Cuban music group Tiempo Libre
breakfast at The Naam • lunch at Kintaro • the luxury of getting your hair washed and cut • positive feedback on the assignment you bleed over • waking up feeling alive for the first time in weeks • the carrot muffin dropped by friends • impromptu salsa dancers • the convenience of instant oatmeal • the generosity of family friends • an evening of bouncy music • free food
many, many thanks to the friend who hooked my volunteers and me up with free tickets to see Tiempo Libre at the Chan Centre last week!
strangely fascinated by this video for Gotye’s ‘Somebody That I Used to Know’
tortilla chips and salsa • aloe vera juice • Winona Baker’s poetry in Beyond the Lighthouse • watching steam rise from a hot drink • moments of sunshine • the wonderful people I’ve met at Speakeasy over the last four years • finding something in my letterbox • getting diagnosed as not having any lifelong diseases for now, anyway • clean, pretty-smelling bedsheets • the Once Upon a Time TV series • being able to walk
I have to admit, being really sick for a prolonged period of time does deepen my appreciation for everything else I’ve got going for me!
this always makes me laugh
getting The 52nd State of Amnesia in the mail after months of wanting • a whole weekend of being waited upon hand and foot by my awesome friends (thanks, D&D!) • watching BBC productions of classic literature • reading The Hunger Games • 10% coupons off at The Book Depository • sour cream and onion Pringles • convenience foods when you can’t cook regularly • doctors who take time to explain things to you • heartbreaking songs like A Fine Frenzy’s ‘Almost Lover’ • sleep, sleep, sleep
I write these TILT posts to cheer myself up — what are some ways you make yourself smile?
Things I Love Thursday should really be People I Love Thursday this week. I’m still sick as a dog, but am improving enough to want to say a huge thank you to all the people who have and continue to prop me up through this evil bug.
I’ve been given food and medicine deliveries, including homemade, hand-strained chicken broth, cheesecake from Seattle, and chocolate for when I’m better. I’ve had my kitchen and washroom cleaned for me, received birthday balloons — several weeks early, I might add — and had friends pick up my U-Pass and return a library book for me when I just couldn’t move more than ten steps at a time. Best of all is having someone or another checking up on me everyday to see how I’m doing.
If I could go back to the girl I was five years ago (or even three), I’d tell her to stop panicking and promise that life in Canada is going to be just fine. More than that, even.
On another note, being sick does this strange thing to me where all I want to do is speak Chinese. For several days I only wanted to listen to Mandarin radio stations and watch Chinese TV. I rewatched 《老房有喜》which came out in my pre-teens. Oh, badly written TV, how I adore thee.
a poem for transgender youths
the fancy paper shredder in the office! • feeling more comfortable with someone new than you expect • a huge glass of vanilla ice cream with fudge and caramel sauce • when you push yourself out of your comfort zone and rock it • successful baking experiments • the baby who visited our office! • going to bed early • the Wesbrook Mall shuttle bus from Marine Drive to Save On • awesome coworkers • my culinary skills which occasionally surprise me • people who go out of their way to see you smile 🙂
sunshine this morning and dancing tonight — what a perfect combination!