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Author Archives: Amy Boughner

Red in the face

March 27th, 2020 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Parenting | Personal - (Comments Off on Red in the face)

I had a conversation today about embarrassment. It wasn’t an in-depth conversation, but someone was talking about their embarrassment doing something that I did without even thinking of being abashed. In fact, I’m still quite proud. I went back to university, aged 34, to finish my honours year and get a Masters degree. Was I …
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Gimme Shelter

March 23rd, 2020 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Health | Personal - (Comments Off on Gimme Shelter)

Last night I wanted to make macaroni and cheese, so I went to the pantry and found that we didn’t have any macaroni. It was a simple moment when the fact that we’re dealing with something like no one has ever seen before became clearer. Because we can’t just run out and buy some macaroni, …
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Life in Threes

February 26th, 2020 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Personal - (Comments Off on Life in Threes)

I turn 39 today (technically around 8:30 tonight) and it’s got me thinking about being 13, and being 26. At 13 I was living at home with my mother and sister, grandparents around all the time, and our new puppy. I had just met the girl who would become my maid of honour. I was …
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The Flow

February 25th, 2020 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Health | Personal - (Comments Off on The Flow)

I’m a writer. I have always been a writer – from the time I wrote a book of poems about pig and printed them out on our dot matrix along with a clip art cover. It’s what I do for work (and hopefully will continue to do). I’m good at it, it comes easily to …
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Undeniably me

February 23rd, 2020 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Personal - (Comments Off on Undeniably me)

Soon I turn 39. It seems utterly absurd, because in my brain I’m not a grown up. My mental age is about 17, I think. But I also know I’m not 17 because I’ve been married for almost 13 years and I have a 10 year old daughter. I also have vivid memories of things …
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Vacationing with the family

February 21st, 2020 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Parenting | Personal - (Comments Off on Vacationing with the family)

Last year I went to Cuba by myself. I went to an adults-only resort and spent a week doing whatever the hell I felt like doing. It was excellent and I needed it. This year we all needed it. So we booked a trip to Cuba – a week over the Family Day holiday weekend. …
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My dear baby

January 13th, 2020 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Parenting - (Comments Off on My dear baby)

I was a bit emotional today as we hid the decade mark since I gave birth for the first and only time. I both vividly remember and have forgotten a lot about that day. The days in between than and now have gone too quickly and too slowly. From that day forward I have had …
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I’ve become so numb

December 22nd, 2019 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Personal - (Comments Off on I’ve become so numb)

I have been trying very hard to care about Christmas this year. I have a 9 year old and she’s excited and I want her to be excited, but there is so much else that I want. I want certainty, but we only walk farther away from it. I want to be okay, but every …
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At the end of March we brought Frank the dog into our home. I found him while looking but not really looking for a rescue dog, because I wasn’t sure the family was ready for a dog that wasn’t Henry. But there he was. We drove all the way to Toronto to meet him and …
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These are the people

November 17th, 2019 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Parenting | Personal - (Comments Off on These are the people)

We watched the Sesame Street 50th anniversary special tonight. Now I love Sesame Street. I love the Muppets. I love Jim Henson. All of these things were a major part of my childhood. These shows introduced me to so many things – not the least of which is my sense of humour. I still remember …
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