Don't just live in the world

23 hours a day

February 17th, 2019 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Health | Personal - (Comments Off on 23 hours a day)

Time moves differently in Cuba. Or at least it felt different. Maybe it was less the fact that I was in Cuba and more the fact that I had no internet access for 23 hours out of the day. Without internet I managed to fill my days with reading, swimming and movies. I also took …
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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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The good Chancellor

February 3rd, 2019 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Personal - (Comments Off on The good Chancellor)

Joe and I started talking about moving in together quite soon after we started dating, and before we moved in together we started talking about getting a pet. We flirted with the idea of a rabbit but in the end the thought of a dog of our own won out, and we started looking for …
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A picture at the top of the stairs

January 27th, 2019 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Personal - (Comments Off on A picture at the top of the stairs)

Dear Gramps, I know that you hated having your picture taken, and I saw the frown on your face those times when you realized I was trying to be sneaky with my camera, but there are pictures of you in this house that make me smile every time I see them. A picture at the …
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This morning I was looking through Reddit and someone posted a question – in relation to recent current events – wondering if people were forced to get a tattoo of a political figure who would they get. I┬áhave many tattoos, most of which are in memory of some person or another in my life. The …
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Body image

January 20th, 2019 | Posted by Amy Boughner in #MommyScholar | Personal - (Comments Off on Body image)

I’m taking these singing lessons and every week I think I should just stop. There is no reason for the lessons, except that it’s something I’ve always wanted to do and I finally decided maybe I could use that time for me. I’m not planning on dropping everything and recording an album, I’m not going …
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And so you are nine

January 13th, 2019 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Parenting - (Comments Off on And so you are nine)

Dear Baby, The memories of you being a teeny baby in my arms are harder and harder to find now. You have been tall forever. Talkative forever. That girl and this girl seem like two different people. It’s impossible that nine years ago I didn’t know you at all. You were this foreign object that …
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Honest, open and brave

January 1st, 2019 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Parenting | Personal - (Comments Off on Honest, open and brave)

As usual last year, I set my three words I wanted to live by for 2018. I chose honest, open and brave. I said I was going to relish 2018. I had no idea that I would be ready to set everything on fire by the end of it. I feel like I failed all …
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A pie, marked with a G

December 24th, 2018 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Personal - (Comments Off on A pie, marked with a G)

As far back as I remember, whenever my family gathered for a homemade meal – me, my sister, my mother and my Tutu and Gramps – at some point one of us would ask what was for dessert and my Gramps would answer – every. single. time. – “Hot mince pie and ice cream.” And …
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Hallowed Halls

December 12th, 2018 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Ottawa | Personal - (Comments Off on Hallowed Halls)

When I was a kid, my Gramps tried to convince us that the work my mother did on Parliament Hill included setting the Peace Tower clock. Like leaning out of the Peace Tower and moving the hands on the clock. What she actually did was research for Mr. Gordon Fairweather, MP for Fundy-Royal. She spent …
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