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My former director has written a book. I pre-ordered it as soon as I could and have been reading it. I haven’t even gotten to the time period where I was there working for him and it’s already stirring memories. There was a book launch downtown tonight and I went. All day I felt like just not going. It was scary for me, this idea of stepping back into that world.

Finally, Joe told me to just drive downtown, walk around and then decide to go or not go. When I had parked I found myself just walking up to the restaurant. I was determined to get my book signed at least. (more…)

When we took the kid shopping for new accessories for her room I figured it would all be pink and purple, those colours she declares to be her favourite. But she also says she loves all the colours and she opted to pick out polka dot patterns. I’m happy, because I think this room will grow with her better than a princess one that I thought she might lean to. (more…)

If there is one thing I’ve heard repeating from various resources over and over again in my life as a writer it’s this: Write every day.

Stephen King says so, Ernest Hemingway did it, John Steinbeck suggests writing a page a day. Writers of all sorts know that reading and writing are the best ways to improve your writing.

For the fourth time this year I will be taking part in National Novel Writing Month, and am consider attempting my third year of National Blog Posting Month.

The focus of NaNo, like so many university essays, is getting your word count. You start writing and then the flow comes and suddenly you can’t stop. The focus of writing practice could also be sentence structure and self-editing.

Writing every day is not just about fiction, it’s about improving all your skills. Writing is a craft, something to practice and hone.

I’ve been saving some of my favourite writing tips on a pin board for my reference. NaNo away!

Her own space

October 27th, 2013 | Posted by Amy Boughner in #ToddlerLife - (Comments Off on Her own space)

When we moved into this house I let the kid help me pick out the paint colour for her room, but that was about it in terms of decorating her room. Now she’s been having trouble sleeping and making strange statements like her stuffed animals don’t want her sleeping in bed with them. There’s always too much or too little.

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Yellow walls, bright pink curtains, random lamps

It’s also been really difficult getting the lighting right. She’s not quite comfortable having it dark at night, but the lamps you see above are too bright.

After a few nights of struggles we decided that it was time to get the kid’s input and redecorate her room. The yellow walls will be painted calmer pink (her choice, not unexpected). The large, dark bookshelf will be moved out and lighter, white pieces will be moved in.

We went shopping with Grandma a few days ago and picked out some great pieces. Grandma is now on vacation, going to Hawaii, and when she comes back we will have a great new space to show her. Hopefully a calming one where the kid wants to spend time playing and sleeping.

I didn’t realize when we started how excited I would be until we started. Now I can’t wait to see the end result.

Soooo Board

October 26th, 2013 | Posted by Amy Boughner in #ToddlerLife - (Comments Off on Soooo Board)

We have been going through something here. A kid who has always been pretty good about entertaining herself some of the time has been giving me a lot of grief about being “SOOOOO BORED.”

“What can I do next?”

Part of this, I think, stems from having her Grandma and Grandpa here visiting. For a week or more someone was always paying her attention. Also the fact that now that she’s in school she has time laid out for her every afternoon and activities keep moving along – with songs for transitioning even.

When we were in PEI this summer my mother taught the kid to play Go Fish and they’ve played a few times since we got back. When Grandma and Grandpa were here they kept her entertained with Candyland and Chutes and Ladders a few times.

This was good…

A little while ago one of my blogger buddies mentioned that she and her daughter play Uno. Now, Uno was one of my favourite games when I was a kid, around 7 or 8 I think, and I had thought the kid might be too young, but Bit of Momsense’s daughter is just a bit older, so I bought it and we gave it a try. 

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Turns out the kid loves it. I have to help her and remind her of the rules sometimes, but she knows her numbers and colours and she can do it.

This week after two long games of Uno we had some errands to run and I decided we would buy her a new game. Together we chose Quelf Jr.

We played together as a family and the kid was giggling the entire time.

I love board games as a kid. My sister and I used to play all the classics – Trivial Pursuit, Monopoly, Clue, Careers, The Game of Life, Boggle, Scattergories (which is still her favourite). It was a great way to spend our time and I am very, very excited that my kid is showing the same affinity for them.

I have Trouble set aside for Christmas and I think that one is going to be a big hit. And maybe after she goes to bed we can share some more grown up games with our houseful of guests.

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Edge of the bed advice

October 25th, 2013 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Parenting | Personal - (Comments Off on Edge of the bed advice)

When Drew Dudley started talking about edge of the bed advice in his closing keynote at Blissdom, I think everyone in the room started thinking about what they would say. He gave us the situation of sitting on the edge of our child’s bed the night before they leave home for university, moving out of the house and going away. What would you say?

Finally, after a couple of weeks of having this in the back of my mind, I think I have something: Know that you can be your own best friend. (more…)

Lately the kid has been all about the definitives.

Girls like unicorns and boys like Spider-Man, princesses can’t be superheroes.

She knows that her Aunt loves Spider-man, and so does one of her good friends. I told her Wonder Woman was a princess. (more…)

O Canada Go

October 22nd, 2013 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Personal - (Comments Off on O Canada Go)

I have this tattoo on my left shoulder:

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A few times over the past year or so people have asked me about this tattoo, and specifically if I ever played for Canada.

No. No I did not. I have never played hockey in my life. I don’t skate well. (more…)

A big thanks

October 21st, 2013 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Personal - (Comments Off on A big thanks)

When Drew Dudley started talking about lollipop moments, he started talking about a janitor at his high school what had made a big difference in his life without realizing it. The story immediately brought to mind my high school, and the English teachers I had through my five years. (more…)

I was in kitchen-induced rage a few mornings ago. It wasn’t just the leftovers over-filling the fridge. It wasn’t just that no one had taken a new loaf of bread out of the freezer. It wasn’t just the dishes over-flowing the sink.

It was the total disorganized, overwhelming mess. And when I come across such totally overwhelming messes, I develop a great desire to DO SOMETHING to fix it all. (more…)

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