Friday, June 29, 2007

Thursday, June 28, 2007

A Hymn to Him

What in all of heaven could've promted her to go,
After such a triumph as the ball?
What could've depressed her;
What could've possessed her?
I cannot understand the wretch at all.

Women are irrational, that's all there is to that!
There heads are full of cotton, hay, and rags!
They're nothing but exasperating, irritating,
vacillating, calculating, agitating,
Maddening and infuriating hags!

Pickering, why can't a woman be more like a man?

Why can't a woman be more like a man?
Men are so honest, so thoroughly square;
Eternally noble, historic'ly fair;
Who, when you win, will always give your back a pat.
Well, why can't a woman be like that?

Why does ev'ryone do what the others do?
Can't a woman learn to use her head?
Why do they do ev'rything their mothers do?
Why don't they grow up- well, like their father instead?

Why can't a woman take after a man?
Men are so pleasant, so easy to please;
Whenever you are with them, you're always at ease.
Would you be slighted if I didn't speak for hours?

Of course not!

Would you be livid if I had a drink or two?


Would you be wounded if I never sent you flowers?


Well, why can't a woman be like you?
One man in a million may shout a bit.
Now and then there's one with slight defects;
One, perhaps, whose truthfulness you doubt a bit.
But by and large we are a marvelous sex!
Why can't a woman take after like a man?
Cause men are so friendly, good natured and kind.
A better companion you never will find.
If I were hours late for dinner, would you bellow?

Of course not!

If I forgot your silly birthday, would you fuss?


Would you complain if I took out another fellow?


Well, why can't a woman be like us?

Why can't a woman be more like a man?
Men are so decent, such regular chaps.
Ready to help you through any mishaps.
Ready to buck you up whenever you are glum.
Why can't a woman be a chum?

Why is thinking something women never do?
Why is logic never even tried?
Straight'ning up their hair is all they ever do.
Why don't they straighten up the mess that's inside?

Why can't a woman behave like a man?
If I was a woman who'd been to a ball,
Been hailed as a princess by one and by all;
Would I start weeping like a bathtub overflowing?
And carry on as if my home were in a tree?
Would I run off and never tell me where I'm going?
Why can't a woman be like me?

- My Fair Lady

I love this song. I think it's hillarious.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

eye spy

Today was not a good day to live in Toronto. This is because today it was 34 degrees outside, not including the humidex (feels like 40). This meant that today I abandoned all plans for being outside that were not absolutely necessary.

The only necessary outside things I had to do this morning was go to see the eye doctor. Today, for the first time, my eye doctor took a picture of my eye. Of the back of my eye. Of my optic nerve and all that other stuff. It was cool, but really quite disconcerting. Oh. That's my eye. And my optic nerve? And that's where I focus? Strangely beautiful as well, but weird.

Tomorrow is supposed to be hot again, hot and thunderstomy. I feel like I am in suspended animation right now. Not in a bad way - just in a strange way. And tonight is the top twelve women on Canadian Idol - what can I say - I love Canadian Idol! Like American Idol, but with character.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

the city

I don't have a favourite city. I like many different cities for many different reasons, but one my favourite cities is Toronto.

Since I have been back, every time I go somewhere new or do something fun I think how great Toronto is and how much I want to share what is fabulous about Toronto with everyone I know (including people who live in Toronto). And even though there is so much of Toronto that I don't know, and even though I still get very confused about where Bathurst Street is downtown, I love being in the city and feeling like a part of the city. I feel this way about Victoria, but to a lesser extent, because though I occasionaly discover new things/parts of Victoria, size dictates that there is only so much to explore. I still need to get out more, and actively embrace more of the city, but I like knowing that the city is out there. waiting for me.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

If not me, then who?

This past week has been very strange because I haven't felt at all like myself. Now this was puzzling to me, because clearly I am still me. But I didn't feel like me. I felt like the regular me emerged several times a day to express frustration with how the current me was behaving, but was unable to do anything about it.

Now, today I have once again begun to feel like myself, which is a welcome relief from feeling like the non-me. Hopefully I can manage to continue to feel like me.

The feeling that I have less control over my thoughts/feelings/actions - even though it is still clearly me controlling all these things - but it's like looking at yourself through a smudged window so all of your movements are sluggish, akward and inaccurate and you can't make yourself behave quite properly.

On an unrelated note: I remember growing up my parents getting upset with my sister when she was out with a cell phone and turned it off so they couldn't call. Well geez louise parents - when you go out with a cell phone - keep it turned on so important people (like me!) can call you! sheesh.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007


I think that the language we use can sometimes say a lot about a person. And other times very little. I definetly say "like" to much and don't know as many big words as I would like, and sometimes I say things that surprise me. I will present two cases to illustrate.

1) In a bar in Halifax Alex and I were talking to a random 40something year old man who was attempting to make our acquaintance. He was talking to us about "Bubbles" of "The Trailor Park Boys" fame and he inquired as to whether or not we were familliar with the Trailor Park Boys. I replied that I had never seen the show but was familiar with them as a "cultural phenomenon". Apparently this phrase, which works very well in a classroom setting, causes random people in bars to look at you like you are crazy.

