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27 November 2005

no exams!

...but that means that I have 5 major assignments all due before the 12th. Watch me disappear. Or, watch me say that I'm going to disappear, and then watch me continue to blog, paint, cook elaborate meals, laze around discussing life in coffeeshops, attend plays, take buses to the end of their lines, rent children's movies and get into the Christmas groove far too early.

Those festivities were all packed into this weekend. And I wonder why I spend my entire Sundays at the library. It's all catching up.

A bunch of us finally made it to Victoria Park for the revered Winter Wonderland
treelighting ceremony. Surrounded by parents with bobbing children on their shoulders and pre-teens giggling in their parkas, I felt quite outnumbered. London so often feels like a town run by students that it's a bit of a shock when you're an age-group anomaly on your own turf: not a child, not yet a yuppie.

It was very pretty and cold and over-lit and jolly. I proposed the idea of my roommates and I taking turns pulling eachother to class in toboggans, but was shot down horribly. Being pulled in a a sled through fluffy snow, all puffed up in my pink jacket and red kitten balaclava and waiting for my dad to buy me a hot chocolate at the Richmond Hill winter carnival ...it doesn't get much better than that. Except it does, in a way.

I think there are still a lot of holiday festivites that remain uncorrupted by commercialization. The Winter Wonderland was free, welcoming to all and simple. I appreciate something like this more than ever when every other night's entertainment costs at least a few bucks.

Amy, who was feeling particularly inspired by the family-friendly festivities said

"Guys, usually Christmas makes me want a boyfriend but this year it makes me want a baby."

This was even more hilarious coming from a girl who hits the gym every day to prepare for her January police testing. Let me ask you, does this look like the face of a future law enforcer?

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Fierce and ferocious, Amy will be the very picture of authority and vigilant law enforcement.

Aside from old spitfire mcGuire, a few other ladies were charmed by the kids as well. The idea of a communal "child pet" was even suggested. I'm not sure how much seriousness was in this statement idea, but maybe everyone just wants some child-like joy in their lives. Maybe we're getting older? Maybe it's just that pre-exam time where magic is in the air and anything goes. hmmm

10 comments:

Amy said...

Dall, you just made me laugh so hard that I think the people who live below me think I'm nuts!! Haha, I love you!

Paige said...

I will totally participate in the child pet.. tho it would have been wiser to plan it a year ago... :)

alex said...

haha, ohh our maternal instincts.. how weirdly sweet.

and did you say you had a pink coat and a red kitten balaclava? dallas, how STYLISH.

dallas said...

Ah yes, the child pet. Maybe we should stick to babysitting for now. Yeah, I loved that balaclava with all my heart. I want to find a new one but I think I'd be walking alone to class if I wore it...sigh

b said...

are you implying something?

hhaha

Pranay said...

easily going to be the worst cop ever. what is she going to do, sing to the criminals in jail.

terrashmerra said...

a child pet for the holidays, how delightful. and the lighting was lovely, it reminded me of how it's done in my little town as well. i wish we got to hear you girls sing though !

although my hot chocolate was not minty, a little bailey's added a certain je ne sais quoi ...

dallas said...

I am making it my goal to add baileys to every food/drink item that I can this holiday season. From hot chocolate to fudge to...um, ice cream? Anything to get me through all these papers!

Amy said...

Pranay... you're done...

invitationinside said...

omg how i love amy and can totally hear her saying this hahahah