The smell of fall


A little while ago I wrote this post about what I want to cook in the fall This fall my goal is to try to make my own: Pea soup Tomato sauce Apple sauce Hummus Guacamole Butternut Squash soup Broccoli and cheese soup Cauliflower and cheese soup Lemon square (my mom used to make a […]

September 30, 2012

Standing Out

Parenting, Personal

Last week we took the kid to her first dance class and I cried when she walked into the room all by herself, sat like she was supposed to, listened when her name was called. She just walked into a strange place with no one she knew and got through the class. I was so […]

September 29, 2012

Perchance to dream

#ToddlerLife, Personal

Sometimes it breaks my heart to know just how much the kid is like me. Today she was driving me crazy. She was all over the place. She would be in a good mood and then flip out on me. She would demand to be in my lap and then squirm. She wouldn’t let me […]

September 27, 2012

My name is Amy and I’m a Twitter addict


I’ve said it before – Twitter changed my life. I used it to form bonds with other mothers when I needed them most. We found our financial advisor, our mortgage broker and our mortgage lawyer on Twitter. Since 2008 I have used Twitter to connect with new friends, I’ve used it for work, I’ve found […]

September 26, 2012



I have been wearing glasses since I was 12. Joe has been wearing his glasses even longer. My whole family wears glasses, most of his family wears glasses. I put a bet down on our daughter wearing glasses by the time she’s 10. Knowing my family history I decided to take the kid to the […]

September 24, 2012

Family First


Before I ever had a child I knew about the challenges Canadian parents face (especially the single parents – 1.5 million Canadians according to the newly released 2011 census numbers). Once I became a parent, I realized just how lucky I was. I got a year of leave, topped up so I was making my […]

September 21, 2012

Four generations

Parenting, Personal

Before Joe proposed to me he met with my grandfather and asked for his blessing. Nothing could have proven to me more that he knew me well. (Though the ring he chose was a pretty good indication). My grandfather has been, for a long time, one of the most important people in my life. He’s […]

September 21, 2012

Apathy and Energy


In May I left my job in politics, returning home to care for my daughter and recover from four years working in a very tough industry. Politics is totally exhausting, every day is a new fight. Some fights are longer and harder than others. Today, the third day after the House returned for the fall […]

September 19, 2012

Raining, Pouring

#ToddlerLife, Personal

I sat with my doctor yesterday and as we talked she told me something that I’ve heard before, something that Joe repeats often – I need to stop focussing on the future and think about the present. I’m worried about the future and what I’ll be and what my kid will be. I think weeks, […]

September 19, 2012

Quiet thought

#ToddlerLife, Parenting

Every once in a while I catch just a glimpse of myself in my kid. It’s interesting and worrisome for me, given the problems I’ve had with confidence and depression in the past. Today she went to preschool and when we picked her up and asked about her day she didn’t have much to say. […]

September 18, 2012