Life

December: it’s only a day away!

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Tomorrow is December.

I’ll let that sink in for a minute.

Some of you might be dreading the arrival of the final month in our calendar year, but I’m so darn relieved. Sure, I have tons to do before the holidays–presents to buy, assignments to mark, books to write–but it will get done. I just want this year to be over. In fact, I’ve written a poem about it. Ready? Here goes!

Entertainment

I can hear the ‘La, la, la’s’ already!

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They’re baaaaaaa-aaaaaaack!

Can I get an Amen? Hallelujah! Praise be to Him and all the little lambs that frolic the earth with their frankincense and myrrh…You get the picture. I have been waiting nearly ten years for this revival to happen. And I, unlike a lot of people, never lost hope that it would. I knew it deep down in my gut. I’m so lucky because I get to celebrate the return of Gilmore Girls with one of my best gal-pals in the world, Michelle Kelly! She’s flying in from London (Ontario, not jolly old England) on Friday, and we shall commence the festivities as soon as I finish teaching. Oh, the visions I have for our junk food spread. I’ve gained ten pounds just thinking about it. The very moment we cross the threshold into my bachelorette pad, the PJs will go on, the Gilmorian feast will be placed upon my queen-size bed, and we will kick back and binge on delicious food and even more delicious new episodes of our beloved Gilmore Girls!

Writing

I’m a novel novelist!

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I started creative writing about fourteen years ago, inspired by a certain TV show called Gilmore Girls. You might have heard of it. 😉 I wrote GG fanfiction for years and probably would have stuck to doing just that if it hadn’t been for my mom, who constantly encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone, and my amazing friend, Margaret Ethridge (a.k.a. Maggie Wells, a.k.a. Team Awesome co-captain and World’s Best Critique Partner). Mags took a giant leap into the unknown, and with hard work and a ton of perseverance, she became published. I watched in awe from the sidelines, wondering if I had what it took to take the same leap of faith.

Life

Don’t lose hope

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I had a very different post written and scheduled for today, but in light of recent events, I needed to write and share this instead.

Dear America,

Don’t lose hope.

I know it might seem like your world has shattered, like everything you thought you knew has spiraled into a pit of uncertainty, and nothing makes sense anymore. But don’t lose hope. He will thrive on the fear, the anger, the apathy. Those emotional responses will make him stronger. But if you hold on to hope, your hope will trump hate. As Hillary, the rightful president, often said, America is great because America is good. Keep being good. Be kind to yourselves. Be kind to your neighbors. If 2016 has proven anything, it’s that life can be unfair and oh-so unpredictable. We’ve lost incredible people and important elections, but we won’t ever lose hope. Hope and love will always trump hate. We’ll get through this.

We’ve got your back.

Hugs,

Your Neighbours to the North

 

Life

I came in like a wrecking ball!

Heyyyyy, my peeps! As promised, I’m here to share some pics from the Musically Macabre Halloween Hootenanny I attended on Saturday. It was a BLAST AND A HALF! We kicked things off at Adam and Roxy’s place, some teacher pals who throw the absolute BEST parties. I met a ton of celebrities while I was there.