Stomping Grounds


I had a medical appointment this week with a specialist – a respirologist, who is trying to decide whether I ever had the asthma that I was diagnosed with as a child. The appointment took me through the neighbourhood I grew up in. A neighbourhood I love dearly and highly recommend growing up in. We […]

March 30, 2017

33 per cent

Issues, Work

In last week’s federal budget, the government announced intentions to give new parents the option of extending their leave to 18 months instead of the 12 months most are now eligible for under EI rules. (With the same conditions applying). At first I had a good reaction to this change. Assuming that parents would still […]

March 27, 2017

Ebb and Flow


There was a sea change last week. I felt it coming on. I felt it. I felt good. I took a step back. I spent some time being quiet. I checked things off my lists. I went out and saw friends and talked about things that matter to me. I wrote. I did art. I […]

March 27, 2017

Things I Love This Week

Parenting, Personal

Periodically I enjoy a list of the things that are filling up my bucket at the moment. Here are a few right now: Heavy, the new single from Linkin Park – I’ve been a fan of Linkin Park since Hybrid Theory came out. That album and Meteora are probably two of my favourites ever. When I first […]

March 26, 2017

Everyday People

Issues, Personal, Work

Intellectually I know that not everyone in the country cares as much as I do about what’s happening in Ottawa and on Parliament Hill. I know a lot of people don’t understand it as much as I do. But in practice I have a really hard time acknowledging the fact that there are some people […]

March 24, 2017

Who Could It Be Now


For some reason recently I have been dwelling on that girl I was in high school. It might be a mid-life crisis, though I’m 36 now and had a quarter-life crisis at 23, so that math doesn’t work *at all.* I have been thinking about the girl I was in high school and wondering how […]

March 23, 2017

Not Appropriate


There was a bit of a kerfuffle in the Niki Ashton campaign last week when a meme was posted on her Twitter account (whether that came from her or someone on her team, I don’t know). The meme used Beyoncé lyrics to demonstrate Ashton’s goals for the party – that it should move to the […]

March 21, 2017

Into Nature

Ottawa, Personal

We spent part of the March break at Montebello, which was my idea. I took the kid there once before and we rather enjoyed ourselves, and I thought it a great place to get away, but not too far away. Turns out Montebello is quite popular during March break, and they appreciate the business so […]

March 20, 2017

In dogs we trust

Parenting, Personal

We spent the first few days of March break out at Chateau Montebello – I will probably write more about that later. There were many activities, some regular and some special for spring break. (Ha. Spring. We had 20+ cm of snow in our driveway when we got back). We were only there for one […]

March 16, 2017

Itchy, scratchy, wheezy

Health, Personal

Many moons ago when I was a kid I had a horrible rash on my arms. The doctor gave me a special lotion but it was so itchy all the time, and I was experiencing constant colds. My GP sent me to an allergist. I have never forgotten sitting in the exam room with hives […]

March 13, 2017