When timing actually works!

You may have noticed that I’ve been particularly absent for the past month. It’s been with good reason!

I started a new job quite suddenly a month ago today, and on top of my language classes, it felt like I went from zero to a hundred in a day.

The job is with a startup called Reflow Filament. We make high-quality 3D print filament made from recycled plastic bottles in a way that’s affordable, ethical and sustainable.  Reflow shares 25% of its profits with the waste pickers who collect the raw material, enabling them to earn 20 times the income they would receive using traditional means. (Can you tell I’ve been working on the brand messaging?!)

Based on my last experience, I was a bit nervous in the beginning, which is why I’ve waited as long as I have to put this on the blog. But my experience has been completely different than the last time! As a startup, there is still plenty of risk, but I know the work I’ve done is appreciated and I’m very happy to continue working there.

As one of a 3 person team, I’ve been involved with a little bit of everything, including getting the website and blog up and running, trying to fix our 3D printer made from old printer parts (which is still in progress, I’m getting a skype lesson from one of the guys in Kenya sometime soon), contacting 3D printer artists about partnering with us, writing blog and newsletter content, and organising our upcoming Kickstarter campaign. It’s a huge variety, and I love that about it.

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Relieving Road Trip Nausea with Anti-Nausea Wristbands

I used to be able to read in the car for hours and hours. When my family and I were on the Cabot Trail, I missed most of it because my nose was stuck in Tom Sawyer. Sadly, I can’t even be a passenger in a car now without feeling ill, and I certainly can’t read.

Anti-Nausea Wristbands

Before our road trip around the Toronto area last year, I decided to buy some anti-nausea wristbands. The online reviews were mixed, but I figured it was worth trying since they aren’t drugs and, therefore, have no drowsiness or other side effects, they’re reusable, can be machine washed, and have little to no waste associated with them. Plus the ones I bought weren’t expensive; less than $15 for a pair of the home brand from Shoppers Drug Mart.

Anti-Nausea Wristbands

The anti-nausea wrist bands work by applying pressure on points on each wrist. In Chinese Medicine, acupressure is the technique of applying pressure to acupoints and meridians in the body. Acupoint pericardium 6 (P6), the one we’re interested in, governs the movement of energy in the chest, harmonises digestion and stomach, regulates blood flow and calms the mind. The bands apply pressure on the pericardium six (P6) acupoint on each wrist by a plastic stud.

Anti-Nausea Wristbands - P6 Acupressure Point
Source: Motion Sickness Guru

There have also been some ‘Western medicine’ studies on done these types of bands, which concluded that accupressure could be using the gate control theory of pain relief. This theory proposes that non-painful signals, such as pressure on the acupressure point, closes gates to the central nervous system to pain signals. This means that you and I feel less pain.

Regardless of what Chinese and Western medicine have to say, my experience with these bands is that they WORK! I can now travel in the car without a headache or nausea. Plus, I can read on my phone if necessary without worrying too much that I’ll start to feel nauseous. Sadly, I still can’t read in the car or bus for long periods, but I’ll take what I can get.

Anti-Nausea Wristbands

I used them on our trip in the Toronto Area and our road trip to France with minimal discomfort. I also wear them on all my bus trips to Leiden or Amsterdam, and on flights back to Canada in case of turbulence.

Anti-Nausea Wristbands

Have you ever tried anti-nausea wristbands? Have they worked for you?
Share your experiences in the comments.

How to make your own Facial Oil

Let me start by saying that my skin has never been particularly problematic. I got the occasional hormone fuelled blemish, but my skin was generally clear. Since I switched to washing my face with a microfibre cloth and water then moisturising with oil, my face has been perfectly clear!

I decided to try facial oil after reading the Minimalist Beauty article about cleaning with oils. Although our skin and skin care regimes are very different, Dawn Michelle was an excellent resource for learning what types of oils are best!

My first facial oil was the nourishing facial oil from Suki. I wasn’t sure how much I’d use the carrier and essential oils that I needed to make my own and wanted to test whether it worked for my skin before diving in head first. As you can probably guess, it was a big success.

