A To Z: Old School Blogging

Elaine is hosting Old School Blogging again, this time with Jennifer as her co-host. I like doing a fun, about-me type post once in a while, and I’m always good with an alphabet meme, so let’s go!


A: Attached or single?

Attached, and amazed every day that I got so lucky.

husband with baby in Bjorn

B: Best friend?

My husband, I’d say, but very grateful for these girls too.

moms' group

C: Cake or pie?

I don’t generally say no to either, but my husband has perfected pie (crust, filling, the whole deal) so I’ll go with that.

D: Day of choice?

Friday. Right now, anyway. I get the afternoon to write and I like the vibe Fridays have.

E: Essential item?


F: Favourite colour?


G: Gummy bears or worms?

No, thank you. I’m not really a candy eater.

H: Hometown?

Victoria, BC.

I: Favourite indulgence?

A Smarties Blizzard. You Americans that don’t have Smarties are seriously missing out.

J: January or July?

January. I don’t like hot weather, I dig winter stuff, and it has such a feeling of possibility.

K: Kids?

Yes, these two. (There is a second under there. And his hood just fell like that, but his big brother thought it was pretty funny.)

big brother and baby with hood over his face

L: Life isn’t complete without?

Walks in the sunshine, a glimpse of the mountains, time by the ocean, an opportunity to learn something new, family time, chocolate.

M: Marriage date?

August 28, 2004.

N: Number of brothers and sisters?

One brother, two sisters. One half-brother, one half-sister.

O: Oranges or apples?


P: Phobias?

Spiders, claustrophobia, the dark. Yes, I’m afraid of the dark. Shut up.

Q: Quotes?

When I was in high school I had a journal that I collected quotes in. At the time, my goal was to fill it up, which seemed like a lofty goal at the time. I eventually stopped adding quotes to it, though I love them still. But one quote has been my favourite for a long time, and I think it can be applied to most things in life:


R: Reasons to smile?

Ethan’s baby laugh, Connor’s big heart, a really good book, a fantastic run, the perfect cup of tea, a decadent dessert, a really good day.

S: Season of choice?

Winter. I’m Canadian, eh?

T: Tag five people.

I hate tagging people.

U: Unknown fact about me?

Gosh, is there anything? What haven’t I told you? Okay, here’s a story from today:

I have an anaphylactic reaction to shellfish. Or at least I used to. When I was 21 I quite suddenly became allergic after eating it all my life. With the first incident, I got really sick and thought it was food poisoning. Then about a week later I ate it again and ended up in the hospital, where they told me I really ought not to eat shellfish anymore if I wanted to see my 22nd birthday. I carried an EpiPen for years, but I never had to use it because, for the most part, shellfish is an easy thing to avoid. And the darn things cost about $70 a pop, so I got a little tired of paying for something that I never used and that expired pretty fast. My husband was not a fan of this approach, but I’m stubborn.

After today, though, he wins. We were at a farmer’s market just out of town (i.e. fairly far from the hospital) and I ate some samples of curry from a vendor that sells kits. It wasn’t until my sister and I had both tried all three kinds that she pointed out the little sign that said, “Contains shrimp paste.”

Commence panic!

I’m fine, though, and it seems that perhaps I have outgrown that particular allergy (which I have long suspected). But I will still get an EpiPen until I can get some testing done just to put my mind at ease (and because after today if I don’t my husband will probably divorce me).

So a generally unknown fact about me? I should carry an EpiPen but I don’t because I’m stupid. (But, man, that curry was good.)

V: Vegetable?

English peas.

W: Worst habit?

Nail biting.

X: X-ray or ultrasound?

Ultrasounds. I had so many ultrasounds with both pregnancies that I’m a pro.

Y: Your favourite food?

Right now it’s this salad.

Z: Zodiac sign?

Sagittarius. Fire sign, baby!

Those are my answers. What about yours?



  1. Mmmmh, Blizzard! My favourite used to be chocolate-covered strawberry, now it’s strawberry cheesequake. Mmmmh, Blizzard.
    Also? I’m afraid of the dark as well. If I were to see a zombie in the dark it would be instant heart attack for sure.

  2. Oh, yeah! I forgot that we’re both Saggitarians. One of the reasons I love you. Plus, I love both cake and pie, and don’t eat gummies either. I have a nut allergy and my son has an egg allergy, so I carry 4 Epi-Pens all the time.

  3. I do know Smarties, and I love them.
    My oldest has a mild shellfish allergy too. Fortunately we’re not much a seafood family. I know, what?
    I collected quotes too when I was younger, as in I wrote them down. Now I just use Pinterest. :)

    • Pinterest, ha!

      We haven’t given Connor shellfish yet. I know it’s not genetic (I think…) but we’re a little nervous.

  4. I had one of those quote journals in high school too.

  5. EpiPens are SO expensive! I am glad you’re okay!
    I love that you’re canadian and from BC… lucky girl!

    That picture of Connor pulling the hat over the babes eyes kills me.

  6. I had a book that I collected quotes in when I was in college too. I have no idea where it is. I do keep a small journal next to my bed so that when I’m reading if I find a line I love I can jot it down.

  7. I’ve never seen this alphabet meme before – fun! While I’m totally with you on Fridays (everyone always seems happy at school – students and staff – and there’s that beautiful anticipation of the weekend), I have to respectfully disagree with “winter” and January over July. I feel like we’ve had months of January here this year…now I’m ready for months of July!

  8. I can not do English peas. I just can’t. Blech.

    Is Smarties like Dairy Queen? They have blizzards, soft serve ice cream with stuff all mixed in like a shake but thicker.

    • The ones that you shell and then eat and are so sweet? Really?!

      Yes, Blizzards like that. And the Smarties in Canada are chocolate candies (not the sugar ones that I think are called Smarties in the US).

  9. Sugar snap peas were the vegetable on my list. And yes, Smarties are delicious – my boys love them!:)

  10. I know people who swear by your Canadian smarties. Like they send out facebook posts looking for people willing to cross the border to get their smarties!

    Eeeks! Go get allergy tested. At least then you know!

  11. Do you mean like the smarties that are just little, round sugar candies or are there different Smarties? I MUST know! ha!

    Glad you didn’t get sick from the curry.

    Awesome quote!

    So glad you linked up. :)

  12. Did you feel that?
    That is me kicking your ass for neglecting the epi-pen. Know what happens when you don’t carry one? You can die and then be revived into a vegetable for the rest of your life. True story.

  13. I saw that somewhere (FB?) about you eating shellfish. So glad you’re ok and I hope you’ve completely outgrown it.

  14. We have Smarties here but I don’t think that we’ve caught on and put them in a Blizzard yet! It does sound pretty good though.. my son would love it since those are one of his favorite candies.

    • Do you have the chocolate ones? I thought those weren’t available in the US. I know there’s another candy called Smarties but it’s a sugar candy. In any case, they are so good in Blizzards!

      • I think we have two different candies with the same name! The smarties I’m thinking of are the little colored candies that come wrapped …. definitely a sugar candy!

  15. Needed to read that quote today! 😀