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The day before last I finally completed the 2011 Census and I think it was the short form for all of those who remember the hoopla of the long versus short form. Anyway it’s really easy and you can do it online. Right after I was asked to participate in another voluntary household survey and [...]

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  Today is my last day of work before I go off on leave awaiting baby number 2 and it feels rather surreal.   Wasn’t it yesterday that I was pregnant with Miss Mouse and at work when just like that my water broke, in the food court of the building in which I work? Yes, [...]

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Today we presented a fellow pregnant colleague with a baby gift as tomorrow is her last day in the office (this is the second one to go this year –I swear there is something in our water!) I just love baby showers. I think I love the shopping for them most of all (I offered [...]

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  One of my observations as a new parent is that when children want something, they want it NOW! Not in a few minutes, not after Mommy ties her shoelace/finishes her meal/goes to the bathroom but right this very instant. It’s interesting to watch my own reactions to my daughter’s immediate wants (I saw wants [...]

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Johanna Skibsrud is the winner of the 2010 Scotiabank Giller Prize for her book The Sentimentalists. This prize is the only Canadian literary event broadcast on national television and honours the best in Canadian literature. The 30-year-old Nova Scotian’s book is based on the story of her father, Olav, who was a Vietnam War veteran. [...]

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I’ve always been fascinated by those who build models. Any type of model elicits the same type of curiosity; it is not what they create but why they do it. As a painter, I understand the need to make tangible things from the ideas floating around in one’s head. The creation process is all about [...]

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I am not an extreme sport person. In fact the only thing I am extreme about is fretting about or over-analyzing things. If those could be leisure activities then I would totally rock! I have a general rule, if insurance won’t cover you for doing it, I am not interested! Put it this way, what [...]

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Ever notice that there is a tone for Monday? It really is different from any other day isn’t it? Whether it’s because our sleeping schedules have been marred by two days without alarm clocks or that we are just bitter about giving up our personal freedom to go and punch a clock there is definitely [...]

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This post will be late there’s just now way around it. You see I went out tonight with my hubby for a micro-date (in between working, childcare and everything else this is how we do it!) How did we spend our micro-date together? Well, with Jim Cuddy! Before you start calling children’s aid, there were [...]

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In Quebec, where I grew up, high school starts in grade 7. So at the tender age of 13 I entered the large halls of the imposing brown building with the seemingly endless front lawn and the few slivers known as windows. In fact, my high school was jokingly referred to as a prison by [...]

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