The Sunday Salon: And so this is … spring?

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?

10 thoughts on “The Sunday Salon: And so this is … spring?”

  1. 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!

  2. 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 🙂

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