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2012 HIGHLIGHTS . THAT’S ALL, FOLKS!

Toi December

In essence 2012 has been one of the toughest years in my life, not because of personal relationships this time, the truth is that something as common as losing a job in a critic moment, while there’s  a terrible economic crisis striking the country, can affect a person to unsuspected limits.

My last period uprising trend was suddenly stopped at the end of March, and 6 months unemployment have brought back quite negative stuff I thought being overcome and forgotten. I will focus on that in a while, not today, I’m not in the mood, but yes, I can advance you my self esteem has become more vulnerable to start with.

Being this 2012 mainly marked by this 6 month period, I’ve also lost some control of myself, and chaos has been present. Perhaps I’ve abused on partying way too much, routines disappeared for some time, and mayhem has been remarkable sometimes. Nowadays I’m trying to get back on the right track, and this year turning point might help me to focus.

Still, not everything has been crap, there are lots of remarkable things I will never forget, thus, being a list lover, I will tell you about them.

 1.    NORMA JEAN MAGAZINE

My relationship with this online magazine started when I was asked to write a review about Shame, the film. Since then, I’ve written more than 30 articles (in Spanish), covering a wide range of subjects: squirting, speed dating, flirting at 35, sex while menstruation, Tarantino and his chicks, corsets, women and music… and I’m proud of being involved in this project and become co-editor. Moreover, since I’ve been writing for Norma Jean Magazine in Spanish, I’ve received invitations for collaborating in order sites, and a proposal coming from an independent publishing house. Through this magazine I’m learning lots, and getting acquainted with very interesting people. Really, a blast!

nj cover

 2.    ANDREA

Lou introduced me to the other half of Norma Jean, Andrea, in April, right after losing my job. Chemistry was obvious since the very beginning and we liked each other right away.

Andrea is a hard worker, a great student and a perfectionist, yet she has a great sense of humor, very compatible with mine. With Andrea the team work has made sense for real, regardless the distance, and I have to thank her for being so inspirational.

Andrea and Toi

 3.    MISS ARIANNA

When I first discovered Arianna’s work via Tumblr, I knew I’d have a piece inked by her the soonest.

She had these 3 days available at Swan Song Tattoo in Rome as a guest artist, and I booked with her right away. I only spent 12 hours in Rome, 6 of them at a tattoo parlor, and I got my lighthouse, my guide, so powerful and firm, it really encourages me to keep on looking forward.  I will never thank her enough, and she will never fully understand what she did to me.

my lighthouse by andrea

 4.    THE WEDDING AND THE GIFT

Artie and Mayra got married, and Kiko, Agnès and I decided to look for the most special gift we could give them: a wood carved piece of the cover of Harvest Moon album awesome Bryn Perrot especially made for the occasion. A unique piece for one of the most rockin’ couples I know, and love. The gift arrived late, the wedding was amazing, and I can’t now wait for meeting baby Ariadna as soon as she’s born.

5.    RICH ROBINSON TOM PETTY, FU MANCHU

These are the artists and bands I moved my ass abroad to see live performing. Amsterdam, Dublin and London were the locations, and as usual, the quality of sound of the venues was impeccable. Special mention to my hostess Sofia, my rock sister, for having me at her flat even though she was in the middle of her exams, and my travel companions Artie, Mayra, Javi, Ani, baby Celia, Gonzalo, Yolanda, Veronica and Joaquin. Anytime, and hopefully soon, friends.

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6.    SINCE MY BABY LEFT ME

Yes, this blog, my pride and joy, and my actual baby. This blog was here for me, with its arms open to embrace any crap I wanted to pour on it during these previous months of uncertainty. I’m very glad readers’ response is improving and, even though you don’t comment much (I like to think shyness is to be blamed), visits, subscribers and fav’s are remarkably increasing.

Thank y’all!

 7.    VISITS FROM FRIENDS

This has been the year my Hellhouse has received most visits, and I’m glad my friends wanted to spend some time by my side. Lou, Andrea, Sofia, Agnès, Kiko, Dave, Arantza, Mayra, Marisa and Julio…it’s been great to have you here. Hope you have felt at home, at least I tried you did. Also those hanging out evenings and nights, watching films, eating pizza, playing poker, thanks for coming too.

hellhouse by Lou

Ah! Before I forget, those days I spent with my all time best friend Diana, at her summer house by the sea, were incredible.

 8.    QUIT SMOKING

This wasn’t a resolution for 2012. I didn’t plan it in advance, although I was getting disgusted with so much compulsive smoking. it was a box a day, too much considering I had been a social smoker all my life till my “divorce”, when I started smoking like craze. On Monday I thought I had to reduce little by little scheduling my cigarettes, however by Friday I didn’t want to have even a drag.

