scenes seen

if you’re in ontario, happy civic holiday monday! this is one of the most confusing holidays we have: no one really seems entirely clear on exactly what is open and what is closed. you can go shopping…

seen on king street @ ow sports

seen in the neighbouring helen ann shop

…provided the store in question does not consider august sunshine > potential sales!

likely, everyone’s hanging out here!

cute sign, eh? ethel's is a happening patio scene on any given sunny aft!

i’m playing working at the store today for a few hours – it’s a toss-up whether we’ll be busy or not! (holiday – people go shopping since they’re off; holiday – people flee the city because they’re off).

the saturday sky as seen on saturday

whenever i leave home, i ensure i have four items in my knapsack: wallet; blackberry; keys; camera. yea! thanks to blogging i never leave home without my camera now, because you just never know when you’ll come across a fun photo opportunity. [have to tell you about one i missed last week, though – -> there was a convertible parked in uptown waterloo, and a mannequin had been dumped unceremoniously into the backseat, her legs sticking straight up in the air. i was on a mission and didn’t snap a pic, and now i’m kicking myself. the funny thing is, as i walked by some guy on the sidewalk was taking a photo! so, i’m not the only one who found it very amusing!].

seen on regina street

this sign – it should be billboard sized, don’t you think? – was outside the yoga spot that you see noted, there. just a hint – we’re going to see that studio name again tomorrow when i tell you about a new experience! i love suddenly coming across reminders that signal me to grab hold of today and zestfully live life.

another "seen on king street" sight

kid kouture is a children’s wear shop that has been open since march 2009 in uptown waterloo. they feature amazing children’s clothing from canadian and european designers. the shop itself is a work of art: winsome and artful window displays welcome you in to a cosy and colourful floor space. i am so sorry to see that as of the end of july, kid kouture will be closed. it’s too bad that the downtown core is losing an independent entrepreneur; even more, i am sorry for the owner. i can imagine that when you open your own store, it’s your “baby.” it must be really difficult to wrap up operations. i wish the owner all the best in her next ventures.

a window shopping scene:

seen sunday at "the embellished room" in the uptown mall; delightfully girly, no?!

saturday eve included movie scenes!

movie: submarine

i chose to go see submarine because a) it started at 6:30 p.m. b) it was at the princess c) it was about 90 minutes long d) it sounded like my kind of movie.

unfortunately, it was wretchedly terrible! coming-of-age stories have been done before, and much better. submarine reminded me of when i was a member of the ciné-club in chicoutimi (third year university) when we’d see obscure, independent movies that were just trying too hard. since i highly doubt that any of you are going to see this movie (and i encourage you to take a pass), i’ll share a few observations. first, the characters slurred their speech, and sounded like they had marbles in their mouths; the garbled dialogue, combined with the welsh accent, made for challenging aural comprehension. i kept wanting to say, “pardon???“. second, i took an intense dislike to the character of jordana, the protagonist (oliver)’s love interest. i just wanted her smug smirk to please disappear from the screen. third, oliver’s continual doleful expression quickly grew tiresome.

i did appreciate the cinematography, and one highlight was the decor of oliver’s home – not because it was so tastefully appointed, but because it captured the look and feel of the setting completely. the characters i most enjoyed were oliver’s parents – they were great! maybe because they were closer to my age group?! no – they just really played their parts well.

the couple seated beside me walked out after about 40 minutes – that says a lot, eh. bottom line: this was a film outing flop! i give submarine 1.5 stars (* 1/2).

were you a part of any scenes this weekend?

i also did the cleaning/laundry/grocery scene. now i am caught up for a few days!

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  • Johanna B  On August 2, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    I must have taken Monday off because of my desire to celelbrate Civic Day with all you up North. I actually went to a movie on Saturday – Soul Surfer. Not bad. There were 11 of us in the theater. It was at the dollar show (which costs $2). Nice to get out of the heat. We set a record for the day on Monday of 109*F. Hotter than blazes with all the humidity. I’m praying for fall to hurry.

    • 1970kikiproject  On August 2, 2011 at 2:15 pm

      i’ve heard of soul surfer! it actually played a while back at the princess, where i saw “submarine.” have heard other positive reviews, too – glad you liked it! haha, i bet no one was blocking your view, with that few attendees. and what a steal of a price. i LOVE the heat so i cannot say i am wishing for fall!!!

  • The Orchard  On August 1, 2011 at 11:30 am

    That is too bad that Kid Kouture is closing. As you said, I feel bad for the owner who must put their heart and soul into the store. At the same time, I am not surprised. I only went into that store once and was appalled at the prices. While the clothes are beautiful, they are also expensive. The t-shirts were $40-$50. I can’t imagine paying that much for a t-shirt for my kids. I don’t even spend that much on a t-shirt for me. Anyways, it is too bad that the store is closing, but I often wonder who can afford to shop in some of the stores that are Uptown. Many seem high-end.

    We are still in BC enjoying “BC Day”. Funny how is it not consistent across Canada.

    Enjoy your day.


    • 1970kikiproject  On August 1, 2011 at 11:43 am

      Thanks so much for sharing your viewpoint, as a mom, tricia. I agree that the KK items were worthy of the “couture” name!!! And competing with bonnie togs prices and selection would not be easy…
      Enjoy the holiday in BC! “BC day” – very cute!

  • Anonymous  On August 1, 2011 at 10:22 am

    Too bad about the movie – it’s always disappointing when you shell out time and money and it doesn’t work out. Jacob and I are off to see the final Harry Potter today. Definitely doesn’t qualify as ‘indi’ but I have loved the books and the movies – I’m positive I’ll enjoy this one! I’m jazzed to see how they wrap it up in the theatre – I’ve heard nothing but good things. It’s two hours, though, and is going to be a wild ride! 🙂

    Funny you should mention the flightiness of ‘open/not open’. I just asked mum last night what was open today. The universal answer was ‘don’t know’. I’ve decided to not bother needing anything today and just enjoy the movie and the day! Hope you do too!

  • Holly  On August 1, 2011 at 9:12 am

    Too bad the movie was horrible — I haven’t heard of that movie before! I’m very hesitant to see movies in theaters in general because it seems I am more disappointed than not!

    I know what you mean about not being sure if the store will be busy or not — when I worked in retail it could go either way. I think it all depends on the weather as well!

    • 1970kikiproject  On August 1, 2011 at 9:32 am

      you’re so right, holly! rain vs sunshine can really impact retail sales. i don’t know if you can see in the movie poster photo, but ben stiller’s name is used at the top, promoting this film; i would not be so keen to be associated with it, if i were him!!

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