Month: November 2003

A few questions

Sorry it’s been a while since my last posting… I guess I’m still in shock from suddenly seeing that I’m twenty-nine. It could be worse. Turns out that in addition to getting older, I may actually be depressed which isn’t a good thing at all. The doctor I went to see said “maybe a slight touch of depression” but now, after looking at a few personal events and actions, it may be deeper than first thought. That sucks. No word yet on what I’m going to do about it… The Doc says just give it time and see what happens next.

The biggest question I get now is “what are you going to do with your time off?” and I still don’t know. Maybe sleep in a lot and stay up really late. Or travel a bit. Shockingly, I haven’t given it that much thought. One thing I know is I have gone back on the “dating” idea. I would hate to bounce from guy to guy just to learn that there are way too many jerks out there. Some people consider that “fun”, but if I want my heartbroken on a regular basis, I’ll just watch a few Toronto Maple Leaf games.



Happy Birthday to me… I’m finally twenty-nine years old… doesn’t feel as bad as I thought it would. I updated my diary and that’s about it. I think I will go have some cake.

End of the week

Friday seems to be off to an early start… or maybe it’s just a late Thursday. Either way, sleep will be short and sweet as I have quite a few things to do today.  I’ve also been checking out Sam’s Club and found great things a plenty for the house. Maybe I’ll even shock myself and get most if not all of my holiday gift getting done before December. Yeah right!

Well, it’s official, as I said in my diary and my last Update… I’m stepping down for a few months and taking some much needed time off from writing a column. So far the support I’ve been getting from friends, co-workers and family has been great, and I assure you that this isn’t a Bill Murray quits acting to join the NBA stunt, or a Celine Dion “retirement”. I’m actually going away for a while, but will still be updating my site and diary for everyone. So, I guess it’s like a Cher retirement… I’ll really go away.

I also feel the need for steak. Maybe it’s my birthday getting to me or just the fact it’s been a while since I last had one, either way, I think I will have to round up some friends and make a trip to a local steakhouse. Maybe Outback or The Keg, which ever one I happen to drive by when the next urge hits.

Time off in 2004

Well, it’s been a while since I last updated, but then again, I’ve been going through a lot these past few weeks.Speaking of going through a lot, I’ve decided to take some time off in the new year. I knew this was a long time coming, and honestly I feel it’s for the best. It has nothing to do with what some people might think of my column or my style of writing. As I’ve said before, I’ve been writing a column for almost ten years, and since 1998 in newspapers either in Montreal or Toronto. I need a few months off to gather my thoughts.

Don’t worry, my little sabbatical is not for good, it’s only for a little while. What will happen to my column? That’s the beauty of a syndicated column, newspapers have the option of buying older column that they haven’t run yet to run in the place of mine, or they can just put something else in it’s place.

In other news, Toronto has a new mayor… and no, I didn’t run. There were actually 44 names on the ballot. Looking back on it, I’m kinda glad I didn’t throw away $200 on an entry fee just so I could see “Zoey Castelino” as a candidate for mayor. As it turns out, ANYONE living in the city of Toronto who’s got some money to burn can run for office. Maybe in four years.

And yes, I noticed… my birthday is on Tuesday. . I’ll be 29 years old, and right now I have no plans to celebrate. Last year, I went to see 8Mile and had beer and wings. That might be the order of the day again this year. I’ll have to see if anything looks interesting

Another week off

Normally, this would be where I tell you to go and check out my latest column, but I’m taking another week off. As it turns out, the door swings both ways seeing as the paper that buys my column wants to use the space for something else. That’s fine with me. I actually knew about this a while back, but only found out for sure the other day.

I went to the doctor’s and as I suspected, he believes I might have a slight touch of depression. These things happen and they can be treated, although he doesn’t think I need to lie on a couch and tell some guy my problems – seeing as he put it, I don’t really have that many to begin with. I just need more stimulation in my life.

Looking back on this year, he seems to be right. I did way more things last year when I first got to Toronto and was very active with friends and co-workers. Now I just tend to keep to myself more and more. Maybe I need to see a movie.

Oh, and oh wow… because in less than two weeks, on the 18th of November, I turn 29 years old. I can’t believe I’m a stone’s throw away from being 30. I guess one of these days I really should act my age.

The reason for feeling down

It suddenly occurred to me that maybe the reason I’ve been feeling the way I have been is because I might have a slight touch of depression. I was told it’s common among journalists and writers alike. Thankfully my friend was able to get me a doctor’s appointment with her doctor and tomorrow I’ll get checked out. Hopefully nothing too serious will be wrong. Worst case scenario, I might get to talk to someone who wants to hear about my problems.

I’ve also been giving some thought to my Year In Review, and after the year we’ve had, it’s hard to narrow down everything into one column. Of course I won’t finish it until the end of 2003, but I’m always taking notes, so you thought of something that I might have forgotten about, feel free to email me.

Belated boo!

Halloween came and went, with a couple parties thrown in there. (I went with the Kim Possible costume idea, as well as the bunny costume I wore last year and the schoolgirl costume too) October wasn’t nearly as active as I hoped it would be, and honestly, November’s off to a slow start as well.

I did finish my column last Thursday, but as you may have already noticed, I haven’t updated since before then. I’ve really been giving a lot of thought to what I want to do with my life and career and even though I said I would have made up my mind by a few weeks ago, I think sooner than later I actually have to think of something. I seem to be going through mood swings a lot more now, and I’m really looking forward to the end of this year.

Maybe 2004 will be more interesting.