2) Yesterday I was walking in downtown Toronto with Alexandra. We were talking about something about which I was getting somewhat worked up about, and this caused me to exclaim "geez louise!". This was apparently humourous to a random woman who was riding by on her bicycle who shouted "hey geez louise!", as though to point out her appreciation/scorn of my use of that phrase.

I have no real point, just that I am a 23 year old woman who uses phrases like cultural phenonomenon and geez louise, apparently to the amusemnet/chagrin of those around me.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

travels (day 5-8)

Day 5
1) mapquest and roundabouts
2) rain
3) lots of fog and the total lack of a view from the confederation bridge
4) red soil, for serious.
5) "big chief" van
6) Levi and Kate
"don't worry about paying, it's more important that you are comfortable"
Q: "ummmmm..." A: "I bought it at a garage sale"
"you can use the phone but we only have one line, so if you wouldn't mind answering the call waiting"
7) Deidre
8) The Anne Store
9) The store with the scarf
10) The lack of cuteness
11) The best "in a paper bag" fish and chips in PEI
12) The fact that you can get, what I can only describe as a giant bong/caraf of beer brought to your table
13) Ohmigd is that a PEI accent?
14) Only drinking a half pint of beer
15) If playing in a band makes a guy approx. 3x better looking than when he is not playing in a band, and you are watching a band play where no one is good looking, you know there is no chance for the guys to be good looking
16) The fact that everyone in the bar knew who everyone else was
17) KIWI!!

Day 6
1) more Deidre
2) Anne's House
3) The little path that went only to Lucy Maud Montgomery MacDonald's grave
4) Things being closed, and or ceasing to exist
5) Random craft shops
6) Napping in the car
7) Feeling like Sarah Stanley and Gus Pike as they go looking for captain crane's treasure
8) Seriously the most amazing red cliffs EVER!!
9) Lobster Supper!!
10) unlimited chowder!! (and muscles and desert and SIXTY FOOT salad bar)
11) Megan! (we love you)

Day 7
1) A big ferry
2) Being the LAST car off the big ferry
3) Lots of driving
5) More Amazing
6) Cheticamp - the rug (not to be confused with latch) hooking capital of the world
7) More French Tim's
8) Lobster traps painted with the Acadian flag
9) "If we both didn't see it, then it wasn't there"
10) Jeff (number 2)
11) Pleasant Bay
12) buying gloves (finally)!
13) Making pasta and playing cards in the kitchen
14) going to bed early in the dogdy linen, but grateful for the heat
15) No keys for the hostel, front door or bedroom

Day 8
1) Snow on the Ground
2) Amazing
3) Crazy twisty downhill driving
4) Stopping randomly in an empty diner/convience store to use the restroom
5) Canada Post!!
6) Louisbourg!! with 4 out of 48 buildings open and an unfortunate lack of people in costume
7) car picnic
8) blustery blustery
9) Cape Breton University!
10) Dinner at the Swiss
11) laundry
12) "say NO to incineration"

And it would be wonderful if someone could please tell me what to do!

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Travels: Day 1-4

I have been extremely distracted for the past few days, however, I really want to blog about my trip. So I will do my best to briefly shift my focus away from my problem. (yeah, I know. some problem).

Day 1
1) Quebec City, suprsingly unfar
2) Comedy of Errors
*lights going out, damn that coffee maker
*do you see the dial. look across the room. use that dial instead.
*ummmm.... isn't this key supposed to work?
3) metro! the ability to buy wine at the grocery store? how civillized.
4) writing on best western stationary

Day 2
1) Quebec City to Fredriction, surpringly far
2) "I think those are the falls"
3) Walmart
4) Rain
5) Freezing Rain
6) Snow
7) Rain
8) Rosemary Hall
10) Jeff
11) Hours of guitar playing across the hall
12) The Blue Door and Pad Thai
13) The NB Sports Hall of Fame

Day 3
1) Pewter
2) Green Tea and "do you know us. we sell stuff in Toronto"
3) Beaverbrook!!!
4) Dali
5) docent's choice
6) GAGETOWN! (round 1)
7) small little road - pretty little road
8) toll
9) UNB
10) A table full of Rugby guys
11) laundry
12) Seriously - how could I have known the road was ABOVE us!
13) Irving
14) GREY'S season finale
15) super super cute houses on super super confusing streets

Day 4
1) UNB Museum
2) Loyalist Day
"I don't understand, why is everyone in costume?"
"I wanted to see the permanant wave machine!"
"I think it's cubism"
3) Rain
4a) Full below ground parking (morning)
4b) Closed (?!) below ground parking (night)
5) Farmer's market
6) Beauty and the Beast (or something like that) with disapointingly poor food.
7) CABERET!! seriously, who knew?
"here's a free shot with your cover"

Okay - that's all for now. More to follow.