Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Diva Problems

On a recent Monday morning, I was barely awake and not keen to get up, I thought, "wow, I feel terrible. Why do I feel so terrible?" And a little voice in my head answered, "it's because you flew economy on Friday". And then I hated myself. I mean, sure, if I'd flown economy from Europe or ...

Monday, June 11th, 2012

Love and Other Fairy Tales

A real-life fairytale castle II: A broader view

It's weird being single again. When things weren't great, when I wasn't happy - when I didn't think things would work out, I never thought ahead to this point. Saturday night with nothing to do. Putting a friend down as my emergency contact on a form. It's good. I'm not down about it. I was at ...

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

It’s Not a Disaster

I destroyed these paintings because I did not like them

Travel gives me a lot of time to think, the planes, the airports, the queues. And the jetlag - there's no lonelier time than four in the morning, wherever you happen to be. Probably clear from my last post that I've had a lot to think about, lately. Still going to have to be enigmatic and elusive (sorry!), ...

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Losing Anchors


When I get stressed travelling, I have this mantra that I repeat to myself: Passport, wallet, keys, cellphone. Everything else you can buy. It doesn't mean that losing/forgetting something else might not be expensive, or a giant pain to fix. The point is, that only the loss of some things is a genuine crisis. I can't pretend ...

Monday, March 19th, 2012

On Having Adventures

cate at the great wall of china

There are a zillion things to do in New York City, but my favorite thing to do is walk across it. Every kind of person, demographic. See people out shopping, walking home after a marathon, out with their kids. Overhear people speaking Spanish, Italian, Farsi, French, Chinese, Japanese, and, yes, English - American, and English-English, ...

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

Time For Change

the state itself becomes a super whatnot

At the end of last week, I wrote that it had been "a mixed week". And then on Monday, things went and got crazier. I'm still waiting for the dust to settle so that I can figure out what is actually going on. A friend is in town for a while. Last time I saw him, he told ...

Monday, July 18th, 2011

Reminding Myself As To Why We Continue, Despite Everything

If you can turn yourself into smoke whenever you want, why do you bother walking?

It's been a mixed week. Some successes - Awesome Foundation! Girl Geek Dinner! Getting my visa sorted! And then a number of things that made me wonder why I was bothering. Mostly stupid things, and you could say that I shouldn't worry about them - but that is easy to say, and hard to do. Telling ...

Friday, March 11th, 2011

Stepping Down from Awesome Ottawa

Sea World Dolphin

The last few weeks, I've been thinking about what it means to be an Awesome Foundation trustee. Yes, it's putting our money where our mouths are; not just saying "that would be a cool project" but putting the money on the table to fund it. More than that though, for me it's been about being a small ...

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Simplicity and God Objects


There's an anti-pattern in Object Oriented programming called "God object" or "God class". An pattern is a design to follow. An anti-pattern is something to avoid. A God class is a class that knows and/or does too much. Breaking a problem down into well-defined units of limited scope is part of writing good code that ...

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