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New Year Post – 2015

February 21, 2016

Here we are, my reflections on the year 2015:

1. What did you do in 2015 that you’d never done before?
-Saw Belle & Sebastian live
-Went to a concert in Detroit
-Had a Cinn-a-Stack at an IHOP
-Was made redundant
-Got my smart serve and became a bartender
-Sponsored someone for permanent residency
-Got a spur of the moment tattoo or two
-Had engagement photos taken – not once, but twice
-Went to an NBA basketball game
-Put an offer in on a house
-Got a home inspection
-Got pre-approved for a mortgage
-Bought a couch
-Went to Caesars in Windsor
-Had a private viewing in an art gallery
-Dressed like Roisin
-Started a promotions company and subsequently a gay dance party
-Cooked a turkey. BOOM!
-Bought a TV

2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Some I did, some I didn’t. That’s always the way. I’d like to think that one year I’ll be like: YEAH! I kept them all.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
SO MANY BABIES. My childhood BFF had a wee bear and Reannon and so many others. My instagram is all babies.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
I don’t believe so.

5. What countries did you visit?
Zee United States and also Scotland and England.

6. What would you like to have in 2016 that you lacked in 2015?
One full time job please with a contract and benefits and perhaps a pension and some paid time off.

7. What date(s) from 2015 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Hmmmmmmmm our trip to the UK in February
Our weekend at the casino in early July
All of the Saturday Night Beavers
Our tiny thanksgiving celebration
My sister’s wedding
Our photoshoot with Jennifer Moher
Our final days of 2015 in Scotland

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Cooking a turkey! Also, running a successful dance party. Particularly the December music video version.
I guess I’m also pretty happy with the work I did as the Guest Services Coordinator of the Media City Film Fest.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Being made redundant. Thus being unemployed and having to go back to a two-job shuffle.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
No real injuries unless I count the first few days after I started doing my Kayla Itsines workouts…
But I was ill with chest infections and bronchitis and other coughing crap from about August through to now-ish.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Two trips to the UK, many-a-thing for the wedding including photos and the venue etc, a green fraggle dress, lots and lots of books and indigo products. Annnnnd a couch! Oh… and a TV.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Roisin! For being the best lady! And also Scott for becoming a Doctor.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and/or depressed?
Donald Trump?
Our homophobic neighbours?

14. Where did most of your money go?
Rent, flights, couch, cats, debt.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Our trips to the UK
Our couch
Thanksgiving
Checking out our weddang venue
Getting our engagement photos
Our visit to Hamilton

16. What song(s) will always remind you of 2015?
Highasakite- Heavenly Father
Warpaint- No Way Out
Of Monster and Men- Crystals
Raury- God’s Whisper
Hozier- Take Me to Church
Oh Wonder- Technicolour Beat
Meg Myers- Make a Shadow
Tobias Jesso Jr.- Without You
Eza- High & Low
Say Lou Lou- Julien
Milk & Bone- New York
Lapsley- Station
Best Coast- Feeling Ok
Billie Marten- Heavy Weather
Wolf Alice- Giant Peach
Hop Along- The Knock
Vaults- Poison
This is the kit- Spore all settling
Courtney Barnett

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder?
I think I might be happier or more optimistic than last year because we have a plan of action

ii. thinner or fatter?
Pretty much the same.

iii. richer or poorer?
Likely poorer but that’s just due to the weddang.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
I agree with last year. I wish I’d read more, watched more TED talks and maybe drawn a bit.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Job hunting. Working. Worrying.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
Roisin and I went to my folks’ house for Christmas dinner. It was pretty low key and good. I wasn’t ill this time around which was a huge improvement.

21. Did you fall in love in 2015?
No need. I’ve been in love with Roisin since 2012.

22. What was your favorite TV program?
Orange is the New Black, Buffy, Seinfeld, the New Girl, any HGTV show, Property Brothers, Homeland, American Horror Story, Party of Five

23. What was the best book you read?
The entire Game of Thrones series. SO. GOOD.
And I’m sad to report I didn’t read much else.

24. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Not really a discovery but a revisit and new appreciation for Grimes and St. Vincent
Vok, Billie Marten, Oh Wonder, Honeyblood, Courtney Barnett, Meg Myers, London Grammar, Tobias Jesso Jr., Wolf Alice, Laura Doggett, Say Lou Lou, Adna, Highasakite, Soak, This is the Kit and so many others.

25. What did you want and get?
To travel.

26. What did you want and not get?
To have a full-time job with benefits.

27. What was your favorite film of this year?
Hmmmm I feel like I didn’t watch many films in 2015 hmmm
Likely Interstellar or Me, Earl and the Dying Girl

28. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were ya?
I turned 31. Roisin and I ate chocolate cake and watched Home Alone as I always do. My mum actually surprised me with the cake the night before. Then we had an early meal at the Keg before going to Roisin’s gig at Milk later that night. Pretty good I’d say.

29. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Full-time employment.

30. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2015?
Weird glasses always, tiny wee bunches, a beanie, white converse, black vans, jeans or leggings with loose fitting patterned tops, lots of pineapple attire, lots of crazy blazers, sometimes bow ties. Gold jewelry.

31. What kept you sane?
Roisin. And much laughing. Always with the laughing. Also, Dolly. We have some pretty lovely pals.

32. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Hmmmm probably Sarah Paulson or Jessica Lange

33. Who did you miss?
I miss Scott quite a bit and our hot beverage, pastry chit chats.

34. Who was the best new person you met?
Oooo… who did I meet in 2015- Perhaps Jennifer Moher. Wee Natalie and Jordyn!

35. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2015?
Hindsight is indeed 20/20.

Good-bye 2015! Hello 2016!

New Year Post – 2014

June 5, 2015

Here we are – 6 months late but still necessary – my reflections on the year 2014:

1. What did you do in 2014 that you’d never done before?
-Cut my own hair. Well, technically, I cut a fade into the side.
-Saw MEN live and interviewed JD Samson.
-Returned to my university for a visit since I graduated.
-Saw Neutral Milk Hotel live :O
-Saw Bombay Bicycle Club live and met Jack.
-Saw the Courtneys live.
-Attended Beast of the East.
-Babysat four kids for a weekend of absolute shenanigans.
-Went to a young friend’s funeral.
-Interviewed Xavier Dolan, Michel Gondry and a few other hip folk.
-Sang at a pal’s wedding.
-Moved back home.
-Moved in with my parents (for a brief amount of time).
-Had a proper visit to Detroit.
-Babysat my parents’ dogs.
-Bought ragdoll kittens.
-Got a shellac manicure oh ho ho!
-Went to Frankenmuth as an adult.
-Finally worked at Indigo.
-Most importantly: proposed!

2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Nah, I didn’t keep ’em. I think I made a pretty decent effort though. I will always make more. It’s not that I think I can accomplish them. I think it’s more like a revolving list of long-term goals.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
My cousin had a wee one. Otherwise… I think that may be it.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Not super duper tight – but she was a total fucking legend … my pal from uni Awn.

5. What countries did you visit?
Just Canada and the ol’ U.S. of A. For us, 2014 was particularly light in the travel department.

6. What would you like to have in 2015 that you lacked in 2014?
A bit more spending money, a bit more time for travel, a job that pays well… maybe some benefits. I guess I can sum this up as: stability.

7. What date(s) from 2014 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
January – Neutral Milk Hotel
February – JD Samson
March – Scott’s visit/our Toronto & Niagara adventures
April – Roooolller Derby
May- Bombay Bicycle Club, The Courtneys, Tegan & Sara
June 20th – moving to Windsor/leaving Montreal
June – Awn’s Celebration of Life
July 19th – Ryan & Val’s wedding
End of July – Sauble Beach holiday
Late August – Detroit adventure with Holly & Dani
Late September – Quitting Sutherland
Late September – KITTENS!
Early October – Hannah & Roy’s visit to Windsor
October 24th-26th – Toronto trip to see Diamond Bones with Holly & Dani
November 22nd – our trip to Frankenmuth
December 18th – proposing to Roisin

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Hmmmmmm… 2014 wasn’t really about achieving. It was full of disappointments and reality checks. I guess getting from Montreal to Southern Ontario was something.

