Sunday parenting: rinks, laundry, food and homework

To read the first chapter of my memoir click here. Comments are welcome and encouraged, don’t be shy! 🙂  3 minute read

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Sunday was basically a write-off.

While I stayed home to allow my girl to complete some homework, the boys left to play in the semi-final of their hockey tournament. Rather early, after a long day that delayed them right past 10pm the night before…(but they tied both games on Saturday, after winning two on Friday).

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More on Instragram: creepy followers

I joined Instragram a month ago in order to keep a closer eye on the kids while they play on various apps. You can read the post here. This is a follow up post on my experience so far.

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There are weird men following me on Instagram. Continue reading

The ever fascinating internet: sifting through massive amounts of information

I have been thinking about the boys that were stuck in that cave in Thailand. According to the news the other morning, they are now all out. It reminded me of that Chilean mine rescue years ago, 2010, remember? They brought in a specially made capsule to rescue the trapped men one by one…I was up all night following along. Left a huge impression on me.

Same with these boys.

It’s heart wrenching to think about these things in concrete, tangible terms. A kid, any kid, and now all these adults, some of whom have kids, families, putting their own life on the line for a rescue mission. Working for a common cause, a desired result, coming together, sharing expertise. One rescuer died in the process of saving young lives…I think about him, and his family, too.

It’s enlightening to think about the combined efforts of so many people, often across international borders, that come together for the single purpose to save lives.

How easy has the internet made it for us to get real time, instant information? With a few clicks, you can be right there following along. Continue reading

Why do we blog? On fear, inspiration and writer’s block

I’ve noticed while reading other blogs that one of the persistent worries people have is that they don’t have anything exciting to write about.

Often times I see phrases like ‘my life is boring, routine and not interesting’, or variations of that.

Well, I think we all get sucked into that mentality, don’t we? For the most part, life is pretty routine, for all of us.

So why is it that some people find things to write about daily and maintain interest in their readership, while others struggle to come up with something they consider interesting enough to write/blog about and share with the internet? Continue reading

The next step: re-igniting career opportunities

I am not exactly a career person nowadays. But I used to be…

In my pre-baby life I was a flight attendant, and later a customer service rep, scheduler and marketing rep at a flight training facility (full-motion simulators, not planes). After 9/11, when the aviation industry took a big hit and many people lost theirs jobs in that industry, I went back to University and certified as a Technical Writer. Continue reading

Surveys

Every once in a while I think to myself that whiling away at the internet is a preposterous waste of my time. I wish I had something constructive to do (on the internet) that wasn’t random googling or reading or blogging about ridiculous topics. I want to do something interesting but the words to write don’t seem to come out. But what to do, especially on a rainy cold day, while the dish- and clothes washers are humming along, and the crockpot emits savory scents throughout the house?

I fill out surveys.

And what’s more, I get paid for them. Continue reading