2017 Year in Review

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Well, 2017 sure was a year (actually it went by so fast I’m not even sure it was a full 365 days). It was the year of a lot of things:

The year everyone got married

I had the pleasure of being in two wedding parties this year – for Bryan and for my sister, Stephanie – as well as attending one of the most unique and beautiful weddings, for my great friends Dec and Alex. All three weddings were beyond fun and it was nice to be reminded that true love didn’t die this year.

The year I made more art

Having moved to a new city last December seemed to have refreshed my creativity. I (mostly) finished a poetry collection I’d been working on for years, made some really weird collages and experimented more with photography.

The year I got tattoos

I got my first tattoo in the spring of this year, a quote from The Malazan Book of the Fallen (“The sea does not dream of you”) and my second a few months later – the printer’s mark used by Aldus Manutius, a revolutionary printer from Renaissance-era Venice.

The year my ears began to deteriorate

This year was great for live music but not so much for my ears. The older I get the more I start to think that the people at shows I always see wearing earplugs may have the right idea. But the damage to my ears was totally worth it, as I got to see Silent Planet twice (and met/talked to frontman Garrett), a great lineup of Beartooth, Underoath + Bring Me the Horizon, and Thrice + Circa Survive, and Tusks.

The year I didn’t read enough books

After finishing the ten-book fantasy series The Malazan Book of the Fallen, I needed a reading rest this year – which didn’t last long, as I immediately started re-reading the series. Other notable reads from this year: The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur, City of Miracles by Robert Jackson Bennett and The Devourers by Indra Das.

The year I started going to movies alone

Going on a solo movie date is underrated. There were too many movies this year I didn’t want to miss so I stopped caring about sitting by myself in the theatre. Some great films I caught were Silence, It, A Ghost Story and Lady Bird.

The year I got a “new” job

I’ve spent the last five years working at Riordon Design, a branding firm that my two bosses had built from the ground up thirty years ago. Now preparing for their next chapter, they’ve merged with CREW Marketing Partners, a BC-based marketing firm expanding into Ontario. So far the transition has been great and it’s nice to have a change of scenery without starting an entirely new job.

The year I stopped eating meat and dairy

Back in July I decided to start eating a plant-based diet and haven’t looked back (yet). I’ve been feeling healthier, have lost weight, and have been experimenting with some really creative and delicious dishes.

The year there were other random highlights

Like Bryan’s bachelor party in Niagara Falls, camping at Lake Superior Provincial Park, having a moustache for a few months that I’m still pretty proud of, wearing dad hats all summer, cutting down on coffee, being depressed less, almost adopting a cat, going to a really cool new church, drinking a lot of tasty craft beer, seeing Ilana Glazer live, actually saving some money, and not having a single cavity.