May 2006

Happy at home

17 May 2006 Ah, me boys

I’ve been in a crappy mood all day. Not really much reason, except for the dreary weather, and a lack of sleep, the snotty remainders of a rather bad cold, and an unpleasant amount of work foisted on me at the last minute. I’ve been feeling that “curl up in a ball and lick your […]

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The Whole Mom

17 May 2006 Uncategorized

Oops, almost forgot to tell you there’s a new issue of The Whole Mom out this week! The Whole Mom is part e-zine and part mother’s community, edited and lovingly put together by Andrea and Kim. There’s fiction, non-fiction, columns, essays, and comics. I still haven’t gotten my act together enough to contribute an original […]

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No smoking

17 May 2006 Uncategorized

In August of 2001, almost five years ago, the city of Ottawa banned smoking in all workplaces – not just offices, but restaurants, bars, and (gasp!) bingo halls. People said the ban would cause restaurants to go bankrupt as patrons fled across the river to Quebec; they said the hospitality industry in the city would […]

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Tan in a can

16 May 2006 Uncategorized

One of my lifelong addictions has been sun exposure. Drugs, alcohol and cigarettes never had much allure, but I’ve always loved to sit in the sun. No matter how much I read about skin cancer and melanoma and wrinkles, I still think I look better with freckled cheeks and tanned legs. I admit, I’ve come […]

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Roughing it in the bush

15 May 2006 Away we go

So you’ve been waiting for the update, right? You saw the forecast for rain, rain and more rain. You knew I was in a crappy mood heading out. You’re itching to hear how it went, right? Three words: Best. Camping. Ever. Here, for your reading pleasure, an essay on how to achieve the perfect camping […]

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Better luck next time

12 May 2006 Uncategorized

I got my French test results back. I didn’t get the level I need. Again. I can’t decide if I’m more disappointed or annoyed. I was pretty sure I nailed it this time, and I know I did much better than last time. Apparently just not better enough to hurdle into the next level, the […]

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Baby jones

11 May 2006 Mothering without a licence

I have, as you know, two preschoolers. Two kids under the age of five. I am constantly exhausted by their demands, their neediness, their loving clinginess. Although there are still not enough hours in the day, and only barely enough hours of sleep at night, things are finally getting easier. One is potty trained, and […]

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If it’s raining, we must be camping

10 May 2006 Away we go

I need you, bloggy friends! I need your ideas, and I need your good wishes. First, your ideas: we are going camping this weekend. It’s our second annual free camping weekend, and this year my brother, sister-in-law, 18 month old nephew, and the four of us will be joined by my mother and father – […]

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Strangest hit ever

9 May 2006 Uncategorized

Copied directly from my referral log: Mon 8 May 2006 22:04:00 LOS ANGELEShttp: q=”pants&ie=UTF-8&ui=blg&filter=0&sa=N&start=10″ Nice, eh? Someone from the Church of Scientology in LA found blog last night while doing a Google Blog search on “pants”. You know what? I really don’t want to know.

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The green, green grass of home

9 May 2006 Uncategorized

This government job of mine pays pretty well, and the benefit package has indisputable attraction. But all this playing with words and ideas and abstract concepts all day is getting a little old, and on the weekend I think I found my one true calling. I think it’s time for a career change. I want […]

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