I’ve finally broken even with my Mobi bike sharing membership

Back in the beginning of July, I joined Mobi purchasing the 365 Day Pass Standard for $135.45 (that’s $129 plus tax) that gives me unlimited 30-minute rides for a year. At $2.20 per 1-zone subway ride that a bike ride home replaces, it would take 62 rides to break even with riding transit and only…

It’s…. Advent Calendar season again!

Better late than never …! **** For the kid I went store-bought. In the middle of September, I spied this gem at Chapters –  Playmobil Christmas on the Farm edition. So, by the end of September, I had ordered this. E will have fun opening the compartment every day – except when we are away for…

Some lifehacks for now (Part 1)

It seems like one of my current life goal is to ensure the house stays functional and doesn’t succumb to the constant influx of STUFF that disproportionately comes with having a child around, on top of two adult consumers. I haven’t collected all of the hacks I’ve noticed and I don’t know the shape of…

Crafting lately: Halloween 2017

In a quick look back on E’s first two Halloweens: In 2015, I made three-month old E a lion costume. In 2016, I bought a Carter’s panda hoodie and made a science/medical officer long-sleeve top that matched my science/medical officer sheath. It felt redundant and infantile to get another Carter’s hoodie costume. E could fit…

Thirteen years in Vancouver by the numbers (of trips away)

Later this year will be the 13th anniversary of my moving to Vancouver. Thirteens years – less 16 months in Toronto – of being based in Vancouver, going from graduate student to corporate wage slave and now working mom with inescapable responsibilities and restrictions. For some reason, I did the tally and by the middle of…

Year in review 2016: Books

I thought I would not get a drop of reading done this year and for several years but- me not read? It’s impossible as it turns out. In the past, I tried twice to use Overdrive and check out e-books from the library but I couldn’t set-up it properly – the set-up wasn’t foolproof. But…

Crafting Lately: Halloween again

So I seem to be into Halloween these days (years). In 2014, I repurposed a red sheath dress my sister made for me for Halloween 2011 where I was Lt. Uhura, made a pillbox hat, cut fabric to tie like a scarf, wore white kid gloves, fishnet stockings and black pumps and brought a carry-on…

How I started using my dishwasher and Crafting Lately

In what is always just a whirlwind, my sister came to visit me (and E) and then left a week later. The great thing is how she made time to spend two nights at my place. On the second evening, as I endlessly washed dishes, she broached the topic again that I should use my…

My New Normal

A little backstory: On Saturday, NPY dragged me to Burnaby where he had a hockey game so I went to Costco with the goal to get a long tiramisu cake for a barbecue we’d be going to later. But you know how it goes at Costco… Back to School is the current theme and while…