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Roots Before Branches.

I don’t think a song has ever defined me so well.

So many things
To do and say
But I can’t seem
To find my way
But I wanna know how
I know
I’m meant
For something else
But first
I gotta find myself
But I don’t know how

Oh, why do
I reach for the stars
When I don’t have wings
To carry me that far?

I gotta have
Roots before branches
To know who I am
Before I know
Who I wanna be
And faith
To take chances
To live like I see
A place in this world
For me

Sometimes
I don’t wanna feel
And forget the pain
Is real
Put my head
In the clouds
Oh, start to run
And then I fall
Seein’
I can’t get it all
Without my feet
On the ground

There’s always a seed
Before there’s a rose
The more that it rains
The more I will grow

I gotta have
Roots before branches
To know who I am
Before I know
Who I wanna be
And faith
To take chances
To live like I see
A place in this world
For me

Whatever comes
I know how to take it
Learn to be strong
I won’t have to fake it
Oh, you’re understandin’
Oh, but when you come
And do it best
There ain’t nothin’
To stoppin’ east to west
(I’m not sure
if this is right)
But I’ll still
Be standing
I’ll be standing

I gotta have
Roots before branches
To know who I am
Before I know
Who I wanna be
And faith
To take chances
To live like I see
A place in this world

I gotta have
Roots before branches
To know who I am
Before I know
Who I wanna be
And faith
To take chances
To live like I see
A place in this world
For me

I gotta have
Roots before branches

Spontaneity

This summer is overwhelming. Last year I complained that nothing good was happening and this year I’m a bit stressed out with the amount of shows actually coming to and around Montreal. That being said I’ve decided I’m not missing out on any of them. You only live once so live it up.

First weekend of June was a roadtrip to Quebec City to see the Hedley guys. Probably one of the most epically amazing days of my life. When everything falls into place so smoothly then you know it’s going to turn things around. It was like 2005-2006  all over again. Something I didn’t think would be possible. It was an opportunity to escape with one of my closest friends and just be girls again. We danced in our hotel rooms. We laughed on the big screens. We giggled in parking lots. I loved every second of it. I don’t regret one second of the last 7 years when it comes to those 4 guys. They’ve changed my life in ways they don’t even know. Here’s to more days like that this summer.

Lately Jason has been trying to convince me to go on a spontaneous roadtrip with him. I always found excuses not to. Not because I didn’t want to be with him but because I felt like work, responsibilities and money would get in my way. On Thursday I attended a funeral. It was my first one in almost 10 years and hopefully my last one for at least another 10. It made me realized that this is the only life I’m going to get. I spend so much of it rationalizing everything and worrying about every detail. I need to get out of that mind set and just be me. So I told Jason to pick a place and we’d go. Fuck my credit card. I’ll figure that out as I go along. He booked NYC for one night and we hopped in a car less than 30 hours later and drove to a city that I’ve always wanted to experience. Even the border guard gave us a funny look when we said we were only going for one day. 12 hours of sitting in a car for about 24 hours of fun.

The drive was quick. We survived getting into the city and even managed to not be honked. We hopped on a bus tour, with the craziest tour guide ever, and got to learn about part of one of the most historical cities in the world. This place just oozes history and stories. The architecture was beautiful as well. It’s nice to see a city trying to preserve their buildings rather then just tearing them down and building new ones in that spot. We wandered Times Square and ate dinner at Olive Garden. We bumped into one of my favorite people on this planet, Josh Groban and I became 10 years old all over again. The next day we took a boat tour around the entire island of Manhattan and paid a visit to Lady Liberty. Smaller then I expected up close. Then we shopped, well I did, like idiots until it was time to leave. Somehow I did a 4 story Forever 21 and only left with two necklaces and a dress. Talent. The drive back was beautiful and everything about the trip just made me happy. I got to disappear for 48 hours with the love of my life. I got to do something so spontaneous that even I couldn’t wrap my head around where I was when I was standing in Times Square. Everyone needs to do this. Just get in your car and go. Book a last second vacation. Nothing feels better then the unexpected things in life.

