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May 5, 2014 / Andee Frizzell

A Message From The Heart

hearts2Stories are the fabric in which a life is woven. There are periods in one’s life when stories are to be told and shared, and then there are times when the stories are to be lived. The last seven months for me has been a period of cultivating new life stories.

A time of expanding experience, challenging and reinforcing beliefs and evolving. As quoted by Charles Dickens, in Oliver Twist, “It was the worst of times. It was the best of times.”

Some highlights of the stories I’ve been working on.

Falling In Love

I have met the one. One day you meet the person who makes you suddenly realize why it never worked out with anyone else. That one. Jack, from here on known as, came into my life most unexpectedly and turned it on its head, or better, on its heart.

Have you ever seen the movie Napoleon Dynamite? If you have, you’ll be able to picture the scene I’m about to describe, (one of the most funny scenes in the movie I think) (no, it’s not the scene with the school bus and the cows imminent demise even though that is a classic), if you haven’t seen it, please bear with me.

The scene opens with Napoleon’s brother Kip and Uncle Ricky, sitting on the front step eating steak. Uncle Ricky, ever inventing his football throwing prowess, is telling Kip how far he can pass ‘the pigskin’. Kip challenges him and Uncle Ricky decides to prove this imaginary feat by long tossing his steak. Unbeknownst to Napoleon, who at that very moment is obliviously riding his bike right into the steak’s trajectory, which then knocks him clear off his ten-speed, to an unexpected and characteristic ‘humph.’

With Jack’s, by chance, arrival into my life, I was knocked off my life bicycle. (Yes, I did just compare the love of my life to a piece of meat.)

Turning Forty

With age comes wisdom. And with forty comes life ‘street cred.’ In my teens, I regurgitated wisdom I gathered from reading about life and listening to my elders, in my 20’s, I fearlessly took on life with reckless ambition spurred by ignorance, in my 30’s, I struggled to have it all make sense, at 40, I feel liberated. I realize now, it’s about living life fearlessly through earned wisdom and to not give a shit about convention. I’m either very wise or hopelessly eccentric; I am leaning toward the latter.

Escaping The First World and the Polar-vortex

I was not ready. After years of living in Vancouver’s tepid climate, I was completely unprepared for an actual Canadian winter. My introduction to a true Canadian winter has been recorded as the worst winter in Toronto in 50 years. I learned new terms for torture, polar-vortex, flash freeze and thunder snow; none pleasant and all with damaging physiological affects. I sought sanctuary in the third world.

As I write this, I am sitting under a cabana on a beautiful white sand beach in Cartagena Colombia, sipping a 90cent cerveza (beer) and listening to the teal coloured waves cascade along the shore. That I am here solo and don’t speak not a word of Spanish are only trivial obstacles. I make do with animated charades, to the humour of my host countrymen and myself.

I want to thank you for continuing to follow Memoirs of The Lost and Confused, even through my long unexplained absence and I hope that you will stay tuned for the next chapter. I appreciate all the support and encouragement you’ve given me to pick up my pen (keyboard) once again and I hope to entertain you with my new stories of misadventure, to which there are many….

From the heart,



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  1. Slam / May 5 2014 12:25 pm

    It is great to see you posting again. Love is a hell of a roller-coaster ride (or in you case bike ride). Is Jack a local, being left on ice in Toronto as you marinate your toasted buns with cheap beer?

    Watch out because there are raccoons in Cartagena, Colombia.


    • Andee Frizzell / May 6 2014 5:08 pm

      The scope of wildlife I have seen so far, a gecko and a million tiny ants (this was in my bathroom) Eeewww! I’ll keep my eyes peeled for raccoons. Jack is home, Toronto, manning the fort. Someone has to keep the water pipes from freezing!! LOL

  2. Eugene / May 5 2014 3:04 pm

    More please,,, eug

  3. arcticgoddess / May 5 2014 3:43 pm

    Great to hear your life has been headed up hill. Remember, for every wonderful experience, we all have to pay a price. Yours was obviously that fabulously unpleasant winter. It could always have been worse. It could have been the worst winter in Toronto…ever! As you sit in the warm sunshine, it is snowing in Cold Lake, Alberta. It looks like Christmas again…the 10th time this year.

    Be well, and get your agent working on the comedies being filmed in T.O. We want to see more Andee on T.V.


    • Andee Frizzell / May 6 2014 5:02 pm

      Hi Articgodess!It sounds like you are really earning that title this year! Are you in Cold Lake Alta? My sister was born there. A very interesting story involving an ice cream truck and an army base. For another time! LOL As for TV, I guess you haven’t seen my mattress commercial? Hahaha

      Much love, &D

  4. arcticgoddess / May 13 2014 2:10 am

    Andee, you’re so funny. Every time I mention that I’m from Cold Lake, Alberta, you tell me the story of your sister.

    Mattress commercial, eh? Sounds like a tough gig. LOL

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