Monday, August 31, 2015

caught me thinking

hello, step into my office.

i feel so lucky that i get to spend my time here, usually in my pajamas or without pants altogether, choosing my own hours, drinking all the coffee i want, typing away on fun stuff as a job. (of course, my parents are concerned that i'm not leaving my apartment enough, but that's not totally fair -- i do get out to the gym and to run errands pretty much daily. though getting out of the house might decrease if i finally end up getting that cat i've been wanting for years...)

and just to prove that i'm legit:

my mother is forever so proud of her little girl's alma mater that i actually bought her a u of t hoodie for her birthday next week. she's always loved that place more than i did, anyway.

now that august is wrapping up, i can unequivocally say that it's been a great summer over here. i've done lots of solid work, i've gotten to see a lot of the city and a lot of my friends, i've read plenty of books, i've stayed healthy and put in many hours at the gym, and everything has been going swimmingly. i've even almost beaten neko atsume. almost! so close!

sean and i also took a perfect-weather day last week to go to the canadian national exhibition, my annual little cheesy toronto tradition (we're going back on thursday evening to 1) catch a free tokyo police club concert and 2) experience the cne at night).

then it was out for a walk along the harbourfront before finishing the day with beers and radler sangria at amsterdam brew house's waterfront patio:

great summer for sure, but man oh man am i ready for fall. if you know me at all - even if you only know me through reading this blog - you'll know that for one, i'm not a huge fan of summer (it's too hot and i hate the heat), and for two, i am a huge fan of autumn. these days, it's almost become a trendy meme for girls to go nuts over fall with its colours and layered clothing and pumpkin spice lattes, but fuck all y'all, i was here first. i was born a fall baby and it's been my favourite time of year long before it was the official season of hipsters.

anyway, i always get nostalgic ~feelings~ around early september, because they remind me of big life changes. i first moved to toronto on august 31st, 2002, and so september constantly makes me think of how out-of-my-mind excited i was to finally be living in toronto on my own. (not to mention every september after that signalled that i was one year closer to graduating, and getting out into the wide world as an adult.) i try to take the time every year to go for some wanderings around the university of toronto campus, if only so i can recall the delight and anticipation and see it on the faces of the newest crop of teenage frosh.

when you're a student at u of t, you have to pick a "college" to belong to (i know, it's confusing). this was mine, university college (i know, even more confusing).

and then the leaves start to change colour, and there's a nice chill in the air, and you get to pull out the tall boots and jackets and socks, and i turn into the stereotypical tumblr female. whatever, fall's just the best.

speaking of change: hurr cut time.

from this... this:

it's always hard and weird for me to adjust to a drastic haircut; i usually need about a week or two to sort out how i want to style it, and just how much maintenance it's going to require. this time around, my gut tells me it's about an inch shorter than i would have liked, but it all evens out because i want to make this haircut last a while and it's going to look absolutely perfect by the time i go home for thanksgiving in october. so although i'll need to really work to make it look good for the next few weeks (if i don't style it correctly, i end up looking like i have a soccer-mom bowl cut bob), it'll pay off once the fall rolls around.

plus at least it's not as bad as my shortest-ever haircut, which i had done in vancouver back in 2007 when i didn't have a regular hairdresser (and the salon i had no idea what i actually wanted):


and lastly for this blog post full of scattered thoughts and updates, my mom and stepdad moved out of the family home last friday, and onwards to the new home on the island. while i envy them a little bit right now - big life changes, when they're positive, are really fun and exciting - i don't envy the task of having to unpack everything, nor do i envy me when i go visit for the first time in october. i've already been warned repeatedly that for one, the wifi is super slow so internet is at a minimum, and for two, in order to get to downtown kingston i'll have to get a ride from someone (it only used to be a 45-minute walk before). so i'm not super stoked on this, but my mother is convinced i'll fall in love with the place. we'll see.

but first: september, and productivity, and shopping trips, and friend hangs, and a wwe house show, and meeting my boyfriend's family for the first time (they live overseas), and possible day trips to the u.s., and more. good times, they are ahead.

[ music | moonlight bride, "lemonade" ]