My first Conqueror virtual challenge (Mount Fuji)

I’m not sure how the IG algorithms found me. I wasn’t seeking out new virtual challenges to register for and merely exploring those that are listed in the Canada Running Series newsletter, i.e., the usual races but virtual edition. IG being so visual and it was the Mount Fuji medal I saw back then and…

Three weeks off

I must have been so annoying when I was chortling with delight – I really hate that word, so I use it now – about my three weeks of summer vacation. But it’s now over and I’m back to my full work schedule, too “9-5” instead of 1.5 hours less each day. I made my…

Summer plans

Written in early July with fewer details in the interest of privacy ************** In lieu of travel and it being Kiddo’s first summer after his first year of school, it’s all about camps in the summer months. And some real camping/glamping. For Kiddo’s first March Break break, NPY took the first week off and I…

The road to a toddler tower

I had a sense of the existence of these things called toddler towers when Kiddo was a young toddler but it never connected with me. I’ve also long since known that there is an Ikea hack whereby you nail down an inverted side table to a footstool that is no longer available in Canadian Ikea…

Back to Modo (car-sharing)

Not too long ago, I blogged about our new normal for 2021, and now we have a small change. Ever since NPY decided to bring Baby to his parents once a week – because it was just getting untenable with her around two days of the week and he would work from home even if…

The birthday perks

Last year, my birthday was shortly before the city shut down – two weeks before everything shut down, one week before panic-buying and the beginning of a ghost town. Kiddo wasn’t in daycare so I met up with SIL and her toddler at Denny’s for my first time redeeming free birthday Grand Slam breakfast. Five…

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…