Brianna Popsickle’s Blog

Letters from a Suburban Prison

Brianna Popsickle

Brianna Popsickle
Ontario, Canada
March 03
Hi. I’m Brianna. I write because I don’t sleep. What else am I going to do at two in the morning while everyone else is snoozing? I feel like one of those people who’ve fallen and can’t get up. I’ve started to write and can’t stop. I write about my life and the lives of those around me: friends, relatives, co-workers, neighbours. Sometimes I change names and places to protect the innocent. Sometimes I don’t. I haven’t lost any friends as a result of my writing (yet), and have actually made a few because of it. I don’t write about politics or the economy, and nothing I say will change the world. But it may change how you look at your own life and the people around you. One thing I’ve learned, through the response of my readers, is as different as we all appear to be we’re all pretty much the same. We cry over the same heartaches and disappointments. We laugh about (and try to hide from) life’s embarrassments. We feel guilty for our fantasies (but no one knows because we never talk about them). Until now . . . Brianna Popsickle – Mother, wife, daughter, friend - finding my voice after years of confinement in a suburban prison.

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MAY 15, 2012 8:46AM

Growing 'Older' Pains


 “So I don’t know whether I should go there or have them pick me up. What do you think?”


My daughter was lying next to me talking about her plans for the weekend.


“Sounds great,” I replied, off in my own little world.


“You’re doi… Read full post »

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MAY 7, 2012 2:41PM

It Takes a Village to Raise a Child

Mother’s Day is around the corner, and it’s customary to acknowledge what our mothers mean to us. 

However, at this time of year, I can’t help but think of women who’ve wanted to be mothers and who for whatever reason, have not been blessed with children. Mother Day must… Read full post »

A study done in 2006 by the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology shows that 24% of Americans between 18 and 50 are tattooed; that’s almost one in four. The survey also showed that about 36% of Americans age 18 to 29 have at least one tattoo. 


If you’re a… Read full post »

APRIL 30, 2012 2:14PM

My Husband Thinks I"m a Germaphobe

My husband thinks I’m a germaphobe but I’m not. He grew up in a household of boys while I grew up in a house full of girls. Sometimes our idea of what’s acceptable varies.



Once, on vacation, his luggage got lost and I caught him reaching for my toothbrush./… Read full post »

I wrote an article recently about getting older. It got lots of feedback probably because getting older is something everyone could relate to.


I’ve since come to the conclusion, like the saying goes, ‘you’re only as old as you feel’. On good days you might feel like a k… Read full post »

APRIL 16, 2012 2:43PM

The Sadness

Something was missing, but what?


She had it all. At least that’s what it seemed to everyone around her. People thought she was beautiful. She had a loving husband, a successful business, wonderful children, great friends, and a nice home.  She was always laughing, or smiling at least/… Read full post »

APRIL 9, 2012 3:27PM

Am I A Terrible Mother?

I’ve given my fair share of  ‘change is good’ speeches to friends when required, but I have to admit, I’ve never embraced change even though I know it’s inevitable and we have to adapt.


Such was the case when my children left for university.  Friends wait/… Read full post »

“Has he been here?” my husband asked anxiously the minute he stepped in the door.


It had become the question of the day for the past month.


No.  He wasn’t referring to my secret lover who (just between us) comes discreetly twice a week. He was referring to the contr/… Read full post »

MARCH 30, 2012 10:06AM

Are You Getting Any?

All I wanted was a little customer service as I struggled to set up an account so I could sell my book online. 


Instead, I found myself on hold for the fifth time in two days, wondering whose job it was to select the music I was listening to.


The monotonous… Read full post »

MARCH 26, 2012 8:46AM

The Other Woman

She was no different than I, a devoted mother to two young children, and faithful wife. She taught Sunday School and volunteered at the library each week.


Her kids were happy. They played with mine and were best of friends. We sometimes socialized as couples, as families, but more often we… Read full post »

MARCH 19, 2012 9:29AM

How to Satisfy a Woman

We’ve all heard the expression, ‘The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach’.


Fortunately for me this isn’t always the case. If it were I’d likely be sitting alone Friday nights talking to my cats.


How do you win a woman’s heart? Well, they s/… Read full post »


I was reading an article called Becoming Invisible, written by a woman who’d just turned fifty. I was laughing out loud as I read. Gradually though, my laughter turned to sobs as I became aware of what lay ahead for me.


As I reached for a tissue, the phone rang. It… Read full post »

 I always wondered when I saw car wrecks, what those last moments were like before the crash. What were the people feeling? Did they see it coming? Were they screaming, were they praying? What happens in those last terrifying seconds before you hit?

Now I know.


It was a beautiful… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 29, 2012 8:24AM

Annual Physical - Piece of Cake

"Ugh, I don’t want to go,” my daughter said looking at the calendar. She was scheduled for her first complete physical in another week. Mine was scheduled for the next day.


“Aw, there’s nothing to it,” I reassured her. “It’s a piece of cake.”

Of… Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 23, 2012 9:19AM

Don't Tell Anyone

It happened when I was 8; I was in third grade. I had my friend Rachel over for the weekend. We bundled up in layers of clothes and dragged our toboggans to the hill, a few blocks from my home. It was a favorite spot for neighborhood kids to toboggan. 

Surprisingly,… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 14, 2012 3:13PM

It's Spring and 'Luke' is in the Air

My girlfriends and I were talking about the arrival of spring. They were saying their thoughts turn to sunshine and warm breezes, the sounds of birds chirping, the scent of spring flowers…


“And Luke.” I sighed.


They all perked up.


“Luke? Who’s Luke?&r… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 13, 2012 7:16AM

Valentine's Day - Then and Now

 I remember when I was little, sitting at the kitchen table and painstakingly choosing the right valentine for each person in my class.  I would neatly print their name and mine, lick the envelope, and seal it with a sticker. It would take hours. The next day, dressed in red… Read full post »

I never dreamed I’d be saying these words, but “I’m a married woman in love with a married man.” 

I know what you must think of me, but please don’t judge… at least until you’ve heard my story.


I didn’t go looking for it. It just happened.… Read full post »