My life, the cast of characters

I talk a lot about my friends and how much they mean to me, but I sort of mention them in abstract ways. This is a post dedicated to the cast of colourful characters that make my life bearable. Hopefully they’ll all forgive me for posting their pictures.

The best friend. My Faebala/Fae/Faerie/Elphaba/Sar/Sari is unquestionably my favourite person. She’s my other half. We’ve been best friends for almost nine years, despite living 8 hours away from each other. We see each other two or three times a year. We have been there for each other through the hardest and happiest times of each other’s lives. We’re writing a book together. We’ve traveled together, to Ireland, London and New York City. We dreamed of living in London together - and still dream that someday it will work out. In short, Fae is so important to me that she’s the only person to have her own tag on my blog, and is also one of my most commonly used tags. We also have matching tattoos, which we got together the week of Feb 15 (significant to us because of the Bright Eyes song) last year.

The roommates. The exploits of Apartment 4 are nothing short of legendary. I met Kristen when I was waking up at 4am every morning to do media monitoring in second year. We bonded over our mutual hatred of life at that hour of the day. We went out for breakfast a lot, where Kristen would make fun of me for getting nutella all over my face. (Kristen SEEMS like a nice person but she mocks you mercilessly!) I went over to her place for her birthday that year, where I was introduced to her roommates and the idea of the Vortex. This led to me, at the age of 20, throwing up from drinking for the first time… and second time. I went to Ireland that summer, and Kristen came to visit. She and Taylor moved into the same building, different apartment the next year. I spent almost every Saturday night (and often other nights…) on their futon. Exploits and adventures were had, notably of the drunken and journalism varities. This September, I moved in with them into a wonderful half room in the living room that we lovingly call the alcove. Many nights of boogling, cards, drinking, cooking, stressing and procrastinating were had.

The person I’ve known longest. I’ve known Kaitlyn since I was two years old. Really, we’re more like sisters than just friends. I don’t think there’s anyone in the world who knows me quite like Kaitlyn. When I was a member of Journalists for Human Rights, I took a 24 hour vow of silence. During this time, I needed to eat… Well, Kaitlyn could order for me. Then we hung out. And somehow, her and I had an entire conversation without me speaking. It’s really quite astounding. And we always laugh that our families are like each other’s second families. We also share an incredible love of chocolate.

The neighbour. I‘ve know Jes almost as long as I’ve know Kaitlyn. We’ve been friends since about 4 or 5. She lives just down the street from my parents house. We walked to school together everyday for… probably almost 10 years. During those years we talked about everything. Interestingly enough, Jes and I ended up in the same program at Carleton, and we’ve since struggled through four years of j-school together and produced a really awesome doc.

The sister. My sister and I are really close. We have tea together at our favourite cafe, The Tea Party, almost every week. My sister has always been that person who really broadens my horizons. She teaches me so much, and I really look up to her. Even if she’s shorter than me. I really admire her, too, for finding something she really loves and having the courage to pursue it.

The Chris. The Chris, who used the word “the” infront of everything. The almost roommate, who comes over for dinner every week. Who eats fried chicken with me. Who amuses me endlessly with her stories, even when they’re about nothing at all (”and then I didn’t get into the class!”). Who inspired my love of blogging, and of chicken caesar wraps. Chris always makes me smile.

My Galway Girls. My summer in Ireland was probably the best time of my life so far. Those four months were more full of laughter, drink, tears, first times, last times and craic than any other time. And in the process I met my wife (at least on Facebook), Lain, and my Steph. Lain and I lived together, Steph and I watched Sex and the City together. They were months full of money woes, horrible jobs and rain… but also bicycle rides, weekend trips, concerts, dancing and talking for hours. I’ll never forget my Galway Girls, just like I’ll never forget Galway. I can only hope that some day, we’ll all be in the same place again. We have a five year reunion tentatively planned for The Puck Fair in 2012.

The family. I am incredibly lucky to have a really wonderful family. Also, to generally get along with my family, which is a plus. I love my parents, I still miss them when I go away. And more than that, I’m really proud of them as people, not just as my parents. Then there’s my kitten, who I adore. And my extended family, my grandparents, my cousins, my aunt and uncle. It makes me so happy to know that so many people love me and are looking out for me!

The lovable extras. Include my close group of high school friends, various school friends and awesome people who I should probably know better but sadly don’t. And you, because if you’re reading this blog you are also awesome.


  • By Sebastian, April 12, 2009 @ 10:07 pm

    Do you and Elphaba sing choice songs from Wicked whenever you meet up?

