What You Have On a Boat

In a not-unexpected turn of events, Jason and I spent a week on a boat last month -- on a canal boat on the Llangollen Canal along the border of England and northern Wales. We last did a trip like this when the kids were small, and have always wanted to do it again. Finally, …

Covid and the Illusion of Control

Two years and one month into the pandemic, back in April 2022, I got Covid-19. At least, I think I did. My husband got sick, and tested positive on a PCR test. Two days later I got a negative result, but two days after that I started getting sick myself, and was miserable for about …

Beware These Ides

March 14 was the two-year anniversary of the first case of Covid-19 reported in Newfoundland and Labrador. It was also the day when, despite astronomically high case rates and record deaths, the NL government followed suit with governments all over the country and in many parts of the world in rushing to declare victory over …

All Good Things

Sometimes people share a meme online where they ask, "What would you be doing if you'd fulfilled your childhood dream for when you grew up?" Mine is the most boring answer: exactly this. I never wanted to (or was qualified to, really) do anything but teach and write. I decided in about Grade 2 or …

The Suckiversary

Yesterday, March 11, 2021, was the one-year anniversary of the day the WHO declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. Canada declared a day of mourning and remembrance for the more than 22,000 people who died of COVID in that last year. I remember March 11, 2020 -- still three days before we got our first case …