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Things I Love Thursday

-being there to support my friends
-the word “cunnilingual”
-Linus & Lucy
-helping queer youth
-wrapping gifts in gold holographic wrapping paper
-Anais & Wes
-delicious food & good company at Il Fornello
-celebrating our nine months at Japango
-photobooth adventures with my love
-watching TV with my mom
-payday!!
-Sexxit
-Damian keeping my feet warm under his shirt
-Tru’s little face
-finding the perfect gifts for my friends
-Robin Williams
-Ellen DeGeneres
-meeting with Ms. Kim about my J-school portfolio
-“good morning, my love”
-being propositioned for a threesome (hahaha)
-Blossom Organics + Red Tent Sisters
-dream wedding fantasies
-yogurt with blueberries
-Vince Guaraldi

Things I Love Thursday

-when you go to a social event & someone you weren’t expecting to see, who you really like, is there
-conversations of an anti-oppressive & minority-conscious nature
-trying new things (& then going home & writing e-mails to my friends about it)
-lesbian films
-that feeling of “what the fuck is happening? is this awesomeness really my life?!”
-Damian’s little cousins
-Paige: “I like you! I mean I love you!”
-wearing sequins & the reactions I get to them
-holding hands on the subway
-Sugarpill eyeshadows
-payday!!
-Dating a Porn Star
-going to the theatre by myself
-my new Yuuki cup
-Good For Her/Krispy Kreme/Hero Burger date
-absurd sex toys
-mind maps
-helping friends as they go through exciting life changes
-when my boyf says feminist things
-noticing that I manifested two intentions I’d set about 8 days previous
-super sweet Facebook wallposts from cute gals
-making heart-shaped brownies for my family
-support in LiveJournal communities (especially vaginapagina/”VagPag”)
-writing myself into the vortex (“I am so grateful…” “I love…” “Wouldn’t it be nice…” “I want…”)
-Surfer Blood
-Sasa saying that my reactions to his improv encourage him & make him feel comfortable
-Nick: “I love your laugh. I actually work toward getting that laugh out of you.”
-endless consecutive episodes of The Office
-homemade menstrual cramp remedies (chamomile-ginger tea, mmm)

Things I Love Thursday

-starting a new password-protected lifestream (the password is the name of my first girlfriend)
-Robot Science + Giraffage
-improv advice from my highly respected mentors
-Red Velvet’s Black Friday sale (& the blue velvet dress that’s on its way to me!!)
-Yuuki anticipation
-Katie West’s intelligence & sex-positivity & close proximity to me
-having a packed planner
-torrenting comedy videos en masse & watching them when I need ‘em
-Jessica Mullen & Kelly Cree’s life design discussion MP3s
-Love & Sequins
-emotional support from my love
-how just researching solutions is often enough to make me feel a bit better
-how fast the improv team is improving!
-espresso cupcakes
-college applications
-the best guidance counsellor in the world
-Mr. Haughton’s Irish accent & infectious enthusiasm
-starting anew with old friends
-packages & letters in the mail
-thermal leggings & ribbed tights for winter
-my sparkly heart necklace
-buying perfect presents for friends
-Jeremy Larson’s upcoming They Reappear DVD
-helpful teachers
-practicing ukulele for an audience of 2 on uStream

THANKSGIVING THINGS I LOVE THURSDAY

-when cute people stand too close to me
-taking an action I know will make me feel so much better, even though I’ve been putting it off for ages (& having it make me feel so much better!)
-deconstructing negative emotions in my journal until they evaporate from having their nonsensicality exposed
-working on my journalism portfolio
-when epiphanies float into my brain while I’m walking or showering or doing other thoughtless “flow” activities (lesson: if you’re stuck, go for a walk & just listen to your thoughts)
-Rosedale, always, forever
-the kids on my improv team, in all their unique, diverse, crazy, unpredictable glory
-answering Alligator Pear e-mails at 1AM because I enjoy my job
-giant racks of vintage cashmere sweaters organized by color (oh Courage My Love, you outdo yourself every time I visit you)
-novelty condoms
-collaborations with Kathleen
-soft skin
-recurring fantasies & appearances of the perfect red sequinned dress I want to attract into my life in time for the holidays
-a girls’ day out with my mom & Franelle
-Baileys & eggnog
-setting up opportunities to go see theatre all by myself, just because I want to & I can afford it & Toronto has good theatre discounts for youth
-planning next week, which is going to be rad
-Abraham-Hicks (I heard tonight that Jerry Hicks has died, so I’m gonna pull out my A-H books & soak up some wisdom to honor him!)

