One more post

Parenting, Personal

This post is my own response to the challenge my husband posed to several bloggers: What if you could only write one more post? What would you want to say? For more information on the thought experiment or to read other people’s theoretical “last posts,” check out If you could only write one more post. Whether I’m […]

August 31, 2010

Growing up

Parenting, Personal

I grew up in Ottawa. I was born here and I didn’t leave until I was 20. I’ve moved away five times and it never stuck. The closest I came to home outside of Ottawa was when I went to college in Belleville. When I was a kid I had big dreams of traveling around […]

August 28, 2010

Dear Baby,


I look at you sometimes and wonder if you will always smile after you sneeze. I don’t know what it is about the experience that you find so pleasurable, but it makes me laugh. It is one of the many things I try to make note of and remember because you’re already changing so much […]

August 27, 2010

Title of post


I used to be a fiction writer. I still have stories that I wrote before I could really write that my mother saved for me. I find them particularly amusing because they’re very short and they were printed out on our old dot matrix with clip art for illustrations. When I was in high school […]

August 23, 2010

Not a valid opinion

Issues, Parenting, Personal, PPD

Two days ago I read, along with a lot of women I talk to, the AOL article about Shaquan Duley. I read Her Bad Mother’s reaction and I read the open letter to a so-called expert on Pretty Babies. I’ve let it sit for two days that this women, a criminal profiler that should never […]

August 20, 2010

It’s what’s for dinner


I’ve come to the realization over the past few days that I am very good at taking care of my daughter – filling all her needs, paying her attention, pushing her limits a little bit every day – but I’m terrible when it comes to taking care of myself. I always have been, so I […]

August 19, 2010

What now?

Issues, Personal

While the BlogHer conference was happening in New York I tried to follow along with all the women I knew who were there. One of the things that caught my eye was a few people I follow on Twitter using the hashtag #changeagents. It’s a concept I’ve heard of before, but I had no idea […]

August 18, 2010


Parenting, Personal, PPD

(As a side note on the title, I used to read a lot of Archie comics, and there would be a speech bubble that said ‘sigh’ and I thought that meant that you were actually supposed to say the word.) My mood has been up and down over the past couple of days. I can […]

August 18, 2010

An open letter

Canadiana, Issues, Personal

Dear Mr. Harper, I am a Canadian patriot. I understand what a privilege it was for me to be born here, to have been educated here, to be able to present myself as a Canadian. I plan on teaching my daughter about this great nation, it’s history and geography and what Canada has done for […]

August 16, 2010

Fat Mom

Parenting, Personal

I’ve heard women say that after they have babies they feel much more in tune with their bodies. Like having the baby showed them what their body was made to do and they have a newfound respect for it. I don’t feel that way. At all. Maybe it’s because my body proved to be not […]

August 16, 2010