So it’s New Years Eve (I’m really bad at geography and time zones so I just assume it is New Years Eve everywhere so just go with it) and I’m sitting in my favourite coffee shop where I spend more time than in my own house and I’m thinking about the year that was 2013.

2013 was a weird year for me. It was a year where some of the most splendid things that have ever happened to me in my entire life happened and it was also the year where some of the most awful things that have ever happened to me in my entire life happened.

Let’s look at the pros and cons of 2013.


-I somehow managed to get a kick ass grown up management job even though my preferred snack is still fruit snacks and juice boxes.
-I did a hell of a lot of traveling and got to see New York City twice!
-I was allowed to watch Will Ferrell film a scene of Anchorman 2 in NYC and I will bring that up as many times as I see fit, thank you very much.
-I started going steady with Boyfriend and well – as they say to compliment someone in my neck of the woods – he’s alright to throw rocks at (don’t worry I don’t actually throw rocks at Boyfriend, it’s just a saying, people!)
-BestFriend got engaged and I get to be maid of honour FINALLY because I’ve never been in a wedding before, I’ve just bartended weddings and cried while pouring double rum and cokes (I’ll admit it’s pretty awkward for the families of the bride and groom when the stranger pouring their drinks is crying into them).
-I moved into a really kick ass downtown apartment with some of my best friends and they play board games with me and don’t laugh when I want to dress up like Starbuck if we are playing the Battlestar Galactica board game. I’m cool.
-I met Khal Drogo and he told me he liked my purple pants.


-Montreal Comic Con! (Boyfriend took me for my birthday and it was such an amazing weekend and 100% a “pro” of 2013 but I mean I just had to do it…the word Con is in the name)
-I didn’t win the lottery in 2013.
-I lost all of my Double Down casino chips so I can’t play facebook slots for another few weeks because I have to build up my one free daily spin each day to get enough funds to start up again and I always land on something stupid like 20,000 dollars which SEEMS like a lot, but I promise you it’s peanuts.
– I met Philip Seymour Hoffman on the top of the Empire State building. But by “met Philip Seymour Hoffman on top of the Empire State building” I actually mean “embarrassed myself in front of Philip Seymour Hoffman on top of the Empire State building.” I tried to get in an elevator with him and was instantly shut down by a security guard because I’m a “civilian” and then I tripped up in a rope right in front of him as he looked on while wearing Google Glasses. You just know he’s got that shit on tape.
-And well then there’s the obvious: My immune system has shit the proverbial bed and no one can really figure out why. Maybe I could borrow the Plinko game from the set of The Price is Right and get the doctors to decide based on which disease slot my plinko chip lands in!

Even though if someone asked me to draw one symbol to describe my 2013 and I would have to draw a giant H for Hospital I still had a pretty wonderful year. Being sick sucks (duh) but it becomes a lot easier when you’re surrounded by amazing friends and Boyfriend who make it as easy on me as possible and can make me laugh about it when things get a little too heavy.

Starting this blog is also a pro that emerged from a con this year. Receiving the comments that I have received and having people from all over the world reach out to me privately to thank me for sharing my story and to tell me they understand too well what I’m going through has been a humbling experience already (and I’ve only just begun!) While reading one of the messages sent to me yesterday I said to my sister, “I didn’t realize how many people were in the same boat as me.” To which she laughed and responded “Well, yeah, last thing I heard illness was like…a thing…that more than one person has.” But of course that’s not what I was referring to. I was referring to those of you who are also waiting for answers. I hate that you are in the same boat as me, of course, but at the same time there’s that whole strength in numbers mumbo jumbo people speak of. So to those of you reading who have MS – I hope 2014 is a healthy and easy year for you. To those of you, like me, who are still waiting for answers (and this may sound weird to people not on board the same boat as us) – I hope you get diagnosed with a disease in 2014!

I will leave you all with one more pro of 2013 that I can now add to the list: Quit Playing Games with my Heart by BSB is playing in the coffee shop I’m writing this in. It’s official, the pros have just outweighed the cons of 2013!

Happy New Year, folks!

P.S. I wanted to make you guys a Christmas/New Years picture with a corgi wearing a Christmas sweater on it but it didn’t go very well so I made this really boring text only New Years banner for you. You’re welcome! If this disappoints you feel free to use your imagination and pretend it’s full of Corgis wearing Christmas sweaters.


9 Comments on The obligatory reminiscent New Year’s Eve post

  1. thewritertracy
    December 31, 2013 at 7:58 pm (4 years ago)

    Love your wicked sense of humor. Here’s to getting a proper diagnosis and relief from all feelings of Yuck in 2014!

  2. Thain in Vain
    January 1, 2014 at 4:38 pm (4 years ago)

    I like corgis! Enjoyed this blog very much and look forward to reading more!

    • lisermarie2013
      January 22, 2014 at 3:20 am (4 years ago)

      Thank you! I reply almost a whole month later.

  3. themistyneighborhood
    January 2, 2014 at 4:28 am (4 years ago)

    OMG! You’re obviously my long-lost sister! I have the MonSter, and I was an old corgi-mom for 16 years until she died and left me here on earth alone. Rebecca Heishman, Author of The Misadventures of Millie Series

    • lisermarie2013
      January 22, 2014 at 3:19 am (4 years ago)

      I didn’t even see this comment until now! I promise your long lost sister wasn’t ignoring you. I’m going right now to creep the shit out of your blog. I’m sorry your corgi left you alone but I’m happy you had a corgi in your life for 16 years. Boyfriend still refuses to get a corgi for me. But he will cave some day.

  4. loisajayLois Johnson
    January 7, 2014 at 1:43 am (4 years ago)

    Phillip Seymour Hoffman??!! ***sigh** I’m good now….

    • lisermarie2013
      January 22, 2014 at 3:20 am (4 years ago)

      Yeah….so embarrassing. But people reassure me that at least this was a fan encounter he will probably remember.

  5. The Hook
    January 29, 2014 at 3:25 pm (4 years ago)

    Montreal Comic Con?
    Kidding! You rock!


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