Dear Diary: My new year’s resolution is to finally deal with
my procrastination problem . . .
How am I doing so far?
It’s seven months into 2017 and I’m finally (finally)
finishing my 365 questions project from 2016. I had full intentions of finishing before
the year was out, but I got distracted. Distracted by a 6’2” funny, loving,
devoted, sweet, handsome, political, quirky bird-and-reptile-loving man from
It’s funny what happens when you start something new, like
our 365 questions project. I didn’t have any expectations – I just thought it
would be a good challenge that would get me writing on a regular basis . . .
that was my main hope. However, I owe a debt of gratitude to this mind-mining
expedition as it garnered a totally unexpected, happy by-product: the man in my
I dated him for six months before an amicable but sad parting of ways. We
just weren’t in the same place on the relationship sphere. While we did break
up, we continued to follow each other on Twitter. Long story short, he read my
blog faithfully and finally reached out to me last August wanting to try again.
He claimed I “woo’d him through my blog.”
Each week he would read the answers to my questions and they
would give him insight into the type of person I am. And, he decided that he
wanted to get to know that person even more. It’s coming up to our first year
anniversary and I can honestly say that I love this man. And I’m so grateful this
project brought him back into my life.
But, more on him later as he has done enough to distract me
from the task at hand . . .
304. If karma comes back around, are you
going to be helped or hurt?
I like to think karma will be gentle to me. I try to live
positively and treat others how I would like to be treated. I’m probably not
the most generous person on the planet but I think my karma account is
definitely not in overdraft.
305. If one hour a day was designated to
nourishing your soul, how would you spend it?
Hmmm. That could mean different things on different days.
Nourishing my soul may mean making sure I get to the gym to enjoy a great
workout for an hour. On a different day, it may mean hanging out with the
people I love. Sometimes your soul needs a little sweat, other days it needs a
bunch of hugs.
306. Listen to your heart right now. What’s
It’s saying that I’m a pretty lucky person to have so many
wonderful people in my life who I can love and be loved back with equal
307. Do you have a secret talent?
I can burp the alphabet, and write backwards almost as
quickly as I can write forwards. I have tried to master the art of writing with
my non-dominant hand but I need to practise more.
308. Do you have a crush? If so, who is it
No one is really coming to mind. There’s lots of people I
find attractive but I don’t think that really qualifies as a crush.
309. If you were ever sent to jail or prison,
what crime would you most likely have committed?
I do suffer from the occasional bout of minor road rage. I’m
not proud of this behaviour but unfortunately it’s still something I haven’t
been able to successfully eradicate. I joke (or do I?) that when I’m old, I’ll
purchase an old clunker and run over (or into) all those people who tick me off
on the road. Use the sidewalk you silly
yoot! Find your turn signal dumb ass! For Pete’s sake it’s your job as the head
car to get as many cars through that advance arrow – not completely use it up
for your turn! So, I would likely go to jail for vehicular manslaughter I’m
310. Are you a dog or cat person (or neither)
Definitely a dog person. Dogs love you unabashedly and
without reason. My boyfriend Jeff and I often talk about our future dog (or
dogs). We have jokingly named them, Amok, Akimbo, Shenanigans, Willy-nilly,
Hodge Podge and Frank. Our newest dog name is Naproxen. We just think these
would be funny names to call out.
311. Do you remember your dreams? If you do,
what has been the craziest or most memorable one?
