Scotlaaaand!

Who has the cutest cows? Scotland does!

You know how sometimes once you notice something, suddenly it's everywhere? That's what's happening with me and Scotland these days. I don't know if Scotland is having a moment, or if it's just that I'm having a private Scottish renaissance -- I suspect it might be the former. A few years ago, it was all Iceland all the time. Something about that sparsely populated island with the fiercely independent spirit had definitely captured imaginations. And now it feels like Scotland's turn (even if it isn't the most exotic locale for many Canadians). But there is something in the air... and it's not sheep shite. … [Read more...]

Ambivalent Advice from a 40 Year Old

Strolling along at 40 trying not to fall on my face, again

Here I am, I am 40. This didn't happen today but a few weeks ago. I had fully intended, in the days leading up to my July birthday, to write a brilliantly insightful post about getting older, imparting all the wonderful wisdom of my 40 years. Ha! Staring at the screen in defeat, I was forced to admit that I was more confused than ever. … [Read more...]

Top 5 Reasons the New Ghostbusters is Magic

Abby (Melissa McCarthy), Erin (Kristen Wiig), Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon) and Patty (Leslie Jones) in Columbia Pictures'S GHOSTBUSTERS.

While I have fond memories of watching the original Ghostbusters at a sleepover party when I was 10 years old, I've never really had the urge to revisit it. So when this new all-female ghost busting movie came out, I was only mildly curious. Then I watched the trailer and thought, hmm, that looks like fun. Well, I went to see it on Sunday with a girlfriend and... OMG I did not know how much I needed this movie … [Read more...]

Tiny Pleasures, Beautiful Routines

Smith, Patti. M Train. Alfred A. Knopf, Toronto, 2015.

When was the last time a book changed your life, or at least your perception of it? Last month I found myself deep into two books that took me to places I hadn't visited in a long time. I struggled to put my finger on what it was that I had been missing and that was revealed to me in these books. The best I can do is this: I was reminded of what it was like to live in a not-connected world. I wasn't sure what to expect when my turn came up on the library waitlist for Patti Smith's M Train. To be frank, I didn't think it would be … [Read more...]

A [Bed]Room of One’s Own: Why I Sleep Alone

My girly room with fabulously girly wallpaper.

I'm coming out of the closet. Finally, I am ready to share my dirty little secret with you -- My mate and I sleep in separate bedrooms... and I like it that way! Would I love to snuggle up at night next to my Monsieur, fall gently into a blissful dreamworld and wake up 8 hours later resplendent and gazing deeply into his big heavy-lidded morning eyes? Yes, yes I would. Sadly, that is unlikely to ever happen. I am a notoriously … [Read more...]