Sunday, May 31, 2009

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Honey bees. 
I have a new love for bees, thanks to this book. But I'm also worried about bees...

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So many lovelinesses today... a steady stream of them in fact. But to pick one: walking. And the way walking can make the city seem smaller. 

From Coxwell & Gerrard:
through East China town:
One of these wonderful globe-y guys! Today I will plant my succulents garden...
Found tea set, so pretty! My day was already going pretty well at this point... it was like icing on a rainbow-bit cupcake:

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Friday: night walks in the rain. It is nice to walk around in the rain when it doesn't matter that you are getting wet, and when you aren't worried about spending the whole day with wet socks.


Thursday, May 28, 2009

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Rediscovering the joys of earplugs (while the neighbours rip out their hardwood floor).

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Dressing up and putting on the Big Schmooze. Lots of roast beef, York swag, and chats about golf, not to mention enthusiastic handshakes and pearls of wisdom for me. Basically I feel special.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

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When the p-man imitates Roxy's little cat voice.

Monday, May 25, 2009

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Sometimes it is fun to challenge yourself about how much stuff you can reasonably carry on the subway or on a bike. I guess this would not be lovely if it didn't work out well, but in both of todays cases (ikea, the chopper) it did.

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Wow, 150. 
150 is a good number (sesquicentennial!!!) for Sunday's loveliness, which was an easy choice provided by the Neeve family dinner. This is one of my favorite new-ish traditions. Oh how nice to have friends who make meat helmet burgers and spring-themed cupcakes and are willing to talk about all kinds of things. &hearts &hearts &hearts

Saturday, May 23, 2009

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Day of RAYS! Neighborhood-wide yard sale!!! We paid $0.25 for one of the best cookies of our lives, and $0.20 for this bunch of catnip (the buttercup was added by Patrick, after determining that yes, I like butter):

And checking out this Roncey coffee shop with the "best cookies in toronto," though we enjoyed a lemon poppy seed loaf (how could anything compete with roadside cookies sold by ten year olds). Here is some goodness from the bathroom (check the ghostly shadow of my arm! YES!!!)
Also, these wonderful common things:
and this fucking thing basically made my day, sorry it'll have to make yours sideways:

And checking out bizarre Group of Seven religious murals in St. Anne's church just two minutes from our place...  (J.E.H. Macdonald, Varley and Carmichael).

Too bad we already maxed out on cookies and treats, otherwise I probably would have put up with a few minutes of proselytizing in the "tea room" for "freshly baked goods". This is not your standard Doors Open Toronto venue. 

Friday, May 22, 2009

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Today's loveliness was the amusement of pulling out an old purse that I haven't used in a while, and browsing through the weird purse detritus there. For your consideration:
In case you can't quite make it out, there is a playbill from a weird play I went to in December '07, and a ticket stub from the time I went to the ballet with the Tang. Also, a blank cue card (in case I need to write something down), transfers (these things seem to know how to reproduce themselves), band-aids, some dodgy kleenex (from my pre-hanky days) and of course, the ubiquitous hair pins (I have a system, really!).

Now if you are really looking to waste a few hours, check out the 'what's in your bag?' Flickr pool. Why is this so amusing? I'm not sure, but it is.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

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Working from home just got awesomer: 
Working from garden.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

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Oh Honest Ed's... 
Equal parts delight, confusion, and horror.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

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New-shoes-days are usually good days, but also usually bad days. On balance though, good. 

Monday, May 18, 2009

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This is a silent film that I made about walking with the bundle-or. The best thing about walking around with a bundle-or is that you can pick up almost anything you like. Today we found a "Chicago is ♥ for Lovers" mug. 

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Sunday: looking over P's photos from a blustery but perfect trip to the zoo, I think the winner for my favorite animal (if you can call it that) is easily the jellyfish:
Hairy, ghostly and graceful, deserving of careful study.  And perhaps most importantly, lacking that heartbreaking quality of the zoo-dwelling animals That Are More Like Us. 
That said, rule of cuteness #7 was in full effect....

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Saturday:  FUTURE FRUIT!!!!

Friday, May 15, 2009

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It seems like all the posts these day are about food and flowers, and well, this one will be no different. I haven't made a whole lot of bread, but how satisfying! Pita doesn't have to be gross, just so you know. 
Sorry for the crap flash food photo...
Also, the lilacs! I want to stealth out in the darkness with my secateurs and bring home armloads of these wonderful smells. 

Thursday, May 14, 2009

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First of all, the deliciousness of leftover Alison brownies, which are coma-inducing in the best possible way. But also the open drooly cat-mouth anticipation of Roxy waiting for ice cream and brownie bowls. 

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

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Hmm... maybe I should forget about Penrose tilings and abandon myself to a Kagome lattice obsession instead. Look at these things! 
These from "Optimal and manufacturable two-dimensional, Kagome-like cellular solids" by S. Hyun and S. Torquato  

Monday, May 11, 2009

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One of my most favoritest memories of Germany is Kaffee und Kuchen. Cake in the afternoon, what a wonderful habit! And a particularly nice idea on a Monday afternoon. Ja, gerne!

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Sunday afternoon bakies:
Bird's nest cookies in honour of all the bird-mums making their nests. 

Saturday, May 9, 2009

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Raindrops and petals...

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The pussy willow is sprouting! 

Friday, May 8, 2009

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Thursday: cookies for lunch. 
Actually, free cookies for lunch.  
mm hmm

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

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OK, this is going to seem really obvious, but laughing is lovely. And in particular I really like people who have distinctive and weird laughs. Or people who have two (or more) different types of laughter. Or better yet, people who can make you laugh just by laughing (which reminds me of Graham). Mmmm that's nice.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

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And: little bear's crazy antics and shopping sprees! How does he do it? 
And: surprise friends for dinner, Pingles' delicious ratatouille serves four. 

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Monday: Watching a (successful) PhD defense. Can't wait to get there... hope I do as good a job. 

Sunday, May 3, 2009

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Mmm.... salty chocolate. Lindt's new Fleur de Sel is pretty tasty. Also tasty is the IDEA of winning "Lindt chocolate for a year".  Seriously, I suggest you enter

Saturday, May 2, 2009

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Waterloo Campus animals type II: Goslings! Yellow fluff-balls! (google-image searching "gosling" is disappointing, I warn you... but "goslings" will yeild a tour of cute)
(picture care of the cackle hatchery, and these not of the Canada variety)

Also: surprise gifts from near-strangers, chance encounters at the dumpling place and two talks down, one to go. 

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Waterloo Campus animals type I: bunnies (nibbling)

Friday, May 1, 2009

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Thursday: surprises are lovely!