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Parenting Personal

Catch some zzzs

I am not a good sleeper. I never have been. When I was a kid I would read by night-light after my mom tucked me in. As a teenager I used to stay up so late I would get my days and nights flipped around in the summer. I get productive in the evenings and …

Parenting Personal

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 …

Parenting

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 …

Parenting Personal

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 …

Parenting Personal

Dad

Today is Father’s Day, and for my husband it is not only his first without his Dad, but I’m also skipping town for a week with his daughter. But I think a week alone, with no nightly activity schedule will be good for him. When Joe and I met I was determined not to have …

Parenting

She ain’t heavy

My daughter is an athlete. When she was a baby we tried a whole bunch of different physical activities in the hopes that a couple might stick and they have. She did gymnastics for years, she loves to swim, she plays soccer every summer. This year she’s doing another Pedalheads bike camp, a musical camp …

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Dogged

On February 1 we said goodbye to our puppy dog and none of us were sure when we would have another pet. Henry was a sweet boy and we loved him dearly. Saying goodbye was incredibly difficult, and so was the silence he left behind. As it turned out I started feeling quite desperate for …

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A Cuba

I am at my gate at the airport. (Super early, but with books to read and an episode of Drag Race to watch). I’m off to Cuba. My first time on a warm beach. My first time outside of North America. A solo vacation. Time to step away and break out of the brutal constant …

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