Do you write?

Do you write? Fiction? Poetry? Blog posts? Witty and perceptive Facebook updates? I like to write, whether it be crafting machine instructions into a piece of working code, or crafting words into a piece of working prose. And like many readers, I’ve always wanted to write the next Narnia series, or Harry Potter, or any […]

A Little Bedtime Reading

I’m having a tough time in the reading department. First, there was the scene in Sweetness in the Belly, during a party thrown for two little Ethiopian girls (the same age as my girls). It looks like a birthday party; the guest of honour is the midwife that delivered them. In a ritual we don’t […]


Dropped the clinging, crying 3yo off at daycare only to discover we’d forgotten her bag. So of course today is the day that the daycare shoes are at home in the wash. If I go home to get her bag then I might get back to the office in time to turn around and go […]

Punching Bag

Remember those punching bags you had as a kid? Or, well, if you were anything like me, you remember OTHER kids having them. They qualified as “cool toys”; we never had any of those. If you remember, they were like big inflatable weeble-wobbles (another toy I never had – not that I’m bitter), sand in […]

Mud on the Tires

5.7 km!!!! That’s a record for a lunchtime hike. And, truth be told, more than really fits in a lunch “hour”. But I really REALLY wanted to try this puzzle cache… So. Welcome to today’s caching adventure. It’s pretty straight-forward. Just park here: Then slither down the gravel embankment,┬ánip about 600m into the woods to […]

Rambling Lumberjacks (Or, Hi my name is Jean, this is my brother Jean, and this is my other brother Jean)

This post doesn’t make much sense (that is to say, it makes even less sense than usual) unless you also read yesterday’s post. But if you don’t want to do that, the executive summary: I’m going to London. I’m taking a bunch of geocaching hitchhikers with me. (Are you sure you don’t want to read […]