A letter


Dear Cancer Care Ontario, I just wanted to say thank you for the lovely letter I received today in my mailbox thanking me for getting a Pap Test at my annual physical last year. I have to say though that I haven’t actually read the letter all the way through. You see, I have Polycystic […]

January 29, 2015

Talk About It

Health, Issues, Personal

Today is #BellLetsTalk Day. There have been criticisms about the campaign, but overall it gets people talking openly about mental health, and it gets money to mental health services, two things that we desperately need to really help people. My first mental health crisis came when I was about 15 or 16. I don’t know […]

January 28, 2015

In which I think too much


The kid has started an intro to hockey class. She’s gone twice so far and I’ve gone to watch her. Both times I’ve been excited for her and also ended up in tears. And been totally confused by why I was crying. The first time I thought it was worry – she hadn’t been on […]

January 27, 2015

2015 – A better smelling home


We have a 9-year-old schnauzer. A few years ago he had an embolism that left him with some paralysis and while he has mostly recovered it has had some lasting effects. Like sometimes he pees in the house because he doesn’t know how badly he needs to go. Like a toddler. When he does that, […]

January 26, 2015

The friend zone


First the kid’s friends were the kids of my friends. Then her friends were kids she went to preschool with, none of whom has ended up at her current school. Also she seems to remember very little about her year in preschool – I’ll mention one of her friends and she’ll look at me and […]

January 25, 2015

Get your brave on


We’ve put the kid into a lot of activities since she was a baby. At first she and I did them together – swimming and gymnastics. There have been classes she does with Daddy, like all sorts of sports, t-ball and soccer. She’s carried on in some and some we’ve left behind. Her constants have […]

January 21, 2015

He’s Here For You


I am a big fan of the CBC and an even bigger fan of their children’s programming. I have been for a long, long time. My mother has told me that she opted to put me in afternoon kindergarten because it would have been too upsetting for me to miss Mr. Dressup every morning. And […]

January 19, 2015

Made up


I like to clean the house for the New Year and one of the things I knew I had to do this year was to throw away all the makeup in my makeup bag. I’ve been  a reader of women’s magazine for years so I know that makeup should be trashed after 12 or 18 […]

January 18, 2015



It’s been almost three years since Joe and I bought our first home together. It was a huge decision that we made very, very quickly. We went to the open house one Sunday and had signed the mortgage by the next Sunday. It was a big risk, especially since we didn’t have a realtor and neither […]

January 16, 2015

When she was five


There are so many specific things that I remember about that day five years ago when they finally checked me into the hospital and Joe and I knew that we wouldn’t be leaving without a baby. There are so few specific things I remember about the last five years. I remember leaving the hospital with […]

January 13, 2015