I love pictures. I have always loved pictures. I love taking them, I love looking at them, and I love being in them (*poses*). I also love social networking (as you might have noticed). On top of that, I’m a ridiculously nostalgic person. I secretly spend weirdly large chunks of time looking through old pictures, reading old posts, and storing huge “keepsake” boxes in my apartment. I’ve had a really weird life, and I really enjoy documenting all the strange stuff I get to do and reliving it later.
I also love writing. I tried about 500 times throughout my life to keep a journal or diary. I have a list of inactive websites and profiles where I made online entries for a few weeks and then stopped because I got busy or bored. I have countless random notebooks stashed away in boxes where I started journal writing as a kid and then hid the book somewhere and didn’t find it again until we packed up for our next posting. I’ve always just generally failed at keeping diaries, but I’ve always wished I hadn’t.
A few years ago, some people on my Facebook started picture albums called “Picture of the Day” and it kind of trended for a while. They’d post one picture a day and talk about what they did. It was like a brief, visual diary that combined all the nostalgic and networking things I enjoy. I decided to give it a try and I was hooked immediately. Basically, the project consists of me taking and posting one picture every single day that I feel represents what I did that day. Every single other friend I had who was doing it got bored a few weeks in and stopped. I got carried away and documented three years of my life.
I did the Picture of the Day project for the first time in 2010-2011 (I randomly started on an awkward day in October that year for no real reason…) and I loved it so much that I did it again immediately in 2012. I took a year off in 2013 because I was busy finishing up my Masters, but I missed doing it so much that I did it for a third time in 2014. In 2015 I started doing it, but I fell off the wagon a week in because I was working 13 hours a day, traveling almost every weekend, and still trying to function as a normal person. 2015 ended up being one of the coolest years of my life, so I was kind of disappointed when I got to the end of the year and didn’t have that neat little online diary like I did the year before.
In light of that disappointment… I’ve officially decided to do my Picture of the Day project for the fourth year in 2016! I’m moving to Toronto and taking a stab at making money through freelance writing so I can prioritize some other goals a little better and, you know, generally have time to live (13 hour work days for almost two years took a toll!). I have a long list of new creative things I want to learn and projects I want to get started. I want to keep performing and building a name for myself online and on stage. My parents are moving to Germany, so I’ll be traveling more and farther. We also already have so many exciting things planned for Drag Coven year 2! Maybe 2016 will prove me wrong, but I don’t want to get to the end of year and think “Damn it, that year was really exciting and I should have documented it better”.
Since I’m a social media junkie and know that I have different followers in different places, I’ll be keeping the pictures on basically every social media. I’ll have a “Courtney Conquering 2016” album on Facebook, posts on Twitter and Tumblr that I share through my Instagram, and I’ll also be keeping them as one giant running post here! I’m sure I’ll hear about how obnoxious and annoying it is to post the pictures absolutely everywhere, especially when I already post so many pictures on a regular basis, but I’m sure you can all guess my response to that.
So, without further ado… CMON 2016!
Day 1: Friday, January 1st, 2016
I’m still sick as a dog, so we took New Year’s pretty easy. Mom and I went to see Sisters (it’s good. Silly, but I ugly-laughed) and Dolce conquered her fear of my dad. They snuggled without her turning unannounced and slapping him across the face!
Day 2: Saturday, January 2nd, 2016
WELL… My mom, dad, and I packed my moving truck tonight so we can leave for Toronto really early tomorrow… But we had a small mishap when we tried to move the wardrobe on a dolly down the front steps hahaha. Luckily it’s not actually broken and just fell apart because it’s from Ikea, but I wish I had video of all of us screaming and grabbing at random pieces as it started falling apart on the stairs!
Day 3: Sunday, January 3rd, 2016
CMON busiest day of my life! We drove all my stuff to Toronto from Kingston, unpacked my entire truck, got all my furniture built and into place, had a pizza lunch, unpacked more, met friends for sushi dinner, and OBVIOUSLY went to a drag show my first night here because it just wouldn’t feel right if we hadn’t. Here’s the lovely Jordan at dinner sporting a little gift Jamie designed!
Day 4: Monday, January 4th, 2016 My dad and Jamie and I unpacked ALL day before my dad left back to Kingston, and then Eve and Sapphire joined us for my first lil social gathering in the new place! I took pictures of things but none of them were as fun as this cute edit of my recreated Alaska look from the music video for This is My Hair, created by Grace Brooks! 😍 thanks girl!
Nice little meeting for some fun stuff in the morning and then I started a new job! I’m working part time at a cute little knitting boutique selling artisan yarns (the queens are getting knitted presents from here on out lol). Basically, I spent the afternoon organizing and sorting pretty yarns into rainbow gradients while ladies around the age of 70+ told me I look “alternatively pretty” in an edgy, “not super feminine but still kind of lovely, and also did you draw those eyebrows on?” Kind of way 😂
My day consisted of a trip out to Jamie’s to steam hair and glue it to a toy horse for drag purposes, hand make (and inhale) delicious grandma-style perogies, and run back to TO for a drag show in which @misswhimsythrift played the part of veggies in a plastic bag. All of these things were glorious!
