Me time (aka pre-mat leave time off work)

Last time around, I tried to hoard my vacation days and only booked the week before my due date off. I ended up missing my last two scheduled days of work, calling in “sick” the Thursday because my water broke and I was in the hospital all day, and officially on mat leave on my…

Mobi (bike sharing) – Year 2

My second year with Mobi is winding down and conveniently, that timing coincides with a new year of fitness reimbursement from my firm and the beginning of mat leave – sweet. For reasons nothing to do with Mobi’s products and services, I’m not continuing with a third continuous year but instead cancelling. I blogged about…

A week of Planted Meals for my last week of work

This week of work is my last week of work for some 80 weeks … ! To celebrate/mark/get through this milestone week, I treated myself to a work week’s worth of Planted Meals (full price, too!) and I was super excited because it was all different recipes from last time. In addition, I qualified for…

Crafting lately: alphabet blocks

Boy, does it seem like a challenge to get simple alphabet blocks these days. I’d love to have my vintage set – unless it’s a fake memory that I had one – but it’s long gone, handed to family friends with kids or something. You can get real vintage sets from Etsy/Ebay but I don’t…

Crafting lately: clothing/closet dividers

Four years ago, I was in constant discomfort due to pregnancy-related carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). I don’t quite remember if it started as early as 20 weeks and lasted until the very end, starting with just one hand and then the other. That period coincided with my discovery of Perler crafts and when I did…

Window shopping at Anthropologie

A long time ago (over two years ago, for my birthday in March), my sister gave me a gift card from Anthropologie. It was sweet. She listed a bunch of stores that aren’t my “usual” (i.e., Old Navy/Gap/Banana Republic was not listed) and had me select one and she would give me a gift certificate….

Game of Thrones viewing platters

Six episodes in the final season of Game of Thrones and each of them was a viewing experience.  I ended up making a mini platter for each one, flexing some mini entertaining muscles that are otherwise very dormant in between. GoT S8E1 – I put together my first charcuterie board ever using three types of…

This week in meal prep-cooking-planning

As is the case these days, I’m not sleeping too well in no small part due to being eager and anxious about how much stuff I want to make on the Conscientious Cooking (“CC”) front and on the getting-prepped-for-postpartum-days front (“PP”). And for the latter, which requires freezer space, then I have to think about…

Cooking adventures with beans

Certain bean dishes, I’m partial to – like hummus and chili. Sometimes I’ll come across some lovely fava beans at a restaurant and want to make my own. But when you want to stop or decrease eating animal meat, then you gotta appreciate beans so much more. Recently, in my favourite butter chicken recipe, I…

Five-Year Journal (5YJ): one year on

I first heard about Five-Year Journals (5YJ) while reading Dr. Susan Peirce Thompson’s Bright Line Eating. It’s the only thing from that book that stuck with me. Afterall, no matter what she writes, I don’t feel in a position to give up sugar and flour. I could limit helpings and portion size and whatever the…