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Enough With This Weather!

I’ll remind you once again that I live in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


(25c=77F, for you Americans/pre-metric Canadians.)

This is insane! My birthday falls on Saturday and I vividly remember years spent battling snow storms to get to the bowling alley (it was the cool place to party as a 3rd grader, okay?). I mean, I enjoy this weather. I could just as easily be stuck in my parka cursing at the city’s overuse of boot-ruining salt.

On the other hand, if I’m not outside 24/7 or if I have something to do, I feel like I’m just wasting it. I know it’s going to get cooler before summer, and it might even snow in April. It’s happened before!

It’s the idea of “better soak it all up now before it goes away again!” that makes me uncomfortable. Sometimes I just want to sit inside and write, sometimes I have appointments to go to. For those of you sitting in a lecture right now, wishing you were outside, you know what I mean. You’ll feel guilty for not enjoying the weather, and guilty for skipping class or putting off that essay to go outside.

At least I got one good day in of enjoying the sunshine!

Oscar enjoying the lake down at the Bluffs:


And one exhausted dog in the car on the way home:


There are three little patches of chives that have already come up from last year, too: 20120320-122309.jpg

Not complaining, chives are one of my favourites. If only basil wasn’t an annual…

There’s an interesting and somewhat depressing article in Macleans about how the good ol’ Canadian winter may be coming to an end. As much as I loathe scraping the ice off my car when I’m late for work, snowboarding (my tailbone will never recover), and other various winter-related things, there’s something very sad about the prospect that this winter may become the norm.

I mean, how else are we going to relieve the February blues when there’s no ice to watch people slip on?

Feisty Friday: Song of the Day

Please forgive me for that title.

The Canadian indie folk rock goddess, Feist, has released a new album, Metals. Remember that iPod commercial with the “1, 2, 3, 4” song in the background? The one that you couldn’t get out of your head for weeks, and when you did you’d only be tormented again when the commercial played during Real World?

Yep, that one.

Leslie Feist is also part of the indie supergroup Broken Social Scene. At one point or another, this band has held the talents of both Emily Haines (Metric) and Amy Millan (Stars). Oddly enough, despite being loved by every music publication in the country, I haven’t found a song by them that I can even remember. Oh well, maybe it’s just me. If you have a favourite Broken Social Scene song, please share. Maybe I overlooked a good one.

Metals is a darker album than the previous, The Reminder. Sometimes you need a bouncy, sing-a-long for a road trip with your best friends. Sometimes you need a little bit of this instead.

Feist- The Bad in Each Other

If you liked this, listen to Comfort Me and Graveyard too. You’re welcome.