I’ve moved on to making my own facial oil. My current facial oil is a mixture a grapeseed oil carrier oil with lavender for regeneration, tea tree for its antibacterial properties and lemon for wrinkles. When I need to restock, I’d like to try a combination of sweet almond and grapeseed carrier oils with myrrh for strength, carrot seed for UV protection, lavender for regeneration, and geranium to lighten spots.

make your own facial oil

To make your own facial oil:


Grapeseed Carrier Oil
Sweet Almond Carrier Oil
5 drops Myrrh Essential Oil
5 drops Carrot Seed Essential Oil
5 drops Lavender Essential Oil
5 drops Geranium Essential Oil


1. Combine essential oils with the carrier oils

I find it works best to fill my container about half full with the carrier oil, put in the essential oils and then top up the bottle with carrier oil. That way I’m sure all the essential oils will fit in

It’s recommended to keep your facial oil away from heat and light as it can change the chemical composition of the oils. I store mine in a transparent glass container, which is not ideal. However, I store it in the cabinet in our bathroom, where there’s minimal heat and light.

2. Gently swirl the oils together

Vigorous movement can damage the oils, and is not recommended.

To use your facial oil, take a few drops and spread over your face. If, after a few minutes, my face feels oily, I’ll take a cloth and wipe off any excess. More than a few drops are unnecessary.

Comparing the Cost of Groceries

A few weeks ago, a fellow Canadian living in the Netherlands and I got into a bit of a debate about the cost of groceries in the Netherlands. My feeling was that grocery shopping was significantly cheaper here than in Canada, where her experience was the opposite. So I decided to do a comparison of the cost of groceries between the Netherlands and Canada. It bears noting that what we are buying does differ quite a bit: she’s vegan where I am buying meat and dairy to feed a Dutch man.

Not surprisingly, there’s a website for comparing the cost of living in nearly any country: Numbeo. According to that website, at a national level, groceries prices in the Netherlands are 10.55% lower than in Canada. It seems as though there may be a lack of data for our small town since it’s all self-reported, but, it’s a starting point.

Comparing Costs of Groceries

Now for most people, finding data on the internet would be enough, but I decided I wanted to see whether the prices at my local, small town grocery store and one near my parent’s house in a similarly sized town matched the national data. The table below shows my findings with exchange rates calculated on January 7, 2016.

Item Canada Netherlands Difference
1L milk $2.99 €1,93 $1.35  €0,87  -€1,06
loaf of white bread $2.00 €1,29 $3.48  €2,25  €0,96
1kg white rice $2.50 €1,62 $2.79   €1,80  €0,18
12 eggs $2.79 €1,80 $3.88  €2,51  €0,71
1kg local cheese $33.30 €21,52 $20.43  €13,20  €-8,32
1kg chicken breast $17.61 €11,38 $12,38  €8,00 -€3,38
1kg beef round $18.72 €12,10 $23.22  €15,00 €2,90
1kg apples $3.95  €2,55 $3.10  €2,00 -€0,55
1kg bananas $1.74 €1,12 $2.93  €1,89  €0,77
1kg oranges $2.18  €1,41 $2.17  €1,40  -€0,01
1kg tomato $6.59  €4,26 $3.99  €2,58  -€1,68
1kg potato $2.84  €1,83 $2.79   €1,80  -€0,03
1kg onion $1.99  €1,29 $2.15   €1,39  €0.1
1 head lettuce $3.49  €2,25 $1.69  €1,09 -€1,16
1.5L water $1.70 €1,10 $1.24  €0,80  -0,30

My data seems to show that the prices of most grocery items are quite similar, except in the meat and dairy products, which are generally cheaper in the Netherlands. No wonder my friend didn’t see the price difference that RB and I did!

40 things to do before I turn 40

A few months ago, a friend of mine who created This Renegade Love (which, if you haven’t checked out, you totally should!) wrote an inspiring article about 35 things she wants to do before she turns 35. While I’m nearly a year past my 35th birthday, it got me thinking about the things I’d like to do before I’m 40. So I made a list of 40 things to do before I turn 40.

40 things to do before I turn 40

Making this list was a lot harder than I expected it would be. I didn’t want to be negative or stifle my creativity, but I also wanted to be somewhat realistic about what I could achieve in four years. For example, there are some travel related things I’d like to do, like visit every continent in the world. This unfeasible in the short-ish time period and limited budget, so I included two of the four continents I haven’t been to, leaving the other two to visit before I turn 50.

