November 17, 2012

This is Mister, my roommate's dog. He is not my biggest fan but sometimes he is unexpectedly friendly and it basically makes my day. It feels like when the cool kid in high school says hi to you in the hall way, giggle giggle.

I told myself I'd go out tonight but I'm finally in the mood to watch Blue Valentine. I never got around to it because I heard it was devastating but I'm kind of in the mood for it now. How weird is that.

ahhhhh oh my god I am getting shit all done at the library.

(photo from blogTO)

Lately I've been feeling bogged down and glazed over, but this was a ray of sunshine in my day. An independent book store in Toronto has created a book vending machine dubbed the "Biblio-mat" which dispenses "old and unusual" books for only $2. Gachapon for literary types?

This persistent gloomy mood makes me wish I had applied to a Caribbean vet school... All that glorious sun!

October 31, 2012

happy halloween

Happy Halloween :)

Today I learned how to burrito a cat.


October 27, 2012

Alpacas have such great 90's boyband haircuts. This one's a straight-up N'Sync-era Justin Timberlake.

Vet school is incredible, but I feel so burnt out. I love vet school, I love my class, I'm grateful every day for what still feels like a very surreal opportunity. But what I wouldn't give for a week off to recuperate, see my family, and sit around with my cat. Like this:

It's a weird feeling to be so appreciative of what I have but also so eager to get a break from it all.

August 29, 2012

ride on

A few weeks ago, I up and decided I wanted to buy a bike. Here are some reasons why that was an absurd idea:
  • I haven't ridden a bike since I was twelve
  • I was always rubbish at riding bikes
  • I've tried twice in the last year to ride other peoples' bikes and couldn't even get going, just managed to tip over and poke myself in the lady bits

But god knows why, I bought a bike anyways. And like some magical anime girl who wakes up one day to find out she has super moon princess powers, I turned out to be surprisingly adept at two-wheeled locomotion.

Although I dreamt of riding a Pashley Princess in a vintage floral sundress whilst a gentle summer breeze swept my Zooey Deschanel bangs out of my eyes, I'm not a stupid bitch. I know I'm a student who will be parking her bike eight hours at a time in crowded campus bike sheds. Plus, there was that whole, "I may end up being a turd at bike riding" thing. 

In a bit of extraordinary luck, my cycling rebirth coincided with someone posting a new KHS Manhattan Green bike (review here) on Craigslist for nearly half the list price. This bike is exactly what I needed: a step-through frame and upright ride position, three speed internal hub and partial chain guard (keeps it low maintenance), and a fairly anonymous design. It also has some nice extras, like a café lock and a coaster brake (which I loooove). I picked up some other accessories, invested in a good lock and a proper helmet, and I'm all set.

Happy newbie cyclist with groceries in tow :)

August 26, 2012

I made baked donuts last week. They were more like buns than donuts. Probably wouldn't remake them. Recipe here, originally from here. In retrospect, I don't know why I made these. Donuts don't really seem worth making when I live within walking/biking distance from a Tim Hortons where an old fashioned glazed is only 80 cents. Instead, I spent almost two hours on these doughy little turds, even made my own donut cutter. Erm...

Today I was asked to put together an impromptu brunch for my mum's friends, with a dessert if possible (ie not exactly a request). I made my favourite crustless quiche from Disgustingly Good (great whole food recipes with none of the new age-y preaching) and pulled out a recipe I had been thinking of trying, Banana-Caramel Cake with Mascarpone Frosting. It comes from my holy bible, Martha Stewart's Baking Handbook. You can find the recipe on Google Books. Photos later, if I can make them pretty again. Edit: I ate all the pretty ones and the rest got smushed in the fridge. No photos this time.

I started left-aligning my photos. o m g! ~*I'm such a web master.*~  Actually, I would really like to have the full width of my blog for entries (800px photos! Be still, my heart...) and have a little pop-out/hover sidebar. But I have absolutely no idea how to do that, womp womp. Instead, I choose to convince myself that my blog is so hack-looking it's almost endearing, or that it looks like this because "I'm going for the minimalist look".

