TGIF: Feels Like Home To Me

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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!

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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

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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 […]

TGIF: A Love Letter to My Husband of One Year

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Hi love, It’s that time of the year again. It’s time to take stock of the year that’s gone by and give myself a report card. My grades are based on how I fared in the following categories: a. Things I did. b. Things I did not do. c. Things I really wanted to do, […]

TGIF: Feast, Pray, Love

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  Have you ever just wanted to holler “freeze frame” in the middle of a meal? It’s the moment before you: carve the turkey (freeze frame); blow out the birthday cake candle (freeze frame); or pass around plates of still-warm peach pie (FOR THE LOVE, freeze fraaaame.) For. One. Fleeting. Moment. Life is luscious. Everyone […]