October 15, 2012


This is my list of favourites – my favourite preggie supplies, my favourite books, my favourite diapers, even my favourite baby socks!! I will keep adding to it over the next few weeks and months; so keep checking back! Maybe it will grow big enough some day to warrant being separated into several different posts!


Diaper Covers

My favourite diaper covers are Bum Genius Flips. They have fit Olivia FROM DAY ONE, which makes sense, since they are One-Size! They wash well. They don’t have white edges that get STAINED (like the Thirsties Duo Wrap Snaps – my second favourites)! They look amazing on Olivia and she’s comfy in them!

Check them out!


Diaper Pail Liners

My favourite Diaper Pail Liner is Diaper Pail Liner by Mommy’s Touch. I haven’t tried several of these. Just the one; but I love it so much I want to share. I have two colors – Mango and Celery. I just switch them out at the end of each day – yes, I do diaper laundry daily.


My favourite paci’s are the Natursutten BPA-Free Natural Rubber Pacifiers. Olivia tried (and hated) every other pacifier (even the BPA-free ones, which incidentally were the only ones we tried) until we tried these. Perhaps she has a thing for natural materials?


I have a HUGE chip on my shoulder about toys. I’m a bit of a snob about it. I hate what I call “button toys” where you press a button and music plays. I don’t think those toys are good for much. I prefer toys that also teach tacit knowledge – like stuff about noise and physics – but that are still fun and bright and entertaining.

Clutch Toys

I knew I wanted natural materials and safe paints. Not all her toys fit this description but some do! One of my favourite brands is Haba! And here is one of my favrourites from their offerings – the Triangle Rattle. Olivia loves it! It was one of the first toys she actually CLUTCHED! And today, she’s still mouthing it and banging it on things. It’s been a versatile and long-suffering toy and it’s so well-made.


These are a list of books about pregnancy, birth, and parenting. Just a few of my favourites!

Bringing Up Bebe: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting

Real Food for Mother and Baby: The Fertility Diet, Eating for Two, and Baby’s First Foods


Bath Tub – Prince Lionheart Flexibath Foldable Bathtub, White

Bath Sling – Summer Infant Fold N’ Store Tub Time Bath Sling




November 24, 2009

Big idea.  Itty bitty living space.  Literally!

This article about a bunch of seniors from Cape Hatteras Secondary School of Coastal Studies was sent to me by my friend Amy Mac.

These students decided to test their design of a small home by building it bit by bit, from found scrap!  It’s called The Scrap House or the Tiny House, depending on which website you’re on and it’s only 144 square feet of living space.  The main floor is 96 and the sleeping loft is about 48.

Here’s a delightful slide show.

Here’s their blog about the house which is ongoing.


March 23, 2009

I’ve been consternated lately about AQI – the air quality index.

Basically, I’ve been watching the AQI for southern California on this website and I try to stay inside on days when it’s in the higher end of the “moderate” range.  Rainy days tend to be better air quality days, but we don’t have a ton of those.

While in Ontario two weeks ago, I was curious what the air quality difference between Los Angeles and Ontario is, so I looked up an Ontario AQI index.  I found that while it seems to use the same numbers, the interpretation of those numbers in Ontario is a little different.

Here’s the Southern California scale:

And here’s the Ontario AQI:

Ontario AQI

If they’re using the same International AQI scale, then something is very wrong.  Ontario says 50+ is poor.  Southern California thinks it’s moderate!

According to Health Canada, 4,200 Canadian deaths were associated with long-term exposure to poor-quality air between 1998 and 2000.  That’s too many!  More interesting tid bits about Canada’s AQI can be found here.

Does anybody know whether the USA and Canada are using the same AQI scale?


January 30, 2009

Here’s a little taste of Los Angeles weather…


Poor me, right?

Actually it’s freezing in our apartment right now.  We’ve got the benefit of being nestled in a corner inbetween other apartments so it shouldn’t be so bad.  Warmer in the “winter” and cooler in the summer, right?  But right now, even with the sun streaming in our windows, our apartment is cold.  Later on today, we’ll turn off the heat when it finally hits 83’F.  But for now, we shiver.

That’s what we get for living in a desert.

“Suburbia is the New Slum” or “Inner City as the New American Dream”

June 16, 2008

As an urban dweller, I found this article from CNN quite interesting.  

Although I’m relatively young, I still find myself drawn to the appeal of the non-urban lifestyle, but I think much of that may simply be because I live in a city that has many of the liabilities of the urban communities described in this article, such as pollution, traffic, crime, congestion, but where the particularly high cost of living and lack of public transportation, or a “Walkable Urbanism”, minimize the benefit of the urban lifestyle that this article describes as so appealing.


May 18, 2008

We moved four weeks ago.  Here’s some pics of our new place!


December 5, 2007

Or St. John’s as the atlas would have it.

A beautiful December morning.

Sin Jawn’s Morning

My mother sent me this photo. Unfortunately I have no idea who took it. Lovely though, isn’t it?

My Hometown

October 10, 2007

Strange findings in Richmond.


October 8, 2007

Today is Thanksgiving Day in Canada. So I got in my quirky little head that I wanted to cook a turkey dinner! I’ve got two under my belt. One of them without my mother’s supervision! So I thought I’d give ‘er a try. But there were no appropriately sized turkeys to be had! Whole Foods and Gelson’s both had turkeys but they were huge!! Too expensive and too much bird.

So I bought a chicken. Read the rest of this entry »


October 2, 2007

Photos are up!

Here’s a few select ones to wet your appetite…

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September 7, 2007

That’s the song that’s currently playing on our stereo system.  Ryan bought the new Over the Rhine CD.

We’re packing for a long-awaited trip…  we’re visiting Newfoundland!!  I have so many family members that Ryan hasn’t met.  And he’s never seen my home.  He loves Europe, history and context, so I think he’s really going to enjoy St. John’s!  I’m also looking forward to introducing him to all my family and the gaggle of friends I have left in Newfoundland (most of them have moved away).

So we’re packing, then we’re on a red-eye to TO, and then a morning flight to St. John’s, NL.  It’s a good 10 hours of flying, not including airport time.   Diagonally across the continent…  I’m a long way from home.

Off we go!


August 19, 2007

The more you know, the more you’re as confused as I am.

These people are enraged.

Can we trust WiKi to be impartial?


August 14, 2007

I think my mother had one of these when I was a kid…

Or maybe that was one of these.

I almost bought one of these.

But settled on one of these.


August 12, 2007

I used to joke that it’d be impossible for it to flood in Newfoundland; how can you flood a rock?  But I was wrong…  very wrong.

Tropical storm Chantal wreaked havoc.

Several members of my extended family have lost crops.

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August 1, 2007

Memorial University Rowers - ready for the Regatta

When I was growing up in Newfoundland, there was a day I always mourned as a child because that meant summer was half over.

Regatta DayIt’s today!


July 23, 2007

Just try and become a father in today’s world without this book.  I dare you.  I double dog dare you.  So there!


June 27, 2007



June 25, 2007 has a great little freeware program for screenwriting and scheduling. They also allow account holders to publish their pro-jects to “Celtx Pro-ject Central.”

The great thing about Celtx is…

…they are in Newfoundland!

Listen to the v/o on this video to hear a deliciously slight newfie accent.


June 21, 2007


Yis me son!  Newfundlind’s right raw dis time o’ yeer.  Das right.  Roight raw, wah?  Chick out dem pics I got from me mudder.  By’ ya knows, is some cold der now, wah?