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 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

The E minus


Issues, Ottawa

During the 2008 federal election I was the first to arrive at the office. I would get there around 6 am, relieving the overnight media monitoring, who was always much peppier than I was – me having just woken up, and him being full of caffeine and adrenaline. Upon arriving at the office, I had […]

June 7, 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

This Is Us


Personal

I’m a bad wife, coming off a rough week. I have also lost the ability to remember what day it is. And that is why I realized only late this afternoon that tomorrow is Joe’s birthday. But it’s okay, because I have already given him everything he ever wanted.   Boo-yah. We started dating shortly […]

April 15, 2018

The depth of sadness


Personal

We knew my grandfather was dying. We were waiting. And that meant that every time my phone rang and I saw my mother’s name I girded myself for the worst news. It’s been a few weeks now, but still, every time I see my mother’s name pop up I anticipate bad news. I imagine her […]

April 15, 2018

Not quite


Health, Personal

There are two keys to my depression – the things that go sideways first. One is eating, the other is sleep. This week both tanked severely. The kid was struggling with anxiety and sleep. Joe was away, which means that she was struggling more and that it was all on me to try my fix […]

April 14, 2018

Sundown in the Paris of the Prairies


Canadiana

I first heard about the bus crash late at night. I had fallen asleep in the early evening and woken around 9 or 10. Joe didn’t mention it, but when I looked at Twitter later than night the news was everywhere. It was clearly a very bad accident. The news was that many had died, […]

April 8, 2018

Turmoil


Health, Personal

For the past month or so my life has been in upheaval. A few weeks ago I was in the emergency room, terrified, in pain and uncomfortable. I felt as though I might be having a heart attack. I went through a bunch of tests – and I am so thankful for the doctor who […]

April 2, 2018