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Blog contests, memes, interviews, photography hunts, random facts… Let’s connect, share some blogging fun and some little snippets of life.

Just Blogging Footprint, Costa Rica, February 2014

The first year I worked as a French teacher in Ottawa, as soon as spring sprung, my students—all fed­eral gov­ern­ment employees—started to sport painted toe­nails. They would com­pare the rel­a­tive mer­its of Shel­lac over OPI. When I admit­ted I didn’t really have an opin­ion on the topic, they asked incred­u­lously: “You’ve never had a pedicure?!”

Just Blogging Ouch! At the Civic in Ottawa

On Mon­day morn­ing, after a night’s sleep to recover from the flight back, I drove Feng to the near­est walk-in clinic so that he could have his eye checked.

Just Blogging Self Portrait in Nantes, December 2013

It’s the end of the year as we know it! No party for us this time. The return from France has been pretty bru­tal: Feng is still deal­ing with his bat­tle scars, it’s very cold and we lost our Inter­net con­nec­tion and land­line (thanks, Bell!). We are still unpack­ing and get­ting over the jet­lag and Mark is très très cranky.

Just Blogging Downtown Ottawa, November 2013

In recent years, the con­do­minium indus­try has been boom­ing in Canada, with dozens of new tow­ers being erected each year. And they are usu­ally mar­keted with buzz­words such as “Mod­ern liv­ing!” “Amaz­ing lay­out!” “Hotel inspired!” “Lux­ury units!” “Granit countertops!”

Just Blogging Homeless in Ottawa, December 2009

I am the first one to admit I don’t own a copy of the very much sought-after Life for Dum­mies – An Instruc­tion Man­ual. Yet, even if my motto is “no gods, no mas­ters”, I have a con­science, this won­der­ful apti­tude that assists in dis­tin­guish­ing right from wrong.

Just Blogging Birds at the Farm, Ottawa, November 2013

Even nature doesn’t like Novem­ber. Trees are bare now, the geese all flew South for the win­ter a few weeks ago and the crops have been har­vested at the Exper­i­men­tal Farm, leav­ing noth­ing behind, just empty fields. Noth­ing? Well, maybe some seeds… and the birds found them.

Just Blogging Owls of the Nile from Threadless

The “Owls of the Nile” design was cre­ated by Rachel Cald­well aka ThirstyFly, a tal­ented Philadelphia-based illus­tra­tor. I absolutely love the details she included in this art! It’s a truly unique piece.

Just Blogging Family Portrait

I’ve seen bed bugs before, mostly in dirty hos­tels in Australia—I remem­ber being eaten alive a cou­ple of times in Mel­bourne. But I kind of expected it. I mean, hos­tels are… well, hos­tels. When the twelve guys in your sixteen-bed dorms haven’t show­ered or done laun­dry in days and when they store food on their beds… you know it’s a bed bug hos­tel. But I cer­tainly wasn’t expect­ing a place like a Trav­el­lodge Hotel (not fancy but decent) to have bed bugs.

Just Blogging Graffiti at Chapters, Ottawa, August 2013

This blog is a great way to meet peo­ple, to fuel my pas­sion for writ­ing and pho­tog­ra­phy, to show what I do to prospec­tive clients, to net­work, etc. And it’s always reward­ing to see the read­er­ship grow. But it has down­sides as well. Ear­lier this month, I received an email from Site5, my host­ing com­pany, claim­ing that my resource usage was too high to stay on a shared server plan.

Just Blogging TopBox Package

A good year after the trend picked (appar­ently I am not an early adopter!) I decided to try one of the many “sub­scrip­tion box” ser­vices. Why not? I love receiv­ing mail and if the enve­lope can con­tain sam­ples rather than another let­ter from my bank press­ing me to apply for a credit card, I’m all for it.

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