On Sunday went to the library to return a book and saw they were holding the Toronto Storytelling Festival - its last day of festivities. I'd missed the First Nations stories earlier but would be able to attend the Legends and Myths of Scotland - all about a dark doctor and a fairy of the sea instrument which I forget what it's call now. As well as French Canadian folktales of ghosts, werewolves and the Devil.
They hold it annually. Pretty cool for a free event!
I'm back after a long long hiatus. Dealing with lots of things affecting my life. Missed updating but had to take care of me. Things are on the mend - ish I hope.
This past weekend I went to the Gem Show with LC. Got two things - a clear pendant in the shape of a comma (love/hate relationship with the gramatical comma lol) which is for writing as well as a coral fossil piece that was too good and too cheap to pass up! Didn't even cost $10 for both. I wire wrapped the pendant myself. Af first I though it was rose quartz but on further inspection it might be clear quartz. Either way.... I still have to program it with intention but will be using it as a focus for writing.
Went down to the old neighbhorhood cinema this afternoon to watch Mamma Mia 2 (miss this theatre so much & it's cheap prices lol). General plot: Sophie is preparing for the grand reopening of the hotel she and her mum were fixing up following Donna's death a year earlier. Great flashbacks on Donna's life! Thought Lily James as young Donna was great. She got all of Meryl Streeps' mannerisms down pat! Everyone from the original movie is back better than ever, even Meryl who has a cameo. So much fun - lots of humour, singing and dancing! If you love Abba or you don't it's still a good time.
This morning I went the opening of Nordstrom Rack at Yonge & Bloor. We got free umbrella plus coffee and snacks.
Talked to some nice people in the line up since I was there all by my lonesome. LC had work.
The store is basically a glorified Winners with some designer stuff. Some of the prices are decent and some not so much but still in the average price range for that kind of store...not crazy expensive. So many of the products/brands are available in other stores so don't see what all the fuss & hoopla was all about really.
Just before they let us in some chickypoo was running around with a microphone (coudln't hear through the glass) as if she was performing on Much Music. She was doing some kind of pep talk and cheer. The staff looked less than enthusiastic about it half clapping, doing the hand 'n arm gestures. We joked in line about doing the hokey pokey and sell sell sell! People were laughing...
Later...said cickypoo would stand right at the exit to the cashiers blocking it and then back up effectively tripping me as I exited and then proceed to blame the sign, stating that it should be there, and she was going to move it as it was in the way. SIGH no...chickypoo, you were in the way, laughing with yer coworkers and basically not paying attention...don't blame the poor sign. Signism lol.
I nearly died of laughter/embarrassment when they entire store staff clapped upon opening as we were walking in. They were even filming it....really?
Didn't win the $500 gift certificate - they called number 559047 and mine number was 559055...so close!!!
Big purchase was a $3.11 package of organic hand sanitizer sheets.
Might go back to purchase the inexpensive 3 drawer organizer so I can put my essential oils in it but need to measure to be sure they'll fit.
On the weekend I attended the Yoga Converence/Toronto Yoga Show at the MTCC because well...free tickets right.
Picked up a lovely petrified wood bracelet! Petrified wood is good for ancestral as well as nature and root work.
Yesterday, I decided to wrap (a newly learned skill needing work) one of my pieces of petrified wood (bought 18 years ago O_O ) to go with my new bracelet. (I knew that one day I'd do something with this little piece lol).
The energy is amazing with the 2 together and I experienced a different kind of earthing/grounding - strong and rooted. In addition to the stable and strong energies there was a no worries everything will be all right vibe about it plus a feeling of safety as if cradled in the arms of Mother Nature! What perfect timing for it's use since I have exams to invigilate this week into next week. During this time of year, the students energy is heightened and I need to be a grounding authoritative force as they take their exams...so it's good to be rooted!
Two Saturday's ago we had the St Patrick's Day parade in our area. Took a few pics. Fell in love with the Irish Wolfhounds. They are a really cool dog breed. My feet froze standing out in the cold for a couple of hours...I wore the wrong boots...silly me....but they warmed up once back inside. Fun times.
Friday night headed down to Comic Con - we always get a free pass for one day for this 3 day event so we went Friday as there wasns't any guest speakers we wanted to see. Walked around the vendor's floor for about an hour and a half. Same old vendors for the most part but free is free right?!?! There was one new vendor with some fantastic t-shirts and one in particular with Stargate symbols on it. Love my Stargate what can I say. I got their card for next time.
Last Saturday on the real St Patrick's day we went to the Gem and Meta Expo at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Usually it's just the Gem show but they added the Meta just this year. Crystals, crystals and more crystals at the Gem show and psychics, reiki practitioners and metaphysical store booths at the Meta Expo. I finally got a tiny and inexpensive boulder opal that I could afford. I coudn't afford the gorgeous Lithium Quartz I wanted :(. I did find a fossilized druzy seashell I've been wanting for ages now at the French booth (my fav booth along with Kelly's at SacredGemstones). The French booth is inexpensive compared to all the other booths and I've purchased a lot of crystals there back when I could afford them.
On Saturday went to the Yorkville Ice Fest 18. (So many great free things to do in this town!) Lots of amazing ice sculptures to check out. The theme was maybe Knighthood or possibly Royalty...idk. Regardless, it was fun but crazy crowded. Had a bit of carnival feel without the actual carnival rides, performers (ok 2 stilt walkers were there) and entertainment acts etc. It ran all weekend but Sunday was warmer than Saturday and on Saturday some of the sculptures were starting to melt!
Here are a few pics...
Knight King Henry the 8th (which most people kept asking who this was *rolls eyes*) Castle Stilt walker (wish I could have gotten a full body shot but too many people blocking the way) Carving Robin Hood!