A Nice Little Start to the Season


Today’s Perfect Moment is a simple one.  One of my coworkers was kind enough to buy everyone a 25 days of Christmas Calendar (Advent Calendar).  So now, I have 25 days of little chocolate treats to devour at completely inappropriate times.

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On the Eve of the Test


Tomorrow morning, the students I have been working with for the last twelve weeks (not including today) will be taking their FCE Exam (First Certificate in English).  I just wanted to write this post to encourage them before tomorrow.  Good luck

Remember students

  • You can do it.
  • I believe in you.
  • You’ve studied hard and now is the time to show what you can do.
  • Do it for yourself.
  • You’re capable enough and smart enough.



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Let’s Here if for the Underdogs!


Another year and another Grey Cup final.  Say what you want, but Canadian football is entertaining.  This year was no exception as overtime was needed to decide a winner.

What makes this another of Today’s Perfect Moments is that I got to continue the family tradition of watching the game with my Dad.  For the past 15 or so we have watched the Grey Cup finals.  If my alma mater (Western) ever makes it back to the Vanier Cup we will watch that one too.  You might see it as stereotypical male bonding–but that doesn’t bother me at all.

Actually, I am thinking of taking my Dad to a Notre Dame football game next year.  I have adopted this team (for reasons that I cannot explain even to myself)  and have decided that I need to see a game in person.  I figure we can make a nice weekend out of it.

Back to the Grey Cup.   Congratulations Ottawa.  I always love it when the underdog wins.

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I Can’t Be the Only One

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It is early Grey Cup Sunday Morning and I am eagerly anticipating watching the game with my Dad. I don’t have a horse in the race since my team (the Toronto Argonauts) had an abysmal season.  Frankly, I don’t know who to root for, but I am sure I can sort that out before the kickoff.

As for breakfast and Today’s Perfect Moment (so far), well, I decided to go with a classic. Cold Pizza.  I am sure some of you out there can relate.  I can’t be the only one who finds this to be amazing.  I am not talking full on bacon, eggs, waffles amazing, but still.

I had a friend in Japan who told his Japanese homestay family that he wanted cold pizza for breakfast.  Rather than order it the night before and let it get cold naturally, they had the pizza place open early and deliver his warm pizza–which they then put in the refrigerator.

At least they tried.

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Bloor Street by Night


The addition to the ROM (Royal Ontario Museum) opened in 2007.  It certainly isn’t as controversial as the pyramid is at the Louvre, but it does raise some eyebrows.  I have even heard stories of it’s effect on the exhibits inside.  I have heard that is is ruining some items.  I honestly do not know if this is true.

What I do know is that at night, when walking towards it on Bloor street, it does indeed look spectacular.  It juts out onto the street and really can’t be ignormr-tonkatsued.

I took this picture after dinner with my friends but before the after dinner drinks. Sorry, I can’t show you those photos.  Dinner was Tonkatsu, one of my favourite Japanese dishes.  If you have never had it….you should.


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Snow Underfoot


It was eerily quiet as I left the house this early morning, leaving me all to aware of the sound of the snow crunching underfoot. The ground was covered in a thin layer of white, reflecting the street lamps and store signs, though not making it any brighter.

I knew taking the bus would be better than the drive and the anxiety of the first snow day. Let someone else do the driving and be distracted by my latest library find seemed like a good idea.  The bus would warm, maybe too warm.  The seats would seem more crowded with my fellow commuters’ bulky jackets taking up space.

I surveyed the scene once again. The gusts had blown some of the snow away from the sidewalks, leaving a windblown Rorschach test for those who were not preoccupied with their phones or their music.  Some ideas came to mind but had to be abandoned as the bus was coming and I was a few metres short of my goal.


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Opting to Celebrate

It’s Sunday night and as an end to my weekend.  Rather than search for Today’s perfect moment, I am going to make it for myself.  A couple of Japanese chocolates should do the trick.  It’s much better to celebrate the weekend that was, rather than dread the Monday that will be.


Just for the record, my favourite is the dark brown one with the coffee nougat filling.

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Not Unexpected

It was predicted. It was not unexpected.  It was inevitable.  It was never beyond the realm of impossible.  It was quite a sight when I woke up in the morning.  If you think I am talking about Trump….you’re wrong.

No, instead, I am thinking about snow. The white blanket has returned.  Barely enough to announce its presence, and certainly not nearly enough to ski on.  However, it is a clear indication that as all Game of Thrones fans have heard before.  Winter is coming.

Normally the first snowfall happens when I am at work and the audible shrieks of delight or confusion or just plain wonder escape my students lips. For some of them, this will be the first time they have ever seen snow.  Now, before it gets truly cold and before the snow makes slush piles on the road, they will be happy.  I wonder how they will feel in January.


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Shopping Irony


Life is funny. I stopped off at the grocery store yesterday because I thought Cliff Bars were on sale.  It turns out I was completely wrong and only discovered that after scouring the store looking for them.  While I resisted buying other (will call it replaced anger rather than displaced anger) treats, I was not particularly happy when I got home and rechecked the flyers to understand my mistake.

I have to admit that I have become addicted to these tings and eat a few every week. They are calorie laden, but delicious.  When I am riding my bike I like to have a couple on hand because “bonking” (having a complete loss of energy while riding) is horrible.  Having no energy while teaching is equally bad, and no amount of coffee and bitterness towards students and management can overcome that.

Oddly enough, one of my students was eating a Cliff Bar. She volunteered the information that they were on sale at the corner.  I went to the store on the way home and happily discovered that the sale price was even cheaper than I had been expecting the night before.  What that means is my stupidity (or lack of smarts when it comes to reading the fliers) actually saved me a couple of bucks.

I guess we can slap the tag of irony on that one.  And no, I wouldn’t be laughing is it had happened the other way around.


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And This Is November…

What a beautiful day it was.

My bus ride seemed slower than usual, but that gave me time to look out the window and see all the changes that have taken place, or are going to take place. Some local bars have changed names (and presumably owners), making a few of them seem more attractive.  New housing developments have broken ground and some tired looking properties have been spruced up.

The bus can be uncomfortable, but a little effort to get along seems possible. The guy beside me thought that my ribs were a good place for his elbows.  When I explained that this was uncomfortable to me, he wondered allowed about what he could do.  When I explained that if I didn’t put my elbows into his ribs, he should be able to do the same.  He had no come back for that one.

The novel I am reading (Seoul Survivors by Naomi Foyle) picked up speed and the investment in reading the first hundred pages paid off.  What started as a bit of a labour has improved dramatically.

This middle of November day was quite warm. Winter was the furthest thing from my mind and made the walk from the station to my workplace really great.  I was not alone in this thinking and many other people also seemed to slow their pace and enjoy this last gasp before…I had better not say it.


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