It must have been a particularly bad dream.
My son doesn't have bad dreams very often, but this one was awful enough for him to leave his bed, make his way down the stairs and traverse through the dark all the way to our bedroom. I woke at the sound of our door opening. He wasn't crying, but I did let him…
Added by Lauren Markman on October 19, 2016 at 6:42am — No Comments
I was trying to concentrate at work, when I heard it. A phlegmy cough. Then a pause. Then that cough again. Someone in my office was sick.
I admit to being guilty of this myself - going to work while sick. I have rationalized this because I think "it's just a cold," that I can "work through it" or that I…
Added by Lauren Markman on September 20, 2016 at 6:45am — No Comments
I'm not wearing my fitbit anymore.
A few months ago, my fitbit stopped recording my data. I was alarmed and upset as I tapped away at the screen only to stare into an empty, unlit space. After a long period of time on the charger, several internet searches and a pulled apart paperclip, I got it up and…
Added by Lauren Markman on September 16, 2016 at 6:56am — No Comments
Staying and Working in Japan was an amazing experience for me. I stayed for a very long time in Nagoya and Tokyo. I learnt many interesting facts about healthy and happy lifestyle there.
It was very difficult for me to settle down at first as the cultural difference and the eating habits are tremendously different.…
A few weeks ago, my son greeted me after work with this perfectly ordinary statement: "We had cotton candy today at camp!"…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on September 2, 2016 at 6:28am — No Comments
My ears always perk up when I hear something getting linked to nature instead of nurture. (Science is cool.)…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on August 26, 2016 at 6:28am — No Comments
My eye doctor's office texted me to say that it was time for my annual eye exam. And I immediately set up my appointment.
To put this in perspective, my dentist and my regular doctor have also both notified me for an appointment. But I haven't responded to them. (I will, just not right now.)…
Added by Lauren Markman on August 24, 2016 at 6:39am — No Comments
When my son was a baby he slept all the time. (Mostly while laying on me.) I remember having to wake him up to feed him and all the times he fell asleep while still breastfeeding. When I asked our doctor about all this, she asked some questions about family history and determined that everything was fine. She added that we were lucky because our son slept so well.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on August 16, 2016 at 6:42am — No Comments
There is something odd about my life right now.
My BFF at work asked me what I was reading these days, and after thinking about it for a few moments, I had to respond with "nothing."…
Added by Lauren Markman on August 12, 2016 at 6:16am — No Comments
Added by Jessica on August 8, 2016 at 12:59pm — No Comments
Recent demographic numbers have revealed that in Canada, approximately 29% of seniors (aged 65-84) were not born in Canada, considerably higher than the national average among non-seniors at 17%. While many came here earlier in life to find work and begin their families, others immigrated to Canada later on, often in order to be with children and grandchildren. As these seniors reach an age when they need assistance due to conditions such as dementia, arthritis, or visual impairment, it can…Continue
Added by Angela Smith on August 5, 2016 at 4:42am — No Comments
It's the morning and your alarm has just gone off - an angry buzzing sound breaking into that peaceful murky bliss. You hit the alarm with a surprising amount of force and sit up in bed.
The problem is that you feel like you haven't slept at all and you are still tired. No, not just tired. Bone tired, where…
Added by Lauren Markman on August 3, 2016 at 6:21am — No Comments
I am shrinking.
I take a bone supplement every day, try to walk more often to stretch out my stuffed-behind-a-desk-all-day body and even recently got a new mattress, and yet, I am shrinking.…
Added by Lauren Markman on July 29, 2016 at 6:29am — No Comments
It's 7:30 pm. Let the battle begin.
Let's say (for fun) that I can somehow get my son upstairs to start his bedtime routine at 7:30 pm (without the stalling, last-minute things he absolutely "has" to tell me and without any whining). Let's just say that happened. What follows is a series of check-ins. Did…
Added by Lauren Markman on July 25, 2016 at 6:37am — No Comments
My son has plans for when he becomes an adult. They include marrying a girl named Suzie (we currently do not know any Suzies, but I am accepting applications for his future wife), getting a house down the street from ours (with a trampoline and waterslide inside), and getting two jobs (one at NASA and one as a dolphin veterinarian, but not a marine biologist) so he can make lots of money.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on July 5, 2016 at 4:19pm — No Comments
Sometimes, I work late.
It's not intentional, but things happen, and I work a little later than I originally intended to. It's not frequent, as I am a huge advocate of the work/life balance for my employees, and I believe in setting a good role model for them and showing them that I don't work late (at least…
Added by Lauren Markman on July 1, 2016 at 7:59am — No Comments
My son started daycare at 6 weeks old. I remember the heartbreak of leaving him (he was so little!) and the relief of picking him up on that first day (he had gotten bigger!). I did love that facility - the nurturing attitude, the brightly lit rooms, the web cameras for me to check in on him throughout the day.…
Added by Lauren Markman on June 8, 2016 at 6:34am — No Comments
I've been spending a lot of time lately thinking about forgiveness and the impact it can have on your life and your relationships. Personally I've found that, while difficult, it can be so incredibly freeing! Looking back at the hardest times of my life, my turning point has always been when I've been able to let go…Continue
Added by Amy Bellows on May 27, 2016 at 10:58am — No Comments
If you watch the news you may have heard about Zika, the scary virus, transmitted by mosquitoes, which can cause severe birth defects to babies born to infected mothers. This poses a special concern for women who are or plan on becoming pregnant. There is SO MUCH conflicting and seemingly inaccurate information floating around message boards and Facebook.
It seems like Zika is either taking a larger than life presence as the facts get distorted and sensationalized, or being…Continue
Added by Megan Nick on May 27, 2016 at 10:13am — No Comments
I normally get dressed before my husband and he doesn't usually see me until he is also fully dressed. It is at that point that we realize we are dressed in similar colors.
Is this because we own too many of the same shades of clothing? Maybe. Maybe not. I'd like to think it is because he and I are in…
Added by Lauren Markman on May 27, 2016 at 6:27am — No Comments