littlemousling: Picture of Brendon Urie holding a drink (Brendon)
If you like Brendon Urie's dorkishness, you may want to open this cut tag. )

Explanation:
The first photo is Brendon making faces at Zack during a dinner they had in China; the second is a promotional photo of the main swan from Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake; and the last is a gif created by [livejournal.com profile] twentysomething (predates the China photo and, as far as I know, has nothing to do with Swan Lake and a lot to do with Brendon's habit of doing duck-face in photos).

ETA: No swans, but I think this is my new favorite gif. Ever. )
littlemousling: Image of a pansy (flower) (pansy)
Television: In my basement apartment in Toronto, my cat amuses himself by sitting on the windowsills, at sidewalk level, watching other cats and various small animals pass by.

Radio: Here in Manhattan, where the window points to a fire escape and an alley, my cat amuses himself by sitting in front of the door, listening to people moving around in the halls.

Reggie playing with his scratching post
littlemousling: Street sign from Toronto's gay village (Church and Wellesley)
So I have managed to be traveling or otherwise tied up (er ... not like that. Maybe next year!) for every single Pride in every city I've lived in since I've been an adult.

Last year I was in North Carolina, ffs, at the straightest wedding on the planet. The year before that I was in a car all day, and the year before that my parents were in town (and I accidentally ended up sitting with my mother inside a pub with the dyke march almost visible through the windows, which was ... slightly awkward. #nudity #andmymother #justsaying).


ANYWAY, so this year I am in NYC, and I DON'T KNOW IF YOU'VE HEARD BUT A MARRIAGE EQUALITY BILL WAS JUST SIGNED INTO LAW? THAT HAPPENED, so of fucking course I went.

And I got to go with [personal profile] amazonziti and [personal profile] mistresscurvy, who are basically the best possible people to do anything at all with. This also meant that, yk, I was basically attending this gay event in the most lesbian way possible: with my ex-girlfriend. ::bows:: Oh, and she ran into an ex-girlfriend from college, because THAT IS HOW THE QUEER COMMUNITY ROLLS, MOTHERFUCKER. \o/

Okay, pictures! Just imagine 90% of these with "Born this Way" playing in the background, because holy shit did that terrible fucking song get played over. And over. And over. One of the times I did a little dance of joy because I thought they were playing Madonna, but, of course, it was not.

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SO MANY RAINBOWS )

In conclusion:
BEST SIGN: "NY said Yes." Simple and lovely!
BEST T-SHIRTS: "Our next march is down the aisle"--there were a million of these, and they all said "Marriage Equality June 2011" on the back. Those were either printed in hope or very, very fast.
BEST FLOAT: Definitely the one for The Door, which had a phenomenal DJ and got the crowd dancing and going wild
BEST GROUP NAME: The Flaggots, an awesome flag-dancing troupe
BEST CROWD RESPONSE: Governor Cuomo
littlemousling: Cropped photo of four colorful hacky sacks (juggling)
Thursday: Waited on two techs from Time Warner; one was to fix the internet (down, along with the phone and TV, but I care not at all about those), and the other to install wireless because this apartment is living in the 90s.

Wireless tech arrives first, because Time Warner is not the smartest operation on the planet. HOWEVER, he proceeds to spend ninety minutes finding and fixing the source of the outage (a clipped wire way up in the ceiling, out in the hall), such that I can go ahead and cancel the other tech appointment. I've never tipped someone that much in my life, and it still felt like too little. &tech guy;

(Random: in the course of cancelling the appointment, the customer-service rep asked some technical questions I couldn't answer, so I handed the phone to the tech. She mistakenly thought he was my father for a minute. Upon getting the phone back, she said, "I heard you say father, but with your last name, I was kind of surprised that your dad would have a Jamaican accent." Trufax.)

Friday: (anyone else have the song stuck in your head now? Okay.) Dinner with my kid sister! We're both in NYC all summer, which is awesome because we've really never had that much time together as adults (or when we have it's been TOO MUCH time, like 24/7 during the holidays). Being able to hang out once or twice a week as adult women? I am really really happy about it.

We went for tapas (delicious--on 95th juuuust west of Broadway, great little red-painted place, hip but not exclusive) and then walked to where the Pinkberry website swore we would find one of their stores. Actually in that location: Morningside Park, on one side, and huge, fantastic cathedrals on the other. Definitely no Pinkberry in either. We got Ben&Jerry's and called it good.

