The small spaces trend and milestones

When I saw the following floor plan in a The Brick flyer, I thought it looked really familiar… I lived in a 439-ish sf studio apartment at 2920 Ash Street between 2005 and 2011. Except for the open galley kitchen (mine was more enclosed) and it bedroom walls, the layout of the 300 sf apartment…

Crafting lately: A mini house!

Timeline of events: Late December: purchased and received the Cuisinart Combo Steam Plus Convection Oven on Boxing Day sales Early April: finally opened the open and set up the oven Early May: sold the convection oven that this one replaced Late July: blogging about crafting the mini-house back in early April! Once I opened the…

Crafting lately: Rainbow wooden rocking chair

I checked back in my finances tracking spreadsheet and realized I purchased this plain pine kids rocking chair from Michael’s back in March 2017. I paid $37 (taxes in) and justified it against the $40 pricetag of the IKEA Sundvik that I could personalize it…. Fast forward over a year >>>> A few months ago,…

Quick update after one year of Mobi (bike sharing)

Whether I was going to get the Spring Sale rate or not, I was going to renew my Mobi (bike sharing) membership so it gives me the option. And while I stress out every time over various aspects of the ride home, the best way for me to overcome my fears (the root of the…

My favourite addition to the mall below my work: Saje

Let me say that I will feel it keenly then I no longer work in an office tower that is above a good mall. Saje joined the roster of shops within the last year and it’s a great addition in my opinion. It’s one thing to read the fantastic marketing copy about every blend and…

Should I renew my Mobi (bike sharing) membership?

Mobi, the Vancouver bike sharing organization, has held a spring sale for a while, ending on June 21, appropriately the end of spring. The sale is up to $40 off their 365 day passes. That is $99* instead of $129 for their 365 Day Pass Standard (23% off) and $119 instead of $159 for their…

For the shopping files: Travel the world through eating candy

She sees it and she buys it. That would describe my knee-jerk reaction to see an email from Squish promoting their new, undoutably limited time offered Bon Voyage Jumbo Mix. There’s a Squish store in The Bay that is in the mall in the concourse of my office – score. I mean, the gorgeous bag has passport stamps…

Trees and plantlife around Olympic Village, Vancouver, Canada

Spurred by reading Nathanael Johnson’s Unseen City, I’m taking photos of trees and other plant life around my hood (Olympic Village) and farther if it is really interesting – monkey trees! Some things are so transient – technology, text messages, some relationships, the kid being a toddler, that television series I’m obsessed about – but…

Anatomy of a day trip to the States

We used to have so much fun going to Bellingham, just across the border, and beyond, for day trips and longer. The past couple of times have felt strange and I think it also reflects our changing priorities. We could hardly get out the door earlier than 9:30. The kid woke up frightfully early at…