Saturday, December 31, 2005

MOST MEMORABLE MOMENTS OF 2005

Another year gone! Done, finished, as if it never happened (well, some of the stuff will stay with you forever, for better or worse). It's all a bit sad, although I'm a big fan of new beginnings.

Before I can move on, I'd like to pay tribute to the biggest events in my life for 2005. I won't include things like wars and earthquakes, as I think it best to leave the globally important news to the qualified professionals.

★ Christmas 2005

At the ripe old age of 29, the most memorable events are the ones that took place within the last week. Fantastic food, fabulous friends, great gifts, and weeks of fevered preparation. For the last time (I swear), may I direct your attention to my incredible gingerbread house. I have half-baked plans to hold a Demolition Tea Party soonish. And check out the iPod case I got for Christmas! Too cute!

★ Erin's Wedding, Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario

Congratulations again to my dear friend, Mrs. Erin Newell-Bird! She was so beautiful in her Vera Wang that I cried throughout the wedding and the reception. I'm sure everyone was wondering who I was - the girl who bawled for 4 straight hours, and shed more tears than her mom and dad combined. Erin handed me the bridal bouquet at the end of it all, which only made me cry more (after which I had to smuggle it from Ontario to Buffalo).

★ Fujiyama

This past spring, 3 of my friends and I (average age: 30 and unmarried) went to Fujikyu Highland, the old amusement park near Mt. Fuji. Our main objective? To get on the Fujiyama, roller coaster extraordinaire. This ride lasts a full 11 minutes and was, at one point, the longest and fastest ride in the world. (The Americans had to one-up us though.) After trying it out once, we were hooked. We were knocking over small children to get in line for a second, third, and fourth go.

★Cooking and New Recipes

If nothing else, 2005 was a year of Food Exploration. Best Cookbook Of The Year: Linda Carucci's fantabulous Cooking School Secrets For Real World Cooks. Top Three Foods I Made This Year: Steamed Salmon with Sauce Verte; Tandoori Chicken; and Baked Custard.

★New York, London, and Malaysia

In 2005, I took 2 trips to London, a holiday in Malaysia, and my first trip to New York in 3 years. Every time I go to London, something terrible happens; the last time, I broke out in a rash all over my body on my second day there. Avoiding hyperbole, I looked like a giraffe. On my first trip I got bronchitis, and of course, I almost died of meningitis in the last 2 weeks of my London life. New York was fabulous. There is, and only ever will be, one New York. But there was something different about it this time around. I haven't figured it out yet. As far as Langkawi goes, the beaches were as beautiful as the service was horrible (although the best ones have been taken over by large hotel resorts, making them inaccessible to everyone except rich and lucky hotel guests. We blagged our way in, but were promptly asked to leave). Being on the plane in the midst of a major thunderstorm was also memorable, to say the least.

★Psychic A**wipe

Awh man. That was rough.


★The T-shirt Project

In September, a friend and I launched a T-shirt brand at a shop in Aoyama. It was my first foray into anything creative and it really opened up a lot of possibilities for me. Everything was hand-made and took a lot more effort than one would think - the input far outweighed the output - but what a fantastic experience! Left: the sweatshop, that is my studio (that is the guest room).

★Cirque du Soleil's "Allegria II"

A potentially life-changing experience. You have not lived until you have seen a live CDS performance. I was feeling a bit down when I went to see Allegria, but all my negativity disintegrated the minute I walked into the tent. It's pure magic.

★New Friends

To all my new and wonderful friends who I met in 2005: please continue to put up with me next year.

★Blogging

I discovered blogging in October of this year (about 3 years after the world discovered it, tried it out, and got over it). My first blog ever (posted in the October and November archives) was hosted on Friendster. I didn't really understand the concept of a blog, and I couldn't imagine that anybody would be interested enough to read it. Now I am completely hooked. I love that I can say whatever I want, without worrying about whether or not people are interested. Definitely more posts forthcoming in the new year!!

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