Escape from a winter day

When 60 hours of rainfall stop and it’s a non-raining and actually sunny day in Vancouver, it feels like winter is over and it is a strange feeling. I felt a little remiss that we weren’t spending time outside. But things had to be done like return Christmas gifts before the window closed – at…

Year in review: 2022 in books

I did away with the emojis and then I brought them back. I thought I would end up writing just one-liners but over holiday break, I wrote down what I remembered in some big chunks of late nights. I am still locked out of my Catch Star Girl blog so I started an Instagram account…

Metaphors for life during a stand-up paddle-boarding session

I was able to go stand-up paddleboarding with my sister for the first time. We were out for one hour at Jericho Beach with rentals from Windsure Water Adventures. I saw one cargo ship fairly close to the beach and set my goal on that one but as we set out and figured out our…

Back to BuJo with Hubman & Chubgirl

Several things in my life need to change and for me, change requires tracking to make it a habit. I recall how I purchased an army green Leuchtturm 1917, the recommended notebook for bullet journalling (“BuJo”) to start in January 2021 and abandoned it by June 2021. I was rubbish at noting the day’s events…

June 2022 annual Whistler trip

At the last moment before they expired, NPY used his travel credit card’s annual bonus rewards points to book a two-night stay at the Pan Pacific Whistler Village for June 24-26. Pan Pacific huh? It’s an old hotel at the Vancouver waterfront where we celebrated B+K’s nuptials back in 2012. Old but elegant. As we…

Summer plans 2022

This blog post will be a “live document” that I’ll add to until summer wraps. We kicked off summer with a three day, two night trip to Whistler on June 24-26. We went to Whistler last year with my sister over Canada Day weekend and it was great and feels familiar and comfortable and firmly…

Lifehacks lately (Summer 2022)

What’s life these day but problem-solving and trying to come up with the most elegant solutions? Here is a round-up of problems lately around the house and the resolution. Problem: This actually isn’t lately at all. Last summer was the first for extended heat waves, “heat domes” and – mostly – parents of two working…

Kiddo’s 7th birthday party

In his frustrated moments, NPY says that Kiddo is spoiled to have a birthday party every year. I don’t know what NPY had growing up but I had one every year and it was available for a while after I wanted them. It was never at a venue – I think – but instead in…

Crafting lately: Conqueror heavy medal honeycomb display

What’s not to admire about the gorgeous Conqueror Virtual Challenge medals and and official wooden honeycomb display sold on their website? Of course I want the medal display, after so many years and so many in-person marathon (half-marathon) medals that I’ve been challenged to display. Turns out that there are plenty of Etsy options, too:…

Crafting lately: Yoto card binder

My sister can be so thoughtful when it comes to gifts. She’s also more like my mother in practically sparing no expense when it comes to educational tools for her kid(s). My mum got us all sorts of gadgets for learning spelling and reading. We had the classic 1980s Speak & Spell game, several electronic…