.

Monday, December 03, 2007

These are a few of my favourite things... of today...

1) Christmas cookie scented tea lights that I got at the Superstore for $3. Makes my place smell like I've been baking which, of course, I have not been.

2) Reese's Puffs Cereal - oh so sugary goodness. Definitely the peanut butter equivalent of Calvin's sugar-coated chocolate bombs. I'm not allowed to buy a box of them for at least another week (don't want to develop a nasty habit), but they are a wonderful thing.

3) Sarah Harmer - she is my singer du jour.

4) Second Cup Moccachinos - I'm cheating on Starbucks, but I'm really into these things lately.

5) Finding the perfect gift - my present box in the corner of my bedroom is overflowing with them at the moment

6) Finding a new dress for $25 for Friday's work Christmas party - it's fun, it's purple, and it means I won't have to go with my dull back up dress.

7) Bus rides when they're not crowded - especially when it's cold outside and the bus is super warm.

8) Becca T's thought-provoking "So what do you guys think of the cover artwork?" question when 3/5ths of the book club had not read the book. Everyone could contribute to that.

9) Christmas lights - they're not out in full force yet, but they make the fact that we have barely any more daylight left these days a bit more bearable.

10) The kids at my school - they always make my day somehow. Today it was the fact that a bunch of them were absolutely impressed and fascinated by a finished mitten that I made while I was showing it to a another co-worker/knitter. Their comments made me smile.

ps I'd take a picture of that one fabulously finished mitten, but I'll wait 'til I have the pair completed. I'd feel that a picture of a single solitary mitt could quite possible be a dreary forewarning of a hand injury of some sort - a la Buster in Arrested Development.