Some Assembly Required?

Ladies, we need to talk. A plague is sweeping the nation, indeed, sweeping the planet: we are the only ones who can save our species from the downhill skid our women are leading. It’s a sad time for females. Luckily, I’m not afraid to speak up. Maybe I’m just overly sensitive, but I feel like…

The Most Dangerous Store in Town

I needed new sandals before we go to Kuwait. I’ve been trying to buy up a few little things at a time, but today was the day to bite the proverbial bullet and purchase footwear that would carry me comfortably through the desert–while keeping my feet looking cute. I generally buy cheapish, easy to wash…

Getting Ready

I’m writing today’s wee post as I wait for my nails to dry. As much as getting ready to go out as a woman is about action –applying whatever kind of goop, scent or colour a particularly body part requires– it’s also about waiting for one step to dry or set or absorb so you…

The Breakup (Sort Of)

Have you ever needed to break up with someone but just couldn’t bring yourself to do it? Instead of just calling it off, did you let it drag on while you wish you had a bit more spine, or a carrier pigeon to deliver a note on your behalf? That’s my current situation with the…

Prairie Lobster

I bought myself a fancy new gel moisturizer yesterday, from Kiehls, which is supposed to be the best stuff on earth for people with problem skin. In the world of sensitive complexions, my skin is the one sobbing and choking on her own snot in the corner when she thinks someone might have possible looked…

In the Interest of Balance

I’m keeping it short today. There’s a huge pile of marking waiting for me on the kitchen table, and I need a decent sleep if I am going to survive this week. There are times when keeping things running here at Blue Speckled Pup is a minor task, but some weeks school and life join…

My Hair Runs Rampant

I had my back to school trim this morning, which was my first haircut since November. Before all the readers out there in the blogiverse suck in a collective gasp, bear in mind that I wear my hair long, have never coloured it, and avoid heat styling as a general rule. Since my hair is…

Big Hair, Big Smile

This piece was originally published on my first blog in 2009. While my parents were waiting for me to be born, my dad was dead certain that I would be a boy. ┬áHe got over his shock quickly when he was told he had a daughter, but unfortunately, I was born bald and stayed that…