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…

My dreamy weekend (and the bittersweet regret that follows)

In the two weeks leading up to my daddy’s annual visit to Vancouver, I was pretty stressed out by work and life and non-existent preparations for his arrival. He would be in town for four days which is actually about a day longer than previous visits. It’s hard to remember back to when he didn’t…

Barre precedent, and thoughts about Flickr/SmugMug/photo storage

In recent news, Flickr (acquired by Yahoo! a million years ago) has now been acquired by SmugMug. People will be automatically transferred to SmugMug at the end of May unless they delete their Flickr account and of course a lot of people will be auto-transferred because deleting your Flickr account (mine has some 31,000+ photos)…

Currently reading: Lucy Holliday’s A Night in with Grace Kelly

When I’m looking for instant gratification by filtering VPL’s ebook collection by “Available Now”, I often see Lucy Holliday’s A Night in with Audrey Hepburn. Little did I know it was a trilogy until I saw the second volume, starring Marilyn Monroe and then I finally saw A Night in with Grace Kelly (2016). Audrey…

So, I just bought a boring black tote bag

For a while, I wanted the Michael Kors Jet Set tote (below, left). It was all the rage a few years ago – such clean lines, elegant but practical. I don’t know if it always had a zip-top as it has now but I didn’t enjoy the way it pinched the top in profile view to…