2011 – DONE

December 31, 2011 § Leave a comment

1. What did you do in 2011 that you’d never done before?
– had wisdom tooth and shoulder surgery, went to New York, signed lease/pay rent, competed in the Quidditch World Cup, Whistled

2. Did you keep your New Year’s Resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

Still no. The grades must get better, and it’ll still be my resolution this year. My resolution to fix my emotions came through though

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

Yup! My cousin Nathan had his second baby boy Henry, and my cousin Katrina had her first child Rowan!

4. Did anyone close to you die?

My cat Pywacket

5. What countries did you visit?
New York City in the US

6. What would you like to have in 2012 that you lacked in 2011?
Drive. Balance. Focus.

7. What dates from 2010 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Reading Week in the Spring going to Parksville to Rave and have a blast. Vancouver and Parksville trip before the start of the fall semester, hanging with Scott, Jocelyn, Bradley, Riley, and the Naimi Roys. Quidditch Rookie Party, Halloween and Victory Party,  Reading Week in the Fall going to New York for Quidditch.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Overcoming depression, solidifying the ‘family’ of the quidditch team

9. What was your biggest failure?

Miscommunication with some friends, failure in school

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
dislocated my shoulder 3 more times ending with surgery

11. What was the best thing someone bought you?
Parents paid for way too much for me this year, including school and rent and new york

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
This year my circles of friends changed and i love the way they are. My friends seth, jocelyn and jesse have been great listening ears, and honest friends who i love. I think the quidditch team this year earned major props for their ability to bond with people they’d never expect to, to talk about their feelings, and laugh at their shame, all to finally work as a team.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

I had a friend react in a way i didn’t expect and it made a tear in our friendship

14. Where did most of your money go?

Tuition, Rent, Quidditch

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Vancouver-Parksville trip and New York mostly

16. What song will always remind you of 2011?
Barbara Streisand by Duck Sauce, Make a man out of you from Mulan, Skrillex, and any songs written by my island friends this year

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? insurmountably way happier
b) fatter or skinnier? Same
c) richer or poorer? Poooooorer. Unemployment sucks

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Working to earn my own keep instead of relying on parents

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Making Drama for myself

20. How did you spend Christmas?

At my parents new condo, and in bragg creek. Spent the week with family coming in and out, special guest appearances from my van island cousins.

21.Did you fall in love in 2011?

Fell out of love with one and in love with many. The future is bright

22. How many one night stands?

Bow.

23. What was your favorite TV program?

Community

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

Nope.

25. What was the best book you read?

The Help

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?

Friends in Victoria: Seth, Jesse, Jackson, Josiah

27. What did you want and get?

Real Emotions instead of depression, Confidence, Bonding with friends

28. What did you want and not get?

A Job, student loans

29. What was your favorite film of this year?

The Muppets

30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

Went to the cabin with close friends to turn 21, Drank, played settlers, span poi, swam in waterfalls and shot fireworks

31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

Not being shoulder-gimped

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2011?

Confident, Tank girl-esque, Different

33. What kept you sane?

Quidditch peeps and Island friends

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

Joey Richter, Alex Benepe

35. What political issue stirred you the most?

Occupy Wall Street

36. Who do you miss?

Morgan and Lexi when i’m in Victoria, Folks still living up island

37. Who was the best new person you met?

The entire Quidditch Team

38. What was the best thing you ate?

Stuffed Portabello mushrooms

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2011.

It gets better, if it’s not better try to change your life around till it is, Show your true self, No shame, No regrets, Don’t worry about it.

Music of 2011

December 30, 2011 § Leave a comment

Each year is filled with new music, new talent, and new creativity. This year’s list of music is filled with local talent, and great memories.

My brothers funk band KGB split and he now plays trumpet in a ska band Class Action as a replacement for our friend Dena as she heads to Thunder Bay.

Concerts attended are: BRAIDS (up and coming band i went to high school with), Zaman and Moriah mixed up a storm at the YAMs last hurrah at Catch Dat Bass. Don’t have a link for that but the year also included Zaman and Brandon moving to Montreal to form ZEBRAT. also saw Andrew WK, with John at Sugar, Jesse, Jocelyn Seth and I danced the night away to My Friend WallisHeavy Cream, and Sans Aids played at Logans Pub.

