October 2008

Fall Family Fun part three: Saunders Farm

19 October 2008 Life in Ottawa

Today’s post is the third in a series of suggestions for fall family fun in and around Ottawa. On Thanksgiving Monday, friends of ours who also have three boys invited us out to join them at Saunders Farm in Munster, about 20 minutes west of Barrhaven. I’d never been, and had been waffling between bringing […]

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Fall Family Fun Part 2: Hog’s Back Falls

16 October 2008 Life in Ottawa

I’ve posted several times before about Hog’s Back Falls, truly one of Ottawa’s hidden treasures. It’s one of my very favourite places in the city, especially in the fall. The paths are broad and easily accessible by stroller, but there are paths and steps to be scaled and stone walls to scamper across: plenty of […]

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Nothing beats waking up from an election to National Grouch Day

15 October 2008 Life, the Universe and Everything

Thank goodness for my “one year ago today I blogged about” widget, or I’d’ve missed National Grouch Day entirely. Could there be any better irony, waking up the morning after all this election nonsense to National Grouch Day? Let’s celebrate like we did last year. Bitch and moan away, bloggy peeps. What’s pissing you off […]

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Fall Family Fun Part 1: Parc Omega

15 October 2008 Life in Ottawa

It’s been a beautiful autumn so far, and we’ve been out and about enjoying it. If you’re looking to get out and admire the fall colours, this trio of posts might give you some ideas for family outings both expensive (but worth it!) and free, all part of my ongoing exploration of Ottawa’s Hidden Treasures. […]

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Plan B update: 8 weeks in

14 October 2008 Me, only better

I’m still plodding along on my Plan B diet lifestyle makeover, and I’m still doing well. The first month was great. The results (losing around 2 lbs a week) were rather intoxicating, and it was easy to more or less stay on plan. I hit a bit of a slump a couple of weeks ago, […]

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My happy place

13 October 2008 It IS all about me

I’m old enough and wise enough now to know that life comes in cycles, some good and some not quite so good. I’m also wise enough to recognize that when it’s good, it’s a blessing worth acknowledging. It’s such a simple thing, and such an amazing blessing, to be truly happy. I don’t know how […]

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Strollers on buses – my letter to the editor

9 October 2008 Life in Ottawa

Every couple of years, I get my knickers in enough of a twist to fire off a letter to the editor of our local paper. I’ve got a pretty good record of getting them published. I’ve got another one published this morning. The back story has to do with a mother of a two-year old […]

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Ottawa Moms: Join the Breastfeeding Challenge!

8 October 2008 Baby days

Did you know that in 2005, the National Capital Region came in first out of 234 participating locations in the breastfeeding challenge, with the largest number of participating mommies? Join us to beat the record in 2008! Moms will be lactating large at the St Laurent Shopping Centre, CHEO, the Monfort and both campuses of […]

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(Nearly) Wordless Wednesday: First skating lessons

8 October 2008 Ah, me boys

They’re Canadian; of course I had to sign the boys up for skating lessons! They’d never been on skates before. The morning started out with a lot of this: After a while of crawling around on the ice, Tristan had progressed to this: I honestly never expected him to get to this during his very […]

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Ten-pages-in book review: In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto

7 October 2008 10-pages-in

It’s been a long, long time since I’ve written a 10-pages-in book review. This is largely because I am in the year of the series, working my way through all seven Harry Potter books, the His Dark Materials trilogy, Stephen King’s Dark Tower books, and I’m currently in the middle of re-reading one of my […]

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