So without further ado, here’s my list of goals for the next four years. I feel like I have dreamed big enough to make all of these a challenge to complete.


40 Things to do before I turn 40 - Wellness

1. Feed myself (partially) through a vegetable garden. Our apartment has a small outdoor space where I experimented (unsuccessfully) with container growing last year.

2. Run regularly. Which leads to my next goal:

3. Run a half marathon.

4. Meditate daily.

5. Eat vegetarian a minimum of one day per week.

6. Regularly practice yoga.

7. Get out into nature. I think the David Suzuki Foundation 30 x 30 Challenge is a great starting point: 3o minutes a day in nature should be possible, considering we live in a more rural part of the Netherlands. Now I just need to find a job in an office near a park…

Low-Impact Living

40 things to do before I turn 40 - Low Impact Living

8. Create a personal carbon footprint/sustainability report & aim for reductions every year.

9. Buy as much local food as possible.

10. Buy only high-quality items.

11. Make mayonnaise that RB likes. I like a challenge!

12. Bake bread rather than buying it.

13. Make yogurt rather than buying.

14. (Successfully) Make lip balm. I tried it once, and it was a disaster

15. Clean my house with home-made and/or non-toxic cleaning supplies.

16. Make a tasty tomato sauce from scratch. Stop buying it from the store


40 things to do before I turn 40 - Travel17. Go on a safari in Africa.

18. Visit the countries of my roots: Scotland and Wales.

19. Walk El Camino Santiago in Spain.

20. See the northern lights.

21. Take a last minute trip to a random location.

22. Visit the beaches of Normandy.

23. Experience Thailand.

24. Experience Greece.

25. Travel from Vancouver to Toronto (or vice versa) by train.

26. Surprise someone in Canada with a visit. I suppose by putting this on the internet I’m making the surprise part a bit harder…


40 things to do before I turn 40 - Learning

27. Speak Dutch fluently. I’ve signed up for classes that begin January 11th.

28. Earn a Masters degree.

29. Speak French fluently (again). I am a graduate of the French Immersion program, and it drives me a little crazy that I have so much trouble speaking French.

30. Read 50 books.

31. Complete 15 Massive Open Online Courses. I’m currently taking a few courses with Coursera and am enjoying them.

32. Start an Education Fund for my niece.

33. Listen to podcasts regularly. I’m a little hooked on Serial, Undisclosed, the TED Radio HourStartUp and PodQuiz. They’re great to listen to while walking or commuting.


40 things to do before I turn 40 - Other

34. Host a Halloween party in the Netherlands.

35. Go to an Ajax match (or another Dutch football match).

36. Ride a Segway.

37. Volunteer at a local charity.

38. Spend as much time as possible with my family.

39. Make a difference in people’s lives.

40. Live as if I am fearless. I know that picking up my life and moving overseas seems incredibly daring, but there are times feel like fear keeps me from doing great things. While I think a certain amount of fear is good, I don’t want it to stop me from living my life.


Do you have a list of things you’d like to accomplish before a certain time?
Leave a comment to let me know what’s on it!

Voordeel: Nederland – Distances

When I was home for Christmas, it struck me just how vast the distances are in Canada. It’s not that it’s changed, obviously, but after living in a wonderfully compact country like the Netherlands, two hours seems like an extremely long drive for an afternoon visit. If RB and I left now, we could be in Germany or Belgium in less than 2 hours!

Voordeel: Nederland - Distances
This image isn’t perfectly to scale, but it’s not a bad representation

By every measure, the Netherlands is at least an order of magnitude smaller than Canada, and I love that about it.

Measure Canada The Netherlands
Area (square km) 9,976,140 41,526
East-West Distance (km) 5,187 264
North-South Distance (km)  4,627 312
Boundary (km) 252,684 1,478

Updated: I fixed the E-W & N-S distances that I initially reversed.

When I was living in Toronto, my parents lived 84km from me, my sister and her family lived 115 km away, and they live 92 km apart. It would take us a minimum of an hour of driving to visit one another, assuming there was no traffic (yeah right!).

By comparison, RB’s parents and brothers and their families all live within 800 meters of our house, meaning we could visit any of them with a maximum 10-minute walk. That’s what I call an advantage for the Netherlands.

Curious what else I think is great about the Netherlands? Check out my full list of Voordeel: Nederland posts.

