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June 30, 2014

and it totally backfires!

Happy Canada Day!!! XOXO



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June 29, 2014

I promise to blog harder, better, and faster in July. Just you watch and see that this is not an empty promise!

Flickr changed their interface (again) and I had to figure out how to retrieve my html .jpgs which now I finally have, so that removes that roadblock (excuse). Yes I’ve been up to all sorts of cray when I’m not working 9-5 mon-fri, so, get off my back! Not that you were but if so… I really do miss blogging. I guess it is possible to overdo something though. November will be my 15th year blogging and it obviously has opened many doors for me coupled by the amazing friends, colleagues, and audience I’ve amassed. I will always be humbled and gracious & true to the medium and art form known as blogging. Thanks for sticking with me all these years and for giving me the gears here and there. It’s not just the blogging, it’s the skill, so keep slogging.

I’ll check back later, feel free to drop me a line any time and ask any burning questions you may have. I’m off to a shoot in the city. Exciting. Stressful because micro-managing yourself and outfits, locations, timings, plus city shit, oy! I’m a suburbanite meow and for good reason!

But if you’re jonesing for my jokey side, I still update MY BOYFRIEND IS ANGRY XOXOX.



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June 14, 2014

Hi guys, I feel like we haven’t been communicating effectively enough lately, how’ve you been? I feel stretched so thin myself I don’t even have time to be writing this, it’s this or showering so, you’re welcome.

No I don’t smoke, I just borrowed this prop from a friend. I can’t remember what the winning caption for this picture is, I’ll get back to you on that.

I officially like sound of music festival more than ribfest because it has rides AND music.

I’m going on a ton of rides today because last night we missed out. I may or may not have lost it on a little Napoleon complex guy at the beer pen entrance likewise some other guy with a headset who wouldn’t let us on a ride because it was “too late” and yes I pulled the “I am Media” thing and then he says well, tell them to let us to stay open later. You hear that, them? Extend the hours of Sound of Music festival thanks!

Me yesterday. Yes my eyes are this pretty. Yes my hair is this colour. Yes there’s a ton of filters added to make me less tired looking but who doesn’t do that and like I care anyway I will probably start wearing a bag over my head in a few year’s time, get botox, eyebag surgery so I can move forward from being two sink holes in a face.

Taken from last night. Damara is on her way in now. Today’s forecast calls for bananas.

We wanted to go on that thing, none of us had cash on us for tickets. So two barriers stood between myself and my ride. I was like NONE OF YOU F—ING IDIOTS HAS CASH!?! I Will march you to an ATM the second I get off that rainbow. Then toupee headset head with a mustach was like, no way! God I love this town, not even being sarcastic.

It was quite an assault on the senses, possibly why I love this kind of activity. Salt of the earth people everywhere and cool young kids who don’t even notice you exist, garbage food stalls for miles set to disco lights. Sloan plays at 330 today, we’re all going. Don’t forget to send your texts before you get to the beer pen because you’ll lose signal exactly there.

My nana will be on my uncle’s boat I hope we can see her from land. Bet we will.

Looks like this from the pier. Last night started out with my running by myself through all this in hot pink shorts and it was pretty fun,I went early enough that there were pockets in the crowd to dodge and run through. I doubt this would be possible today. I ran home got changed and went back with mom. I’m a townie!

Got on this ride Thursday night. Perfectly named because it is extremely scary.

And then it was a hip hop rave. I can hear someone playing now, a chick. Sounds folky, whimsical, lovely and nice. This is definitely the weekend to suffer from severe ADHD.

I used purple light ears as a landmark to meet up with some chick. Then bumped into RADMAD!

Holy moly. Good times. We played frisbee, got some drank tix hooked up (oh yeah must line-up in THAT line again today lol) um, messed around with some cops. Super fun. Saw a runner chased down by a sound of music fest staff, she ran along the entire length of the beer pen fence up the hill, it was fantastic and what could one possibly even do at a place like this to be chased down by a nerd like that? It was woman chasing woman, intense!

Festival season is upon us! :)

I gotta get ready though now but this was nice. Lets do this again soon. xo

Can’t be forgetting all the new friends we make along the way. You better watch this one to the very end.

Canada WHAT!



