An ode to Jodie


Personal, Women's Issues

When the rumours started that the next Doctor might be a woman, I was intrigued but not hopeful. Even when it was just rumours there were male fans (#notallmen) who were up in arms. How dare this fictional alien change in an unapproved way. When the video announcement was released it became obvious that I […]

November 12, 2018

I remember


Canadiana, Personal

Remembrance Day is always a time of ghosts. I have always felt heavily the sacrifices that were made. Maybe more heavily than ever right now, as the world marches in what seems to be the wrong direction. I knew from a young age that my grandfather had gone to war. He and his two brothers […]

November 11, 2018

Ours the task eternal


Personal

We spent the afternoon in the Carleton University field house today. Joe went to pick up his Master’s degree and the kid and I went to cheer. This was the fourth time I’ve been in the field house for a grad, but the first time it hasn’t been one of mine… I’m pretty sure the […]

November 10, 2018

Doodle fiercely


Learning, Personal, Work

I was reading this book Fierce Conversations, which is supposed to be about achieving success at work and in life, but I’ve been really struggling to get through it, and I think today was the final straw. There was a section about hosting a meeting, and it suggested starting off by asking everyone to put […]

November 9, 2018

Laid up


Health, Personal

I have come back from New York sick. Something about four planes, cool temperatures and rain, sleeping in the same bed with an 8-year-old who is probably riddled with germs. It all came together and got me good. I was exhausted yesterday, and so was she, but the flight did a number on her sinuses […]

November 8, 2018

This is our home


Canadiana, Personal

I find it difficult to vacation. I find it difficult leaving work behind. I like to be in control of the things I should be controlling and leaving someone else to take care of things is incredibly hard. I find it difficult too to be away from the news. I hate not knowing what’s happening […]

November 7, 2018

To be otter-like


Parenting, Personal

This morning we took a very long cab right across the Brooklyn Bridge and into the far reaches of the island to visit the New York Aquarium. Had I done my research we would have taken the subway to get there – as it was we only figured out the subway back. The Q train […]

November 5, 2018

What’s Inside


Parenting

The first musical I saw was Phantom of the Opera in 1991 or 1992 at the Pantages Theatre in downtown Toronto. The first musical I took my daughter to see was Matilda, in the same theatre in Toronto, now renamed. I think the first musical I showed her (that wasn’t animated) was Annie – the […]

November 4, 2018

Murder and Mayhem


Books

The kid and I flew to New York today, but before we left I finished a book that I started reading because I saw it on some list somewhere and ended up really enjoying. The book is called The Art of the English Murder (though I gather it’s also published under the title A Very British Murder) […]

November 3, 2018