How to wrap gifts without gift wrap

There are lots of ways to wrap gifts using wrapping paper alternatives, and we’ve used lots of them in my family for years. We know not to trust the box that a gift comes in: my brother-in-law received once something in a glove box from the bay with the year 1973 written on it! RB and my brother in law gawked at how we all meticulously peeled off the tape on presents so we could re-use the paper. So it wasn’t a stretch for me to start using fabric wrapping, and I haven’t looked back!

Gift Bags

Even though we had a few in the house (from who knows when), I sewed some bags using my drawstring bag pattern about five years ago using some Christmas fabric I bought. These are made with rectangular pieces of fabric, so it’s easy to make sure there’s no waste fabric while sewing.

Wrapping Paper Alternative - Gift Bags

Gift bags can also be easily made from leftover fabric from other sewing projects, clothes that are no longer repairable, or material from second-hand shop finds. I love this wrapping paper alternative using an old cable knit sweater!

Furoshiki Wraps

My interest in using scarfs for wrapping started when RB gave me some solid shampoo and conditioner in a knot wrap. I still have the wrap he gave me, but I also augmented it with some square scarves that I found at my local second-hand shop. You could also use just about any rectangular fabric, like a bandana, (clean) handkerchief, tea towel or bath towel

Wrapping Paper Alternatives - Scarf

There are about a million ways to wrap a gift using a square piece of fabric!  I mostly use the basic wrap, but there are tonnes more at Furoshiki.com.

Clothespin Tags

Every year after Christmas, my mom gathers all of her Christmas cards and cuts them to make gift tags for subsequent years. While I think this is an excellent way to extend the life of cards, most of the cards I get have pictures of my friends’ families, which would be weird to use as a gift tag. So instead, I grabbed some old clothespins and painted the names of my family on them. They’re easy to clamp onto a gift bag or wrap, and can be used for years and years!

Wrapping Paper Alternative

What wrapping paper alternatives do you use?

Papa Kazmi Pure Cookbook Review

I have been intrigued by Indian cuisine ever sine my first visit to an Indian restaurant waaaaay back in university. So I was delighted (and a bit intimidated) when I was contacted by a member of the Pure Family to ask if I would be interested in reviewing the new English version of Papa Kazmi Pure Cookbook. I needn’t have been intimidated; it felt like Papa was right there with me while I was cooking!

Papa Kazmi Pure Cookbook

A big “Thank You!” to the Pure Family for providing me with the Papa Kazmi Pure Cookbook e-book. As always, opinions expressed here are my own. If you’re interested, you can read more about my disclosure policy.

The Papa Kazmi Pure Cookbook is filled with fascinating stories about Papa and his family! As an immigrant to the Netherlands, I am always interested in how other immigrants have ended up here. Papa’s story in the Netherlands began similarly to my own – he fell in love with a young Dutch lady on the beach in Scheveningen, then moved here to be with her!

There are five chapters in the Papa Kazmi Pure Cookbook, each dedicated to a theme: classic, day off, events, family and Hills & Mills. I found the page order in the e-book a bit odd at first until I realized that it was also a printed book, and meant to be seen two pages at a time. Once I figured that out, the layout made a whole lot more sense.

Thankfully for me, one of those chapters is dedicated to the ingredients, complete with drawings of the raw herbs and spices, fruits, basic ingredients and special equipment needed for the recipes. I loved this addition, given my complete lack of knowledge of ingredients in Indian cuisine!

Papa Kazmi Pure Cookbook Review

I was pleasantly surprised to find that I was able to find nearly all of the ingredients at my local small-town grocery store. There were just three items I couldn’t find: cardamon pods, kalonji seeds, and rosewater. I ordered these online from Pit & Pit. I was also pleasantly surprised that Pit & Pit shipped everything wrapped only in paper, rather than plastic bubble wrap or styrofoam peanuts!

While going through the book, I bookmarked no less than half of the recipes as ones I wanted to try! I narrowed down the list to these four; I couldn’t pick any fewer.

Papa Kazmi Pure Cookbook Review - Chai Tea
Chai Latte

Papa Kazmi’s Chai Tea was delicious! Now that I have all the ingredients, I will be making this regularly. The recipe calls for Assam tea, but I used some black tea that I already had. I used the main recipe, but there’s a long list of alterations to the spice mix that I would like to try.

