Photowalk through Strathcona

Last Sunday, NPY went golfing at Swaneset with his brother and brother-in-law and a friend, a prize his dad won last year a Christmas party. Their tee time was at 10:50 which meant he had to get to his brother-in-law’s (which is NPY’s parents’) place by 9:30 or so so I said he should take…

a “normal mat leave” day

Hey. So I’m kind of still around. I don’t have the same will or time or energy to write and edit and “research” so I hazard a guess that more entries will be like this one – update-style, stream of consciousness, lightly editted. At this point, I’ve been on mat leave for over 13 months,…

2020 Hot Chocolate Festival & Dine Out Vancouver round-up

Presented without too much comment other than who we went with and some thoughts on the occasion. Bel Cafe (Kitsilano) #11 – MOUNT DOOM Consists of 70% Valrhona Guanaja dark chocolate, guajillo chili, dark chocolate whip, aerated chocolate and volcanic black salt. Served with a black macaron. It was the day after festival kick-off date…

In 2020, we organize (Part I)

There was an IKEA table lurking in Kiddo’s closet that has been serving as a shelf for several years. It has served before as a dining table and I’ve been thinking for a while to create a workstation in our living/dining room to corral our laptops, mail, administrative/paperwork/paper-based junk stuff. On NPY’s last day of…

Year in review 2019: Books

Total books read: 48🎧 Percentage that were audiobooks: 10% (5)🍚 Percentage that were “Asian-American”: 35% (17)💒 Percentage chick-lit: 21% (10)💯 Percentage non-fiction: 40% (19)🔎Percentage not “Available Now”: 56% (27)🇨🇦 Percentage Can Con: 23% (11) Book that “wins” with the most emoji preceding it: four-way tie between Forgiveness, I’m Afraid of Men, The Woo-Woo and Chop…

Halifax 2019 Travel Journal

Flight – Thursday, November 14 It’s like I can’t really win when it comes to flights. For the longer flight from Vancouver to Toronto/Montreal/Ottawa, I wanted to be on an aircraft with a bassinet option. For some insane reason, I wanted to head out in the morning and it’s in part because getting into Halifax…

Halifax trip 2019: expectation vs reality

I’m a few days into my Freedom Halifax trip and marvelling at the way things are shaping up – definitely not according to expectations! Expectation That the flight would be a dream with Baby sleeping in the bassinet four out of 4.5 hours of the flight. I would be reading and writing throughout the flight,…

Vancouver-based cleaning and personal care refills at Greenworks

I have in the past Googled Greenworks Building Supply to see if it has anything to do with the Green Works brand I see in theĀ  London Drugs aisles all of the time, as I walk by the Greenworks building all of the time. Recently, I noticed this sandwich board being displayed outside. And it…

Crafting lately: name initial door craft

As it happens with the second child, you draw parallels in their development and try to be as fair as possible to both children. You’re going to find me finding the fun – through crafts and photos – acknowledging these two. Since we knew the name a few months before she was born, I was…