Trees and plantlife around Olympic Village, Vancouver, Canada

Spurred by reading Nathanael Johnson’s Unseen City, I’m taking photos of trees and other plant life around my hood (Olympic Village) and farther if it is really interesting – monkey trees! Some things are so transient – technology, text messages, some relationships, the kid being a toddler, that television series I’m obsessed about – but…

Currently reading Primates of Park Avenue and Unseen City

I need to just blog faster. Seriously. There are so many books that I have finished that I want to comment on – “what it meant to me” – but it takes me forever as I mull over what I want to say and if I’ve said everything I want to say. “Currently reading” is…

Audiobooks Available Now

Aside from reading Nathanael Johnson’s Unseen City: The Majesty of Pigeons, the Discreet Charm of Snails & Other Wonders of the Urban Wilderness, I was open to listening to a new audiobook. This comes at a peculiar time when we have no wi-fi at home because after reaching our monthly cap, it’s shut off! (It’s…

Mobile phone folder organization that works for me

I fell headlong into finding an organization solution for my phone apps after I attended a Tech Power Hour session at work, admired the desktop I glimpsed in the presentation (not related to the session) and wanted to emulate it. It turns out it was flashy looking but nothing very special but I had begun…

Crafting lately: hacked the Ikea LÄTT

As with so many things I didn’t craft this particularly lately. The Instagram post below is from over six months ago! We didn’t get a bed from Ikea this past weekend – here’s hoping for next weekend! – but it was high time I did something about E’s play table and chairs that has been…

Money talk: a rewarding debit card & microlending in Canada

I had this goal/resolution before this year started to not pay interest on my credit card by my birthday in March. NPY shakes his head at this thought because it is inordinately dumb to pay credit card interest. (At least transfer it to a line of credit!!) I haven’t managed it yet but am definitely…

Barre precedent, and thoughts about Flickr/SmugMug/photo storage

In recent news, Flickr (acquired by Yahoo! a million years ago) has now been acquired by SmugMug. People will be automatically transferred to SmugMug at the end of May unless they delete their Flickr account and of course a lot of people will be auto-transferred because deleting your Flickr account (mine has some 31,000+ photos)…

Currently reading: Lucy Holliday’s A Night in with Grace Kelly

When I’m looking for instant gratification by filtering VPL’s ebook collection by “Available Now”, I often see Lucy Holliday’s A Night in with Audrey Hepburn. Little did I know it was a trilogy until I saw the second volume, starring Marilyn Monroe and then I finally saw A Night in with Grace Kelly (2016). Audrey…

Planning January

I wanted to make this post title more snappy but it would lose all sense. Like if I called it “Planuary January”*, haha. I’ve become a planner. I’ve always been one but this January, it was Official. I was planning … Our meals. Setting the four-week plan wasn’t so hard. Even NPY was interested in…

Currently reading Kathleen A Flynn’s The Jane Austen Project

When I finished reading Kathleen A. Flynn’s The Jane Austen Project (TJAP) at 5 am, I felt like the wind was knocked out of me and I gave it a five-star rating on Goodreads. I haven’t done that before. I did as I do now and found the title searching what’s Available Now in e-books at…