Putting a cork in it

Parenting, Personal

Capping off 2015: I spent the day cleaning our bedroom so when we wake up it will be fresh and clean. We went to dinner at St. Hubert’s just like I used to do with my mom and my sister every year when there were more St. Hubert’s in Ottawa and one was walking distance […]

December 31, 2015

2016: Challenging myself

#MommyScholar, Personal

I’ve been thinking about things I want to do in 2016. There are the obvious things – finish my degree and get a job (or find several jobs), get healthier, learn more, do more. But more specifically I’m trying to remind myself to do all the things that I love doing. Because I have spent part […]

December 30, 2015

To the new homeowners of my father’s house


Dear new family, I hope you are enjoying the first month in your new home. You may not realize this but you will be celebrating the first Christmas there that’s really been celebrated in about 30 years. You see, my parents bought that house together 40 years ago. They were married, my sister and I […]

December 22, 2015

Dear Baby Girl,


I used to regularly write to you, Baby Girl, telling you what you’re up to so you can look back and see how amazing you’ve always been, but lately it’s been hard. You are stuck between two places right now, part of you is still my baby girl and part of you is so much […]

December 21, 2015

On the duty to be loyal

Issues, Work

The public service was in the news a lot this election and continue to be so now that we have a new Liberal government. First when they applauded a visit by the new Prime Minister to Foreign Affairs and now because of a report put out by Canadians for Tax Fairness. The report consisted of […]

December 18, 2015

When to worry about a concussion

Health, Parenting

We had a bit of a situation here a week or so ago. Around bedtime one night the kid told us she had a headache and then explained that she had hit her head at school. The teacher didn’t see what happened, but our daughter was crying. She was sent to the office for ice […]

December 18, 2015

Living the dream


I am now done my first semester of my Masters program, which means I have one more semester of classes and then an internship. Right now I don’t have any real idea of what’s ahead in my next courses, except for who will be teaching them, so, of course, I’m looking past those classes and thinking […]

December 17, 2015

On COP21 and the missing mandatories


The signing of the climate change agreement by 196 countries this month was hailed as historic. Canada’s new Prime Minister called it ‘ambitious.’ The actual agreement is only 31 pages long and the signatories agreed to a goal of limiting the rise in global temperatures to 2 degrees or less above pre-industrial temperatures. Living in Canada’s […]

December 16, 2015

Ever forward


I haven’t been posting here as regularly as usual. My brain has been caught up in other things. And not just the assignments that have brought me to the end of the first semester of my Masters degree. One more semester and then an internship and it’s all done. It seems almost unbelievable, this small […]

December 10, 2015

Hard bounces

#MommyScholar, Parenting, Personal

I am almost done the first semester of my Masters. I am overwhelmed and exhausted, even though I have completed all the readings and assignments due in the next week. I am tired and stressed and I couldn’t figure out why I was feeling so off. I know that part of it is the weather. […]

December 1, 2015