Friends who released albums this year are:

Jesse in Vancouver band Sleuth

Jackson with his own album All Pants are Off

Bashu with his own album Traveling Shoes

and Seth with his new album Bandit

Good shows, good friends good dancing times.

UVic Quidditch 2011

December 30, 2011 § Leave a comment

Last year the harry potter sega was ending and while wrapping up the HP decade searching on the internet, and re reading the series as a comfort book in depression, I discovered a thing called the International Quidditch Association. (IQA) Working in university residence, I organized a quidditch match for the Harry Potter 7 release weekend. Good fun, we thought. And the UVic Quidditch club was born.

The winter semester of 2011 was fun, and sad. We played every weekend, but would sometimes only get 8 people to come. We didn’t hang out outside of the club, but got muddy in the rain and that satisfied us.

Over the summer I filled out forms for us to become an Official IQA team, and to go to the World Cup in new york. even though we had only had minimal participation, and many would not be returning. First week back to Victoria we held a meeting. I think 6 people showed up, but we planned for an overhaul of the club.

2 Clubs days, Orientation day, Presidents day, and Thunderfest passed with maximum quidditch matches with participation from passerbys. We got a large following to come to our Rookie night – Dressup scavanger hunt downtown, waffles and then drinking dancing and games. I realized the breadth of dedication and difference in social atmosphere when a team of 30 players showed up the next day, even though half were hungover.

We got groundswell then, and by practicing in the middle of campus in the midle of the day we got tv, radio and newspaper coverage. As each deadline for the World cup passed we had to make split second decisions on who was going, where we were staying, how we were getting there. It cost a whole lot of buckareenos but the general consensus was that if we had to take out a bank loan or lend eachother money we would make sure we got there, it would be worth it. and it was. Before we left we had started studying as a group, pulling all-nighters, watching movies, trivia pub nights, we did everything as a team, we were beginning to play as one too, even though our 2 practices a week and desire to try our best started to pit strain on our bodies.

Martlet Newspaper

We left nov 9, as our reading break started. We started at Trivia night at the pub, then caught the last bus out of campus to the airport which we had to run to as the guards were closing doors at midnight, Hanging around there forever we eventually made it out at 5 am, to toronto, and New York City.

Our games we lost, but with review of strategy, watching other teams games, and advice from other teams, we got better each game. We had had a long group meeting the friday night before the cup and we were in this no longer as a team, but as a family. It was incredible the change of attitudes that happened that weekend. Blood, sweat and tears. Smiles, Laughter and incredulity.

We came home victorious in our hearts and a change of viewpoint towards the game, our players began thinking of quidditch as something to get better at, something to spread to other schools, and something personal to us.

Growing into me. A tale of two minds

December 29, 2011 § Leave a comment

Ever look back a month, 6 months, a year, and see how much you are not who you once were anymore? Parts of our past selves stay with us, but to form a new self completely.

Looking back on 2011 I see two polar opposites, and I know the new year i’ll be even more different.

2 years ago I was diagnosed with mild depression. This mostly included a lot of crying without knowing why and then crying because i didn’t know why i was crying, a lot of sleeping, not a lot of trust in my own feelings and values, etc. not the best time, but my family and friends were very supportive. I was also in a relationship in which i was very dependant, very controlling, and during my depression outbursts, very brutal with my words and emotions. I still put it to merely coincidence that my depression both began and end with him, but I thank him for the support, patience and help i was given from him to grow out of it. When first meeting we had similar values, but as time passed I wanted more experiences, more living with chances and risks, but he didn’t, so i held back.

