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03 Nov, 2018

Weekend reading: November 3 edition

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Weekend reading

On the nightstand: The Lightkeeper’s Daughters: A Novel

2 Responses to "Weekend reading: November 3 edition"

1 | Claudette

November 3rd, 2018 at 2:50 pm


I really enjoy these weekend reading posts, I’m glad you keep doing them! Here’s my view on some of the articles:

I like meat and won’t be giving it up anytime soon. Having said that, we spend a touch more money on reputable meat (not processed or factory) hence we eat less meat (smaller portions) and more plant-based protein, which in my view is better for my/my family’s health. Not sure if it’s the perfect solution but combining protein with healthy fats and lots of veg has improved our health much more significantly than the ‘low fat’ promise ever did. Frankly, having my full fat options (yogurt, nuts) has left me more fully satiated than any low fat option ever had and feeling better as a result. :)

The Museum of Illusion is not far from where we live (by train, no chance I’ll drive into the downtown core what with the gridlock and all the rest of it) so we are definitely going to check that out. Look for a future post on this experience.

Trick or treating in my western part of the city’s high density neighbourhood is alive and well! Not only did I have almost 200 kids this year, I had about 25% teenagers who were respectful, polite and dressed in mostly home made, unique costumes. :)

2 | andrea tomkins

November 5th, 2018 at 11:48 am


Thanks Claudette!
Some short thoughts in return:

– The eldest daughter and I have virtually eliminated beef from our diet, although I can’t say the same for the youngest and for DH. I don’t mind though, because overall our consumption has decreased A LOT. (I do most of the shopping, menu planning, and the cooking, after all.) We’ve done it for ethical as well as environmental reasons, but I do support smaller scale/sustainable farming practices. We should all probably be eating less meat! And I totally agree with you, full fat options are the way to go.

– The Museum of Illusion! I find this new trend so interesting. I think it’s a good way to get different people interested in the museum experience, and who knows, maybe they’ll become return customers. Museum snobs might differ on this point. I think it’s important to remember that museum and gallery design has changed a LOT over the past 100+ years. This is just another evolution of it.

– We normally have 150+ kids come to our door (no adults were looking for candy this time around!) and we definitely did not reach that number this year. I think it had more to do with the weather than anything. We are lucky to live in a safe neighbourhood. I understand why families in bigger cities/unsafe neighbourhoods would seek out alternatives (as per the article) but I can’t help but wonder how much of this is unfounded parental fear and paranoia.

One of the best things about being a kid is being set free at Halloween. I feel a little sad for the kids who don’t get the chance to have that experience…

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