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…

Vancouver Run for Women 2018

I would not have noticed the event if I hadn’t come across the swag bag reveal IG post which lead me to this year’s t-shirt and that finishers receive commemorative charm bracelets by Foxy. (I thought the graphic of a heart with the word “you” was preferable to last year’s shirts that say “Love You”. But…

My dreamy weekend (and the bittersweet regret that follows)

In the two weeks leading up to my daddy’s annual visit to Vancouver, I was pretty stressed out by work and life and non-existent preparations for his arrival. He would be in town for four days which is actually about a day longer than previous visits. It’s hard to remember back to when he didn’t…

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…

So, I just bought a boring black tote bag

For a while, I wanted the Michael Kors Jet Set tote (below, left). It was all the rage a few years ago – such clean lines, elegant but practical. I don’t know if it always had a zip-top as it has now but I didn’t enjoy the way it pinched the top in profile view to…

Run for the swag

It’s kind of on my mind that I should/could sort-of train for an 8K and run in May. It’s largely because I saw the 2018 Vancouver Marathon design and I want some of it. Even the coarse rendering and display on gray t-shirts is nice. In practice, each race length will have a different colour…

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…