Don’t let the door hit you on your way out, 2013!

Well, I guess that’s it. Isn’t it? This year is finally behind us. I’ve never looked forward for a year to end so much as I have this year. This year was the worst year out of all the years of life. And yet a lot of wonderful things happened1; I guess it just goes to show that there is always good that will come out of a bad situation. I just wish there had been more good this year than bad.

The things I wish to never forget about 2013:

1. That time I was in the pilot episode of a reality TV show called, Come Date With Me on the W Network.

Still from Come Date With Me Canada

2. Being auctioned off at Love a Heart2. Photo credit: Chris Luckhardt.

Facebook Events | Love a Heart

3. Stage Managing for Canadian Music Week and meeting #LeBeau, Garret3.

Canadian Music Week Stage Manager

4. Stage Managing for North By North East and meeting Sloan. Sorry no pictures.
5. Getting a brand new family member, Drogo.

Drogo Sy!

6. Having a custom vine made just for me by Cyrstal Light Canada.

Facebook | Crystal Light Canada | Weird & Wonderful You

7. Assistant Stage Managing for Pride and getting to meet and work with En Vogue.

En Vogue at Pride 2013

8. Going to Cunt Cottage and having an amazing weekend away from the city.

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9. Working for TIFF and getting to see some stars up-close-and-personal-like. No pictures, because I want to be able to work there again in 2014.
10. Going on a boat cruise with Shannon & the gang courtesy of Crazy Uncle. No pictures because I have no idea what I did with the pictures from that cruise. Oops.
11. Volunteering for TEDxToronto4.

TEDxToronto 2013

12. Being in a feature film that won an award at TOIndieFF2013, was part of the official selection at DIFF2013 and reviewed here.

Unhappy Happy Still
13. Working on the 48 hour film project where our team won Best Ensemble Cast.

Hashtag Bougie Productions

13. Meeting and falling in love with #LeBeau’s two daughters5. No pictures, of course. They’re too wittle.
14. Celebrating Christmas with our families and getting 2nd Christmas with the girls. Also no pictures, because I’m a spoil sport like that.
15. Being able to celeberate my birthday & the holidays with some really awesome friends. Again; no pictures, because we didn’t take a group photo and there are too many great ones to choose from.
16. Getting to keep in touch with my wifey, Christine Estima even though she’s a gazillion miles away.

Skyping with the Wifey

Last but not least…
17. Getting to do this fun photoshoot for Ford Canada with the ever-sexy, Ford Fiesta, Marie & Brock.

Date Night with the Ford Fiesta

Shopping fun with Marie & the Ford Fiesta

I’m not at all interested in re-living the past that was this horrible year, so I won’t go into any details about it. I would rather look forward with hope and excitement for what 2014 might have to bring. I can only hope that it’ll be a good year because if my own personal history has taught me anything 2015 is set to be another doozy. You see, there’s something about years that end in zeros and fives – they don’t like me very much. I had a terrible 1995, I can’t say 2000 was any better, 2005 was horrible, 2010 was another nightmare year… mind you, they were all bad for heartbreak but not much else.

Anyway, that’s a whole 365 days away. For now, here’s hoping that in 2014, I…:

  • …no longer have to worry about how I’m going to pay for groceries or laundry.
  • …can actually afford to meet up with friends at least once a week.
  • …find the energy to get off my ass and start exercising again.
  • …will visit my parents and cook for them more often.
  • …will stop worrying about things that I really have no control over.
  • …can reconnect with some old friends who I miss but have drifted away from, for no good reason. And stay connected.
  • …get to go camping twice – once with the family, and once with the man and/or friends.
  • …get to visit somewhere I have never been.
  • …write more for this blog.
  • …learn how to make a Filipino dish I have never made before, but love to eat.

And that’s about it. I had a longer list but I’ve cut it down some in an attempt to be a little more realistic with my resolutions. I didn’t make any resolutions for 2013 because at this age, I’m kind of over them. Since 2013 was such a bad year though, I needed some things to look forward to. And these are some of the more important things I’m looking forward to for this New Year.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

What are you looking forward to in 2014?

Footnotes:
  1. I met Garret this year after all[]
  2. an annual favourite[]
  3. Nope. Not his real name[]
  4. another annual favourite[]
  5. and finally having children in my life. wee![]

Yay for Sunday!

Friday night I went to the Madison for Alan’s 1 going away party with Joy1, Kiki1 and her friend from home, Jay. We had a good time just chattin’ about whatever over some beers… Well, I had my Rye & Cokes. I was really hoping that Kelly1 was going to make it, but she sent me back a text message saying that she wasn’t going to make it out. Poor Adam. Well, he seemed to be having a good time anyway. A lot of his high school friends were there, a buncha jocks. There was even a guy named Moose, who looked like he came right outta the Archie comics. I was told he was in love with me. We spoke for all of 30 seconds. In other words, I’m glad we left when we did: I’m sure he was a charming individual, but I’m just *not* interested… you know?

Saturday, I tried to do some more school work but didn’t really get to much. I went to work and was shocked to find the restaurant full already. There was a show at the theatre across the street and the place was packed. Some people got so upset that we were full so early. But the great thing about having to deal with your own anger is that you get to realize that sometimes people just don’t realize how they’re reacting. In turn, you can easily deal with their anger. Usually joking around with them, or placing a really sarcastic-but-not-rude joke will do the trick and make them realize just how much of an ass they’re being. I love psychology.

Oh and then I went over to the Brasserie to meet up with Moy, Haza, Gary and Adam (Haza’s cousin). We had a blast! Soon Haza’s sister, her sister’s bf and another couple left.. so it was just the five of us. Soon after Moy got off work, we headed over to Fox & the Fiddle to visit Andy, who just happened to be a really old friend of Adam and Gary’s.

What an incredibly small world; I used to work with Andy at a restaurant that doesn’t exist anymore… years ago. We weren’t extremely close, but because we’ve known each other so long that everytime we meet at each other’s place of work we treat each other well, you know?

So anyway, went home that night feeling quite happy. And Sunday just made me happier! I don’t really feel the need to explain, but *you* know why it was a happy day.

By the way, I suggest everyone try Skype. It’s awesome! Especially if you’re like me and have a million friends overseas.

Artists feel things differently than regular people’ — John Corbett as Mr. Torvald in “Raise Your Voice

Footnotes:
  1. name has been changed to protect the innocent[][][][]