Sugar We’re Going Down


Personal

A lot of 2018 has been full of stress so far. We’ve had two deaths in the family, we decided to move and that move resulted in a school change, and now I’m seeing major changes at work. It has seemed like a constant state of fight or flight. The stress that comes with overwhelming […]

September 9, 2018

Life’s a happy song


Personal

It’s been a little over a week now since I did something I never thought I would ever get up the courage to do. Last Saturday I got up on a stage and I sang in front of a room full of people. Once by myself, twice in groups. This occurred after a whole week […]

August 30, 2018

A place of your own


Personal

Some people would walk into my home office and think it’s a bit much. My mother walked through it this week, newly set up in the new house, and said that anybody walking into that room would learn a few things about me right away. I have pictures on the walls, two full bookshelves, toys […]

August 26, 2018

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


Personal

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


Personal

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


Personal

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

Spaces


Personal

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?


Personal

You may or may not be aware that Frank Oz is on Twitter. He signed up recently, in part to help promote a documentary calledĀ 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