The Sunday Salon: And so this is … spring?

April 17, 2011

I’m going to start this out with a picture of the weirdest streetcar shelter advertisement I’ve seen in quite a while:

I nearly stopped in my tracks on my way to work earlier this week, when I saw this for the first time.

Today, it was cold and bleak and gross. That’s why I’m not writing this post until now – I was trying to think of something fun and happy to say, but I just couldn’t do that when it was raining and sleeting outside. It’s supposed to be spring here, dammit! Over the last few weeks, we’ve had a bunch of days where it was in the high teens (remember, we use degrees Celsius here) and even into the low twenties. And then suddenly this week it’s been super cold again, and today there was snow. Even my cats were upset!

This is how Skittles responded to the weather earlier today.

I skipped my run yesterday because I just couldn’t make myself go out in the rain (it was pouring yesterday, but I’ll get to that in a minute), so I forced myself out of the house and to the gym today to run on the treadmill. If it hadn’t been for that, though, I probably would’ve just stayed at home, in my pyjamas, reading on the futon and cuddling Mona and Skittles. It was just miserable.

At least when I went out, though, it wasn’t quite as bad as yesterday. Because yesterday, it was pouring rain like you wouldn’t believe, and I went out in it! I met up with Amy (finally! she’s only lived in the city for a month…) to go to a book launch at the Toronto Women’s Bookstore. Normally, I would just walk there, but it was so gross that I decided to take the streetcar. Even then, I stood outside for about twenty minutes before the first streetcar arrived at the corner of my street, by which point I was soaking wet, and then thankfully caught my connection right away. I was lucky that I was getting off there, though, because the streetcar I was on stopped there and short-turned, leaving the people on it to go back out into the rain and try to catch a shuttle bus – which drove off before anybody from the streetcar could reach it. Poor buggers.

Julie Booker reading from her book “Up, Up, Up”.

Anyways. The book launch! The book that was being launched – that sounds so weird – was Up Up Up by Julie Booker. When we got to the bookstore, it was fairly empty, but there were a bunch of chairs set up, and some people with video cameras. We hadn’t realized that the launch/reading was being streamed online! At that point, Amy and I were pretty happy that we had chosen a seat behind the person who was taping the reading.

To be honest, I wasn’t all that impressed with the book from the short sections that the author read. The first reading that she did was from a section about a “saving” in a Christian church-setting of some kind, and it just felt … weird. And the second reading that she did, didn’t really make any sense: it wasn’t clear when the speaker changed in the story, and it seemed like there was a lot of plot missing that we needed to have in order to understand. (As it turns out, the section that she read was the third part of a series of stories, so we really didn’t know the backstory.) But other than that, it seemed fine. Sadly, though, the bookstore was super crowded, so we didn’t stay very long once the reading was over.

No! It’s my book and you can’t have it!

Other than that, my week has been pretty laid back. It’s been full of lots of reading (and listening to) books. I’ve gotten a bunch of books in the mail recently – some review books, some that I ordered online – and some of them are kind of scattered on the futon in the living room. It seems that Skittles was a bit jealous of my new acquisitions … look at how possessive she is of this book!

As for plans for this week coming up?

Not too much, though I might decide to go to a Toronto to Japan benefit event on Thursday. Aside from a couple minor things (a blood donation, for example), my week pretty much consists of work, working out, more reading, and getting as much sleep as humanly possible. Starting next weekend, I’ve got a festival pass for HotDocs, and I’m expecting to be very shortchanged on sleep for about a week and a half, so I’m going to stock up now! Or at least, that’s my hope. We’ll see how it works in reality.

How about all of you? Did you get snow today? Or is it nice and warm where you are?


  • debnance at readerbuzz April 17, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    Now is the time to live along the Gulf Coast of Texas. Highs in the 70’s. Lows in the 60’s at night. Blue sky. Sunshine.

    Check back with me in three months when I am scorching and you are basking in the beauty of a Canadian summer!

    Here’s my Sunday Salon:

    I hope you will stop by!

    • Carina May 24, 2011 at 10:45 am

      Nah … in a few months, I’ll be moving to Abu Dhabi, where the summer temperatures hit around 50 Celsius. *bug-eyed*

  • softdrink April 17, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    I’m afraid it’s warm here…so warm I got a sunburn. I need some snow to cool down my arms!

    HotDocs looks pretty cool…I hope you get to see some good shows!

    • Carina May 24, 2011 at 10:44 am

      So jealous! You got a sunburn already?!

  • Helen Murdoch April 17, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    I feel bad that you had such cruddy weather while we had wonderful shining sun! We celebrated Earth Day and it was great to have a hot day!

  • Dawn - She Is Too Fond of Books April 17, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    Too bad the author event wasn’t the best fit for you (but great for the bookstore and the author that it was so well attended!).

    I’m with Skittles, stay in and curl up (with a book!) when it’s cold and raw.

    Hope your week is great!

  • Laurel-Rain Snow April 17, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    Here it was low 80s today, but I still stayed inside and read. Yesterday I went to the mall.

    As much as I love spring, I have to watch out for the pollen!

    Skittles is adorable!


  • Helen Smith April 18, 2011 at 5:26 am

    Great photos. The HotDocs festival looks interesting – hope you enjoy it.

  • Amy April 18, 2011 at 8:31 am

    It was great to see you and get out to something in the city, even if it wasn’t so awesome. I agree with you on the book, but ah well. Love the store! 🙂 Hopefully see you again – in better weather!!! – soon 🙂

  • Meg @ A Bookish Affair April 19, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    Ooo, I love that streetcar ad. If nothing more, maybe it made you feel warm looking at it? (haha)

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