Mini-break: Yummy (and low cal)

I saw this a while back, but felt the need to take a mini-break and watch it again, before diving back into the stuff I’m working on. And since we all know that watching something with friends is all that much more fun than watching it alone, I decided to share it on here. Bonus: it can then comprise a (long overdue) blog update.

Link to YouTube Original: Mad Men / Nature Boy Mashup.

I just wish I could pull of the style. Too much trouble, though. And too uncomfortable–the shoes, the dress, the girdle… Alas. I’ll let others carry that particular banner.

Library at Knox College…

Today I had to run some errands on campus, after which I found myself close to Knox college–so I stopped in to do some work there. After I finished, I was looking about and was struck by the light through these windows and the stark but exquisite outlines of the hibernal branches in silhouette against them.

A zen moment in an otherwise busy day. Less busy would be good, I admit…

Susan

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Traffic Cop… On horse

Snapped this pic just near Spadina this morning, while I was riding the streetcar to school. A member of the Toronto mounted police, administering a ticket to a (presumably) wayward motorist. It was not merely snowy, but also a frigid -20 plus wind chill–still, the horse seemed surprisingly calm and unperturbed. Hope he or she is stabled nearby and on a short shift, in such weather!

Susan

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My Kingdom for a Proofreader…

People who are able to grow land do deserve to be cared for, after all (as opposed to people who grow coffee).

Ah, syntax. Not egregiously bad, perhaps, but seemingly careless nonetheless. I wonder if they noticed the ambiguity after it went out and felt some chagrin or not. I admit, being the picky type that I am, I’d probably feel mortified if I had formulated that and only realized the problem after the fact–or worse, if someone had the pointed it out to me… Embarrassing!

Susan

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An Elizabethan Courtyard

A favourite on-campus spot to hang out and read. This cloister-like passage between one part of Knox College and another is a delicious retreat, particularly now, with the last summer roses growing overblown, the bright red rose hips making an appearence and the vines gloriously blazing, before they subside into their hibernal quietus for the duration. There’s such a wistful, past-its-prime beauty to the gardens here, as the golden days of autumn shorten and the wind begins to grow teeth that lightly nip at any skin left exposed.

Instead of lining interior square of the courtyard, this passage cuts across it, so that there are gardens to either side. Though the vaulted arches are probably a little post-Elizabethan, there’s a Tudor feel to this place. I availed myself of this peaceful retreat a few days ago. It’s such a sanctuary, particularly from the frenetic excitement and anxiety that permeates the atmosphere at the law school, often as not.

Autumn in Toronto

An exquisite autumn day. The air is crisp, the light stupendous. Gold-limned foliage and sparkling water. On days such as these, life by the lake is a true gift, and it feels as though I will never get enough of the sight of sunlight on such blue, blue water.

Susan

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Nuit Blanche

…was as cool as I had expected, transforming the city into an imaginarium filled with fantastical visions. It reminds me of the the title of the posthumous music album of a friend of Tom’s, which was called “sleepless and dreaming”–that was us last night, but, as in that recent Chris Nolan flick, it wasn’t simply our own dreams, but the meeting point between the dream visions of others and our own ability to see them. For me, the night was infused by a sense of wonder, sometimes child-like, sometimes edged with a touch of the sinister.

Susan

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