This coming weekend is a trip to Belleville with a car full of people I love. Then I’m hopping over to Toronto for 3 days with friends to get a glimpse of the MMVA’s and just pay a visit to one of my favorite cities. I need this. I need to just escape from my thoughts for a few months. In August I’ll sit down and try to figure out parts of my life but right now I just need to be a kid again and smile at the little things.

“This next song goes out to all the beautiful girls in the room. I just want to remind you that beauty is so much more than what you see in the mirror, and don’t you ever let anybody else tell you different.” – Jacob Hoggard

We’re our own brat pack.

 

I got the best news this week. After 9 years of listening to The Rocket Summer…I am finally getting the opportunity to see them live. Granted I saw them at Warped tour two summers ago but that was just a partial set. I was introduced to Bryce Avary by a friend in Ontario who sent me his first studio album Calendar Days back in 2003. It was one of my first musical love affairs. There was something about his music and his unique sound that dragged me in almost immediately. Brat Pack actually ended up being the song that sticks out the most in my mind when it comes to my high school years. A small group of us used to constantly blare it. It makes me smile every time.

Unfortunately he rarely ever toured in Montreal. Thankfully that all changes in just over one month along with a new album in almost exactly one month.

 

T-5 Months in Montreal

If I sit here and really let myself absorb the fact that this is most likely my last 5 months living in Montreal, well my head explodes. I haven’t let myself think about it. Mayeb it’s because I just think too much and it’s time that I take a step back and just let things happen. I’ve backed out of this so many times now that it’s taking a huge kick in the pants for me to get my act together. I was on the phone with my brother the other day, who is moving to Australia, and he told me that this is me getting my life together. That I’m finally taking the step and realizing that “I better get my act together now.” Have I mentioned that it’s absolutely terrifying? My desire to finally work in the music industry is overriding how scared I am. I’m tired of applying to places hesitantly here and being scared that I’m going to be asked to transcribe something to French. Don’t get me wrong. As much as I resist I can speak French. I’m just not completely comfortable and why should I work and feel uncomfortable? I want to be able to do the best of my abilities and not be hindered by my language.

I’ve never lived anywhere but in the West Island. This has been my home for the last 22 years. I envy those people who can live spontaneously. Who decide that they want to travel Europe for a year or who decide that they’re up and moving to the West Coast without a moments hesitation. Those are the people who are truly living their lives and I want to be like that to the best of my ability. I know that I will always be an over thinker. I just have to learn how to stop letting my thoughts interfere with my actions. 40% of me is absolutely terrified. 60% of me can’t imagine doing anything else. It helps that we’ll be living an hour outside of the city with my family for 3-6 months to get us on our feet. I’m excited to apply for jobs and internships and finally start making money in the field that I love the most.

That being said I’m living this summer up. Screw work and responsibilities. I want to go to as many concerts as physically possible. I want to take one ridiculously amazing trip. I want to spend as much time with my best friends as I can. Bring on Summer 2012

YES!

I don’t know when I plan on breathing between now and March 20th. I have so many things planned that I can’t even begin to contain my excitement.

I like 2012. So far(aside from a lack of Josh Groban thus far) it’s been a hell of a lot better than 2011. Don’t get me wrong…I loved the people I spent time with last year but it really had a seriously lack of adventure. People at my work think I’m crazy because they say I’m always out of town or doing something fun but they don’t understand that it’s how I’ve always been. Yes I went places last year but that was nothing compared to years prior to that. I’m used to getting in a car and roadtripping to the most asinine places for a night or two. That’s when I have the best memories. That’s when I enjoy the most laughs.

The other night we were driving to Jenns. The car was packed and the music was blaring. I made Mel pause the music so I could make an announcement. This is what we’ve been missing. Just jamming everyone in a car, putting on a playlist and going somewhere. It’s funny because I’m not someone who likes to be doing something all the time. Maybe that’s why I make up for it in random roadtrips. I don’t go out to bars or clubs or go bowling or out to movies very often. I pile all my money and do this instead.

After another successful DAHFA holiday I said goodbye to the girls who were driving home to the West Island and I stayed over with Jenn. We haven’t just talked in the two of us in forever. I don’t think we moved for 2 hours straight. Rinse and repeat the next morning. We decided since there are so many changes coming our way that for the next few months everything is a YES! We’re going to look for excuses to just do things. No more of this “Well I’m tired…” “Sorry I’m working” crap. We’re young. We should be having the most fun we can. We have the rest of our lives to work full time and sit around.

