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{Victoria College (house) at the University of Toronto}

Though I’ve been displaying a bit of some intense and rather unacceptable MIA, I think it’s safe to say that I’ll be having a lot more free time now that I’m finally settled into school. Moving to a new country is indeed scary (especially when it is by yourself) but after meeting a few super sweet people who become some of your closest friends, it gets so much easier. This past week has been full of much amazement. An inauguration ceremony, flute audition, meeting new people, late night movies with floor mates, enjoying the beautiful architecture of this University…I think it’s safe to say that this year will be one of the best in my life.

—joy

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{Painting nails with friends}

It’s almost impossible to believe that August has arrived. I remember years before this one, my summer holiday felt so short, however I feel like I’ve done so much during these three months that I’m completely accepting (almost embracing) the ending. I worked at a chem lab, a band camp, visited Morocco, saw old friends, met new people… Today has been very laid back so far. I’ve never been a fan of early Monday mornings so I enjoyed today by rolling out at 9:30am and..er….not going to work. Woops. Maybe I’ll stop by later today (or tomorrow hehe). Here’s to another great week of summer break! Do you have any idea of how you want to spend the rest of your holiday?

—joy

 

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After a long two weeks of teaching young kids music at camp, I’m left both heart-broken and relieved. Heart broken because of the connection you make with everyone, the music you rehearse, the time you spend with the other workers, the games you play…It’s hard to believe it was two weeks long because it felt like less than two days. There’s nothing to do other than smile and sigh and wait for next year :). Yet I’m relieved I will have time to lay down for a bit. It’s strange where these kids get all their energy from… Well, currently I’ve been listening to a lot of Regina Spektor. Her beautiful voice, and wonderful lyrics have been stuck in my head for days. One that I currently can’t stop singing at the top of my lungs is Samson. My favorite part — “And the history books forgot about us, and the bible didn’t mention us, the bible didn’t mention us..not even once … Oh I cut his hair myself one night, a pair of dull scissors in the yellow light, he told me that I had done alright and kissed me till the morning light!”

You are my sweetest downfall,

—joy

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Though these past few days have been so busy, I haven’t even had time to check my voicemail, they’ve been incredible. I left the windy city early Tuesday morning to drive to the university of Toronto. However, before arriving, I spent a day at the beautiful falls enjoying the warm summer weather and cool Canada breeze. I took several pictures of the waters and gorgeous u of t architecture, but until I post them, I’ve been spending this relaxing morning reading one of my favorite books, Grimm’s fairy tales.
—joy

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Besides pulling out my toothbrush, argon oil, and leave-in conditioner, I have done absolutely no unpacking. Usually, I’m surprisingly good at opening up my suitcase the second I get home and putting my things back in their rightful place, but this time around I’ve been a bit busy catching up with family and friends. Today has been a bit lazy. We have guests over (they are currently downstairs) and I spent my morning making summer food (barbeque, eggplant salad, and roasted mint potatoes) and hiding in my room blasting one of my favorite iPod playlists. One artist that I’ve been listening to a lot more recently is Regina Spektor. I wasn’t really a fan beforehand, but after giving some of her songs a thorough listen, I changed my mind. The lyrics are as genuine as it gets.

Always one foot on the ground,

—joy

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Last Saturday, on the 12th, I attended The Party with Marino Formenti and Ensemble dal Niente. The theme of the conert was that it wasn’t a party with music, it was a party for the music, and that’s exactly how it felt. We were able to sit, lay, and lounge wherever we liked as we enjoyed some of the most interesting contemporary music by both world renowned composers and rising Chicago stars. Unlike most concerts, guests were able to talk, drink, eat, and sit together during breaks between the pieces of music making the atmosphere a lot less “concert formal” and a lot more “mingle-worthy”. Never had I been to a concert were I was able to speak and eat with the composers, musicians, and other guests during the event. The Party lasted a bit over 6 hours, but did not drag. Instead of drearily sitting for what usually feels live forever, the average piece lasted about 10 minutes, and there was a break following in which attendees could eat artistic, delectable food inspired by the music and created by Nick Jirasek (the sweet espresso was my personal favorite). And seeing as I’ve acquainted and befriended many guests attending (all people I thought I would never get the chance to shake hands with), I’m glad I was able to attend this experience.

—joy

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{A few much needed fashion books}

The past few days feel like they were years and years ago. With the much anticipated summer holiday inching closer with every sunrise, it’s hard to continue focusing on anything school-related.  Despite the feeling that I’ve already finished my schooling, and the irresistible urge to ignore my homework, I know that I need to continue my studies for the next few weeks. Even so, I’m sure it will be impossible to follow through. On the bright side, this week has  gotten off to an excellent start. My Sunday was spent doing god knows what (I’ve already forgotten…) Yesterday I got out of school to visit the city, then gave a lesson, and went to a late band rehearsal. Today I was lucky enough to enjoy a much needed day off with close friends in the heart of Chicago. It was spent taking the train with some of the most incredible girls in the world, enjoying big breakfasts, walking around the “touristy” parts of the windy city, taking elevators, and thinking about things over a hot cup of tea. Before turning in and facing tomorrow, I thought I’d spend a bit of time sharing a few things that bring smiles to my face.

—joy

{Current worry-remedy: soothing peppermint tea}

{A rather shiny gift: Bulova watch}

{Easily one of the best perfumes I’ve ever laid my hands on}

{A rather cute treat from Panera}

{A new favorite decoration}

{Dangerously good hot chocolate}

{Baking with cinnamon and sugar}

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