    And, more importantly, is Glinda one of your nick names?

  • By Hezabelle, April 12, 2009 @ 10:15 pm

    Yes and yes. I went as Glinda for Halloween two years in a row.

    Have you ever read the book? Faebala is what Fiyero calls Elphaba… and I’ve been calling Sarah Fae for years because her middle name is Faith…

    And we’re both huge nerds, and have seen the musical several times.

    It amuses me greatly that you caught on to that. ;)

  • By Sebastian, April 12, 2009 @ 10:17 pm

    Yes, but I’ve seen the original cast on Broadway…

    I’ve not read the book! I ought to, though. I’ll see if I can track down a copy.

    I am much more of a musical nerd than a book nerd, though!

  • By Hezabelle, April 12, 2009 @ 10:25 pm

    *gasp!* You saw Idina Menzel and Kristen Chenoweth!?

    Wow… I would kill to see Idina in ANYTHING, let alone WICKED!

    And I thought I was lucky to have seen Shoshana Bean and Megan Hilty.. and the original Fiyero in London!

    The book’s good, but to tell you the truth it was really hard for me to get through. I still prefer the musical, though they’re SO different. I did really like the sequel, Son of a Witch, though.

  • By Sebastian, April 12, 2009 @ 10:34 pm

    Will that become a musical too? Or perhaps in another 10 years, after Wicked finally runs its course. It seems Schwartz finally hit the motherlode!

    I actually prefered the original London cast; I thought Glinda and Elphaba were a better contrast. It might just be me, but I don’t know if Idina and Kristen actually sound good together…

    Idina’s good tho’, and what she doesn’t have in voice, she makes up for in personality and… vibrance!

  • By Hezabelle, April 12, 2009 @ 10:39 pm

    I thought Idina and Kristen were awesome on the OBS, but… it’s a recording, so I guess you’d have to see it in real life! Wasn’t Idina in the original London cast too though?

    Part of me always thinks of Idina as Maureen from Rent anyway, so that might be distracting…

  • By Sebastian, April 12, 2009 @ 10:44 pm

    Yep, but a different blonde… some Australian girl, I think.

    Idina and Kristen both sound individually awesome…! I just don’t like their duets on the OBC recording — might just be me though, as I said :)

    Rent was another beast entirely, with a truly gifted original cast! She had a lot of great talent to bounce off for Maureen.

    Take Me Or Leave Me is still like… one of my favourite songs ever!

  • By Faebala, April 12, 2009 @ 10:46 pm

    I love you and this was a beautiful post and I forgive you for posting a picture of me, because I’m flattered at the paragraph you gave me.

    HOWEVER… I do not forgive you for putting up possibly THE WORST PICTURE OF ME EVER.. and out of allll the pictures we have… why oh why did you pick that one?! hahahhah.

    I love you. This is beautiful and very inspiring. You’re so awesome, and this is why people love you - because you see it, appreciate it and love them back. Amin mela lle, Hezabelle…. a.k.a. My Glinda. :)

    Your Faebala

  • By Faebala, April 12, 2009 @ 10:47 pm

    P.S. It is also possibly one of our least straight pictures, hahaha.

  • By Hezabelle, April 12, 2009 @ 10:48 pm

    Take Me or Leave Me is the song I sing loudest in my car. I love love love it. “Women… what is it about them? Can’t live with them or without them!”

  • By Sebastian, April 12, 2009 @ 10:50 pm

    I’m not ashamed to admit it’s also the song I sing loudest in the car!

    Now I must sleep, it’s 4am, and I have a cold tent to look forward to. And 3 other boys to keep me warm.

  • By Jes, April 13, 2009 @ 4:28 pm

    excellent post m'dear! when i get my blog up and running (when….) i hope i have such an interesting cast of characters to include :) also, I like how Chris is THE Chris. priceless.


  • By Christine, April 13, 2009 @ 8:47 pm

    Eye, I can wink well, my maty. So very sexy!
    -The Chris

  • By Ambles, April 13, 2009 @ 8:58 pm

    Awesome post…

    I miss my Toronto girls!!!

  • By Jo, April 14, 2009 @ 4:25 am

    It’s so great to have so many people you can always count on around! You’re very lucky, Hezabelle! : )

  • By Lea, April 14, 2009 @ 8:37 am

    This is kind of awesome.

  • By Faebala, November 6, 2011 @ 9:54 am

    This is still probably the worst picture of me ever. :|

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