Maybe May?

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So, here we are, still keeping a safe distance from everyone and hoping life will return to normal one day in the not to distant future. I must say, once I got over the initial adjustment to having the kids home – always and then figuring out the stupid ‘video conference’ platform for the 200% increase in sales meetings that my office has opted to torture us with, I have now comfortably settled into this brave new world where I have the time now to appreciate the incredibly fascinating anthropological case study that is currently unfolding right before our eyes. Think about it, we all proclaim to be individuals and each of our experiences is unique and special and worthy…

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Out Like a Bomb!

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I bet you didn’t think when we moved the clocks forward a couple weeks ago that we’d be entering the Twilight Zone! Just a few short weeks since my last newsletter and life has changed quite dramatically in that time. First and foremost, I hope you are all well, healthy and have enough soap. Second, I figure you are all pretty much saturated with the news reports and the daily restrictions imposed on life and work not to mention the sobering reality that school is now officially a fond memory with Spring Break over and the kids still fast asleep in their beds at… noon! All I can say regarding the promise of on-line school is…HURRY UP! But, this newsletter…

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In Like a Lion!

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What a month already! I was getting ready to tell you all about my daughter’s imminent school trip to France and how I did the same trip when I was her age and how it was a transformative experience and then find some humorous way to tie the two events together but the Vancouver School Board, in their wisdom and probably liability concern has cancelled all school trips abroad until further notice due, of course, to the Covid-19 virus. Needless to say there is thoroughly warranted disappointment and in this case, compounded by teen angst so one hundred-fold more devastating – alas! We are hopeful the trip can be re-scheduled. Because for my part, I have been re-living my France…

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Love a Dub Dub!

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Remember those old time Valentine card craft books? You had to cut your own cards out and then paste together the envelopes. They had cute drawings with awful love puns and no matter how careful I was, they always turned out crooked, torn and sort of pathetic looking. And remember when you used to be able to bring cards only for the people you liked! I guess some time in the 80’s ‘they’ started making you bring cards for everyone so no one would feel left out. You may think it was cruel for some kids to over-look other kids and deny them the fun of receiving badly crafted art but I say maybe it was a character building lesson…

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2020 – Year of Vision

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Did you get out and party on New Year’s Eve? The age-appropriate activities and shenanigans I’ve enjoyed over the years have evolved with the passing of time and I was reminiscing recently about my favorite decade for these celebrations. In my 20’s I was working my way through college by bar-tending so I mainly worked on NYE which actually wasn’t all that bad. I mean you get all the party thrills and merrymaking without the expense of venue tickets and booze cause we all ended up drinking on the owner’s dime. Also, if anyone out there has ever worked in the industry, you know exactly what kind of ‘party favors’ were doing the rounds so whether you were working or…

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Ho Ho Ho!

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Another December is upon us and I am baking up a mountain of cookies for the holidays. Everybody has their favorite and I do my best to make enough for the family and our friends. I have been making the same core selection for several years now so I am pretty confident about technique and yield. Or am I? …this year, I adopted a friend’s brilliant cookie baking idea where she prepares all the cookie dough on one day and then bakes everything the next or an alternate day. This eliminates raw ingredients spilling on fresh baked goods, all the space needed for prepping and cooling cookies simultaneously and it actually speeds the process of making dough by just mixing…

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November Nostalgia

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I think I was 10 when I started watching the Donny and Marie show and I thought they were so funny and talented and Marie was so ah-mah-zing and Donny was….eeeww boys! So, this month I get to see them live as they are ending their 11 year run in Vegas at the end of November.  I am taking my girls and have been making them watch You Tube re-runs of their 70’s variety show by way of an introduction.  Incredibly, they can still engage this generation with their corny comedy and covers of current pop music.  What I remember most about this duo and what I suspect keeps them so entertaining, is their chemistry.  They always seemed to me…

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Halloween Howdy!

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Oh yeah baby…it’s that time of year again. The other day, my kids and I were recalling some of the fun costumes they have worn over the years and then just for kicks, I tried to remember what get-ups I had cobbled together as an enthusiastic but poorly organised youth. I was surprised to find that my creative endeavors were anything but! I am embarrassed to admit I deferred to the ‘hobo/home-less’ person option on more than one occasion. Now before you all lose your s**t crying, ‘cultural appropriation!’ let me explain that my obvious socio-economic insensitivity was clearly a result of my generation being less-enlightened about political correctness… or not, here’s a thought, maybe I didn’t think anything of…

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