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Now I just need to get to new york to see this cast…my life will not be complete otherwise.

My life will, in fact, be complete.

A few weeks ago my parents surprised me by saying the words I have been wanting to hear all summer:

We’re going to New York City.

The trip is happening this Thanksgiving weekend – a week after my birthday. The adventure will commence on Friday morning when my parents arrive in Kingston to pick up myself and my wonderful friend Ally. She’s my guest on our weekend in NYC because she’s a very good friend of mine and this trip and seeing Hair will be equally as important to her as it will to me, as she is one of the people I have been obsessing with all summer. Seriously, when we’d email at work, for at least two months our emails opened with a different quote from the soundtrack. I’m sure that if you piece together the random quotes we shared you could have the whole soundtrack. Hahah. Once we ran out of Hair quotes we moved onto Harry Potter quotes, and for at least a month we played “Amorentia, Imperius, Avada Kedavra” in each of our emails. Two peas, I tell you.

Anyway, back to the trip. We’re driving to New York City on Friday, then we’ll check into our hotel and go out on the town for dinner and everything. Saturday we will do some touristy things, walk through Central Park, 5th avenue, Times Square Magnolia bakery, FAO Schwarz, Tiffany’s etc etc. Saturday night is when Ally and I are going to see Hair, which will be sooo amazing.  After the show we will obviously go to the stage door and meet our idols (Gavin Creel, Allison Case, Caissie Levy, Kacie Sheik, Andrew Kober, Bryce Ryness, Will Swenson and the list goes on). I’m sure that we will be too excited to even think, let alone go to bed, so we’ll be out on the town until it’s socially unacceptable. Sunday we will be extending our stay as long as possible then we’ll be heading back to Kingston where my parents will be staying until they head back to toronto on the holiday monday.

Ally, my parents and I have been talking about the trip for about a month but even still it seems entirely surreal – like a dream. I’ve wanted to see the show since May and talked about having to go to NY, but never did I think I’d actually get there.

My first Broadway show…wow.


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Growing up. Everyone has to do it, no one wants to do it. Reality is a crappy, crappy thing, although there are definitely some significant pros to being a legal adult…

I think I feel a pro/con list coming on! *gets out yellow legal pad”


Cooking, ohhhhhhhh cooking. You know, most of the time I love cooking. It can be fun and relaxing and experimental; but when you have to do it every day and three times a day for the past eight months it gets so tiresome. It was fun for the first few weeks or so, but then I ran out of produce and had to go grocery shopping. This similar cycle continued, as did my cycle of dinners, lunches and breakfasts. I cannot count the number of stir-fries or falafels or quesadillas or bowls of pesto pasta I’ve consumed this year and on a student’s budget you cannot really afford to have anything more exotic. It’s come to the point in the year when I don’t want to eat anything because it means I have to cook dinner, and with studying you feel guilty cooking because you know that you wasted an hour feeding yourself when you could have been revising the New Critics for your Literary Theory and Criticism course.

I know, I know, “welcome to the next 60-odd years of your life, Sam”, right? *sigh* I know, but I don’t want life to come! I’d love it if I could pause life in the summer between years in uni. I want an unlimited amount of time to read books and have fun being my 19-year-old self without the pressures of school and life and life after school. I want my dad to keep doing my taxes and supporting me and I want my mom to cook me dinner and…

Okay, never mind. The comfort and security sounds great, but despite the constant cooking, monotonous meals, never ending homework and painful hangovers that are a part of college, growing up and making my own life is so incredibly worth it.

but it would be nice if mom and dad invite me over for (at least) one meal a week.



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Hey there, 

You just got a new puppy, Maggie May. Cherish her, love her, and spend more time with her because she’ll be gone sooner than you know it. 

Your Mom will suggest reading a book called Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and will buy it for you at Costco despite you telling her that you wouldn’t like it because everyone else is reading it. You’ll listen to her anyway because you know she’s right (you just like arguing with her) and you’ll sit at home on that rainy september afternoon and fall in love. It’ll be an afternoon you’ll remember forever, I promise.

Your house is in shambles and your parents keep fighting but it’ll be better by Christmas, I promise. They’re just stressed because the crazy neighbour doesn’t like the height of your house. You’ll understand the drama soon enough, the details don’t matter right now, you’re only ten.

You’ll have lots of great friends this year and they’ll all celebrate with you when you ring in the year 2000 and when you graduate from grade 5, but middle school brings an entirely new adventure. 

