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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 …
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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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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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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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Dad

June 15th, 2019 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Parenting | Personal - (Comments Off on 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 …
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She ain’t heavy

May 24th, 2019 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Parenting - (Comments Off on 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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My Wee Baby Girl and Our Gramps

April 29th, 2019 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Parenting | Personal - (Comments Off on My Wee Baby Girl and Our Gramps)

When the Baby Girl was born my Mother and my Gramps were living in Regina and were quite desperate to know what was going on with the baby. I was at home with my phone and computer and this little girl who had enveloped my heart, and so I started sending them pictures every day. …
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Dogged

April 9th, 2019 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Parenting | Personal - (Comments Off on 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

February 9th, 2019 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Health | Parenting | Personal - (Comments Off on 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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