Nigh-night: Sleeping with a zipper

August 15, 2012

When buying a new tent, you look at the capacity, seam quality, waterproofness. After a two-night camping trip this summer, I suggest a new specification for determining what makes a tent worth buying: how loud the zipper sounds at 4 a.m. in a full and quiet public campground.


HMB Lodge & Retreat: It’s Just So Easy

I was looking forward to a day with just me and the mister after a hectic week that included making Valentine’s cards with a 5-year-old and 3-year-old whose idea of fun is mushing together my expensive and brand new (unopened since I bought them 5 years ago) craft ink stamping pads (“Look Mommy! A new colour!”). Scratch that: I was looking forward to a day with just me and the mister because the last time we were together, alone, with no kids, for more than 3 hours was my third kid’s birthday 15 months, 5 days, 17 hours and 52 minutes ago. (more…)

Duncan to Nanaimo Via Rail

Crazy storms and grey weather inspired me to take the kids on an adventure Saturday morning. The Mister was in Victoria and the idea of being housebound due to cold and rain did not appeal. We were planning on going to Nanaimo later that evening, so instead of twiddling my thumbs with two whiny tots, I organized a trip up island on the E&N Via Rail train. (more…)