Grade six will seem like grade five. You have all the same friends and even some new ones. You’ll still be your young, happy self and you’ll get all A’s except for your one C in science (which causes your mother to send you to science camp in the summer, you hate the idea but you’ll have fun, really). This is your last year receiving letter grades and in following years you’ll feel less smart, but it’s not true. 

Grade seven will be different. You’ll start being someone you’re not. Nylons belong on your feet not around your head as a headband. Stop listening to rap and trying to be “gangsta” – that’s not you at all. Also, your parents didn’t forget your birthday, stop being dramatic, and when Wesley calls you a “fat turkey” – ignore it. What kind of insult is that anyway?

Grade eight is better, you’ll make better school friends and you’ll have an amazing teacher but get rid of that all consuming crush on Brian. It won’t happen and he’s cute now but a total LOSER in high school, trust me. 

Throughout middle school you won’t have any best friends, at least not from school. The friends you have made at skating over the years will forever be your best. Caitlin is someone you’ll have in your life forever and don’t be discouraged when she leaves Ice Storm to skate for Black Ice or goes off to University because your friendship is one that is so everlasting that you can be far apart and not talk for a while, but your friendship is always strong. She is your best friend. Also, Lara is someone you’re not close with now but come University you will be closer than you could ever imagine. 

High school is where you really start to discover who you are. Grade nine will be slow on the friendship front, but come grade ten you’ll build a group of friends that will be there for a very long time. Try and be involved in everything you can. Join the Hockey team even though your skating coach doesn’t like it because you’ll have an awesome time (despite your embarrassing penalty shot you have to take in your first game). Have fun in band, love those people as much as your other friends because they’ll also turn out to be some of your greatest friends (even though you don’t eat lunch with them every day). 

You’ll have your first boyfriend in grade 11. He’s really nice and he likes you a whole lot but know this: hanging out is not dating. Your mom and dad won’t think he’s right for you because he has no ambitions, you’ll disagree, but it doesn’t matter anyway because he’ll break up with you before school one day for reasons you’ll never be sure of. But you’ll get over it because you’ll wollow that night with Ben and Jerry’s and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire on DVD, which came out that same day. 

In grade ten you’ll go on a family trip to England for three weeks. It’ll be a trip you’ll remember for the rest of your life, and you’ll be remembering it with the most incredible family members for years to come. It’ll be a trip like no other and you’ll see things that most tourists (and even true Londoners) will never see (or even notice). Cherish those three weeks because they’ll fly by. But don’t worry, you’ll have over 4000 photographs to remember it by. You will never truly no how to Factor in math because of this trip but don’t worry because you won’t use it beyond high school (and you have amazing math teachers and tutors who’ll help you along, and even bump up your marks).

You’ll be really, really, silly and take chemistry and physics in grade 11 instead of biology for your science credit. You’ll get not great marks because a) you suck at physics and b) your friend Mikey in chem is really distracting. You’ll improve in chem towards the end of the semester because Mikey drops the course. You’ll still suck at physics. Don’t stress too much, you won’t take science past grade 11 anyway.

You’ll have amazing english teachers in high school who’ll encourage you and make you fall in love with english lit. You’ll cry to them about writing and they’ll tell you to stop panicking about writing essays because you’re a great writer and have never gotten under an 80 on a paper. Listen to them because eventually you’ll be writing essays non-stop for four years. 

Your parents will give you the opportunity to go to England for a second time to take your grade 12 English course. You will meet some great people and one best friend. You won’t really realise how great a friend she is until the last week of the trip in Dublin, and mostly after the trip ends and you’ve gone home. Spend more time with her on the trip and ignore that boy Kyle you hooked up with while in Dublin. He won’t even give you his email to keep in touch and when you’re sad when he ignores you on the way home, Jazz will be there to make you feel better. Also, you and Jazz live on opposite ends of Toronto, so really, really make and effort to see each other because you’ll have some of the most amazing times together.

Maggie, your beloved puppy, passes away on November 11th of grade 11. It’ll be one of the worst days of your life and you’ll cry like you never have before. There’s nothing I can say to make this better. 

You and James have a few interesting moments together. Push aside those feelings no matter how much it hurts and be supportive of his relationship. They’re still together and they’re happy, so be happy for them.

Senior year will be amazing. You won’t have a date for prom but that doesn’t matter, you’ll have an unforgettable night and weekend, although one of your friendships sadly end over spilled water, literally. It hurts but don’t fret too much. She’s fickle and you’ll realise this over time.