Oh! And I did finally interview Xavier Dolan. BOOM! There we go: achievement unlocked.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Not being able to make Montreal work, struggling to get work – having to return to a call centre.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
I was doin’ okay until I started working at Indigo and managed to get every version of the cold. I feel like I was ill for 2-3 months straight.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
CATS!!! and Elaine Ho engagement rings – also, technically our trip to Scotland for 2015 and many, many, many books.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Me? For not losing my bloody mind. 2014 was rough friends.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and/or depressed?
To be honest, no one really stands out. I think most people were well behaved.

I wasn’t impressed with some work-related folks but you can’t always be pleased in that department. And there was a dude at Sutherland who attempted to bully me and failed.

14. Where did most of your money go?
To moving, to rent, to Christmas, to Scotland and to debt.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Neutral Milk Hotel – live!
Scott’s visit to Canada
A visit with Amanda Poisson
Beast of the East
Bombay Bike Club
Moving to Ontario… but that also made me feel funny
Ryan & Val’s wedding
Sauble Beach
Detroit adventures
Frankenmuth adventures
Diamond Bones in Toronto with Holly & Dani
Proposing to Roisin

16. What song(s) will always remind you of 2014?
Neutral Milk Hotel – Oh Comely
Carina Round – For Everything a Reason
Phantogram – Black Out Days
Grouplove – Everyone’s Gonna Get High
Matrimony – Giant
Grimes – Skin
Beta Band – Dry the Rain
The Breeders – Off You
Rae Spoon – We can’t be lovers with these guns on each other / You Can Dance
Nathan Reich – The Dream Song
Capital Cities – Kangaroo Court
Bombay Bicycle Club – Whenever, Whatever
Lykke Li – Tonight
Allman Brown ft. Liz Lawrence – Sons & Daughters
Fionn Regan – Dogwood Blossom
Paolo Nutini – Iron Sky
Lucius – Until we get there/ Turn it Around / How loud your heart gets / Wildewoman
Hozier – Take me to church
The Belle Game – River

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder?
Is it shit to say sadder? I’m not really where I want to be. But I’m optimistic.

ii. thinner or fatter?
Fatter sounds so harsh. I really enjoyed Christmas thanks.

iii. richer or poorer?
Richer I believe. Less debt and working all the hours means that things are turning around.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
So much. So, so, much. Reading, drawing, writing, watching TED talks, more long walks. So much…

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Gettin’ stressed out. Worrying… maybe a little less working initially. And job hunting in general.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
I was super duper holy shit ill and we went to my Uncle Gary & Aunt Barb’s. It was rubbish ’cause it’s my favourite time of the year and I honestly felt HORRIBLE. :( I could barely taste anything.

21. Did you fall in love in 2014?
No need. I’ve been in love with Roisin since 2012.

I’ve fallen in love with a few bands and some music… does that count?

22. What was your favorite TV program?
Parenthood. SO GOOD. Parks & Recreation but we’re still watching. Orange is the New Black – SO AMAZING. Game of Thrones, Mad Men hmmm

I got pretty into Property Brothers. I also watched Everwood.

