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…

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…

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:…

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,…

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…

Next-level conscientious (I)

I’ve been working on this post for quite a while and life my lifehacks (Part 1) post, there really is no end to it. So at some point, I will cut off this list and just post and here is a guarantee there will be a follow-up post. This post itself is following up on…

On pushing, shopping and new phase of life

So we’ve got this really fresh nine-day-old baby around and life is … good! Better than I expected but it’s the shiny honeymoon phase where NPY is off and while we struggle a little with the new schedule and kiddo’s adjustment to things, NPY is around and off work. In another week, he’s back at…

The second name

On Victoria Day weekend, we spent the holiday Monday at BC Children’s Hospital – kiddo is okay, a walk-in doc was super-cautious and sent us to ER to rule out appendicitis and we ended up with a cold diagnosis. That is where we pretty much decided on the name for #2 after laying the topic…

Me time (aka pre-mat leave time off work)

Last time around, I tried to hoard my vacation days and only booked the week before my due date off. I ended up missing my last two scheduled days of work, calling in “sick” the Thursday because my water broke and I was in the hospital all day, and officially on mat leave on my…

This week in meal prep-cooking-planning

As is the case these days, I’m not sleeping too well in no small part due to being eager and anxious about how much stuff I want to make on the Conscientious Cooking (“CC”) front and on the getting-prepped-for-postpartum-days front (“PP”). And for the latter, which requires freezer space, then I have to think about…