Dynamic Duo (and there’s that Daddy guy)

#MommyScholar, Parenting

I went to get my hair cut yesterday. My hairstylist is awesome. I’ve never had such easy conversations with someone cutting my hair – I’m not very good with small talk. But with Ali the conversation just flows – she’s funny and interesting, and very good at what she does. She also does my mother’s […]

October 30, 2015

She blinded me with science

Ottawa, Parenting, Sponsored

My kid loves science. She loves experiments. She loves learning in general. (Though she also seems to think she already knows everything sometimes). All of this means that I am very excited to take her to Maker Faire to see what she thinks. On November 7 and 8 a whole bunch of uber creative and […]

October 28, 2015


Issues, Women's Issues

I woke up this morning to a beautiful sort of Twitter essay from one Michelle Rempel, newly re-elected MP for Calgary – Nose Hill. If you watch any of the political panel shows then you know Rempel. She was one of the only spokespeople the Conservative Party sent out to respond to issues on those […]

October 22, 2015

On continue

#MommyScholar, Canadiana, Issues

It’s all over, the next part starts now. We have a new Prime Minister. So far he’s held a press conference, talked to the public in a public space and walked in the front door of Parliament, so change does appear to be coming. I have to be optimistic that he’ll stand by the promises he […]

October 21, 2015


#MommyScholar, Canadiana, Issues

Alrighty folks. It’s just about that time. In about 12 hours polls will be open across the country and people will be heading to vote. I have been working long hours and long weeks since late August and I’m exhausted – just think of the people who started right when the writ dropped! You know […]

October 18, 2015

The best bronchitis I ever had


I had a cold, and that cold turned into bad cough and eventually on Thanksgiving weekend that cough turned into a pretty constant struggle for breath, a trip to the emergency room and a whole bunch of prescriptions. It also resulted in the doctor at the ER telling me that I was not allowed to […]

October 16, 2015

Infuriating child

#MommyScholar, Parenting

I did some good parenting yesterday. It was really hard and I almost gave up and gave in. It was made harder by the fact that I’ve been feeling like a really shitty mom lately. I’ve been gone a lot and when I’m here I’m exhausted and short tempered. I’ve wondered if maybe I was […]

October 15, 2015

Dear Dad / Dear Jack

Health, Personal

I started my Master’s with the goal of changing the world. In reality I’m learning how hard it will actually be to change anything. But I still have this weird optimism. I have this unrealistic optimism for politics even though I’m a pessimist in real life. Even when I’m hit hard on all sides. You […]

October 15, 2015


Canadiana, Issues, Personal

I would have to be stupid, or incredible naive, to think that racism doesn’t exist in this country. I mean, the last residential school closed in 1996. I was 15 by that time and I had never been told about this brutal part of our history. We have First Nations reserves that haven’t had running […]

October 7, 2015

When October Goes

#MommyScholar, Parenting, Personal

It’s October now. That means the election just two more weeks away, and after that I’ll have fall reading week, which will be a great time to revive myself from the campaign and re-focus on my studies. It also means that it will be Halloween soon. I am very happy to say that I found […]

October 5, 2015