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…

Quora & Google reading

A while ago, I subscribed to Quora and when it asked for my interests, I believe I only listed one and that was the Royal Family. Oh, has it delivered in spades! Further, Google provides me a list of current news based on my interests, so far as it has surmised and it’s fairly Royal…

Year in review 2018: Books

Total books read: 44 🎧 Percentage that were audiobooks: (15/43) 🍚 Percentage that were “Asian-American”: (9/43) – that’s a bowl of rice, lol – so, this year I’m distinguishing between works that have an Asian-American/Canadian topic vs Asian-American/Canadian author, the latter being denoted with a rice bowl 💒 Percentage chick-lit: (12/43) – an emoji of…

The small spaces trend and milestones

When I saw the following floor plan in a The Brick flyer, I thought it looked really familiar… I lived in a 439-ish sf studio apartment at 2920 Ash Street between 2005 and 2011. Except for the open galley kitchen (mine was more enclosed) and it bedroom walls, the layout of the 300 sf apartment…