Scattering Thoughts

Urban Landscape

  • Winter is beginning to get to me, meaning I’m getting SAD.
  • And since Troy keeps bugging me to post about it, I added a photolog to my portfolio site last week and I’ve been posting to it daily since. Leave a comment if you see something you like!
  • Troy and I have been watching some episodes from the Amazing Race Asia (downloaded off the Intarweb). As much as I want to cheer for the Indonesian team, I just can’t because they complain too much.
  • I’ve been listening to some soundtracks today. “Little Miss Sunshine” and “The Last Kiss” have great soundtracks, even if the latter sucked ass as a movie. “Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man” soundtracks, however, are pretty sucky.
  • Speaking of movies, we saw Pan’s Labyrinth last weekend. It was a great movie but it was also quite graphic. Many times during the movie I just had to close my eyes so I didn’t have to see the scenes of violence.
  • I’ve got a wide angle lens for my dSLR camera now! And a working Canon SLR camera that comes with it but we’d probably never use! We could’ve just bought the lens without the camera but it would’ve cost us more. That’s the wonder of eBay.
  • Light Leaks Magazine Issue 5 has my photo in it and it’s now available for purchase! Troy bought me a year subscription to the magazine today, which is awesome.
  • Last weekend I made a shocking discovery: I have a small head! No wonder adult-sized hats are always too big for me yet children’s hats fit perfectly. And all these years I’ve been wasting the power of the small brain inside my small head on remembering useless pieces of information that only come in handy in games of Trivial Pursuit.
  • I feel like moving the furniture in the living room around to make it feel less claustrophobic, except there is no way I can do it. This is already the optimum layout. There’s no room for improvements, unless we threw out some pieces of furniture, which would be great, but I can’t see it happening either.
  • I didn’t realise how much higher the prices at Zehrs were compared to Sobeys until yesterday (Zehrs and Sobeys are Canadian grocery store chains).
  • I felt like going out for a walk with my camera just then, but not anymore.
  • I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up.

The Toronto Turkey Treat

Blue Window

I really don’t understand Flickr sometimes. The picture above I almost didn’t upload because I thought it was kind of boring but it ended up being the most popular shot of the batch. Pictures that I really, really like, on the other hand, never got much loving from the Flickr community. Go figure.

So, the weekend. Um, what did we do? It feels like a long time ago. I’m going to have to scrape up my memory first. Mind you, I have a really crappy short-term memory. So crappy that sometimes I go to the kitchen to pick up something and when I’m in the kitchen, which is only like three footsteps away, I’ve already forgotten what I’m supposed to pick up.

Okay. The weekend. Weekend starts Friday night, right? Well, we got tonnes of snow on Friday so we didn’t really do much Friday night. We did make it to a thrift store and then to a nearby game store (J&J Cards and Collectibles on Weber Street, if you live in Waterloo, is the best place to buy board games — lowest price ever!) to buy Blokus Duo before getting ourselves some ice cream. Yes, we actually had ice cream after a heavy snowfall. Who said you’re not supposed to have ice cream when the temperature is below freezing? And we got the ice cream from McDonald’s no less. So bad. Spent the rest of the night playing Blokus Duo. Well, at least until Troy got tired of winning and decided to play a video game instead.

Saturday, after winning a camera and a lens on eBay, Troy and I and our friend Joe headed out to Toronto for a turkey dinner at SMooSH and Loba‘s. I thought I liked big cities but now I realised that I don’t really. At least I can’t say that I’m a big fan of Toronto. First of all, the highway signings in Toronto are not very visitor-friendly. If you’re not a Toronto resident, you’re just bound to miss your exits. In addition, some intersections have no street signs and sometimes you just have no idea where the hell you are. Troy always gets pissed while driving in and around Toronto and I don’t blame him, though his pissiness (is that a word?) always rubs off on me and that’s not very cool. But the drive to Toronto this time was totally worth it. The food, especially the turkey, was so good. Like, very, very good. And the hosts and the other guests were entertaining. We even got to bring home some turkey leftover, so it’s turkey fried rice for me for lunch and deep-fried turkey soup with vermicelli for us for supper today. Yum!

The drive back to Waterloo was a lot less eventful, though at some point the highway got kind of foggy and I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me because all the lights looked like vertical lines. Had to ask the guys if they were seeing the same just to make sure. Wish I had taken a picture of it. Once we got to Waterloo, the three of us played a game of Settlers of Catan and Troy wasn’t too happy about the fact that my trading with Joe led to Joe’s winning. What can I say. I was tired and sleepy and I just wanted to go to bed.

I was tired and sleepy all through Sunday. I think both of us were. But we still made it to a couple of thrift stores, a discount book store, and a Vietnamese restaurant in Cambridge. Troy picked up a Sega Master System from one of the thrift stores. It’s pretty ugly compared to, say, a Nintendo Wii. We went to a Walmart and a Toys R Us in Kitchener yesterday to see if they had any Wii left, but alas, no such luck. Someday we will be lucky enough to get one. Someday.

By the way, Troy has a question about gas stations in the States. Would any American readers be kind enough to enlighten him? Troy went to Michigan last Thursday. I was hoping he’d be able to pick up some Polaroid 600 film from a Ritz Camera store because it cost around $10 less than it was here in Canada but the Ritz Camera he went to had no Polaroid 600 film at all. Boo! I was a sad llama, but not for very long.

International Shooting All The Time Day Contest

If you have nothing better to do this Sunday, you might want to consider participating in the International Shooting All The Time Day Contest. All you have to do is take a picture every 5 minutes for 15 hours and then send 5 of the best pictures you shot that day to the event organiser for a chance to win a Pentax digital SLR with two lenses and a 4GB memory card. The winner will be drawn out of the hat so there’s no need to worry about the quality of your photos.

The Long Overdue Update

Winterish

Troy kept bugging me to update so here’s an update. Hrm. Where to start? Oh look, there’s actually some snow on the ground! We walked to the dollar store down the road after supper and it was quite pleasant. It wasn’t super cold even though it was already dark but it wasn’t warm enough for the snow to melt. It was what I’d call the perfect winter temperature. Though I wouldn’t mind a -30°C temperature since it would be cold enough to freeze the lakes and that would make for some interesting photo ops. Heh.

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