Checking out shiny things.

I've been fortunate to do some cool stuff so far. I went to law school and practised civil litigation for a while. From there I moved into legal technology consulting, ran a field hockey retail business and managed a yoga studio. 

I'm currently a web developer and am working on my first YA novel about a teenage girl who plays ice hockey on an all-boys team. I'm looking at pursuing a career as an editor as an adjunct to the writing thing; I'll let you know how that goes.

I'm ridiculously proud to be Canadian, but I still carry a UK passport because those are my way-back peeps.

I excel at killing house plants, knowing where every object in my house is from memory and I drive a stick shift like a boss. I can only cook to save my own life, always RTFM and possess ninja-level googling skills.

I am not afraid to yell about feminist issues, have a soft spot for dragons and will fix your computer even while grumbling in protest. 

I also have really nice hair today.

I'm the gal in yellow on the right.

Rocking the tall black socks.

I've spent a big part of my life over the past ten or so years umpiring international field hockey. I picked up the game when I was 14 and played competitive field hockey representing Team Alberta and the University of Calgary Dinos until I "retired" to pick up the whistle at 29. My international career has since taken me all over the world and I've earned over 100 "caps" (international matches umpired) to date. I dream of umpiring in the Olympics in Rio De Janeiro in 2016. I still play recreationally in our city league, captaining a team full of skilled youngsters who do all the running around for me.

If you're here because you're interested in umpiring, you can check out my personal musings in the Umpiring section of this site, or head over to FHUmpires.com where, with my buddy John, we obsess over everything related to the sport we love to officiate. 

Is It Time For Hitting In The Women's Game?

Like most hockey fans in Canada, I've vacillated on the question of hitting in the women's game. Sometimes, I can see how outlawing checking may promote a faster game with more of an emphasis on skating, passing and shooting.