After the Kids Leave http://afterthekidsleave.com First, we rent out their rooms... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 09:11:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Sunday Videos: guitars, dogs and Loishttp://afterthekidsleave.com/2015/04/26/sunday-videos-guitars-dogs-and-lois/ http://afterthekidsleave.com/2015/04/26/sunday-videos-guitars-dogs-and-lois/#comments Sun, 26 Apr 2015 04:08:17 +0000 http://afterthekidsleave.com/?p=21500 Dear Readers, What happens when you invite 100 people to your party, and over 900 show up?  Sing, of course! We’re pretty sure we’ve mentioned it before, but we’ll say it again:  we love dogs. This week, there’s a new star shining in the galaxy of children’s entertainment:  Lois Lilienstein, of the Canadian singing group, […]

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And now a word from Rachel…http://afterthekidsleave.com/2015/04/25/and-now-a-word-from-rachel/ http://afterthekidsleave.com/2015/04/25/and-now-a-word-from-rachel/#comments Sat, 25 Apr 2015 04:07:29 +0000 http://afterthekidsleave.com/?p=21497 Dear Wendy, Rachel here. I’m pretty sure if my mother tried to write a post right now, she might just break down. See, she’s had a rough past 48 hours, mainly because she was helping me move all my junk…er… precious possessions out of Humber residence, where I’ve just finished my third year, and into […]

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How to destroy a diet in less than 2 dayshttp://afterthekidsleave.com/2015/04/24/how-to-destroy-a-diet-in-less-than-2-days/ http://afterthekidsleave.com/2015/04/24/how-to-destroy-a-diet-in-less-than-2-days/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 09:26:29 +0000 http://afterthekidsleave.com/?p=21482 Dear Karen, Last week, we flew to Denmark to attend Lars’s farewell dinner in Copenhagen. I’d gone there with the best of intentions.   Having recently joined the FitBit generation, I was determined I wouldn’t overeat, and that I’d get tons of walking in, to off-set whatever extra calories I’d inhaled on the trip. Ha. I […]

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Change – it’ll be a doozy this summerhttp://afterthekidsleave.com/2015/04/23/21463/ http://afterthekidsleave.com/2015/04/23/21463/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 04:32:27 +0000 http://afterthekidsleave.com/?p=21463 Dear Karen, Ch-ch-ch-changes, turn and face the strain.  Thanks, David Bowie, for putting it so well. Like you, we’re also facing the strain of a few changes this summer.  Lars and I will begin our summer in one home, and end up in another, in a different country and continent. Perhaps it’s our final move, […]

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Awesome Advice Central: The Office Flirthttp://afterthekidsleave.com/2015/04/22/awesome-advice-central-the-office-flirt/ http://afterthekidsleave.com/2015/04/22/awesome-advice-central-the-office-flirt/#comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 06:00:28 +0000 http://afterthekidsleave.com/?p=21447 Dear Awesome Advice Central, I need your help in getting a young woman off my husband’s back. And yes, I do know how awful that sounds. It gets worse, so stick around. Read and weep, ladies of Awesome Advice. Read and weep. This office flirt, I’ll call her Bettina, works with my husband and is […]

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A summer full of changeshttp://afterthekidsleave.com/2015/04/21/a-summer-full-of-changes/ http://afterthekidsleave.com/2015/04/21/a-summer-full-of-changes/#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 06:00:48 +0000 http://afterthekidsleave.com/?p=21413 Dear Wendy, It’s happening again. Somehow another school year has rolled past, and this week we’re off again to Toronto, to bring Rachel home from her third year of college. Third year! It hardly seems possible—wasn’t it only a few months back that Mitchell and I pulled away from the dorm at Humber for the […]

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An uncommon luncheonhttp://afterthekidsleave.com/2015/04/20/an-uncommon-luncheon/ http://afterthekidsleave.com/2015/04/20/an-uncommon-luncheon/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 04:50:07 +0000 http://afterthekidsleave.com/?p=21386 Dear Karen, In honor of Lars’s retirement this month, I took him for lunch to the House of Commons. The restaurant that serves Members of Parliament is only open occasionally to the public, and I was lucky enough to snag a table for us. Over all the years I’ve know Lars, we have never gone […]

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Sunday videos: we love 60s toyshttp://afterthekidsleave.com/2015/04/19/sunday-videos-we-love-60s-toys/ http://afterthekidsleave.com/2015/04/19/sunday-videos-we-love-60s-toys/#comments Sun, 19 Apr 2015 07:12:13 +0000 http://afterthekidsleave.com/?p=21383 Dear Readers, First up, an artist who uses Spirograph to make something quite wonderful. Meccano could be found in almost every child’s toy box in the 60s.  We were content to make miniature cars.  Not James May.  He has bigger (and longer) things in mind.  Note:  we can only assume the people on the opposite […]

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Springtime in Ottawahttp://afterthekidsleave.com/2015/04/18/springtime-in-ottawa/ http://afterthekidsleave.com/2015/04/18/springtime-in-ottawa/#comments Sat, 18 Apr 2015 06:00:24 +0000 http://afterthekidsleave.com/?p=21363 Dear Wendy, It’s that time of year again: the time I love the best. It starts with a far-away honking noise. I know it right away, and start to scan the sky…and there they are! The Canada geese are returning from their long stay in the south, heading up north to their nesting grounds. Each […]

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The dark side of stardomhttp://afterthekidsleave.com/2015/04/17/the-dark-side-of-stardom/ http://afterthekidsleave.com/2015/04/17/the-dark-side-of-stardom/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 06:00:26 +0000 http://afterthekidsleave.com/?p=21346 Dear Wendy, You might remember last fall when I was shocked—stunned, in fact—that CBC Radio host Jian Ghomeshi had been fired from his job with the Mother Corp’s most listened-to show. The reason? His CBC bosses had been shown graphic evidence that he’d physically injured a woman. In the weeks that followed, charges began to […]

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