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19 January 2007 @ 08:20 pm

I just smoked a joint with Jian Ghomeshi — the guy from Moxy Fruvous.

Current Location: VANCOUVER
Current Mood: thoughtfulstoned
Current Music: King of Spain - BITCHES!
18 January 2007 @ 01:51 am
Normally, the title of this post would be filling me with joy; at the moment, however, I would much prefer to be heading to my bed for the next four days in just over an hour. I am incredibly sick and am currently hopped up on cold pills and still feeling like ass.

At this point, I basically don't want to go. Everyone and everything is getting on my nerves, and the thought of spending the next six days in extremely close quarters with my fellow Imprinters is not even remotely appealing. Don't get me wrong, I love them all dearly, I just feel really sick and all of their usually endearing traits are more than a little annoying at the moment.

I will continue to post while in BC, as I will have to keep working on my section, as well as several class projets over the next few days. Imprint is also running a blog to cover our exploits. I will not be posting — despite the fact that I expressed a clear interest, I was not selected to be one of the privileged few who get to post on the official blog. So tales of my exploits will be limited to this page — the one and only benefit being that I  won't have to censor any of my own exploits (those of the others attending the conference will die with me, as whatever happens at CUP, stays at CUP.)

ON a positive note, Andrew (my assistant) and I managed to get 6 pages out and completed by 11. No mean feat — except for the fact that I had to miss all my classes today to do so.

I'm sure this post is extremely incoherent — maybe the reason I wasn't selected for the CUP blog. So I guess I'm off, for better or for worse there's no backing out now.
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Current Location: Imprint office
Current Mood: sicksick
Current Music: Whatever the hell Sports is playing in the back corner
15 January 2007 @ 06:48 pm

So how I managed to accomplish nothing today, or yesterday for the matter, is baffling. The one good thing I have done is bought books and packed for CUP... it really is happening isn't it? Wow...

I think one of the main reasons I did nothing today is the amount of time I spent on LJ... look at the number of posts today as proof :S oops. I think my packing deserves the break of going to eat greasy chinese and watch the Golden Globes.

Current Location: Home

I know it's a snow day, so driving may not be the best of plans; however, the roads aren't really that bad so casing_thejoint and I ventured to Chapters to pick up some reading for CUP. I am loser and bought two books that are themed for the trip. They are Bud Inc. Inside Canada's Marijuana Industry and Douglas Coupland's JPod, which takes place in Vancouver. I don't care if this makes me even more of a lit-geek, but they are both CanCon and recent enough releases to be reviewed for my section. So I have several justifications for buying them.


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Current Location: Home from Chapters
Current Mood: dorkydorky
Current Music: Something Emma got stuck in my head that's too embarrassing
15 January 2007 @ 01:13 pm
 I just heard a brief news spot that the Golden Globes are tonight. A brief Google search quickly verifies that this is, in fact, true. WOW! Who knew? The Globes have gotten so little press attention this year that I didn't even know they were happening — and when they are the precursor to the Oscars and the signifier that we are, once again, in awards show season I am now extremely excited! So... if the weather is good enough to drive, anyone up for watching the Globes tonight?
Current Location: Home
Current Mood: bouncybouncy
15 January 2007 @ 11:39 am

This snow day really couldn't have come at a better time. I got almost nothing done this weekend, so now I can use today to pack, read and relax. I got some of the best sleep I've gotten in a while last night, and I am feeling fully rested — a feeling I hope lasts until CUP begins. The only downside is I wish I lived in Waterloo so that once I am done all my work I could have some fun... sigh. Ah well, I think the roads are better so I might make a Chapter's / Starbucks run later. I need books for the plane :)

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Current Location: home- YAAAA
Current Music: none, I'm watching the View I admit it
14 January 2007 @ 04:16 pm
It's been a while since I posted, and a lot has definitely happened since then. I'm now Arts Editor for Imprint, a position which I'm really enjoying. It's so nice to run a section that people actually want to write for. I know, ideally, people want to write for News as well, but in my experience as editor that was rarely the case. 

2007 has, so far, been pretty good. For the first time in a long time I'm actually happy. I'm really enjoying my classes, my work at the paper, my job, my social sphere — I've had a lot of good times since the year started and it's only the 14. I have really wanted to post about a lot of it, but for some reason never got around to it. I can't really remember anything particularily of note right now, but maybe that will change. 

ONe downside in 2007 was my aunt Ori passed away recently. Her funeral was the day of the Imprint elections which only added more emotional strain to an already tense day, At the visitation, however, a weird think happened. First off, it was an open casket when I was told it wouldn't be. I'd never seen a dead body before and I was more than a little freaked out. I went outside to get some air and there was a huge hawk just chilling on this rock. It let me walk right up to it, it was really interesting to see it so up-close, and the bird's calm demeanor soothed me in some way. I went back into the visitation and, while I avoided the room with the actual casket, I was able to cope for the rest of the afternoon. 

