Mondays Fundays

I have been really fortunate for the past year to be able to work four days a week, after returning from mat leave. Mondays, after the weekend, are for just me and E and they are getting to be really fun these day – with bouts of trying. He is, after all, over two years…

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…

Inspiration Pass Bonanza – 27 September to 10 October 2017

Back in May 2015, I attended The Happy Show at Museum of Vancouver with my cousin – we all had complimentary entry to the museum because her friend was holding an Inspiration Pass and thereafter, I put myself on the request list with VPL for one as well. Over two years later – the wait…

Coast to coast with Air Canada

In early September, I got an email from Air Canada announcing their Coast-to-Coast Flight Pass. Apparently it was the first time this was being offered. On Flyer Talk, someone expressed their frustration having to buy a North America flight pass just to go from Toronto to Yellowknife. And browsing through the 44 regularly offered flight…

Impulse buy: umbrella stroller (but was it really?)

Our main stroller is an Uppababy Vista 2014 model in Black. I remember making the decision back in 2015, tentative about making big ticket purchases, before E made his appearance and we would know everything is okay. West Coast Kids had a clearance sale on older 2014 models, so we got it for $599 or…

The lion, the sheep and a story

In a recent (s7e5) episode of Game of Thrones, Cersei said, The lion does not concern itself with the opinions of the sheep. Now, why did that sound so familiar? It’s not because I clearly recall Tywin saying it way back (in s1e7). And it would be appropriate for the Lannisters to say this give…

Summer fitness plan (still on the Class Pass bandwagon)

Since February, I’ve been holding in some kind of pattern but it’s a different season and it’s time to shake things up with respect to my fitness. In the recent past, I have had a rude awakening about my complacency towards my routine. Specifically, a Hell’s Bells (dumbells, sandbells, kettlebells) class my colleague led at…

Silly experiments on myself: Eyelash extensions

Getting eyelash extensions is not my thing. It seems poufy to me. Why not go the mascara route? There are some fantastic ones these days, the marketing would have you believe (see end of this post). But … last year, BIL’s sensible girlfriend started getting them. She got them once ahead of a trip abroad….

I’m SO Vancouver: Cycling

When I was in Las Vegas in June, I shared with Lil Sis two recent developments. 1. I go to spin classes. Not often. Every two or three weeks when I want to change up my workout and hang out with a girlfriend who will join me. Recently, I have scheduled spin classes for shortly…

Joining Mobi, Vancouver’s bike sharing program

As I withdrew this year (after several years of inactivity) from a car-share program, I started to seriously consider bike sharing the more I see bike stations popping up around the city. I considered it even more seriously upon the June 5 announcement of an increase in Translink fares effective July 1. Is it crazy…