November is a hard month. In Canada, the days get shorter, our clocks change (unless you live in Saskatchewan), the sun is down before we even leave our offices. The cold, wet weather drives us all indoors. I've heard people say that November is the longest month for them - the one that seems to drag on forever. I don't find that as much; I think March is worse, and there's so much to do in November if we can only bundle ourselves up, throw on our Wellies, and get out of the house (harder than it sounds). Here are some reasons why November is actually pretty OK, if you can get over the dark storminess:
10-Mile orange, though there's plenty of that around at this time of year, too).
< This is a view from my hotel room in the Hilton Bonaventure in Montreal last week (Nov. 7th). Lots of yellow still!
2. Masquerade. Summer is far too warm and humid to endure having a piece of costumery stuck to your face for hours. But November! November is perfect. Swap our your Jack-Frost-thwarting balaclava for something fun and glittery, and also enjoy a little too much attention at the party you're attending. Or, you can borrow a trick from my friend Amanda, who decided to throw a semi-formal masquerade party for her 30th birthday. No boring folks allowed.
Pro-tip: While getting ready, blast 'Masquerade', from the Phantom of the Opera, which you have on vinyl, at your stereo's maximum volume, and make your cat prance along to the music. Masqueraaaaade! Paper faces on parade! Masqueraaade! Hide your face so the world will never find you!
3. Remember. It's always good to remember, but we set aside November 11th for this particular reason, and so I like to make sure I don't miss it. War is so removed from the lives of most of us - even if we know someone in the Canadian Forces - that it's quite easy to let schedules and other mundane crap get in the way of taking a moment to think on something as profound as the total ravages and destruction of the wars of the last century. It's been almost one hundred years since the beginning of World War 1, but I'm not sure that we've learned anything since that horrible time, except how to kill each other more efficiently. Not good, humanity! Not progress! Take a moment to be glad that you're alive, and that we enjoy freedom and safety here in this country. Many people do not have these things.
Drew and I went to the AGO First Thursday to see this exhibit, and also caught Zaki Ibrahim and her band for one of the highest energy shows I've seen lately, and that's saying a lot when it's in a museum. Check out her songs and get your heart banging and blood pumping with some serious dance moves - you won't feel the cold at all.