Two Thousand Thirteen


Before the clock struck midnight on December 31 I went into the bathroom and washed my face, brushed my teeth flossed. I spent part of the day cleaning the house. I like to start a new year that way. So, 2013, here’s the deal: I started off fresh, and when I see the end of […]

December 31, 2012

Well Read


This year I read 34 books. I had a goal to read more and I didn’t keep track in 2011, but I’m pretty sure I accomplished that goal. Having a great bath tub in our new house helped with my reading time – it’s one of my favourite places to settle in with a good […]

December 31, 2012

Three small words


Starting the new year off with the three words I will try to use to define 2013 is as good a way as any to remind myself that new beginnings lie ahead. Last year I chose progress, faith and tough, and I’m not sure how I feel about those now. This year my first word […]

December 29, 2012

Two Thousand and Twelve

Parenting, Personal

Well 2012, all I asked was that you would be better than 2011 and that you certainly were, though there was certainly a lot of change to be had this year. We unexpectedly bought a house. We went to the open house on February 26 and by March 4 it was ours. We moved in […]

December 29, 2012



Some things that happened at your third Christmas that you might not remember: It was our first Christmas in our new house, which hopefully will just be ‘home’ to you; You spent more than an hour playing outside with your Auntie on Christmas Eve; You woke up at 6:30 am on Christmas morning, which is […]

December 27, 2012

Time goes by

Parenting, Personal

My parents have been separated since I was 3 and so tradition dictated that on Boxing Day my sister and I would head on over to my Dad’s house with my three half-siblings, and eventually their kids, and now my kid. Three years ago we missed that little celebration. On Boxing Day 2009 there was […]

December 26, 2012

Song and Dance

Parenting, Personal

When I was about 9 or 10 years old my mother took us on a trip, just her, my sister and me. It was a pretty special thing for my single mother to do for us, saving up the time and money. We took the train to Toronto, we stayed at a hotel right on […]

December 21, 2012

Little Star


I will often send Joe texts with quotes from the kid. I do this because she often says hilarious things. Or at least things that are hilarious or sweet to me and would be to him but that I won’t share with a wider social media audience for fear of becoming one of “those” moms. […]

December 18, 2012

Heavenly Peace

Issues, Parenting, Personal

I didn’t watch the memorial for those killed at the elementary school last week. I read a little bit about it and I read the President’s speech. I have no place in American politics, I hate guns and I don’t think anyone needs to own a semi-automatic weapon (and I think it was put very […]

December 17, 2012

Rest in Peace Little Children

Issues, Parenting

I devour the news. When bad things happen I sit and watch, trying to find out the facts. I want to know. It’s one of the reasons I went to journalism school. I was great at breaking news and proud of it. I felt very lucky to find a job that allowed me to be […]

December 14, 2012