23. What was the best book you read?
Everything is Illuminated – Jonathan Safron Foer
The Cuckoo’s Calling / The Silkworm – Robert Galbraith
The Flamethrowers – Rachel Kushner
His Dark Materials – Phillip Pullman
The Price of Salt – Patricia Highsmith
Seconds – Bryan Lee O’Malley
Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? – Jeanette Winterson
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running – Murakami

24. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Hands down it was Lucius.
The Belle Game maybe… not sure if I listened before
Hozier
Matrimony

Hmm and I actually started listening to Grimes

25. What did you want and get?
To move to Ontario.
To quit the call centre.
To have a bedroom.

26. What did you want and not get?
To pay off my debt.
To have a full-time job with benefits.

27. What was your favorite film of this year?
I went from being a Film editor to watching so few films hmmmm
So if things are missing from this list that you’re all like :O – it’s probably because I’ve not watched them yet.
The Double
Palo Alto
We are the Best!
Like Father, Like Son
Tom à la ferme
Three Night Stand
The Chaperone
Whiplash

28. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were ya?
I turned 30 – a bit of a milestone, but I didn’t really do too much. I watched Home Alone, ate chocolate cake and then I went to the Keg with Roisin and Holly. (Roisin had never been before.) Then I went home and hung out with our kittens.

29. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
So many things… less trouble finding full-time employment, getting a flat and settling in. Bluuuurrrrg.

30. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2014?
Shorts, tights, wee dresses, short hair, red lipstick, docs, club master glasses. Just kinda quirky. I need to go shopping.

31. What kept you sane?
Roisin. And the reminder that it could be worse. It can always be worse.

32. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Pffffft. No one really.

33. Who did you miss?
I missed travel the most. Travel is people too.

34. Who was the best new person you met?
HOLLY AND DANI! They’re awesome!

35. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2014?
That I can never, ever, ever work at a call centre ever again.

Peace the fuck out 2014.

K

New Year Post – 2013

September 22, 2014

Here we are – 9 months late but still necessary – my reflections on the year 2013:

1. What did you do in 2013 that you’d never done before?
-Got my rook pierced
-Bleached my hair and subsequently dyed it ginger, strawberry blonde, green, turquoise and navy blue
-Bought a whole new wardrobe at one store
-Enjoyed a night out in Glasgow
-Made over-easy eggs without fucking them up
-Designed artwork for a CD single
-Watched roller derby live
-Saw Daughter live and met them after
-Attended a Fringe festival
-Interviewed Guy Maddin, Edgar Wright, Nick Frost, Wiley Wiggins and some other neat folks
-Shook hands with Tegan & Sara and passed them my proposal for my comic book
-Went on a Dyke March
-Had lunch at a five star restaurant for work
-Actually made an effort with my Halloween costume
-Got my make-up done by a pro
-Did all the touristy things in NYC
-Saw Polica and James Blake
-Most importantly: got engaged

2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don’t think I’ve ever kept them all but I generally make headway on some. So yes, I will definitely make more.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Lots of people had many-a-baby but none that I’m so tight with that they let me hang out with them. :( No baby hangs in 2013.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Luckily no.

5. What countries did you visit?
Scotland, England, United States and Canada technically

6. What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013?
Probably cash. Heh. I feel like the whole debt scenario is fine but I’d like to maybe live without it now.

7. What date(s) from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
-February 20th- Roisin going back to Scotland to sort out her visa
-March 7th- Roisin’s EP Launch
-March 29th-31st- Flying home for Easter with my family
-May 5th- Roisin’s return to Canada
-May 6th- Daughter live
-May 10th- My final day at Protocol
-May 11th- My first day at Cult MTL
-July 17th- Giving Tegan & Sara my comic proposal
-August 1st Lianne La Havas live
-October 21-25th NYC with Roisin
-December 18th- Roisin’s Wiggle Room win
-December 24th- Roisin’s proposal

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Probably all the work I did with/for Cult MTL. Making the return to journalism was really challenging but also so bloody rewarding.
I also think, on a more personal level, that the months after Roisin’s return from Scotland were really difficult for us. So it goes without saying that I’m stoked at how we managed to overcome so much and end up stronger in the end.