I have epic dreams. I’m totally exhausted when I wake up
because of my over-active dreams. I don’t always remember them all but can
remember certain aspects of them. My stress dreams usually involve golf. I
can’t put the tee in the ground. My clubs are all wonky. One time the course
went through a subdivision and I was going crazy wondering how I was going to
avoid all the people walking around. I also have angry dreams. One time I got
so angry at my sister Andrea in a dream that I woke myself up when I kicked my
bedroom wall – as I was kicking her in my dream. My funniest dream story – not
necessarily the funniest dream – concerns one of my angry dreams. I dreamt that
our cottage neighbours were encroaching on our property – using our beach and
running around all over the place. I was shouting obscenities at them, yelling
at them to get off my property. It turned out they were the kids from Up With
People – the touring group that goes around raising money for various
charities. I was horrified. I told a friend and co-worker about this dream and
a few weeks later I was working away at my computer and this young man popped
into the doorway of my office and announced with a cheery grin: “Hi! I’m Joel
from Up With People and I just wanted to apologize on behalf of our group for
trespassing on you property.” I managed to mumble a sheepish “thanks” amid a
very red face. I discovered that Up With People were indeed on campus doing a
show at the college where I work. My friend put Joel up to having some fun with
312. What does sexy mean to you?
There are always those certain body parts that make a person
attractive to another. Me, I’m all about nice hands. You can have an amazing
body but if I get creeped out by your fingers, it’s all over. Body parts aside,
there’s nothing sexier to me than someone who gets my sense of humour and who
can make me laugh. Wins me over every
313. Do you consider yourself more religious,
spiritual or neither?
I grew up Catholic and will always consider myself Catholic
. . . it’s just part of the genetic packaging. But I would definitely consider
myself spiritual before anything else. I believe in faith, people and some kind
of higher power – and that may mean different things to different people.
314. Ask three close friends to tell you what
one of your core gifts are. What were they?
I did this exercise with a few friends and it was a truly
humbling and beautiful experience. Three core gifts I was told I have are:
- The ability to make whomever I’m with feel they’re
the most important person at that time
- I’m grounded and have a way of grounding others
- I’m unapologetically me
315. Are you superstitious? What are some of
your superstitious traits/habits?
Yes! And especially so when it comes to sports. When I
played baseball and we were on a winning streak during a tournament, I would
ensure I went through the same preparation routine before coming to a game. And
while watching my team – the Montreal Canadiens – during the hockey playoffs I
will watch the first game. If they win, then I’ll continue to watch and do
everything possible not to miss a game. If they lose that first game, I don’t
watch for the rest of the round. Yes . . . I’m strange.
316. If you could be in the Olympics, what
sport would you like to compete in?
I would love to compete in the decathlon. The training would
make me a machine!
317. Do you believe the death penalty is a
deterrent to murder?
A 100 per cent deterrent? Probably not. I think people will
kill regardless. It may deter some people as I’m sure we all have those days
when our thoughts go a bit dark, but the average person does not give in to
318. What do you like to do when you’re
Depends. Sometimes I just want to be left alone. Lose myself
in some Netflix binging. Other times I need to reach out to someone and cry on
319. What’s the worst thing you’ve ever done?
Worse thing . . . that’s pretty subjective. Other than
making my parents’ lives hell during my drinking shenanigans in my 20s, I feel
pretty bad that I chose to play in a baseball tournament rather than go to the
funeral for a really good friend’s father. It was bad judgement call that my
older self would probably do differently.
320. Have you ever had a crush on someone of
the same sex?
Definitely. As I’ve said before, I’m attracted to people
regardless of whether they pee sitting down or standing up. I wrote a song for
a female friend I had a crush on. Some of my female celebrity crushes have
included Katherine Moennig, Joan Jett and Chrissy Hynde. Girls in leather pants
. . . sigh . . .
321. What’s the most unflattering trait/habit
a person can have?
For me it’s negativity.
322. Do you love celebrating your birthday?
Definitely! I love celebrating all my milestones.
323. If you could have plastic surgery on one
part of your body, what would you change and why?
I love my body and wouldn’t pay to have plastic surgery.
That being said if someone offered it to me free, I might consider losing some
of my belly fat. I work out on a regular basis and eat healthy 90 per cent of
the time but I’m not really willing to put in the type of commitment that would
earn me a six pack.
324. What’s the most romantic thing someone
has ever done for you?
Hmmm. No big grand gestures come to mind . . . I’ve tended
to be the romantic one in most relationships. I love that my boyfriend Jeff
stocks his fridge with food I like – that’s really thoughtful and romantic.
Sometimes it’s those small, every day things that make a difference.
325. What’s the most memorable present
someone has ever given you?
One of the most recent memorable presents someone gave me
was an antique drum. My friend Kristin gave it to me for no special occasion. I
had admired it at her house one evening and a few months later she gifted me
with it. The following year she gave me a smaller drum and I’ve turned both of
them into cool little tables.
