The Word

Books, Personal

There was a time when I forgot how much I loved to read. As a kid I would read constantly. I would stay up late reading by nightlight, I would go to the library regularly. I spent a Saturday moving around the house in various sitting positions reading John Grisham’s The Client. We got gift […]

July 13, 2018

Try and try again

Parenting, Personal

The kid is in her first week of a long camp this week. It is full of things she’s never done before. On the Monday she came home excited. On Tuesday she seemed fine when I picked her up. And then on Tuesday night she started thinking all the negative things she could possibly thing. […]

July 12, 2018

Movin’ on up


In one month we take possession of our new house. In one month we will move. One month. I’ve moved a few times in my life. When I was a kid we moved twice, when I was a young adult I moved cities three times (four if you count my aborted move to Toronto). I […]

July 12, 2018

What I don’t have


When we went on our vacation last week I was feeling very fragile. A few days before we left I had a breakdown, crying over my Gramps. It took me days longer than usual to pack. It was all harder for some reason. I expected it to be hard to see my husband’s grandfather. Grandpa […]

July 9, 2018

The end is the beginning


In 2003, I graduated from college. From the end of my internship to the day of my graduation ceremony I applied to 60 jobs. I kept a list. Sixty jobs. One or two applications resulted in interviews. It was incredibly frustrating. And so, when I finally got a job offer I went. I moved to […]

July 6, 2018



We have two months before we move into our new home, which means a lot of time for thinking about all the things we’ll want to do with the space. We plan to build a deck in the backyard right away because it’s made such a difference for us in this house. We’re going to […]

June 17, 2018

Man or Muppet?


You may or may not be aware that Frank Oz is on Twitter. He signed up recently, in part to help promote a documentary called Muppet Guys Talking. You may or may not be aware that I am a huge Muppet fan, and that Frank Oz voices many of my absolute favourite characters. The other day […]

June 9, 2018

Child of summer

Parenting, Personal

On Saturday there was much activity at our house. We had a community garage sale, and then cleaning and showings because we’re on the market (which sucks). In the morning my daughter got up, got dressed and helped her Daddy set up for our own sale. By mid-morning her friends were up and out and […]

June 5, 2018

This kid is non-stop

Health, Personal

In the past three months we’ve lost family members, we’ve both had extended out of town trips, we’ve both got work events that are taking up a lot of time, I’ve had some medical issues that resulted in a diagnosis – finally – of a condition that is pre-cancerous, meaning I have to get scanned […]

May 26, 2018

Too much is not enough

Books, Personal

I just finished reading Durga Chew-Bose’s book of essays Too Much and Not in the Mood. The book drew me in, in a way I wasn’t expecting. I’ve been reading a lot of books of essays by women, by women of colour, in the past couple of years, but this one was different. I’ve not ever […]

April 20, 2018