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Very briefly, what I didn’t like:
- Winter. Snow. Snow tires. Shovelling. And flurries right up to April 30!
That’s all. Enough grumbling!
What I Liked:
Rom caught the fashion bug and spent the month trying to come up with a capsule wardrobe for work and leisure. We had fun reading men’s fashion magazines and blogs. Rom started shopping and will gradually create a small collection of looks and footwear. Maybe those stonewashed dad jeans will disappear!
As mentioned in an earlier post, I have started formatting our everyday meal recipes for the iPad. We want to add photos but keep forgetting. So it will likely be several months before we get through our regular meal rotation!
I reached a deadline at work – all of the tenders have gone out for the renovation project at the library. So now there’s a lull until they are awarded and the timeline is set for construction. Meanwhile I have my annual intern, an aspiring librarian, for 3 weeks.
Our main entertainment this month was our trip to Toronto, but other highlights were:
A Black Sabbath concert. I had no confidence that Ozzy would keep it together, but he was very professional and managed all his cues and lyrics. I actually prefer every Sabbath singer except Ozzy (I liked Dio and Gillan), but I was pleasantly surprised. Never mind that their best songs were even before my time in 1970. Like all the other old geezers, we went out singing, “Generals gather in their masses, just like witches at black masses” – catchy tune! It was amusing that they had confetti cannons and a balloon drop at the end of the show; nothing scary there!
I played Magic the Gathering with Rom. He is always so happy when I say yes, I really should oblige more often.
I saw two movies. The Last Station was about family drama at the end of Tolstoy’s life. It had excellent performances by Helen Mirren and James McAvoy. Other than it being biographical, I struggled with what the point of it was, but I would conclude it’s about the question, “Do principles come before people?” Midnight in Paris was about an unhappy engaged couple visiting Paris and the fallout when one of them escapes into the past. I really don’t care for Owen Wilson films, but I liked the premise of the movie, which explored the community of writers and artists in Paris in the 1920s, as explained here.
I have been attending my book club regularly, and this month we discussed Nahlah Ayed’s journalist biography A Thousand Farewells. Every month we discuss a book set in a developing country. I have to say that after about 8 such books set in war time, conflicts or corruption, I question whether I can stick with it! But I like the company and maybe we can change direction.
I was trying to participate in Laura’s decluttering challenge at No More Spending. I reviewed a list with our grown-up kid Link and was able to pass along quite a bit of stuff, especially toys and games, to a fundraising yard sale.
Apart from our vacation, I felt that April was very ordinary. And there is nothing wrong with that.
How was your April?
Up next: READING DOWN THE HOUSE update (preview at Goodreads)