My initial anxiety was translated into sleeping 3 hours, truth is that as soon as I got unemployed I earned weight. There’s still lot to do to get fit and lose some weight but I’m on the right way. I’m glad I don’t smoke any more.

9.    COOKING

It’s been 2 years and a half since I stopped eating meat (I never liked fish) and chose to become vegetarian, and this year, in order to enjoy a more balanced diet and also tasty meals, I’ve been looking for new recipes and improving my cooking skills. I still have some challenges in mind for next year, I hope to accomplish.

 10.   SOCIAL NETWORKS

You might think this is something stupid, but thanks to FB and Twitter I’ve got acquainted  lots of new people, discovered artists and musicians, recovered old friends (Tani, so good to have you back!), and even flirted with guys. Thanks to ARF forum I’ll never go to a show on my own, news on Twitter, which spread lightspeed, attach me to reality even though I cannot stand TV news, and I know lots of tattoo artists worldwide thanks to FB. Remembering the main motto of Antonio Montana, with internet, THE WORLD IS YOURS.

The world is yours

Good times are to remember, bad times are to be buried, keeping only the lessons learned from the fall.

Hope 2013 is much better than this one. I wish you all the best friends!

THE WEDDING PRESENT THAT ARRIVED TWO MONTHS LATE

A couple of months ago I told you about the event of the year, the wedding of my great friends Artie and Mayra, which turned to be one of the coolest parties ever.

There was a pending issue since then, related to the wedding present. I advanced you in order not to ruin the surprise and being aware that Artie is a regular reader of Since My Baby Left Me, I had to keep the secret until I was back in Madrid.

As you can imagine, as soon as I landed, my sista was picking me up and we headed towards our friends’ house.

You have to understand all the parties involved were in a state of excitement. We knew was the present was, but had only seen it through this pic, and the couple hadn’t the slightest clue about what the handmade present could me.

Not sure whether you’re familiarized with Neil Young’s album covers, this kind of scarecrow belongs to one of the most beautiful albums ever, Harvest Moon, released 20 years ago. Best thing is that all people involved in this present love this album. God bless this coincidence.

Weddings have become such a difficult and expensive event, at the end of the day most of guests give money to the couples as a present, so they can cover the reception expenses. I’m sorry but I don’t like it this way, once again my romanticism is reconfirmed, if you are someone I really love, a close friend, my philosophy will keep me from transferring money to a bank account. I want you to have something which, on one hand, reminds you of a wedding, and on the other, of myself.

I counted of Agnès and Kiko for looking for something special and different, and soon I had one of the best ideas ever.

I got acquainted with Bryn Perrot, aka Deerjerk, via Instagram, more or less a year ago, and was impressed with her captures of the wood carved pieces she was working on. Not only for being something new, but what I was impressed the most was with all the imagery and symbolism pervaded.

I had first contacted the artist, who lives in Morgantown, West Virginia, last November, in order to ask for some information regarding her pieces, you know, fares, catalogue, size of pieces… and Bryn confirmed she works on commission, which turns any of her pieces into something completely exclusive and unique, that of 1/1 limited edition.

While thinking of what the wedding present should be, we received the invitation for the reception, which included some verse lines belonging to Neil Young’s song Harvest Moon, one of my personal favorite, by the way.

When we were strangers I watched you from afar

When we were lovers I loved you with all my heart

I’ve always thought of Young to be a master in writing lyrics, being capable to put into words whatever we might feel, and build up the perfect tune for any situation.

Therefore I had it right in front of my eyes. They love Neil Young, we all love Neil Young, and Harvest Moon is also special, the piece had to be the front cover image.

I sent an email to my friends and they agreed right away, and then I had to contact Bryn to check whether this could be suitable for her. I was staying in Amsterdam those days, it was early February, and internet connection was super limited, yet I could arrange everything and go ahead with the plan.

It was at the end of February I woke up and while accomplishing my internet routines, I saw Bryn had started with the piece. Aaaah, so exciting! We wanted to see the final result, and the three of us were nervous.

The rest was all history. Everything was finished and sent on time, but parcel was blocked by Customs authorities and it had to undergo certain shitty bureaucratic procedure, which in Spain takes ages due to lack of efficiency and proactiveness, so the piece was unfortunately released just two days after the wedding. Such a pity!

Well, it wasn’t so bad after all as I was obliged to travel to Madrid eventually, to give the present, and now I’m spending a wonderful week here enjoying great weather and wonderful friends, thus, I only hope for Artie and Mayra it was worth the waiting. To be honest, I’m very proud of this present, because, regardless this might sound too cakey, it came from our hearts.

I will write a post talking about Bryn Perrot very soon, in fact, want to haver interviewed, in the meantime, if you want to be amused by her awesome talent, you chan have a look here She’s fantastic!

One more remark, did anyone notice Neil Young has been on the header of this blog for a couple of months too? hahahaha