In other news I keep having dreams that I’m forgetting to pack anything for our trip to Florida. Last night I had a dream that I left my passport at home and when I opened my luggage at the airport i realized that everything I packed was for winter. Let’s not let that happen shall we?

I just wanted to blog quickly since it seems like I’ve been neglecting this one for my Tumblr. lately. I’ll blog more. I swear.

 

Up or down? Ups and downs.

Today I made a huge decision….I’m going to slow down.

In my mind I had this huge idea that once school was done I’d rush off and find a career and settle down in Toronto with the love of my life and live happily ever after. Now that I’m 7 months away from that I’m starting to realize how much I’ve rushed myself. I’ve never moved away from home. The longest I’ve been away is 2 weeks. I’ve never lived with anyone else aside from my family. I’ve only ever known Montreal as my home. I’ve never worked full time. I’ve never had to handle ALL my finances. Seeing a pattern here? I put this all together and almost had a panic attack.

Why did I rush myself? For some reason I thought that school ending meant that I needed to start my life RIGHT away. Someone forgot to remind me that I’m only 22. I already know exactly what I want to do with my life and I’ve been working towards the career that means the world to me. Most people have no idea what they want to do at my age. They’re still in school for another 3+ years trying to figure it out. Some think they know and spend years at the wrong thing before they decide to make big changes. I’ve decided I want to slow down. Take it month by month. Decide EXACTLY what I want and how I want to do it. I know I’ll end up in Toronto in the near future. I also know my heart lies in the music industry. Most of all I know that my decision to move in with Jason is the right one. When I put all those pieces together I know it fits perfectly. Now to get there I need to make sure I take the right steps and make the right choices.

Maybe it’s because I so desperately want to work in the music field. It’s what I’ve wanted since I was 12 years old and I stepped out of my first concert; Aerosmith at the Bell Center. I’ve been building connections and doing things in the industry since I was 16. Street teaming, promotion, writing etc. That’s why it bothers me so much when people get a job in the field before me, especially when I know they’ve been working at it for less time than me. I’ve finally accepted that when the time comes it will come. I know I’ll work in this industry. I don’t have a doubt in my mind. Rushing it right now and taking the first job that pops up isn’t going to solve anything.

One of my resolutions this year is to become a more positive person. Last year I was very frustrated and negative about finding a job. I whined and complained to Jason A LOT about no one calling me back. You know what? THAT’S LIFE. Sometimes it takes months before you hear anything back. While you wait you have to keep pushing and working at your dream. Nothing should ever stop you. My new attitude is that I’ll intern in the new year. I’ll work my ass off at a company I enjoy. If they hire me then that’s amazing. If they don’t then that’ll just be one more great thing to put on my CV for Toronto. Every little thing you do, every job you take, makes a difference in the long run.

Realizing that I don’t need to rush anything has made me breathe easier. I have my whole life in front of me. There’s going to be a lot of ups and there’s going to be a lot of downs. I’m prepared to fit it with a positive attitude because negativity won’t get you anywhere. You might just annoy more people along the way.

2012: Goals & Resolutions

As I wrote in the previous post, I managed to blog about my goals last year and then promptly forget about it. I have a big year ahead of me and it’s more important then ever that I get my priorities straight and my goals accomplished.

10 New Years Resolutions:

1. Save up 5,000-10,000. If I have any hope of going to Toronto then I need to save up at least this much. Right now I’m no where near that goal so I’m going to have to work my ass off.

2. Finish my 101 goals in 1001 days. Right now I’m about 55% done. I know I won’t be able to accomplish everything on that list but I’d like to get to at least 90-95 out of 101. I’m so close to finishing so many. After this list is done I’m planning on starting another one.

3. Finish reading 175 books in 1001 days. Right now I’m at 104 books. This one is the hardest of them all since I technically only have until October to accomplish it(according to my 101 goal list). If I complete it at the end of 2012 I’ll still be proud of myself. Nothing feels better than finishing a good book and almost reading 200 in 3 years is big for me.

