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…

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…