Some days I don’t want to be the mom. Don’t get me wrong: I still want Mark in my life—I just don’t want to be the “CEO” of Family Inc., I don’t want to be the one in charge.
Monthly Archives: August, 2014
With about 130 military and civilian aircrafts from around the world covering the entire history of aviation, the Museum apparently offers the finest collection in the country and one of the most comprehensive in the world.
We spent most of the time outdoors and decided to revisit a few of Ottawa’s main landmarks: Parliament Hill; Nepean Point, a hill offering a magnificent panoramic view of Parliament Hill, the Ottawa River and Alexandra Bridge; Rideau Hall, the official residence of the Governor General of Canada; the War Memorial; Château Laurier; the Byward Market and the business district.
For new immigrants, it doesn’t work like this. You need to have a “settler’s mentality” because you are starting from scratch, in a place where you don’t have roots. When it’s just yourself, or yourself and a partner, it’s not that hard. When you add kids to the mix, it becomes more difficult.
I used to love funfairs in France. In Nantes, the fair is held twice a year, in the spring and in the fall. As kids, we were super excited by the perspective of spending a few francs on sticky cotton candy and thrilling rides. The best part was to stroll past the stalls and the rides and pick the scariest or fastest ones.
My favourite permanent exhibition at the Canadian Museum of History is the “Canada Hall”. Beneath the 17 metre-high domed ceiling, you stroll through life-sized exhibits recreating the memories and experiences of Canadian life from AD 1000 to 2000.My favourite permanent exhibition at the Canadian Museum of History is the “Canada Hall”. Beneath the 17 metre-high domed ceiling, you stroll through life-sized exhibits recreating the memories and experiences of Canadian life from AD 1000 to 2000.
After a couple of hours at the Children’s Museum, we decided it was time for some culture. We put Mark in the stroller and headed to the “Special Exhibitions” floor.
The Canadian Museum of History was packed and we queued for quite a while to buy tickets. Fortunately, Mark had probably sensed we were going to do something fun and he was suspiciously patient and well behaved. On second thought, maybe he was high on McDonald’s ketchup, actually.
In France, I was in charge of grocery shopping. I didn’t mind. Exploring supermarkets, browsing market stalls, (re)discovering products and studying food trends is fun when you are abroad.
Mark isn’t two yet but I think the “terrible twos” started. He throws tantrums for no reason, gets frustrated easily and plays tricks on us. He is testing limits. Constantly.
I stopped splurging on sandals a long time ago. I have tried all the major brands, from store-brand shoes to big names in footwear such as like Clarks, Sketchers and Nike. I have spent as little as $15 to as much as $100. The result is always the same: no pair of sandals can last an entire summer.
The summer months are hot and humid and thunderstorms are frequent. There isn’t much you can do. One minute, the sky is clear, and next thing you know it’s falling on your head. Good luck finding shelter—unless you are downtown or there is a Tim Hortons nearby, you can’t escape anywhere. We don’t even have proper bus shelters at all stops.
When Future Shop, Best Buy and Henry’s refuse to sell me a camera. What’s a girl gotta do to get a Nikon D3200?
Traveling from France to Canada in July is much less brutal than going from Nicaragua to Canada in February. Yet, there are still things that feel pretty awesome after any long trip.