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What took me so long?
January 19, 2014, 7:55 pm
Filed under: a & e, ottawa, The big picture

I can be stubborn. Not all the time, but I’m definitely guilty of hanging on to opinions, stories and perspectives for way longer than I genuinely believed them, or needed to.

Take, for instance, my opinion of Ottawa. I moved here at 19 and proceeded to spend over a decade hating it. Being from Montreal-ish (ahem), how could one come to love such a city, devoid of life, energy and creativity?

Things eventually started to change and I’ve come to really adore this big village. I love its size, the absence of traffic, the absence of pretension. And I love its stoic character and its friendly, humble traits – ones like no other. Others are more qualified to talk about the art and restaurant scene, so I’ll leave them to it. Ultimately, we love our life and friends here. It is so easy to have a good life here (even with the weather!), and we so appreciate that.

Driving to yoga this cold Sunday morning, I took the scenic route along the Canal. It wasn’t yet 9 a.m. The best word I can think of to describe the scene is “bustling.” As always, there were the runners along the lovely paths, balancing the need to protect from the cold while managing their sweat, determined to keep their training (for May?) on track. The Canal itself, meanwhile, was hosting hundreds of skaters. People flying down solo, couples holding hands (including an elderly couple that melted my heart), groups of friends, people all bundled up and clearly teaching themselves to skate, others doing twirls and spins.

Again, it wasn’t even 9 a.m.

That’s when I thought to myself: Wow, LB… what took you so long to realize that this city was entirely worthy of your love?



Versatile Blogger Award Nomination
November 25, 2013, 7:00 am
Filed under: a & e, birthday wishes, Blogroll, recommendations

I got this award nomination from one of the most amazingly honest bloggers I follow, Mask No Longer, who blogs about life as an alcohol on the new, and intimidating, road to recovery. The posts are filled with vulnerability, strength, insight and inspiration. So, to say I was honoured when they nominated me would be an understatement. But here it is!

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In Defense of Dolls

A few days ago, my Facebook home page became overwhelmed with enthusiastic support for the Goldieblox ad. As a long-running feminist seeking to have gender stereotypes quashed, I was excited to see some not-so-usual suspects expressing glee over this development and video. So, I watched it, fairly certain that despite being the proverbial choir, I would still be excited about it. And I was… until I heard the line that turned my stomach: “We wanna use our brains!” Continue reading



The story about the paintings
October 11, 2013, 7:00 am
Filed under: a & e, family

I love the internet. Why? Many obvious and well documented reasons, but here’s one little personal example of why: Continue reading



Farewell to Hush-A-Bye
November 21, 2012, 2:34 pm
Filed under: a & e, babies, ottawa, recommendations

When the Twinkies were still fresh and new, my dear friend KL enthusiastically encouraged me to sign up for a sing-song group called Hush-a-Bye, run by Alice Davidson in Ottawa. At that time, I was in no place to argue, or think, so I just did. And I’m so thankful for it. Continue reading



Museum of Really Nice People
October 20, 2012, 9:09 pm
Filed under: a & e, babies, ottawa, recommendations

I finally convinced myself to bring The Twinkies to The Canadian Museum of Civilization (which will soon be renamed the Museum of Canadian History, or something – either way, I hope it stays as “The Civ” to locals forevermore) and specifically, the much-hyped Children’s Museum that it houses.

It was raining. I have 13 month old twins. So, you know, rather than the regular gong show, it was a wet one. One of them had refused a nap and I was leaving 45 minutes before I should have put her down because sometimes you just have to go for it. All this to say, the day had a lot working against it. Continue reading



Vendredation Day RETURNS!
September 2, 2011, 9:29 am
Filed under: a & e, babies, events, recommendations

Vendredation Day, back when I was cool and lived downtown with my boyfriend, used to be about restaurants and cool places. Those days are over people. *Sniffle*

As noted in my previous post, my former lightning-fast speed is, well, gone. I’m now slow. At least in terms of movement, which is important to me, because I like to, and used to, move A LOT and I always did so quickly.

So, when told to go off work to prevent pre-term labour (success, by the way), I had to find ways to occupy my ADHD-self. Here are some suggestions for investments and activities that I would highly recommend. Continue reading