Archive for July, 2008

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

little duck

weekend before last, in Halifax, we took Oscar and his cousins to the Public Gardens. sure, the place is a beautiful collection of Victorian arboreal exotica with rare trees, a few leafy survivors older than anyone i know…but those points of charm were of little interest to three boys under three. the Gardens is kewl […]

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Saturday, July 26th, 2008

like riding a bike

out. Saturday morning in the zoo-like crush of the local farmer’s market. old ladies and old hippies sweep by me, children push past. all our bodies are just a little too close – and mine just a little too large to accommodate the dodging i attempt – but the thronging mass is cheerful, busily engaged […]

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Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

the velvet handcuffs

as of 4 pm yesterday afternoon, i’m free.  the bedrest is officially over. not only that, but i’m done with the IWK…that strange, cloistered otherworld where i’ve spent more than ten weeks of my life, where my first child was born and died, where Oscar and i spent our long, still wait together in ye […]

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Wednesday, July 16th, 2008

such sweet sorrow

just before bed, every night, with Oscar all cozy under his blanket and his baby doll and stuffed rabbit in his arms, we read Guess How Much I Love You or Goodnight Moon or some other board book with little animals heading to bed. the Boynton one if he’s particularly giggly, the “goodnight little mouse” […]

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Monday, July 14th, 2008

here comes johnny yen again

last night i rambled through the neon streets of a nameless north Asian city, lost and utterly foreign and happy as a clam. like any dream, it made no narrative sense. i was simply elsewhere, escaped, otherworlded. it was vivid, a montage of sense recollections and body memory, smells and sights and pace all propped […]

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Saturday, July 12th, 2008

outings with gimpy

the almost-in-laws are visiting this week, tackling long-moldering tasks like painting our living room and recycling Dave’s overgrown beer bottle collection and helping build a playhouse for Oscar in the backyard. bless them…they are very welcome guests. no, i’m not sharing them. renting…? maybe. yesterday’s tasks involved a long list of doctor’s visits. in the […]

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Tuesday, July 8th, 2008


he called Sunday night, said he wanted to check on how i’m doing with the ongoing bedrest saga. you’re just jealous, i said, of me getting to do all this laying around. no no, he laughed, i’ve got enough of that going on myself. it’s terrible. it’s supposed to be nice tomorrow, i said. i […]

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Monday, July 7th, 2008

through the looking glass

Oscar after his nap…soft around the edges, little body still bleary and warm. i love this photo. alas, i did not take this photo. Kate came over for an afternoon a few weeks ago, and the lens she pointed at us offered up faces of my son i’d never seen before. she has a wicked […]

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Friday, July 4th, 2008

true confessions

i am all ascatter. my work is mostly done…my formal work, my paid work.  the paid part, at least, is totally done.  there are still a few finishing touches i’ve committed to finishing up as freebies, just ’cause i get this nifty sense of validation from being involved in things that exist outside the four […]

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Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008

…and the tree loved the boy

ever since it dawned on us the other night how dire the situation with the runt tree is, Dave’s taken to watering it in the evenings.  birches are thirsty creatures.  we know that our weeding/nitrate-enriching measures – however highly recommended by Tree Doctor Google – likely won’t save it, but trying feels better than sitting […]

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