the lemon generation





15 Sep


EUROPE IN PHOTOS // PARIS, PART 6

open window bus tours in the rain: great for photos, bad for actually staying dry. 







15 Sep


fallontonight:

Keith Richards’ Lemon Tree on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon [x]

I really have no idea why but this is one of my favourite things in the whole world. 







15 Sep


EUROPE IN PHOTOS // PARIS, PART 5 - the eiffel tower

(finally found some time to edit the rest of these! phew.)

as it turns out, the grass in front of the eiffel tower is super patchy and littered with cigarette butts and bottle caps but still really good for picnics and making all your instagram followers jealous, haha. if you sit on the lawn long enough, you’ll see all these guys trying to sell keychains and bottles of champagne for like 5 euros. my favourite thing about those guys though is how tight their operation is: basically there’s a group of 20 or so of ‘em who keep an eye out for the cops. when they spot one, they dump all their loot in the tree planters and wait for the police to disappear; once it’s all clear, it’s back to business. 

do y’all remember in the Hercules movie how they tried to kill him as a baby but since he didn’t drink the last drop of poison, he still retained some of his powers? that was basically my rationale with the possibility of drinking bleach-infused champagne so we went for it anyway, because I guess I had a parisian death wish or something. 

… I realize I have spent the entirety of this post talking about bootleg champagne and not about the actual tower. in short: both experiences were kind of funnier in theory but still good in execution. it takes forever to get to the top and forever to get back down, but the view is pretty damn neat. there’s also a really cool food shack across the street where you can get an artery clogging-ly good nutella waffle and a baguette with a hot dog in the middle of it for super cheap before jumping in a cab with a driver who blasts classical music while breaking all the speed limits. 







14 Sep

how to spend your day off

sometimes I’m like “there are so many new books and movies I want to read and watch” but mostly I’m like “let’s binge watch all of nbchannibal again” 







12 Sep


gpoy at work / school / life in general

gpoy at work / school / life in general










10 Sep

grumble grumble

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9 Sep


EUROPE IN PHOTOS // PARIS, PART 4

more paris stuff - 

somehow, no matter what metro line we took or where we were heading, we always ended up passing by or stopping at the Paris Opera / ACADEMIE NATIONALE DE MUSIQUE. it is pretty much one of the coolest and most beautiful things in the entire city regardless of the time of day. 

(also, one afternoon we were eating lunch of the steps while a busker did acoustic covers of american pop songs with a french accent, which I thought was the best.)







9 Sep


AUGUST 26

this is from a few weeks ago, obviously:

more food adventures with into-alaska featuring some bar on Ossington / Bellwoods Brewery / Bang Bang Ice Cream / half buzzed subway rides back to Scarborough

corn is a bad date food choice unless the person you’re with already knows you’re gross (thanks Angela) but ice cream is always good. 








8 Sep


"hey boss sorry I was late for work, One Direction announced their new album today and Harry looked really good in the promo vid" - me, today probably










6 Sep

blah blah blah

I’m going clubbing tonight for my friend’s birthday which everyone knows is something I never really do… so for the past little bit I’ve kind of been freaking out about what to wear like “oh no I have to buy x y and z” and “wait no I probably can’t wear that outfit” etc

but then last night I had this realization that A. who the hell cares and B. you can wear that outfit! you can wear whatever you want! who’s stopping you? NOBODY. 

so yeah bottom line is I’m gonna look fly as hell tonight and there’s no point in worrying about your outfit anyway.

(my dance moves on the other hand might raise some concern, haha) 








4 Sep


I’m kind of really into this 










4 Sep


4 SEPTEMBER
hey y’all. I had my orientation / first day of teacher’s college today at OISE and it was a pretty neat experience, even though I’ve had a stomach bug all week and was trying to be cool about the fact that my insides have turned into hellfire and lava or whatever (do you know how hard it is to hold a conversation while trying to convince yourself not to throw up on your new classmates? it’s pretty damn hard).
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the opening speeches from the deans / program co-ordinators were super on point with regards to the importance of diversity and combating stereotypes, as well as the role of teachers as educators and “guardians, not guards” for young people. I mean it was all stuff that I think most forward thinking people already know, but it’s nice to hear it from all the way up the chain, you know? I really got the feeling that this is an institution that truly believes in what it does and the people it shapes, which is something I like a lot. 
beyond that, I actually met a ton of cool people within my section / cohort, which is something I was pretty concerned about but kind of just took care of itself. the only real weird thing I noticed is most of the other teacher candidates are either older and/or have multiple degrees, making me one of the youngest and I suppose “freshest” in the program (since I just finished my first undergrad 3 months ago). still, I get the feeling that everyone is pretty much on the same page anyway. 
there are of course a couple of things I’m not too excited about - for example, part of my program includes a mandatory, 5 week unpaid internship. in addition to that, a bunch of the course texts are super expensive despite the fact that they’re all just journal articles that can be uploaded as PDFs online (for FREE) if the profs just learned to be a bit more tech savvy, which is really damn annoying. 
overall though, I have to say I’m pretty excited. I know it’s going to be a crazy year and I’m probably going to have at least three nervous breakdowns but I feel like this has been my goal for a while now and it’s cool to finally be this close to achieving it. plus, the view from class is pretty damn nice. 

4 SEPTEMBER

hey y’all. I had my orientation / first day of teacher’s college today at OISE and it was a pretty neat experience, even though I’ve had a stomach bug all week and was trying to be cool about the fact that my insides have turned into hellfire and lava or whatever (do you know how hard it is to hold a conversation while trying to convince yourself not to throw up on your new classmates? it’s pretty damn hard).

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2 Sep

dokibots:

haha! have fun at highschool today NERDS. i’m gonna be doing cool ADULT stuff like sleeping WHENEVER i want and CRYING 







2 Sep


EUROPE IN PHOTOS // PARIS, PART 3
oh yeah, did I mention that everything and everyone in Paris is basically photo-ready all the time? crazy. 

EUROPE IN PHOTOS // PARIS, PART 3

oh yeah, did I mention that everything and everyone in Paris is basically photo-ready all the time? crazy. 










2 Sep


EUROPE IN PHOTOS // PARIS, PART 2

the beginning of our second day was kind of weird because as it turns out, you can’t really just walk around aimlessly in hopes of getting to where you need to be. after missing the last call for the bus tour, we started walking around where ever we are, which turned out to be the general vicinity of the Sacre-Coeur.

the streets leading up to the basilica are full of people and cafes and cool little shops that sell basically everything… there was this one place that basically just sold 16 different colours of yarn. this other place called “Sympa” (the third photo here) from what I could tell literally just had mountains and piles of clothing for people to dig through, which is something I joke about doing all the time at work but was actually kind of scary in real life. 

anyway. we didn’t end up going to the church because there were like a million stairs and twice as many people up there, so we just hung around this park thing they have at the bottom, where I ate some chocolate bread. then we got on with our day.