May 2015

A delightful night out with the NAC Orchestra

17 May 2015 Life in Ottawa

When I was offered a pair of tickets to see the NAC Orchestra for their Casual Fridays series, I knew exactly whom I wanted to take. My Dad was a drummer back in the day, and taught me almost everything I know about music. He’s also forgiven me for somehow genetically bypassing every shred of […]

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Photo of the day: Dandelion portrait

16 May 2015 Photo of the Day

Oh look, MOAR DANDELIONS! This may be my favourite dandelion portrait ever, and I love how the grass was rendered creamy smooth in the background. Weeds? Maybe, but pretty ones.

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Photo of the day: Picking dandelions in black and white

14 May 2015 Photo of the Day

Why yes, in fact we ARE still playing with the dandelions. Just wait until you see the fun we have when they go to seed! Are you still diligent with your spring weed control or have you too ceded to the dandelion invasion?

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10-pages-in: Imaginary Things

14 May 2015 10-pages-in

I really need to stop accepting books for review, because when I don’t love them I feel horribly conflicted. They gave me a free book, I should give it a nice review! But when it’s a struggle to find nice things to say, I find myself in an awkward position. Such is the case with […]

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Photo of the day: Mini mushroom

13 May 2015 Photo of the Day

I almost overlooked this eensy-beensy mushroom growing on a stump, but when I saw it, I was completely charmed by it. Doesn’t it look like the kind of place fairies might hang out to play?

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Photo of the day: Lucas in the dandelions

12 May 2015 Photo of the Day

Companion piece to yesterday’s photo of the day: Uh oh, I don’t have a third one in the series and I cut the grass. We’ll have to go find someone else’s dandelions so I can make my triptych! It’s portrait season and the porch is open for business. I’ve got new gear, new props and […]

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Photo of the day: In the garden

10 May 2015 Ah, me boys

He’s as tall as me, all lanky legs and limbs, and his hair might be a little longer than I’d keep it if I were in charge of the scissors, but he’s still willing to humour me and my relentless camera. I love that you can see vestiges of the toddler he was and hints […]

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Photo of the day: Amateur tulips

9 May 2015 Photo of the Day

So I’m kneeling at the edge of the tulip bed in a skirt with my iPhone, trying to frame this shot without exposing my netherbits to the spring sunshine and I’m aware of the dude who has come up behind me with a tripod and ginormous lens but I’m almost done and I’ll soon be […]

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Thoughtful eating: The Dorito Effect

8 May 2015 Eating and thinking and thinking about eating

From Michael Pollan to Mark Bittman to Michael Moss to Yoni Freedhoff to Michael Smith, I love being challenged to think about food in new ways. I found this Globe and Mail excerpt from a new book called The Dorito Effect: The Surprising New Truth About Food and Flavor fascinating. It talks about how the […]

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Photo of the day: Walkathon

8 May 2015 Photo of the Day

I had the great pleasure of being the official parent council photographer for the school walkathon yesterday. Could you imagine a more perfect day for it? We’re new to the school, but apparently the 5 km walkathon is a 15 year tradition. The kids had a blast – a very wet blast, in fact. It’s […]

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