Sister with one of the cathedrals! Not a Pinkberry )

Saturday: Yummy lunch with my [personal profile] mistresscurvy, the new X-Men movie with her and eight other fangirls, drinks with same, and then an awesome Jay Brannan concert.

The X-Men movie is very entertaining, which is not to say that it's good. But it KNOWS it isn't good, and doesn't take itself seriously, and that's plenty good enough for me for a franchise flick. On the scale of reboots, it's definitely not Star Trek 11*, but it's cute and fun and engaging and definitely worth going to see with a big group of fangirls, because I really am not a slashgoggles person as a general rule? But they were really painting it on thick.
*Speaking of which, when is the next Star Trek coming out, ffs? It's been WAY too long. I need some Pine and Quinto and Saldana in my life.

Jay Brannan is awesome; video evidence below )

And tomorrow I am seeing Super 8 with my kid sister, catching up on my Bar class, and reading some more BBB (best so far, highly recommended: the rugby AU sequel; the girl!Mikey fic; the trans Jon fic; the elf AU sequel. Possibly others but those one jump to mind first).

Done!

Jun. 3rd, 2011 07:36 pm
littlemousling: Photo of Kalinda, character from The Good Wife, in front of books of statutes (law)
My articling term is over! I have completed all of the requirements to be admitted to the Bar in Ontario! I just have to go in tomorrow to sign the rolls (apparently actually a binder--how déclassé!) and then show up in barrister's robes for the Call, and I'm a lawyer.*

*Arguably also I have to pay yet more fees and get insured to REALLY be a lawyer, but we're ignoring that part today.


Here is the utterly adorable gift my office gave each of the articling students at the not-very-surprising surprise party today:

Barrister's robes wine bottle

It's wine with barrister's robes! ADORABLE. Little things like this are such a wonderful part of working in an office full of women. I miss that already.
littlemousling: Image of a pansy (flower) (pansy)
Graduated from law school

Studied for, took, and passed the Ontario Barrister and Solicitor examinations

Transitioned from my student permit to a brand-new work permit, gaining an entirely new status in Canada

Worked the first five months of my ten-month articling contract

Appeared in courts for four cities, including both Ontario Court of Justice and Superior Court of Justice levels in one of those cities

Handled approximately 200 files in said courts, meaning dealing with about 160 individuals and about 40 "no-shows"

Drafted some cool affidavits, including one that resulted in a single mother receiving a cheque for more than $25,000 in back child support

Took a two-week driving trip across the Atlantic Provinces

Me in Cape Breton

Met and ensnared the delightful [personal profile] mistresscurvy, and am coming up on six months of wonderful long-distance romance with her

Made radical changes to my sexual self-image, holy fucking shit \o/

Saw Adam Lambert in concert three times, in three different cities: Toronto, Montreal (St-Jean), and New Orleans

Saw My Chemical Romance twice, in New York and Toronto

Saw Miike Snow in Toronto, Janelle Monae in Buffalo, and Catherine Russell in Rochester

Spent eight weekends in New York City

Attended an orgy, participated in a booty call, and got my nipples pierced

Volunteered for eight Saturdays filling out tax returns for low-income individuals

Appeared on the CBC, albeit as a background voice/audience member

Leased a car, and acquired car, renter's, and life insurance

Was stupendously happy
littlemousling: Brad Bell and Adam Lambert being smoking hot in a photo (bradam hotness)
It was awesome, basically.

I mean, combining subtropical weather, Adam Lambert, and a minibreak with my [personal profile] mistresscurvy was never going to end any other way, but seriously, y'all: fabulous.

The lovely and fun [personal profile] no_detective was with us the whole weekend; she and [personal profile] mistresscurvy arrived together from their homeland, and I from mine, at about the same time, which was handy for getting to the B&B, and getting the whistle-stop tour from the owner, Dave (who runs it with his partner, Dale).

On his recommendation we went for late-night tapas and discovered that we were in a place where people can, and do, smoke indoors. CULTURE SHOCK AHOY.

The next morning (well ... afternoon. But it was a lovely morning indoors) we went walking around the French Quarter, which was pretty awesome. The plants down there are AWESOME, and the bugs! We saw a gorgeous butterfly, really cool huge cockroaches, tiny little geckos, and about a billion beautiful plants. [personal profile] mistresscurvy was terribly, terribly amused at my, shall we say, bubbly enjoyment of these things.