326. What’s your guilty pleasure?
Dark chocolate and Dancing
With the Stars.
327. If you could be on a reality show, which
one would it be and why?
I’m not a big fan of reality shows. The only one I watch,
and I don’t really consider it a true “reality” show, is Dancing With the Stars. But, if I had to choose one, I’d go
practical and choose one of those HGTV ones like Tiny Spaces or Brojects
and get them to convert our cottage boathouse into a Bunkie!
328. What story does your family always tell
When my mom was alive, she loved to tell my friends (usually
when she had just met them) how she “saved me from a life of drugs.” It’s quite
funny. I was hardly a big druggie . . . smoked the odd joint in my early 20s.
But she found rolling papers in my purse once and turned my room upside down
looking for “drugs” which she never found. My parents also liked to tell
everyone how hard it was to find babysitters for myself and my sister. We were
climbers and very rambunctious. Our babysitters were paid very well.
329. Do you like or dislike surprises? Why or
I don’t like the “being the centre of attention” type of
surprises. Especially ones where they put a silly hat on you in a restaurant
for your birthday and sing Happy Birthday. And post-50, I’ve decided that
trying to throw someone a surprise party is too much stress. When we planned my
sister’s 50th, she actually was part of the planning. This made
everything so much easier – with picking a date and making sure she got there
on time. We did incorporate a few surprises for the event though, just to make
it extra special. But for myself, I like the more subdued kind of surprises.
The kind where a friend gives you a gift for no reason other than they saw it
and thought of you.
330. What would be the two things you’d need
to survive on a desert island?
After recently watching a season of Alone, I think one item would have to be some kind of multi-purpose
tool that could serve as a weapon-slash-eating utensil-slash-shelter
constructor. And secondly, I think I
would need some kind of big journal to write in . . . of course then, I would
also need a pen. Okay, I need three things.
331. If you could go back in time to change
one thing, what would that be?
I think I would have started saving money sooner. When
you’re young, you don’t really think about those kind of things. And now that
I’m approaching retirement, it’s something I think about often.
332. Are you more like your mother or your
I’m probably more like my father in that I’m a social
introvert, love sports, don’t really care about fashion, am pretty much drama-free,
have a dry sense of humour and am low maintenance and pretty easy-going. I also
have his sense of loyalty and stubbornness. I also look more like him than my mom. But I
do embody several of my mom’s traits as well, including an excessive need to
rake every leaf from the ground.
333. Have you had a near-death experience?
I was in a bad car accident a long time ago and while my car
was totalled, it was hardly a near-death experience. But that’s probably the
closest I’ve come to facing death.
334. Are you afraid of dying?
I’m not afraid of dying but I definitely will miss this life
as who I am right now, with these people, in this world. And while I’m not
afraid of dying, I do worry a bit about care during my senior years. I don’t
have children or nieces and nephews, and I remember some of the things I did
for my parents as they aged, so I wonder who I will depend on for those tasks
when I’m not able to get around as easily. I tease my Goddaughter that she’ll
have to change my diapers when I get older.
335. What’s your go-to Karaoke song?
I love singing “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” by KiKi Dee and
336. If you could be one of your friends for
a day, who would you be and why?
I’m going to choose to answer this question as a do-over for
a previous question I didn’t really answer honestly. It was the question about
what I would do if I could be invisible for a day. I didn’t answer it the way I
wanted, because I knew Jeff was reading my blog and I wasn’t sure how he would
react to my answer (we were still seeing each other when I initially started
the 365 project). I wanted to answer that I would spend the day with him. Not
to spy on him but to get a sense of what he goes through during his day so I
could develop a sense of empathy and understanding for what he has to deal with
on a daily basis. He commutes to Toronto every day for work, and as customer
service tech, he’s not always dealing with happy people. Bad weather, worse
drivers, rude customers . . . he must have some crappy days. I think spending a
day in his (very big) shoes wouldn’t necessarily make me a better girlfriend
but it might give me more empathy and patience.
337. What’s one smell you wish you could
eliminate from the world?
