Wow, we made it to the weekend! Welcome to this edition of Saturdays with Shal. Have fun and be safe to all those that are travelling for the break. And for all those that are landlocked like me, here are some things to do around Toronto during the break. We are being blessed with some great weather, so get out and do something productive. Firstly, to honour Black History Month, Toronto has a film festival until the 19th, go check it out! Some outdoor activities to do around Toronto include:
Hey Daniels, the weekend that is Saturday is finally here! To continue Wellness Month with Saturdays with Shal, I wanted to wish you all an early Happy Valentine’s Day. I’ve been excited to write this post for a while (you’ll think I’m weird to be excited about it in a sec), and knew attaching it to Feb. 14th was perfect. Do you have that special someone in your life? Making special plans for V-Day? If you can’t make it to our AVSSU Coffee with the Profs event, or spending it alone (Singles Awareness Day same), then I’m sure Tuesday night might be an important *night* for you two. That’s why I wanted to talk about Safe Sex today…... “Let’s talk about sex ba-by let’s talk about you and me.” Really hoping I locked that sucker down in your brain the rest of the day. But in all seriousness, safe sex is definitely something that more students should be educated on. It all starts with our very own U of T resources, this friend, the Sexual Education Centre (SEC) -> http://sec.sa.utoronto.ca . Not only do they have an extensive catalogue of online resources, they also have free safe sex supplies, such as "latex and latex free condoms, lubricants, nitrile gloves, dental dams, and much more.” (sec.sa.utoronto.ca). I should probably caps that word FREE to get your attention. Too shy to go get some? Not to worry, your pal Shal has ordered a bulk order for 665 and it should arrive sometime this week! They also provide resources for you, such as sexual health clinics, HIV/AIDS resources, abortion resources, sexual assault information and counselling, and LGBT resources. I’ve provided links below. Kinda new to all this stuff? Hey that’s cool, you can phone this number (416) 978-8732 to help you answer any questions you may have with regards to sex, sexuality, and sexual health in a welcoming, non-judgmental, and sex-positive environment. Or come in person to 21 Sussex Avenue, Suite #612. Oh, one more thing before I go! I’ve also provided a scholarly article on long-distance relationships for all my friends out there that are in one. Great read, hit it up. That’s it for this weekend, can’t wait to see you Wednesday. Keep it classy, Daniels (especially Tuesday).
Hey Daniels, to kick off Wellness Month I wanted to continue my interview style Saturdays with Shal with part II of what’s your favourite little things. Annnnnd here we go!
“Adaeze, what is your favourite little thing to do?” Adaeze replied with something that I believe more people should set aside time for: themselves. Just you and your favourite hobby. For her, it was going to the movies. Her answer was, “But yeah, my favourite thing is to go home and get all dressed up: full make, heels, etc, and go see a movie, by myself. Like i won't plan or anything, i would just go and see what they have, and pick some random movie, unless there's a movie I really want to see that just came out. Yeah I sit by myself, eat my popcorn by myself, put my feet up, take off my shoes, laugh as much as I want. It's so weird, but so relaxing. I do it all the time.” Thanks Adaeze!
Chaya: "I love to spend my down time reading fashion and food magazines while drinking hot chocolate (I think I'm the only one in this faculty who isn't a coffee drinker).” I laughed at this because I also don’t drink coffee, and I feel like us non-coffee drinkers are outnumbered (unless you took my advice three Saturdays ago on cutting back coffee). Thanks Chaya, that sounds like an awesomely relaxed time.
Veronika’s answer made me happy because she likes to get out of the house and go explore. "I mean it's not super crazy exciting but it's what I do lol. I either like to go on adventure hikes at different conservation areas and just walk around and explore and let my mind roam free, no worries, no stress, OR sometimes just plain and simple nap (bc I'm a crazy fun person).” Thanks Veronika, I think others should take notes on how you unwind.
Jay’s answer was something I also could definitely relate to. He said, “whenever I’m stressed out from school I like to put on my headphones and either listen to music at home or just go for a walk and let my mind wander. It’s interesting the places you can find when you have no set route.” Thanks, Jay, getting fresh air is a great way to refresh the brain.
Dina’s answer was also great but definitely makes me look 98.6% less sophisticated. Check out what she said… “My favourite little thing to do after a long day of classes is go home, play music and start painting whatever is on my mind. I usually find painting as a stress reliever and something that takes my mind off the stress of school.” I feel like I just picture some fancy Beethoven in the background. Also, I’m jealous because I’m a terrible painter. That’s so cool Dina, thanks!
Expect me to be posting lots for February’s Wellness Month! I’ll see you soon, Daniels. Keep it classy out there.