4. Start exercising regularly & lose 5-10lbs. This one is more realistic for me this year. Jason and I have had plans to join the gym, I got a wii fit for Christmas and I know that exercise will be what helps me to beat my anxiety.

5. Beat my anxiety & Stop Worrying. This one is huge for me. I struggled with this since May 2011. It’s been one of the hardest things in my life. I don’t want it to keep winning. I need to find ways to make this the last year that anxiety will be a word in my vocabulary.

6. Complete 365 photo challenge. I really want to do this. Being someone who is obsessive about photography this should be easy. I’ll be posting it on Facebook every single day and I want every picture to be fairly different.

7. Keep the friends who care. Drop the ones who don’t. I’m tired of being the one who organizes everything. I had a breakdown to Jason last night about how many people I’ve lost touch with because they just didn’t bother to reach out. People who I thought were very close friends. He talked to me for an hour and told me that I should only concentrate on those who care enough to want to see me. If it means dwindling my friends down to two or three then so be it. I want to be with people who pick up the phone and make the effort.

8. Get my license. I mean it this year. If I want to move to Toronto then I need to be able to get around if Jason isn’t there.

9. Find a job/internship that makes me happy. I have nothing against the part time job I’m working now but let’s be honest…I’m tired of it. I want to be working in my field doing what I love. We all know that’s music. This year I’m going to push harder than ever to get an internship or even a job in the field that I want. I don’t care if it’s unpaid for a year, I just want to finally step away from what I’m doing and in to what I want to be doing.

10. Live Life. You only live once. I don’t want to race to grow up. I want this year to be full of laughter, concerts, road trips, vacations and good times. I want to remember 2012 for the rest of my life. That means no negativity. I want to be as positive as possible this year.

2011 Goals: What was accomplished. What wasn’t.

First of all I missed my blog. Tumblr is NOT the same. I’m going to be posting here again.

I’ll be the first to admit that I made a list of 2011 goals…and then promptly forgot about it. I’m curious to see what I managed to complete and what I couldn’t motivate myself to do.

My goals for 2011 were:

1. Begin looking for a job within the industry. Of course this would be my number 1 goal. It wasn’t accomplished. Well not fully accomplished anyways.  In 2011 I graduated from Trebas and began working “full time” with CONFRONT. I took on a huge part of the magazine and it has been a crucial part in getting closer to a job within the industry. Every little bit counts. I do have plans for the New Year. I’m going to push harder than ever with them, that includes Toronto.

2. Work out more. Yeah this didn’t happen. A big part of it was the anxiety attacks I started suffering from. I really had to concentrate on a way to recover from that.

3. Read 60 books. I did this! I think I’m actually at 63 or 64 books now. There were so many amazing books introduced to me in 2011 that it was impossible not to complete this one. My top 10 for the year are:

  1. Divergent – Veronica Roth
  2. The Maze Runner trilogy – James Dashner
  3. The Art of Racing in the Rain – Garth Stein
  4. The Glass Castle – Jeanette Walls
  5. Secret Daughter – Shilpi Somaya Gowda
  6. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
  7. Delirium – Lauren Oliver
  8. Before I Go to Sleep – S.J Watson
  9. Room – Emma Donoghue
  10. Sisterhood Everlasting -Ann Brashares

4. Save atleast 60% of paycheck. This was very hard seeing as how up until 2 months ago I was in school full time. I should have realistically realized that I would barely be making any money. I think I did take a majority off my paycheck but not enough for it to really show at the end of the year.

5. Visit 5 new places. I’m pretty sure I did this without realizing. I went on a lot of random trips this year which included Pembroke & Renfrew Ontario(a fun trip with the boyfriend), Cayo Coco, Vancouver, Toronto etc. I’d like to say that I accomplished this one.

6. Learn how to cook. I did really well with this one. I spent more of 2011 cooking then I have the rest of my life combined. I took the time to learn almost 25 new recipes, buy new cookbooks and learn how to make cupcakes. Success.

7. Get my learners. Fail. Maybe this year?

8. Complete at least 65% of my 101 goals in 1001 days. Okay this was tough because going into it I think I had accomplished 22% of my list. I just looked at my updated list and I am now at 54%. Not bad. I think aiming for 65 was too high seeing as how some of the goals take awhile to complete. I am almost done a good deal of them and some of them I’m nowhere close.