Really bad body odour.
338. What’s non-negotiable for you in a relationship?
Physical touch and good communication.
339. If you were a product in a television
commercial, what would your tagline be?
Comes with an unlimited amount of hugs.
340. Would you ever pose nude? Why or why
Nude? Probably not. But my friend Kristin has taken some
near-nude photographs of me that I really like – and she has seen me naked! I
recently did a mini-boudoir shoot with her and was pleased with the photos.
341. If you could be a fly on a wall, what
wall would it be and why?
These days it would be interesting to be a fly on the wall
for any meetings between the Republicans. I’d love to hear what they really
have to say about their esteemed president Donald Trump behind closed doors.
342. What’s one thing most people would be
surprised to know about you?
Hmmmm, I’m pretty much an open book. Not too many surprises
here. Though I suppose some people would be surprised to learn that I did
attempt to kill myself in my late teens. Looking back now, I know it was a bit
more than the usual teenage angst. While it was certainly a cry for help of
sorts, I know I didn’t really want to die. After a particularly bad fight with
my mother, I swallowed a large amount of pills – more in a pique of anger at
her than anything else. I ended up telling my sister right away and she made me
throw up. My ears rang for days afterward. It’s so important to talk to people
when you’re feeling angry, sad or when dark thoughts creep into your head. I’m
glad I had my sister and trusted her enough to share what I had done before it
was too late.
343. If you could start your own charity,
what would it be in support of and why?
I would love to support young musicians or writers. It’s so
challenging to start a career in the arts or be self-sustaining – even as a
seasoned artist. It would be great to give some young people, or artists of all
ages, the opportunity to spend time on their art without worrying about how
they’re going to pay the bills.
344. Have you ever sent an email you
I once sent an email and cc’d someone that I didn’t mean to
include. I was giving another person information about the cc’d person (just
general stuff – they had met them at an information event and wanted more
details). I wanted to get the correct spelling of the person’s last name, so I
added them to the email so I could see the spelling. I forgot to remove them before
sending the email. I didn’t say anything bad about the person – just that she
was very helpful and nice, but a little intense. I was mortified when my friend
emailed me back right away and alerted me to the fact that I had cc’d the other
person. I tried to retract it but I couldn’t. The other person was very nice
about it and actually emailed us both back providing some of the information my
friend needed from her original inquiry. I apologized profusely.
345. If it was 2 a.m. and you were at a
stoplight…and no one else was around…would you go through? Why or why not?
I’m such a rule follower. Stop. Wait. Go.
346. If you could have a dinner party of
five, with anyone dead or alive, who would you invite?
I’ve always been a huge fan of Kevin Kline and he seems like
a really nice guy. He’d be on my list. Definitely Bruce Springsteen. Tina Fey
and Robert Downey Jr. would be fun and I’d round it off with David Tennant
because he’s great and I love his accent.
347. If you could have anyone as your
personal chauffer, who would it be and why?
I think I would hire James Hinchcliffe. I found out about
him from this past season of Dancing With
the Stars and he’s hilarious.
He’s also a Canadian race car driver competing in the IndyCar Series. He’d be a
great driver as well as an entertaining one.
348. What food would you never give up?
Dark chocolate. I always have an endless supply of it in my
349. If you were trapped in a car on a road
trip with five people from television, who would they be and why?
I had a tough time with this question for some reason and it’s
another reason why I took so long finishing this project. A road trip needs
great music, adventures and stimulating conversation. I think I’d have to say
Hank Moody (Californication), Mindy
and Danny from The Mindy Project, and
Liz Lemon and Jack Donaghy from 30 Rock.
350. You have your own personal Candyland.
What’s in it?
Vats of Lik-M-Aids for sure. I used to spend my entire
school allowance on them. It’s a wonder I have any enamel. And several large
freezers of dark chocolate. Dark chocolate with coconut. Dark chocolate with
berries. Dark chocolate with almonds. Dark chocolate with . . . .
351. What adds the most value to humanity –
the arts or science? Why?
