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Occasional musings from a Left-coast Canadian ExPat in Oxford.

Last Build Date: Fri, 10 Nov 2017 13:59:55 +0000


Who can tell?

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:50:37 +0000

I’m sitting at home on a random Tuesday at 3pm. Which isn’t really remarkable, until you think about the fact that not very long ago, I would have been sitting in an office (or on a train, or in a seminar, etc.) on most Tuesdays at this time. But here I sit, nonetheless, after having …

So this is the New Year

Sat, 31 Dec 2016 23:59:11 +0000

Almost. Almost 2017. I always cringe at the idea of writing a holiday letter, and yet, I love reading all the ones I receive. So on the chance there are some of you out there who feel similarly about the writing vs. reading about other people’s lives, I present… Team Watkii: The Year in Review …

A tale of three dishwashers

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 20:10:52 +0000

When we moved into this house, we knew needed a new dishwasher. The existing one was being “weird” (totally the technical term) and considering its advanced age, the sensible tack was replacement. And this is where we learn that Canadians and the English are separated by a common language when it comes to the world …


Thu, 01 Dec 2016 21:25:11 +0000

I have had so many thoughts about this assinine “Meternity” idea-slash-book (go ahead, google it. I’ll wait.) that came out ages and ages ago. I finally have a few minutes (FINALLY) to commit those thoughts to pixels. Maternity (or parental) leave is not for mothers (or parents). It’s for babies. It is not an employment …

KonMari-ing the Crap outta this place

Sat, 04 Apr 2015 16:16:31 +0000

Hello! If you don’t follow me on the facebooks (/jen.watkiss) or twitter (@jen_watkiss) you may not know that Team Watkii expands to a foursome in August. I know, we’re pretty stoked. But this means we need to make room in for a whole extra person in our current existence. And we have amassed a lot …

Three Fab Things: Roundup

Tue, 04 Nov 2014 13:54:09 +0000 – I’ve now been taking work notes with this system for an entire year. Unprecidented! I don’t incorporate any personal notes in this book (I use phone reminders & lists for that), but it’s made it amazingly easy to keep track of the various meetings, events, projects, task lists, etc. that I’m juggling at …

The personal blog is an important, under-respected art form.

Fri, 17 Oct 2014 12:47:50 +0000

I just got around to reading Anil’s recent post on 15 lessons from 15 years of blogging. Poignant, since I’ve been thinking about what to do with this site. I’ve been blogging for over 10(!) years, with a few defunct blogger and livejournal accounts before that. The blogosphere has changed a lot since then, but my …

Aaaaand we’re back!

Sat, 01 Mar 2014 15:59:25 +0000

Thanks to all the comment suggestions on my previous post, I tried disabling all the plugins to see if that was the issue. Nope. Then, with the help of Neil and Gill, we spent some time going down the rabbit hole of a weird SQL error having to do with language compatibility (UTF-8 vs. Latin-1). …

Blog: interrupted

Wed, 29 Jan 2014 20:57:12 +0000

I appear to have broken the back end of my blog. Perhaps the latest wordpress update is to blame? In any case, I’m writing this from my phone, where the wordpress app still seems to be ok (assuming I can actually publish this). Any wordpress wizards want to point me in the direction of what …

Awake / Asleep

Wed, 15 Jan 2014 12:44:11 +0000

It has not been the happiest New Year so far. Christmas was amazing, and it was so good to see family and celebrate. Unfortunately, after that, things started going downhill pretty rapidly. It really started back in October, when my Oma found a lump in her breast. I think you know where this is going. …