What our family does with its spare time

If you read all the way to the end of this post, I will show you what our family does with its spare time. (You’re skipping down already, aren’t you?) Well come back up for some writing-related news.

1. I have an essay in this moving anthology on pregnancy, parenthood and loss. This is just a teasing preview, as it won’t be published until the fall, but I wanted to share the news. I will let you know all about launch party plans when the time comes.

This publication will mark my entry into non-fiction and memoir, which is a departure for me, but may be the start of a new direction.

More to come.

2. You may not know that I’ll be coming to Hamilton, wearing my writer hat. I’m reading at GritLit, Hamilton’s literary festival. My event is on Sunday, April 7, at 1pm, with Cary Fagan and Miranda Hill. “Great Things Come in Short Packages.” I’m 99% positive that the organizers aren’t referring to height. Details in the link above.

That catches us up, and makes me feel like a nice professional blogger again.

And now for the reveal.

Here’s what our family does with its spare time: we spontaneously and collectively brainstorm a parody advertisement, and then we make it into a video. And then I post it here. The original idea bubbled up as we told the kids (one in particular), that if her dream is going to Disney, she will have to tag along with a friend because, well, let’s just say it’s not Kevin’s dream, nor is it mine. Point being: some dreams don’t come true. But the idea amused us. As a family, we watch very little television together, and stream what we watch online, and lately there’s been a rash of Disney ads, so we found ourselves riffing on the theme. AppleApple wrote the script. I recorded the voiceover. Kevin did all the video editing (he’s good!). And now we offer it to you, and hope you find it even a fraction as hiliarious as we do. With humour, it’s hard to know. (Note to friends going to Disney: this is not an attempt at subliminal messaging.)

Ten minutes of blogging bliss


  1. m

    Love it! (All of it, actually, but especially the commercial.)

    • Carrie Snyder

      Ah, how it makes me laugh. Glad you like it too!

  2. Tricia Orchard

    I can’t wait to read your essay, but am disappointed that I won’t be around when it is released and for the party! I love a good party! 🙂

    The video is awesome! You guys should make more! I love how smooth and soothing your voice is. Perfect commercial voice!

    • Carrie Snyder

      We only did two takes for the voice, and recorded it on our little digital camera — I was surprised it turned out so well.

      And I say this after all of your comments, but I still can’t believe you’re going away!!!

    • Tricia Orchard

      Neither can I! 🙁

      I am trying not to think about it too much, although admittedly that is challenging given that we leave in less than 4 months!


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