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roommates

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

I have a roommate for 3 weeks. I love it. My roommate will never see this nor will anyone she knows, I’m sure, so I’m not just saying that to suck up. I seriously do love having her around.

I had roommates, lots of em, all through school, but in 2005 I moved into a one-bedroom apartment by myself to never look back. Roommates are no good, I’ve paid my dues, I need my own place, so dagnabbit, I’m on my own. I would visit my friends who still had roommates and feel self-congratulatory pity for them. They would complain about what a drag their roommates are and I would pat them on the hand knowingly. My friends who live alone and I would have exclusive club meetings where we discuss how fabulous living alone is. Having to share a bathroom and a kitchen? no thanks! Having someone around all the time making a mess? forget it! Not being able to do what I want, when I want, to my own stuff? never again! I’m an adult now and adults DO NOT have roommates. Grown-ups live in isolated situations or with their families, they do not co-habitate with friends, acquaintances or distant relatives. Those are the rules now.

But then my boyfriend’s friend’s girlfriend had a three week elective in a Toronto hospital coming up in July and she really wanted to stay with people she knows so I thought, hmm… well I guess… But we barely have enough room for our own bikes. We only have an extra small room with a couch and no room for another bed. We have a teeny tiny bathroom. Are you sure there’s enough room? Well, if you’re really sure…

Now I find it’s so so wonderful. We cook together delicious full meals! We go on walks and get ice cream and gummy candies! We watch all sorts of movies and the rest of season two of True Blood (which gets pretty ridiculous but not in a good way fyi)! We stay up past our bedtime gossiping about boys, careers, and deep life questions/philosophies! I get to show her all my crafts I ever made and she is very impressed and supportive! We go on fun bike rides (not yet, but we will soon)! And so much more! It’s so very awesome!

I really love having a roommate and it pretty much is my new favourite thing! I guess I’ve matured or maybe it would suck if it were longer than three weeks and it was more permanent, but now I think it’s the greatest!

Two More Time Video Shoot

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

It was my bday and it was a video shoot and here are some teaser pictures! Oh, it makes you so interested right? One take video, no cuts! Very fun.

jay and jon shooting
Jon was the DP and Jay was the focus puller and a whole lot more as crew was tight. We only got everyone down to the beach and started rehearsing as the sun was going down so… Miraculous that it went off ok. (Photo credit: Elizabeth Kerim)

prepping the shot
Jon looked really cool wearing his steady cam equipment. I want to show you the other tonnes of people in the video and the set, but that would spoil everything. EVERYTHING. (photo credit: Angèle Morgan)

Me directing
This is my debut directing look I’m giving Andrew Austin! Can you tell I practice it often? (Photo credit: Elizabeth Kerim)

Andrew Austin Two More Time
Andrew is totally in character here. He’s a real acting talent. We asked the dog politely to leave and luckily he agreed that he didn’t want to ruin our shoot. How big of him. (photo credit: Angèle Morgan)

Men with baby bjorns on

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

Thanks to Rob for sending me this because he knew I would love it.

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What a niiiiiiiiiiight

Monday, April 19th, 2010

So I took a video of the Tallest Man on Earth show I went to on Saturday. I posted it on YouTube and then I saw other videos from the same show that are closer and better. But whatever, it’s not a competition.

I spent the rest of the weekend celebrating Roger and Andrea’s bday at Will’s chalet. I made a new entry for it on foursquare and now I’m the mayor. It was totally good times. So many good people around in a beautiful place outside the city. Quite a little departure in debauchery for me, and I didn’t even go as hard as some of the friends there. I’m so excited for the summer.

Oh, I also have short hair now.

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Going to a play

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

Here is a video that I took a while ago after a fun weekend in London, but never posted on this here website. I like this new song by Andrew, but the harmony singing by the Fuss during the bridge leaves a little to be desired. It’s ok for me to say that, they already know. Oh the correct title is “I’m on a Lake.” My bad, No, sarah is not cool.

I’m excited about seeing a play tonight with my dear Lori and Owen Pallett tomorrow with my new friend Jason but part of me just wants to chill out and play Plants vs. Zombies on my iPhone all night. Nay, for the rest of my life.

Waking up to good songs

Monday, April 5th, 2010

I woke up to this song today on the CBC. It was really wonderful. I love when I hear an amazing song for the first time when I’m still half-sleeping. The recording was from a live performance at Glen Gould Studios, which will be repeated this Saturday. I wish I could go, but I have a wedding reception. Anyway, this song, Royal Wood “The Island,” made my day today.

New neighbourhood passes test, lamps find new home

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

I noticed my bangs are very pronounced today for some reason. Oh the vanity, thank you blog for that. But enough about me, more about me.

