False starts


Health, Parenting

I am attempting morning pages – three pages of stream of consciousness writing soon after you wake up – to try and push myself forward a bit. I have been rather stuck. Stuck or falling further behind where I want to be. Losing myself. Part of that is the move, but part of it is […]

June 19, 2018

Someone think of the children


Issues

Obviously the world’s attention is on the United States right now, where we are seeing children taken away from their parents and placed into a system from which they may never emerge. It’s horrifying, and I absolutely think we should be speaking out, educating ourselves about what’s actually happening and why, and calling on leaders […]

June 19, 2018

Paused


Uncategorized

It is the legend of the supermom. She knows all. She can be everything to everyone. She can be everywhere at once. Except I can’t. In the middle of working and parenting, and selling a house, and trying to treat myself properly, I tend to fall by the wayside. I have lost myself in the […]

June 18, 2018

Spaces


Personal

We have two months before we move into our new home, which means a lot of time for thinking about all the things we’ll want to do with the space. We plan to build a deck in the backyard right away because it’s made such a difference for us in this house. We’re going to […]

June 17, 2018

Man or Muppet?


Personal

You may or may not be aware that Frank Oz is on Twitter. He signed up recently, in part to help promote a documentary called Muppet Guys Talking. You may or may not be aware that I am a huge Muppet fan, and that Frank Oz voices many of my absolute favourite characters. The other day […]

June 9, 2018

The E minus


Issues, Ottawa

During the 2008 federal election I was the first to arrive at the office. I would get there around 6 am, relieving the overnight media monitoring, who was always much peppier than I was – me having just woken up, and him being full of caffeine and adrenaline. Upon arriving at the office, I had […]

June 7, 2018

Child of summer


Parenting, Personal

On Saturday there was much activity at our house. We had a community garage sale, and then cleaning and showings because we’re on the market (which sucks). In the morning my daughter got up, got dressed and helped her Daddy set up for our own sale. By mid-morning her friends were up and out and […]

June 5, 2018

This kid is non-stop


Health, Personal

In the past three months we’ve lost family members, we’ve both had extended out of town trips, we’ve both got work events that are taking up a lot of time, I’ve had some medical issues that resulted in a diagnosis – finally – of a condition that is pre-cancerous, meaning I have to get scanned […]

May 26, 2018

Too much is not enough


Books, Personal

I just finished reading Durga Chew-Bose’s book of essays Too Much and Not in the Mood. The book drew me in, in a way I wasn’t expecting. I’ve been reading a lot of books of essays by women, by women of colour, in the past couple of years, but this one was different. I’ve not ever […]

April 20, 2018

This Is Us


Personal

I’m a bad wife, coming off a rough week. I have also lost the ability to remember what day it is. And that is why I realized only late this afternoon that tomorrow is Joe’s birthday. But it’s okay, because I have already given him everything he ever wanted.   Boo-yah. We started dating shortly […]

April 15, 2018