Monthly Archives: December 2010

looking backwards and forwards, by j

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2010 was quite the year. As 2011 is upon us it’s time for me to do what I do best (or want to do best) and be self-reflective about the past 12 months.

There were a lot of good times, a few excrutiatingly horrible ones, and a handful of embarrassing moments. Let’s recap the eldest sister’s ups and downs, shall we?

Ups:

Trip to Scotland with the fam, Jessica Valenti signing all my books, quitting my super stressful job, Ke$ha, getting my new job, moving home (no rent! free food!), getting back into the scholastic swing of things, weekend at the grape and wine festival (and getting tipsy at said fest), book clubs (and sister m joining the club!), Sarah Harmer, prosecco, earthquake, Lady Gaga, the brush with Sid the Kid…

Downs:

Going to Scotland without sister m, my job for the first six months of 2010, macgruber, world cup, working a night shift on my birthday, falling down in the snow, G20, paying multiple admission fees for grad school (oh, you want several hundreds of my dollars? all for the CHANCE of getting into your school? please, take my credit card information), justin beiber, hot tub time machine, not having as much contact with some folks I miss dearly, hospitals and diagnoses, moving home, learning Jian Ghomeshi is a douche, winter olympics…

There are a ton of things that I am looking forward to this year… the ballet with the sisters, book clubs, travels to faraway places (Poland anyone?), hockey game in the box suite, summer, festivals, school, family and friends!

 All in all a good year. Hopefully 2011 brings more change, more excitement, more results and lots more ups and downs!

Cheers to 2010, you’ve been bad ass.

proust, by j

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What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Red wine, a cozy blanket and someone (or some people) that make me laugh

What is your greatest fear?

Being invisible

Which historic figure do you most identify with?

Mary Wollstonecraft

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

Laziness

What is the trait you most deplore in others?

Being disingenuous

What is your greatest extravagance?

Hand bags!

What is your favourite journey?

Driving on the coast of Newfoundland

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

Being an extrovert

What is your greatest regret?

That I didn’t see Lady Gaga 2 years ago, on her club tour

What or who is the greatest love of your life?

Being a catalyst for change

When and where were you happiest?

The day I moved home

What is your current state of mind?

Determined

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

Be less of a procrastinator in my personal life

If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be?

Not an damn thing.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Finishing university

If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?

A member of the Lewis/Klein/Landsberg family

What is your most treasured possession?

My memories

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

Being invisible

Where would you like to live?

San Francisco (right now)

What is your favourite occupation?

Instructor

What is your most marked characteristic?

Being critical (aka “angry”)

What is the quality you most like in a man?

Being genuine

What is the quality you most like in a woman?

Being genuine

What do you value most in your friends?

Dependability

Who are your favourite writers?

Sedaris, Atwood, Valenti

What is it that you most dislike?

People who refuse to be self-reflective

How would you like to die?

Memorably

What is your motto?

“Nothing is as bad as I think it is.”

proust, by m

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what is your idea of perfect happiness?

laughing with family, laughing with friends…probably with a drink in my hand…

what is your greatest fear?

wasting time

which historical figure do you most identify with?

isadora duncan…i could dance like that.

what is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

impatience

what is the trait that you most deplore in others?

insincerity

what is your greatest extravagance?

my apartment

what is your favourite journey?

it’s always, without fail, the one i’m about to take.

what do you consider the most overrated virtue?

caution

what is your greatest regret?

“je ne regrette rien”

what or who is the greatest love of your life?

my family, my friends, the house red…

when and where were you happiest?

i don’t know

what is your current state of mind?

restless

if you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

the speed at which i can run

if you could change one thing about your family, what would it be?

not a thing.

what do you consider your greatest achievement?

getting a grown-up job

if you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?

a camera

what is your most treasured possession?

jewelry

what do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

loneliness

where would you like to live?

in a very small town, for a little while

what is your favourite occupation?

i’ll let you know

what is your most marked characteristic?

ambition

what is the quality you most like in a man?

humour

what is the quality you most like in a woman?

humour

what do you most value in your friends?

honesty, humour and loyalty

who are your favourite writers?

cummings and burroughs

what is it that you most dislike?

writing on construction paper with chalk

how would you like to die?

suddenly, and in my sleep, and in a very long time

what is your motto?

 it’s better to regret the things that i have done, than the things i did not do

isadora duncan
isadora duncan

proust, by a

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What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Hanging with friends and family and/or right after I hand in an assignment or write an exam.

What is your greatest fear?

Graduating University.

Which historical figure do you most identify with?

Anne of Green Gables? Wait, that’s literary…

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

Self doubt.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?

Rudeness.

What is your greatest extravagance?

Cowboy boots I bought in Nashville, Tennessee.

What is your favourite journey?

Leaving winter in Ontario behind and going to New Orleans and Las Vegas.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

Patience.

What is your greatest regret?

That time I missed “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” when it was on t.v. That was the worst.

What or Who is the greatest love of your life?

My hair styling tools and my great family (including the best friends ever).

When and where were you happiest?

Every Christmas Eve/Day.

What is your current state of mind?

I’ve got the holiday blues. Why can’t Christmas break last forever??

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

That I would stop procrastinating.

If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be?

Absolutely nothing!

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Moving away for the summer.

If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?

Taylor Swift, so I could apologize for acting in Valentine’s Day.

What is your most treasured possession?

Tie between my iPod and no.87 jersey.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

Loneliness.

Where would you like to live?

In an apartment with my best friends. Anywhere.

What is your favourite occupation?

Haven’t found it yet!

What is your most marked characteristic?

Stubbornness.

What is the quality you most like in man?

Humour. And no carpenter jeans. Unless you really need to have a place to put your hammer.

What is the quality you most like in a woman?

Confidence.

What do you most value in your friends?

Their sense of humour.

Who are your favourite writers?

Sophie Kinsella, Timothy Findley, Kit Pearson.

What is it that you most dislike?

Rude people and one sided conversations.

How would you like to die?

Peacefully, in my sleep, at the same time as my (future) husband. Yep, that is how The Notebook ends.

What is your motto?

“There are no problems, only challenges”.