Friday, January 20, 2017

Dark Day

This morning as I was sitting on the subway, I realized that I completely forgot to make my lunch.  It wasn't even a "crap I forgot it on the kitchen counter" moment, but that the thought of assembling food to get me through the day didn't even cross my mind.

Not a big deal, I thought.  I had some tangerines on my desk, and I could grab a bagel at Tim Horton's as I got my morning coffee.

When I got upstairs to my office,  I realized that I completely forgot to pick up my bagel at the food counter at Tim's.  Crap.

Luckily for me, I don't teach during the first period.  I was assigned a coverage, but not until the second half.  I threw on my coat and ran back to Tim Horton's where my bagel was still sitting for me as the employees chuckled over my forgetfulness.

As I was jay-walking across Bloor to make it back to school, a co-worker let me cross and offered me a ride down the street back to school.  I told her about my forgetful morning, and she commented "when I'm out if it like that, usually it's something... it could be getting older, my period..."

"Oh, I know exactly what it is," I replied. "I'm just bothered/scared/anxious about the inauguration." And then we chatted about the myriad of terrifying problems that the new presidency will bring.

I guess that's my story about how today is a dark day and as a result I feel scattered, distracted, down.  It's the symbolic beginning of potentially darker days to come. 

I try to be optimistic: that with resistance he won't be able to change much, but we all know terrible things could happen.  I try to think about all of my favourite quotes about how after darkness come lights, and so on, but I feel like today, I just need to embrace and feel the darkness and then perhaps get ready for the fight so that that the light can come through the cracks.

"There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in." - Leonard Cohen

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Concerts! 2016

  • March 23rd - Metric and Death Cab for Cutie @ The ACC
  • May 3rd - LIGHTS @ The Danforth Music Hall
  • May 11th - Ben Folds @ The Danforth Music Hall
  • May 25th - BEYONCE @ Rogers Centre
  • July 13th - Lisa Loeb @ Adelaide Hall
  • July 21st - Hawksley Workman @ The Algonquin Theatre in Huntsville
  • July 30th - Silversun Pickups @ The Danforth Music Hall
  • August 12th - The Tragically Hip @ The ACC
  • October 25th - Our Lady Peace with I Mother Earth @ Massey Hall
  • October 28th - Tegan and Sara @ Massey Hall
  • November 3rd - Mariah Carey @ The Bay
  • November 26th - Basia Bulat @ The Danforth Music Hall
  • December 16th - Hawksley Workman @ Hamilton Public Library
  • December 21th - Stars @ The Danforth Music Hall

Books Read in 2016

Reading (2016 goal = 26 books)

  • 26) Missing, Presumed - Susie Steiner (quite good)
  • 25) The Conjoined - Jen Sookfong Lee (excellent)
  • 24) Little Black Lies - Sharon Bolton (OK)
  • 23) The Couple Next Door - Shari Lapena (OK)
  • 22) Wilde Lake - Laura Lippman (good)
  • 21) The Best Kind of People - Zoe Whittall (excellent)
  • 20) My Sweet Audrina - V.C. Andrews (awful but fun)
  • 19) Arrowood - Laura McHugh (quite good)
  • 18) Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (excellent)
  • 17) This Is Not My Life - Diane Schoemperlen (quite good)
  • 16) All the Missing Girls - Megan Miranda (meh)
  • 15) Don't You Cry - Mary Kubica (meh)
  • 14) Shrill - Lindy West (amazing)
  • 13) I, Bificus - Bif Naked (loveable)
  • 12) The Psychopath Test - Jon Ronson (quite good)
  • 11) So You've Been Publicly Shamed - Jon Ronson (excellent)
  • 10) Hide - Lisa Gardner (good)
  • 9) Find Her - Lisa Gardner (good)
  • 8) Furiously Happy - Jenny Lawson (okay)
  • 7) Hidden Bodies - Caroline Kepnes (good)
  • 6) Still Mine - Amy Stuart (good)
  • 5) The Passenger - Lisa Lutz (good!)
  • 4) The Widow - Fiona Barton (meh)
  • 3) You - Carolyn Kepnes (deliciously creepy)
  • 2) Down the Rabbit Hole - Holly Madison (trashy read)
  • 1) Wildflower - Drew Barrymore (pleasant!)