We drove to Kalispell without a clear sense of what we might do when we got there. Our children, whether suffering the after-effects of ingesting pool water, or having eaten too much junk, were all in various stages of poor health; handling it in much the same manner as those afflicted with the worst of […]Read more "Fool’s errand, part deux"
Unlike most of the world, who left academia behind the day they graduated from college, our lives continue to be ordered around semesters and breaks. Thus a new year brings not only a change in the calendar, but also adjustments to the professor’s teaching load and work schedule. And so, the schedule it took me the […]Read more "The Retirees"
Mere days after we returned from the heartland, the professor and I had a date to see Brandi Carlile in concert. He’d bought the tickets on my birthday, after I’d suggested we try to catch her show in Grand Rapids during our week in Michigan. I scrambled to feed the boys dinner and raced to […]Read more "The Concert"
I began writing this little ditty on May 15. Today is June 14. Draw your own conclusions. Springtime (i.e. May slash June) in Calgary is a fairly delightful affair. Mercurial weather aside, leaves and blossoms sprout on tree branches, dead brown grass returns to a lively green (unless you’re the Johnsons and can’t be bothered […]Read more "It’s the end of the year as we know it"
The professor and I had adopted the pseudo-habit of going out for coffee on Thursday mornings, courtesy of the fact that he had no classes to teach and all three of our boy-children were in school. Pseudo-habit, because stuff like dentist appointments, field trips and visiting faculty have managed to eat up every Thursday since […]Read more "Truthdays with Jason"
This school year, with all three boys in school for portions of each day, has been what some might call ‘a bust’. In true Nicola-fashion, I entered the arrangement without giving much thought to it, then for a fleeting moment (likely after dropping off the boys that first morning) I decided it was going to […]Read more "Truthdays with Jason"
A couple of weekends ago, just before the calendar was due to flip to December, we made the somewhat unorthodox decision to forego our annual Christmas tree hunt and settle for a pre-cut tree from IKEA. If memory serves this decision was made in part because I was strangely fixated on having a tree in […]Read more "Dasher, Donner, Blitzen….and Pompana"
On Thursday I had the brilliant idea to deploy a sunken avocado languishing in the fridge onto my hair; certain I’d seen a similar suggestion somewhere on the internet. I sat in the glorious fall sun with chunks of brown-green avocado in my hair (and on my face, because I’m pretty sure I’d heard of using avocado as […]Read more "J is for Jenius"