Papa Kazmi Pure Cookbook Review - Aloo Kebab
Aloo Kebab

RB and I found the Aloo Kebab a little to peppery for our liking, but we loved the texture – the outsides were crispy and the insides soft and potato-y. I will absolutely make these again with just a bit less pepper.

Papa Kazmi Pure Cookbook Review - Chicken Korma with Naan
Chicken Korma with Naan

I was most nervous about making the Chicken Korma and Naan, but it was the one that I was happiest with in the end. It couldn’t have been better!

Papa Kazmi Pure Cookbook Review - Raw Coconut Chia Kheer
Raw Coconut Chia Kheer

The Raw Coconut Chia Kheer was such an easy little vegan dessert to throw together. And if you’ve been reading the blog for a little bit, you know how much I love coconut!

I will definitely be trying more of the recipes from the Papa Kazmi Pure Cookbook, especially now that I have a spice rack filled with the right spices! If you’re curious about making Indian food at home, I would definitely recommend trying this cookbook.


What’s in my Bag – Travel Edition

Today RB and I are on our way to Canada for some holiday festivities! While I was packing, I thought it would be fun to share what’s in my bag for this trip!


While all the things I want to bring onto the plane would likely fit into one bag, I like the ability to organize them into two. I carry the Fossil Morgan Top Stitch as my every day purse, and I love its size and the size and location of the outer pockets. In it, I keep all of the things I need quick access to while in the airport.

What's in my bag, travel edition - purse

Clockwise starting at the top you’ll find:

  • phone & ear buds
  • e-reader: It took me a long time to decide to get an e-reader, and I’m so glad I did! Except for when I get asked to turn it off during take-off and landing, which rarely happens, it makes travelling significantly more enjoyable and is way lighter than lugging around a couple of books.
  • keys
  • reusable bag: In case I’m in the mood for some chocolates or aperitif from the duty-free.
  • super warm socks: I usually wear a pair of compression socks for travel, I like to supplement them with some super soft and warm merino wool socks during the flight when temperatures can dip to sub-zero it seems.
  • sea bands: I’ve only ever once had nausea while on a plane, and I sure wish I had these with me at the time. They’re such a small and light item that I almost always have them with me now.
  • wallet: Gotta have that credit card handy while at the airport where everything costs 3x as much as normal!
  • business cards: you never know when you might meet someone who can help with a job search
  • water bottle: airplanes can be extremely dehydrating, and it beats paying for (and throwing out) a bottle. Just make sure it’s empty when you go through security!
  • handkerchief: I inherited my grandma’s handkerchiefs, and I love that there is such variety in them. This Christmas one seemed like the perfect one to throw in my bag for this trip. Check out my post on how to make your own Handkerchiefs!
  • sunglasses: If I’m on top of things, these get moved to my checked bag as soon as I get to the airport. I’m not on the ball too often, unfortunately.
  • lip balm
  • mints:  I’m really not a fan of gum, so mints are my go-to when the pressure change gets to be too much for my ear drums.
  • hand wash: I’m not huge on these things, but in airports and airplanes, where there are extra germs flying around, I like to have this around just in case.
  • nail file: Inevitably I chip a nail once I’m inside security, so I was super stoked to discover that while clippers are a no-no, a nail file is perfectly legal.
  • passport wallet: This keeps all my travel documents handy while going through security. Added bonus is the pen, which I usually end up loaning out to others while filling in customs forms.

Carry On

I keep the bulky things I’ll need in the plane and the things I don’t want to put in my checked baggage in my carry-on bag. This time, I’m using my Everlane twill tote, but when I’ve got a lot of things to transport, or I’m going carry-on only, I’ll use my Everlane twill weekender. It’s the perfect size for the overhead compartments!