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June 11, 2014

The key to doing everything you want in life is to just act self entitled like what you’re doing at any given point in time is exactly what you should be doing. Case in point, I told this Carnie that we were “game testers”… long story short she believed me and let us throw darts for free even gave us shitty prizes for popping some balloons. Hashtag yolo. Running when you live near town always turns into ridiculosity. I’m gonna have to start running toward the mansions side to get some actual exercise in before coasting into town like a california raisin and if I’m meeting up with mom you can completely forget it.

More on instagram as is always.



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June 8, 2014

Here I am crooning my favourite jam. I don’t care if it gets weak a little in there, the sound and mic level plus my never-ending sickly voice…excuses over it wasn’t that bad! It’s always better when you sing along to the original. My favourite is all the people yelling and talking though especially hahaha. I did end up singing this for a drunk couple on the train and the entire train clapped for me last night so, that was nice. I didn’t want to sing it but I did because this chick fell down the escalator stairs and I felt it would soothe her, it did, and everyone else around us. I sang it softly though. Train whisper singing is so much more beautiful sometimes. I was sitting alone, quietly happy because it was quiet and then they sit in my little world all drunk and stupid. So instead of being a bitch and leaving, I gave her all of my mr. sub napkins to sop up her blood and they started gabbin’ my face off and we became friends.

Pretty fun weekend too. I will continue enjoying it now if ya don’t mind. :) I got an interesting burn yesterday while tanning and listening to a car alarm that would not quit. Oh city you so pretty and you so shitty. xo rlw.



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June 2, 2014

Hi there. I just need to blog right now. I don’t need rhyme or reason for it I just have to do it cos it has been a significant amount of time since I last partook and the cobwebs need to come out. This picture is from Saturday, as my cold/virus/flu bug became progressively worse and culminated in me lying beneath a pile of blankets in the berth of the boat. Don’t even start with boat terminology as I have no clue, nor care (just yet).

This was the first time our friend took his new Trimaran out and thus, first time back in to dock and I successfully acquired a perma-boat invite for myself (and mom by default lol) by being a good, boat docker? Everyone cheered and clapped for us so I guess it was a feat made with precision to warrant applause.

We’re not allowed to take or show pictures of our friend either because he doesn’t want users coming out of the woodwork. Smart guy.

I’m standing here just in case we get too close so despite this useless pose I am actually being useful here. Reasons for everything omg!

This boat is awesome, simply put. Here I am thinking about how sick I am/going to get.

All the tylenol cold meds curbed my appetite so a smoothie today was the first thing other than halls and OJ that I consumed since Saturday, then had a microwave meal before leaving work.

I gotta hand it to you.

Saturday afternoon.. Chantal Kreviazuk in the foreground and one Minx and mother up above in the bg. More on this later (it will receive its own dedicated post).

Okay one more why not. WAR child representage.

Friday morning light in my room.

Canadian Tuxedo.

I love wearing the cheapest dress possible to big money events, I am a jerk like that.

I do not think I would tire of living here.

The swag bags were pretty awesome too.

Chantal’s voice is amazing.

I didn’t end up wearing these, it was a little much. Also, like 4 times the price of my dress lol (they were a gift).

Funnest work party ever Friday. They finally got us a bouncy castle to make us shut up/call our bluff ahaha. It was hilarious. It holds 14 children which equals, 4 adults. God so many funny things. So sweaty. My body was sore all weekend, but not just from bouncy castle but from wiffle ball and football and maybe bocce ball.

Glad I brought a back-up outfit in case things got sporty, which they did.

Oh yeah I hurt my finger playing football. No biggie.

Ate amazing pizza at my new fav place Friday night. It was indulgent as all hell.

So dreamy.

One of my favourite local parks.

Watch out for Coyotes though.

The left side slumped over at one point because there was a pile of people who all bounced and fell into the crevice, it was pretty hilarious to see.

Sometimes I find I have an aversion to fruit and I don’t know why but when I see it I will forevermore make a concerted effort to eat it.

My latest Playboy Energy Drink V-Spot is out! ENJOY. I would have lead with a Miley pic but, she’s too NSFW for my blog. Who would have ever seen that one coming??

Here, look at me instead. My hair is becoming the same length as these falsies are, which I left in Holland lol. I bet you can’t guess what kind of hair it is (animal) and if I told you already before you can’t guess.

I look fwd to the next game.

Went for a run and turned up here. Well, at least I know where I was for the Habs’ second last chance at a victory dance.

