I’d forgotten all about sleeping in

, April 24, 2013

I don’t sleep late anymore. It just doesn’t happen. If my alarm doesn’t go off, and my wife doesn’t wake me when she gets up, my kid will. It’s a good system, and I usually don’t need it anyway. I like my early mornings, and I only tend to grab a little extra sleep when […]

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Sick day (sort of)

, April 23, 2013

Instead of heading to the office after dropping my kid off at daycare, I headed back home to set up shop at the kitchen table. My wife, meanwhile, hasn’t left the house at all. I’ve spent the morning working, and she’s spent it on the couch. My wife hasn’t had a proper sick day since […]

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Stop the Canada-China FIPA (at least until we’ve given it some thought)

, April 22, 2013

This evening, the federal government will vote on an NDP motion to demand that Canada not ratify an agreement called the Canada-China FIPA. The Green Party wants your help, today, to put this agreement on hold until we’ve had an actual public discussion about it. “On September 9th,” Elizabeth May told her mailing list, “Prime […]

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Airplane mode isn’t just for airplanes

, April 21, 2013

If you’re like me, then you like to keep your phone handy, but not because you want to stay reachable. I use my phone to capture notes and ideas during the day (and to snap a quick photo of my kid whenever she’s doing something cute), so I don’t like to be without it. But […]

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Suddenly it’s almost midnight

, April 20, 2013

Weekends are great when you’re a parent with a day job, because you get to spend a lot more time with your kid than you do on weekdays. And they’re much more exhausting  than weekdays are, for pretty much the very same reason. I got up at with my kid at 7:00 AM this morning. […]

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The accidental karaoke wedding

, April 18, 2013

These days, whenever I head out to spin live, I take a digital recorder with me. Like the sessions I’ve been recording at home, these recordings give me a better sense of what’s working when I play live, and what could be better. The recording I’m listening to now, though, is a bit of a […]

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Keeping one step ahead of the sunrise

, April 17, 2013

Before my kid came along, I was the type of guy who laid in bed until the last possible minute on a work day. After fourteen months of parenting, I’ve discovered that an early morning is the secret to a good day – or the last line of defense, at least, against a total write-off. […]

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Today is National Advance Care Planning Day

, April 16, 2013

What’s National Advance Care Planning Day, you ask? It’s a day for Canadians and their loved ones to think about the decisions we all need to make at the end of life. It’s a day to begin a difficult but important conversation about your wishes for end-of-life care, or to revisit whatever plans you may have already made. […]

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Any idiot can work hard

, April 15, 2013

There’s a lot more to getting things done and feeling accomplished than just keeping busy. Anyone can keep themselves busy, or be kept busy by someone else. But that’s not the same as getting things accomplished, and it doesn’t always leave you feeling like you used your time well. Last week was a very busy […]

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Just to be clear, my wife isn’t pregnant again

, April 12, 2013

In retrospect, I could have chosen a better subject line for yesterday’s post. All I’d planned to do was crack a few jokes about my family, the underestimated power of young women, and my general lack of traditional manliness. But before I knew it, friends on Facebook and Twitter were congratulating my wife and I […]

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