Butterfly!:
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We also ate, like, everything in the city. And drank up a storm. That was all pretty marvelous, although my stomach's not super thrilled with me today.

Sunday also started late (I'm being subtle, right? Totes subtle), and we went out and did a little more shopping; [personal profile] mistresscurvy got some earrings and a really, really hot hat (I CANNOT SAY ENOUGH ABOUT HOW HOT THE HAT IS, YOU GUYS), and we saw the Mississippi because that's important.

SERIOUSLY THIS HAT ZOMG:
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Oh, and we also were totally among the many people who walked over to Cafe du Monde after Adam tweeted about it. We had only been about a block away, so we were there within five minutes, but the glamtroupe was nowhere in evidence. So, we had some beignets, we took some photos (like the one above), and we left satisfied.

Back at the B&B I managed to lose a ball off of one of my nipple piercings, and intense searching did not turn it up. I have my own theory as to what might have happened. BUT ANYWAY, we got ready for the concert, had a quick dinner, and got to the venue, where we met up with several fangirls I'd been looking forward to meeting, yay! And we caught most of Alli's performance (SO SORRY, Alli--we misunderstood the time!); she was fantastic as always, and having fun with the crowd.

Also [personal profile] mistresscurvy and I long-distance danced. I can't really explain it adequately? But it was AWESOME.

Adam was, of course, spectacular. You could tell the whole group was having a great time; there was a lot of giggling and fun onstage, and a lot of ad-libbing, including Adam miming popping LSD during Down the Rabbit Hole and ecstasy during IIHY ("Life would be a party, it'd be ecstasy"), and sneaking up behind Tommy during his intro solo and then being all, "Wait where'd he go?" when Tommy didn't notice and retreated for Monte's intro, lol.

Cut for awesome but flashing gif of Adam getting ~down during the concert )

So, yes--fantastic. And then we all went dancing! (Well, OK, first we went to the barricades--weird bad setup, but we were close enough to shout encouragement at Adam. Well, I shouted "Great show, man!" and [personal profile] mistresscurvy shouted "Thanks for my girlfriend!" but encouragement is close enough, right?)

DANCING. So much fun! [personal profile] mistresscurvy and I clearly have to go dancing again. Often. And the guys at the club were all lovely; one did this hilarious campy number in a windowsill and cracked us all up. The DJ announced $3 Long Island Iced Teas and we all had one, which was great except I'm a total lightweight and the group (totally reasonably) assumed I knew JUST how alcoholic those things are. BOY DID I NOT. Oops.

We danced our way over to the club across the street when Adam turned up there, and that move means that now Drake (yes, Drake) has seen me making out with my girlfriend in a club. Now there's a trippy thought, since I've seen him making out with his then-boyfriend in a car. IT'S ALL A GIANT CIRCLE. WITH TONGUE. ... I should have a Lambry icon, clearly.

We didn't get in the group around the VIP door to see Adam, and we left before he came out into the crowd, but frankly, I don't really care--it was a fantastic, fantastic night and none of it required close contact with Adam, ykwim? There was dancing and kissing and ~dancing and singing and dancing and people and dancing and alcohol and dancing. It was pretty perfect.

... of course, if we HAD met Adam, I'd be singing a different tune. ;) But as is--perfect weekend. Wouldn't change a thing.
littlemousling: Cartoon beaver joyously waving a Canadian flag (beaver)
(Warnings: strong language, sarcasm, terms I see as reclaiming but you may reasonably see as offensive (eg dyke), inebriation, nationalism, sexual content, innuendo, a general lack of filters or boundaries. And you should see the unedited version.)

Toronto, Ontario )

Montreal, Quebec )

En route to Miramishi )

Miramishi, New Brunswick )

En route to Moncton, New Brunswick )

Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick )

From Maritimes Trip 2010


Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island )

Other parts of Prince Edward Island )

Ferry to the mainland )

Driving the Nova Scotia coast )

Cabot Trail )

From Maritimes Trip 2010


East side of Cape Breton and mainland NS )

(NOT TWEETED: HALIFAX. Very brief, very traumatic stop. PSA: DO NOT BOOK STAYS AT THE BACKPACKERS' THERE.)