These are like second skin I really need to bust them out on the town sometime. Probably at work. When it’s not so super hot in the morning where I can think adeptly about an outfit to wear. I was burning up and sweating this morning, oh man.

Great game Monday night.

It was their 7th or 8th win in a row, who knows where it’s at now.

These are my work bros! Wednesday trivia night by the way it’s the last one.

I am friends with one of the blue jays because of this picture, now! Now I stalk to him on instagram, well, I plan to (please remind me).

Damara joined us! My mom was going to go in place of another ticket but someone hit her (parked) car when we were on the boat the day before so she had to deal with that on game day. The idiot who hit her also hit someone else on his way to meet her at the shop WTF Ahahahhaha.

Nice seats. We also got up and jammed our way to the porch bar so we could stretch our legs and goof around in general. FUN TIMES.

Boring salad in non-boring place lunch. I wonder if coyotes like boring salad?

Love these cups. Love summer and foresty things. Camp Day is soon. Time to give a little, I say.

I was in an awful mood last Sunday, hmm maybe that is a new thing cos yesterday’s Sunday I was sick in bed all day. Anyhow, this boat hang was muchos appreciated. I don’t want to get sick of my lake hood as well so it’s good to spread it around.

When my mom showed up to my place and I opened the door to let her in I was like WOW O_O. Good work Trace.

I am a strategically posed blob, no shame. Actually I am all leaned-out from this cold so I better get a boat invite pretty quick to make use of it.

These are so Aruba. Love love love.

This is when we first showed up and laid eyes on the Trimaran. I was speechless. Annoyed too by mom’s instant photoshoot shenanigans. We are so going to have an intervention about it soon.

Alright, that’s about a week in the life of. Have a wonderful night and a beautiful week. Sincerely yours, oh damn forgot my brother is over BYE!



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May 23, 2014

HI OMG HI SORRY WHAT?

Yesterday I dropped into this pizza place that I thought I hallucinated the other day when I ran by it. Dolly Parton and many other ecclectic things adorn this newly opened locale and why Dolly Parton? “Because she’s awesome!” I love this place. Son of a Peach. Please forget I told you though cos I want it all for myself.

And I haven’t even tried the food yet. They have sparkling ON TAP. It’s like the Pizzeria Libretto of Burlington. They don’t even know the power to which they possess yet. They’ve been open ten days. More on them later I’m sure I’ll be going a lot.

Went for a run/walk with mom yesterday. I decided to get fit, or just exercising again cos like, I old guy. I’m gonna challenge myself. Funny how the second you declare a diet you become insanely hungry all the sudden. Worst.

Ah gad this was whimsical as all hell. I love my neighbourhood and the reasons for choosing where I chose become more and more apparent to me the more I leave my reclusive little Raymi cave.

Wearing a dress on a windy day takes balls. Beige underwear too sorry tmi.

Being familiar with a particular place your entire life then living there is also quite unique. Maybe borderline surreal. I really enjoy the feeling of newness.

Like discovering a new place that meets and exceeds your expectations next door to where you live.

I’m saving Spencer’s for a semi-special occasion. No big deal really, just want to be dressed up and not tired as hell or go on some stuffy holiday.

A hipster tumblr music video should be filmed here.

I am running out of time now I have to cut this short and we’ve only just begun.

Hi mom.

Spring fevarrrrrr.

Can someone tell me once and for all if we’re gonna have a nice summer weather-wise or not?

I gotta go! Lemme know if you wanna hang in this beautiful naybe of mine some time.

Have a great night. -worst blogger ever



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May 15, 2014

HEY! Sorry for being a liar and “living my life” aka not blogging. Here’s a music post to make you like me again and if I remember/have time, I may slip some selfies in here and/or of other. You guys could help me (blog) in part, by asking questions in the vomments and guiding my Raymazing ramblings along the way. Just saying.

This is Röyksopp – Vision One from the album called Junior. I know nothing about this band but I know that after the 40 second mark this song kicks in and you should let it take you on an internet adventure while it plays in the background.

I subscribed to Arts and Crafts on Youtube and this one got blasted to me today I also feel like one day my ex (which one haha) and I hung out with the Timber Timbre guy on the island and if you have been an avid RTM reader all along, you’ll know that post and tell me if I’m right or wrong.

