C’est l’Halloween


This morning I tweeted that Halloween is another day every year when I’m reminded that I’m not the fun parent. The fact is that I am not very creative when it comes to thinking up costumes…   and I’m not very comfortable making a fool of myself, no matter how many other people are doing it. I […]

October 31, 2014



I was thrilled to get an email from Mattel a couple of weeks ago, telling me about their new campaign: Anytime is Game Time. We are a gaming household. Joe and I have played trivia with a team – though we are missing this year’s World Trivia Night, the first time in years (if you’re interested, […]

October 30, 2014

The Worst Job I Ever Had

Learning, Work

I was just reading this article on LinkedIn about ways to tell your job is a poor fit. My first job out of university is not something I talk about very much, but it was the worst fit I’ve ever had, and they knew it to because they decided by the end of my probation […]

October 29, 2014

Sisters are doing it for themselves


So, about this ‘doing it all’ business. I’m in school, I’m working a bit, I’m a mother, we own a home, we all need to eat and I’m generally in charge of our budget. I am also supposed to be heading to the gym and getting my exercise, because I need to lose weight and […]

October 28, 2014

The Hill


Parliament Hill has been reopened to the public after Wednesday’s shootings and I couldn’t be happier to hear the news. People who have never been to Ottawa, and certainly people from outside of Canada don’t understand what this space is. The Parliament buildings surround pathways and two large lawn spaces. Parliament Hill belongs to us, […]

October 25, 2014

The Art of Procrastination


In my previous student life I was very good at procrastinating when I had schoolwork to do. High school, college and university I would clean, re-arrange furniture and cook to avoid sitting at my desk. Now I have a whole house and a 4-year-old. If I procrastinated by cleaning I could avoid essays for decades. […]

October 23, 2014

My Ottawa


I grew up in Ottawa. I have moved away a handful of times but I have always ended up back here. When I got to work on Parliament Hill it was a privilege every day. I almost had to pinch myself every time I got to walk up the steps into Centre Block. This city […]

October 22, 2014

Bad guys


When I was a kid I was not good with scary. We used to go to the movies and I would cover my eyes and put my head down until the trailers were over – we went to an old theatre that would show movies like The Blob and other scary 50s things. At home, […]

October 21, 2014

Thank you Jamie Lee

Books, Parenting

I’m a big fan of the movie Halloween and Jamie Lee Curtis’ performance in it. Because of this relationship it never occurred to me that I would be reading my daughter books written by the actress. It turns out, they’re pretty awesome. It started with My Brave Year of Firsts (affiliate link). I found it in […]

October 17, 2014

Chronicles of a night owl


I written about the troubles my daughter has with falling asleep. She’s afraid to miss out on everything that happens when she’s supposed to be asleep and we’re still awake. She has been this way most of her life. There were times when she was not quite two years old that she would stay up […]

October 13, 2014