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.

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.


What are you looking forward to in 2014?

  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![]

I’m weird and wonderful, aren’t you?

We are all unique. There is only one of you1 but I’m sure there are a myriad of things that you’d have in common with many other people. At least I felt that way when I set out on the task of figuring out what makes me unique. Before it became too daunting of a task2, I reminded myself that life is supposed to be fun3.

What I came up with were three things that I absolutely love; things that I thought I maybe loved more than all the people4: Cycling, Sundresses and Music. I could only pick three or this would have been a much larger list but I’d like to think they sum me up quite well!

Crystal Light has made this summer easier and tastier by introducing their new line of Liquid Drink Mixes with fun names like Iced Tease Me, Strawberry Lemonbabe5, Blueberry Razz & Mango Passionate6. They come in an easy squeeze bottle and you can choose to either shake or stir once you’re done squeezing7. Each tiny bottle gets you about 24x 250ml drinks depending on how strong you like your drinks.

To celebrate these new flavours, they’re also celebrating all the things that make each of us unique. Whether it’s a quirky interest, an unusual hobby, or an activity you love – it’s wonderful, because it’s what makes you, you8! Make your drink as unique as you are with Crystal Light Canada; are your ready? Because we want to send an uber-awesome gift basket to one lucky person in the Greater Toronto Area containing some stuff that made me squeal9… such as:

  • 1x Basil Memories Bottle [Bike] Basket
  • 1x MEC Bicycle Frame Bag
  • 1x pair MEC Cycling Gloves
  • 1x MEC Universal Cycling Mini Bell
  • 1x MEC Turbo Turtle White LED Front Light
  • 1x $100 Shop Gift Card (valid at all Cadillac Fairview properties)
  • 1x $50 iTunes Gift Card
  • A year’s supply of tasty, tasty Crystal Light Liquid10

Crystal Light Liquid Gift Basket

To enter, just play along with the widget below. The more social media sexiness you perform, the higher your chances of winning11! I’ll be choosing a winner at random on Tuesday, July 23rd. That’s a whole week to get ‘er done!

Don’t want to enter the contest but want your own video? Go to the Crystal Light Facebook page, like the page and then tell them:

What makes you weird & wonderful?

  1. unless you have figured out how to clone yourself, in which case – gimme![]
  2. for someone who hates to toot her own horn[]
  3. it really is that easy[]
  4. not really, I am just being hip and using that particular phrase that all the cool kids use because I am cool too[]
  5. giggle[]
  6. my absolute favourite flavour[]
  7. who doesn’t like a little squeeze every now and then?[]
  8. damn straight[]
  9. squee to be precise[]
  10. so freaking good[]
  11. I am sure you figured that out but humour me[]