Sunday, May 9, 2010

I went up to Hamilton for Mother's Day. It was pretty fun; we went out on dirtbikes and an ATV. Jon actually rode while I was on the back (instead of taking it easy), and I just about flew off the one time. I fell off going solo again, but it was more of a bail than a true fall. Dad drove me home, which was nice; he's in Guelph for the week doing a course.

I found out that a guy I knew from university shot himself Friday night. He was a good friend of Isaac's--they grew up together--but only a vague acquaintance of mine. We hung out a few times, and I remember him being a huge asshole, which was often reaffirmed by Alex. She told me that he'd gone out with another friend Friday night and was fine, and his parents found him Saturday afternoon when they returned home. No note, nothing to suggest he was going to do this. I feel sad and unsettled. Sad mostly for Isaac, because he just lost a friend, and for Alex, because she's got to deal with the ramifications, and for Morgan, too, and everyone else. Unsettled. He's the first person I knew--it took me a full minute to decide whether to write 'knew' or 'know' and it still doesn't feel right--to kill themselves. I really couldn't grasp the ramifications, all the people left behind, all the questions, all the anger and hurt and confusion. Alex suggested that she'd thought something was behind his demeanor, a reason for him to be so callous all the time. Maybe it was his way of hiding depression? Maybe he was protecting himself? I don't know. So many questions.

I could really use a hug, and someone to talk through this with. Even though I didn't really like him, I'm still shaken. I wish I could still talk to you.
I went to TCAF today, and had an absolutely amazing few hours there. I met so many of my favourite webcomic artists, made a total creep of myself in front of Erika Moen, and chatted with Jeph Jacques and Joey Comeau. Pretty much the best ever. I spent far more money than I should have, though. I thought of you when I saw a few stalls or pieces of art, and that made me sad. I ran into a girl from high school while I was there. It was strange: I rarely--if ever--talked with her, and yet she greeted me with a big hug. I didn't mind too much though.

Afterwards I went to see Iron Man 2 with Ellie, Tron and Buckley. It was a fantastic movie, and I was having a great time up until we parted ways, and Ellie passed me the bag that she'd been carrying around the whole time. It was all of my things that you'd had. Then I got to spend the next 20min with Buckley on the subway, trying not to dwell on the fact that you'd officially rid yourself of the last remnants of me. I think he's a little upset by this; of everyone, it seems that he's weirded out by going out as a group and you not being there (when I plan things). He hasn't said anything, though, and neither have I.

Tomorrow I'm headed up to Hamilton for Mother's Day. I just finished up my present to mum; I made her a necklace she'll probably never wear, but whatever. I wish I could wish your mum a happy mother's day; she was so good to me. I'm kind of mad at you for taking that away from me. I had a family here. Now I don't.

Thursday, May 6, 2010


I went for a run today. My first in over a month. I cut it short to stop and pick wildflowers and lilacs.

I bought a really cute dress. I wanted to go out tomorrow night to celebrate, but it turns out you're having a bbq tomorrow that everyone is going to. I've got no one to go out with. I had to postpone until Saturday night.

I bought stuff to make my mom a necklace for Mother's Day, but when I tried to make it I realized I can't do the technique I wanted to use.

I realize I've been relying too much on a friend of mine in the past week and a bit. I think he may realize it. I feel terrible.

I really miss you.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

My New Confidant

Yesterday, I discovered that I am not infallible at Scrabble, as was previously thought.

Today, I baked a loaf of banana bread. It was with a new recipe, and it didn't turn out very good.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

I got a phone call from New York today.

I just lost my boyfriend/best friend/confidant.
I have no one to talk to about the little, stupid, insignificant things. It's lonely.

It was a wrong number.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Saturday, April 17, 2010

What the hell.

My fingertips are holding onto the cracks in our foundation, and I know that I should let go but I can't.

And every pop song on the radio is suddenly speaking to me.

