It takes five positives to make up for one negative, or so they say. It’s been a long month, and before I break out that long-awaited advent calendar, it only seems right to wrap up the month with some year-end-ish reflections. And yes, Dec. 31st is still a month off – don’t panic! – but fun fact […]Read More Five To One
Today around the world there were rallies calling for the world leaders meeting in Paris for the 21st time to discuss the climate, to actually do something about climate change. As one speaker said today at Ottawa’s pre-march rally, “It’s not a good thing that we’re at COP21.” Canada sent the world’s “hottest leader,” which […]Read More COMIC: Urgency
Today I’m excited to share with you a guest post I wrote for Sreejit Poole’s November series: Walking With Intention. It’s part of the reason most of my posts this week have been fairly lackadaisical, as I’ve been focusing my writing energies on this: Walking With Intention: The Seductiveness of “Next Time.” I hope you’ll […]Read More Walking With Intention…To The Dungeon
My husband complains that I never listen to his ideas. My complaint is that he never (okay, rarely) reads my blog. So here’s one of his ideas, we’ll see if he notices… Tonight I made an interesting discovery: popcorn shrimp. Some people take things a little too literally, perhaps. It wasn’t bad, though. Brings back […]Read More Popcorn Shrimp, Literally.
It’s days like today that the American dominance of the Internet is most apparent. Not that I have anything against Thanksgiving, it’s just… I celebrated Thanksgiving with my fellow Canadians over a month ago. If you, like me, fall outside the American sphere and are feeling overwhelmed by all this Thanksgiving and Black Friday business, […]Read More Don’t Panic! This Is Not A Thanksgiving Post
Tonight I played a couple rounds of Settlers of Catan. There is definitely a degree of skill and strategy to the game, but a large part of it comes down to chance as well. In the first round, I was well on my way to dominance through a sheep monopoly. As luck would have it, […]Read More Half Chance
There were tears, whispered conversations, coin-flipping, bribery-fuelled negotiations, even a few break-ups. Nothing could spark drama among my friends and coworkers during my time in Japan like this one word: Recontracting. Once a year, in the darkest, coldest and most depressing time of year, I had to sign my name on one of two lines: “I […]Read More Stay The Course or Abort Mission?
“Not all those who wander are lost.” -J.R.R. Tolkein If I ever got a tattoo, it might have to be this quote. I am a wanderer. On my fourth grade report card my teacher wrote: “Janelle is smart but her mind tends to wander.” She meant it as a weakness, but for me it’s always been a […]Read More International Label Day 2015: Wanderer
There is a small speck of dust in the pit of my stomach when I wake up. It grows quickly as I go through the motions I planned out so carefully the day before. Get dressed, throw nightclothes into bag. The dust becomes the size of a mustard seed. Fold bedding, place neatly in the corner. Now it’s becoming […]Read More The Day I Left