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We’ve been meaning to come back to this place for ice cream all summer, but got side tracked when we discovered ‘Film Buff’.  The ice cream here is super good as well.

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Tom's Dairy Freeze

Tom’s Dairy Freeze

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It’s not really normal that my cat is sleeping on her back, is it?

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Back sleeper

Back sleeper

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Happy Canada Day!

So every year, we try to go and watch the fireworks at Ontario Place, but this year, it wasn’t until we got there that we figure out that there weren’t any!  That was okay though.  We ended up seeing people light fireworks on the beach and got a really nice bike ride out of it.

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Horizon Moon

Horizon Moon

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I started going to concerts back in 2005.  If I recall correctly, my first concert was Green Day, soon after American Idiot came out.  I’ve managed to save most of my ticket stubs from them, as well as the odd Broadway show and hockey game, and am putting them into a scrapbook.

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Stubs

Stubs

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An empty plate after a successful outing at Kenzo.  Love gyoza!

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Mmm mmm good

Mmm mmm good

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Getting Back Into It

So today, I decided to bite the bullet and resume running.  If you recall, I had a nasty spill last fall, and injured my ankle quite badly.  It was all healed up by February, and although I thought that I would start running again to get in shape for my wedding, it just fell by the wayside.  So here we are.

For those of you not really familiar with Toronto weather, it gets MUGGY here.  And today was no exception.  But the time I had finished (about 4.3 km), I was red as a beet.  I’ll spare you the photo, so you’ll just have to take my word for it.  On the upside though, I saw them setting up for shooting scenes for the “Carrie” remake, as I was running by.

Cross your fingers for a 10K in the fall!  Since there’s no time to train for a half at this point for me. =)

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Today is the 5-year anniversary the Dude and I’s first date.  Why do I remember exactly when that is?  Because many things happened that day that were out of the ordinary, and when I look back on it, there was a chance that it wouldn’t have even occurred, so that makes it easy =)

We used to go back to the place we went to for that date, but we started going there on a regular basis, so it didn’t feel “special” anymore.  So this time, we decided to go to “Barque”, a great restaurant in the Roncesvalles neighbourhood.  When we read about it for the first time before going there, we were drawn by 2 things: the brisket on the poutine, and the bacon-trimmed Bloody Caesar.  This time when we went, they had taken the poutine off of the menu for the summer, so we went with the Caesar.  We really like the food here, especially the chicken, and the veggies.  But if you’ve got a meat-tooth, I highly recommend.  That’s right, I said meet-tooth.

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Barque

Barque

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This is what my cat gets to do while I’m working from home.  And to add insult to injury, this is a towel on the desk right next to me.  The nerve!

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Lily

Lily

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We went to a Chris Botti concert at the wonderful Massey Hall.  If you’ve ever been to a concert there, you will understand exactly how wonderful that venue is acoustically.  Added to the fact that we were watching a concert of a jazz/fusion trumpeter, it was truly a great experience.

This was the 3rd time I had seen him in concert in 5 years.  Wonderful.

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Concert time!

Concert time!

 

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So all this time, the Dude and I have slept in a double bed.  Well no more!  We decided to get a Queen-size memory foam from Costco.  Dudes, so much room!!!

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Box o' Bed

Box o’ Bed

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I was out for a walk and saw this guy in the window of a local Animal Hospital/Clinic.  I thought I would include more that one pic in this post, though, because I think that his/her facial expressions are priceless.  Enjoy.

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Here’s another funny cake from the supermarket.  Hello Kitty!  And I think that’s how she’s marketed…with an exclamation mark.  Did you also read about how there’s a Hello Kitty! hospital in Japan?  I kid you not.  Just Google that and see what I mean.  Craziness.

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Hello Kitty!

Hello Kitty!

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The Dude and I went over to Buffalo to do a bit of outlet shopping, and this is us coming back across the border.  I love going through Niagara Falls.  Don’t worry, if you look carefully, I am clearly in the passenger seat.  No driving and picture taking for me =)

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O Canada...

O Canada…

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Went out for some drinks with the Dude and a friend.  Since the Euro Cup is going on, there were plenty of flags around.

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Euro Cup 2012

Euro Cup 2012

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A gorgeous sunset sky.

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Pretty sunset

Pretty sunset

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Thank you letters are finally done and ready for mailing.  Yay!

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Thank you!

Thank you!

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After about 8 months of planning over a 10 month engagement period, we finally did it!  I had always heard that wedding planning can be stressful, but who ever thinks it can happen to them?  Well, it did.  Not a lot, but there were some tense words and panic.

Setting the Budget:

This was an interesting one.  Having never been closely involved in any wedding planning, or even gone to that many weddings, this was a tough one.  How would we know what was feasible and realistic?  In the end, we had to adjust our budget twice, but since we were still in our means, it didn’t really cause too much of a meltdown…from either of us.

Setting the Guestlist:

I’ve always marvelled at 250+ weddings.  I don’t even think I know that many people!  Part of getting the budget and trying to secure a space involved knowing how many people to invite.  In my mind, I had always pictured around 100, and thank goodness, we were pretty spot on.  We decided early on that his parents would get to invite 20 people, and mine would also get 20.  I had been reading a lot of threads in forums, and there were lots about people wanting to invite random people, or family insisting on inviting everyone and their uncle, but we were so lucky that that didn’t happen.  As a result, we were able to stick to our list fairly closely, and book our favoured venue.

The Venue:

The first thing that I did was ask the Dude to give me the one thing that would be the most important to him for our wedding.  For him, it was the venue.  This was in my top 3.  After all, doesn’t the venue set the mood?  At this point, we knew that our guestlist would be around 100 people, so I tried to get as many venues as I could that could accommodate that.  We looked at Bluma Appel, The Richmond, Thompson Landry, Arta, The Blue Dot, The Four Seasons, Royal York, One King West, and many others.

We ended up using the Thompson Landry Cooperage Gallery.  Yes, we had to do a room change over from the ceremony to the reception, but it was well worth it.  And in hindsight, most of the guests didn’t even notice.

The Cooperage gallery actually has a sister gallery, called the Stone gallery, and we had tried to secure that space for the ceremony, originally, and then move to the Cooperage, but it had already been booked.

I have to say, we loved it.  The space is amazing, and the staff was also amazing.  And one of the “preferred” caterers that they recommended, that we ended up using, was doubly amazing.  But we’ll get to that.

The space was just big enough for our guestlist.  And the other plus?  Because it is an art gallery, I didn’t have to worry too much about decor and colours, because of the art on the wall.  Bonus!

Venue Pick: The Thompson Landry Cooperage Gallery at the Distillery District.

Next up:  Sifting through more vendors

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Another highly recommended spot was “Film Buff” on Roncevalles.  Not for the movies (it’s a movie rental place), but for the ice cream.  It is pretty fantastic.  This here is expresso.

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Espresso ice cream

Espresso ice cream

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Weird looking clouds on my walk.

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Clouds

Clouds

 

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