Ok...so this may be long...I apologize...
-Well...I rang in the New Year at my swanky party. It was pretty awesome i thought.
-I went on to start my last semester of my undergrad...also pretty awesome.
-Found out my mandatory seminar was LINGUSTICS...EAK.
-Made the worlds largest to-do list...both physically large paper...and 27 major things to do on it before April 14th.
-Went to the McMaster Charity Ball...had a REALLY great time...one of my favorite Mac moments...even if I did slip on the ice and tear my nylons before i even got to the pre-party. I still looked hot...im a magician when it comes to fixing pantyhose...presto-chango...and im good to go! (Funny thing is…my knee was swollen and bruised for the next 3 months…but did I care that night…NOPE…I looked GREAT!)
-Applied to grad school programs for graphic arts (Humber, Sheridan, Centennial and Niagara.
-Continued to stress out over school...my thesis, Linguistics seminar (eak), Media and Promotions seminar, Video and Animation classes. SOOOOO much work in febuary...but i look back and loved it.
-Friday nights because Library nights and then movie back at my place with josh…who knew being such a nerd could be so much fun.
-Interviewed at Centennial (eak...disastrous) and Humber. I got into Humber...woohoo...first choice!
-Buzz died on the side of the road...I wrote him an obituary.
-Was on the awards committee for the MSU awards...that's right...I got to help pick who won the big bucks and all those bragging rights. True...it was a favour to Josh...but it led to so much more...like the MSU Recognition night!
-MSU Rec night...fun on many levels...free drinks...great food and Josh and I hooked up...much to my surprise...but NO ONE else’s.
-Finished all the crazy assignments...granted none on time...but I have never learned so much as what I learned from an experience like my final semester. I learned that I am not always going to get it all done all the time...but some times you just have to accept that...and learn from it...and hope for the best. In this case...it was the best. My two seminar papers, thesis and major video and animation projects all went very well.
-I also learned you are not weak just because you have to ask for help. It is in those times of need that you realize how great some people really are. Dr. Hennessy will forever be one of the greatest profs i have ever had the privilege of having.
-Finished my THESIS!!!!
-Presented my THESIS!!!!
-Hopped on a plane the very next day and went to England for 10 days. Now this at the time was a great experience. In hindsight...a huge mistake...but no regrets...cause I got to see art that i had only ever seen in books. I got to see two countries that I always wanted to...and on my own terms. I got to see a Wonder of the World...and beautiful architecture and did some awesome shopping. Those are the memories i want to hold on to.
-Buzz rose from the dead Easter weekend...apparently Jesus wasnt the only one who learned that trick.
-Defined my relationship with Josh.
-Hosted the best freakin party ever! "Inventory Reduction Luau!" So many people...sooooo much fun...and cops breaking it up! WICKED!
-Moved out of Hamilton...leaving Mac...for what I thought was the last time….and yes…I was a big old blubbering mess. I loved 53 Paisley South!
-Stayed at Josh's parents place in London for the first few days of that month...hiding from the truth of having to move home.
-Went back to work at Canadian tire...EAK
-Had an interview at Mac...for a welcome week coordinator Job...WOOOHOO!
-GOT THE JOB!
-Got my grades back...WOOOOHOOO...Hey now...5 A's and NO C's! Solid B+ student...YAY ME!!!
-GRADUATED!!! Bachelor of Arts Honours...with all the rights and privileges pertaining thereto! Convocation was awesome. Josh came to watch...he met my family...it was nice. I got to see all my media girls...and Kat...and just...wow...great day!
-Went to a graduation camp out in Bart's family's farm. Nothing like drinking and camping on a former farm. SUPER FUN!
-Quit Canadian tire...started making videos at mac.
-Hung out in London and Guelph alot.
-Heard rumors about a car being sold...89 caviler Convertible....Hmmmm.
-Canada Day...Bought MY very first car...89 caviler convertible! $200! I named him Gus...after the guy i bought the car from...his cat.
-Went to Bart's parents "we sold the farm" party. Drank WAY too much...but from what I remember...had a great time!
-Took Gus to the Beach...well...Josh drove...and Bart had shotgun...and me and Jen sat in the back...its weird sitting in the back of your own car....but they are FAR to tall to fit in the back of my little car. It was fun. Top down...music pumping...and getting a tan. Start of a great summer.
