A few days away from a couple of weeks off

, July 15, 2013

I’m headed out of town with my wife and kid on Friday. We’re going back to the UK for a couple of weeks, to spend some time with family. I really can’t wait, but there’s a lot to do before we get there, and I’m still trying to figure out what it is. We’ve all […]

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Being a parent is easier if you’re white

, July 14, 2013

My daughter woke up at about quarter to one last night. I stepped away from Twitter, where everyone was venting about the George Zimmerman verdict, and I brought her a drink of water. It was time for another one of our late night talks. My daughter only knows about a dozen words, so she’s not […]

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Well, at least I’m an impressive disappointment

, July 12, 2013

My daughter has a t-shirt that looks like a pirate tunic. My wife dressed her in it this morning, and then she asked her to pick out a pair of socks. “What kind of socks does a pirate wear?” “Arrr-gyle!” I shouted from the next room. As always, I braced for the groan of disappointment. […]

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“This baby is a rainbow of parental neglect”

, July 10, 2013

Listen, sometimes your kid is going to get herself covered in magic marker. Sometimes you’re running late, and you don’t have a lot of time to scrub it off. So yes, sometimes you’ve got to take her to daycare like that. Does it make you a bad parent? No. Before I became a dad, would […]

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Summer hours

, July 5, 2013

Every summer, to make up for the extra hours we put in during peak times, my company cuts Friday short. At the end of every week in July and August, we shut the office down at 1:00 PM. It’s a great gesture, and it goes a long way, especially when you’ve got a family at […]

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Sleep is a funny thing

, July 4, 2013

On the one hand, I can grab three hours of the stuff, and spend the next day feeling energized and refreshed. On the other hand, I can crash early, sleep as late as possible the next day, and still feel exhausted. Right now, I’ve got a bit of the latter going. Let’s just say this […]

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I’m heading out to Ottawa this Sunday night

, July 3, 2013

I’m going to be in Ottawa on business next week. I’m heading out on Sunday night, spending Monday working with a colleague out there, and heading straight back to Toronto at the end of the day. I won’t have a whole lot of time to see the sights or hit the town, but I will […]

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You wouldn’t believe how quiet my house is right now

, July 1, 2013

Yesterday afternoon, we handed my kid off to my parents. She spent the night at their place, giving us a much-needed night off. She’s still over there now, and as much as I love her, I’m so grateful to have a little child-free time on a long weekend. We haven’t exactly painted the town red, […]

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Deeper Society at Northwood tomorrow night

, June 27, 2013

DJ, promoter and friend Ronnie Blake dropped a line early this morning to let me know about an event he’s hosting tomorrow night at Northwood called Deeper Society. It’s a night of “deep soulful house” that will feature the also terrificĀ Mike Lamberti, along with a fellow named Wil Ehren who I haven’t yet had the […]

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It’s all part of the job

, June 25, 2013

“All right!” I shouted in my big fun dad voice. “It’s time to go to work!” And I wish I hadn’t done that, because my kid wasn’t around to hear it. I’d already dropped her off inside the daycare, and now I was leaving alone. For all intents and purposes, my great big “let’s go […]

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