Best Before


There are days when everything seems hard. I try to focus on something and end up cleaning the bathroom. I plan an activity for the kid and she bails after a few minutes. Joe tells me I dwell on the bad things. My doctor tells me to write a gratitude journal. Sometimes I feel as […]

April 26, 2013

Cranberry Sauce


My city just announced that Paul McCartney will be playing a concert here in July. I have been a Beatles fan for a couple of decades now, since my mother gifted me with the movie Help! for one of my birthdays. I bought myself A Hard Days Night soon after and then started buying all […]

April 24, 2013

Point of discussion


Lately the kid has been using more and more words again. She pays close attention, listening to us talk, the TV, the radio, and she picks things up, always has. She has an app that allows her to speak to Pocoyo and he repeats back what you say to him. She has not yet figured […]

April 23, 2013

You are loved

#ToddlerLife, Personal

Before the kid was born I bought several prints to hang in her room with different sayings on them, including one that says ‘You are so loved.’ These are the things that I want her to know and remember. When she was born I was overwhelmed by the love I felt for this child – I […]

April 19, 2013



We bought a new car last weekend and we picked it up last night. While we were going over the paperwork the kid got bored, which was not unexpected. We told her that she could look at the cars in the showroom – something I used to love doing when I was a kid and […]

April 17, 2013

Love is Better, Hope is Better

Issues, Parenting, Personal

I read about Steubenville and I got so very, very angry. I read about Rehtaeh Parsons and got very, very angry. I’ve heard the denials of the existence of rape culture and continued getting angrier and angrier. Today I was sick. I was dizzy all day, and nauseous and I spent the day in bed […]

April 15, 2013

Fashion Plate


Something that I have learned about young kids is that anything can become a fight. It can be totally exhausting to spend the day getting a toddler or preschooler to just do what you need them to do. Getting my daughter dressed and out of the house can take over an hour of telling, convincing, […]

April 11, 2013

Hockey: A Rant


My town has been hosting the IIHF Women’s Hockey Championship this past week. I used to be the sort who didn’t believe women’s hockey could live up to men’s, but a few years ago I had the chance to see the women up close in Winnipeg and I realized how wrong I was. These women […]

April 9, 2013

Maybe Tomorrow


My kid has been acting not too great sometimes lately. She’s not always polite, not always cooperative, not great at sharing. I’m told that she’s acting like your average three-year-old. It’s brutal. This behaviour has not gone unnoticed by others, but I was still surprised by one comment. I’m not sure it was directed at […]

April 8, 2013

Dear Kid

Parenting, Personal

You don’t understand this right now, but I’ve made some great connections online – people that know about you and laugh with you and smile at you. One of these people I connected with lost his wife to cancer today, and that means that two little boys lost their mom. I’ve been crying for her […]

April 2, 2013