Updated 101 list:

  1. Write a letter to myself to open in 10 years: This has been sealed and put away. I believe it was 3 pages typed up on the computer.
  2. Sleep under the stars: Not completed
  3. Attend a film festival: Not completed
  4. Kiss in the rain: Completed in Cuba during a thunderstorm. We stepped out onto the porch and kissed there. Seeing as how I was super dazed it wasn’t the best kiss so a couple of months later, in July, we stepped out into the pouring rain kissed there. More romantic.
  5. Read all the books currently unread on my book shelf: Not completed. This one is impossible because I keep adding to my bookshelf.
  6. Donate blood: Not completed. This probably won’t happen. I’m too scared of fainting.
  7. Identify 100 things that make me happy: Completed. I did this over a period of 100 days on my blog.
  8. Go camping: Not completed
  9. Go tobogganing: Not completed
  10. Learn how to play poker: Completed. Jason taught me how! I still don’t like it.
  11. Get a tattoo: Completed. I actually managed to get TWO. I wouldnt have been able to do it if Jason hadn’t convinced the shit out of me.I got one on my wrist and one on my foot.
  12. Build a snowman: Completed. We did this last January. He had a lot of personality and he slowly melted over a period of a month in the back yard.
  13. Stay awake for 24 hours: Completed. This was done with Jenn when we flew home from Vancouver in September 2010. We didn’t bother going to sleep since our flight was so early.
  14. Do a scrapbook: Completed. I intended this one for me but I ended up making Jenn one for Christmas last year.
  15. See a broadway play: Not completed
  16. Take a first aid course: Not completed
  17. Try a new/frightening food: Completed. I tried escargot which turned out to not be TOO bad since I love garlic and cheese.
  18. Host a fancy dress party: Not completed. I’m hoping this will be done this year around April.
  19. Subscribe to a magazine: Completed. I subscribed to ALT Press(blah) and Cosmopolitan.
  20. Join a gym: Not completed.
  21. Buy a fancy dress: Not completed. This will be done by March since I’ll be attending a wedding.
  22. Listen to every song on my iTunes: Not completed. I tried really hard with this one but then my iTunes crashed and erased everything.
  23. Visit NYC: Not completed…but needs to be.
  24. Get a drivers license: Not completed. Yeah yeah I know.
  25. Go dancing: Completed. This was completed this summer in Toronto when we all went out to an Irish bar and just danced like idiots.
  26. Learn guitar again: Not completed.
  27. Buy a professional camera: Completed. It’s my baby.
  28. Have a candlelit dinner: Completed. Jason and I did this several times throughout the year.
  29. Dance in the rain, in the summer: Completed. This was done in Gatineau during a Hedley show. It downpoured. We danced. I got a killer cold.
  30. Go to a concert in a province outside of QC/ON: Completed. Hedley in Deer Lake BC
  31. Read 5 biographies(5/5): Completed. You can look at the side bar to see the 5 I chose. All amazing. All worth reading.
  32. Spend the day with a childhood friend: Completed. I spent a day with Sepideh who, despite not seeing very often, I adore.
  33. Get accepted to Algonquin: Completed. Then I didn’t go. My life would be very different if I had chosen that path.
  34. Play beach volleyball: Not completed.
  35. Have a Disney movie marathon: Completed. This was done in PEI..solely because Jenn was deprived as a child. Movies included Aladdin, Pochahontas, The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, etc
  36. Give up chips for 2 months: Not completed. I’m an addict.
  37. Go without fast food for 3 months: Completed. I didn’t keep count but I know it was longer than 3 months since I went to any fast food restaurant. I don’t include Subway or Tim Hortons in this though. Just the junk like Macdonalds, Harveys, Pizza Hut etc.
  38. Stay away from the internet for 1 week: Completed. In Cuba. Aside from e-mailing my parents to keep them updated.
  39. Watch 50 of IMDB’s Top 250 movies(26/50): Not completed. I’m about half way there.
  40. Visit British Columbia: Completed. Thanks to Jenn I did this TWICE in two years. Amazing.
  41. Become a vegetarian for 1 week: Completed. I’m pretty sure I did it for 6 days so I’m counting that.
  42. Read 3 How To books(1/3): Not completed. This is harder than I thought. I read a How to Beat Anxiety book but that’s all I could think of….
  43. Read 10 Best Sellers(10/10): Completed. Check the side bar for those.
  44. Go without my VISA for 2 weeks(March 19-April 1st ): Completed. Richest weeks of my life.
  45. Spend a weekend at a chalet up north: Completed. This was done twice as well. Once with Jason in January and once with all the girls for my birthday in September. Both were amazing experiences.
