My Happiness List: November 2016 Edition

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I am a Canadian, and a relatively liberal Canadian, at that. Because of that it probably won't surprise you to learn I was rooting for Hillary Clinton in the US Presidential election. My children were, too. Last night, as the results became … [Read more ...]

Happy Halloween!

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It's Halloween! I freely confess, this is not my favourite of holidays. When you're a little bit introverted the whole thing can feel slightly intimidating. Plus I'm actually a gigantic scaredy cat. Horror movies are so not my thing, and the loud … [Read more ...]

Riding the Ghost Train

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I have been invited to visit the Ghost Train in Stanley Park, here in Vancouver, for a number of years. But I didn't take anyone up on the invitation because (1) I often had a time conflict, and (2) my kids are super afraid of spooky Halloween … [Read more ...]

Graduation

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I've written here about finishing school and starting my teaching career. It feels like I've mentioned that I've completed my education more than once, but here I am going to go and mention it again. It's a little bit confusing so here's a rundown of … [Read more ...]

Free! Evenings!

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So, I'm officially a substitute teacher. My teaching certificate arrived a week and a half ago and since then I have taught everything from kindergarten to precalculus 11. It's interesting. I'm learning a lot. I'm sort of getting my feet under me. … [Read more ...]

I Will not Take Your Trash

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If you are a parent you have probably experienced this scenario. You are out somewhere in public. A grocery store. A park. Church. A festival of some sort. Your kid puts something in their mouth and then promptly decides that they do not like it. … [Read more ...]

Poem for September: Goal Setting

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Recently I re-embraced my adolescent love of writing poetry. Many of them are written just for me, but others are for sharing. And so, a blog series is born. And now, here is a poem I wrote over a year ago. It actually feels pretty apt for my life … [Read more ...]