I’m on a big Mad Men kick right now and immersing myself in the music of the series plus I don’t know why (although I fully do) I watch it when I work full time in the same industry it’s like, no break at all but I really love it passionately. I think it both inspires and keeps me sharp. To see how sexist it was back then and how Peggy Olson works her way up from secretary to jr. copywriter to her own office to… don’t tell me cos I am not there yet I’m only on season 3 but I am glad to finally get into the show and hopefully catch up to the final season before it wraps.

Hiya.

Just when you thought that band FUN had its final fifteen minutes, Marshall Mathers was like NOPE. New Eminem thoughts? It’s nice he could come around and forgive his mom and have a reunion in the driveway of his gated community as depicted in this music video.

Picture break! I still have to tell you about Ellie Goulding.

Now if this new MJ with JT doesn’t make you miss Michael Jackson so bad and wish he was alive still then you’re a dick. So good right. Beyond the grave music is typically a little miss rather than hit and mostly flourishes from our collective fangirly blindness BUT this track I’m certain is legit good and will only get better the more we listen.

I got into Paper Kites today. Then I found several of their songs I really liked so instead of multiple blasts I decided to just make a monster post.

Here’s another Paper Kites one.

This one’s a work lurk video. I’m always like wow I hope no one walks up behind me when I am looking at their specific thing I jacked.

This one starts one way then builds into something completely better. I find throughout the day I require different tempos and whatever-junk. Music and writing copy go together like peanut butter and jelly with coffee poured all over it. I have decided to eat bigger breakfasts so I don’t have to wait until lunch to be smart and overcome writer’s block.

I recently re-watched Youth in Revolt (Michael Cera) again and this song plays when he’s fleeing the cops and running fast in slow motion through a forest. Love it.

Here’s a faster one if you need a jolt. I think all of I Heart Sharks sound like this but I haven’t clicked on other tracks. Youtube seems to think it knows me now and recommends me tracks they think and they’re right usually but it’s funny how at home vs. at work I like music better or less.

Work bestie sent me this aka my better dj half. She’s great.

Even your Gran has overplayed this Major Lazer song which is why I am always overjoyed to find numerous remix variations of tracks I kill. This particular song brings a lot of memories to mind and it’s incredible because those memories, although seemingly recent, aren’t. Music memory transportation at its best. Like basically every song you know tells a story. Plenty.

Me break. Funny that I only brought crazy pants and my work pants to Toronto. Way too self conscious to wear these out in public in the day. But then I did when I left the city by train on Sunday. I enjoy how the yellow aligns with the yuppie night lights.

We saw Ellie Goulding and it was so increds that I can’t even believe it happened. You know what I mean? Damara had the tickets and I was like sure. I love a ring leader. We are also going to Beck!!! I have a lot of videos of all my fav songs and pics which makes me seem obsessed.

This song is like pressing NEXT on life. It makes me happy. Work bestie sent it.

This is a good jam for obvs reasons.

One more before I go. This is an enjoyable Lana remix, and speaking of music here are some rad Almost Famous quotes.

DJ Tanner out.

(ps. if you can decipher what I meant by my blog title you win $10).

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And BTW there’s a new Viral Raymi Bunny Playboy Energy Drink V-Spot out (I owe them billions). I actually hung out right where this photo was taken at Salvador Darling last Friday with Damara after the concert. I pointed to this saddle stool and said, I shot on that. We had a good time. One day I’ll tell you about it. How many times do I say that? Oh whatever. What do you want to know anyway?

Oh look I’m not finished yet. Here I am in 2009. I semi-target this year cos that is when I started to look good again and my hair was so long. This was on the Gibson Bus at a country festival in the west end, I took the streetcar there and met my ex who was shooting the show and we hung out on the bus and I think that’s the day I became friends with Holly McNarland, man she is awesome. I haven’t seen her in awhile and I could write pages upon pages about the people I have met along the way in my charming life and I truly hope to some day.

Don’t even get me started on cottage envy. This is another #TBT. What is most crazy of all is, this lake is right around the corner from the cottage and neighbouring lake that I grew up summering at and meanwhile my ex was just around the corner from me all those years of all the lakes and wide open spaces in all of up northern Ontario. This was also the weekend MJ died and we danced to his tunes while waiting in line at Weber’s and it was the saddest most surreal thing. Kay bye.



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