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…

Crafting lately: E’s 1st Birthday celebration

Born 10 weeks before Little E, Little D had his birthday celebration nine weeks earlier and his parents OE held the celebration in the multipurpose room in our condo. I was happy to help brainstorm and create party materials, decorate, set-up and help tear down. There was a little bit of self-interest because then I…

Art around the house: Crafty again

The last time I was crafty on a big scale, it was for a big party for me and NPY. Now, I’ve done it again. Second bedroom: Gallery wall After years of accumulating “art cards” (post cards, five-card KORT sets from IKEA), Canada Post special edition stamps and other paraphernalia, and the like, I finally could…

I got a smartwatch and, for the first time in years, a watch tan

Since I am so “anti”, I eschew the idea of getting a “push gift” but I did want to mark my return to work after 52 49 weeks away with something new and incentivizing. I have every intention of biking to work instead of walking and thought a commuter bag would be my “back-to-work gift”…

Crafting lately: black out blinds in the nursery

When I was in Halifax last November, I showed my mum some pieces I made recently and quickly by hand, a reversible bib with pacifier clip and scratch mitts with snap fastener. She laughed good-natured at my attempts and set about to show me, finally, how to use a sewing machine. I am so glad…

Crafting lately: Perler meets Tsum Tsum in a custom clock

Quite a while ago (nearly a year), I ordered the parts to make a custom clock from a supplier in China off eBay. Naturally, it took over a month for the parts to come. (Now I know I can get better clock parts and relatively instantly if  shop at Michael’s.) When the parts finally arrived,…

Crafting lately: personalized colourful wood growth chart

I had a few choices when it came to a growth chart for E. BIL saw this when it was a work in progress and kept wondering why I didn’t designate a door frame and mark heights off there like we all used to do it. Because when you live in a condo, you don’t…

Somehow I became a collector of stamps

Over the years, I have ordered several sets of collectible stamps from Canada Post. Until recently, I kept them in the wax paper envelopes they arrived in, on a shelf in my storage room, languishing. It started innocuously with Chinese zodiac stamps here and there. My zodiac sign is of interest to me but then…

Year in review 2015: Books

Ohhh, this review isn’t so very late since it’s not quite a week into the new year, right?? So let me just get right to it. Total books “read”: 30 – Percentage that were audiobooks: 33% (10/30) – Percentage that were “Asian-American”: 13% (4/30) – Percentage non-fiction: 47% (14/30) – Percentage written by celebrities: 23%…