In the past year, two very central figures in my family, my grandmother and my aunt have passed away. While my nana was 81, Aunt Ori was only 54. Her song is only 25 and her husband 56. They looked like hell — understandably — but Ori was one of those people that everyone loved. She was so incredibly generous and it just doesn't make sense that she would die so young, I never know what to say or do in those situations, because I hate the "I'm sorrys" and other bullshit people spew in a time of grief. All the sympathetic murmurings and gestures aren't really going to make you feel better — in fact, they tend to make it worse. But that's life I guess...

I've been hitting the bong more than the books, something that I'm going to try and cut back on. As far as my New Year's resolutions go, I have been trying to read more — though unsuccessfully, I have yet to hit the gym, but I have been cooking more. The resolutions themselves are things I'm definitely keeping in mind as the year progresses and they are changes I want to make in my life.

Most notable in my life right now is the fact that CUP is a mere three sleeps away. It's bizarre it's so close and I'm finally getting excited. It's going to be an experience to say the least. It's going to be fun, but I definitely foresee some mega drama going down... which would be really bad. 

Oh, and I just heard that a friend of a friend who I have thought was really cute for a very long time might be single again. Oh the plans that are forming in my head... looks like 2007 could get even better!
Current Location: Home
Current Music: The Shins - "A Comet Appears"
This is so fucking hilarious. Apparenlty it's so popular in Montgomery that is has been made into a dance remix and is played in all the clubs. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJ3oHpup-pk 
01 January 2007 @ 06:02 pm
Happy New Year everyone! 

I went to Pinto's party last night. I wouldn't say it was the absolute best New Year's eve of my life, but I had a very good time. When I think about it, I don't think I have ever had a New Year's Eve leave me completely happy and satisfied. It's never quite as great as I imagine, or I do something stupid... or maybe I'm just hard to please. Still, overall it was a good night. 

Does New Year's eve set the tone for the rest of the year, or is it a kind of self fulfilling prophecy? Does it only pertain to relationships, or is it just and old-wives' tail? Yes, I am a superstitious person, so the fact I didn't kiss anyone at the stroke of midnight worries me. Then again, my luck, oversights, and moments of temporary insanity (seriously, why didn't anyone try and commit me?) can't be any worse this year than last — I hope. 

One notable thing did occur, I awoke at 6 a.m. to a phone call from a boy I don't know very well but have always found very attractive. I was dazed, still drunk, and half-asleep so I didn't answer. Now all I can wonder is: why was he calling? What would have happened had I answered? Guess I'll never know. 

On a side note, I have been carrying around a lottery ticket for Friday's $32 million draw. For some reason, I just can't seem to check the numbers...
Current Location: Home
Current Mood: listlesslistless
31 December 2006 @ 07:33 pm

I know everyone always says "I can't believe another year went by so fast" — but maybe it's cliché because it's true. I can't believe I am going to turn twenty this year — fuck! — and that it has only been a year since Emma, Jill, Katie, and I were partying it up in Montreal. It's been quite the year to say the least, which makes me very glad it's finally drawing to a close. When I think about everything that's happened, all the memories ( good and bad) I've amasses this year, it really doesn't seem so short after all. My life has changed a lot in these past twelve months, and I think I have as well. Anyways to all of you who were there for the good times, and there for me in the bad, I thank you. I've gained a lot of really close friends this year that I find it hard to believe I have only known a very short time and, to the old staples, you mean a lot to me as well. 

Since 2006 wasn't a very good year for me, there are a lot of things I would like to turn around in the New Year. I know New Year's resolutions never work, but nothing changes if you don't at least try — plus, a lot of these are changes I'm making for a new term more than a new year. 

1) No boys. Now I don't mean I'm not going to associate with the male sex, those of you who have already earned a special (platonic) spot in my heart will always be welcome; however, I am going to (at least try) cut romantic thoughts out of my life (at least for a term). I don't need any more drama, and this term I want to focus on me. 

2) Read more. I need to make time and make  myself relax and read more for pleasure. Instead of wasting hours online, I'm going to read more.

3) Exercise more. I know, everyone says this, and I probably say it every year. This year, however, I really want to try and work out at least once a week - something that should be more than manageable now that I should have more free time. 

4) Cut out "junk" food. Now this one is going to be hard because I know I can't live without chocolate. I do want to try and cut out processed foods and cook more. I always feel better after eating real food as opposed to frozen. I really hope this helps with my energy level.

5) Don't let my schoolwork get ahead of me — something else I say almost every term. Last term I did manage to stay on top of it, until I went into and emotional downward spiral that is. So this term, I hope to stay out of drama and keep on top of school. 

6) Avoid drama, Seriously. I'm not getting involved in any of it this year, if you have drama: STAY AWAY! No, I'm just kidding, I'll still be there for anyone who needs it. The difference will be I will be all ears, but nothing else.

So there they are, 6 rules that I hope will lead to a happier, healthier Ashley. I am fully aware that smoking (tobacco or pot) aren't on the list, and that's because this is a list to cut out things that don't make me happy, not things that do. 

Happy New Year everyone! And let my friends' page be filled with humourous and (hopefully) debaucherous stories tomorrow. 

ps. Bonus points for anyone who identify where the title of my journal entry comes from!

Current Location: Home
Current Mood: excitedexcited
Current Music: Garbage - Bleed Like Me