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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.

10 Awesome Nonfiction Books You Should Add To Your Reading List

Strangers Reading at Chapters, Ottawa, September 2011

My love story with books started when I was three years old. I have never stopped reading since. I love had covers, paperbacks, magazines, essays, newspapers… hell, if I’m desperate, I have been known to enjoy the back of the cereal box or user manuals. I am not going to turn this blog into a book club but I wanted to share a few finds. So here are ten awesome nonfiction books I enjoyed! Read More »

Well, Hello, 21st Century!

Bye Bye BlackBerry, Hello Android!

I have… or rather, I had a BlackBerry. It had been a no-brainer choice to me. I have never been an Apple gal and there weren’t that many options on the market two years ago. Beside, Ottawa tends to be loyal to BlackBerry—we all know someone who works for Research in Motion and it is the default device for all government employees. Read More »

My Nail Salon Addiction

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?!” Read More »

Bye, 2013!

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. Read More »

Picture of the Week: Condo Hate

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!” Read More »

Pay It Forward and Good Karma

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. Read More »