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Resolutions Renewed and Reflected 2014

June 8, 2015

These were my resolutions for 2014-

1-Read 30ish books? Try for 50 if you can. I read 31 woop woop!
2-Play some guitar.
3-Work on your comic. Maybe rework the script a bit.
4-Fill up 2013’s moleskine.
5-Get half-way through all the TED talks.
6-At least read your first drafts for your books Kayla.
7-Pay off all debt. You can do it. Came so close… but then we moved.

Hmmm so let’s see… for 2015 I will resolve to do the following-

1-Read 25ish books including the full Game of Thrones series and potentially Outlander.
2-Learn guitar you fool.
3-Draw at least 5 pages for my comic and settle on a final draft for the script.
4-Try and make it to the “M”s for TED talks. Minimum catch up on all the talks I’ve missed with last names ending A-H-ish.
5-Catch-up on the YouTube things I watch.
6-Try to devote 30min a week to either looking at drafts or writing something new. No pressure.
7-Pay off all that debt you jerk!
8-Complete a comic for our weddang favour.

That’ll do.

K

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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