Things I Love… Saturday

-winter drinks: cold eggnog or chocolate milk with Baileys
-Shara Word/My Brightest Diamond
-my volunteer training group
-carrot cake with pink cream cheese icing
-my talented, kind, loving family
-intense, vivid dreams
-sadomasochistic short stories
-unabashed sexuality
-Tarina Tarantino heart necklaces
-my computer
-giving myself way more time than I need to complete a given project
-finding people I know on OkCupid
-plotting my journalism portfolio pieces
-singing with Robyn
-reading my friends’ Twitter favorites
-the instrumental version of Jeremy Larson’s They Reappear
-black leggings all the time
-long hot baths
-cappuccino frozen yogurt at Focaccia
-hugs from people I admire
-Emma, stating something she appreciates about me (paraphrased): “Your introvert power! You keep to yourself, & you don’t talk much, but when you do talk, it’s because you have something valuable to say.” ♥

Things I Love Thursday

-intimately exploring emotions through journaling
-buying Christmas gifts whose recipients will love them
-Dames teaching me to make scrambled eggs
-a journalism school revelation
-the Alex Gillespie Friendship Award
-reading short stories in a crowded cafeteria
-graduating from high school!
-tartufo
-hot baths while reading good books
-staying hydrated
-bell peppers
-early to bed, early to rise (ohhhh feels so good)
-intellectually stimulating documentaries
-making a list entitled “things I am excited about right now”
-Cosmo’s terrible sex tips
-random serendipitous reunions at bus stops
-sexy games
-my new large DivaCup which doesn’t leak at all!
-the way Damian’s face smells
-thought-provoking Formspring questions
-afternoon naps
-unconventional life trajectories
-the realization that my complete lack of interest in romantic “fandoms” these days is probably due to being in a healthy, adoring relationship of my own
-The Devil Wears Prada
-when my hair elastics match my outfit/lipstick
-vanilla latte cookies
-“I love being gay. It’s like having a best bro who you can fuck.” -FTMark
-green clay face masques
-Liam, in an improv scene: “Those kids could be watching pornography on their computers! I’ve never even seen a leg!”
-the way being in a relationship makes me not really care if I completely humiliate myself in front of my crush
-“the bum looks like a spider”
-a circle of coming-out stories
-Damian referring to a vagina as a “boner reception tube”
-working at the library - soothing silence as a post-improv balm

Things I Love Thursday

-the fact that I have a boyfriend who will gladly accompany me to a 24-hour grocery store at almost midnight because I need two large cartons of cranberry kiwi juice
-Patrick Wilson, especially as the cute pedophile in Hard Candy & the cute mormon in Angels In America
-running the lighting board at my team’s show this week
-how hilarious they were & how proud of them I felt!
-receiving packages in the mail (this past week alone: 6 of my favorite kind of pen, new strings for my ukulele, a giant poster of Alan Alda I ordered for Max, a DVD of Angels In America, & the first issue of Rock ‘n’ Roll Bride magazine in a shiny pink envelope)
-wearing black tights with everything
-my hand-me-downed black puffer jacket which allows me to sweat on chilly late October days
-staying hydrated (& noticing the resulting beauty & softness of my skin)
-any organization that proudly leaves out bowls of condoms you’re allowed to take (I’m lookin’ at you, Sherbourne Health Centre!)
-wonderfully unexpected offers from resources I thought I’d exhausted
-falling asleep while cuddling
-free subway tokens
-infinite layers of symbolism
-getting dressed up for every occasion, without needing to explain myself
-wearing my “power colors” (royal blue & hot pink?) when I need a confidence boost
-learning about active listening
-really really good acting
-Toronto public transit managing to get me to a meeting on time when I’d slept an hour too late
-staying up way past bedtime with a sketchbook & sex podcasts
-watching little kids dance with wild abandon to my ukulele songs
-going “exploring” in a strangely idyllic parking lot at sunset
-envelopes with my name on them
-the ridiculously fantastic feeling of making a large deposit to my bank account
-noticing that I’m surrounded by people who love me & have my back
-Ega Jones
-I got a job! A job I can do from home! YAY!
-Arena tweeting zillions of photos of penises & gifs of gay sex & making hilarious comments about them
-crunchy red leaves
-listening to Sinatra’s entire discography on shuffle all day long
-chocolate milk
-making Halloween plans
-devoting time to self-care when necessary

