The Year That Was 2014

As the holiday season draws to an end and the new year approaches ever so quickly, all I can think is that 2014 was an amazing year for me, and I have so much to be thankful and grateful for.  So much happened over these 365 days, many ups and a few downs.

The year started with the celebration of my beloved grandparent’s 60th wedding anniversary.  Sixty years.  It was an amazing milestone, and I consider myself so very, very lucky to have grandparents who a) have reached this milestone to celebrate, and b) are in good health, and c) love each other every day. My grandparents are genuinely two of my favourite people in this entire world.  Celebrating this milestone was amazing.

Later on in January, I did something, well, adventurous… I thought I would try my hand at roller derby. Side note to this story – I’m klutzy.  Very klutzy.  Long story short, my first night, I fell and spent over 3 hours in emerg and had a pink cast for over 3 weeks.  My illustrious roller derby career was over before it began. The worst part of this was that cast was set in a way that made holding knitting needles near impossible. Desperate to hold yarn, I took up crochet.  Hats off to those who crochet because I cannot stand it.  I was happy to get the cast off and get needles back in my hands!

My pink cast.  My solace when my arm was injured was that the cast was pink.
My pink cast. My solace when my arm was injured was that the cast was pink.

This was apparently the year that I met famous people!  As I posted about last week, I met members of the Barenaked Ladies after their show in December in Toronto and they signed an album of mine in April. I had my picture taken with Nathan Fillion at Fan Expo (he liked the Cunning Cap I made – squee!!), and through a series at the Toronto Library, I met author Diana Gabaldon, politician Justin Trudeau, and singer Alan Doyle!  My boss told me a story, and the gist of which is if you want to meet someone, you need to make it happen, and that’s what I did this year.  I made it happen.

Me, Alan Doyle of Great Big Sea, Katie and BFF Ash
Me, Alan Doyle of Great Big Sea, Katie and BFF Ash – his book is amazing, by the way

I have amazing friends in my life.  I have known my best friend since high school.  It’s not that we’ve ever fallen out, but this year, it’s as if we’ve rediscovered our silly side, and we’ve been closer this year than ever, and for that I’m so grateful.

Ash and I being silly on a Summer day
Ash and I being silly on a Summer day

I travelled to Quebec City in the Fall, and it was such a fantastic trip.  The history, the museums, the architecture, the food.  I fell in love with the oldest city in our country and with la belle province.

Awkward selfie in Quebec City - the lower city is in the background
Awkward selfie in Quebec City – the lower city is in the background

It has also been a busy year knitting wise.  I’m always trying new patterns and techniques, and this year I’ve made a few larger projects.  A new yarn shop opened up in my city, and I’ve met new, wonderful people by going to the knitting circle hosted there.  It has become my Wednesday night staple, and easily it is the highlight of my week.

Here is a sampling of some of my finished projects from the year.

The Firefly Cunning Cap I made for my dear work friend. This was the hat that Nathan Fillion said he liked!
The Firefly Cunning Cap I made for my dear work friend. This was the hat that Nathan Fillion said he liked!
Spats - they make me feel fancy
Spats – they make me feel fancy
A TARDIS ereader cover.
A TARDIS ereader cover.
A New England Patriots hat I  made for my brother for Christmas
A New England Patriots hat I made for my brother for Christmas
My Chateau shawl. My grandma gave me a gift certificate to my LYS for my birthday, and I made this lovely slouchy sweater  with it
My Chateau shawl. My grandma gave me a gift certificate to my LYS for my birthday, and I made this lovely slouchy sweater with it
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The Symphony and Barenaked Ladies

Went downtown in the cold,
6:30 on a Friday Night,
Just to check out the late night,
Music show…

I don’t think I’ve discussed my deep love of the Barenaked Ladies yet on this blog.  So this post is fairly overdue! There are a few bands that I have loved for decades or more, their music is familiar and comforting.  Along with the Beatles, the Who, and Meat Loaf, the Barenaked Ladies are one of these bands.  Yes, I have a very eclectic taste in music.

With my signed copy of Grinning Streak - BNL did a signing for Record Store Day, so of course I went!
With my signed copy of Grinning Streak – BNL did a signing for Record Store Day, so of course I went!

I was fairly young when Gordon was released, and the pop-y, silly songs on that album appealed to me (Grade 9, Enid, and, of course, If I Had $1,000,000).  The band and the album were vetted by my older, cooler cousin, so obviously, it was a good choice.  I remember buying Maybe You Should Drive on cassette tape.  It was a big deal.  I fell out of the BNL for a time, but I fell headfirst back in when they released Disc One: All Their Greatest Hits.  And I fell hard.  My first concert was with my sister at Massey Hall in 2005; I’ve been to a handful of shows since, and every concert guarantees to be a fun time.

I like giving my sister concert tickets for her birthday.  It’s hard to buy for someone who has a birthday so close to Christmas, but it gives us a fun night out, fun sister-bonding time.  Her past birthday was no exception, and two Fridays ago, we were at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto for their Holiday concert.  What made this concert so unique was that it was with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.  The crowd was slightly more subdued than usual, but the music was outstanding!  A number of their timeless hits were performed with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.  This brought about a fullness to the songs, and it was such a great complement to the quartet.

Our pic pic after the show at Roy Thomson Hall
Our pic pic after the show at Roy Thomson Hall

Katie and I were also on a mission – we wanted to meet some Ladies.  So after the show, we waited with some other devoted fans, and after an hour or so, the band members took time as they were leaving to meet and greet with the fans.  K and I just wanted to say how much we enjoyed both the concert and their music, and we got photographs with the three members we met!  They were genuine, nice, and so great about taking a few pictures with fans.  It truly made our night, such a simple gesture from them.

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