I think it’s a pretty even draw between the arts and
science. They both contribute in different ways. Science and technological
advances have certainly enhanced our lives from the aspect of medical
breakthroughs and life improvements, but we need the arts too for our mental
and spiritual well-being.
352. If you could blow $25,000 on anything
right now, what would it be?
I would love to go on a fabulous trip with my boyfriend
Jeff. I saw a post on Twitter that advertised a luxury tree house hotel tucked
away in Northern Sweden that would be a totally cool place to stay. And, I would
likely use some of the $25,000 to put a metal roof on my cottage or build a
little bunkie on the property.
353. What is one thing you will never do
Smoke. I tried it briefly during my second year of college
for a few weeks – simply out of boredom – and it’s something I know I will
never do again. Gross.
354. Do you value animal life like you do
human life? Why or why not?
I wouldn’t consider myself an animal activist or anything
but I respect their lives to a certain extent – some more than others. I’m not
a vegetarian nor am I adverse to killing mice if they get into our cottage. But
I also don’t believe in senseless activities like trophy hunting or killing
elephants for their ivory. Every living creature has a purpose and we need to
ensure we do not lose any more species – whether furry, slimy or scaly.
355. If they made your life into a movie, who
should play you and why?
I think Tina Fey or Janeane Garofalo might be good choices
to play me. They both have dark hair, write and have a similar sense of humour.
356. Are we too politically correct or not
I think we may have crossed a line into the spectre of being
too politically correct. I totally respect that we each have our own line that
shouldn’t be crossed but it’s become challenging. Sometimes I think we spend too much time
worrying about tiny offences when they are so many larger ones that need to be
357. Have you ever sent an email you
shouldn’t have? Explain.
Hmmmm. We seem to have repeated a question. Our bad.
358. What is your ideal way to spend a
There are two types of vacations in my book: one when you
need to relax and recharge and the other when you want to explore. When I’m at
the cottage, I want to recharge and relax so I do a lot of reading, play my guitar
and sleep in. I’m not a huge traveller but there are a few places I have
checked off my bucket list and others I still want to visit. On these kind of
vacations I like to enjoy good food and do some exploring. I tend to lean
towards the first kind of vacation though . . .
359. Who is on your celebrity sex list?
Katherine Moennig, David Duchovny, Kate Beckinsale, Ellen
Page, and Robert Downey Jr.
360. What’s the most embarrassing thing
that’s ever happened to you?
During my first year of college I split my pants wide open
at a Toronto disco. White pants. Did I mention it was at a disco? Sigh . . . .
361. If you could be on one game show, past
or currently running, what would it be and why?
I think I would love to be on the new Match Game with Alec Baldwin as the host. It would be a ton of fun.
It would also be fun to be on The Wall
with Chris Hardwick. It would be funny AND I could win a ton of money.
362. If you could stay one age forever, what
would it be and why?
Maybe 35? Your body is still in pretty good shape – and has
the potential for good sculpting – plus you still have lots of energy and
things haven’t started to ache yet. You have some good life experience so you
know a few of the pitfalls to avoid and you have a better sense of who you are
as a person. I must say that I have enjoyed every decade so far for very
363. Do you have any quirky habits? If yes,
what are they?
I don’t know if I have any habits that would be considered
quirky. I like to have an uncluttered counter at my house but that’s just
because I have limited counter space. When I used to buy People magazine I would get mad if people read me something out of
it before I had the chance to read it. My sister could probably list many other
things but she’s not answering the question.
364. If you could redo any kiss you’ve had in
your life, who would it be with and why?
No redo here, but I wish I could remember my first kiss. I
think it was with a boy named Michael who used to walk me home after kindergarten,
but I can’t remember it.
365. What makes you laugh?
I prefer thinking comedies like Arrested Development over physical comedy – they crack me up. I
also like silly stuff like The Mindy
Project but I would classify it in the thinking category as well. I love
when people do silly things. Jeff cracks me up all the time doing silly little
things. I’ll press down on one of the veins on his arm and he’ll pretend to
pass out. Or, we like to watch nature shows then create some of the animals
with our hands. One of our favourite ones is the flying tree frog, though he
claims mine is more of a lead-footed tree frog. Making him laugh makes me
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