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…

Five-Year Journal (5YJ): one year on

I first heard about Five-Year Journals (5YJ) while reading Dr. Susan Peirce Thompson’s Bright Line Eating. It’s the only thing from that book that stuck with me. Afterall, no matter what she writes, I don’t feel in a position to give up sugar and flour. I could limit helpings and portion size and whatever the…

Microsoft’s Office Lens

I was at a parenting seminar last year and while I took photos of some slides that just couldn’t be captured in the notes I was taking in Google Keep. A parent near me kept standing up to take photos of the slides and I could see on his screen these red borders pop up…

Conscientious Change

  When I first drafted this post to this effect, I had named it “Accidental veganism”. At that point, I had borrowed the Oh She Glows and Thug Kitchen cookbooks, not knowing they are vegan, and a few other cooking shenanigans that were vegan or practically vegan. I bookmarked a lot of recipes of course…