Syar’s 2013 End of Year Review: Recommendations

In case any of you are looking for things to read/listen to/check out:

25. What’s your new favourite thing this year?

  • Katy and Katie: Just The Tips, my fave new webseries
  • The Toast, home of the inimitable Mallory Ortberg & Nicole Cliffe
  • Sleeping in a queen bed after a lifetime of sleeping in a single
  • Showing up late to things sometimes

26. What were the best books you read? 

  • Life on Mars by Tracy K. Smith
  • Dispatch From the Future by Leigh Stein
  • Inferno (a Poet’s Novel) by Eileen Myles
  • Blue Nights & The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
  • How Literature Saved My Life by David Shields
  • Leaving the Atocha Station by Ben Lerner
  • What There Is To Say We Have Said: The Correspondence of Eudora Welty and William Maxwell edited by Suzanne Marrs
  • A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit
  • Lives of Girls and Women by Alice Munro

27. What was on frequent rotation on your iTunes this year? 

So let’s get this out of the way, my top 5 favourite songs off BEYONCÉ in rough order are: XO, ***Flawless, Pretty Hurts, Blow, and Partition.

Full review here.

Syar’s End of Year Review: 2013

This is my third year doing these! The original questions are from Stephanie. I changed up a few, and left some blank just to make this shorter (if anyone does this review, I’d love to see your answers!). For recs, I talk about books in Q26 and music in Q27. You can see my answers for 2011 and 2012.

1. What did you do in 2013 that you’d never done before? 

  • Read a long poem in front of an audience
  • Planned and threw a baby shower with my best ladies!
  • Met Stephanie (of this very review!) for the first time
  • Met my salty-brown-girl-sassy-broad-third-culture-kid-soulsister Dhany for the first time!
  • Holidayed in Corsica
  • Made a video for ISSUE that got exhibited at a tiny London gallery
  • Got high on laughing gas
  • Sad things connected to question 4
  • Visited my stepmum’s village outside Jakarta
  • Held my lovely friend Mawar’s five-day-old daughter
  • Met my friend Lucy’s beautiful boy Gus
  • Saw Bastille live for all of 20 minutes at Vic Market!
  • Attended an amazing activism/empowerment workshop for young women
  • Worked my first freelance gig writing about business aviation
  • Collaborated on one of my favourite creative pieces of the year with my ladies Dhi and Syaz
  • Saw The Killers, Explosions in the Sky, Tegan and Sara, and Metric live in concert
  • Participated in a friend’s wedding as a bridesmaid!
  • Taught creative writing and arts & crafts to kids!

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I forgot who got me this, but it is sadly (?) going in the bin

I forgot who got me this, but it is sadly (?) going in the bin

ALL I CARE ABOUT IS THAT I AM WEARING THE SAME JUMPER AS ZAYN MALIK (MINE IS RED AND HIS IS WHITE):

MERRY CHRISTMAS YA FILTHY ANIMALS!
(image via x)

ALL I CARE ABOUT IS THAT I AM WEARING THE SAME JUMPER AS ZAYN MALIK (MINE IS RED AND HIS IS WHITE):

MERRY CHRISTMAS YA FILTHY ANIMALS!

(image via x)

Yeah I know, four selfies (at once!) where I drew on my face with eyeliner is weird and indulgent, and the journal entry I’m about to unleash is going to be the same bag, so leave while you can if you’re not up for it.

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"Appropriated" this Max Ernst painting from a magazine I got in a Swiss museum for my dad’s birthday card, made it "fancy" with tracing paper and shapes cut out using a knife I had to borrow off him.

"Appropriated" this Max Ernst painting from a magazine I got in a Swiss museum for my dad’s birthday card, made it "fancy" with tracing paper and shapes cut out using a knife I had to borrow off him.

Today I rehearsed for my future as an eccentric old lady who plays mahjong on weekends and unironically buys crystals/Phoebe Buffay from Friends. 
(thanks to Dhi for the photo, and for helping me choose rings!)

Today I rehearsed for my future as an eccentric old lady who plays mahjong on weekends and unironically buys crystals/Phoebe Buffay from Friends.

(thanks to Dhi for the photo, and for helping me choose rings!)

it was sunny today i have a lot of free time i rarely leave the house

I want to play the gif selfie game too!

I want to play the gif selfie game too!

MEME: TAG YOU’RE IT

Y’all, I haven’t done a meme in donkey’s years. I was tagged by Nadine for this one, and she went and came up with a dozen questions for me (and 11 other people) to answer so I thought why not. I’m not gonna tag anyone, but there are 12 questions of my own under the cut if you feel like doing this. Make your own rules! I bet your answers are amazing and I wanna read ‘em if you wanna share ‘em, you’re beautiful, boo! :-*

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