Also with school... I did not do as well with my second mark that came in yesterday for "Creativity and the politics of conflict". I got a B. I think it had to do partly with the teacher... As you can see with the ratemyprofessors.com website. She was a bit confusing at times and it was a level 200 general education class but as others noted on that site it could easily be a level 300 or 400 class! Anyways... What is done is done. Now I am waiting on my "History of genocide" and "Intro to management" grades. Today I continued with redecorating. This morning I placed the remaining cupboard panels. The drill had been charging all night so it was full of power! That was quickly done... Then I painted white. I started doing the ceiling. About half way through in the living room I got really tired. And I am doing this for fun. But it was not fun anymore. So I stopped with the ceiling and painted in the kitchen area. That was better/nicer/easier because it was walls. Tomorrow I might continue on the ceiling... It's just such a big task!
I love getting emails but sitting down and replying to them is so hard! I like it... Wouldn't want to live without email... But I don't like it also... It's a strange thing...
Earlier this week I went to Rona to buy supplies. Yesterday I went to Canadian Tire to buy a battery-powered drill/screwdriver. And today I started on the redecoration! So... My landlord said I could not paint over the idious kitchen cupboard panels so I thought of a new solution: Replace them with pieces of wood cut to size! I was really tired of the ugly dark wood imitation. I laid out scrap paper on the floor and put the new pieces of wood down. I put 3 thick coats of white paint on each of the 9 panels. It was quite a job! But they looked very crisp! Then I made a guide to know where to drill the holes using one old panel as an example. Using that guide I marked the spots on the new wood panels. Then using my new powertool I drilled 6 holes for the hinges and 1 for the new door handles. I got through 4 panels. Then my powertool died because I had not charged it sufficiently. The user's guide said 15 hours and I put it 2. But yea... It's charging now... I still have 4 panels to finish! Lastly using the screwdriver option of the magnificient tool I put the new panel in place on the old hinges... I should replace them too but for now they'll do. That's what it looks like... I might paint the front of the new cupboards beige, keeping the contour white. I'll see later. So it's still a work in progress but I like it! It's kept me busy all day and it was fun. Can't wait for my tool to be recharged so I can continue drilling and screwing!
Tonight I went to a David Usher concert. But first, the opener was Liam Titcomb. He really did not get me into his music. He was nice and all, chatting with the crowd, but he was too much of another Canadian Idol lookalike for me! Then David came on! He and his band played a few songs from his new CD but mostly old material. It was great! I loved the playfulness between David and the others. For example David went and played the piano while Kevin was already playing... Making up new tunes. The crowd was also very generous. At the beginning of the evening, David asked the bar for a shot for Kevin. It took a while but he eventually got it... Later some fans still sent a tray with 5 more shots! I loved the violin player. There was also a backup girl singer but she was not as strong as the previous one, Kim I think was her name, but she was still good I guess... David was really in a good mood, joking around about in Montreal it's Friday every day, loosing his words and laughing, chatting with the crowd, even taking his picture with someone at the front who was persistent in asking. The crowd also sang happy birthday to David and Jeff as their birthdays were just a few days ago. David joked saying the correct term was "happy birthday to yous" as there were 2. The Club Soda venue sucks! They came to see me at the beginning of the show to say no pictures allowed while the crazy fans in the front row were snapping away. So unfair! But I laid low because I thought my recording was more important than pictures. I did not want to get in an argument and ruin the recording! So I did not get as many pictures as I would have liked!
Because I have been working the last two days I haven't had time to restock the fridge. It's looking pretty sad at the moment: I do still have all the basics like eggs, milk, bread, etc. And of course condiments like Ketchup. But no good stuff. So tomorrow, well today actually as it's passed midnight, I will go grocery shopping!
Today was a nice day at work! It was a nice comfortable sunny day. I was teamed up with a really nice person, he has a lot of experience in my neighbourhood and I was able to ask a lot of questions. We went around the neighbourhood doing some in car theft prevention. Because there is a major university here as well as like 4 hospitals there is a lot of traffic and people that quickly leave their cars. Sometimes they leave valuable stuff unattended but belongings should go in the trunk when the car is parked. Another thing we did was about unlocked car doors. We walked a ton! I am so tired now... Tomorrow I am doing the same thing again. But this time the weather bureau is calling for rain! It won't be as nice in the rain that's for sure...
Tonight I felt like trying something new so I made a video! You can download it here. It's a montage of 6 Australian trip pictures with 10 seconds of Kasabian's Club Foot. Nothing big, but I still like the result!