Cindy, your dog who has been with you for fifteen years, gets sick and has to be put down in July before you go to Uni. Your’re home with her when you notice her coughing and whining. Spend time with her before Dad comes home to take her to the vet. You’ll feel guilty for doing it, but remember she was in pain and had been for a long time. 

You’ll be sad that you didn’t get into Con-Ed. However you end up going to the greatest university ever and you soon realise that you don’t really want to be a teacher anyway.

You still have no idea who, what or where you want to be by half way through your second year, try not to let it get you down. 

First year is filled with many thrills and firsts. You’ll make great friends but then inexplicably lose them after first year ends. They weren’t really your friends in the first place. With one of those “friends” you become really close and you plan to live with her the following year. This plan falls through because she drops out and doesn’t tell you. You’ll be really sad and really stressed about housing. Ask for help, don’t be ashamed or proud. Go to the girl who you’ve known and loved for almost your whole life. Lara and her friends will welcome you as their new housemate and they will keep you going in your second year whenever you want to curl up and forget it all.

Second year is full of disappointments. You won’t make the skating team, making this year the first in which you’ve not skated since you were three. It hurts like hell, especially since Lara’s still skating and you feel like you’ve lost your only real friends from first year. You haven’t lost them. Keep in touch. They miss you too. 

You’ll try incredibly hard for it, but you won’t get OC. It sucks, but don’t let your love of frosh week die just because you don’t get to experience it again. You love Queen’s for Queen’s and don’t forget that. 

You’ll feel like you’re in a rut, like you’re not doing anything but school work. Read, have fun, stay active and make it a point to be super involved in your third year. Find something new to be passionate about. 

Future me, that last one’s for you.


Present You



[this idea is stolen from littleradge’s new video chain on youtube]

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Stolen from Rosianna

Real blog coming soon, I promise.


– Available: Yes, sir.
– Age: 20 minus 1. AKA Legal in Canada, what up?
– Annoyance: My stuffy nose and the fact that I ran out of tissues.
– Animal: I am quite fond of Owls.
– Actor: ummm. oh god no idea. Next question.
– Actress: AUDREY HEPBURN! I’m reading her bio right now and my oh my she’s fascinating.


– Beer: No thank you? If I must, Rickard’s White or Harp.
– Birthday/Birthplace: October 4th/ Toronto.
– Best Friends: Are lovely.
– Body Part on the opposite sex: Backs, Eyes, Forearms.
– Best feeling in the world: A Bottomless Cup of tea, Harry Potter and a Warm Fire.
– Best weather: Cold enough that I have to wear a jacket, scarf and maybe mittens, but no snow or  precipitation of any sort so I can wear whatever shoes I like, with blue sky and sun.
– Been on stage?: Band, choir, assemblies, commencement etc.
– Believe in yourself?: Not enough.
– Believe in life on other planets: I hope for it. It makes our life on earth make more sense.
– Believe in miracles: Again, I hope for them.
– Believe in Magic: I believe in the belief in Magic.
 Believe in Religion: I believe in it in the sense that it exists and that I know it has been the institution that all societies were built on, but personally do I believe in a religion? Not particularly no, however I’m open to all religious beliefs and the idea that a Historical Jesus/Moses/Buddha/Muhammad/[insert other deity here] existed. I’m a Religious Studies minor…I could go for days on this topic.
– Believe in Santa: I believe in the spirit of giving, cheer and joy that Santa Claus represents, so yes, I do believe in Santa.
– Believe in Ghosts/spirits: Yes, I believe in transparent lingering souls.


– Car: I wish. 
– Candy: Sour Fruit Salad, Sweet Tarts, Reese’s Pieces.
– Cried in school: Quite often, actually.
– Chocolate/Vanilla: Vanilla
 Chinese/Mexican: I’d prefer Thai.
– Cake or pie: Ice Cream Cake.
– Country to visit: I’d love to go back to England, and I NEED to go to New York, but next I think I’d either like to go to Scotland or Italy, maybe Holland.


– Day or Night: Evening.
– Dream vehicle:  I would really  like to apparate.
– Dance: Ice Dance, specifically the Quickstep or Viennese.
– Dance in the rain?: LOVE IT.
– Do the splits?: Yessir.


– Eggs: In my fridge.
– Eyes: I like them sexy, interesting and bespectacled.
– Everyone has a: story to tell.
– Ever failed a class?: Negative.


