Life moves pretty fast, if you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

Not all news is bad, people. Today I learned that you can make crispy pan-fried chickpeas on the stove top! Just like amazing, addictive, roasted chickpeas, but without turning on the oven! This is an incredible breakthrough in chickpea technology and I, for one, am going to try it out as soon as possible.

This week has been very fun for the boys; they have been enjoying karate camp immensely. Every day they wake up excited for what’s in store, and then every afternoon I pick them up and they are filthy, exhausted, and very happy. Meanwhile, Barkley and I have reverted to our usual school-year routine. When everyone is home Barkley finds it hard to relax: there is always someone around and who knows what adventures the day will bring? But when it’s just me and him, well. We go for a walk and then he sleeps the day away, waking only when he hears food being prepared or when he decides he’s had enough of his dog bed and goes outside to sleep in the sun.


The corner of the deck also works for napping.

Passed-out dog aside, there are so many interesting and beautiful things in the world, if you just keep your eyes open. In the words of Ferris Bueller,

Pardon my French, but Cameron is so tight that if you stuck a lump of coal up his ass, in two weeks you’d have a diamond.

Whoops, wrong quote.

Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

Here are some of the things I’ve seen when I stopped and looked around.

Cherry’s Got Back


We can’t understand why our enrollment numbers are down.


A Perfect Avocado: Next I’m Going To Find A Unicorn


If I Eat Any More Strawberries I Will Have To Make Friends Called Lemon Meringue and Huckleberry Pie


One Of These Things Is Not Like The Others, One Of These Things Just Isn’t The Same


I’m Not Talking About Moving In, And I Don’t Want To Change Your Life, But There’s A Warm Wind Blowing, The Stars Are Out, And


So stop what you’re doing, look around, and see the amazing things in the world. xo

All I do is win, win, win, no matter what.

The sun has come out! The sun has come out! It was a wee bit too late to save our Sunday afternoon barbeque for fourteen people, but better late than never. On Sunday my husband and I looked at the sky with nervous hope; about twenty minutes before … [Continue reading]

Friendship Friday


Gonna put the world away for a minute. Pretend I don't live in it. Sunshine gonna wash my blues away. - Zac Brown Band There is a distinct lack of sunshine right now, both literally and figuratively. This was the view from my back yard at 11:00 … [Continue reading]

Bundle up, it’s summer!


It seems our unbelievably mild winter and early, hot spring has melted into a typical Calgary summer: cool, rainy, grey, and windy, topped off with inexplicable daily thunderstorms. How can we get so many thunderstorms without daytime heat? I don't … [Continue reading]

The Miracle of Flight

I'm on the internet a fair amount, mostly because of work and writing related obligations, but also for the social aspect. I love all the photos of kids, puppies, vacations, food, and silly things, I love funny memes, I love updates about people's … [Continue reading]

Everything is rosy.


Has it really only been 10 days since the end of school? It seems like much longer, but in a good way. There's been a lot of activity around here, and I know it's on-trend to claim that we are just going to let the kids fend for themselves and kick … [Continue reading]

Starting summer with a (lightning) bang


Usually the last few days of school are accompanied by lots of feelings and emotions about the end of school; the kids are both excited at the thought of lots of unscheduled days ahead and worried about them, they are happy to be through with school … [Continue reading]