My Life in Numbers

Well, hello there. How are you? I feel like there’s a lot going on in my life that I haven’t updated here. The hunt for a new vehicle to replace the Silver Bullet. My continuing obsession with poetry. My journey towards becoming a math teacher. My love of tea. My podcast. I’ve decided to summarize it all numerically, because that’s how I roll.

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Counting up my Life

Number of poems I have written so far in March: 33
Varieties of tea in my tea cupboard right now: 34
Days since I found I got in to teacher training at SFU: 20
Kilometers I have driven in my pre-owned Toyota Sienna minivan since I bought it: 1237
The same number of kilometers translated into miles: 769
Nights that my husband Jon stayed downtown while covering TED2015 last week: 8
Different types of seeds started indoors: 12
Number of potatoes planted outdoors: 15
Number of onion sets planted outdoors: 30
Podcasts I recorded this year: 1
Spring flower photos posted to Instagram: 10
Days of Spring Break for my kids this month: 16
Nights spent completely alone this month: 1
Nights spent completely alone since my daughter was born in 2005: 1
Days until I turn 39: 43
Pieces of licorice eaten so far today: 15
Number of steps taken so far today: 7044
Sudoku games played this month: 145
Stairs in my house: 29
Days since I last vacuumed: 12

What numbers are significant in your life right now? I’d love to hear!

On Returning to Poetry

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I have been writing poetry. This is something I used to do as an angst-ridden 12 and 13 year old. I generated overly obvious rhymes and hit myself over the head with my own hopes and fears. I remember sitting down with pen and paper while I was … [Read more ...]

Hannah + 10 years and 12 days


There were a few things that I gave up when I became a mother: Bathroom privacy Adequate sleep The ability to leave the house in less than three minutes A rigid adherence to schedules It should come as no surprise, then, that I'm … [Read more ...]

Farewell to the Silver Bullet

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Sometimes life brings the unexpected - events that are completely out of your control, and you could have never seen coming. Such an event happened to me last Friday. I had just set out from my house to run some errands when another driver turned … [Read more ...]

Picky Eater

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It's been a while since I opened Use Your Words by Kate Hopper, which is unfortunate because it really is full of great ideas. Today's post was inspired by one of the writing exercises in that book. The other day my six-year-old announced that he … [Read more ...]

My Happiness List: January 2015 Edition

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My last post was a little bit down, I think, so I decided that it was time to share another happiness list. I blogged my last personal happiness list almost ten months ago, so I'm clearly long overdue. Who couldn't use a little hit of positivity once … [Read more ...]

Finding Comfort

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Yesterday I had a brief meltdown at about 10:00am. I came home from dropping the kids off at school and tackled my to-do list. Then I finished my to-do list. Then I had nothing in particular to do ... and it was still only 10:00am. This is a very … [Read more ...]