My Christmas Discovery

This year has been, on the whole, one of the most difficult and testing years of my life to date. I entered 2013 knowing that it was going to be hard, but I had no idea just how spectacularly different my life would be at the end of it. ...more
Love IS what Christmas is all about! For several years after I left uni, we scraped by each ... more

Newly Widowed: Instructions Not Included

When is the time right to tell the world my husband died? When do I announce to everyone that I am (as the “On Being Alone” booklet points out) “newly widowed?” He always said – and I never understood it or really agreed with him – that “dying is a private business,” that when the time came, he wanted to die alone, just to sleep on. ...more
I am so, so sorry for your loss.  Yesterday it was one full year since my Dad suddenly passed ... more

It's All Sweet Until You Hit Level 350 on Candy Crush

You didn't think I was going to write every day in November without at least one post about Candy Crush, did you? It would probably be impossible. Especially when I have been stuck on a level for what feels like forever, and I have to talk about it with someone who will really care. Or someone whose eyes I can't see rolling as the words Candy Crush leave my lips. ...more
Stuck on 159 and SO close to crying... more

Why Do We Place So Much Blame On "Homewreckers"?

Editor's Note: This blog was written in partial response to The Real Scandal: Homewreckers Are NOT Heroines!, which has been featured on BlogHer. - Feminista Jones ...more
GeorgiaMeyer Absolutely agree. I've met women that will chase a man, knowing that he is happily ... more

False Alarms: Negative Comments and Deleted Posts

The first comment (all were "anonymous") said that I obviously had such little regard for my students that I was clearly an unfit teacher. One wrote that my "reductionist view on society" clearly indicated I was a "raging lunatic." Another said it was obvious I was the worst teacher who ever existed. One simply said: "I'm a graphic designer. I work hard." (He might not have actually read the entire post.) One said that all God's children are different and unique and cannot be classified in seven simple categories. And another said it was apparent that I had no conscience if I was willing to throw my students under the bus to promote my worthless writing. These hit me so hard, I threw up. In my hand. ...more
Reading this was like a revelation; a sharp slap in the face. I'm extremely guilty of panic ... more

Emetophobia: An Overwhelming Fear of Nausea and Norovirus, Explained

When it comes to my favourite seasons of the year, I seem to have developed a Jekyll/Hyde type complex. On the one hand, I loathe summer because I can't stand the feeling of too much heat, humidity makes me want to hibernite in the freezer and the thought of having people see my pasty and bloated body in a bikini is the stuff that nightmares are made on. On the other hand however, there aren't horror stories about norovirus in the summer. ...more
@melaniecheripka A good friend of mine said she overcame her emetophobia when she fell pregnant. ... more

Emetophobia: An Overwhelming Fear of Nausea and Norovirus, Explained

When it comes to my favourite seasons of the year, I seem to have developed a Jekyll/Hyde type complex. On the one hand, I loathe summer because I can't stand the feeling of too much heat, humidity makes me want to hibernite in the freezer and the thought of having people see my pasty and bloated body in a bikini is the stuff that nightmares are made on. On the other hand however, there aren't horror stories about norovirus in the summer. ...more
@Torontonanny The one that always gets me is "well nobody likes being sick". I often wish I had ... more

Dispatches From the Dark Side: My Battle With Suicidal Feelings

Trigger warning for talk of suicide If I was writing about almost any other health issue, I wouldn’t hesitate to post this. If I had diabetes, or cancer, or liver failure, you wouldn’t feel strange reading this. If I started out by saying, “I went to the hospital last night because I had the flu,” no one would think twice. No one would call it oversharing. No one would make me feel like I should be ashamed or embarrassed. But I didn’t go to the hospital because I had the flu. I went to the hospital last night because I wanted to die. ...more
Just wanted to say a huge thank you for posting this. I recently blogged for the UK-based ... more

Mommy Bloggers Are Making My Biological Clock Tick

Most of the blogs I follow are by women and these women all have children. Whether self proclaimed or not, they are a part of the "Mommy Blog" generation, which I love. I love reading about other women's experiences as they navigate life as a 21st century woman -- maintaining some kind of identity or femininity while still striving to be a good parent. It's nice to know that you're not alone as you chisel crayon off the kitchen wall for the umpteenth time, snapping your nails in the process. There's just one problem. I don't have a child....more
@cinnabubbles Animals can be extremely involving as family members - we have two cats and ... more

NaBloPoMo Soup: Add Your February Posts

You have posts and we want to read them. This is a way for people to post a link to their daily February NaBloPoMo posts that they publish on their personal blogs. Please use the linky feature below daily to add your post, and peruse the ones already entered in order to find great things to read as well as support your fellow NaBloPoMo'ers. Bookmark this post so you can use it all month. ...more
Aw, all this talk of love is getting me all warm and snuggly feeling. It may just be that it's ... more