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I've been spending a lot of time thinking about Space. What takes up my space, meaning apartment, meaning thoughts, feelings, time (schedule, work, time off, people). I've been thinking about what I want all of those spaces to feel like. I've been a madwoman spring cleaning all figurative and literal corners and closets. Obsessively fixing the couch cushions, adjusting the lighting, examining my schedule and what I give my energy and focus to (I'll give you a hint, it's pretty lopsided right now).

I've been thinking about the space I take up, my posture and shadow, my fingerprint and echo. What is it I want to do with this plot of land? What is it I want to do with the light I have?

Maybe it's that it's September. Or just that it's time. 

The summer has been spent at beaches watching the dog swim and playing entourage at rock shows, festivals and horse racetracks, following around a certain band. It's been spent in rehearsal for FCF and starting an unusual side business and at weddings and around dinner tables, everywhere and nowhere in particular, that regular summertime blur that takes over. I don't know if it's the heat or longer days or what but I don't get a lot of creative work done in summer. I've done a tiny bit of writing, but it eeks out of me so slowly it barely feels like I have a pulse. I've realized that's just how summer feels and I like it that way, simple and bright and quiet. 

I've decided to take a year off of school (enter huge sigh of relief). I've started to play around with my word project collection and try to turn some of them into songs as a writing exercise, and to trick myself into getting back to songwriting (does anyone else have to do that? Why does it feel so scary? Maybe we can continue to talk about that). 

Lots of exciting stuff is on the way (like, tomorrow, my band's album is released. Not bad for starters). Thanks for joining along. 


songs for friends.

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A couple of weeks ago Mike and Jess from our band Fitness Club Fiasco came over to write and record another one of our Thank You songs for our fundraiser on Indiegogo. We ate a lot of food and wrote a little song for our friend Matt. You can hear it here if you'd like!


winter in toronto.

Processed with VSCOcam with t1 presetThis is my fifth winter spent in Toronto, and just when I thought I had a grasp on how to "do" winter out here, this year hit us with a whole new level of cold. Here are some behind the scenes pictures from the last few weeks: Processed with VSCOcam with t1 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with t1 presetSince moving to a house that not only doesn't have laundry but is particularly far from a laundromat, I tend to leave laundry until it's at a very dire state (sometimes I even just hand wash most things in my bathtub. Who knew it would come to this?). Monday was one of those desperate days where something needed to be done, so read some Atwood while I waited for my sheets and towels to dry.

Processed with VSCOcamProcessed with VSCOcamGraffiti on King Street West on my way to work, and a funny garage on my way home from the grocery store last week. photo-4For some reason there are always these little swallows outside my front door even in winter, and it makes me all kinds of happy to see their little footprints in the fresh snow.

I am really missing BC's mild winters these days, especially when I see pictures of friends and relatives out and about in cute boots and just a sweater, no parka, no toque, no mittens, no giant scarf that covers all of their face. I hope everyone is staying cozy and dry!




Posted on January 29, 2014 and filed under from jess-.


photo-57It's been radio silence around here for the past few weeks; the end of August really got the better of me with a trip to Pittsburgh, a huge Fitness Club Fiasco show, getting my life together before school started this week (!!!!) and, oh yeah, moving this past Sunday. Here are some snapshots of my world from last month:

photo-431004697_376025622524733_895607560_nOur show at the Horseshoe Tavern last Friday (which was such a dream come true to play there), and our new fancy band photo (taken by Janice Douma).

photo-63photo-60photo-61photo-59photo-64photo-62Work friends got together for a beach party in the east end.

photo-65photo-55photo-56photo-51photo-50photo-52photo-66photo-49photo-46photo-67I went to Pittsburgh to visit Josh and Lauren. Highlights include a full day spent on a boat on the river, some seriously intense outlet shopping, a walking tour of the city, and going to a Pirates game.

photo-68The side effects of moving: random screws, nuts, and bolts. Everywhere. I guess this means I'm going to have some wobbly furniture.

This week I'm excited about unpacking all of my boxes and getting settled, painting the walls, and finding a good bag to carry all my books to and from school. I had orientation yesterday, and the new school adventure has begun! September will be about buckling down and getting organized, and finding a really great pair of leather boots (on sale if I can help it).



  photo-38Just like that, July is done! It's been a busy month in my little universe over here with long hours at work, lots of different writing projects on the go, and LOTS of concert dates for Fitness Club Fiasco taking up my days off (which is a good thing!).

Here are some snapshots from my world last month:




Behind the scenes. Tangled chords at our rehearsal space; sitting a song out at Matt's Old English show at Lee's Palace; striped shorts and synthesizers while I rehearsed some songs at home; pre-show beers. This is what dreams are made of.


photo-35Beach time. Despite being an unseasonably rainy summer, I've managed to enjoy some of the city on sunny days. I've realized how much more calm I feel when I make time to go to Toronto's lake side, or sit in the park, and take in some nature. It's good for the soul.

photo-34photo-36All of the starkly different landscapes of Toronto. 

photo-33August promises a trip to Pittsburgh, getting all the final ducks in a row for school like loans and school supplies (do people get school supplies for university??), making more time to sit outside, and getting ready to move September first (which I couldn't be more excited about).

Thanks, as always, for visiting.