Monday, 25 July 2005

Great book! Great CD!

Have you read it? I've long been interested in Rosicrucians and Roslyn and conspiracies of like ilk. This is quite a fascinating read!

Have you heard any of this k.d. lang's CD? WOW! Don't be put off by the CD title -- its only religious in that each song is about the heavenly highs and hellish lows of love and written by Canadian song writers. I am truly blown away by her version of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" -- I kept hitting my CD player's repeat button just to listen to that one song! Incredible lyrics combined with k.d.'s unique but Patsy Cline-ish emotional break/cry sound -- the expression WOW! scarcely begins to do it justice!

Quiet weekend. (How did that happen???) I wandered down to the Farmer's Market on Saturday, totally undecided about wandering over to the Folk Festival because it rained really hard Friday evening, and looked suspiciously like more of the same for Saturday. In the end, I didn't do Folk Fest . . . and it didn't rain! Wouldn't you know it! However, it was still a good music weekend, what with my new k.d. lang CD, and Randy Bachman's Vinyl Tap on CBC Radio. His theme this past weekend was musicians who died before their time, from Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper to Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix. What a walk down memory lane! I've decided I'm becoming a big fan of this radio program!

I did discover a new yarn shop close to the Farmer's Market ("Darlene's Handwovens" ??? -- I should have picked up a business card!). Sadly, I didn't have my wallet with me, as it was (safe) at home in my book bag! Of course, a return trip is now in order! Meanwhile, its back to geography class and working on my term paper!

Friday, 22 July 2005

Anyone who is a Trekky ...

... (like me) knows who Canadian-born actor, James Doohan, is.


James Doohan, 1920 - 2005.

Tuesday, 19 July 2005

R I P Tony Soprano . . .

He was the kingpin from the moment they moved into my neighbourhood last year. I suspect he was responsible for eliminating "Sardine Bob", and possibly even "Baits". Obvious criminal tendencies aside, he was a likeable and somewhat curious fellow. He barely survived a serious run in with the Molly brothers, Rocco and Vinny, earlier this year, but seemed to be the picture of his former health and vitality again. I was a little concerned when he moved back into the old neighbourhood last week, considering the Molly brothers had grown accustomed to being the ones in control of the 'hood, so I kept a close watch on all their comings and goings over the weekend. Things seemed peaceful . . . at least on the surface.

While I was away at the University yesterday, someone put a hit out on Tony Soprano, and he did not survive. I was shocked by the sad sight of his pale, lifeless body when I arrived back home at supper time.

There was evidence of cannibalism. I'll spare you the gory details.

I'm not sure who the perpetrators were. Those two Molly brothers, Rocco and Vinny, had a long-standing grudge, and have certainly demonstrated aggressive behaviour in the past. Altho Vido was Tony's smaller brother, he had been observed keeping close company with the Molly brothers. And then there's "Tackle" to consider . . . he's such a giant compared to everyone else in the neighbourhood, he could easily have taken care of Tony all on his own even tho they were close relatives. My investigation continues.

Private services for Tony Soprano were held at 7 pm last night in the upstairs bathroom. He will not be forgotten.

Tony Soprano, Goldfish. 2004 - 2005. Rest in Peace.

Monday, 11 July 2005

I'm in love!

I know, I know! I swore it would NEVER happen again! I have to confess, it was TOTALLY unexpected! I never DREAMED it was possible! There I was last Saturday, just walking along, totally minding my own business, and WHAM! ... it happened! In one split second, I found myself speechless! I had heart palpitations! I was practically overcome with long-buried desire!

And in case you're thinking I'm talking about some hunky man ... fooled you! I'm talking about a TOASTER!

It was LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT ... And then I saw the BLENDER and I was immediately torn between two new loves! And the cause of all this? Sears now carries the Hamilton Beach line of Eclectrics. And wouldn't you know it! I actually need a new toaster! (And maybe a blender ...) I've seen many things SEABREEZE before, and never been particularly blown away by this particular colour, but I've never seen SEABREEZE kitchen appliances! How retro-licious! How appealing! And it even kind of works with all the YELLOW kitchen stuff I have at the moment!

However, the reality of studenthood is perpetual poverty, so I had to content myself with knitting a few new dishcloths in SEABREEZE-coloured cotton yarn.

On the plus side, that means I can spend countless hours of countless days and nights FANTICIZING about my new (possibly DUAL) love! I might never be bored again!

For those of you who remember how often I've griped about the BLUE kitchen (in my former life) and how very much I hate BLUE (never let your partner go to the building supply store AFTER you've picked out the terra cotta tiles of your dreams!) ... what can I say except LOVE MUST BE BLIND!

I'm thinking I could start on a new tablecloth ... something SEABREEZE and YELLOW ...

Wednesday, 6 July 2005

Long weekend ... long LONG weekend!

I did more knitting than reading, but generally moped about my wee little closet-sized space and grumped about it being another loonnngggg weekend. Can you tell I don't much like long weekends??? Perhaps the rain didn't help! I skipped the fireworks 'cuz I was sure it was going to rain and the thought of more mosquito bites PLUS rain was not very appealing!

Complaints aside, I have to say I rather enjoyed Randy Bachman's new program on CBC, Vinyl Tap, although I didn't really think anything could replace Finkleman's" 45s. I knew he had my attention when I found myself laughing over how he tricked Little Richard into playing the piano in the key of Am! The selection of music was good, and it was rather fun listening to Bachman's version / other performers' versions of the same song. I for one will be tuning in again next Saturday evening.

Back to class this week, thankfully! I'm sad to report that the second level of Spanish was cancelled due to lake of students. (Dammit! I was really looking forward to more Espanol!) My Canadian Geography class looks like its going to be very interesting -- the focus is regionalism, a very important issue for all Canadians, methinks.

D. asked me over the weekend when I'm going to grow up and get a real job and start being a productive member of society again (I was before? Really? And I'm not now?). Hopefully never if it means I have to quit learning! Even if I get stressed at end of term / exam time, I really do enjoy studenthood. Let me ask you this, Darling D.: What is your definition of "productive member of society"? Isn't learning about yourself / your country / your world productive? And why should studenthood be limited to kids and 20-something year olds? Why should I say "okay I'm an adult now so I don't need to / can't learn anymore"? (Did you realize I was going to blog about this??? Did you realize I'm not going to let you forget this??? Did you realize other people might also have something to say about this???)

Anyone else have thoughts on mature university students???