First, decoration: Today I went to Rona to pick up stuff for my apartment's redecoration. I bought paint (1 gallon of white and 1 gallon of beigeish colour), painting supplies, wood pannels cut to size to replace the cupboard panels, kitchen hardware and 2 frames. They will deliver the heavy stuff on Wednesday and then I will be all set to redecorate! Second, World's fear: I am now watching a documentry on CBC Newsworld called "The Power of Nightmares: The Rise of the Politics of Fear". It's interesting, giving the background on what's happening now... Seeing images I've never seen before, that took place years ago, but still happen today... Third, work: I am working tomorrow and Wednesday from 14h30 to 21h30. I saw the e-mail that they were looking for people at the last minute and I replied. I am happy because this time it's right near my house, 2 minutes away on foot! It's good... I need the money!
After waiting an hour outside and then some more inside, I was able to get the place I wanted, front row, centre, balcony. Arcade Fire was definitely hot! But first the evening began with a Owen Pallett, a solo artist that calls himself Final Fantasy. Equipped with a violin and a loop thingy he performed great music! His songs were very creative. He definitely won the whole crowd over, including me! Then it was time for Wolf Parade. It was quite a different style than the first opener, much more rock and roll. But I did not really get hooked... The ceiling at the venue was beautiful... At about 10h30 Arcade Fire took the stage. It's amazing how many musicians they have... At one point there was 10 people on stage! And it all works out well, with not too many glitches. The performance was great! I especially liked Will and Richard, they were so playful with each other. For example in the finale of Rebellion, it was crazy wrapping that towel/scarf around the other and one of them ended up dead on the floor! Also I enjoyed the strings. On some songs they had 2 violins and one cello and it was simply beautiful. I wish Win, the lead singer, would have chatted with the crowd a bit more. They also had a few sound problems... Worth mentionning is that the profits from the gigs in Montreal and those in Toronto will be donated to an hospital in Haiti.
Someone rang at 9h37. On a Sunday morning. What for? A survey about medical stuff. Sure! Wake me up to ask me to participate in a freaking survey! I hung up politely and tried to go back to sleep. But I couldn't. So at 10h15 I was up. I had 2 cookies and watched the Formula 1 Grand Prix (I had set the VCR to record for me). It was a good GP! Finished in first place: Fernando Alonso. I am so glad for him. It's his 3rd win in a row! Second place went to: Michael Schumacher. As you can see, he was not too happy, but still at least he is getting a few points with this second place! In third place: Jenson Button. The Brit did pretty well! I met Jenson 2 times and he's such a nice guy... He surely deserves to do well! Jacques Villeneuve also did alright with a 6th place finish. It's now time to shower and get dressed. I can't lazy around all day can I? Though it sure feels like a day to do nothing when I look out the window and see the grey clouds and drops of rain. Tonight I am going to an Arcade Fire gig at the Corona. It's my first time at that venue. I wonder what it looks like. I sure hope it's a good concert!
Tonight I went to the grocery store and picked up a couple of things. It's great that the supermarket is opened 24h a day! I felt like baking my own homemade chocolate chip cookies... Here's the how-to guide... Step 1: Step 2: Step 3: Step 4: Step 5: I made 18 cookies. There are now 16 left... I ate 2. But what am I going to do with 16 cookies?!
Today I sorted through the tons of digital pictures I took during my four months in Australia. I choose the best ones and my favorite ones to get prints made. Originally I thought I'd be able to choose 100 photos or so. Turns out I had trouble selecting only 200! Looking at all the photographs from my trip made me miss Australia a lot. I have also stitched together a few panoramas that I had not yet done. The first is Uluru (aka Ayers Rock) at sunrise (click here for the big version): The second one is Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island (click here for the big version): The last one is the city of Canberra viewed from Telstra tower, just for Drew (click here for the big version):
Last night I bought a Cirque du Soleil ticket for their new show Corteo. It's what I decided to do on the evening of my birthday (May 5) so I will have something nice to do... I just printed out the e-ticket. They are pretty handy! It's very quick (no waiting for the ticket to arrive with the mailman) and easy (just hit the print button!). I was able to get the student price because it's a week night show... It saves me about 10$, which is better than nothing! I have seen 2 other Cirque shows years ago: Quidam and Saltimbanco. I hope Corteo is just as good!
I got an A for my AHSC 370 class (Human Systems Intervention)!!! I just checked my student portal and saw the new mark! I am happy! It's great... But still I have not scored an A+ yet! Grrr.. Nonetheless, A makes me very happy! Bring on the marks for my other classes!
The Mount Royal is the green lung of Montreal. It's a big mountain/park right in the city. People enjoy it for cycling, jogging, walking and the views it offers on the city. Today I went for an hour or so, around the "Chalet" area. There is a nice observatory but it was very crowded with school groups. People were hand feeding the squirrels. I saw an old man sitting with a teddy bear eating a snack. Filmmakers were shooting a video of cars going quickly around a sort of roundabout and making screeching sounds. I saw 2 Montreal mounted police officers on their beautiful horses. I enjoyed feeling the warm sun on my face, I could feel Summer approaching quickly. The park, the nature: The city from the "Chalet" observatory: A panorama (click for the bigger version):