Current time: 10:05 p.m. Thursday
Out the window: We had some pretty intense rain and wind storms over the weekend all across the Canadian Prairies. Several communities had to declare states of emergency due to flooding, and thousands of acres of farmland are underwater. Here in Winnipeg, where two major rivers converge, we are protected by a floodway, but a lot of trees suffered damage from the wind. Luckily all that we experienced around here was my patio umbrella flipping over my second-floor deck and landing in the garden below it.
On the menu: I'm headed to IKEA some time soon to pick up one of these so I can make my own popsicles. And I miiiight just pick up some cinnamon buns, too. You know, while I'm there and all.
Another random pick from the library: The Happy Numbers of Julius Miles, by Jim Keeble.
This one is told from the point of view of a transsexual man who likes to play Cupid. His target is Julius Miles, a mathematical genius who is "hefty of frame, awkward with the opposite sex and struggling to bring his existence into balance." I'm about 60 pages in and I'm enjoying the writing style. The author is not afraid of long sentences. Here is a favourite :
Julius finds himself staring down at her lips that form a near-perfect zero, the last number to be adopted into the modern numerical system because human beings find it easier to accept the concept of presence rather than absence, even though personally I have found that absence is often the predominant force in our lives.
Elusive Youth, by London girl-boy duo Elephant. This is a fresh, fun tune - perfect as the soundtrack to a trip to the beach.
This week's Words of the Day:
- inchoate - adjective - 1. incipient, just begun. 2. undeveloped, rudimentary, unformed.
- jocose - adjective - playful or humorous.
- kreplach - plural noun - triangular dumplings of noodle dough filled with chopped meat or cheese and served with soup.
- loggia - noun - 1. an open-sided gallery or arcade. 2. an open-sided extension of a house.
- mien - noun - a person's look or bearing, as showing character or mood.
Out and About:
- Three myths that hold your best writing back
- The origin of the Apple command icon
- What should I read next?
- Some whimsical street art
- 'Afro' emoticons combat lack of emoji diversity
- Oddly beautiful skull art
- 18 body-positive illustrations
That's all for this week.