On Friday, I helped Emily move out of her apartment… and goodness- what a workout it was! Carrying boxes up and down four flights of stairs for three hours was quite intense (and did I ever feel it the next day!). Emily however, was like superwoman. She even managed to carry furniture down with the boys! I was very impressed!
Emily gave me a few French fashion magazines, last spring’s issue of Print, a French phrase book, fashion accessories… and lunch! Not only was I getting exercise, but being showered with gifts and food! I had my nose glued to the copy of Print magazine when I wasn’t moving any boxes. There was an interesting article of digital textile printing, and the re-design of classic young adult book covers through the ages. Fascinating!
After moving, I went home to quickly shower and get dressed for my first Montreal room viewing. It was a small room in a huge stone Victorian mansion turned apartment building. The bedroom window over looked St. Denis and Carre St. Louis where I go for ice cream. It is ideally located and the apartment would be shared with three Francophone arts students. After I had asked every question imaginable, I agreed to take the place. They said they still had to show it to four more people, and would give me their answer on Tuesday. Such a long wait!
After the viewing, I went for a bicycle ride around the Plateau. I didn’t know what to do with myself, so once I’d had enough cycling, I plopped myself down in front of the computer and watched episodes of the Tudors and Allo Allo online while eating a bowl of soup. Season 3 of the Tudors was very disappointing. There was a lack of attractive men and soft-core porn scenes as had made season 1 so enjoyable. I can always depend on Allo Allo to please me. I was in such stitches of laughter that the other subletter where I’m staying had to come out and see what all the fuss was about. I love Allo Allo!
After I had watched a fair amount of online television, I went job searching. I went onto the careers pages of American Apparel, Bedo, Bluenotes, Body Shop, Buffalo, Dynamite, Forever 21, Gap, HBC, H&M, Jacob, La Senza, La Vie En Rose, Lululemon, Parasuco, Pottery Barn, Simons, Suzy Shier, Structube, Sears, Tristan & America, Urban Planet, Urban Outfitters, and Winners. Out of all those places, the only one with a visual merchandiser position available in Montreal was Urban Planet and Dynamite, so I applied there. I think I need to think of an alternative career path, since graphic design and visual merchandising seem to not be working out for me at the moment.
I went to bed feeling a bit forlorn, and was awoken in the morning by the pitter patter of rain outside my window. I lay in bed, watching the rain drops splatter on the concrete outside, while a cool breeze caressed my bare legs. The cat came in and started to eat my pears, so I had to get up to brush him away (has anyone ever heard of a cat that likes fruit?!). I made myself some breakfast, then ventured out into the rain with my red umbrella.
I walked around until I found a cafe where I ordered a large coffee. I sat watching the rain outside and the people in the café. I decided to walk back through the park, and went into the gelato stand in St. Louis Square. I asked if they had cake, and they did, so I got a little slice of a cake I’d never had before. They served it to be on a boat-like plate made from some sort of dried husk. The staff were thrilled to have me. I was their first customer of the day.
The cake was a bit odd. Reminded me of red bean cake, but I doubt it was that, as it came from a very French café. I walked home in the rain, eating my little slice of cake in a very creative manner, holding both it, my purse, and my umbrella all at once. Now I sit at home listening to Yo-Yo Ma and Arvo Part while drinking a very large glass of water… I guess now I’ll work on my online portfolio. With cake, I can conquer the world!