Fredericton, New Brunswick )

Maine )

New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut )

NYC )

Rochester, NY )
littlemousling: Yarn with a Canadian dime for scale (Default)
Getting a spindle (well ... four) has gotten me totally back into spinning. Because it's awesome. And although both my pairs of existing handspun socks haven't worn well, the ones I knit from this yarn should, because it's cabled (you spin a bunch of "singles"---thin strands---then ply (twist) them together, then ply two of those together in the other direction) and feels very taut and strong, yay.

Also, it is pretty. And I am super happy with how I managed to get four separate plies to line up such that the socks will stripe, instead of being all muddy and run together. AWESOMEPANTS, basically. I am sooooo doing this again, a lot.
littlemousling: Yarn with a Canadian dime for scale (Default)

Laurel in rowboat
Originally uploaded by littlemousling
Hey, all! The family and I are up (down) at Lake Canandaigua, taking two weeks to swim, boat, kayak, and laze about. Laurel managed to get here for a couple of days between Herkimer and Hawaii, and we amused ourselves by taking, cough, about 190 photos of each other. This one's Laurel in the dinghy; click through and check out the rest of 'em!
littlemousling: Yarn with a Canadian dime for scale (Default)
-lived in Italy for four months
-lost 50 pounds
-was accepted to the only law school to which I applied
-worked full-time for three months and part-time for one month
-opened a retirement account
-knit one sweater, one lace shawl, one pair of thrummed mittens, one pair of camel mittens, two pairs of convertible mittens, two lace scarves, one wrap, one pair of fingerless mittens, and nineteen pairs of socks
-bought a wheel and learned to spin
-won a blue ribbon for some orange three-ply yarn
-took classes on Italian art history, Latin writers, Greco-Roman mythology, modern Italian history, work/family issues, modern Middle Eastern history, Petrarch and Boccaccio, and a senior seminar in Classics
-visited London and York (and De Gaulle airport, three times)
-visited Ostia Antica, Nettuno, Tivoli, Titignano, Todi, Torino (Turin), Naples, Pompeii, Florence, etc
-took 3000 photos
-got to see Olympic hockey and ice dancing
-apparently had the following conversation (in York):
Laurel: "Watch that step, it's slippery."
Me: "You're like my sherpa. We should get you a yak!"
Laurel: "No one's ever told me I needed a yak before."

Pair 11

Apr. 8th, 2006 04:21 am
littlemousling: Yarn with a Canadian dime for scale (Default)
According to the Journal on Neurology,

"Knitting is one of 13 activities shown to reduce the risk of developing dementia by as much as 38%."

I think knitting socks - and knitting this pair in nine days - is PROOF of dementia. But that's just me.
littlemousling: Yarn with a Canadian dime for scale (Default)

Italian cable socks
Originally uploaded by littlemousling.
Maybe I should give up and just make this an all-photo journal.

Finished another pair of socks. This is, in fact, pair #10. I only have 6, because I'm too damn generous.

Apparently I missed a partial eclipse yesterday. How many of you remember that one from - what was it, fourth grade? Thaat was AMAZING.

Petrarch

Mar. 2nd, 2006 01:53 am
littlemousling: Yarn with a Canadian dime for scale (Default)

Petrarch
Originally uploaded by littlemousling.
Is it just me, or has the artist dressed Petrarch like the nurse from Romeo and Juliet?

Show some respect, people!

Went to Florence yesterday (and Monday, too); this is outside the Uffizzi Gallery.

Ask me about my run-in with bird flu!

Teensy jug

Feb. 9th, 2006 05:18 pm
littlemousling: Yarn with a Canadian dime for scale (Default)

Teensy jug
Originally uploaded by littlemousling.
I'm celebrating having all my photos and files back where they belong by forcing a photo on my friends. Hmm.

Anyway, this is one of about a hundred billion cool things I saw in three hours at the Vatican Museums yesterday.
littlemousling: Yarn with a Canadian dime for scale (Default)

Modernworld
Originally uploaded by littlemousling.
This is from the last "school trip," to Todi, a beautiful medieval hill town in Umbria. Tomorrow is the next trip, to Hadrian's Villa and the Villa d'Este. I can't wait!
littlemousling: Yarn with a Canadian dime for scale (Default)

Italian Elephant
Originally uploaded by littlemousling.
You know you're in Italy when even the zoo animals are smoking.


Went to the Villa Borghese yesterday. The museum was closed (and requires a prenotata, a reservation, anyway) but the zoo was open - and ammmmaaaaaazzzzing. Just wait for the giraffe photos. And I'm only a metro ride away even at the Residence.

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