Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Weaves, Hand Reminders & Trash Pandas

Weekly Update 2017-17: Another confirmation that Weaves is an amazing band, the newest advancements in writing on your hand, and trash panda (a.k.a. raccoon) terrariums.

Music: Weaves
I remember one of the first bands I happened to catch at WayHome's first year was Weaves. They were a party and a half, considering it was something around 3:00PM on the first day of music. There weren't many people watching them at the stage, but the people who were there were really, really into it.

Fast forward to the Toronto Reference Library, Jewel of Bloor as it were, and Weaves was playing a show on the main floor stage in 2016. This band is a wonder. Not only was their Lee's Palace set amazing, but I also got an awesome selfie with lead singer Jasmyn Burke. She's a jewel herself, to say the least. Check out one of my favourite songs:

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Last week I biked around quite a bit, 44.4 kilometres according to Runkeeper. I've also been forcing myself to bike in tight spaces and make tight turns though it scares the living shit out of me. It's one thing to be able to bike in a wide open space, but quite another to fit between a right-turning car and a curb at Bay and Bloor (secret: they don't leave enough space). I'm also 100% confident in standing while riding and riding one-handed (no-handed, here I come). It's amazing to think I've only been biking around for about a year now. It's such a big part of my life and I miss it dearly in the winter months. Maybe I'll bike around further into winter this year.

I biked to High Park to see the Cherry Blossoms. Here's a cute pic of myself and my friend Dmitry.

I also took in a lot of culture attending an Earth Day clothing swap, the yearly grad show of my university program, touring the office of Monnet Design, and taking in the lovely installations at the Gladstone Grow Op art exhibition. In addition, I attended a campfire storytelling event on Tuesday, and attended two concerts (Friday - Wolf Parade and Saturday - Weaves) at which I was lucky enough to chat with the lead singers of both bands. How can I be so lucky?!

I also need to give a shout out to the fact that I finally bunz traded for a good vacuum! It's bittersweet because I don't know what to do with my grandmother's old vaccum that's basically gone kaput. It all seems somewhat coincidental because this week is the anniversary of her death (yes, we commemorate that in Judaism). Perhaps I can find someone to pass it along to as part of her commemoration.

Thank goodness my FriendCanoe partner is on a trip to Japan right now, because I had no time to work on any of that last week. I'd like to get a little bit of it done for when he gets back, but I'll also be planning my birthday bonfire for this weekend so I'm going to keep it light.

Random Thought: Hand Reminders
I was people-watching on streetcar as I often do, when I noticed a girl had written what I presume is a reminder for herself on her hand. I remember that I used to do that in high school. Especially for forgetful people, the best method to remember something is to keep it close at hand, literally. That said, I imagine pen ink is at least a little bit toxic and can't be good for your health. So how about this: a pen made of biodegradable and safe-to-consume ink, made especially for writing on your skin. You can make a list of things to do and lick each item off as you complete the task. I should take this on Dragon's Den.

Inspiration: Stamen & Pistil Botanicals
I am quite obsessed with plants lately. Between doing major bunz trades for plants, the onset of spring itself and Cherry Blossoms at High Park, it's no wonder I've got greenery on the brain.

I came across an awesome little company based in Toronto that creates lovely plant arrangements, including realistic-looking terrariums with trash pandas in them. So cute!

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I guess what I really want is to live outdoors like a nomad, but if I can't do that, I'll settle for turning my apartment into a jungle instead.

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