Spent 4 days in Toronto at the beginning of the month for work. For once it actually felt like a productive use of our time. Our VP listened to our feedback from last year's conference and built this year's agenda with our requests in mind. The social aspect was also good this year; we got to escape The Riddle Room, and have a night of bowling and pool with many members of the organisation, not just those within business resources. Toronto was unexpectedly balmy - last year we all near froze to death, this year we were sweltering in our thick coats and heavy boots!
Read The Moondial by Helen Cresswell on the way back from Toronto. It was one of my favourite books when I was child, and for some reason it had been on my mind recently, so I decided it was time for a re-read. It was much less dense than I remembered it, and although things moved along a little more quickly than was believable, it's still a solid story. Now reading Joel Hynes' Down to the Dirt - I went to the library looking for Gone with the Wind, but it was checked out and the Hynes' is what I ended up with! So far so good. It's a pretty raw, brutal, style of writing, but knowing what I do about life around the bay in Newfoundland it's definitely ringing true!