Anatomy of a day trip to the States

We used to have so much fun going to Bellingham, just across the border, and beyond, for day trips and longer. The past couple of times have felt strange and I think it also reflects our changing priorities. We could hardly get out the door earlier than 9:30. The kid woke up frightfully early at…

Currently reading Primates of Park Avenue and Unseen City

I need to just blog faster. Seriously. There are so many books that I have finished that I want to comment on – “what it meant to me” – but it takes me forever as I mull over what I want to say and if I’ve said everything I want to say. “Currently reading” is…

Likely end of an era

This post is going to seem facetious which is why it’s a blog post and not Instagram post. The Ontario elections are currently taking place and since the incumbent, Kathleen Wynne, has publicly resigned to the fact that she will not win, I sincerely hope that voters make the right decision. Since I don’t follow…

Audiobooks Available Now

Aside from reading Nathanael Johnson’s Unseen City: The Majesty of Pigeons, the Discreet Charm of Snails & Other Wonders of the Urban Wilderness, I was open to listening to a new audiobook. This comes at a peculiar time when we have no wi-fi at home because after reaching our monthly cap, it’s shut off! (It’s…

The savviness and insanity of online shopping

Where is the line between “it is smart to be efficient and practical” and “this is a full-blown addiction”? For the past week, I’ve been making a few purchases every other day at AliExpress. I used to be able to say that I would order a thing or two every month or two months. Order,…

Mobile phone folder organization that works for me

I fell headlong into finding an organization solution for my phone apps after I attended a Tech Power Hour session at work, admired the desktop I glimpsed in the presentation (not related to the session) and wanted to emulate it. It turns out it was flashy looking but nothing very special but I had begun…

Kid room transformation

When the kid was going on 2.5 years old in January, he hadn’t slept in his crib for nearly a year. Yeah, it was hard to fathom but was the case. Maybe we were a little ahead of the game but we got him a twin-to-king size bed, eschewing that toddler bed with the toddler…

Crafting lately: hacked the Ikea LÄTT

As with so many things I didn’t craft this particularly lately. The Instagram post below is from over six months ago! We didn’t get a bed from Ikea this past weekend – here’s hoping for next weekend! – but it was high time I did something about E’s play table and chairs that has been…

Money talk: a rewarding debit card & microlending in Canada

I had this goal/resolution before this year started to not pay interest on my credit card by my birthday in March. NPY shakes his head at this thought because it is inordinately dumb to pay credit card interest. (At least transfer it to a line of credit!!) I haven’t managed it yet but am definitely…

Vancouver Run for Women 2018

I would not have noticed the event if I hadn’t come across the swag bag reveal IG post which lead me to this year’s t-shirt and that finishers receive commemorative charm bracelets by Foxy. (I thought the graphic of a heart with the word “you” was preferable to last year’s shirts that say “Love You”. But…