“When you stop expecting people to be perfect, you can like them for who they are.” – Donald Miller

Lately I have been enjoying/getting more comfortable taking pictures of random people I see. It is kind of a weird thing to do; it makes you feel like a creeper – taking someone’s picture without them knowing..

The more I do it, the more comfortable it gets. But I have reached a problem. I don’t really know what to do with the pictures. They turn out so wonderful, but they are useless to me (I can’t just print them off and frame it.. like I could, but who wants pictures of random people in their house?)..

Jamie suggested I make a photo book compiling all the pictures. So far it is the best idea we have… Ultimately I guess I could always go up to them and tell them I took their photo and ask if they want me to send it to them, but that seems stranger than taking their picture… I guess we will see what I end up doing.

Below are my favourite candid shots of people who didn’t know I was taking their picture.

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24 Clear Signs I am NOT a Mother

“The most out-there thing I’m saying is, ‘Don’t have babies. Don’t get married and have kids. Have a larger life than that.” – Roseanne Barr

I am not sure if you have seen this or not, but I am constantly seeing it get ‘shared’ over Facebook. Someone wrote an article for The Huffington Post the top 24 clear signs you can tell you are a mother. The first point was “instead of running away from projectile vomit you run towards it” – they were all that ‘heartwarming’ and truly makes one WANT to have a child.

So, I decided to illustrate


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1. I will not, and have not, ever placed my face close to anyone’s ass to see if they are dirty. I don’t even understand this. I am pretty sure you can smell shit once you are in the same room as them, no need to go around sniffing. “Oh is someone dirty, let me smell”, hell no!!!

2. Speaking of shit, I roll my eyes in disgust at people who write about how it was such an exciting moment in their house last night because little Johnny not ONLY went in the potty but TOLD them he had to. What confuses me in the 15-20 comments they receive congratulating mommy, and daddy, and little Johnny. I will not comment nor like those statuses, do they want a gold star? Congrats for no longer having to place your face on their ass to smell for shit. High five.

3. I believe the worst part of McDonalds in the play centre. Kids screaming, running around, being loud, and parents who think it’s Gods’ gift to the world.

4. I have ‘date night’ 6 nights a week.

5. I do not carry food or drinks around in my purse if leaving the house.

6. I have no idea what channel kids programs are on. In fact, I don’t even think I have children channels…

7. I have not lost sleep because someone other than me is sick.

8. The closest I get to someone’s vomit is when I have held the hair of a drunken friend at a party.

9. I will not and have not bit the finger nails (let alone toe nails) of anyone. The thought of that disgusts me.

10. I do not sit here and pray for 5 minutes of silence. To be honest, I do believe there is such thing as TOO much silence. It will drive me nuts.

11. I will not examine the snot from anyone to figure out what shade of yellow/green it is. That is what a doctor is for.

12. Spontaneously leaving the house does not require advance planning and packing.

13. I do not know what it is like to need “me time”.

14. I can stay out as long as I want without worrying about the 15 year old babysitters curfew/if I will be judged by her/wondering what her parents think of me

15. I do not seek out toy aisles/stores for anything for a collection. Actually, I avoid them if all possible.

16. I have never stepped on Lego, and if I did I would throw it all out.

17. I have absolutely ZERO sympathy for mothers of screaming children in public. In fact I am probably that person staring at your like you are the devil. Mothers look at other mothers in sympathy when a child is acting up. I am trying not to verbally show my annoyance.

18. I do not understand why the first day of school is so hard. I believe you should be partying in the street screaming ‘FREE AT LAST’.

19. The biggest issue/worry I have to deal with on a daily basis is what I am having for dinner that night.

20. If I want to sleep all day – I can; without anything holding me back or anyone bothering me. And if for whatever reason I am getting bothered I can turn off my phone and all my problems are solved.

21. If I see anyone openly breastfeeding in public, or in the nursing section of the washroom, I get awkward.

22. What is a mommy group? What is done in a mommy group? Is it a playdate? Is there wine involved?

23. I think it is hilarious when kids swear. In fact, I would probably encourage it.

24. My mom still does my laundry and I am completely okay with that.