Friday, September 03, 2010

A whirlwind trip to Toronto

I had a fantastic time visiting with my sister and then with her and her husband today. We walked, we talked, we laughed; it was so much fun. I'm really happy that I went to meet up with her because I've missed her (and the rest of my family). I wish she'd been able to stay longer so that we could have seen more of the city as her and her husband are very interested in older architecture and there's lots of that in Toronto.

Last night I took myself to see The Disappearance of Alice Creed, a UK movie about two guys who kidnap a woman  for ransom money. Everything starts to unravel and things don't go as they planned.

It's not your normal type of kidnapping movie: there are only three characters and two major locations used in the film, and there isn't that much dialogue. There's also very little music in this movie, this, combined with the lack of dialogue makes the movie very quiet and subtle. It's a very minimalist film and it really works: the story, characterizations, and actions are realistic and natural.  There's not a lot of action in the film and almost no violence, so this one isn't for everyone. It's worth seeing, however.

Between last night and today I've done so much walking that my feet and calves are really sore. I took the bus instead of driving into the city because I didn't want to drive downtown or worry about parking, and that turned out to be a good decision because I was so tired by the time I got home.

I'm going to take the bus the next time I'm in Toronto, which will be at the end of October. There's a young women's breast cancer conference happening then that I'm planning to attend. The theme for the conference is "Mind, Body, Spirit" which fits in with the stuff I take at the local cancer support center. A few people from my online support groups are going and I'm really looking forward to meeting them. It'll be great fun to see new people and to learn new ways of living and coping with the cancer.

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