Let’s Gogh Trick or Treating!

I love Halloween. How awesome is a holiday that encourages folks to dress up as their favourite things, and get free candy to boot? Admittedly, I’m a bit of a Halloween costume purist, blessed as I was to have a mom (often assisted by a dad) who sewed my costumes year after year. There is…

Teensy Foot

Yesterday, ¬†former student who is visiting the city from her new home in another province met me on campus for lunch. She also brought her three month-old daughter to introduce to me. I was very honoured that they made a special trip to see me while they’re in town, particularly since I imagine riding the…

Break on an August Afternoon

Let me take you for a moment to something I did this afternoon on my break. That’s right: I now have coffee breaks. Most people won’t think getting a paid break at work is a big deal, but coming from the world of public school teaching, where coffee breaks do not exist and lunches are…

Legends on a Wednesday Evening

After waiting for months on end, I finally got to use the single most expensive event ticket I’ve every purchased and saw Fleetwood Mac live last night. That’s right: Fleetwood Mac! My 219 dollars and change bought a seat pretty far up (you don’t want to know what floor seats were worth) but we had…

I Have No Use for Photoshop

I often mention here at Blue Speckled Pup my lack of a relationship with Photoshop. I have never used photoshop on any of the photographs I’ve taken and posted here, admittedly in part because I don’t have a clue how to operate the program, but mostly because I’m tired of living in a world where…

We’re On Island Time

Greetings from beautiful Oahu! The Electrician and I are enjoying a wonderful ten day honeymoon in Hawaii, only a little more than seven months’ delay after our elopement August 17th. So far, neither of us is sunburned, which is largely a function of how much it’s been raining on this island. Given that a loud…

The Count Down (Officially) Begins

If we’re going to be honest, I’ve been quietly counting down since the day we gave Expedia all our fun money, but there are officially seven sleeps until The Electrician and I leave the barren wasteland of Alberta in March, bound for ten days in glorious Honolulu.¬†We snagged an incredible deal through Expedia for our…

Mr. Thoughtful

It’s another one of those nights where it’s just after–holy crap!–9 p.m. and I am just getting finished with those “must do” tasks and appointments and trying to tackle a few things around the house, but I needed to share how awesome my husband is. I realize I talk him up all the time (after…

The Semiversary!

Today, right smack in the middle of a beautiful Family Day long weekend, The Electrician and I are celebrating six months of marriage. I can’t believe he’s been my husband for half a year already. Actually, it seems like he’s been mine for much, much longer, maybe because I can’t imagine my life without him….

On the Move, Sort Of

The first week back at school in January is traditionally one of the year’s most difficult, and I’m suffering this round. Never mind that I have pretty much given up my three-plus a day Diet Pepsi habit, so I’m flying (sputtering along) uncaffeinated. Forget that it’s still the dead of winter here, and it’s dark…

A Sparky Family Christmas

After a frantic race to the proverbial finish–defined in more specific terms as the moment the first relative’s knuckles connected with our front door–The Electrician and I have successfully hosted our first Christmas dinner. We also finished our bathroom renovation before people arrived, because nothing provides incentive to finish a renovation project in its 24th…

Mammal Mondays: I’ll Have a Blue (Speckled) Christmas

In exciting news, The Electrician and I put up our Christmas tree nearly a week ago. It’s the first tree I’ve had as an adult, other than the “Hystmas” pine I erected in honour of sending my uterus packing five years ago. I don’t think a tree decorated with Tampax really counts toward the yuletide…