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friday favourites 06.05.11

well now here's a conundrum. this is the day in which i look back at the week that was and think about the things that made it brighter, cheerier, what have you. unfortunately, this just wasn't a great week for that kind of thing. my week wasn't colossally bad or anything, there just wasn't a lot that stood out about it. the weather was mostly unpleasant, so there weren't any beautiful walks to remember or anything.

monday did see the orange tide wash over quebec, which was exhilarating, but it also saw the election of a majority government under the direction of someone was some pretty scary ideas about militarism, the [un]importance of the arts, women's rights and a number of other topics. this was largely determined by the suburban noose around the neck of toronto, where the conservatives' campaign of unbridled fear caused people to swing hard to the right, essentially agreeing to trade a lot of the services that we've come to expect for a $40 tax cut. bravo.

on the bright side, maybe my cell phone bill will now get cheaper.

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tuesday i was flattened by a migraine [non-harper government related as far as i know]. i was almost unable to move for much of the day and whenever i tried to eat or drink anything... well, you don't want to hear about this.

on the bright side, i had dom to take care of me, which he did, very well, running errands to pick me up some juice, fixing me a some warm broth when i felt like i could handle it and doing a food run so that the kids would have plenty to eat. i don't know what i'd do without him.

i did love the guerlain products i picked up, but i've already gone on about those in an earlier post this week.

i also loved doing the caustic lounge, despite getting off to a late start, but there's nothing really to add to this beyond the play list i posted just yesterday. 

the last couple of days have been downright dreary and cold, given the time of year. since we live in a building where the heat is centrally controlled [and has been shut down for the "warm season"], the last couple of days have made it torture to be in the apartment except when completely wrapped in blankets.

but again, looking on the bright side, it gives us one more great excuse to curl up with the furry feline space heaters in our apartment.

last night featured a great dinner with great friends, which is always a reason to feel better. i don't tell my friends often enough how much they mean to me, the ones who have stuck by me through years and who still seem surprisingly interested when they ask how i'm doing. 

well, at least listing out what's happened to me during the week has helped me feel like there were some good parts to remember. this weekend will involve more time with friends and a couple of shows at elektra, which always makes for a good time. my thoughts on those to come in the next few days. in general, i'm hoping that the coming week brings a few more bright spots, rather than just opportunities to look for silver linings. but hey, on the bright side, at least there were some silver linings behind the blanket of grey cloud covering montreal this week.

but surely, there are some things that are guaranteed to bring a smile to your face... like the sight of simon enjoying a beer. have a great one and enjoy the hell out of the things that make your life brighter.

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