TGIF: How I Made Peace with my Breasts in a Brothel

[TRIGGER WARNING] Sexual content. I. PREQUEL I’ve never understood the mass appeal of breasts. (Yes, mass appeal. I couldn’t resist.) My boobs first became problematic in 1992. They weren’t meaty enough to warrant a bra. And yet, there was enough there to make my chest look lumpy under a t-shirt. This is when my back permanently assumed […]

TGIF: When Romance Looks Like a Subway Sandwich

I. It had been two weeks. Two weeks of cardboard boxes, packing tape and garbage cluttering our apartment. Two weeks of crawling into bed around 2am with a sore back and throbbing feet. Two weeks of waking up disoriented, stubbing my toe on boxes and nursing an exhaustion hangover with earl grey tea. Two weeks […]

TGIF: Feels Like Home To Me

I didn’t grow up around plants. I couldn’t tell you much about mulch, rootstock or pruning. When most kids were asked to “Water the plants” the Francis kids were asked to “Dust the plants.” Growing up in the Middle East where the weather was not conducive to gardening, silk plants were all the rage. They were consistent, […]

TGIF: I’m Making A Human!

Nothing can prepare you for the moment you discover you’re … pregnant. I’d spent five days comatose on the couch, straddling a hot water bottle, nursing a stomach flu, a fever and a smokers cough. I’d chugged many potent cocktails of Nyquil, Advil and lemon tea. To my left was a graveyard of used Kleenex. […]

TGIF: What The Double-Rainbow Guy Taught Me About Marriage

I. What’s the perfect colour scheme for two people who suddenly have joint bank accounts, cutlery and toilet paper? Back in Jan. 2013, Kupa and I were giddy newlyweds, nervously navigating our way through the jungle gym of IKEA. It was quite a surreal experience, making our first purchases as a married couple. We spent […]