A Whole New World

#MommyScholar, Personal

This has been quite a week. I marked the five year anniversary of my former boss’ death, the first anniversary of burying my Dad, Joe and I watched the Tragically Hip concert and heard Gord Downie’s lyrics explain to us how to mourn him. This week I have found a job, arranged for childcare for […]

August 26, 2016

Dancing in the rain

Health, Parenting

Every night, when she’s supposed to be trying to fall asleep, the kid manages to find some sort of existential crisis. Through tears she tells me that her brain just won’t stop. She tries to clear it – we give her colouring books, breathing exercises, tell her to count sheep – but she just can’t […]

August 25, 2016

Thanks to Jack, Dad and Gord

Canadiana, Personal

Five years since Jack Layton died, a year since we buried my father, a few days after watching Gord Downie perform his last concert in his hometown, some lessons that I’ve learned from these men: Always wear sunscreen. By the end of his life, my father had nine separate moles removed because of skin cancer. […]

August 22, 2016

On Strength

Health, Personal

This week is complicated. Last night Joe and I watched The Tragically Hip concert together. On Friday I watched Evan Dunfee (who I happen to be related to – we share great-grandparents, the last time saw him he was about 3 or 4) race walk for almost four hours. He placed fourth, and then he […]

August 21, 2016

A Giant in Sport

Health, Ottawa

When the kid was still a baby I made a mistake. I signed her up for gymnastics at eight months. I did it because I have always loved gymnastics and I had regrets that I never really tried doing them. I never really tried to do any sports, and so the kid had tried many, […]

August 21, 2016

That’s what I’m here for


I would never call myself a huge fan of the Tragically Hip. I owned one or two of their albums, I liked their singles,  I’ve never seen them play live. There was a time in Ottawa when it was almost hard to avoid it. But it feels like I’ve known who the are forever. And […]

August 20, 2016


Canadiana, Personal

We took the opportunity we had this week – me not working, Joe off work, the kid on a break week from her many camps – and took a drive up the 401. We stayed in Belleville for two nights and spend a morning at Sandbanks Provincial Park. It was a lovely, short trip that […]

August 19, 2016

Top Chef

Health, Parenting

When I got the email asking me if I wanted to try out Chef’s Plate, a service that delivers a recipe and all its required ingredients to your door, I jumped. Meal planning has never been easy, and since the kid’s declaration that she wants to be vegetarian it’s gotten harder. Having it all there in […]

August 17, 2016

The good and the bad


It has been very interesting looking at my Facebook memories this week because apparently it was this week nine years ago that I got and started my first job out of university. It’s a bit hard to look back on because the excitement and optimism that I’m seeing this week turned into the worst job […]

August 13, 2016

The little things


I very much enjoy seeing the memories that come up in my social media. I get them from Facebook and also from Google now that all my photos are stored there. Today Facebook gave me a very nice little memory. I remember the day vividly. Joe and I went for the ultrasound and when we […]

August 13, 2016