Absolutely gorgeous night with Josie (who let me paint her face), Brad, Dani, Josiah, Josh, Graham, Cassandra, and Miss Scarlett, who pulls off purple glitter brows better than I pull of the natural brows that actually grow out of my face. Have I mentioned yet that I’m really happy to finally be in Toronto? Cause I’m really friggin happy to be here!
Amazing time at church on church with these beauties! Behold, three Helenas!
Jamie got a Go Pro and a head harness. Of course, we immediately used it during a spree of 6 queens at 3 drag shows in one night. This is low key the silliest thing I’ve ever seen hahahha
Got all glammed up to see some lovely queens at Crews! I low key already posted this selfie in a comparison shot because it’s a recreation of Susanne Bartsch’s Italian Vogue makeup but it’s the only picture I took so whatever lol. Allysin performed the most fabulous rendition of Life on Mars I’ve ever seen when we all found out that David Bowie passed away.
This is literally the only picture I took on Monday and it was at about 4:15 am before we’d even slept from Sunday lol but hey! Dolce was kind of friendly with Jamie for once! (And by friendly I mean menacing and playing total mind games, as usual haha)
Wrote for one job all morning, worked the other job, and wrote for a third job all night. None of that was overly interesting, so here’s a picture of my fur beast in a dramatic lie green disc chair I’ve had since I was like 16. I haven’t had it since I moved out of my parents house like 8 years ago and our old family cat who loved til she was 23 used t sleep in it. Now I have it back for my apartment in TO and my own furry baby sleeps in it!
Overnight bus to NYC! When there are 20 other people on the Megabus but no one wants to sit with you (probably because you’re traveling with a toy horse that has weave tracks glued to it for the sake of drag.. Why do I do this to myself) to the point that you have the entire lower level to yourselves cause they all mashed themselves in like sardines up stairs 😂😂😂
We bar hopped to about 5 different shows all over Manhattan and everyone was so stellar (we FINALLY got to see Logan Hardcore in real life, yay!). We also finally got to see Miss Rhea Litre after 46.3 years (ok ok 8 months) apart! Love you!!
Before we went to the Odyssey awards, Miss Phi Phi O’Hara took us for a lovely afternoon of wig shopping! No one bought any wigs, but we watched her shade rude salespeople and eat about 86 pieces of fried chicken before sending us “home” on the wrong train in the wrong direction 😂
Drag Queens of Comedy! Here’s Willam filming us for a birthday video to Miss Alyssa Edwardswhile I try to film HIM for Coven with one hand and also for his own video on his fancy go pro with the other hand. Such a fantastic show!
The best part about coming home from drag trips! Especially after your bus broke down at the border because you’re a struggle lol
A day to get some writing done! I work from home 5 days a week… Here’s what that usually looks like 😻
I’m cheating today and stealing a picture from my parents because them settling in Germany is more interesting than what I did today (stack wool, write in pjs, stab self very badly in thumb with fork while doing dishes. Don’t ask, I don’t know). My dad’s been really pumped about the new Google translate feature that lets you hold the iPad up to things and have them translated in real time on your screen. They were trying to figure out the German terms on their washing machine today and realized that, in Germany, there’s no cycle for “delicates”. Instead, they run a cycle for “sexy underwear” 😂😂😂😂😂
Work, writing, drag shows, friends, and this glorious, regal looking cat. I don’t know if you can tell, but Jamie’s favourite part of the day was the cat.
I worked an extra day at the knitting boutique today and this little smoosh came in to visit! His name is pronounced “Redford” after Robert Redford but it’s spelled “Redfurred” because he has red fur😂🙈 he’s a coworker’s dog and he had little icicle stuck to his nose and was wearing a jacket. I immediately ditched all my tasks to pet his glorious ears.
It seems that my routine is to either be gallivanting around the continent at crazy events looking like a but with exciting performers… Or spending an entire day not leaving my bed because that’s where I can work now. Look at this very adult dinner I made myself in the middle of the night!
Still sick as a dog, so i steamed and straightened a wig that used to be big and crimpy and poofy and I also wrote all day (unless you ask the cat, in which case she did all the writing).
IM SCREAMING. I had other pictures but Jamie just sent me this cause she downloaded some ridiculous face layering app so she tried to put my face on hers BUT IT DIDNT WORK AND NOW THIS EXISTS jnabakaksbsbdbbs hahahahahhahaha I can’t HAHAHAHAHAHAAHA
I worked the knitting boutique all day and I’ve been writing like a nut for the other job, and I needed a break… So I stuck Polaroids all over my wardrobe of drag stuff. Except for Mattie & Mom and Marco Marco… Yes, they’re all pictures of me in costumes with drag queens.