What's in my Bag Travel Edition - carry on

This time around, I’m bringing

  • Headphones, inflatable pillow, and eye mask: I don’t usually use these on the flight to Canada, but I throw them on during the flight back to try and get some sleep on the red-eye.
  • Portable Charger: I’ve been caught on flights before where the USB in the entertainment system didn’t charge my phone, and I was in a bit of a pickle when I arrived at the airport with no ability to call my parents to tell them where to pick me up. I’ve had this portable charger for about six months now, and it’s saved me a few times.
  • Camera: I’m already excited for all the pictures of my niece’s first Christmas!
  • Planner: This will be exchanged on this trip for the 2016 compact Passion Planner. I’ve been using this for about six months, and I’m a big fan. I found the planning tools very helpful to give me some direction, and it keeps me on track with all of my job search and blogging activities.
  • Old Phone, chargers & cable: My Canadian SIM card won’t fit in my new phone. I’m a bit nervous about cutting it up, so I’ve brought along my old phone to use my Canadian Number.
  • Laptop & charger: This trip, I’m going to try downloading some of the Coursera content onto my laptop and do some learning on the plane.


Each time I’ve gone back to Canada, I’ve decided only to use about half my bag so that there’s space to bring some stuff back with me, and, this time, is no exception. I try and follow my grandma’s rules for packing, which are well summarized in the One Suitcase series from Outfit Posts. In short, make sure everything goes with everything else, so it’s easy to mix and match your clothes. I use a Heys 26″ Sprinter, and I find it to be a perfect size! I can pack whatever I need to in it without it being overweight. When it’s time to replace my carry-on sized suitcase, I’ll be looking for its 21″ sister!

What's in my Bag Travel Edition - Suitcase

For this trip, I packed:

  • 2 cardigans
  • 4 sweaters
  • 5 shirts
  • a dress and a pair of tights
  • 3 pairs of jeans
  • 1 pairs of shoes and one pair of ankle boots
  • Underwear
  • Running gear
  • Toiletries in my Everlane Dopp Kit
  • Make-up in a small bag that I got as a gift from Sinterklaas
  • Jewelry in my travel pouch
  • Gifts

Is there anything you can’t travel without? Let me know in the comments!

Why I’m happy to sort my waste and recycling

When I first moved to the Netherlands, nearly all the waste we produced went straight into the garbage. You can imagine how frustrated that made me! Now that I’ve sort of figured out the waste and recycling systems, we’ve managed to reduce the amount of stuff we put into the garbage by about half. I’ve still got some learning to do, but hope to reduce our waste by another half in the coming year – new years resolution #2 (after finding a job!)

My former hometown of Toronto uses a single stream recycling system, where residents put all of their recyclables – paper, plastic, metals, and glass – into a single bin. The municipality collects these bins and takes them to a materials recovery facility (MRF) where they’re sorted back into their respective types for recycling. Many municipalities use a single-stream system because it’s convenient for their residents to use the recycling bin – almost as easy as using the trash can. Costs for a single-stream system are lower though processing costs are higher.

The biggest problem with single stream systems is contamination, resulting in lower scrap material quality and lower revenues for the recyclers. There is a particular concern that broken glass can get into the paper stream and mess with the paper mill and that bits of wet paper can get into everything. About a quarter of single-stream recycling goes to the dump, for glass, waste can be as high as 40%.

The system used here is a multi-stream recycling system. It’s more efficient for processors than a single-stream system because the majority of materials have already been sorted, and contamination levels are significantly less, eliminating waste and expense of removal.

In our apartment, we separate plastic bottles for a deposit refund, other plastic, paper, compost and glass from our garbage.

Why I don't mind sorting my waste & recycling

The garbage, compost, and other plastics are collected bi-weekly by the municipality. We take everything else to the grocery store, which acts as a sort of small waste depot. There you can find a place to deal with glass, paper, containers with a deposit, grease, batteries and light bulbs.

In the parking lot, you’ll find receptacles for glass, sorted into white, green & brown, and paper.

Why I don't mind sorting my waste & recycling

There’s also several bins for clothing donations.

Why I don't mind sorting my waste & recycling

Inside, you can find a machine where you can return beer bottles and plastic bottles for a deposit refund.

Why I don't mind sorting my waste and recycling

This machine scans the barcodes and prints out a ticket that can be redeemed at the cash register.

Why I don't mind sorting my waste & recycling

At the cash register is where you’ll find the containers for light bulbs, batteries and grease.

Why I don't mind sorting my waste & recycling

Since so many people go to the grocery store regularly, it’s not out of the way to take plastic, glass, and paper from time to time. If you’re like me, it’s more a problem to remember to do it than actually to do it!

If you’re interested in learning more about how single stream recycling works, I’d recommend taking a quick glance at this short NPR story from earlier this year.