Sneezing Season

“You’re allergic to trees?!” they say incredulously. “And grass. And dust. And flowers. And just nature in general. I need a bubble,” I joke, trying to play it off. Because it does sound ridiculous and a little wimpy and like I’m just trying to make excuses to get out of camping. Which, yes, I am […]

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Know Thy Tropes

Let’s talk about tropes. We love them. We hate them. Whether the author sticks to them or subverts them, they are the foundation of every bestseller. Tropes are common (potentially cliche) plot or rhetorical devices in books or television. Examples include, but are not limited to, enemies to lovers, the chosen one, girl/boy next door, […]

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A Not-So-Friendly Guide to Group Photos

So I was zoomin’ with some friends the other night, and I wanted to take a picture to prove to the world that I still have friends (I swear I do). I asked them to smile, snapped the picture, then promptly uploaded it to my Insta story, tagging each of my friends. As they each […]

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It’s the Little Things

It’s been a stressful few weeks. Ontario has entered its third wave and millionth shut-down (or “emergency brake,” if you’re trying to be pedantic), vaccine estimates are sporadic, and it’s currently final paper season. I’m tired, a bit overworked, and definitely overwhelmed. It’s easy to get bogged down by all the anxiety and bad news, […]

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Hot Girl Summer: Here We Come

Spring is in the air, and besides triggering my allergies, it’s the time of year we start dusting off our shorts and tank tops and all our body insecurities. We’ve been sitting cozy in crewnecks and baggy knits all winter, but with the warm weather comes tighter and more revealing clothing that’s much more difficult […]

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A Year Later: Still Pessimistic But Here For The Adventure

I think I jinxed 2020. Almost exactly one year ago, I wrote Unconscious Pessimism, where I talked about how, because of a really fantastic start to 2020, I had this core belief that things were going to go sideways to balance the scales. I ended that blog with: “I’m sure the rest of the decade […]

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Adventures with Rutabaga

This is the story of a girl, an Instacart order, and two giant rutabagas. It begins with a craving for pot roast and evolves into the most exciting thing that has happened in a year – minus the birth of my niece, moving to Ottawa, and starting grad school…huh, it’s been a busy pandemic. Recently, […]

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Actually, I Love to Read

At the start of I Love to Read Month, I’m reminded of how much I actually love to read. As a grad student, I read a lot. Normally, I have 50-100 pages of reading to do for each class every week, and that’s not including the additional readings I do for my assignments. My days […]

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Hey, Did We Just Become Best Friends?

Friendships were so much easier when we were younger. We’d run down the street, knock on a friend’s door to see if they could play. And if they couldn’t? No worries, we’d see them at school the next day. Life was simpler when our lives revolved around the three-block radius of our school zone. Now […]

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New Year. Same Old Me.

It’s a new year. A fresh start. A chance to reinvent ourselves. As the clock ticked from 11:59 to 12:00, the entire world reset itself, and all of 2020 was flung back into the vicious black hole from whence it came. Orrr not. In reality, the clock ticked from one year to the next, we […]

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