No, Raymond, not that beach! And don't you own a bathing suit? It's going to be hot! (Blurry picture of the Guylty RAPS that will, of course, accompany me.) We're heading for our annual trek to Osoyoos, British Columbia for a week in the sun. Here's the view last year from the window of the … Continue reading Heading to the Beach!
Last week, my son's school year was finally done and I had a one-evening reprieve from my killer workload. A group of 7 female colleagues from my office went to its first movie night (of many, I hope), choosing to see Ocean's 8. We tried for a group of 8 in the spirit of the movie, but … Continue reading Group of 7 Watch Ocean’s 8
What the heck is going on this week? I have had some really strange experiences. Some are of my own making, like staying at my empty office with my teenage son until midnight last night while spurring him on to finish his final school project of the year. Done... and now I know way more … Continue reading Weirdness in the Air
I've been feeling really stressed lately and any sort of "balance" seems far out of reach. I used to joke that I don't have "work/life balance", I have "work/work balance"! But I don't even think that's really the problem. I precariously juggle work and life (defined for me as family obligations) without dropping too many … Continue reading The Elusive “Balance”
A little over year ago, I was having a run of what Fatima called "tech suck". Happily, the hatred shown to me by my devices seemed to have died down soon after. Lulled into a false sense of security by the lack of overt attacks, I was taken by surprise when it all started happening again! … Continue reading Technology (Still) Hates Me!
Spring has arrived in the British Columbia Lower Mainland. The cherry blossoms are in bloom for their brief appearance before coating the ground in petals. Of course Spring in Vancouver comes with clouds and rain. Well, as do most seasons, truth be told. Not that I'm complaining... our grass stays green and the gardens are … Continue reading Spring and an Irish Armitage Care Package
It was a pretty good day for a Monday. I started the day in the car listening to the third episode of Marvel's Wolverine: The Long Night. I'm continuing to enjoy it, as they weave in more characters, more details, and more pieces of the puzzle. Once again, there is only a snippet of Richard … Continue reading A MARVELous Start to the Week
My dad came from a small town in Quebec, with Irish and French ancestry going back for centuries. As a kid, I used to love sitting in the living room with my family and singing along to my dad's favourite records of The Clancy Brothers, sometimes with Tommy Makem. The group sang rousing Irish folk … Continue reading Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
When I was a girl, my mother always told me, "You can do anything you set your mind to." Although that's not quite true -- I could never become a professional dancer, for example -- it certainly set me on a path to pursue my interests. Back in the '60's and '70's, when it maybe … Continue reading Musings on Being a Professional Woman
Isn't it uplifting, when you find something that restores your faith in the power of community? Yesterday I experienced two such events through my workplace. February 28 was Pink Shirt Day, when people in schools and workplaces are encouraged to wear pink as a symbol that bullying will not be tolerated. The idea began in … Continue reading A Day of Community