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Vanessa Chris
Vanessa Chris is a Toronto-based freelance writer
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Anne, Thanks so much for your comment! My parents had a similar experience with my grandma last year. I understand that when you go through emergency it's going to naturally take a little longer, but you're right -- they could definitely streamline their processes a little bit better, and maybe make better use of computers? I can't help but wonder where we'd be if the whole eHealth thing was actually implemented effectively.
Toggle Commented Nov 21, 2013 on Freaking over fevers at Freelancing Momma
One of the biggest things I struggle with as a freelance writer and work-at-home mom is this notion that I'm not professionally successful. I used the word "struggle" there because that's exactly what it is -- a constant, back-and-forth internal monologue rationalizing my chosen career path. On the good days,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2013 at Freelancing Momma
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Right now I'm fuming. FUMING!! This seems to be the case when it comes to the medical profession and my children's health. If it was my health, I probably wouldn't care at all. But this is my kid we're talking about. MY KID. Okay, let me back up a little.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2013 at Freelancing Momma
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Last weekend I finally said goodbye to my twenties - even though I’m closer to 35 than 29. Our Toronto condo – the one that we purchased when we were still unmarried and childless – closed on Wednesday. After eight years, our time as downtown Toronto residents is officially over.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2013 at Freelancing Momma
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Well, I'm officially a Mom of Two. Unlike his big sister, who was five days late, our little man decided to surprise us with an early arrival -- a whole 1.5 weeks before his due date. While I was super happy to avoid being pregnant during one of Toronto's hottest... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2013 at Freelancing Momma
So, contrary to popular belief, I didn't fall off the face of the planet. About a week after that last post, while I was still grieving over my sister's miscarriage, I got a bit of a surprise. A positive pregnancy test. My husband doesn't want to give our future child... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2013 at Freelancing Momma
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Sorry I've dropped off the face of the planet. Someone very close to me had a miscarriage at 13 weeks on Friday. I've been too busy being sad to write. Just thought I'd send an update. I'll write again when this pit in my stomach is a little less painful. Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2012 at Freelancing Momma
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Holidays are so much more fun when you have a kid, aren't they? Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2012 at Freelancing Momma
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I'm having the WORST day today! I'm blaming it on Frankenstorm...only because I like saying "Frankenstorm", not because my bad day is weather-related or anything. It actually started last night when I couldn't fall asleep. My brain would not turn off, so I don't think I fell asleep until 4am...which... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2012 at Freelancing Momma
Anne, Thanks so much for the kind words (they really make me feel better!) I totally hear what you're saying about resentment! That's how I felt before Ruby (and I still feel like that sometimes because, well, I hate cleaning!!) In the grand scheme of things, dealing with a little cleaning lady guilt is better than being mad at my husband all the time :) Good luck with your at-home business, I know it's tough but it's so amazing if you can stick with it.
Toggle Commented Oct 29, 2012 on Overcoming cleaning lady guilt at Freelancing Momma
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Sylvia, I'm so glad I'm not alone! I try to get out of the house, but the other day it was just too cold and rainy. It was awkward. Your note has made me feel better - let's get over the guilt together :)
Toggle Commented Oct 28, 2012 on Overcoming cleaning lady guilt at Freelancing Momma
What are the chances that someone else has an internal German Grandma monologue?? But you raise another point - Ruby isn't perfect by any means...but then I feel super terrible complaining about her. Because, after all, the place looks a million times better after she's done with it, even if she doesn't believe in moving the furniture.
Toggle Commented Oct 28, 2012 on Overcoming cleaning lady guilt at Freelancing Momma
Congrats on your new business, shanmaryfagan! I'm definitely working on getting over the guilt...but thanks for the vote of encouragement :)
Toggle Commented Oct 28, 2012 on Overcoming cleaning lady guilt at Freelancing Momma
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Posted Oct 26, 2012 at Freelancing Momma
I have a cleaning lady. There. I said it. You’re judging me now, aren’t you? I don’t even know if that’s the politically correct term. Cleaning person? Housekeeper? Cleaning technician? Anyway, I have one. Rather, I employ one. I still feel guilty about it, even though our household has employed... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2012 at Freelancing Momma
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Say what you want about Obama, it’s hard to deny that since he came onto the scene, we’ve been introduced to a much more interesting brand of politics. In previous years (read: before the Obama era) I never would have tuned into a U.S. presidential debate. Maybe that’s because I... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2012 at Freelancing Momma
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Adelaide found a new BFF this weekend. Balloon -- or "bffffffffn", as she likes to call him -- came home with us after we attended a baby shower over the weekend. He has not left her side since we got him. We wrapped Balloon around her crib when she went... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2012 at Freelancing Momma
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Sorry for being MIA this week! I was assigned a few projects...and was dealing with a teething baby who wouldn't nap. Now I'm at the ShesConnected Conference...and learning a ton of stuff I can't wait to share next week. Anyway, as a result, I'm putting this week's Friday Smile in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2012 at Freelancing Momma