Erin's Journals

February 20, 2019

Welcome to Wednesday - and here we are on the eve of our trip tomorrow to Ontario. I still can't really believe that this is all happening, but the flight itinerary in my iPhone tells me it is. Let's just hope things are a little less bumpy than they were last Thursday when I flew home. Or, let's say, than I inadvertently made them.
 

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Post date: Wed, 02/20/2019 - 00:00
February 19, 2019

Welcome back. I hope that the past few days have treated you gently and that there was plenty of family in your Family Day - or Riel Day, or Islander Day or whatever you might call it - Weekend!
 
Rob arrived home safely yesterday after a partly rainy and snowy trip from California up to Washington State, then across on the ferry to home sweet home. I think he's trying to get some hockey lined up this week in North Saanich; he truly missed playing. Luckily, at least we were  able to watch the Leafs from down south. His lucky Leafs PJs got quite a workout this winter.

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Post date: Tue, 02/19/2019 - 00:00
February 15, 2019

Ah, the long weekend has arrived after what, for many, felt like one of the longest weeks of the year! Thousands upon thousands of flight cancellations across Canada and the US, havoc on the roads, school cancellations and more. What a nightmare! And while I settle in at home and try to get used to all of this snow (which has far surpassed the February record in Victoria, set back when World War II was still raging), I've got a fireplace, my own bed and a bathtub that I plan to spend lots of time in. 
 

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Post date: Fri, 02/15/2019 - 00:00
February 14, 2019

Ah, Valentine's Day. A day that engenders as much antipathy and cynicism as it does excitement and genuine affection. I was always of the mindset that any day that inspires people to even think about love and to express it is good in my books. I'm sure I've told you that Rob and I don't mark V-Day, as our anniversary comes just six days later. But still, it's always a good opportunity to take inventory of how lucky we are to love and be loved. 
 

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Post date: Thu, 02/14/2019 - 00:00
February 13, 2019

I hope that, since these are our last few days here, you won't mind me sharing a view or two from our winter here in Palm Springs. I've been reluctant to do so before, as I don't want to tick you off - especially when I see cold weather and icy condition alerts in my Twitter feed, not to mention scads of cancellations. Stay safe! Now - think warm thoughts (again).
 
These are a few of the glorious sights of Thousand Palms Oasis Preserve, just a short drive from Palm Springs, Cathedral City and Palm Desert. It's free to enter and walk, and is a most enjoyable experience.

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Post date: Wed, 02/13/2019 - 00:00
February 12, 2019

Well, after three months here, incredibly, it's almost time to go home, back north to the snowy scenes the Calgary couple house sitting at our place near Victoria have sent us in the past few days. There's about 15 cm of snow in our driveway, which hasn't seen a shovel yet this season. Major thoroughfares on the island were shut down completely on Sunday as folks who are just not accustomed to the white stuff struggled to navigate the snowy roads.
 

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Post date: Tue, 02/12/2019 - 00:00
February 11, 2019

Happy Monday! Hope you had a restful and relaxing weekend. Something happened to us on Friday that I have been thinking about since December of 2016, when I received an email from Iris Tupholme at HarperCollins saying she was in the audience of Tracy Moore's Cityline tv show, heard what I said, and thought I had a book in me. This arrived on our doorstep at the end of last week.
 

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Post date: Mon, 02/11/2019 - 00:00
February 8, 2019

Today's journal is for folks who like to travel with their furry family members.
 

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Post date: Fri, 02/08/2019 - 00:00
February 7, 2019

Hello and welcome in. I thought at first I'd have another astounding story about "found money" (as we did in Vegas when I came upon this ticket in the parking lot of a casino). You know me - always looking down expecting to find something: a dime, an American penny, a feather or even, in this case, a ticket.
 

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Rob was heading out to the store yesterday and found this on the ground.
 

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Post date: Thu, 02/07/2019 - 00:00
February 6, 2019

Well here's one for the books: a library in an airport! If you know me, you're familiar with the fact that I have been in a lot of them in the past year (er, that's airports, not libraries). Thanks to jobs with the Canadian Real Estate Association, welcome visits back to Toronto to emcee events and, of course, our trips to Ottawa to be with four-year-old Colin, I'm gradually getting to know the ins and outs of some of this country's terminals pretty well.
 

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Post date: Wed, 02/06/2019 - 00:00
February 5, 2019

And the countdown continues: three weeks today is our book's release. But if we thought we were done, we had another thing coming!

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Post date: Tue, 02/05/2019 - 00:00
February 4, 2019

Well, this is a big day on our family's calendar: this beautiful woman was born February 4, 1933. He she is at 72. And this is not going to be a sad journal, I promise you!
 

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Post date: Mon, 02/04/2019 - 00:00
February 1, 2019

Well, here we are in February. For many frozen folks who read this journal, there lies on the horizon a high temperature above freezing. After wind chills and truly trying conditions over the past week, you deserve it.
 

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Post date: Fri, 02/01/2019 - 00:00
January 31, 2019

I wanted to express my gratitude for the outpouring of thoughts and, often, your own perspective about yesterday's very raw journal. I received most of them on Facebook, but also some came in my email. Thank you for taking the time to share; they say that confession is good for the soul, right?

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Post date: Thu, 01/31/2019 - 00:00
January 30, 2019

The power of being vulnerable. The strength in asking for help. These are two of the underlying themes that have come to Rob and to me so very loudly and clearly since our daughter's passing in May of 2015. And they're what I'd like to shine a light on during today's Bell Let's Talk Day
 

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Post date: Wed, 01/30/2019 - 00:00
January 29, 2019

And how are you today? I hope that this final Tuesday of January is treating you well - or at least gently. 
 
I know that being present and in the moment is supposed to be a thing - a very big and important thing - but how many times have you found yourself in one place, checking online to see what rates are in another spot for the next time you travel? Maybe that's just me (although I know my friend Nancy does the exact same thing, so I suspect it's not!) and we're guilty of it this week.
 

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Post date: Tue, 01/29/2019 - 00:00
January 28, 2019

Welcome to a new week. As you look at the forecast (or the temperature) today, keep in mind that January is just about over. Soon it'll be wrong-headed rodents predicting early spring, hearts on sleeves (and everywhere else), pitchers and catchers reporting for duty; hang in there.
 

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Post date: Mon, 01/28/2019 - 00:00
January 25, 2019

It's hard to imagine it, but January is just about at an end. To say that we've been busy (and with company coming Tuesday - and a joyous houseful until we leave in mid-February) is an understatement. This is, as Rob put it, "a different locale to work," and I'm totally okay with that.
 

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Post date: Fri, 01/25/2019 - 00:01
January 24, 2019

Did you hear the story about the Vancouver area man who's been evicted because of his three-year-old's "running, stomping and banging?" The story from CTV is here
 

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Post date: Thu, 01/24/2019 - 00:00
January 23, 2019

Well, here we are, one day closer to the weekend and one day after the Oscar Nominations were announced for another year. Since I totally didn't get Roma, which was honoured with 10 nominations yesterday (my earlier review here, if you're interested), I thought maybe I'd have better luck with the film which tied Roma for 10 noms, The Favourite
 

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Post date: Wed, 01/23/2019 - 00:32

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