It’s the obligatory catch-up post after abandoning my blog for two months!
How I Spent My Summer Vacation*
1. I went to the organic market about a dozen times. This probably means I am about a step away from being one of those bizarre hipster/hippie hybrids (“I love Interpol and hydroponic radishes!”), but the food was amazing and definitely made our summer meals more kickass.
2. I ordered books off Amazon for the first time. I loved it as it combined my two favourite things: mail and books. I have actually been reading my butt off this year and to date, have managed to plow through 53 different titles. I keep a book journal, so I’ll go through some of it and make some recommendations in another post.
3. I got my haircut short after finding my favourite hairdresser of all time again. When I couldn’t track her down in the spring, I thought that it didn’t matter who cut my hair. Boy was I wrong. Not only did the other girl I went to not do what I asked her to at all but when I asked her to fix it, she practically threw a fit at me. So after a little internet detective work, I managed to track her down and got a kicky new cut. Nice!
4. I saw my friend Sally act as a Raptor in the Toronto Fringe Festival Production of Jurassic Park. The show was great and Sally kicked ass, especially during her special kitchen tango.
5. I went through a bunch of our apartment and cleared out old clothes/toiletries. While doing this I discovered two things:
a. I owned a lot of stuff with the price tags still on that now no longer fit (Whoops!)
b. My husband hordes Irish Spring soap. I couldn’t tell you why Irish Spring, but should there ever be a zombie apocalypse, at least we can face it smelling Mountain Fresh!
6. I helped Sally make the wedding invitations for her and Jack’s Nightmare Before Christmas wedding and they turned out pretty awesome.
7. I went to see a double screening at The Bloor which was hosted by Edgar Wright, who was in town directing the Scott Pilgrim movie. Although I was unable to participate in the filming (I got called back, but couldn’t go), it was cool to get to see him in person. He is very small and British.
8. Some friend of ours (Zoe and Wash) had a baby so we went to see him when he was 5 weeks old. Very very cute but, in spite of the rash of pregnancies in my group of friends, it’s still something I am not ready for. I’m hoping to practice being an aunt first. 😉
9. I went to Sally’s bridal shower where I discovered the world’s tastiest cupcakes and made a seriously kick-ass paper plate hat. Is there such a thing as a professional paper plate hat designer? Because I would be totally down with that.
10. I managed to get the worst mosquito bites of my life. They were superbad considering:
a. I got bitten 4 dozen times at our wedding last year and none of those bothered me.
b. They were almost all on my feet. The thought of taking a belt sander to them to end my itchiness was seriously considered.
11. I went to a party with a bunch of my old retail compatriots (including Henry who managed to land a teaching gig – woohoo!). It was back in the suburbs where I grew up and it was one of the first times in a long time I felt comfortable being there. I think I associate the area with a lot of my painful, growing up stuff so it was nice to do something fun.
12. We seriously considered getting a dog. A friend of ours tipped us off to a free bulldog puppy and, as Boy is a huge bulldog enthusiast, we spent the morning having angsty phone call after angsty phone call. But, at the end of the day, we realized that we aren’t quite ready for the responsibility and expense of a dog. Maybe in a few more months. . .
13. I celebrated my late twenty something birthday. Not only was I lucky enough to be able to celebrate 4 times, but Boy gifted me with a brand new iPod since I filled up my old one. It’s purple and awesome.
14. Boy and I went to our first TIFF screening. We got tickets from a friend of Henry’s and we were both super-excited until absolutely everything went wrong. First the movie projector broke and then someone pulled the fire alarm 20 minutes to the end of the movie and we never got to see the finale. Then after we were kicked out of the theatre (to make way for George Clooney!), we decided we would go for pizza, but when we got to where the pizza place should have been, it was gone. Talk about Murphy’s law!
Anyway, I think that’s pretty much everything remotely interesting that’s happened in the last could of months. Hopefully, I’ll be a little more focused on things around these parts in the coming weeks.
* Does anyone else remember the Tiny Toons Special How I Spent My Summer Vacation? When I was younger I loved that specially, specifically the part where Elmira went to some sort of African Lion Safari rip off and tramautized all the animals. Oh cartoons . . .