Trans Rights Are Human Rights

Issues, Personal

Years ago we were invited over to a friends’ house for dinner and during that dinner one of our friends told us that he was going to be transitioning – that he would be him in the near future. This was fairly easy to accept. For one, because it was clear he was confident and […]

November 18, 2018

A decade


I went through a job interview recently in which one of the questions was ‘where do you see yourself in 10 years’ and I was flabbergasted. Because I don’t freaking know. I know that 10 years ago I certainly did not expect to be where I am now, and any guesses 10 years before that […]

November 17, 2018



Since my last tattoo I have been thinking about my next tattoo. Partly inspired by the woman who did my last two – and Joe’s last one. Partly inspired by my embracing my geekiness. At the same time that I’ve been designing my next tattoo in my head, I have also been thinking that maybe […]

November 15, 2018

To echo what he’d done


When we were in New York, I took the kid to see Kinky Boots. I’ve seen the show before, and I’m a fan. It’s an uplifting story with fun music and drag queens – where can that go wrong? The kid had heard some of the music and specifically asked to see it, so we […]

November 14, 2018

In with the new

Learning, Personal

I have discovered as an adult that I very much enjoy classes on things. I figured this out when I want back to university, but it’s become more obvious with the little things – a knitting class here and there, painting workshops. This fall I started piano lessons. We put the kid in them last […]

November 13, 2018

An ode to Jodie

Personal, Women's Issues

When the rumours started that the next Doctor might be a woman, I was intrigued but not hopeful. Even when it was just rumours there were male fans (#notallmen) who were up in arms. How dare this fictional alien change in an unapproved way. When the video announcement was released it became obvious that I […]

November 12, 2018

I remember

Canadiana, Personal

Remembrance Day is always a time of ghosts. I have always felt heavily the sacrifices that were made. Maybe more heavily than ever right now, as the world marches in what seems to be the wrong direction. I knew from a young age that my grandfather had gone to war. He and his two brothers […]

November 11, 2018

Ours the task eternal


We spent the afternoon in the Carleton University field house today. Joe went to pick up his Master’s degree and the kid and I went to cheer. This was the fourth time I’ve been in the field house for a grad, but the first time it hasn’t been one of mine… I’m pretty sure the […]

November 10, 2018

Doodle fiercely

Learning, Personal, Work

I was reading this book Fierce Conversations, which is supposed to be about achieving success at work and in life, but I’ve been really struggling to get through it, and I think today was the final straw. There was a section about hosting a meeting, and it suggested starting off by asking everyone to put […]

November 9, 2018

Laid up

Health, Personal

I have come back from New York sick. Something about four planes, cool temperatures and rain, sleeping in the same bed with an 8-year-old who is probably riddled with germs. It all came together and got me good. I was exhausted yesterday, and so was she, but the flight did a number on her sinuses […]

November 8, 2018