November 16th, 2004

last unicorn

Rumours of my demise have been greatly exaggerated

But I have been distinctly negligent of my journal lately. This negligence seems to be happening a lot these days. I must be busy, or something.

A longer update is coming, with pictures and everything -- probably tonight -- but I'll give you the Cole's Notes version anyway:

fairplaythings and I spent the weekend with my folks. We went to the Royal Winter Fair, and saw Sarah Slean perform in Peterborough. We had a lovely time.

Work has been busy busy busy.

I miss the sun. I think its absence is part of why I've been feeling so tired lately, and having such a hard time getting everything done -- it's hard to believe that there is still time in the day when it's pitch-dark.

The idea of Christmas/holiday shopping is becoming increasingly worrying. I should have done it in August. Now all the stores are going to be crowded, and it'll be stressful.

Back to the grindstone. More later. I promise. Really.
last unicorn

Update, as promised

Okay! So last weekend was really rather eventful. We went to Peterborough, to visit my parents, and it turned out that Sarah Slean was playing a show on Friday night in Peterborough, so of course we had to go! It was a really good show. She was actually opening for Ron Sexsmith (who I had never heard before, but who was quite good). It was a tiny little venue, and we were all sitting on the floor, squished up in front of the stage. Despite my sore knees, it was a very cool way to see a show -- up close and personal. And, after she was done playing, we got to chat briefly with Sarah, and I got my picture taken. Brush with fame and all that.

Then, on Saturday, we went to the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto ("we" being me, the boy, and my parents). It was a lot of fun. We spent the day walking around, looking at the various vendors' wares, watching demonstrations of horses, visiting the stables (we watched some of the horses getting "dressed" for the six-horse hitch competition), and looking at all the animals and plants (I should have taken pictures of the giant pumpkins... they were huge and somewhat disturbing. People had carved their names in them.).

Then we had tickets for the Horse Show in the evening. The batteries in my camera died at that point, so I don't have any pictures for you, but it was really great. The best part was the International Jumping Competition that finished up the evening -- the Big Ben challenge.

I love watching show jumping. It's the only sport I really "get" on a visceral level. Yes, I am a horse-geek. Getting to watch Ian Millar compete in person was just a wonderful, wonderful experience. He and Promise Me didn't make it to the jump-off because they were .02 seconds over the time allowed. It was a little heartbreaking.

I could babble on, but I'm trying to restrain myself. I had a wonderful time. I was like a little kid. Poor fairplaythings was pretty bored most of the day, I think... but I suspect he got into the competition at the end a little bit. ;) I was not bored at all -- but then, wandering around in stables is kind of my idea of a good time.

I want to go back next year. I really do.
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