It’s 5:00 pm and I have had no one bring me cocktails.

My husband and I took a quick trip to Cabo San Lucas, leaving the kids behind with my parents. I know! I can't believe it either. We had a great time, the kids had a great time, and now it's all "back to reality" and attempting to both reestablish a … [Continue reading]

Bathroom Renovation, Five Years Later

The leaves are starting to turn on my Mayday tree, and even a few are falling to the lawn. All of you in places with long, unbearably hot summers probably cheer this, but Calgary summers are short and, although this year has been a beautiful, … [Continue reading]

The One Year Shopping Challenge OMG Seriously

I am taking a deep breath as I write this, to say that yes, I am going to do the one-year shopping challenge. I know! I know. No new clothes for a whole year, starting retroactively August 1. Can I do it? I don't know, but I'm going to try. I will … [Continue reading]

Hello darkness, my old friend.

Can you even believe it is August already? We were on vacation last week and since I've been back I've noticed the huge change in daylight. Before I left the sky was light when I left the house at 5:00 am; now I have to turn on the outside light to … [Continue reading]

Becoming Charlotte Lucas, or Thoughts on Pride and Prejudice

A new shop has opened up in my neighbourhood; it is called The Fairy Hut. I'll just let that sit with you for a moment. Now, I am a huge proponent of small businesses and new businesses and entrepreneurs, and I hope with all my heart that it is a … [Continue reading]

Menu for when it’s too hot to cook, and things I don’t understand.

I'm not trying to make any political statements here, honestly, but there is something I really do not understand. In the past week, I have seen three separate writings about the horrors of cargo shorts and I have to ask my dear readers: why? Why are … [Continue reading]

Nicole, the Cruise Director

Those of you who do not live in places with incredibly unpredictable and volatile climates will not be able to understand my complete and utter joy that it is SUMMER in Calgary. Actual, bonafide summer. Warm - even hot - sunshiny days and calm, … [Continue reading]