– First crush: Brian, ewww he’s so gross now. lol.
– Full name: Albus Wulfric Percival Brian Dumbledore…wait, what?
– First thoughts waking up: “don’t make me”


– Greatest Fear(s): Spiders, Boats, revolving doors.
– Goals: Too many, all of which I am not ambitious enough to achieve.
– Gum: Delish.
– Get along with your parents?: Most of the time.
– Good luck charm: When I was competing for Skating I always wore the same pair of underwear…yes, they were washed regularly.


– Hair Colour: Brun.
– Height: 5′5″
– Happy: Content
– Holiday: Christmas
– How do you want to die: Once I’ve done everything I want to do, lived happily and in a way where I don’t know it’s happening, so, in my sleep.
 Health freak?: Not really, but i am healthy.
– Hate: hate.


 Ice Cream: Yes, please.
– Instrument: Because I played it, alto sax. But I love myself a good jazz trumpet.


– Jewellery: Tiffany necklace and a claddagh.
– Job: Student. But I need one for the summer. Fuck.


– Kids: I hope so.
– Kickboxing or karate: Kickboxing. No wooden boards involved.
– Keep a journal?: I have, and do.


– Longest Car Ride: To Chicoutimmi, Quebec for Nationals in 2007. 14 hours, baby.
– Love: is confusing.
– Letter(s): are the best kind of mail.
– Laughed so hard you cried: not recently.
 Love at first sight:myth. Not in the false sense, but in the so magical that it can only be expressed in divine, mythical ways.


– Milk flavour: Skim?
– Movie: Roman Holiday or Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
– Mooned anyone?: No sir.
– Marriage: One and only.
– Motion sickness?: BOATS. omg kill me.
– McD’s or BK: Gross and grosser.


– Number of Siblings: zero.
– Number of Piercings: 4, but two have closed.
– Number: 10, 7, 4.


– Overused Phrases: “like”
– One phobia: creepy, crawly, eight-legged monsters.


– Place you’d like to live: London. No question.
– Perfect Pizza: Gerrard Pizza House.
– Pepsi/Coke: San Pellegrino.


– Quail: man. Remember DOUG? Anyone?


– Reason to cry: suck.
– Reality T.V.: so five years ago.
– Radio Station: none. 


– Song: Maybe I Will – Julia Nunes.
– Salad: is what I’m having for dinner.
– Shrimp?: Cocktail!
– Sport?: Skating, soccer, Field Hockey.
– Skipped school: Not this year!
 Slept outside: Yep.
 Seen a dead body?: Of my dogs.
– Shower Daily?: Unless I’m lazy or sick.
– Sing well?: Decently.
– Stuffed Animals?: A husky, a bunny, a westie.
– Single/Group dates: Single. Not that I’ve been on a date in the past 3 years. Wow. That’s sad.
 Strawberries/Blueberries: Raspberries.
 Scientists need to invent: a cure for all maladies.


– Time for bed: now. I need a nap.
– Thunderstorms: Are the strangest when it’s snowing outside. Seriously, it happened last week.
– TV: HIMYM, Gossip Girl, Big Bang Theory, Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice.
– Touch your tongue to your nose?: Yep.


– Unpredictable: exciting.


– Vegetable you hate: I’m not too keen on zucchini.
– Vegetable you love: Red Peppers, preferably roasted.
– Vacation spot: Somewhere not hot or sunny, thank you.


– Weakness: Sweets.
– When you grow up: I wanna be famous, I wanna be a star, wanna be in movies. Actually, not at all. I want to be happy.
– Which one of your friends acts the most like you?: Probs Jazz or Caitlin.
– Who makes you laugh the most: Neil Patrick Harris. 
– Worst feeling: Like you won’t achieve anything.
– Wanted to be a model: Nope.
– Worst weather: Slushy snow, or minus 30 degree weather.


-X-Ray: wild.


-Year now?: 2009
Yellow: is the colour of my bedroom and the tights i’m wearing.


– Zoo animal: Elephants and Polar Bears.
 Zodiac sign: Libra. Ohm.

Last person who:

– Saw you cry: Lara, when I finished reading The Book Thief.
– Went to the movies with you: Lara and Lynsie, Bride Wars on Saturday night.
– You went to the mall with: Alexa? I can’t really remember, it was over holidays.
– Went to dinner with: Mum and Dad, Curry Originals, saturday before school started up again.
– Talked to on the phone: Mum.
– Made you laugh: My prof in Hebrew Scriptures this morning.

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