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Supper’s ready

Posted by Marlinee on Oct 6, 2017 in Middle Age

It all started with dropping the lid of the slow cooker on my foot. No wait a minute, it actually all started with the idea of baked beans. Seeing as how I would have my hands full getting Thanksgiving dinner under control, I decided it would be a good plan to get Friday dinner off [...]

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The mosquito coast

Posted by Marlinee on Jul 19, 2014 in Middle Age

The most annoying sound in the world is not a jackhammer crew at 6 am or fingernails on a blackboard or even thousands of vuvuzelas. No, the most annoying sound in the world is the hum of a mosquito somewhere in the vicinity of your head in the dark after you have gone to bed. [...]

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Brush up your Shakespeare

Posted by Marlinee on Apr 27, 2014 in Middle Age

Apparently Shakespeare turned 450 this week. This event went unheralded by Google (which thought Earth day was a more worthy doodle of the day), so there is of course some doubt as to whether this anniversary actually took place. Much like there is still some doubt that Shakespeare actually wrote everything that bears his name. [...]

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The Taxman

Posted by Marlinee on Mar 9, 2014 in Work

I have recently become the object of some unwanted attention: I have a tax stalker. This is completely my fault because I made a very big mistake on my 2012 tax return. This mistake was so bad that a file was opened (probably a red file) and I gained a personal relationship with a tax [...]

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School’s out for the summer

Posted by Marlinee on Jun 16, 2013 in Middle Age, Travels

When you are a kid, there is nothing better than the day you are let out of school for the summer with two whole months to do pretty much nothing. And there is nothing worse than being sentenced to go to summer school as penance for lack of judgement during the school year. The worst [...]

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Tell me lies, tell me sweet little lies

Posted by Marlinee on Apr 20, 2013 in Middle Age

As we all know there are lies, damn lies, and then there are statistics. Or in my life, there are statistics, damn statistics and can you please stop with the damn statistics. The last thing I ever thought I would end up doing is working with statistics. That is because of my general lack of [...]

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My theatre career: Part 3

Posted by Marlinee on Apr 6, 2013 in Middle Age, Work

A strange thing happens when you get older. Sometimes (okay, all the time), you think about your younger years and how wonderful they were compared to the drudgery of being a grownup. A couple of years ago I had one of those Peggy Lee moments that was probably brought on by too much déjà vu [...]

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The Babysitter

Posted by Marlinee on Dec 9, 2012 in Middle Age

Like many things, the childcare industry has become more complicated since the laissez faire times of the mid-century. There was certainly room for improvement (evidence for which we will discuss shortly), but when everyone who looks after little Sophia and Desmond during those unavoidable gaps in parental supervision needs a certificate from CSIS and a [...]

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Un-accustomed as I am

Posted by Marlinee on Sep 7, 2012 in Travels, Work

Apparently, fear of public speaking (glossophobia for those who are interested in official labels) affects 75% of the population. Clearly that’s not an issue for Bill Clinton or Barack Obama (or even Michelle). And I am happy to say I also belong to the fearless 25%, but that wasn’t always the case. I had no [...]

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Leaving Las Vegas

Posted by Marlinee on Jun 21, 2012 in Middle Age

Neither of my weddings took place in June, which is still the most popular wedding month. My avoidance of June probably has more to do with my aversion to traditional wedding stuff than a dislike for the month itself. However, June does come with some baggage like the interminable weeks of confinement to the classroom [...]

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