One of my favourite things about my old neighbourhood is the free exchange of goods that used to happen on the street in front of my house. I could place anything out there (furniture, CDs, DVDs, kitchenware, clothes, especially beer bottles) that I didn’t want anymore and next time I checked, sure enough, merchandise would be cleared out, off to a new home. That unspoken agreement and understanding between me and passerby is quite exciting. I even have picked up a few things, though it felt a little wrong at first and I would be embarrassed if the person who put it out saw me taking. But now I have a perfectly good ironing board and a humidifier for my office. My new neighbourhood is quite different – instead of lines of houses there are lots of apartment buildings and not the same tight-knit hipster 20-something vibe, so I wasn’t sure if the same rules applied. I had these two lamps that work perfectly well but I didn’t like how they looked and didn’t need them, sitting in my place since we moved in in November. I got sick of looking at them last night at about 10 pm and put them out on the curb to see what would happen. Taking out my garbage not five minutes later they were gone! I’m thrilled! Neighbourhood passed the test! The same silent social contract still applies.

I like this photograph by Toronto’s Mark Peckmezian:

Mark Peckmezian

Love his work.

Lost is so stupid and I like boys

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

I gotta watch it now though cause I succumb easily to peer pressure of those who watch with me. So dumb. They don’t even like it, they just watch cause they have to after investing a million hours into it I bet.

Check out this awesome spam from “Hemroids Home Remedy”: Have you ever considered adding more videos to your blog posts to keep the readers more entertained? I mean I just read through the entire article of yours and it was quite good but since I’m more of a visual learner.

Spam comments are so awesome in a way I can’t even describe! I don’t know why or how but they are so super sweet! I wonder if anyone else appreciates them like I do…

Sooo… I’ve been thinking lately about boys. I have two brothers, an awesome dad, and all-boy cousins, so I’ve always gotten along better with males. My mom is awesome too, but growing up I had way more in common with my dad. I hung out pretty much exclusively with boys in grade school. They just seemed way cooler to me than the alternative. As we entered puberty and things got “complicated,” I learned many times over that girls and boys can’t be friends. No matter how hard we tried, things got awkward and/or romantic and it just wasn’t as fun anymore. Also, I felt weird and like I was missing out on great girly friendships; and I was right. In my late-teens I started, at first consciously then later it came natural, to cultivate more friendships with girls. Feminism is correct and we have to support each other and be awesome together. Over the years I’ve made amazing girlfriends and kinda let my boyfriendships fall away a bit. Lately however, I notice the boys in my life are coming back with a vengenance. Awesome! Boys in general seem like simpler, lower mantainence friends and that is more my style for whatever reason. Don’t get me wrong, I love my girlfriends so much and get along with them better than anyone. It’s more of a balance of influences of both I’m finding I think I need. As I get older and everyone gets more mature and chilled out, I find I can hang out with boys again without it being weird. That’s nice eh? It’s called being an adult probably.

Few items of business

Friday, February 5th, 2010

How am I supposed to post blogs all the time?? Full time jobs are awesome in many respects, don’t get me wrong, but they hinder my ability to write about myself and things that I think on the internet for no one to see.

So for now while I have a few moments, I will let you know the happy-hap.

Here is some footage of Andrew Austin and the Fuss from the concert I booked at the Horseshoe.

That’s right, I booked a concert. They packed the place  and the guys were awesome. I was so thrilled and appreciative of a lot of my friends for coming out. This of course signals my show booking career retirement. Too stressful and businessy!! I will stick to more wimpy things to help out musicians like talking to writers about music and making pretty video interpretations of songs.

Also I met the lovely and talented Jason Chu when he came out and reviewed the show. Notice he said that the band brought their “A-game,” which I only understood the punniness of after the fact. Brilliant! Read it here: http://www.nxew.ca/2010/01/review-andrew-austin-and-fuss-at.html

Gots my hairs cutted and as is my vain tradition I will post a picture. People who have seen have told me they like, so I’m not trying to fish for compliments here, please don’t it makes me uncomfortable I’m serious, but I don’t really like to be honest. My hair never sits right. But whatever! Only hair. It’s way shorter now!

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I was sick last week but feeling better now and back in action for a number of deadlines and exciting things happening at work. Work is great when you like it, eh? I wish it didn’t take up so much of my time, but it’s my own fault for not having enough energy after work to keep going. Still working on that. I’m also really strongly considering picking up a Canon T1i that all the kids are talking about. It’s a real commitment though and I feel like if I spend all that money on such an extravagant thing I better make sure I have the time and the will to actually make the most of it. Maybe for my birthday in May I can work my lifestyle around that. That seems like a good goal.

200 pork dumplings

Monday, January 18th, 2010

Yesterday, some friends and I hung out for 5 hours and handmade almost 200 pork dumplings. It was really fun! Tonight I made them (you must boil them 4 times) for eating, which was also fun. To make the sauce I had to run to the corner store and buy chives, ginger, sriracha sauce and white vinegar. How awesome is it that I had to mince ginger to make something? And I now have a whole bottle of sriracha sauce in my cupboard! Very cool ingredients that are outside of what I usually cook with. THE BUMMER THOUGH: I have no chop sticks. Not even disposable ones from takeout. Almost ruined the experience, so sad right? It’s a good chance to get some new chopsticks though. That’s also exciting. My mom is Chinese  and born in Canada and I’m not that close to that part of my culture. Therefore, I get a big kick out of learning more about this stuff and making it a part of my life. Soon we will meet up and I will learn how to play mah jong.