Destroy all the things


Every now and again I am reminded just how much like me the kid is, for example when I have to put a bandaid on her knee or when I find a page torn out of a book or this:   The biggest difference between the two of us is that I always tried to […]

November 30, 2013

Another first


Some days this kid does things I never imagined my kid doing. Like, for example, she decided to go ahead and hit another kid while they were playing after school. She’s hit me before, in anger, in the middle of a tantrum. She’s been told it’s not okay, it’s not appropriate and she needs to […]

November 29, 2013

Cream rises


On Tuesday I was invited to attend a series of workshops on the STRUT Tour. It was a fun day in Toronto, driving around in a sponsored Buick Enclave, listening to a lot of smart people talking about interesting things. In the second workshop, held at a bistro and hosted by Michelle Bosc, the Director […]

November 28, 2013

No stigma here

Health, PPD

There’s a new button over there –> It’s pretty colourful, you can’t miss it. It stems from this post by Toy With Me. Ending the stigma on mental illnesses is a big thing for me. I have now been dealing with clinical depression for half my life. Sixteen years of ups and downs, sometimes sleeping […]

November 28, 2013

A rose

Parenting, Personal

My sister was very excited to learn that President Obama referred to his grandparents as Tutu and Gramps, just like we do. Tutu was planned – my grandmother loved Hawaii and when my mother was expecting my older sister the title was decided. Gramps was Grandpa for the first while but when we got a […]

November 27, 2013

Winter baby


There has never been any doubt that the kid is a big fan of winter. She was a January baby and she once fell asleep in the stroller as I walked into a -35 degree windchill. Joe calls it her ‘Spirit of the North.’ She gets excited about the snow as soon as there’s any […]

November 26, 2013

Giving Thanks

Personal, Work

I have been thinking again about people in my past who may not realize the change that they created in my life, as per Drew Dudley’s closing keynote at Blissdom.  This comes from current events. I was recently hired for a regular contract. It’s been my goal since I left my full time job to […]

November 25, 2013

Bucket Filler


I wrote here not too long ago about my bucket list. I’m not even sure how many years ago I made the list, more than a decade ago at least. There are a lot of things checked off now, but my life has also changed quite a bit – partly due to checking off ‘Get […]

November 24, 2013

Happy Birthday Mr. Poo


Eight years ago you were born, and just eight weeks later you found your new home with us. When we first met you were called Tiny Tim, but as soon as you licked my nose I knew you were our Henry. We’ve been through a lot, some things have changed.  But we still do pretty […]

November 23, 2013

Clean up, clean up


  Since she was very little the kid has been a fan of helping me sweep. She loves to sweep, she loves to dust, she sees me cleaning and wants to help. For this I am very thankful. She also loves shovelling snow, which is great, especially if that continues through the teenage years. I […]

November 22, 2013