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October 2014: Hello 30, Hannah visits & some cats

November 1, 2014

When life gives you lemons, buy beautiful and expensive cats.

So while I was drowning in shit at the call centre, Roisin spotted a kitten on Facebook while stalking Ragtown Cattery (ragdoll cat breeders). This spurred one of our more ill-timed and yet fantastic purchases: Orlaith (pretentious Irish name sounds like: Orla), a seal bicolour kitten.

But then we went to visit this wee kitten a few weeks before she was ready to come home with us and Sandy, our breeder, was telling us about this boy kitten that she had that was shy and really quiet and how she was worried about which home he’d end up at. Enter: Charlie, lynx-mitted, ill-timed fantastic purchase #2.

The two cats are from entirely different litters, born one day apart and they’re so bloody different. Orlaith is dainty – hella tiny. Charlie is massive, a true gentle giant with the fluffiest fur. I’m kind of in love with them. They arrived at the very end of September, just a couple days before my birthday.

My 30th birthday took place on October 1st, it wasn’t too fancy. I watched Home Alone as I do every year while eating copious amounts of cake. We went out to the Keg for dinner as Roisin had never been, and we had a tasty meal.

While unemployed I was productive, making chili, soup and fish pie to freeze so I could avoid grocery shopping for weeks ;) I also think it helped with the kittens. They were my pals, keeping me focused as I raked the internet for all job prospects.

Thanksgiving came and went. It was my first since 2008 and I was a tiny bit gutted that I couldn’t stick around for the whole deal but cats and Roisin having to work got in the way. We had a short but fantastic visit with Hannah O’Reilly, Roisin’s BFF, and I got to meet her fiancé Roy. Hannah showed us the joy of cats with plastic bags and Charlie made himself comfortable in the bag of Oreo dairymilk bars she brought with her from the UK. We took them to the Twisted Apron for breakfast and bid them adieu at Tim Hortons. Tres appropriate.

Ill-timed and yet fantastic purchase #3 was the fancy manicures we acquired. Roisin had been bugging my mum for ages for her to take her to get her nails done pretty like hers. So we had some fun at From Head to Toe.

Then after months of searching I started to get a few callbacks about some jobs. The Wine Rack came first so I will start working there PT in November. And then I got a call from Indigo as well (a different branch from Roisin’s), for a seasonal contract. So I’m going to try to juggle the two. I’ve done this before in university so I’m hoping it’ll be old hat. But I am really frustrated that I can’t just get one bloody job that ticks all the boxes. Not to mention, if I’m honest, at 30 returning to retail feels like I’m moving backwards through life. And I know I shouldn’t whine… but there you have it. *Insert audible sound here*

I also got a call for a gig as a receptionist for a doctor’s office. But I am so god awful at mathematics that after doing their three-page test, which included an entire page of equations, I never heard back. I am winning.

So it goes.

We also had an ill-timed and fantastic road trip last weekend. We went to Toronto with Holly and Dani to see our favourite Montreal band Diamond Bones play at Rancho Relaxo. We ate delicious food and had the BEST time. I can’t help but feel like we’re not going to be so carefree and slightly frivolous for a really long time. Winter is coming.

And then to cap things off we made ill-timed fantastic purchase #4: fancypants engagement rings from Elaine Ho. We eye-balled her stuff the entire time we were living in Montreal, and we finally decided to just say fuck it and get ourselves rings. Mine is 14K rose gold with a black diamond. Roisin’s got a rough diamond in yellow gold but she has yet to wear it as I plan on proposing. Because we’re gay. And we can make our own rules. Dual propsal. BAM!

In summary: we spent too much, we had good times with good people and now we’re both working two jobs and we’ll never see the light of day.



November-December 2013: Green hair, Santa and a ring

August 1, 2014

The end of 2013 was pretty eventful.

I started to take advantage of some of the perks of working at Cult by attending a few concerts. First, Polica, who were kind of disappointing. I love their albums but they just didn’t really bring it live. They do a double drum kit scenario (which felt like a bit of gimmick), I felt like the high end wasn’t really covered. But what can you do? It’s a rare thing to get a band that delivers both.

We also saw James Blake which was also kind of disappointing. I don’t really know how to explain it. Roisin and I agree that we maybe would have liked to see him in a more intimate venue. There were some incredible moments – but the concert as a whole wasn’t stellar.

And of course we saw more of the Diamond Bones… who continued to be amazing.

In early November I was finally allowed to decorate for Christmas and we also had a visit from Roisin’s producer/multi-instrumentalist pal Lewis who stayed with us for a few days. We took him to Cora’s and tried to tick some Canadian must-have boxes, like, poutine-eating.

Before the weather got really cold we tried to cram in as many epic long walks as we could. For Montrealers, I’m talkin’ walks from Acadie metro to Vendome – that’s the only thing I really don’t like about the winter. It doesn’t allow for that level of saunter/adventuring.

I almost dumped Roisin because she wouldn’t go to the Santa Claus parade with me, I still bring this up frequently to remind her that she has to make it up to me this year. (A Canadian Santa Claus parade tour?) And we also got a metric poop-ton of snow. A lot, a lot, a lot of snow. Which of course made the long trip to my folk’s place for the holidays extra long and treacherous.

