Monday, October 25, 2010

Thousands of ghosts in the daylight.

There's so much going on in my life right now. Some of it's personal, some of it's political, some of it's educational, and thankfully, a lot of it is musical. I'll run down a lot of it randomly.

First of all, Stars was a great show. Young Galaxy opened, and I enjoyed watching them. Stars opened with "He Dreams He's Awake" which set off the show perfectly. The show had flowers, a wicked bubble machine, and so many great songs to sing along and dance too. The best were the songs from "Set Yourself On Fire" which is hands down my favourite Stars album, but I loved the new stuff too. In fact, seeing the new stuff live has given "The Five Ghosts" a new lease on life on my iPod.

Probably my favourite song of the night was "Your Ex-Lover is Dead" which was the song that got me into that band in the first place; and it was extremely cathartic hearing and singing along (as off-key as I wanna be) to it this particular Saturday evening. And then, during the encore, the bass player threw a bunch of roses into the crowd... and one fell perfectly into my hands. A rose was exactly what I needed after a flowerless spell in my life.

Sunday was a pretty good day too. I went to a birthday party for my friend Ali, and a lot of friends were there who I hadn't seen in a long time. I had a great time catching up, ate a lot of food, and had some wine and champagne.

Today was back to the grindstone. I was rather unprepared for the day, and I made it through, despite all of the computers being down and me nearly having to cancel a test. I feel lucky that my job mostly makes me happy. As soon as I got to school, one of my fave kids was there to get extra help before a test, and I dunno, it was just a good start to the day seeing a friendly face.

After a busy day at school I went to the mall to figure out my Halloween costume. My work spouse and I were trying to have matching costumes, but we never pulled it together. I found a rather cheap doctor costume and bought it (final sale... just like camping toilet paper) but then a friend phoned me with the possibility of a mad scientist costume. So, I guess if I'm not a doctor this year, at least next year's costume will be figured out.

And exciting news this evening: a friend texted me with an invite to see the CBC 2010 Song Quest show tomorrow night. I love impromptu concerts! I'm excited to see Two Hours Traffic, Hannah Georgas, and Jully Black. She blew me away when I heard her sing in "Da Kink in My Hair" years ago.

After the mall, I had to hurry home to vote. Which I thought was an important thing to do since there was a particular candidate I didn't want to win. It didn't work out for me. Eeep, I can't believe Toronto just did what it did. Hello? Progressive city folk, where did you go?

Anyway, it just goes to prove my theory that Toronto (at least as long as I've lived in it) alternates between crazy mayor and good mayor, so now it's crazy mayor time again. Oh good.

At least my choice for my ward's councillor won. I'm still trying to find out about the school trustee. I was actually quite interested in those races...

So yah, despite some gloomy things going on, there are many rays of sunshine these days.


rawbean said...

I've only seen the stars once. I should see them again, I remember them putting on a good show!

Glad you have some rays of sunshine amongst the gloom. I'm sure the clouds will clear soon.

jason said...

you could be an md/phd mad scientist still with your doctor costume! just get some fake blood and splatter it about, and carry around a bowl of olive/eyeballs or a graduated cylinder or whatever else science-y stuff you science teacher types have.

i hear ya on not being down with the whole political process. i'm not looking forward to election day in the states. the dems are looking like they'll lose some important seats in the senate and the house. what's worse is they won't be losing to straight-up republicans, they'll be losing to dumbass ignorant tea-party backed candidates. having people elected that share the view of sarah palin scares the hell out of me. i guess one positive is the crazy tea-party/republican backed candidate from buffalo doesn't look like he'll win against cuomo the dem for ny state governor.

Jocelyn said...

ugh, gloom. i'm glad you're finding sunshine. i have to agree that set yourself on fire is the best Stars album.

also, I LOVE your mittens from a previous post. what yarn did you use?

Siobhan said...

I'm glad you are finding the sunshine in the gloom. Huzzah for music.

Jabba said...

You seem down, for the first time since I've been reading your blog so I've been thinking of you! Glad you're finding sunshine though - a Stars concert would definitely help!

My favourite 'mayor story' is this:
When I was a kid we had a REALLY bad mayor in my home town and he drove my mom nuts. Then one night we had a really, really bad thunderstorm and heard a seriously close/loud lighting strike. We found out the next day that the lightning struck the mayor's house.

The Grunt said...

I like the costume idea. Write in Mayor Quimby on your ballot. I hope more good times are ahead for you.

yrautca said...

Sounds like you are making a comeback and seem to be coping thus far. Hang in there. 99% of the population is undateable and the wise 1% stay single and blog about it :)

Miss Ash said...

We need an MSN date to catch up! I'll have to listen to that song, sounds like most women I know might love it as well!

Ugh I felt sorry for my peeps in TO once the votes were in.....

Miss Ash said...

PS I'm such a music nerd like loser nerd not cool nerd aka who sings what?! I just youtubed that song, I think I might have blogged about it before cause I loved it soooo much! I didn't realize THAT was who you saw the other night, now i'm jealous!!!