Five To One

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 […]

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Half Chance

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, […]

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Stay The Course or Abort Mission?

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 […]

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The Day I Left

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 […]

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Six Life Stories In Six Words

From little wanderer to grand adventurer.   Three divorces later, my parents smile.   “Best day of my life!” -everyday   You had me at Super Mario.   5 years, 2 degrees, overqualified, underpaid.   Wife of grad student seeks kitten.   What’s your story in six words? Share it below in the comments, or […]

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Coffee, Cats and Rainbows

If we were having coffee right now, I’d smile at you from behind my lactose-free half-sweet with-whip peppermint mocha and ask you what you ordered, and would you like to split my cranberry bliss bar? If we were having coffee right now, you’d point out I got whip cream on my nose, and I’d laugh […]

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Mansion Moomin

I spend about 1/3 of my time in a mansion. Eight hours, to be precise, on your average workday. On those inevitable days when I’m feeling down or discouraged about work, I have only to remind myself: “Janelle, you have a private corner office in a 100-year-old mansion. The grass couldn’t possibly be greener anywhere else.” I […]

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Intermission

Today’s Writing 101 assignment is to take a break from writing, which I am more than happy about as I write this from my phone at the hockey game intermission (Go Canucks!). I can’t take the day completely off though, else I’d fail Nano Poblano, so here’s some pictures of my cat, who for his […]

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