July begins with Canada Day! Our fireworks were fogged out (a common occurrence) but luckily we had celebrated earlier with a stroll along the oceanfront boardwalk, and lots of ice cream.
The next week was JazzFest, and we saw tUnE-yArDs – a mightily weird indie act – who were wonderful. And also liked their opening act, Moon Hooch, who do hiphop-influenced improvisational jazz (?!)
Last weekend was the annual Pride Parade. The marshalling grounds were deluged with rain before the parade start, but it dried up by launching time. So it didn’t put a damper on the dancing or even on the various states of undress. Afterwards at the fairgrounds, we stayed to see our favourite local band, Like a Motorcycle.
My UU church invited me and a friend (another member) to do a talk on budgeting, so we offered complimentary views on moral money management. She has just started using the YNAB method – does anyone else out there use it? It sounds really user-friendly.
At work, a proposal I had worked on for 6 months was approved, the second time around, so that is satisfying.
I have read a few more books:
- When Everything Feels Like the Movies – by Raziel Reid
- The Almost Nearly Perfect People – by Michael Booth
- We Need New Names – by NoViolet Bulawayo
- Clothes Clothes Clothes, Music Music Music, Boys Boys Boys – by Viv Albertine (guitarist for The Slits)
- The Goddess of Small Victories – by Yannick Grannec
- The Carpet People – by Terry Pratchett
And two manga. Reviews posted or forthcoming on Goodreads!
I don’t see many movies/DVDs, but this month I saw Jules et Jim (1962) and The Theory of Everything. I loved the Jane/Stephen Hawking movie and what it said about all marriages/partnerships.
If I didn’t mention it before, Rom and I have tickets to an old-school hard rock concert this Fall, and now we have tickets to another one, so later on we will be seeing Scorpions and Judas Priest 🙂
I started the free trial of Apple Music this month to see how it compares to Spotify. I am really liking it and will have to decide whether to subscribe. Their playlist recommendations are sent out every few days based on your tastes in music, and they are excellent! Some of my playlist titles were “Inspired by Nick Cave,” “An Experimental Electronic Afternoon” and “Indie Romancers.”
I am queued up to get Windows 10 since I already had to get Windows 8.1 with my most recent computer. I will let you know how it goes!
On a completely random note, my city is stepping up its garbage sorting starting this week. We now have to use clear garbage bags, and if they have any recyclable or compostable materials in them, they will be rejected. I am not concerned, but I do wonder how some of my neighbours will fare!
August is off to a good start weather-wise, and I have to say, I like knowing that the air conditioning is there to use at home, even though I try to keep it to a minimum. No point freezing and grumbling like in the office. I have stocked up on freezies, too!
Hope July was good for you!