Dating

Cupid, draw back your bow….

Well, my friends, I’ve officially deleted my Tinder profile. Yes. It’s true. I’ll let you all digest that for a moment.

Don’t fret, though, because I haven’t given up on the dating scene altogether. I’m just exploring other options. My latest exploration…OkCupid. It’s an app that has the swipe left or right feature as well, but this one encourages more in-depth bios, and it allows all users to send each other messages. Essentially, you message anyone who tickles your fancy.

In other words, you end up with eleventy billion messages from weirdos you want nothing to do with. Now, since I’m a generous person, I’ve decided to share some of those conversation starters with you. The magnificent Maggie Wells, author extraordinaire, will be providing her always-entertaining commentary. Poor guys never stood a chance. Ready? Here we go!

Dating

Online Dating 101 – Lesson One

Hello, all you beautiful people! Welcome to the first edition of my new weekly segment that delves into the world of online dating. I call it ‘Online Dating 101.’ Inspired, I know. Some of what I’ll be sharing was previously posted on my old blog, but, since I’m knee-deep in the online dating world again, I figured I’d bring it back!

In the coming weeks, you will discover all the dos and don’ts of the internet dating world. You will learn how to decode ‘man speak.’ You will hear hilarious and horrifying tales of dates gone wrong and dates that never made it past ‘hello.’ And, most importantly, you will be given all the tools you need to get out there and find Mr. Right! So, without further ado, let’s begin….

Life

Finding a light in the darkness

On Monday, February 8th, 2016, I woke up lacking the usual spring in my step. I’d just started a new job teaching Science and Physical Education at Rideau High School, and my classes were extremely challenging. To top it all off, I’d never taught Science before so I’d spent the entire weekend cramming as much information into my head as possible, and fretting, and hoping I wouldn’t show any signs of weakness. But teenagers can always smell fear. Somehow, by some miracle, I made it through the day.

Life

Post-birthday musings of a 34-year-old

Hello, my friends! I celebrated my 34th birthday yesterday. I know, you’re all thinking I don’t look a day over 25. It’s true, and thank you. 😉 I couldn’t help but think of my mom. Last year, my birthday celebration was the last time we were all together as a family, and I remember we had such a wonderful day/night. We stopped in to visit my grandparents (Mom’s parents) and had some snacks with them, then we continued the festivities at The Royal Palace. We ordered pizza, ate all kinds of goodies, including the delicious cookie cake Mom made for the occasion, and we played a new board game the Royals gave to me. I won, of course. Charlie was adorable. We laughed and laughed. It was a day I will never, ever forget.

Life

Merry January!

This is the blog I meant to post over the holidays, but, alas, I was stuck in the land without internet. Dad’s completely cut the cord. He only really ever used the ‘net’ for his online banking needs, and to check the lottery numbers. At first I was like, “WHYYYYY? HOW? BUT I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT IT AND SO I CAN NEVER COME HOME AGAIN UNTIL YOU GIVE ME MY INTERNETS BACK!”

Life

Don’t lose hope

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I had a very different post written and scheduled for today, but in light of recent events, I needed to write and share this instead.

Dear America,

Don’t lose hope.

I know it might seem like your world has shattered, like everything you thought you knew has spiraled into a pit of uncertainty, and nothing makes sense anymore. But don’t lose hope. He will thrive on the fear, the anger, the apathy. Those emotional responses will make him stronger. But if you hold on to hope, your hope will trump hate. As Hillary, the rightful president, often said, America is great because America is good. Keep being good. Be kind to yourselves. Be kind to your neighbors. If 2016 has proven anything, it’s that life can be unfair and oh-so unpredictable. We’ve lost incredible people and important elections, but we won’t ever lose hope. Hope and love will always trump hate. We’ll get through this.

We’ve got your back.

Hugs,

Your Neighbours to the North