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Epic 10th Anniversary Road Trip Post

July 14, 2017

Hi Everyone! Ryan and I finally got to go on our honeymoon at the end of last month; from June 22nd to the 28th we were on the road from Sudbury to Prince Edward Island and back. We had a wonderful trip with miles upon miles of beautiful scenery, nic…

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Life Update part eleventy two

February 21, 2017

Hello friends! Not dead, just busy. Lots of fun things have been happening around here lately so let me get you up to speed:

  • Gabe has been working hard all month on a YUGE elections campaign project for school. He hands it in today and I'm SO N…

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Thankful Thursday (early!)

January 18, 2017

It's good to stop and smell the roses; have you ever done that? Literally stopped on your way to or from someplace to smell a rose? I have and it's a lovely thing to do. Around here we have wild roses in the summer and sometimes you can smell them fr…

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Kintsukuroi Repaired with Love

November 16, 2016

You may have seen this image floating around the last little while:

The philosophy here is as beautiful as one of the pieces; Japanese aesthetics values marks of wear by the use of an object. This can be seen as a rationale for keeping an obje…

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Back to the Future?

September 14, 2016

The poplar across the street has leaves as bright yellow as miniature suns; they remind me of the fabled trees of Lothlorien. I noticed a few peeking out a couple of weeks ago and may have cringed a bit. Ryan laughed and said "Why are you always surp…

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This Time Is Different

February 19, 2016

So a lot’s been happening behind the scenes here in Canada-land. Ryan’s been working out of town four hours away since mid-November; this isn’t new for me, as I’ve been on my own with the kids before. It’s different this time though. Every instance o…

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Vexing Vaccinations

October 27, 2015

Last week I took the kids to get their vaccinations; Kat's behind, and I thought Gabe was missing a set from when he was five but apparently not. Let's get one thing straight right off the bat; while I might be a liberal hippie feminist, I'm not anti…

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Preschool Pain in the A$$

October 3, 2015

The following is just a rant. 

I love my kids very much, but damn, sometimes you just want to lock them up and throw away the key. In my case, it's from about age 2 1/2 to 5. The foot-stomping, screaming, gimmie-gimmie, temper tantrum stage for …

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Becoming - Mother's Day

May 10, 2015

Tomorrow is Mother's Day, a day rooted in peace activism, but commercialized beyond recognition. Gabe was upset he didn't win me a cake at school on Friday and I told him that was fine, if he never bought me a single thing for Mother's Day, only reme…

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Lipstick and Lies

October 11, 2014

Have you ever had a reaction to something someone did or said that was so strong it surprised you? Not a trigger, that's not what I'm talking about, but a gut reaction of NOPE that blindsided you? That happened to me Friday morning while trying to …

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Two? Two?! TWO!?

August 21, 2014

Two years ago today Katherine was born via cesearan in a BC hospital. Her delivery was fraught, my recovery slow, but other than that little bump at the beginning the last two years have been AMAZING. She is the sunniest toddler in the 'verse (and I …

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August 14, 2014

Ok, so I guess the Universe is never really done kicking anyone in the pants. A few days ago I found out a dear former professor and idol passed away from cancer. I hadn't spoken with her in a couple of years but I still feel her loss keenly. Dr. Ala…

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Out of Gas

April 15, 2014

Out of mental spoons. Out of fucks to give. That's me right now. All of my energy is currently focused on getting through the day by day of my life. It's the uncertainty of what might come next that's bothering me the most, making me waver between fr…

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I Hate Princesses

March 12, 2014

Or more specifically, I hate princess culture. I'm an anti-monarchist, despite living in a constitutional monarchy. The idea that a family is somehow special, and therefore more powerful, rich and well regarded than any other, is classism at it's str…

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Bottom of the Well

February 27, 2014

Spring is technically right around the corner but we're experiencing (hopefully our last) deep freeze here in Northern Ontario. The wind has been blowing forcefully for days, the temperatures dipping down into -30C or worse at night. I feel like the …

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Currently in February

February 25, 2014
waking up next to my hubby is the best thing ever.  

finishing Winter. Be gone already!

watching Master Chef Canada.

loving the lengthening days.

appreciating all that my family has done for us.

packing up odds and ends that have accumulated…

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Making My Dream Come True

February 10, 2014

It's been one lovely week having my husband home, let me tell you! He drove home straight after work last Friday night (the 31st) and I waited up until 2am to give him a proper welcome. (*wink*) Gabe made him a Welcome Home Dad sign and in the mornin…

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Weekday Routines

January 6, 2014

Please don't hate me when I say this, but I love Mondays. Monday mornings I sometimes get to sleep in as Leslie will get Gabe out to the door to school. After I get up, it's an hour or two of Star Trek reruns (NG and Voyager) with Katherine, breakfas…

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Reflecting on 2013

December 30, 2013

It's been a long damn year. The last season (Fall) I've been here at my inlaws. I spent the Spring in one of the most beautiful places I've ever lived, and the Summer baking in Langford. Winter was at the apartment in Nanaimo where we took the 2nd bi…

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December 4, 2013

It could just be the change of seasons (only 18 days until the celestial turn-around!) or simply burn-out, but I've lost my momentum. After being ON for the last four months, planning and moving and waiting and being disappointed and then getting m…

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