At the end of june we split, my childhood house that my family lived in for all my life and more was sold, my cat of 16 years passed away, i house sat alone in my old neighbourhood for two months, I tried new things, my tastebuds seemed to change so that things like beer, wine, and coffee, tastes that used to make me want to puke, were now okay. I confronted friends whom I had been attracted to about How i felt towards them. The summer was filled with learning what i felt honestly, living in the moment, on impulses and freedom. It changed who I am. Depression melted away into a thing of the past. I decided i’d live more liberally for awhile, learn what it would feel like to know what people thought of me when i didn’t hold back on who i was, this created some beautiful memories and experiences, little sleep, and some troubles.

the main problems i ran into were these:

1. You ever hear of word-vomiting? This is one of the things i do that im both happy for, and what i dread as well. Saying things without thinking can make you honest, but some people arent ready for what you have to say, and sometimes you say things youre thinking at the time, but may not be true at the moment or later.

2. This latter half of the year i found myself get closer to a lot of people and got to know people and be known by people, a lot better. But, I found that it’s all too easy to love everyone. I got to know friends i had admired on facebook and in person for years, i got to know people i’d been merely acquaintences before friends and i realized something. My friends are freaking beautiful. They are amazingly talented. It’s impossible not to love them truly. So what do you do when you feel like you’ve been trapped in a cage for years and then set free? When you find yourself surrounded by friends you love and find out they too love you back? i feel like i’m alluding to something orgy-like so i’ll stop here saying no, i did not partake in an orgy, or throw myself at every person i met like a loose woman. But I did act upon my feelings and it may have hurt the people i loved, but it also did a lot of good, and i feel a stronger connection.

Maybe it didn’t help that my circles of friends also drank and inhibitions do get crazy. The Quidditch Club i hung out with in particular went through a frenzy of bonding nights and activities getting to know eachother verrry well. 😉 I look forward to next semester when i can relax and watch the madness happen to a new batch of rookies.

So, at the end of the year i’m exhausted with learning, growth, experience. I’ve decided to not regret, but to live with laughing at my own stupidity and mistakes, and apologizing and speaking openly with those i’ve hurt. I think the next year holds a new word to counter this polar opposite crazytrain year: BALANCE.

A Beginning to start. Fresh slate. The other side of the pillow.

December 29, 2011 § Leave a comment

I had a blog once, actually twice. As has happened in the past life caught up to me and things became to busy for me to record what was going on. What was going on was important. A large step in my life that I would like to record. I miss having a blog, and so I start again. The past … 7 or 8 months have been a whirlwind of crazy since having that last blog and I’d like to start with a little something out of the mouth and mind of Mark Twain.

“Life is short, Break the Rules. Forgive quickly, Kiss SLOWLY. Love truly. Laugh uncontrollably. And never regret ANYTHING that makes you smile.” 

It isn’t a direct quote but a compilation of great guidelines to follow. Though values in what I have and will experience may contradict others, and may be embarrassing to myself, I have to share somewhere, and I like it right here. I’m learning to live without regrets, speak honestly, Laugh at my stupidity and embarrassment, and above all Love truly.

WHO AM I

21 things About Me:

I live in Victoria BC Canada.

I used to cry for no reason nonstop and become overwhelmingly sad.

Now I laugh for no reason nonstop and become overwhelmingly happy.

My ears are asymmetrical.

I’d like to think I can speak to and understand cats.

I grew up not enjoying the taste of meat, but rather the flavours that surrounded it.

I’m 5’9″

I did the Katimavik program in 2008-09 in Parksville BC, Moose Jaw SK and Orleans OT.

My friend Morgan and I took a greyhound across the country one summer.

I’ve been to Brazil, Zambia, and the US.

I’m really into garlicky hummous.

I lived in the same house for the first 17 years of my life.

As a kid I thought I would grow up to be a dog.

I also considered teacher, artist, fireperson, biker chick, youth minister, and math teacher before graduating.

I have begun learning and not finished learning the drum kit, djembe, uke, guitar. Some of these i barely know.

I pursue environmental studies.

Je parle le francais, mais je ne suis pas encore bilangue.

My favourite animal to be is a big cat.

My favourite places are those with big trees, soft moss and rich dirt.

I’ve dislocated my shoulder 6 times. Yuck. (basketball-frisbee-waterbasketball-sleeping-quidditch-warming up for quidditch)

I’m a captain and chaser on a Quidditch team.

 

2012 is upon us. Let’s get the ball rolling.

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December 6, 2011 § Leave a comment

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