New Normal?

“She what??” I furiously texted my sister back as we sat in our own individual cars parked side-by-side. “What do you mean she double-booked?

My sister and I had been dreaming about this day for some a long ­time now. After a year and a half, we were finally Continue reading

The Fear

I distinctly remember the light-blue, square tiles that are standard for indoor pools (at least back in the late ‘80s). I was lucky enough to go to an elementary school with an underground pool. (Or was it the neighbouring school down the street that allowed us to use their pool?) It’s quite hazy now as the memory exists in my mind from so long ago. I can’t tell you my exact age but I must have been somewhere in the range of third or fourth grade. The physiological effect of cool, blowing air mixed with water droplets dripping off my body from the mandated pre-swim shower gave me Continue reading

No Regrets

“Babe?! Babe!!? I. Don’t. Think. This. Is. A. GOOD. IDEA!! BABE!?!!”

My rising panic increased with each stilted word as I was starting to lose my grip and footing on the icy steps. This was not a great start to our first hike of the year.

Charlotte was in daycare and my husband took the day off so we could do something nice- just the two of us for my birthday. Before Charlotte existed, we both loved traveling abroad and planning grand adventures which included trying different cuisines and discovering local hideaways. Even though the province I live in is still under varying stages of lockdown, I was really looking forward to the day. I found a Continue reading

The Business of Aging

I hate my birthday, never liked it. I mean, I am grateful to be celebrating each birthday as it comes but other than that, I hate my birthdays. When I was younger it was more so because I disliked the spotlight. I feel very uncomfortable being the centre of attention so most of the times if we had to celebrate my birthday, I always opted for a quiet dinner with a small group of friends. But even that was sometimes too much pressure for me because I Continue reading