Originally I was going to do a recap of 2010, but never got around to it. I decided for my birthday post to recap what has happened in the last year, from my birthday, Jan. 22. Last year I turned 21. To wrap up the past year I am presenting some of the highlights from the last year. The events are in a somewhat chronological order.
- I got my first tattoo in February, as a belated birthday present to myself. I chose a portion of Kurt Halsey’s “Words,” which I got tattooed on my right ribs. My tattoo is the three fireflies, a few stars, and the line “the stars are the constant.”
- Went to New York City by myself in April. Stayed in a hostel on the Upper West side for six nights. Highlights of my trip include museum hopping, cherry blossoms in Central Park, the Zac Posen for Target launch party & seeing The Like, watching Avenue Q and lots of shopping.
- Had tea at the Lake Agnes Tea House at Lake Louise with my parents. My mom “ordered” the perfect day, and we enjoyed tea, soup and cookies on the corner of the patio. Prime real estate.
- Saw Stars and OK Go while in Calgary. Went to Folk Festival for the first time for Stars, and braved the rain to see OK Go at the Coca Cola stage at Stampede. I also went to go see Wicked in the fall, as well as Motion City Soundtrack and Say Anything.
- Family wedding! My cousin Courtney got married during the September long weekend in Ottawa. All the cousins were together for only the third time ever, and we tore up the dance floor.
- Reconnecting with old friends from my time in Ottawa. In the last year I’ve spent time with three of my friends from my time at Carleton. I met up with my friend Chelsey when I was in Montreal, and we had not seen each other since the end of first year.
- Visiting Montreal! It’s been on my list of cities to visit since I moved to Ontario. Prior to my October visit, I had only spent time in the train station here. As I was in a conference for much of the weekend I didn’t get to see much, but I did see a bit. Hopefully I’ll get a chance to really check out the city sometime.
- Cousin reconnection! The day after I got back from Montreal my cousin Eddy who lives in Australia stopped by for a quick visit. She’s from New Zealand, and had not been in Canada since I was in grade three. We had just over a day together, so I took her to see a couple parts of the city.
- Speers cousin bonding. I went down to London again for Thanksgiving this year, to spend the weekend with my cousins. Five of us cooked a pescetarian Thanksgiving Dinner, and had a lot of laughs. We decided to plan a cousin’s weekend for the start of January, though there was only four of us, we managed to have a blast bar-hopping and rating wines (details of our wine game to come!) in my neighbourhood.
- jhr – I’ve been involved with Journalists for Human Rights since first-year university, but this year has been my most active. At the start of March I worked to organize a fundraiser, and then attended jhr’s Nights for Rights at the end of the month. I attended my second Train the Trainer in Montreal. I applied, and got chosen for the upcoming summer’s Ghana internship! Last but not least, I was the Editor-in-Chief for this year’s issue of Speak magazine which is coming out in a few weeks!
I’m really looking forward to the coming year. The last year was so amazing, and I have lots of new adventures planned for the upcoming year. I have a plane ticket booked to go to London next month to visit my friend Carly, which will be my first time in Europe! I am going to Ghana for three months sometime in May. I’ll start my final year of university (finally!) Lots to look forward to, with several items getting crossed off my 20 things in my 20s list.