9. What was your biggest failure?
I don’t really feel like I failed at much in 2013. I did learn a lot. Hmmm, maybe I should have been a bit more vocal in some instances but I think in general I did my best when I could.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
I got about 12 different versions of the call centre flu when I was at Protocol… and I did manage to go through a good chunk of time where I would spew after having 3 pints. I guess in that category I could include my hangover after Halloween.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Trip to New York
Roisin’s secret guitar
Some delicious meals and pastries…

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
I would argue that Roisin Tuohy always merits celebration. ;)

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and/or depressed?
Haaaaaaa so many people… let’s not name names

14. Where did most of your money go?
My credit card and a little bit of travel

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Roisin coming back to Canada
Visiting Roisin in Scotland
Seeing Scott in Scotland
Leaving Protocol
Giving Tegan & Sara my comic
Ryan & Val’s engagement
Hangin’ out in NYC
Lewis’ visit to MTL
Roisin’s secret guitar
Getting engaged

16. What song(s) will always remind you of 2013?
Daughter- Youth Code, Smother
Tegan & Sara- Love They Say
Lianne La Havas- Gone
James Blake- Case of You
Bombay Bicycle Club- Carry Me
Ms Mr- Dark Do Wop, Hurricane
Lorde- Royals, White Teeth Teens
Haim- Better Off, Go Slow
Jessie Ware- Wildest Moments
Men- Credit Card Babies
Animal Collective- My Girls
Son Lux- Lost It To Trying
Black Skinhead- Kanye West
Rae Spoon- Love Is a Hunter, Bethelightbethelightbethelight

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder?
I’d say happier. Things are becoming more clear and I’m no longer working a shitty job.

ii. thinner or fatter?
Probably the same. I think I generally let go of the reins at Christmas and then I work out much more in the new year.

iii. richer or poorer?
Poorer *sigh* – so it goes

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
I did read and draw much more. I just wish that I could find the balance to do these things while working at Cult as well. So I guess I wish I’d balanced my schedule a bit more…

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Probably worrying about money.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
I will be attending a delicious meal at my Aunt Diane’s house prepared by my cousin Samantha.

21. Did you fall in love in 2013?
I’ve been in love with Roisin all year.

22. What was your favorite TV program?
ER, Game of Thrones, Girls, did I mention ER? I love ER.

23. What was the best book you read?
How To Be a Woman- Caitlan Moran
The Casual Vacancy- J.K. Rowling
The Virgin Suicides, Middlesex, The Marriage Plot- Jeffrey Eugenides

24. What was your greatest musical discovery?
-Daughter
-Polica
-Rae Spoon
-Lorde
-Son Lux
-Ms Mr
-Haim

25. What did you want and get?
A better job
And a promise to live out my days with my lady

26. What did you want and not get?
To pay off my debt

27. What was your favorite film of this year?
Frances Ha
Broken Circle Breakdown
How to Use Guys with Secret Tips
Argo
The Hunt
The Angels’ Share
Coffee Town
The Way, Way Back
Blue is the Warmest Colour
Inside Llewyn Davis
In a World
Salinger
Jingle Bell Rocks
Derby Crazy Love
My Prairie Home

28. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were ya?
I turned 29- I had the necessary chocolate cake (with pistachio ice cream) while watching Home Alone. At the drink ‘n’ draw that I run at NDQ earlier in the week, Amanda made me a surprise cake. The steak dinner that Roisin and I cooked turned out kind of shit though. We kept things low key.

29. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
A bit more cash and perhaps a bit more time.

30. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2013?
Shorts, tights, docs, primark shirts, ginger fur or other funky hair – so I guess one could say Primark chic or Ghost World meets the New Girl.

31. What kept you sane?
Roisin. She was really all I had/needed a lot of the time.

32. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Hmmm does the entire cast of ER count?

33. Who did you miss?
Scott and Scotland. And of course I missed Roisin while she was away.

34. Who was the best new person you met?
Everyone at Cult
The ladies from Diamond Bones
Kate Conner & Family

35. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2013?
I like 2012’s: Being nice isn’t the best thing to be.

K