I always look forward to October because of the gorgeous cool, sunny weather; the colourful trees and crisp leaves; Thanksgiving dinner; and… my birthday.
If you tuned in earlier this month you will know that I celebrated my 50th. Yep, the Half Century birthday! Amazingly, I hardly feel decrepit at all. Although I was recently diagnosed with Tennis Elbow and I know perfectly well it is from excessive computer use! I was actually afraid it was arthritis, or the doctor would tell me I’m getting older and I can expect aches and pains from now on. Whew!
I did give one suggestion to Rom for a gift (since he asked) and I was thrilled to get one of these from Etsy, which is only recognizable by older folks:
He also gave me a LEGO book (you know how addicted I am) and another vintage item, a copy of my favourite toy from the 1970s:
Since Rom and I had gone out to two shows the previous week, we had a quiet dinner out for my birthday evening. We went out for wood-fired pizza and a fine Valpolicella. Ahh! Since my birthday always falls near Thanksgiving and so does my dad’s, we always celebrate together with a combined birthday/Thanksgiving meal, and we had a fine festive dinner with the extended family.
Another big celebration is yet to come – I spent the year saving for a 50th Birthday trip to New York City! We were not able to schedule it this Fall, but it feels good to know the funds are there for a vacation next Spring. I will enjoy planning the trip over the winter.
There was lots more fun in October:
The first show Rom and I saw this month was an evening with Dan Savage, whose book The Commitment I recently reviewed. As mentioned previously, he is a renowned sex advice columnist who is featured in our local weekly, The Coast. The audience members wrote down their questions on index cards and Dan answered them for a couple of hours at the mic. It was very entertaining. You might not have guessed, but it was also quite poignant: some people seek relationship advice and are in sad situations, while others appear to lack the most basic sex knowledge or (just as bad) civility. Mr. Savage is a very affable guy and it felt like hanging out with a liberal, opinionated friend.
Next we went to see Joe Satriani, a guitar god famous for his album Surfing with the Alien in the 80s. He has a sharp touring band. Joe is in his mid-50s but youthful-looking. He has a second guitarist who looks his age and is also very accomplished. They do all-instrumental rock music with slick projections suited to the song. We are rock guitar buffs at our house and enjoyed it thoroughly.
Later in the month we went to the Halifax Pop Explosion for 4 nights in a row of back-to-back music. We saw 14 bands – 6 local and 8 Canadian, with an emphasis on punk, loudness and noise. Our local bands held up really well and in some cases, we thought they were better than the headliners (yay, Motorleague!) For the record, the headliners were Wavves, Fucked Up, Braids, and Japandroids. We got to wear plastic wristbands to work all week! Three of the nights, we went directly from work, so we were out of the house from 8 am to midnight. Most nights standing for 4 hours. I must say it was a bit gruelling but much fun was had. I reminded myself that if I had a week like that when I was 21, I would have slept until 1 pm the next day…not like now! My days as a lie-about are over. Too much to do!
Something new this month was the opening of a board game café for adults in our city. We’ve been twice now. They have a collection of over 400 games to choose from, and staff who will set up the games with you and teach you how to play. They also serve yummy grilled cheese sandwiches! We liked playing Forbidden Island, and different variations of Time Line.
This month I watched Season 1 of Downton Abbey on DVD which I loved (as you might guess). I’m happy there are multiple more seasons to watch, already released!
I’ve reported on my reading for October, but I also went to my book club meeting at which we discussed 419, previously reviewed here.
On October 8, we had a provincial election and I was pleased to exercise my democratic rights by going out to vote.
Finally, a special joy was that our nephew, age 12, stayed with us for 2 nights while his mom worked back-to-back night shifts. Rom had a willing Magic the Gathering player, and I got to bake cookies with a kid! It was a pleasure having him around and I look forward to next time.
Here in the “relief” section, I will report that (a.) an extra 40 hours or so of volunteer work were completed this month and it should be lighter duty for a while; (b.) my dental work is done now, and (c.) the fruit flies are past their season now, yippee!
How was your October?
I am off to Toronto to visit Link so I will have much to report when I get back! (I will have time to read and comment here and on other blogs but not sure about posting).
PS – The budget this month was only out by 4 cents – no more cinnamon buns, LOL!