2016: Hug Me Like You Mean (It)

I’m going to start this  year’s year-end blog with my favourite memories. The blog title is taken from a scenario just last week in Palm Springs. As I was leaving town, Chris asked me to give him a hug in his bed and–since we’ve had some issues with feeling close to one another over the last year–I gave him a very quick hug and gingerly pat him on the back. He quickly replied, “Hug me like you mean it.” Tears immediately streamed down my face involuntarily. I did indeed hug him like I meant it…and I did mean it. Other favourite memories are getting invited into the after-party for the Tab Hunter documentary in PS back in February. Larry, one of the producers who invited us back, is now one of my closest friends. He lives here in Vegas and I see him once every two months or so between all his jet-setting travels. I also had the privilege–and I mean that in the full sense of the word–to buy a table for my mum’s dramatic debut in a charity mystery dinner back home in August. It was ever-so-much fun, and I’m so glad I was there for it. Besides that, good memories entail having a good job, great friends, and a loving family. I also had the task of hiring Chris’s caregivers back in July, and neither of us could be happier with Melissa and Brent (who each take him out twice a week to the *Neuro Vitality Center*).


Tab Hunter doc DVD, and Mums’ mystery dinner poster (she’s the 3rd from the right)

Favourite Film: ‘Jackie’, starring Natalie Portman. I saw the advanced screening last night and–as I told several people–it’s just so gorgeously done. Obviously it’s not an uplifting film, as it’s set in the days after JFK’s assassination, but it’s so well done from start to finish. She’ll win the Oscar for Best Actress, and perhaps the film will win for Costuming, Cinematography, Art Direction, etc. It’s a dark film–people were sobbing in the advanced screening. But it’s a film that needs to be seen.


Favourite TV Show: This one is actually a tie this year, as each have their pros and cons. ‘American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson’ premiered on FX in February and is the first part of an anthology miniseries. The 10 eps were very strong, chock-full of a completely knock-’em-down cast, and the writing was spot on. My co-favourite this year would be ‘Divorce’ on HBO, starring Sarah Jessica Parker in her return to series TV, and the ridiculously talented Thomas Haden Church (who steals each scene). Also with a stellar cast–including Molly Shannon and Talia Balsam–it ended up stealing my heart even though I was skeptical of the concept. Besides which, everyone knows how the OJ trial ended; ‘Divorce’ was a bit up in the air and ended up getting a second season. Kudos to both productions on the writing, casting, soundtracks, etc.

Favourite Song: Speaking of soundtracks, and try as I might (have done?), I had no favourite song from 2016. Several came close, but my heart just wasn’t in them. That being said, the song that presented itself to me time and time again–mainly on the Muzak at work–was Christina Perri’s “A Thousand Years,”  from 2011’s ‘Twilight: Breaking Dawn, Part 1′. I know, it nearly broke my fingers to type that out (especially after choosing a song from the ’50 Shades of Grey’ soundtrack last year). But I had absolutely no clue for the first few months of hearing the song at work that that’s where it originated from. Then I became defensive of the song, wondering why on earth it wasn’t nominated for an Oscar that year. All that being said, it’s a wonderful tune which has kept me company all year long. The YouTube link is *here*.

On that note, I’m done blogging for this year. In a way, I miss my lengthy, poignant, intensely heart-felt, year-end blogs. (But I was also blogging once a week back then, and now I’m lucky to get one posted every two months.) For all of you still reading, thanks. Actually living life has surprisingly taken precedence over formatting the perfect blog entries. No regrets on my part…life is too short to be living it online. Get out and live, love, and prosper.

Happy Holidays and an Even Happier 2017,


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