I was in England for about a week. I bet you, oh faithful reader, noticed because of the disruption in my otherwise regular update schedule. And then I didn’t post for about an age of Middle Earth, 3rd age reppin… Anyways.
I don’t really know what to write, to be honest (see figure 2 above). Elias reminded me that I was going to start a Toronto pastry/croissant related blog series, so I have that going for me. It’s going to be called the TORONTO PASTRY TRAIL, or PASTRY TRAIL for short. There are some photos I took earlier this year that I wanted to show off but forgot to post. So without further ado:
Squirrel in the garden
One of a pair of twin cats who visits us
So England. We went to visit my Nan since she moved into a home.
We also took a load of silly photos
We stayed with our cousins, Julie and Steve, who are wonderful and hospitable and and and. I like staying with them because I help Steve walk their dogs, Monty and Cooper. I’d have loads of photos of them, except that I forgot my phone on my bed before we left, so I took most of the pictures with my DSLR.
And also some pics with my mum’s phone. This is me looking impatient at the airport
Using the weird portable toothbrush thing at the airport
Mum and I spent a lot of time clearing out Nan’s flat, and driving back and forth to the home in Oundle. The road is quite pretty.
I can’t remember the name of the village because I suck
A manor house! Mum wanted this shot
A cat on a wall, since cat pics are my life
Sheep, my minor obsession. We just don’t have that many sheep lurking around in Canada.. at least around where I live. Also the lamb looks kinda chubby.
The road at night. Often it felt like the roads were speeding by quickly, since they’re not lit outside of towns.
Kettering cemetery. I like this shot even though the foreground is a bit blurry.
After about a week, I flew back home and realised I forgot my keys in England, a nice bookend cementing my forgetfulness and my frazzled state of mind. Luckily, I managed to get inside eventually. While mum and dad were still away I helped Kate move some stuff in Toronto, a service for which she paid me back in potato pancakes (with sweet potato!) which are delicious and amazing and time consuming to make. I am also really impatient. I thought they were done and they were not. AT ALL. They were so good though.
Peaches and Aggie were also there (obligatory cat pic #340)
Kate also introduced me (a while ago) to the show Bravest Warriors, which you can watch on Youtube, and the new episodes come out on my 3DS too, which is pretty cool.
I also bought the iOS game called “Fly Catbug Fly.” I still have quite a bit left from the iTunes giftcard my mum gave me for Christmas. Fly Catbug Fly is pretty much based on that old helicopter flash game, but with collectables and an adorable cat. It’s actually kind of addictive, but it doesn’t really have a whole lot of depth. Considering that, it is a good phone game. It’s also very cute.
I went to Miranda’s birthday in Mississauga, which she held at Jack Astor’s. I’m not a huge fan of it, to be honest. Chain restaurants aren’t really my thing. I ended up getting a ‘cobb’ salad with chicken ($15!!!), which I didn’t know would be fried and breaded and saucy but that’s fine. Also it was those three pieces of chicken plus a downright shamefully small amount of the other ingredients (cucumber, avocado, egg, cheese) compared with the vast tracts of plain lettuce that dominated the plate. Yes, I admit, I didn’t get the dressing, which could have rectified the situation, but to my knowledge at the time, a Cobb salad is mostly not lettuce. I don’t like dressing on avocado or egg or cheese. Also everyone else at the table was fairly demanding in their modifications so I felt a bit guilty asking for no tomatoes, since I hate raw tomatoes for an irrational and not taste related reason that I can’t really decide upon. I think I almost had an aneurysm asking the waitress to have lime instead of lemon with my cola (I can’t drink at all with my driver’s license at the G2 level, even if I waited 7-8 hours). She forgot the limes, but remembered as soon as she saw my stupid lime-loving face, and went back for them. And she brought me this:
I wasn’t sure what to think about this. Was she so annoyed that she speared the lime slices, or is just how they bring lime?
I ended up driving back pretty late, and I dropped someone off in another part of Mississauga. By this point, it had begun to rain quite hard. Driving on the highway at night when it’s storming is difficult – the lights reflect everywhere and it’s hard to tell if there is indeed someone in your blind spot. People go really fast, too, despite the conditions.
Though to be honest this is how I react to a lot of things
On this past weekend, I attended the Island Sprint race, on the Toronto Islands (NO WAY). I was given the impression that it was an amateur affair, and that me and my city bike with its adorable basket would be welcome. Unfortunately, I was met with a sea of dudes in cycling gear with carbon fibre track bikes. Oops. I had fun, but I wouldn’t do it again. Some guys who were marshalling decided that even though I was almost at the finish line, passing me at high speed and hollering would be the best course of action. Thanks for making me feel bad, dudes. The barbecue after was really good though. I love corn on the cob! It got a bit too cold, though. The wind was biting.
Start of the second men’s heat.
Skyline from the islands
I do really like going to the islands though, and I’m happy to be around this year so I can go and enjoy some lazy summer days there. Picnics! Swimming! Lazing around at the beach! Riding bikes! Watermelon slushies at the cafe at Ward’s!
the best thing ever.
Other than that, I’ve gotten back on track on my thesis and been a bit more productive lately. I haven’t really written lately I guess too because I thought I couldn’t justify spending the time on writing here when I wasn’t writing my thesis, but I guess it’s better to have a balance and do both. More soon, I promise.