The coming months of isolation

Yesterday evening, I took my kid to the rink for the first time in seven-ish months. She had to be dressed in full gear except for helmet and skates. There would be no dressing rooms available, no parents allowed into the arena, no use of the water fountain to refill bottles of water.

How the world has changed. Continue reading “The coming months of isolation”

Youth sports, school, and a short story update

Yesterday I updated our calendar with the newly scheduled kids’ activities.

Despite the covid numbers rising in Toronto, youth sports is gearing up to get those kids back to the rink.

This is 🇨🇦 after all…

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All the time

A recent visit by a friend with her daughter got us talking about how kids speak to people about certain topics. This one was about food, or more specifically, eating out at restaurants. Apparently her teen girl uses the expression “all the time” whenever she mentions restaurants she’s been to.

This mortifies her mom. 😶 Continue reading “All the time”

Struggles with compliments

It has never been easy for me to accept a compliment. Maybe because I always sort of expected that I didn’t really deserve them…

Having said that, I’m getting better at accepting and thanking someone for them.

Then, something happened that completely blew me away. But first, a little preamble:

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Rambling about writing, family life and all-nighters

Yesterday’s office hours were a bit of a futsch.

Is that a word? If not, it is now. I made it up. It means, as per my definition, that writing didn’t happen to the degree I wanted it to.

Having said that, I wrote a lot the day prior and I got feedback from two people – one over email and one sitting beside me on the couch. 🙂 Continue reading “Rambling about writing, family life and all-nighters”

Kids helping kids: fun times at the rink

My 11yo daughter, a kid with a natural social disposition as well as a desire to be involved in activities, has been invited to volunteer in the Learn to Skate program.

So after her final baseball game on Saturday morning, which ended in a silver medal, I took her out for a donut and then home for a bite to eat. After that, we went to the rink. 😃

Me in summer wear and the girl child in rink wear. 😜

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Non-habitual routines: the new normal

Twice this weekend my partner got up at 5 am and left to go fly a plane out in Peterborough, 2.5 hours away. Yesterday and today.

And with teenagers in the house who don’t get up until they’re literally starving to death, I had a rare couple of mornings to myself. Continue reading “Non-habitual routines: the new normal”

Monday: you’re on notice

Yesterday was a day. Ugh.

Short version: My excellent suggestions were ignored by family members. Result was epic fails all day. 🙃

At end of day I jokingly tried to teach them my mantra (repeat after me: mom was right), but they refused (ha) and so I escaped with my 3rd glass of wine to the back porch after dinner. Left them to clean the kitchen (which I had to finish later in a somewhat, um…tipsy state. Ahem.)

Will they ever learn? 😜

But first, this happened:

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