The phone rang, right before Christmas, or maybe it was shortly after. The number displayed on Caller ID did not appear to be an obvious telemarketing ploy, so I picked up. ‘Hello,’ a recorded voice greeted me. And, the specifics elude me now, but the gist was this: WordPress was calling to remind me I […]Read more "Hello, again"
The professor and I took a few moments at the White Wolf Inn to tweak our itinerary for the following day, using the lessons we’d gleaned from failed hikes number 1 and 2: less distance and elevation and perhaps something besides hiking and driving. For the kids. Our first stop on day 3 was the Miette Hot […]Read more "Hellobonjour, le troisieme time is le charm"
After a less than stellar night’s sleep in the trapper’s tent, the professor and I awoke to three truths: We were very tired Our backs were somewhat destroyed from the tent’s ‘bed-like structures’ We had been married for 20 years It was not necessarily my intention to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of our wedding day by […]Read more "Hellobonjour, part deux"
Eight years in to This Albertan Life, and we still had not made it to the famed Jasper National Park, despite the fact that it’s only a four hour drive from where we live. Which, for ultra-roadtrippers such as ourselves, is a crying shame. Sometime in the late Fall/early Winter I resolved that Summer 2016 would […]Read more "Hellobonjour"
After a rather lengthy (five year) process that involved three attempts and several outrageously stupid mistakes – paperwork that was mailed out one day too late, and submitting the wrong paperwork only to be told to repeat the process – four out of five Johnsons finally got pseudo permission to remain in Canada. Indefinitely. Four out of […]Read more "Fool’s errand"
Nearly two years in to this much anticipated decade, it has occurred to me that – not unlike every other anticipated milestone in my life – the forties haven’t really unfolded how I thought they would. That being said, I’m not sure what I expected. Most likely I had vapid, Hallmark-esque sayings like ’40 is the […]Read more "So this is 40"
It was one of those weekends where my only survival strategy was focusing on the fact that Monday would, eventually, arrive and the boys would go back to school. And I could return to the bliss of #nicolaonspringbreak. ‘Bye! I love you all!’ one of the boys yelled as he walked out the door this […]Read more "Monday’s apples"
It’s that time of year, again, when schools shutter their doors for 11 days in the name of a break that is not particularly Spring-like. Unlike years past, Spring Break 2016 unfolded somewhat differently and not because we joined the throngs of North Americans flying to Mexico and Hawaii and anywherebuthere. This year the professor’s […]Read more "Johnson Canyon"