From bad to worse

Health, Personal

This week starting off in a not so great way. After a pretty good weekend – beautiful Saturday, productive, chore filled holiday Monday – I had to stay home with the baby on Tuesday, which meant I was missing an eventful day at work. I was also experiencing quite a bit of tooth pain, which […]

May 26, 2011



I am a list maker. When I was going away to university, I started packing in June. From June to September I packed and re-packed, and edited and re-packed. When I was pregnant, we started collecting the ‘necessities’ right away, and I tried to learn everything I could about supplies and toys and furniture. We […]

May 23, 2011

Things my husband taught me


People who have known me for a long time might note that my confidence level has gone up since Joe and I started dating, got married and even more since we had the baby. After struggling for a long time with who I was supposed to be, what I was supposed to do and whether […]

May 22, 2011

Don’t stop ’til you get enough


She grabbed my coffee mug. She reached onto the table and got her little fingers wrapped around my Super Grover mug and started pulling. I saw it happening. I yelled out. My arms flew out. The mug tipped. Coffee all over the floor, coffee all over the baby. Screaming. I yelled for Joe. We put […]

May 20, 2011

Post campaign – After some rest


My main goal for 2011 is figuring out the easiest ways to get everything done. I need easy ways to make small changes. I have noticed lately that Maggie is noticing what we eat. Last week we had ice cream cones for dessert – well, the grown ups did, and she didn’t. She noticed and […]

May 17, 2011

Too much thinking


Once the campaign ended and I stopped living the campaign life (work, sleep, repeat) I suddenly had much more time to think about things. Many many things. In slow times at work I had written lists of what to accomplish in my time off after the campaign – things beyond ‘catch up on sleep’ and […]

May 13, 2011

The Poo

Parenting, Personal

We have many names for our dog. Mr. Poo, The Poo, The good chancellor (for his full name, you see, is Chancellor Heinrich von Fluffenstein Puppyface… He’s German). He chose us years ago and he has been our devoted and loving Schnauzer ever since. He comforts me when I’m sick or sad, he cheers me […]

May 10, 2011


Parenting, Personal

Yesterday I reached a moment when I was so happy I could cry. I spent the day with my daughter, my husband and my mother. We went to get groceries and other necessities, we bought the baby girl a new sand and water table that she seems to like, we bought some plants and spent […]

May 8, 2011



The baby girl has always been a babbler. I used to put her in her playard and she would just lie there babbling. It seemed clear that she was talking in a language that I just didn’t understand. It sounded like she was forming sentences. Now she’s 15 months old, going on 16 months, and […]

May 4, 2011