-Made some ridiculous orientation videos...that to this day still make me laugh...but because of them...i got to meet some really cool people...like Greg Marshall (the coach of the Hamilton Tiger Cats) and the mayor of Hamilton...who is a dick...and the Chancellor of McMaster...and actually talk to him...it was sooo cool. (that whole job was just so great...i could write a novel on all its ups and downs...but in the end...I LOVED that job...the people i got to work with, the new ones i met and just the whole experience!)
-Found out Josh got the job in France...and would be leaving at the end of August. Sad.
-Started living in Guelph on the weekends....and some weeks more then that.
-Still loved my job at mac...but it really started to pick up at this point...but in that REALLY EXCITING kinda way. The Froshlings were coming soon!!!
-Started counting down the days till josh left...and this meant even more time in Guelph. I can't even tell you what i was doing there all those days...but all i knew is I was going to make the most out for the next 20 days until he left....so if that meant running errands with him...or heading up to London a bunch of weekends so he could see his family...i was there.
-20th...he left. Amie came with me to the airport...cause I knew I was going to be a sobbing mess...and I was. (110 days till he came back)
-The remainder of the month was crazy working on welcome week stuff.
-Had a shocking realization that things we not good between me and Junior B.
-Started at Humber and had to help with welcome week. That first week is a blur. I was overwhelmed with what I didn’t know for school...and running in a million different directions with welcome week.
-Dropped a tripod on my big toe on my left foot the last day of welcome week...as I was moving my stuff out of the res room they put us up in that week. (my toe is still purple from that accident today!)
-Started back at Canadian tire...this time in the only department i had never really worked in...Promo.
-Missed Josh a lot. But was really freaking happy when i got a VOX card...20 bucks got me 1800 minutes of phone time to France!!!
-Started to get more in the swing of things with school...and work...and learned how to be a commuter.
-Still had not worked things out with bj, and was extremely distracted by it.
-Had my first Crit...also had my first session of retail therapy for the semester. The crit didn’t go well...but I got a lovely set of earrings!
-Finally called BJ. It didn’t go well. Earrings couldn’t fix this...and well...even though I hate him for the things he said...ill get over it...I just hope he understands how his actions affect others.
-Called Josh because of the devastating Bj event...and as expected he said the right thing and i felt a lot better. Missed him more.
-Halloween! Val and I had awesome costumes. We were HAWT!
-LOTS of schoolwork.
-Birthday in the Big City of TORONTO! Fun times....girly drinks and looking hot! Val got the Best Pick-up line ever! "You are European no?" CLASSIC!
-More work...school...missing josh. (Started to feel a little ridiculous being that girl...pawning for the man to come home...but hey...i was her...so i embraced it!)
-The rest of this month was a blur...i worked my ass off at school...and it payed off. I produced some great work...my crits got better...and my grades reflected my effort for the most part!
-Handed in all my final major projects for the term!!!
-Got new glasses...even though no one noticed.
-10th...JOSH CAME HOME!!!! Super excited...even if Bart's friends were assholes...Josh was still home!
-Finished my final classes up.
-Got new highlights...even though no one noticed.
-Went to the 12 bars of Christmas...Fun! Not as fun as last year...but the rest of my time in London was great...Josh was home...and his family is awesome...and well...i wasn’t in Oakville...so it was just a really nice change of pace!
-Had the stomach flu over Christmas day...missed the family party...sad.
-Parents went away for a week...even though Jamie and I were still sick...it was a nice little break.
-Meg threw a party...lots of underage drinkers at my house...dear lord i felt old...but it was still really entertaining.
-Spent the last few days of this year in Hamilton...just hanging out with josh...and NONE of Bart's friends...or even Bart for that matter...it was really nice!
-Finally got my "pretty thing"...it was really sweet.
-And finally...New Years Eve. Went to a Party with Jen...it was fun...but soon into this new year...i got tired...and they still wanted to party...so at 4am...when i couldn’t take anymore of it and...when i had COMPLETELY sobered up(since it had been 4 hours since my last drink...and I had only had 4 glasses of wine over 4 hours prior to midnight)...and it was FULLY safe to drive...I left...and got to Hamilton at 4.30am...woke Josh up...and well...now it is today!
So...in short...this past year was great for the most part. It had its ups and downs. I know i had more fun then I had had in years...but I also cried a lot more then i had in a while too. I gained so great new school friends...but I lost a really important one too.
So...what do i want for 2005, this trip around the sun? Well...i want a job...a good one. I want things to stay good with Josh. I want to move out of my parents’ house. But most importantly I want to be happy with my life in my 24th year.
Happy New Year all...and all the best in this years endeavors!