Weekly and meal planning in Google Keep

While I re-started bullet journaling on January 1 this year, completed with a proper Leuchterm 1917 notebook in Army Green and a dedicated pen I got from a shop in California I really wish I remember the name, I haven’t yet shaken my weekly (meal) planning using Google Keep. After all – I just checked…

Supporting local businesses for Lunar New Year and February 2021

Updated February 18 with a photo of most of the haul! ******** I can feel the increased hum and buzz with Lunar New Year falling on February 12 and the subsequent two weeks traditionally people will celebrate, and Valentine’s Day occurring two days later. On top of that, the annual month-long Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival…

It’s 2021 and there’s a new normal

Billions of women before me have returned to work after having a second kid. Millions upon millions of women are navigating pandemic-era working with different configurations of chilcare/school runs or no childcare. I am not alone. I am not the first. But the struggle is mine/ours alone. Baby, being born in July 2019, turned 18…

Home “reno”: working from home

I have another post about our new normal that started with the new year but the easier one to post is how I created a workspace for myself because there will be times – often enough – where NPY and I are both working from home. We never considered sharing a workspace and switching off…

Year in review 2020: Books

Total books read: 38 🎧 Percentage that were audiobooks: 4 🍚 Percentage that were “Asian-American”: 13 🐣 Percentage chick-lit: 10 💯 Percentage non-fiction: 15 🔎Percentage not “Available Now”: 23 🇨🇦 Percentage Can Con: 12 👽Percentage that is sci-fi/speculative/dystopian fiction: 7 🏫Percentage that is YA novel: 7 ✊🏿 Percentage that came from BLM recommended reading/”woke” reading:…

Disney Emoji Blitz

As far back as at least October 20, I have been hooked on this game called Disney Emoji Blitz that I saw in an Instagram ad. There I said it. It looked legit associated with Disney although reviews say that the app used to be owned by Disney and that since its break from the…

Virtual challenges for 2020

It started with the TTC Challenge, a Canada Running Series event, that I registered for the morning registration opened on November 2 because (1) subway systems (2) minimalist design race swag. I didn’t grab a screen shot of the t-shirt so I’ll just update this post when I get it. Basically, the virtual challenge is…

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…