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01 August 2009 @ 08:23 pm

Here finally are my photos from Montreal!

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13 July 2009 @ 10:57 pm

Waterfowl and their antics! Above is the swan in the Halifax Public Garden. It looks friendly in this photo, but actually apparently it's very sour and likes to snap at anyone who comes close to it.

A baby Canada goose.

A mallard duckling channeling Circque du Soleil. Isn't she lovely?

Another artsy pose, from a gossling.

Brand-new teeny mallard ducklings. They just "premiered" on the river yesterday so they must be very young. I don't know if they were actually born yesterday, or if that's just when they were able to start swimming along the river. They're about 2.5" long.

Another shot of the ducklings. Aren't they precious? That's a rock at the left (I don't have a fancy zooming camera; I had to get into their confidence and get very close to them to take the photo) and their mother at the right.

Well, this catches up on what I've been doing since I returned to Ontario!
12 July 2009 @ 09:31 pm

Sorry, I haven't posted in a while. The reason for that is that I don't think my posts can hold their own weight without fun photos, and while I've taken lots of photos (especially in Montreal) my computer is almost completely out of memory so there isn't enough space for me to upload them! I'm still trying to figure out how to work around that--an external hard drive might be the answer. I'm kind of worried that my comp is too old to handle something like that. So I have to talk to someone at Staples (the only computer-y store in town), which also involves dragging my lazy butt to Staples (it's only like 1.5 miles away!!).

Another fun option is getting one of those mini-computers which only cost about $350. Or I could just get a manicure and splurge at Starbucks and still save a few hundred bucks and just never be able to see the photos I've taken over the past two months... Extra complicating the problem is the fact that I live with my parents now, and they are the type who look down on "unnecessary" spending. Even though having a computer and being able to save things to it is pretty important nowadays (especially since I'm going to be a student again shortly) when I mentioned my situation and the possible solutions to my mom, she subjected me to a lecture about how poor I am and how little I can afford such luxuries.

I'm hoping to have a solution within the next couple of days. Not only do I want to see my Montreal photos (on a screen bigger than my cameras), I also have some fun photos from Lunenburg, Nova Scotia and, most recently, cute duckies!!

Queen Charlotte with her two eldest sons

Queen Charlotte with her two eldest sons. Click on the link to zoom in! I think that's the most gorgeous gown I've ever seen.

No wait, that's the Pyanees, a mountain chain in Italy. No wait, that's the Pyrnees. Isn't that in South America?

That's what I spent my Fourth contemplating. I need to go back to grad school before my brain completely disintegrates into mush. Geography was never my forte, although I never used to mix up flowers, countries, and mountains.

Anyway, Happy Fourth!

What a brilliant day the Fourth is in Boston. I think it's something every American should experience. (No, I'm not in Boston this year, but I have been many times. It's amazing!) 

27 June 2009 @ 09:59 pm

It has finally happened! I left my apartment in Halifax this morning!  Thus is another chapter (ok a very brief chapter) of my life coming to a close.

And equally exciting news, I did decide to go to Montreal, for just one night. What a beautiful city! I'd forgotten (kind of) how slow and dull Halifax is. Montreal seems so lively--and oh the shopping! So much shopping, and so little time! I'm ultimately still glad that I'll be going to Detroit for my undergrad, but I wish I had more time and money to burn here! And yes, the photo above, though not taken by me, really is depicting Montreal. Is that insane or what?! I still much prefer Boston, and on so many levels, but gosh, Vieux Montreal is amazing!
25 June 2009 @ 12:36 am

I'm trying to plan out how I'm going to get home this weekend. It already looked like it would be a pain because I'm going to have to do a bunch of stop-overs but  now I just discovered the train's wonky baggage policies.

A) For one thing, they appear to be changing constantly. I only booked this particular train because it seemed to be the only one that allowed checked baggage (which is a pretty stupid limitation!), but now I'm not seeing any proof that they allow it--which is to say, the other trains are all saying that checked baggage is allowed on train ##, but then when I look at train ##, it doesn't say that it allows checked baggage (it says that it doesn't).

B) If it allows checked baggage, then I'm only allowed one piece of carry-on. Period. So I guess that's a purse. Except, wait a second...

C) A number of perfectly safe things are banned from checked baggage, probably for insurance reasons. Those things include computers.. So if you happen to have both a purse and a computer, I guess you're stuck.

D) Another thing banned from checked baggage is all liquids, including perfumes. I take it girls aren't allowed to ride the train? Because they're trying to tell me that I can only bring one bag onto the train and it has to encompass all of my toiletries and my computer and my purse?!?

E) I do have a bag that's magicla enough to possibly pull that off--so points B through D aren't enough to make me cancel the trip. However, this whole "actually, now we don't allow checked baggage" thing is scaring me. I'm moving, for crap's sake. Even if I was just vacationing, how the heck do they expect someone to travel on the train (which is a cross-country train, not a commuter train) without any luggage? Drrr, I have so much else to worry about; I don't have time to deal with this crap. If only the flights were cheaper; I'd just cancel the trip and fly. But at this point that would cost like 3 times the amount of the train ride.

**Update** I'm not deleting the post entirely because the train is still at fault for having such a poor website and for sending incorrect information to me about my online reservation. However, I phoned their customer service center this morning and the operator confirmed that yes, I'll be able to check my suitcases, and, as a bonus, computers and purses "don't count", so I'll be able to bring my purse and a computer onboard the train as well as a carry-on bag. Phew!

Current Mood: placated
21 June 2009 @ 09:32 pm

A few months ago I had posted here about the historic structures in downtown Halifax that were being threatened with demolition. I just found out that the redeveloper's appeal was approved, and the buildings are indeed going to be demolished. The Halifax city council is doing nothing to stop it (despite having received a petition signed by 700 people) nor is the Nova Scotia Heritage Trust. Well, I'm glad I won't be here to see those buildings get pulled down.
21 June 2009 @ 07:14 pm

I'm currently craving everything that Coach has ever made, especially this satchel. But $358 is a little too rich for my blood!

*Edit* Oops! The link above just takes you to the satchels page, not to the specific bag! *
18 June 2009 @ 07:25 pm
I got take-out for dinner tonight, and the restaurant had a newspaper sitting on one of their tables, so I flipped through it as I waited for my food.

Page 1- Two stabbings and a shooting, which were not related to each other, occurred in a residential neighborhood of central Halifax within a few hours of each other, in the middle of the day yesterday
-Several other stabbings and robberies in daylight (such as a pregnant woman who was stabbed by a 14-year-old) and a handful after dark , too; the police are quoted as saying this crimewave is "not comforting"
Page 2- Alcohol sales are up in Nova Scotia for the 4th year in a row!
Page 3- Raw sewage leaking into the tourist area of the Halifax harbor is causing an odor and "may" have a negative impact on tourism

That's as far as I got before my food was ready. Any questions about why I'm moving away from here in a week?

I couldn't find a relevant image to go with this post so just take a look at this:

Gosh, he was beautiful!
16 June 2009 @ 07:58 pm
I found a sublettor and I was officially accepted into grad school, both on the same day!! Methinks I should be happier than I am... Maybe if I hadn't eaten that "Cornish pastry" for dinner. I'd never heard of a "Cornish pastry" before and I'll never make the mistake of eating one again. It is a flaky pastry wrapped around some sort of cheese, onions, and potatos.