Hallowe’en 2021 – Ninjago edition

It feels like Hallowe’en was so long ago and I’m just behind in everything. Hallowe’en 2020 consisted of heading downstairs and partaking in Kona Baby Boutique’s neighbourhood celebrations with MY and hanging out in the square. For the first time, we spent Hallowe’en with in-laws and their preschool-aged child. It was six months into Covid…

Kiddo’s first virtual Conqueror challenge (Inca Trail)

Between gorgeous medals, rapid-fire new releases, new release specials and their fifth anniversary registration special, I (we) are now signed up for enough Conqueror Virtual Challenges to take us years LOL. The challenges I’ve registered for are a mix of “high & low” (longer and shorter distances) and the aesthetics of the medals reflect what…

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…