Year in review 2021: Music

When I look at the songs that I downloaded this year, it seems to reflect a lot of the moods but also the fun discoveries. Download? Yes. I’m a dinosaur and instead of letting Spotify take over my life, I want to have a collection. I really hate YouTube Music that took over Google Play…

Kiddo’s first virtual Conqueror challenge (Inca Trail)

Between gorgeous medals, rapid-fire new releases, new release specials and their fifth anniversary registration special, I (we) are now signed up for enough Conqueror Virtual Challenges to take us years LOL. The challenges I’ve registered for are a mix of “high & low” (longer and shorter distances) and the aesthetics of the medals reflect what…

Three weeks off

I must have been so annoying when I was chortling with delight – I really hate that word, so I use it now – about my three weeks of summer vacation. But it’s now over and I’m back to my full work schedule, too “9-5” instead of 1.5 hours less each day. I made my…

Summer plans

Written in early July with fewer details in the interest of privacy ************** In lieu of travel and it being Kiddo’s first summer after his first year of school, it’s all about camps in the summer months. And some real camping/glamping. For Kiddo’s first March Break break, NPY took the first week off and I…

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…