  46. Discover 20 new artists(20/20): Completed. This was easy. I blogged about it somewhere on here.
  47. Start up my quotebook again: Completed and not Completed. I did start it up again but I didn’t stay with it.
  48. Study the Russian culture: Not completed
  49. Spend the day in my city as a tourist: Not completed
  50. Find a popular TV series that I’ve never seen and watch every season: Completed. How I Met Your Mother!!!
  51. Visit a country outside of North America: Completed. I visited Cuba.
  52. Go to another province/state for a hockey game: Not completed
  53. Get back to school: Completed. If you count Trebas as school.
  54. Get into a car and drive to a random location. Spend the day there.: Completed. Jason surprised me with a trip to see Matthew Good in Pembroke. We left a day early and stayed in the remote city of Renfrew ON which ended up being so much fun.
  55. Watch the news once a week for 2 months: Completed. I didn’t keep track but I know I watch at least twice a week regardless.
  56. Find an internship in the music industry: Completed. I started working “full time” for CONFRONT.
  57. Make a donation to the Make-A-Wish foundation: Not completed, but will be.
  58. Join Deviantart and get back into photography: Not completed.
  59. Explore the Old Port: Not completed.
  60. Spend the day at a spa: Not completed.
  61. Develop my favorite pictures: Not completed
  62. Play hockey: Not completed.
  63. Buy 2 new board games and have a games night: Completed. I picked up Quelf and Scattegories.
  64. Go to Canadas Wonderland: Completed. Four of us went in June and met up with 3 friends. We made a day of it.
  65. Watch 10 Ewan Mcgregor movies(5/10): Not completed. This will be easy to finish up though. I have been challenging myself by watching movies of his that I’ve never seen before.
  66. Watch 5 documentaries(3/5): Not completed. With Netflix this one will be easy though.
  67. Go skating on a lake: Completed. I did this at the Old Port last winter.
  68. Visit the arboretum: Completed. Took a 2 hour walk with Jason this year right before Thanksgiving.
  69. See Josh Groban in concert: Completed. THREE TIMES THIS YEAR.
  70. Go see a band I’ve never heard of: Completed. I did this several times including Bluesfest in Tremblant.
  71. Learn to sew: Not completed..but I should.
  72. Watch a sunrise/sunset on the same day: Completed. We did this in Cuba:)
  73. Visit Stew in New Brunswick: Completed. Went to visit him last August when we went to PEI. I’m planning to do it again this year.
  74. Lose 5lbs: Completed. Whether I kept it off is another story but during my anxiety phase I lost 10 pounds.
  75. Put 5$ aside for every task completed: Not completed.
  76. Go 1 week without spending any money: Completed. This was another rich week for me.
  77. Try 10 new restaurants(10/10): Completed. I did the majority of this in Vancouver and other random cities.
  78. Complete the 100 Photo Challenge on FlickR: Not completed but I really want to.
  79. Curl my hair: Not completed. Impossible.
  80. Save 10,000$(1000/10000): Not completed. Effing hard.
  81. Read 175 books(65/175)(40): Not completed. Am currently at 104.
  82. Rewatch my home videos(7/7): Completed. This was an awesome trip down memory lane.
  83. Interview 10 bands I’ve never heard of(2/10): Not completed.
  84. Give money to 10 homeless people(6/10): Not completed but getting there.
  85. Learn to cook 25 new recipes(24/25): Not completed. ONE RECIPE TO GO!
  86. See Hedley in the States: Not completed but I sure as hell will this year.
  87. Roadtrip to the States for 3 shows(1/3): Not completed. We went to Wakey!Wakey! but I have more then 2 on my list for the new year.
  88. Read 5 classics(0/5): Not completed. It’s hard when you’re not in an English Class anymore.
  89. Watch 3 music documentaries(3/3): Completed. I watched Hedley, Foo Fighters and Justin Bieber. All awesome.
  90. Join a dance class: Completed. I joined a salsa one with Jason.
  91. Do an entire 45 minute yoga video: Not completed.
  92. Compete the Biggest Loser 1 month challenge DVD: Not completed.
  93. Go to the zoo: Completed. Did this in Toronto
  94. Visit a casino: Completed. Visited the Tremblant casino. Failed miserably.
  95. Build a sandcastle: Completed. Jean Drapeau Beach in Montreal.
  96. Have a Star Wars marathon: Not completed.
  97. Start a journal again: Completed. Didn’t stick with it very well.
  98. Visit 5 new places(5/5): Completed.
  99. Take pictures in a photo booth: Completed. Took these with Jenn. Still haven’t seen them.
  100. Buy someone a present for the hell of it: Completed. Do this for Jason constantly.
  101. Visit Hampton Beach: Not completed.