Things I Love Thursday

-using colorful Moleskine volants for different projects (one for improv team, one for morning pages, etc.)
-the queer community
-iOS 5 + OS X Lion
-going to Starbucks to get writing done
-doing my 750 words every morning
-J.D. Salinger
-Damian suggesting I drink tea to cheer myself up
-yoga in the morning
-big salads
-Tegan & Sara’s upcoming CD/DVD release
-peanut M&Ms
-Let’s Get It On
-refreshing clay face masks
-Frank Sinatra, especially Come Fly With Me
-Dead Poets Society
-downloading & devouring all sorts of weird documentaries about various sex-related topics (zoophilia, pedophile hospitals, the Westboro Baptist Church, etc.)
-Horse_ebooks
-Elsie’s autumn playlist, & updating my iTunes library accordingly
-organic raspberries in vanilla yogurt
-doing Five Elements drills with my amazing improv team
-writing about sex for my zine
-Best Coast
-Louis Theroux (I want to watch everything he’s ever made)
-reading old journals & noticing that I desperately wanted a lot of the things I now have
-when I’m really busy & have stuff to do every single day
-eating mass quantities of raw carrots with salt
-Ren & Stimpy at 4AM, & being gobsmacked at Billy West’s vocal talents
-my new ukulele, which Damian christened Penny
-giving my mom a birthday present she really liked (The O.C. seasons 1 & 2! Blast from the past!)
-receiving a stack of packages in the mail
-Robot Science
-intactivism
-comfortable, casual job interviews
-a chai latte thoroughly doused in cinnamon, that came with a little square of chocolate on the side
-dressing mega cute as an extroversion-encouragement tactic
-eating bagels & making rubber stamps with a bunch of very tuned-in, intelligent, inclusive queer youth
-observing as I do things I thought I’d be too scared to do
-people who share my values
-Zoe calling me “the ever magnificent & foxy Kate Sloan”

Things I Love Thursday

-Matt’s hilarious stories & inventions
-Apple’s excellent customer service
-buying great gifts for loved ones
-free antivirus software, courtesy of Ryerson
-Damian’s ridiculous parkouring cat
-permission to do what feels right
-making lists of actionable strategies
-grande cinnamon dolce lattes
-cutting up magazines to make a “style bible”
-Jack Nicholson
-“Where do you keep your condoms?” “On my unit”
-“Do we really need a rubber chicken?” “YES!!”
-peanut M&Ms from Max
-Take It Over: The Game
-skipping my orientation to cuddle & talk
-planning a family trip to New York!
-The Lovely Bones

Things I Love Thursday

-successfully introducing people to new, more constructive paradigms
-awesome couples whose sexual communication I admire greatly
-steering away from pointless negative thoughts
-texting Damian weird facts from the sex book I was reading
-re-igniting my love for music
-Love & Sequins #12
-“assume positive intent”
-a shopping spree at Orillia Square
-The Guide to Getting It On
-colorful push-up bras
-consignment shops
-chocolate-covered almonds
-“I find you utterly bewitching”
-“I’m gonna cuddle the fuck out of you”
-singing along to Amy Winehouse tunes
-playing Ingenious with Max
-Radio Free Roscoe for hours at a time
-being reunited with my love
-when kissing feels important & fresh & new
-Courtland Mead on Conan O’Brien
-Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
-specialty breakfast restaurants
-LJ’s bad_sex community
-eating hot dogs at the bus station (how romantic)
-a guy who was wearing the same exact shirt as Damian
-“You wanna scrounge around Value Village?”
-playing Carcassonne while sipping an orange mango smoothie on a leather couch
-watching an intense thunderstorm through huge windows
-mom saying Skype is “like Subservient Chicken”
-the Beach Boys
-getting seriously dressed up for a fancy tea party