Seriously. That is exactly how I am feeling right now. We were doing so well. And then you decided that we weren't. And then you thought we were better, and I didn't. Then I thought we were better, and you didn't. And now I don't even know what's going on. I want nothing more than for us to be ok, but I don't know if you want that. You've got that damn girl in your head right now, that one who you always mention but never name. I know who she is. I'm sure that you're thinking about how interesting and exciting she is, but you need to know that if you leave me, and go get her out of your system, and decide that you made that huge mistake again, there is no third chance. Maybe you need to take a minute. Think about it seriously. Do you really want to throw away everything we have for a crush? Do you really want to get rid of me, only to realize that was never what you wanted? And part of me is so terrified that you're just sticking around until I get over my grief, until I finish exams, and that as soon as you decide my life has levelled out you'll dump me. The other part of me really doesn't care anymore. And that scares me. That as soon as you said, Hey, I'm not so sure anymore, I started to pull away. You said that you weren't just waiting a decent amount of time after the initial conversation to drop me, but part of me can't believe that.

I kind of hate myself for a lot of things right now. For what I've just said. For putting up with this crap again. For getting so complacent. For daring to think about a future you and I might have together. Although I can't help but blame you a little bit for that last one, with all your damn 'hey, let's get married some day's and starting conversations about baby names and all that bullshit that you're allowed to talk about, but the second I say anything in regards to a future more than a few weeks ahead, you get weirded out. Fucking hypocrite. Fucking terrified of commitment and having anyone rely on you for anything, even a comforting shoulder after a shitty day.


Saturday, March 13, 2010

23, 741 Days

My grandparents have been married for 65 years, this Wednesday.

They just missed WWI, grew up in the prosperous 20s, really grew up in the Great Depression, worked for their country in WWII, raised a family, mourned a son, dealt with my long-haired cool-like-Kelso dad, worked well into their 70s, spoiled 4 grandchildren and have long started the same for their first great-grandchild, and are still going strong, with more love for each other than I have ever seen two people have.

It is inspiring.

It is heartbreaking.

It makes me hope that when I'm 90 and wrinkly, I'll still have the love of my life right there with me, my partner in crime in sneaking the great- and grandkids chocolate before dinner.

Friday, March 5, 2010

So, A Girl Walks Into A Beer Store...

I think there's something about nice weather that makes me productive. Perhaps it's Spring Cleaning Fever starting to set in now that the weather seems to be looking up (today was a balmy 4 degrees, sunny, with only a slight breeze to push the sunshine around), or maybe the fact that my break is almost over and I've done essentially nothing with myself for the past 4 days, or possibly the other fact that I've got a dinner date tonight with my boyfriend and cousins and my house was a wreck.

My day so far: woke up early, cleaned for an hour (including under my bed! You'd be so proud), ate breakfast, cleaned for another hour, showered, ate lunch, ran errands, cleaned more.

I've become so damned lazy lately (I blame the unfortunate weather and my inability to withstand any semblance of cold) that I take the transit absolutely everywhere. Not today! My weather-induced productivity inspired me to walk! It was GLORIOUS. I haven't felt this refreshed in a long while.

Anyway. To the point of my ramblings: On my way, I passed a church. Normally, churches keep their gates and doors shut, and only advertise being open Sundays, 9-10 and 3-4, and sometimes Thursdays 6-7. I have never seen this particular church closed. It's front gates and doors are always wide open, and their main sign has "Visitors Welcome" engraved right below the name.

It made me so nostalgic.

I haven't been to church in years (excluding my once-a-year Good Friday attendance with my boyfriend's family, out of respect to him), and I consider myself an athiest. And yet...I found myself missing that sense of community, that sense of comfort that comes from believing that while God cannot take your problems away he can help you through them.

I explicitly remember the moment I stopped believing in God. I was in grade 10, sitting in science class. A boy in my grade was dying of cancer. One morning during announcements, the principle asked that we fast for the day and pray for this student. I did, although I really had only met him once or twice incidentally. The following week, our science class got a visit from the principle, telling us that he had passed away the night before.

I couldn't comprehend how, even though this boy had so many people fasting and praying for him, God could let him die. While I realize now that God had nothing to do with his cancer, and that all the praying in the world could not have taken it away, I had truly believed that he would live. And I had been let down.



Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Portrait of the Artist as a Lonely Soul

Disclaimer: This post has been written with the express knowledge that I will probably sound like a pretentious emo douchebag to anyone who is not myself.


I work better at night. Late night, when I'm exhausted and hungry and cold and wanting for nothing more than comfort. Of course, it's usually that lack of comfort which drives me to work in the first place.

When I say work, I don't really mean work. I mean creating art. Not crafting, because crafting is a happy thing. Art comes from a deeper place.

I started using art as catharsis years ago. I've always been a crafty person; it just fit, I guess, that I would use my hobby as a way to purge emotion.

Right now I feel lonely. I would like to stop feeling lonely, but instead of confronting the issue head on (which would be the smart thing to do), I am trying to spill it out onto a canvas. And maybe I'm not tired or hungry or cold enough, but for some frustrating reason I cannot work. My materials are not clicking. I can't see in my head what I want. I feel the energy in my fingertips, frothing, surging, straining to get out and onto this damned canvas but I can't do it.

Not tonight.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Looking Into My Past

Did you ever make one of those time capsule things when you were a kid? I always wanted to. I imagined collecting a whole bunch of different things--pictures, momentos, lists of my favourite songs and movies and games, who my friends were, who I was--and burying it in a box in my yard. Of course, I never got around to actually doing it.

I keep several small decorated wooden boxes on my desk, for tucking stuff into when I want to keep it but don't want to think about where to put them at that moment. I used to use them a lot more when I was in university a few years back, for keepsakes. Now they dutifully serve as bookends for my collection of Nintendo games (Nindendo-ends?).

Fast forward to yesterday, when I decided I really wanted to find an old necklace to wear. Thinking I may have stashed it in one of the boxes during a recent move, I started going through them.

It was really, really weird. As if I were looking back on myself as I was 4 years ago.

Paper stars. Love notes from an old boyfriend. A grocery list. Photographs. Half a loose-leaf diary entry. Movie stubs. Tickets from a visit to the AGO. A souvenier magnet. An old skeleton key (as cliche as that is; it was a gift from a friend, who picked it up at a lawn sale of sorts in rural France, of all places). An old ring.

Of course, my necklace wasn't there.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Ode To The One That Got Away (or, The One I Thought Got Away, But Really Turned Out To Be A Small Fry In The Ocean)

I think back
To you
To our time together
And that is the word that pops into my head.
You treated me like a tag-along
A follower
Someone to morph and mold and change
I became a non-entity
I only wanted to please
I began to enjoy Eric Clapton, Chili Peppers, Jamaican curries
I watched Bubba Ho-Tep and chortled along with you
I sipped wine and read Buddhist teachings
I drank tea in small, out-of-the-way shops
I listened to Lauren Hill and Why? and Wyclef Jean
I loved your hands and your beard and your hugs and your cock

Then you left

And I think part of the reason that killed me so much
Who was I?
I was a no-body
I needed someone to lead me
To show me who to be
So I floated
For too long I floated
Waiting for someone else to come along
And while I floated, I tried to change back to the person I had been
But I couldn’t
So I became someone new
Someone you wouldn’t recognize
And I liked it
I liked this new me
Because it was me, and not you

Then you came back

And I thought, One night
One night couldn’t hurt

And it didn’t
Because I finally realized
That you had no idea
About anything
You are not cultured
You read to seem worldly, and yet you are indelibly stuck in the here
Your hands were filthy
Your hugs held me down, made me slouch and contort and make myself smaller to fit into your arms
You could no longer please me

And I was free.

Welcome to my Masturbatory Musings

When I was in high school, I had a blog. At the time, it was the 'cool thing to do'. I quickly abandoned it, as my page visit counter never increased outside of my own browsing. Back then, the acceptance and recognition of others meant so much to me. Now, I realize that even if no body ever reads this, it will still have served a purpose: catharsis, to get feelings and ideas and emotions out of myself and onto everyone and no one at all.