Posts Tagged ‘Hannah O’Reilly’

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.

K

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Edinburgh visit – March + Roisin’s EP Launch

May 2, 2013

Hello again,

Continuing along… the next notable thing that I did with my life was head to Edinburgh two weeks after Roisin’s departure to support her for her EP Launch and fill up on all the UK things that one requires once they know that they exist. Like… getting an entirely new wardrobe of sassy clothes for about £100 from Primark. (I must have spent about 8 hours in there.) Load up on cheap hair dye, Boots’ nice quality cotton make up remover pads, Bonjour Paris eyeliner that I’ve made my staple, and of course delicious burritos, haggis and smoothies.

My whole travel scenario was a bit of a mess… I took a bus 6 hours from Montreal to Toronto- hopped on a plane to Manchester, missed my bus due to a delay- then I had to grab a train from the airport to Edinburgh. Then I finally met Roisin! and then we went and did necessary and slightly un-fun things like getting our eyebrows threaded and picking up all the necessary items from Boots. Then we went back to Roisin’s place and waited for the arrival of one of my favourite people – Mr. Scott Midson- to come join us, also arriving from Machester.

That night we went out for burritos at Illegal Jack’s nom nom nom and decided that evening to dye my hair blonde and then this mango colour that I’ve been swooning over for about 5 years. It turned out fantastique!

The next morning we all went and got piercings (me- rook, Roisin- nose, Scott- forward helix) before coffee and more chit chats, a haircut and then heading to Glasgow that evening for a gig that Roisin was playing with her producer and multi instrumentalist pal Lewis as a lead up to her EP Launch later that week. I also must note here that if you’re ever in Edinburgh and feelin’ an itch for a new piece of jewelry head to Tribe Tattoo and see George. He’s the bloody bee’s knees. I’ve had two piercings done with him and both have healed extremely well.

Another thing to note is that Lucy at Sassoon is the best hairdresser ever. Ever. Ever, ever, ever. I honestly think I’ll continue to travel to Scotland to make sure that no one else touches my tresses- my only exception would be if they are also Sassoon trained. This haircut in particular I think is my favourite… of all my life. And that’s such a nice feeling.

So Roisin was playing The Roxy that night with Erin Todd and Rosie Bans who were delightful. We got to have a sneak peek at some of the tunes that were going to be played at the launch and hear some fantastic music from the other ladies. The video below is one that Scott took of 14.

The next morning we had to say good bye to Scott but we had breakfast at my old work Hula before parting ways so Roisin could practice and I could head to Primark… forever. And never leave.

I ate all the haggis that evening once Roisin persuaded me to leave the store and just chilled out as the EP launch was the very next day.

We kinda had to make the EPs the next morning prior to the show so we made a necessary trip to Lewis’ to get things sorted. Then we got gussied up. Yes, gussied, before making our way to The Wee Red Bar.

Another one of my favourite people- and “mother” of Roisin Hannah O’Reilly opened the show, followed by the incredible Donna Maciocia. I’d never seen her live so that was indeed a treat. Then Roisin took the stage and I was overcome with the proudest “HOLY SHIT THAT’S MAH GIRLFRIEND” feeling ever. She’s so bloody fancy.

For better photos than my shitty horrible ones of the show you can head here.

The rest of my time was pretty much a blur of Los Cardos burritos, coffee, Hula, a fry up and tears … before heading to Manchester to spend a brief evening with Scott before he literally threw me into the train heading to the airport (I would have missed it otherwise heh) and I was on my way back to Montreal… alone… where I would spend about 66 days (not that I’m counting) on my own. *sob*

The happy ending here is duty free of course. I fahking love the duty free store.

K

A visit from Mr. Hunt, Mr. Tompkins and some sweet sweet tunes-

February 10, 2012

I know all these photos really, probably aren’t that fun for anybody else but those involved… but when your “drunkface is drunk” you have to take note and document.

Scott is one of the best people on this planet and he and I hadn’t really got silly together- so along with the legendary Marie Montondo we went out and had the best night ever when he came to visit a coupla weeks ago.

But of course prior to those shenanigans here’s what happened.

We ate all the cake and did all of the talking-

We borrowed Mr. Rodwell’s veggie lasagna recipe and consumed it over a bottle of win(e)

This is Scott’s lasagna face-

Then we got piercings as you do-

Marie Montondo brought us to the most delicious of all the veggie restaurants Black Bo’s nom nom

Then this happened…

I couldn’t possibly love this picture more. Love, love, love.

I really ought to stop making this face.

After an amazing few days with Scott I was bloody privileged enough to get to spend some time with my buddy Josh. I mean privileged- I hadn’t seen him for over ten years, I can remember running into him in the hall of my high school just for a brief moment ages ago… we’d kept in touch but what an epic game of catch up to play after a decade…

I cannot stress how fucking fantastic those few days were with him. Not to mention how lovely it was that he and Róisín got along so well- kindred spirits level of camaraderie.
Kinda wanna keep this visit close to my chest- because it ended up being far more important (for lack of a better word) than I could have ever expected. His return back to Australia was slightly … devastating. Yeah, devastating. I fucking miss that bitch.

I’ve also enjoyed the sweet tunes of some lovely friends lately. Róisín’s BFF (mother) Hannah O’Reilly played a gig at the Edinburgh College of Art- she’s friggen AMAZING.

She let me play her kazoo… it was kinda the best thing ever.
Róisín will likely be pissed that I posted this photo. But it is full of kazoo goodness.

Then last weekend Róisín played an open mic at the Jazz Bar. It ’twas of course- amaaaazing.

You should listen to some of her sweet, sweet, tunes here.

:D

K