TGIF: Rare Books + The Fault in Our Stars
It’s been one of those perfect weeks in Toronto where you remember why you love the city. You walk around new corners and discover neighbourhoods you’ve never explored before. Random roads and intersections are shut down briefly, only to come back to life as street parties with rides and games. The patios were buzzing, and food always came out fast and hot. With the humidity, the sidewalks were filled with people walking slowly, while eating ice cream cones and laughing with friends. And my TTC rides were all stall-free, which was just a bonus.
I took more than a few time-outs for myself this week: to walk around the U of T campus and take in the beautiful buildings; to explore the Thompson Fisher Rare Book Library and read about each book in its current exhibit; and I’m making a special trip to the Lillian H. Smith Library tomorrow to try and see first edition copies of The Tale of Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny (it’s a Flanders’ family thing).
Something about this trip made me feel more nostalgic than I have in a long time… Maybe it’s because I had such a great week with the team, and it made me realize how much I miss them. I know I can say the same about the few friends I saw/will see this weekend. Or maybe it’s just that this city always fills me with a renewed sense of energy, inspiration, and belief in the crazy opportunities I hope are out there. Whatever the reason, I’m already counting down until my next trip… I can’t wait to come back.
The low of my week was averaging less than 5 hours of sleep/night my first few nights here. But I more than made up for that on Wednesday night, when I crawled into bed for 11 hours and slept for nearly 10.
The high of my week was finally meeting Gail in-person on Tuesday. We went for dim sum, talked shop and laughed a lot. It was awesome.
A blog post I loved was In Defense of the Serious Bucket List. I’ve been daydreaming a lot lately – mostly about places I want to travel – and have been thinking of writing down a list of all the places I’d like to go. David’s post reminded me that it’s not stupid for me to do so – so long as it’s a genuine bucket list. “It reminds you to invest your life consciously, navigating with a long-term vision rather than whatever seems to make sense this particular month or year or decade.”
The best money I spent was $19.99 to see The Fault in Our Stars last night. Even though I’d read the book and knew the storyline, I still shed a few tears.
My plans this weekend include hopefully seeing my old roomie tonight, going for brunch with my friend Melissa tomorrow, going to that library, having dinner with Sara tomorrow night and flying home early Sunday morning. I land in Vancouver at 9am local time, so I can unpack and enjoy a day there too!
How was your week? What are you up to this weekend?