Words on the page


About 10 or 15 years ago I read The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood. The book meant a lot to me, though I wasn’t yet ready to wake up the feminist inside myself. When I finished I felt a desperation to write a book that was as good, as imaginative. I will never forget the […]

September 26, 2013

Not easy being green

#ToddlerLife, Canadiana

When I got the invitation to join the folks at the Museum of Nature for the launch of the new exhibit on frogs I was very excited because, well, frogs. Frogs are cute, they’re cool, they do many a fascinating thing without being gross.

September 25, 2013

Books books bookey books books

#ToddlerLife, Canadiana, Parenting

The kid is in her third week of school and this week something very, very exciting happened. I mean she’s making friends, and she’s having fun, and she’s willing to go and those are all exciting things. But this week in her pocket with her name, where her art projects and forms and whatever else […]

September 24, 2013

Toddler brain drain


The kid is 3 and she’s tired a lot of the time. This is a bad mix that leads to a lot of cranky. It leads to back-talking and fighting and yelling and grump. And that leads to me wondering after a few days of frustration whether I’ve run out of time. I surprised myself […]

September 23, 2013

Keeping organized with Trello

Tools, Work

I keep a lot of lists. It’s something that I learned at a summer job years ago – keeping a notebook with my upcoming tasks and check boxes beside keeps me on track. I’ve tried to keep these lists going with colleagues and at home with my husband, but it’s been hard to find a […]

September 23, 2013

All’s well…


Kid has been enjoying school, if not the drop offs. She’s made a couple of friends, one that she talks about all the time. She made a friend at her gymnastics class too and participated without Daddy by her side this week. Things are looking up. Except… Why I am having such a hard time? […]

September 21, 2013

A very bad thing


A very bad thing happened in Ottawa today. A very bad thing that resulted in 6 dead, more injured and a lot of questions. A train and a bus crashed, somehow, at Fallowfield. Usually I would have no reason to be anywhere near Fallowfield. This morning, I did have a reason. Joe was heading to […]

September 18, 2013

Fat Bottomed Girls


Most of my life I have been the top size in “regular” stores. There was a brief period of time in high school when I was a size 10/12 (what was I doing that made that difference? I went from little to no physical activity to walking home every day, which turns out to be […]

September 18, 2013

On Target

Canadiana, Sponsored

Target stores are opening in Ottawa tomorrow, and it’s something a lot of us have been waiting for. Since the closure of Zellers stores around the city I have certainly been looking for a store like it – a one stop shop – that I’m more comfortable shopping at than Walmart (and their questionable treatment […]

September 16, 2013

Inch by inch


I’m hard on myself almost all the time. I am my own harshest critic. I know this, my husband reminds me of this. My mother tells me this… The fact right now is that I have been taking slow and meaningful steps towards real change. Slowly but surely. Budgeting is getting better. Food is getting […]

September 14, 2013