I’m doing the annual Stuff and Nonsense year in review early for once! Here’s a list of 61 things that helped make 2015 one of the most memorable years of my life.

  1. Where did you begin 2015? Dancing to “Shake it Off” with Sam in her basement. What, you were expecting something different?
  2. What was your status by Valentine’s Day? Head over feet
  3. Were you in school (anytime this year)? More times than I can count
  4. How did you earn your money? Doing international student recruitment
  5. Did you have to go to the hospital? No!
  6. Did you have any encounters with the police? Nope, unless Kenneth from the Smith-Dorrien has a Christmas present in store for me.
  7. Where did you go on holidays? The Jordanian desert, Washington DC, Vancouver/Victoria/Salt Spring Island, Thunder Bay, the BC interior, England, Northern Ireland, the Twin Cities, New York, and (on numerous occasions) Toronto, plus work trips to the Middle East (x2), China, and all across the United States (I flew over 130,000km this year)
  8. What did you purchase that was over $1,000? Nothing
  9. Have you kissed anyone this year? Perhaps
  10. Did you know anybody who passed away? Yup
  11. Did you move anywhere? I did…
  12. What concerts/shows/sporting events did you go to? Concerts: Death from Above 1979/METZ, Gaslight Anthem, the Tragically Hip, the Who (Belfast and London), Rush, the Decemberists, the Smashing Pumpkins (with Marilyn Manson), Faith No More (with Refused), the Foo Fighters (with Royal Blood), Robert Plant (with the Sonics), Chris Cornell, Sleater-Kinney; shows, in Toronto, Once and The Phantom of the Opera, in London, Matilda, Miss Saigon, and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, in New York, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time; sporting events, baseball games in Toronto (x11), Houston (x2), Washington (x1) and New York (Mets, x1), hockey games in Calgary (x2) and Toronto (x2), and one football and basketball game in Minneapolis (I’m also seeing a hockey game in Buffalo–my first-ever–next week)
  13. Are you registered to vote? I am
  14. What was the biggest change in your life? Leaving the city I’d been living in for eight years and moving across the country to be nearer my Samily
  15. Where do you live now? Toronto
  16. Describe your birthday? Best birthday ever.
  17. What has been your favorite moment? This, obviously (and yes, I was there).
  18. What’s something you learned about yourself? I’m capable of making adult decisions after all.
  19. Any new additions to your family? Two–welcome, Patrick and Shaunt!–with at least three more to follow in 2016
  20. What was your best month? May
  21. What music will you remember 2015 by? Oddly enough, the Clash: 2015 was the year I really got into them
  22. Who has been your best drinking buddy? …it’s Sam! (Sorry, J-What–it’s something for you to work towards in 2016.)
  23. Made new friends? Always
  24. New best friend? Maybe
  25. Favorite night out? Mine and Sam’s two-year anniversary, which we celebrated in epic fashion all over New York City
  26. What did you do in 2015 that you’d never done before? Got my kicks on Route 66
  27. Did you keep your New Year’s Resolutions, and will you make more for next year? Still don’t make New Year’s Resolutions, but 35-for-35 is proceeding nicely.
  28. Did anyone close to you give birth? A better question would be, “Did anyone close to me not give birth?” To which my answer would be, “No.”
  29. What countries did you visit? In chronological order: England (twice), the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Jordan, the United States (several times), China, and Northern Ireland, plus a couple stopovers in England that don’t quite qualify as “visits”
  30. What would you like to have in 2016 that you lacked in 2015? A bigger TV
  31. What date from 2015 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? October 14. I’ll be mentioning this again.
  32. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Wrapping up eight-and-a-quarter years’ being a student recruiter
  33. What was your biggest failure? Not getting back into running, although in fairness my knee didn’t really allow for it.
  34. Did you suffer illness or injury? Other than said knee pain and an OCD flare-up, no…which was a welcome reprieve from previous years.
  35. What was the best thing you bought? TBA
  36. Whose behavior merited celebration? Michael Landsburg, Clara Hughes, and anyone who’s helping de-stigmatize mental illness
  37. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? Using the word “depressed” to refer to something other than depression, appalls me.
  38. Where did most of your money go? Rent, flights between Calgary and Toronto, and Greyhound
  39. What did you get really, really, really excited about? The Toronto Blue Jays
  40. Compared to this time last year, are you: a, more happy or more sad? b, thinner or fatter? c, richer or poorer? Happier, fatter, and (for once) richer
  41. What do you wish you’d done more of? Write
  42. What do you wish you’d done less of? Screen time
  43. How will you be spending Christmas? With family
  44. What was the most embarrassing thing that happened to you in 2015? Leaving my passport at MSP
  45. Did you fall in love in 2015? More and more each day
  46. How many one-night stands? One on each side of the bed. Why?
  47. What was your favorite TV program? Sporting events
  48. What was the best book you read? Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein
  49. What was your greatest musical discovery? Joe Strummer’s solo records
  50. What did you want and get? To see the Who
  51. What did you want and not get? To see the Who in Toronto
  52. What was your favorite film of this year? Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The hype is justified.
  53. On your birthday, how old were you? 35
  54. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? My life’s pretty satisfying already.
  55. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2015? Anachronistic
  56. What kept you sane? CBT
  57. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? Daisy Ridley
  58. What political issue stirred you the most? The Canadian federal election
  59. Who do you miss? My Calgary friends. It’s “see you soon,” not “goodbye.”
  60. Who was the best new person you met? Rafael is cool
  61. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2015. Don’t go into Kananaskis Country in November without winter tires.

Merry Christmas, everyone.


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