Festively Locked Down; Thirty-Nine Weeks In

What Even Day Is It Here we are, the last week of school (or, "school") before the holidays, and I am feeling that old familiar what even day is it feeling. When I wake up in the morning, I rarely think in terms of Monday-Friday; instead, I … [Continue reading]

Nicole’s Favourite Things: The Festively Crazy Edition

Do you have a Buy Nothing group in your neighbourhood? I do, and it's really a great thing: people post items that they want to get rid of, and also items - and sometimes acts of service - that they need. I have been able to re-home many items from … [Continue reading]

Everything Is Fine; Thirty-Eight Weeks In

The first week of at-home schooling has been fine. So much better - oh my god, SO MUCH - than in the spring. For one thing, we finally bought my older son a laptop - my younger son has had one since seventh grade - and that right there was worth the … [Continue reading]

Lockdown, Redux; Thirty-Seven Weeks In

Double Up The D I am a person who feels very strongly about the benefits of various vitamins and dietary supplements, and if you are a person who, like my dad, thinks that AT BEST such items are useless and a waste of money, not to worry. I am not … [Continue reading]

Divisive Issues; Thirty-Six Weeks In

The general manager of the community association at which I teach yoga classes - currently zoom, but previously in-person - was telling me that she is very tired of people coming in to the community centre, seeing her with a mask, and calling her a … [Continue reading]

Nicole’s Favourite Things: The November Joys Edition

Usually at this time of year, my calendar is very full with so many social events; every weekend from now until Christmas would have at least one party, dinner, or cocktail event. I would usually be busy figuring out menus and buying ingredients and … [Continue reading]

19th Nervous Breakdown (in the grocery store); Thirty-Five Weeks In

The province announced what I am going to call a very mini-shutdown on Friday the 13th, and it called to mind the last Friday the 13th, eight months ago, when the very mini-shutdown led to the total big shutdown. It's enough to make a person turn … [Continue reading]