Pandemic fads

The beginning of the pandemic lockdown was a strange time. All of the activities that people usually did outside of the home were suddenly unavailable. Then as restrictions eased, it was as if everyone in the whole country decided that they wanted to do the exact same activity, at the exact same time, needing the… Keep reading »

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Kijiji chic

Our condo is furnished like an Ikea catalog, punctuated by accents of Kijiji chic. Some highlights include the ubiquitous NOT lamp in duplicate, the POANG chair which was secured after clearing out an old lady’s entire basement, the LACK side table which was 4.99 on sale, and the DRACAENA MARGINATA potted plant, which I acquired… Keep reading »

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Extra recycling

I’m too young to be nostalgic. That’s what I tell myself, and statistically, it’s still true. Gone are the days of scholastic book orders advertised at the end of paperbacks, impromptu phone calls with friends on the landline, and listening to the radio. Everything is digital now and there is so much media out there… Keep reading »

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Horsin’ around

Yesterday, Nick and I decided to go for a walk in the neighborhood. We originally talked about a trek up north, but I was tired. So, we ended up just strolling around to David Pecaut Square. “That was barely a walk,” Nick said, as we settled down onto a park bench. “We could have just… Keep reading »

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Baking arts

I began my culinary education at George Brown College this winter, just before the pandemic started. The sessions were held in state-of-the-art industrial kitchen classrooms. The instructor was a talented professional baker who gave engaging demonstrations, and was a skilled problem-solver with decades of trouble-shooting experience. Every week, I brought home baked goods that were… Keep reading »

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Animal crossing

Growing up, I never played console video games and didn’t know much about them. I was mainly introduced to the world of gaming by Nick: his friends gifted us a PS4 as a wedding present, so I have become a casual gaming spectator. Usually, the games that Nick played required a fast reaction time. Everything… Keep reading »

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Vacation

Back in January, just before COVID hit, Nick and I were discussing and negotiating our vacation plans for the year. “I want to go somewhere and see something this year,” he said. Yes, yes. I thought to myself. We had gone on a Caribbean cruise for our vacation last year, which, in my opinion, was… Keep reading »

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Getting a tan

I’ve been obsessed with the idea of getting a tan this year. Part of the appeal is being able to relax and lounge in the sun, and the other part is getting that amazing glow. Subconsciously, I might be trying to make up for my vitamin D deficiency from the Canadian winter. But needless to… Keep reading »

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Giving back

A while ago, I discovered a pianist-composer who was featured on Wired Magazine’s YouTube channel. Want to learn how to compose the blues, ragtime, or flamenco? She’s made videos about those. Tired of your rudimentary scales or want to take your technical abilities to the next level? She’ll show you how to improve your trills,… Keep reading »

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Turning a new leaf

Nick might have had scurvy when we first met. No, there weren’t any physical symptoms. However, he was living on campus, subsisting on cafeteria food, Kraft dinner, and hamburger helper. A few mealtime interactions quickly established that he was a meat and potatoes loving, chocolate milk drinking, vegetable hating, and add-cheese-to-everything kind of guy. I… Keep reading »

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