Bring on 2008

New Year’s Eve has always been a time for looking back to the past, and more importantly, forward to the coming year. With the end of this year almost upon us, as most of us traditionally do, I’ve spent some time reflecting and thinking about my resolutions. I feel good for the most part, as I jump into 2008, because I have accomplished so many of the things that I set out to do in the past year. For perhaps the first time, I feel ok about where I’m at. I am poised to jump into this next phase of my career, something which I know is going to be life changing. 2007 is the year that the pieces in the puzzle of my life have started to come together. I can finally see the big picture, and I’m happy with the progress.

One of the major things I would like to resolve to do differently going into 2008, is to strengthen my ability to just brush things off. I need to stop letting people walk all over me. I have such a strong tendency to take things personally. It’s my nature to want to please people all the time. What I need to realize though, is that there are some people out there who just have horns for an aura. I need to remember that not everybody is going to like me or agree with me all the time. Plus, some people are just mean, or insecure and volatile. I need to learn how to stop internalizing that negativity.

I have many goals with regards to my career and this spanking new role that I am set to take on. My stomach is full of crazy butterflies. I feel like I’m walking blindfolded into an unknown world. I’m going to be travelling a ton, and will be facing a whole pile of new challenges. As a control freak, I hate not knowing EXACTLY what I’m in for. Thank God the powers that be have so much faith in my ability to nail this, cause at the moment, I am terrified. I am resolving to bound into this with great intentions, my strong work ethic and an open mind.

Another resolution on my list is to write in my journal more. There was a time when I made it a priority to reflect and put pen to paper daily. These days, I get caught up and busy. I find that the more I blog, the less inclined I seem to be to journal. It’s a different kind of writing though. I can’t be as free as I am in my journal anywhere else. To some degree, I censor what I put out there in this forum. I want to get back to writing in my journal, becaue in the past it has been a great means of catharsis for me.

My other major resolution is to start cooking for myself more. Since I moved into my own place, I have found that I enjoy being in the kitchen more; maybe because it’s my kitchen. I think in the new year, I’ll take some classes and continue to improve my abilities.

I came across a list of tips at to help you create better New Year’s resolutions. I think it’s worth checking out.

I still haven’t decided what I’m going to do tomorrow night. I have to go into the office on the first to finish setting up our showroom and get everything organized for next week so that kind of limits my options. I suppose I still have another day to figure it out.

What are your New Year’s Resolutions?


I like to be gone most of the time and you like to be home most of the time

I’m quite sure that I could eat sushi every single day and never get sick of it. When my parents came to visit me in the city yesterday, we decided that there was little better to do on a rainy Saturday than to go and fill our bellies with all we could eat sushi at Tanpopo on Denman before heading to Tinseltown to watch a movie (or two).

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We saw Juno. I have to tell you that it was even more amazing than I thought it was going to be and after having seen the trailer, I was stoked on it. The film is brilliantly written. Every actor nails their performance. Hilarious. Sweet. Honest. Warm. The soundtrack rocks too. This is definitely one that I will buy on dvd and watch again and again. The sharp, witty, and acerbic dialogue seems to really catch true “teen speak”. Ellen Page is going places, people. This 20 year old Canadian girl is absolutely remarkable in an unforgettable performance. I loved this film. And of course I was all teared up at the end. This is a must-see.

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Once our cinematic appetites were whet, we couldn’t stop. Up next, we decided to check out The Savages. I wasn’t sure what to expect with this one as I hadn’t seen it advertised. When I saw that it was Philip Seymour Hoffman though, I knew it would be worth seeing. He is one of my favourite actors and I kind of just expect him to be great. I wasn’t disappointed. This film is so true to life. There’s not a false note in this one. Laura Linney is pure perfection in her role as well. The characters can make you laugh and cry, almost at the same time. This is not an easy thing to do and requires outstanding actors, a solid script and sensitive direction, which this film certainly has.

Inaugural Lamb Luncheon

It was months ago that Cindy and Salimah first conceived the idea of throwing a Lamb Luncheon. Last night, the concept was finally brought to reality when they hosted one at Azim’s house in Kitsilano. No, the meal was not served during the lunch hour, and rather as a late dinner, but we decided to retain the “Lamb Luncheon” name because, well, it just has a better ring to it.
It was Eddie’s last night in town before departing to Toronto and then back to Paris. Azim broke out a board game called The Settlers of Catan as the lamb was cooking. We all rolled our eyes as he went over the complicated rules, but once the wine started flowing and we began to figure it all out, we had to agree that the game was a riot. Roads and cities and settlements were popping up everywhere.

We chatted about life and world events. Salimah will be heading to Pakistan shortly to report on the Bhutto assassination. With this particular group, there is never any shortage of intense conversation, debates and witty banter.

The meal was absolutely exquisite; the lamb was cooked to perfection, juicy tomatoes in balsamic and couscous- capped off nicely with warm blackberry pie for dessert. I’d say that the first ever Lamb Luncheon was a huge success.

Look at the stars

Gemini: “You must place sufficient attention on your inner processes now and this could require you to go somewhere quiet. Spending a peaceful evening at home might lead to significant revelations. If you can’t find solace there, try a few hours at a public library. The location isn’t important as long as you can be alone with your own thoughts.”

Friday, December 28, 2007
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Everyday, I read my horoscope. I have done this for as long as I can remember. These days, it appears on my igoogle page, which I have customized. This is even more convenient than the older and more conventional way that I used to check my daily reading; the newspaper. I’ve always thought that astrology is indicative of something; exactly what, I’m not so sure. I’m a Gemini and I’ve always identified myself as such. Geminis are notoriously intellectually inclined. Apparently, they are forever probing people and places in search of information, they are word smiths, they talk a lot, are apt to change their mood on a whim. Dual natured, complex and contradictory. I can identify. I’ve read a great deal about astrology over the years, and what I’ve concluded is still rather…inconclusive. Perhaps believing in astrology is a little like believing in magic. Nevertheless, some days when I read what the stars (or in this case, Rick Levine) have to say to me, often the words are just what I need to hear at that moment. Whether written just for me, or simply something that I coincidentally happened to come across, I often find myself comforted by the wisdom contained in my horoscope. I certainly don’t look to astrology to make my key decisions in life, or for great answers or truths. However, at the end of the day (or in this case the beginning) I do find the whole concept quite intriguing.Is your character true to your astrological profile? Are these decriptions just broad enough that we could all find pieces of ourselves in any of the sign’s trait list? Is it just a bunch of bologna? What do you think about astrology? I must admit that today’s horoscope couldn’t sum up my needs better. I’ve been in need of time alone with my thoughts all week. Coincidence? I don’t know…but either way, a peaceful evening at home sounds pretty good to me.

One sad puppy

Photo courtesy of Paul J Whaley on Flickr

I want more than anything to be asleep right now but I can’t get comfortable. It hurts to lay down, it hurts to stand up, it hurts to sit. I did some damage to my tail bone last weekend (long story involving me –the klutz-, snow, borrowed heels and a slippery staircase). The pain does not seem to be easing up no matter how much Advil I pop. The bruises are a hideous combination of black, blue, purple and red. So here I am, exhausted and back to my old insomniac tricks with the new years blues or some bullshit like that. I’m all emo and self loathing and woe is me. I’m all weepy and lame and lonely. I’m just not feeling good; not mentally, not physically, not emotionally. Sometimes I wish that I could run away from the thoughts in my head, but they chase me. In my dreams, they haunt me. No escape. I am so damn uncomfortable.
I keep fantasizing about staying home by myself on New Years eve, ordering takeout and falling asleep well before the stroke of twelve. In fact, I may just do that.