Lots of exciting things have been happening lately. I turned a year older (though I’m not really a fan of birthdays) and in the same month my brother and his wife had their first baby, so now I’m an auntie as well! My boyfriend and I have also managed to get out of the city on a couple of weekends recently with some new friends, so it’s been lovely to do some cute autumn things while the weather still permits.
I don’t really like making a fuss of birthdays, so this year my bf and I had dinner at Fring’s, which is supposed to be part-owned by baby angel Drake. He must have been held up with something really important because he wasn’t there to wish me a happy birthday, but I’ve still got my fingers crossed that we’ll be friends soon.
Rather than worry about surprises, we decided my present would be for us to go to Montreal at the start of November (this coming weekend) because there’s a Leonard Cohen tribute happening and I’m going to cry my little heart out. If you’ve from or have ever been to Montreal and have any hot tips I’d love to hear them!
We also saw Logic at the end of September, I’m pretty indifferent to his older stuff but his latest album, Everybody is really, really good. Aside from speaking out about mental illness and anxiety disorders, something not often discussed in the macho world of hip-hop, he also talks about his experiences growing up bi-racial, which is really powerful and moving to hear. There are also a few skits on the album featuring Neil deGrasse Tyson, so it’s basically got everything! Although there weren’t many gigs in October, we’ve got a lot to look forward to in November, particularly the Leonard Cohen tribute.
My birthday weekend happened to also be Thanksgiving long weekend, and on the Sunday we hung out with some people we met randomly a few months ago but hadn’t spoken to since.
They’re a couple and the guy is Australian and the girl is Canadian and they live about an hour east of Toronto. So we caught the train out to see them and they picked us up and we drove to The Big Apple and a few wineries in the Prince Edward County.
I didn’t realise there was some sort of global big fruit syndicate because I thought it was a just an Aussie thing, but they had pictures of the Big Banana and the Big Pineapple, etc. on the wall!
I don’t drink so wineries don’t really do it for me, but the sun came out in the afternoon and we sat in Muskoka chairs (which are super comfortable + super Canadian) and soaked it up before heading to another winery for wood-fired pizza.
After that we stopped by a cute little ice cream place in Coburg and walked along the shore of Lake Ontario before driving back to the train station with the sun setting. It was really nice to hang out with new friends and do something out of the city that you can’t really do without a car, so that day was definitely a highlight for me.
We also bought a pumpkin pie at the Big Apple, which is the one Thanksgiving thing we did since we don’t celebrate it in Australia. I’m also obsessed with pumpkin pie and will take any opportunity I can to eat it.
Later in the month we hung out with them again and drove to Hamilton to go for a hike around Tews Falls and Dundas Peak. I say “hike” but really there were a few steep inclines and the rest was mostly just walking, but it was really lovely to see the trees changing colours, and it was probably the last weekend we’ll get with nice weather for like the next 6 months.
This weekend we went to a Halloween party dressed as Daredevil & Jessica Jones (us) because I'm all about those lazy costumes that I can do using clothes I already own. We also had a friend visiting from Australia (though she's originally from Japan) and on Sunday we had brunch with the friends she introduced us to and went for a walk around High Park - I just wish I'd brought my camera!
I recently switched from Evernote to One Note for keeping blog post drafts and ideas and I can’t even explain how much better it is. I was using the free version of Evernote but I always found it laborious and frustrating to use. They try to push a lot of extra features that I don’t need, and I hated the formatting within your notes because it’s just all over the place. I’ve only been using the web-based version so far, but One Note is like a really clean, streamlined version of Evernote that lets me do exactly what I want without anything extra getting in my way. I’m so happy I made the move because it’s made everything feel so much less cluttered and easier to keep track of.
Movies & TV
Trainspotting has been one of my favourite movies since I first watched it in high school, in fact, I would’ve easily seen it more than 10 times. I’m also a big fan of the author of the book and have read most of his work. I read sequel to Trainspotting, called Porno, about 10 years ago so I was a little fuzzy on the storyline, but my impression was that the movie had literally nothing to do with the book. In saying that, I still wasn’t disappointed and actually think the movie was done really well, despite the fact that they basically created a new story. I loved all the little nods they included to the original Trainspotting, and Irvine Welsh making a cameo was a nice surprise. Because I feel so familiar with the characters through the movie and books, I didn’t consider how heavy the movie would actually be, though it should have been pretty obvious because I know what it’s about. In saying that, I thought it fit in really well in the world Irvine Welsh has created and I already feel like I want to watch it again.
I also watched Imperium because it has Daniel Radcliffe in it, and I have to say he was very convincing and made me forget that he’s Harry Potter, which would be a difficult thing for him to do. I’d say it’s largely due the fact that his character is such a huge departure from HP that it’s hard to even think about it while watching the movie. He plays an undercover FBI agent acting as a white supremacist, so honestly it was really difficult to watch at times and made me feel pretty sick because white supremacists are fucking monsters, but if you can deal with the subject matter it’s worth watching. I wasn’t sure if I actually thought he was a good actor or if I just loved Harry Potter, but I was pretty impressed by him after watching this.
And of course, most excitingly of all is the new season of Stranger Things! We finished it in two days and I think it was just as good as the first season and that it picks up from a really natural place. I wasn’t sure if it would feel like it had just been tacked on the end of S1 without really making sense, but I think it worked so well and it’s 100% worth watching. Honestly if you’re not already excited about Stranger Things you’re missing out!
And finally, I just want to say a big thanks to everyone who left such great comments on my previous post about Slow Blogging. I feel like the dominant narrative is so much more focused on growth and “success” and there is very little space given to the idea that some people just blog for their own enjoyment. Tenneil actually just posted her own thoughts on the topic and hers is well worth a read as well and I agree with everything she’s said. Because blogging is based in the online world, unless you have irl blogging friends then there’s very little opportunity to talk about this side of things. Our conversations really helped me sort out and articulate my feelings when it comes to blogging and were hugely important in me reaching the (much better, happier) place I’m in now. I think it’s really important to bring these conversations into blogging because not everyone has the opportunity to talk about it, and it seems like from the feedback I got on that post that a lot of you agree.