But before we left to hang with family- Roisin performed for the first time at the Wiggle Room‘s Voix-de-Ville variety show and won the whole thing. It was a crazy night. Our landlord showed up for the performance, we got to meet people like Vincent Pimparé and we were entertained by the antics of our host Kitty Vanderbuilt. I think it’s one of the best night’s in Montreal- well worth the $10 cover.

Then I started to play around with manic panic hair dye. I grew tired of the whole ginger thing and thought while I was self-employed it’d be a shout to do things that wouldn’t be allowed in other work environments. It also felt festive ;) I took photos with anything I could find that matched the hair colour because I’m lame.

But the most exciting thing that happened was Roisin asking me to marry her. :O EXCITING!

We’d obviously chatted about it loads but little did I know she’d been planning her proposal throughout the whole year: calling my parents to ask their permission and working with asking them to make a ring (which they initially said no to as they hadn’t made any before – Roisin’s suggestion has now turned into more business for them as they now make sterling and nylon rings).

She hid the ring in an hollowed-out antique leather bound copy of Alice in Wonderland which I opened on Christmas eve. I didn’t see it coming at all. It took me way too long to say “yes” as I felt compelled to repeatedly say “Really?! Oh my god! Really?! WHAT?!” I’m the worst.

The ring is a map of where I lived in Edinburgh, where we first met (Boda) and where we went on our first date. So thoughtful, so personal *swoon*. My lady is indeed the best lady.


New York City Oct. 14-19

July 30, 2014

Although, if we’re honest, we couldn’t really afford it- Roisin and I decided to join our pals from Scotland: Lucy (hairdresser extraordinaire) and Kharris (roommate extraordinaire) for a city break in New York. We hadn’t gone on holiday since our Euro adventure so it felt right to just bite the bullet and commit to a wee adventure. I’d gone before in 2004 but I hadn’t really done the full-on tourist scenario, so I was pretty stoked to rake the city with Roisin and tick some boxes.

Before we even left Montreal we decided to get the New York Pass. Sometimes these passes can be a total rip off, I’m looking at you Berlin Pass, but I have to say that this sucker is worth it. We saved a load of cash by literally calculating how many attractions we needed to see in order to break even and then we piled on even more things to see.

We stayed in a hella shitty hostel on the border of China Town and Little Italy – an incredible location as long as one isn’t looking for luxurious accommodations. It was clean enough and we were up early every morning to make the most of the time we had. We literally walked everywhere. We had subway passes but the weather was incredible and we got to see so much more and make some cool discoveries during our 12 hour-long walks across Manhattan.

We fell in love with Tom and Jerry’s Bar in Noho on our very first night. We ended up makin’ it our local, returning several times for their seasonal pumpkin ale. I have to say it was cool to be there around Halloween.

We ventured to the top of the Empire State Building, explored 30 Rock and Rockefeller, we took a movie tour of Central Park which really helped us get our bearings and learn some cool history about the massive green space. We visited the John Lennon memorial near the Dakota, we bought a crap-ton of candy from FAO Schwarz – I really wanted to make a muppet. Had I known that this was something that could be accomplished in the toy store I probably would have saved accordingly. I was also pretty stoked to find another Zoltar fortune telling vending machine. I seem to have a knack for running into them. And of course we checked out the massive keyboard from Big.

We had a tour of NBC Studios and we also when to the Rockefeller Observation Deck late at night to see the city all lit-up. We sauntered around Times Square but to be honest beyond our necessary meal at Red Lobster (a first for Roisin), we tried to avoid the tourist trap.

One of the most unexpected and amazing things that we saw was the Museum at Eldridge Street. It’s this incredible synagogue whose stained glass and worn-in floorboards still come to mind every so often. The place just had an incredible feeling and fascinating history.

We both went to Macy’s and got makeovers at the Chanel counter by the most fantastic make-up artist. I enjoyed this whole experience way more than I probably should have. I felt like a bloody princess walking around the city after that. And we also took a late-night boat cruise around the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and lower Manhattan.

Since we visited FAO Schwarz initially on our own we returned with Lucy and Kharris and had another adventure. We found the Chelsea Hotel, ate as many doughnuts as we could from the Doughnut Plant, and of course we went on a Sex and the City tour, which starts out pretty stellar, but we did have to admit kind of nosedives midway through. I still think it was worth it. It was a hip way to spend an afternoon. (That link has a list of everywhere we went ;) It did end with necessary cocktails and ridiculous picture-taking.

We also spent a lot of time exploring the High Line and sauntering around Greenwich Village. Our pals from Diamond Bones were also in town while we were there so we were able to catch two shows, one in Manhattan and another in Brooklyn. I really, really loved it there. Sauntering around the wee shops deciding on which food trucks to visit – nom. And of course, we entertained ourselves for a good hour or so in Evolution. Such a hip store.

I feel like the next time we’re in the city we’ll be able to relax a bit more and concentrate on the areas we digged the most. I really want to check out Coney Island, we went a little too late in the season.

It really is a phenomenal place.