Erin's Journals

December 14, 2018

Oh, I love the stories you shared with me on FB, in light of yesterday’s journal, about the Christmases that you ruined. Thank you so much for your own memories. One reader, as a girl, burst into tears on the big day because she’d already found her Timex watch. Talk about a guilty conscience!
 

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December 13, 2018

As I get set to wrap up the week tomorrow with another Friday Favourite, I have been reminiscing these past few days about the Christmas I ruined - for myself.
 

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December 12, 2018

Here we are, less than two weeks from Christmas, and I'm hoping - as are those who've sent gifts through the mail - that the massive backlog of parcels and packages in the main sorting stations in Toronto and Vancouver doesn't mean holiday gift-giving is ruined for far-flung families such as our own. 

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December 11, 2018

Thanks for sharing a few minutes here today. Today, a suggestion on how you might like to spend a few hours....
 
Now that the Golden Globe nominations have been announced (airing Sunday, January 6th) I for one am going to make a point of seeing the titles and performances that have been given the most attention, just to find out what the fuss is about. We're anxiously watching to see when The Favourite hits our area! Huge excitement over that one.
 

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December 10, 2018

Hello - and I hope you had as restful a weekend as the season allows. It's just two weeks now until Christmas Eve and we're feeling strangely serene given how insulated we are from the whole holiday rush. Presents were handed off to be delivered to our family members in the BC interior; Phil, Colin and Brooke have received and opened their gifts, including my favourite of this year, a collection of three pairs of socks for Colin.
 

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December 7, 2018

Here we are already at the end of another week and now, something I promised: a Friday Favourite. Today, the spotlight is again on one of my favourite things...sleeeeeeeep.
 

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December 6, 2018

We'll get to the "Baby It's Cold Outside" discussion in a second...but I want to start today with a special shout-out to a woman who is tiny in stature but occupies a great big place in our hearts.
 

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December 5, 2018

Today, a legend in Toronto radio is hosting his final morning show. I never had a chance to work with Roger Ashby, but I have vast respect for what he's achieved in this beloved medium of ours, and empathy for the sea of feelings he's experiencing today. I wish him well, always, and many years of joy with his wife Moira. I'll be sending big hugs. And to Marilyn, too. I know what it's like to lose a longtime partner. Smooth sailing, all. 
 

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December 4, 2018

I haven't mentioned it here yet, but a very Happy Hanukkah to you and yours. Now, to switch lanes: you've heard of the Gift of the Magi, right? They're the Three Wise Men and, of course, are a huge part of the story of the birth of Jesus. Well, meet my own Gift of the MAGA: three stories of not-so-wise-men that we've encountered in just the past week down here in California. Here we go.
 

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December 3, 2018

Suddenly our winter home seems very still. And a little sad. After two straight weeks of company, it's down to just us three: Molly, Rob and me. The laundry's been caught up, the house put back as we found it when we arrived almost three weeks ago and things are as I expect they'll be until our next guest arrives on Christmas Eve. (No, it's not Santa - we don't expect we'll have much of a holiday except for a nice turkey dinner.)
 

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November 30, 2018

Oh my - the last day of November. I think if you follow this journal (and thank you for that) you know what a whirlwind and an emotional rollercoaster this month has been. From saying goodbye to one of our very dearest friends, to travelling to Nova Scotia, then hosting two couples who are very close to our hearts in Palm Springs.
 

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November 29, 2018

***The Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts added another "In Conversation With..." me. Unfortunately, that second show is sold out as well. If you were hoping to come, but were unable to get tickets, please check back here every day and I'll keep you updated about any future events HarperCollins is scheduling.***
 
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Good day, my friend. I awoke to a little bit of a rainbow in my coffee cup yesterday morning, so I knew it was going to be a special one. And it was. 
 

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November 28, 2018

Hey there - welcome to Wednesday. You know all of those fake or phishing emails you get, warning you that an account (with a bank you don't do business with) is shutting down and that you'd better do something promptly to prevent the action? Oh, I'm sure you've gotten them; we even got an email last week from someone within our own banking system warning us of something dire. We contacted our bank and sure enough, someone had stolen this employee's identity and was using their name and title to spread false information (or worse).
 

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November 27, 2018

Ah, Giving Tuesday. After the orgy of excess following US Thanksgiving (Black Friday and Cyber Monday, to name two of the red letter days on the spending calendar) this day is dedicated to thinking of others and maybe putting your money where their needs are.
 
For Rob and me, giving back has meant leaning in. I wrote here last year when he was officially made a member of Rotary International; I didn't tell you that a few months ago, I joined, too. Here I am with our president Carolyn Morley, who also happens to be a neighbour of ours. 
 

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November 26, 2018

A quick update: as you may have seen on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter (I do get around), a speaking engagement has been booked for Oakville on February 25, 2019. I was astounded to learn this (via Twitter!) but later the same day, equally shocked to discover it was sold out. I know, it's not Wembley Stadium, but still, it felt pretty amazing.
 

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November 23, 2018

Yep - it's Black Friday here in the US, or as my dad calls it, "those Excited States." (I know he didn't make that up, but like his #3 daughter, he knows a good joke when he steals one!)
 

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November 22, 2018

Hey - set the PVR (or as they call it down here, the DVR) and get set for the big Thanksgiving Day Parade, if you have little people to share it with.
 

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November 21, 2018

I've a movie review for you today, but honestly - what fun cinema experience doesn't include a trip first to the snack bar?
 

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November 20, 2018

How about some coffee talk today? You know that when it comes to that ol' black magic, I'm really serious. How serious? Let me give you a few examples: Rob actually packed a cappuccino/espresso machine in the car as he drove down to California where we're staying for a few months.
 
And that's not all: these were in my suitcase for those 16 days on the road this month.
 

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November 19, 2018

Boy, you sure do keep me on my toes! Thank you for the incredibly positive response to Friday's journal and the details of our new coordinates for the next few months. 
 
(Strangely, we were on our Molly walk yesterday and we saw a sign on someone's lawn that read: "Neighborhoods are for Neighbors. Stop Short Term Rentals." Wow, nothing like that to make you feel welcome. Rob was unpacking the car the other night and a couple walked by. He said, "Hi - we're your new neighbours for the next three months." They just kept walking. Like I said, nothing like feeling welcome.) 

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