Now I need to write my blogs about 2012 goals and 2011: A Year in Review.

Thanksgiving Weekend

I used to think that summer was my favorite time of year but as I grow up I realize that nothing beats a beautiful fall day. There’s something about the smell of leaves and all the colors that bring me back to my childhood and just make me relaxed. I could walk for hours outdoors. The first real weekend of fall for me is always thanksgiving. I don’t know why, it just is.

On Friday night Mel, Jason, Caitlin, Sophie & I all went downtown for the Wakey!Wakey! show at ilMotore. We had a very fast dinner at Mikes, I got mine 20 minutes after everyone else and then headed over to the venue. I saw this band for the first time back in May with Jenn & Mel in Burlington. We’d all heard Mike Grubbs music on One Tree Hill and it was a love affair from there. His albums are probably in my Top 3 as is his band. It’s not only his music, it’s who he is as a musician. I’ll explain.

The show opened with Casey Shea another artist signed to Family Records. At this show we met the head of the label and I’ve realized that THIS is the type of label I want to work for. One that is family oriented and who treats their artists as musicians, not spoiled superstars. Caseys set was amazing and he made everyone laugh for the 30 minutes he was on the stage. After that Wakey!Wakey! hit the stage. I’m not going to lie, I was super suprised that the venue sold out. When we met Mike in Burlington he told us all about how much he wanted to come to Montreal so when the show was booked I was a little bit afraid that he’d be let down by our city and not want to come back. Boy was I wrong. I’m so proud to be a music fan in Montreal. We have kickass crowds.

When Wakey!Wakey! hit the stage the entire building shook. Mike & Tanya played for almost 2 straight hours. The crowd sang along for almost every single song and even sang the background vocals during Twenty Two. Mike kept stopping to laugh and tell the crowd how blown away he was by the reception they were getting. It was his first time in the city and he admitted that it was officially his favorite show and that we were the best crowd he’d ever played for. Nothing makes me smile more than a musician who DESERVES IT making it. He played long past the end of his set and told the crowd that he wanted to meet every singe person. During his set he casually talked non stop to the crowd and smiled the entire time. I have so much respect for this man as a muscian as well as a person. These are the people who should be huge in the music industry. Those artists who have worked hard and who are humbled by their fame. Not people like Rihanna and Kanye West who have heads too big to enter stadiums.

After the show we spoke with Wesley from Family records a little bit more and thanked Mike for playing an amazing show. I’m so excited to see a show in the near future.

On Saturday morning Jason & I headed to the Morgan Arboretum for a long walk through the woods. This has become tradition for me every thanksgiving weekend. I love walking through the trees and looking at all the color changes and enjoying the complete silence. The only part that is never fun is all the mud. After that we headed back to my house for a small thanksgiving dinner with my grandmother and godmother and I ate my weight in stuffing, which is generally what happens.

Only 18 more days until Vancouver and in that time I have to get through 9 shifts, a hair cut, a foot tattoo, pumpkin picking, a concert, a habs game….YAY!.

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