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The quantified life

Wednesday, November 25, 2015      5 comments
on-childrens-self-image/article27462463/ "The unexamined life is not worth living": said Plato. And ... Read more


Tuesday, November 24, 2015      13 comments

My first class this morning at 6 am. With DH! And yup, it was pretty tough to get up for it after yesterday's long commute and heavy-duty conference. Particularly since I had an early appointment after. A couple of friends who en... Read more

Long Day Commuting

Monday, November 23, 2015      15 comments

Spent a long day on the commuter train into Toronto: attending a conference; and then back home again. My goodness: for years I did this every day!! And driving myself or taking the bus most of the time. Sure am glad that I don't have to... Read more

Skating Night Stew

Sunday, November 22, 2015      21 comments

I guess writing about my carnivorous DH yesterday reminded me that about twice a year I do eat beef too: in small quantities. And yesterday at the grocery store, boneless roasts were on special: but only really big ones: too much for DH to ... Read more

Not My Food: Charlie's Got This!!

Saturday, November 21, 2015      19 comments

Charlie is so clear on this. He only eats his own food. I can put his (special grain free organic duck) chow into his bowl, and inadvertently leave the lid off the chow bin about 2 feet from his bowl: and he would NEVER think of helpi... Read more

Furnace is FIXED!!

Friday, November 20, 2015      21 comments

Oh the bliss. I am warm. So are the other people here. Charlie is warm too: even he was clearly finding his world somewhat uncomfortable!! And we won't be shivering all weekend. Actually, a very nice weekend planned and I'm ... Read more

Some of us are Muslim . . .

Thursday, November 19, 2015      29 comments

Canada is a proudly multicultural country. Our new Prime Minister has pledged to accommodate 25,000 Syrian refugees by the end of the year. But the recent events in Paris are causing, even in Canada, quite a considerable backlash aga... Read more

Not Today: Maybe Tomorrow

Wednesday, November 18, 2015      27 comments

But no promises. That's the message from our furnace repair people. Gahhhhhhh!! It's "unfortunate" that a part could not be ordered over the weekend (suppliers were closed, part is not regularly required so not kept in stock by... Read more

Deny-eting and Motivation

Tuesday, November 17, 2015      30 comments

Just a couple ideas I've gleaned from a couple of media sources recently and been thinking about. So long as I consider that dieting is denying myself what I "really" want -- deny-eting -- I'm not going to be able to sustain optimal nutriti... Read more

Warm Office!

Monday, November 16, 2015      20 comments

Going in to work this morning is going to feel like a tropical vacay! And in fact I've got a number of matters "heating up"!!! Let's hope there's a miracle with the furnace repair over the course of the day . . . .... Read more

Still cold cold cold . . .

Sunday, November 15, 2015      19 comments

Young furnace service repair guy is clearly batting above his strength: willing and eager but not understanding what needs to be done. (He apparently went on YouTube to try and figure it out!!!) So: we'll have to wait until tomorrow to hav... Read more


Saturday, November 14, 2015      31 comments

Snow outside this morning! And: last night, our furnace decided not to work. We called our furnace people: they sent over a young lad (emergency call surcharge) who had never seen a boiler/hot water heating system before!! (We have ... Read more

Alexander McCall Smith: Fave Author AND Terrific Human Being!!

Friday, November 13, 2015      22 comments

What a great evening! We always hope that someone we read assiduously will come across as the same person in real life. And AMS was so much fun! He is irrepressibly warm and generous -- with his time during the presentation, and a... Read more

Alexander McCall Smith: Fave Author

Thursday, November 12, 2015      23 comments

www.alexandermccallsmith I know I've mentioned this great writer before here: he's a retired professor of medical law at the University of Edinburgh and an absolutely prolific writer of warm and perceptive "seria... Read more

Remembrance Day

Wednesday, November 11, 2015      22 comments

November 11 is Remembrance Day in Canada. I'll be wearing my poppy of course. And remembering my dad who was in the Royal Canadian Air Force, flying as a radio operator in the tail of the planes, stationed primarily in the Azores. ... Read more

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