Cats have so much... personality.

August 24, 2012

la carnita

Dinner at La Carnita last month for my dad's birthday. I liked it so much after going with Kelly that I had to go again, even if it meant going twice in one week. The key lime pie paleta is my spirit animal.

August 22, 2012

fluevog convert

I've never been interested in Fluevogs, probably because I am neither a character from Beetlejuice nor a resident of Halloweentown. Oh how wrong I have been... amid the pyramid heels and carpet print fabrics, there sure are some gems.

For those interested in my cat tote: it is by Japanese brand "AHCAHCUM.muchacha" and was included as a gift with purchase in their spring/summer catalogue. I purchased mine online from Kinokuniya USA, which ships to Canada.

Feeling very overwhelmed lately. Not really dealing with it well, just staying up and listening to Neutral Milk Hotel...

June 21, 2012



Looks like I'll be headed back to Guelph in the fall! I wonder what our class title will be? The current ones are pretty majestic: 2012 Silver Foxes, 2013 Golden Phoenixes, 2014 Emerald Elephants, and 2015 Scarlet Stags. Let's hope I'm not a 2016 Poo-brown Raccoon or something, haha.

(The other two academic programs listed are Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences, which I chose for my undergrad, and Bachelor of Environmental Sciences, which had been my second choice. Can't imagine how different my life would be if I'd accepted that instead!)

EDIT: Time to put my thinking cap on...
CLASS COLOUR AND MASCOT VOTING - will take place Tuesday September 4th, 2012.
On Monday September 3rd (your first day of Orientation), the Orientation Chairs will be accepting ballots until 3:00PM. You can choose to submit a class colour, a class animal or an animal colour combination for consideration. An e-mail will be sent out Monday night to the class with all the suggestions. On Tuesday September 4th, discussion and voting will take place.
EDIT AGAIN I'M REALLY EXCITED OKAY: Reading through this page makes me feel like I just got my letter from Hogwarts, haha. But I guess after all, OVC is my Hogwarts!!

June 18, 2012

something more than this

 This totally unnecessary security guard just looking bored as hell on a random, equally unnecessary piece of fence is oddly hilarious to me. I didn't take many photos of the actual show... people think that I constantly take pictures but in reality I'm pretty picky and impatient. If I don't think I can take an interesting photo, I kind of give up. (My fav part of the first photo is not the band, but all the ziplocs on the mics...) Or, if I'm shooting food and I get hungry, I'll just give up and eat, haha.

Yesterday, I went to Ohbijou's free Luminato show. I sat in my own little island of patchy sod (about two metres away from the lead singer of The Wooden Sky, ooh la la) and just soaked it in.

Lately I've been really in-my-own-head, perfectly satisfied to spend time alone and left to my own devices. Over drinks a few nights ago, I told a close friend that I didn't mind going out and doing things alone, and she gave me this kind of look of horror, haha. But it reminded me of this video, which I'm sure most people have seen, but never resonated as strongly with me as it does now.

After the show, I met up with my dad to check out Kinton Ramen, the new(ish) offshoot of the infamous Guu. One of my friends has been insisting for years that cheese and ramen are some kind of match made in heaven, so when I saw it on the menu I had to give it a chance. I had no idea it would come as a massive mound of shredded swiss though, haha. Overall, cheese ramen was probably a one-shot for me, but definitely going back to Kinton. Pork bellyyyyy uguuu.

Papa Wong and I closed off the night with an outdoor performance by the TSO. They brought in guards from Fort York and had fireworks for the cannon shots in Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture. So glad we went!

My rdio free trial is almost done and I think I'm going to continue with the paid version. Any other rdio users? ADD ME (little-garcon) SO I CAN JUDGE YOU!! ...haha jk ;)