The One I Love

Hubby’s blog has a great feature. He calls it “Songs of the Day”, in which he does a little essay on a song he particularly loves and why.

I don’t think he’s done David Gray’s “The One I Love”. I adore it. I can’t do the music justice, like hubby could, but the lyrics get me right in the pumper every single time I listen to the song.

Scene: The singer/narrator is dying. He’s in the middle of battle, bullets flying everywhere, and he’s hit, leaking life faster than he’s leaking blood. The setting is jarringly beautiful – it’s a perfect summer’s night, not a wind that breathes. Bullets whispering gently amongst the new green leaves.

As he’s dying, he’s thinking of his love. And announcing to anyone, the repo man (presumably coming to claim his soul) and the stars above, that she’s the one he loves.

What’s special about the song is that is starts slowly, a lament from a wounded soldier. But it becomes happier, bouncier and more up-tempo as he approaches death. He becomes happier the closer he gets to death. Why would that be?

The final stanza is the answer. He’s in the afterlife. It’s not a fiery hell, it’s not Elysium. It’s more perfect and mundane than that: it’s the little hotel on the water that the love birds frequented – dinner and dancing. He reaches out his hand, she takes it, and they step out onto the old dance floor. Where he spends eternity with her, twisting and shouting and doing the Turtle Dove.

Not a bad vision of heaven. Yee hee, he croons as the song ends. He’s won the lottery, dancing with her in his arms forever, as ocean waves crash nearby.

But Hubby does it better. One example of many many:

https://theneedlefish.com/2018/06/14/song-of-the-day-the-dream-academy-please-please-please-let-me-get-what-i-want/

 

Nordstrom: The horror

Another instalment of Horrible & Expensive Jeans, courtesy of Nordstrom.

My friend Janet was on Twitter about these jeans a couple weeks ago. In addition to being droopy & unsightly (and apparently pre-worn & dirty), they are Cdn$756. I think even Giselle Bundchen would look unattractive in them.

 

So I thought I’d peruse the Nordstrom site and see what other horrors are on offer:

These are called jeans with “side panels”. They retail at Cdn$1200. And come with a free trip to the Emergency Department (at least in Canada, where emergency health care is free). I think they would really work with the camel-toed shoes from yesterday.

“Snow imitation pearl-embellished”. For only Cdn$1500. They are supposed to look like you were caught in a snow storm. Or in a paint ball game that uses sticky pom-poms and pearls.

“Oversized pocket jeans” – with handy pockets on the calves. Because that’s how I like to carry my keys around – as close to my ankles as possible. Bargain priced at Cdn$1300.

And I’m debating which is more awful:  the “hem flare” jeans or  the “frill flare” jeans. I think the see-through hem flare wins. (Although the frill flare is more expensive.) I also think they really don’t work with sneakers. I also don’t understand what Ms Frill Flare is wearing on her feet. It looks like a turquoise bathroom brush duct-taped onto her foot.

But to redeem Nordstrom a teeny bit, I think these jeans would be pretty amazing on the right (very tall skinny) person:

Although they are Cdn$900+, which is about $800 – $850 more than I pay for my jeans @ Reitmans or The Gap.

 

 

 

 

 

The fashion insanity continues

Apparently these are real. My law firm’s Gal Friday, Franca, took a picture of them last week. They are “camel-toed” shoes.

They were in Specchio’s window. According to an internet search, they also come in flats:

That’s attractive.

Specchio is a ridiculous shoe store on Bay Street, a stone’s throw from my office, where you may find a decent pair of boots amongst displays of $1200 sneakers that are irrationally ugly.

I walked by Specchio’s window later this week and didn’t see the camel-toed monstrosities. I’m hoping they were removed after complaints from passers-by; I fear they were sold.

Pam Anderson’s crustless quiche w/ sausage & apple

Made this for dinner last night:

Very easy:

2 large eggs
1/2 cup liquid egg whites
5 oz evaporated milk (fat-free)
2 tsp Dijon mustard
Pepper
1/4 tsp sage

Whisk together in medium bowl.

Filling:
2 tsp vegetable oil
3 large chicken/turkey sausages, casings removed and crumbled
1 large Granny Smith (or whatever) apple, cored and cut into medium dice

Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausages and cook until no longer pink. Add apples and saute until golden brown, a few minutes.

Pour mixture and filling into pie plate sprayed with Pam. Top with grated cheddar cheese (about 3/4 cup). Cook at 400 for 25-30 minutes until set.

Let stand for 5 minutes. Cut into 4 wedges and serve with salad.

Slightly adapted from Pam Anderson’s (no, not the Baywatch one) The Perfect Recipe for Losing Weight and Eating Great.

Love all her cookbooks.

Note to self: things to write about

Found this list on Pinterest under the heading 56 Lists to Make When You are Feeling Down. I’m intrigued by the seemingly random number 56.

Here are the suggestions:

About yourself:

  1. Favorite memories
  2. Your best qualities
  3. Best days you’ve lived
  4. Compliments you’ve received
  5. What you like the most about yourself
  6. Your most precious possessions
  7. Bucket list of things to do
  8. Things that make you happy
  9. Positive adjectives to describe yourself
  10. Your values
  11. Favorite ways to relax
  12. Fun things to do at home

About your people:

  1. People you love
  2. People loving you
  3. How you met your favorite people
  4. People you would like to meet
  5. What you like to do with your friends
  6. What you like to do with your family
  7. People you would like to reconnect with
  8. Things you would like to do with your friends & family
  9. People who inspire you
  10. Every friend you ever made
  11. People who have positively influenced you
  12. Gift ideas for your favorite people
  13. Everything you love about your partner
  14. People you want to send a thank you note to
  15. Date night ideas

About your accomplishments:

  1. Things that you are grateful for
  2. Things you are proud of
  3. The scariest things you’ve done
  4. Dreams that became reality
  5. Biggest accomplishments
  6. Ways to celebrate your wins
  7. All the things you are good at

About your dreams:

  1. Life goals
  2. Countries you would like to visit
  3. Things you would like to do
  4. Stories you would like to write about
  5. Adventures you would like to live
  6. Dreams for the future
  7. Where you would like to live
  8. What you will be doing in the next few years
  9. Things you would like to get
  10. Skills you would like to learn
  11. Wish list

Your favourite things:

  1. Favorite songs
  2. Funniest jokes
  3. Favorite movies
  4. Favorite TV shows
  5. Favorite books
  6. Favorite places
  7. Favorite food
  8. Favorite restaurants
  9. Favorite parks in town
  10. Favorite quotes
  11. Favorite podcasts

I’m inclined to start with my favourites.