September 2006

Ouch

18 September 2006 Uncategorized

Sorry, folks. Nothing going on here today. I’m battling a dragon of a migraine, and there’s not much I can take to quell it, so I’m hiding out under the blankets instead. Do you have that ‘safe’ place, about two-thirds of the way to sleep, where the headache miraculously disappears? That’s where I’ll be floating […]

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The big reveal

15 September 2006 Uncategorized

I’m sitting in a waiting room with walls the colour of Pepto-Bismal, waiting for my name to be called. Ironically, or perhaps fittingly but somewhat premature, I’m in the maternity ward of the same hospital where I delivered both Tristan and Simon (because the Fertility Clinic is not set up with an obstetrical ultrasound unit.) […]

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Tristan’s first day of school

14 September 2006 Uncategorized

There’s so much going on in the world that I could blog about right now, so many things that I would like to blog about right now, that I think my head might burst. Everything from the tragic, incomprehensible shooting in Montreal (again? How could this happen AGAIN?) to Sean Penn getting busted by the […]

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Shona’s story

14 September 2006 Uncategorized

I’d like to interrupt our regularly scheduled programming to appeal to your charitable nature. Very dear friends of mine have been working hard to raise funds for their caregiver and friend, Shona. In May of this year, Shona was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer, and following her treatment, she will likely be unable to […]

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Getting ready for school – a monologue

13 September 2006 Uncategorized

Where the heck is that piece of paper with the school hours on it. (Rifles through stacks of paperwork on the end table, the kitchen counter and the shelf in the bathroom.) It’s his first day tomorrow, and I can’t remember the official school hours. Do I pick him up tomorrow at 11:15 or 11:30? […]

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The homework debate

12 September 2006 Uncategorized

There was an interesting article in this weekend’s Citizen, reprinted from Salon, about homework. Specifically, the article is an interview with Nancy Kalish, co-author of the book The Case Against Homework. Kalish argues that “homework is diminishing children’s educational experience, turning kids off learning, putting strains on families, turning students into ‘homework potatoes’ and stunting […]

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Meta-blogging

11 September 2006 Uncategorized

I had a huge, labour-intensive post written this morning, and just lost it to the vagries of Blogger’s whims. Now you get the short version. Perhaps that’s better after all. I’ve been spending a lot of time lately thinking about blogging, blogging for profit, and my own motivations for blogging. It started about a month […]

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Google hit of the week

10 September 2006 Uncategorized

Now that we’ve gotten past the whole Ikea thing, the prize for the “Google that made me laugh out loud” award goes to: “pictures of giant women crushing things“. The runner-up is “why is my period late?” You’re going to have to pony up a bit more personal information if you want me to answer […]

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Meeting the teacher

8 September 2006 Uncategorized

It’s late (well, after dark) and I’m beyond tired, but I wanted to tell you a little bit about Tristan’s first-first day (as opposed to his first small-class day, and his first whole-class day) on Wednesday. I’m not sure I have enough brainpower left to create a cohesive narrative arc, so bear with me as […]

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I. O. U.

7 September 2006 Uncategorized

Sorry, bloggy friends. I owe you two posts, and I don’t have time to give you either one of them just right now. The first one is all about yesterday’s interview with Tristan’s junior kindergarten teachers, and how well it went and how proud I am and how freaked out I am about the whole […]

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