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The First of June

It is June already! Yes, I’m serious. I guess when the most exciting thing you’ve done over the past 5 months is plant some vegetables, the days seem to blend together.

It’s an awful day, weather wise. The rain won’t quit, and a reunion I was looking forward to had to be cancelled. You can’t illegally drink whiskey in parks during a monsoon, I suppose [I kid. You totally can.].

That punctuation looks extremely wrong to me, but apparently it’s right!

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You know it’s raining hard when you can actually see it on a crappy iPhone photo.

If you live anywhere near Toronto, you’ll have heard about the flooding at Union station. Apparently it was some sort of sewer water mixture, so eewwwww.

Lovingly created and shared by a “Branden Z” on Facebook.

This should make getting to my first day in training tomorrow super fun! Oh well, I guess if the shuttle busses act in typical TTC fashion (almost nonexistent), then I can always power-walk from Bloor to Union. That sounds fun. Around a 25-30 minute walk when I’ve had my coffee, probably.

The great thing about June 1, though?

Realizing that there are only three months standing between me and my new university. Sure, that’s still three months of putting up with the longest commute of my life five days a week. That’s still three months of sunburn and packing lunches. But it’s a hell of a lot better than the 8 months I was looking at when I got accepted back in January.

I’ve even got somewhat of an “office” all set up in the guest bedroom, complete with an old oak dining table I’m using as a desk. It’s 10x sturdier than any crap you’ll buy at Staples, I’ll tell you that.

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Complete with my trusty Canada Post bank where I can hoard my 2012 pennies.

So now I won’t fall asleep doing assignments because I’m lying in my bed. Yeah, first year wasn’t something I’m proud of.

I hope you all enjoyed your June 1! If you’re in Toronto, I hope you managed to avoid the crazy flood and awful shuttle busses, although that might be easier said than done.

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Sowing Some Seeds

See what I did there? Alliterations are fun.
I finally know how to pronounce “sow,” months after mumbling my way through it at work. Embarrassing.

Anyway, I’ve decided to go the old-fashioned route and start my vegetable plants from seed this year. Why? Because there’s no better way to one-up someone than boasting that the salad they’re enjoying is made from vegetables you lovingly grew from seed. I’m kidding, I don’t care where you get your vegetables. It’s actually really fun (if you’re a shut-in like me) to watch plants grow from tiny little millimetre-wide specks. I also keep killing basil, and at $4 a pop for a full-grown plant it’s rather pricey to replace. This year I bought the seeds, but next year I’ll even one-up myself and use the ones from the vegetables I grow. Better Homes and Gardens ain’t got nothing on me.

This is the spread for the year, although I’m still on the hunt for some good eggplant seeds, and we’ll need to add a small cantaloupe plant. The Zellers down the street is closing and had a huge sale, so I picked up what I could.

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Okay, this is bad. I kind of got lazy and just threw a bunch of basil and parsley seeds into a big, plastic pot with regular potting soil I reused. To my surprise, this happened. The little guys in the background are parsley, which makes me super happy since apparently they’re a bitch to get to germinate.

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I bought some proper peat pots for the other seeds, and these cucumbers are growing like mad.

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Are you familiar with the invase Chinese Lanterns?  They have cool little paper-y orange seed pods. My mom actually swiped a few (that had fallen off the plant!) from a garden on the way to work, and now we have this: (I promise they will stay in a much bigger container outside! No invading!)

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I think we’re going to need to install bigger windowsills, it’s getting pretty ridiculous in here.