|View from our balcony. SNOW! I know, right?|
Last week was categorised 'crazybusy'. I had night class on Tuesday evening (as usual), and Matthew had gaming on Thursday evening (a new tradition), and I surprise had to chair a meeting on Friday afternoon which also meant baking a cake on Thursday evening. Plus regular work and study. It doesn't sound dynamic, but it felt like it at the time.
By the time Friday evening rolled around we were both in need of something out of the ordinary. Luckily the ever-proactive Rebecca, Sheila and Rachael from UBC had organised a Halloween bash in the reading room. Thank you, colleagues! Matthew drove from work to join me, we knocked back a glass (or should I say jack-o-lantern-decorated paper cup) and checked out everyone's perfect costumes.
|Jack-o-Lanterns decorating the UBC campus. My fave is Hello Kitty, obvs.|
Saturday was vile so our plans to go Downtown got scaled back to Granville St. Luckily, the secondhand bookstore which has been promising to go out of business for months finally reduced its general fiction, so we came out of there with the following:
Love in the Time of Cholera
A Moveable Feast
A Passage to India
I also convinced Matthew to buy me a second springform cake tin (my reasoning: all future cakes will be layer cakes... Matthew didn't need any more convincing). In the evening, while baking a carrot layer cake in my two matching cake tins, I got started on Hemingway. By this morning I was convinced we needed to go out for a French Brunch (which we did, on Kits 4th Ave, and it was over-the-top rich), and by the afternoon I had finished Hemingway. *Le Sigh* New favourite book. I'm very annoyingly going to tell everyone I know that I've read it, and also tell them 'it will change your life, and you'll instantly want to eat/drink/speak French'. My favourite parts were the Fitzgerald chapters, and my second favourite the Stein chapters.
Wednesday we are heading to New West to help distribute candy magnanimously to the local youth. Secretly, this is my favourite way to celebrate Halloween.