That one thing each day


Growing up I was not a fan of skating. It was hard and scary and my ankles and feet hurt. When I was about 10 I got a pair of moulded skates and it was an instant difference. Then my older sister switched from figure skates to hockey skates and I followed suit. My feelings […]

February 28, 2014

Bobsled, luge, speed skating…

Canadiana, Personal

I am a proud Canadian who falls into a lot of the stereotypes we face as a nation. Hockey is certainly one of those. I raced back from school drop off to switch from the radio to TV broadcast of the women’s gold medal game and I woke up early on a Sunday with my […]

February 27, 2014

One year more


It’s just after midnight here which mean I am now 33. There’s something I like about 33, something that feels good about it. The repetition or because it’s nice and symmetrical. I don’t know. I kicked off my birthday with the premiere of this season of Rupaul’s Drag Race, because it’s awesome. In seven seasons […]

February 26, 2014

A 24/7 gig

Books, Parenting

I am a mother. For good or ill, it does define me. Mother isn’t all that I am, but it’s a 24/7 gig. I am all the mother my child has, and neither her life nor mine will be the same for it. – T.F. Charlton I am still reading through the essays in The […]

February 25, 2014

And then she was four


The other night Joe was working late, I got the kid through bedtime and then went downstairs to get on my treadmill and watch Downton Abbey. After my hour was up I walked up to the kitchen and kept listening to my headphones while I cleaned up. I don’t know how long she had been […]

February 24, 2014

Games over

Canadiana, Health, Parenting

The Olympics are over again. The kid was disappointed to hear it as bedtime tonight, but then she realized that meant that Kids CBC will be back tomorrow morning and cheered right up. This was her first real winter Olympics experience, given that she was just a little over a month old when Vancouver hosted. […]

February 23, 2014

On Breasts


A well-fitted bra is a great thing. I have spoken to a lot of other women about this and it is generally agreed that when a bra fits and is comfortable you feel better about yourself. It can make a real difference in your confidence. I have had fitting in the past. I have had […]

February 20, 2014

Call of the wild


My great-grandfather must have been a man who appreciated the arts. He taught his three sons an appreciation. My grandfather and his two brothers each had their talents – my grandfather sketches, his middle brother used to design and make jewellery and his youngest brother was a photographer with his own dark room. When I […]

February 17, 2014

Two hearts


Shortly after the baby girl was born I shocked myself by bursting into tears just looking at her. The love (and hormones) totally overwhelmed me. I was crying because I could not believe how much love this little person. I thought that feeling would settle in. I thought I would get used to the amount […]

February 16, 2014

All the pretty things

#ToddlerLife, Parenting

My daughter is showing signs of becoming something I was totally unprepared for. I think she’s going to be a crafter. She looks at scraps and sees things she can make. Exhibit A:   That came out of a baseball cap. It was keeping the shape. She picked it up and told me she sees […]

February 15, 2014