LIFE STUFF

Playback: Sept-Dec ’15

Oh hey there! We’ve got some catching up to do! The fall was a pretty busy time for me with my Europe trip and then life and work taking off in full force as soon as I touched down. A bit of a head spinner tbh. The holidays allowed me the opportunity to catch up and look back on the past few months, so here’s a little recap.

September

I spent almost the entire month travelling around Europe! It was a beauty of a trip. Still find it amazing that I have finally visited all these different places. 🙂 You can read about it here.

Europe Trip

Europe Trip

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About a week after I returned, Jenna landed from London, surprising her family during a break between new jobs. Her lovely return meant that the four of us got to visit each other as a group! Yay! We spent the night eating, laughing, eating more and laughing more. We also tried to grab a nice group shot but weren’t very successful… this pile of photos captures us well. #girlsquad

Visit with the girls

Beauty group

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Through TELUS’ partnership with the David Foster Foundation I attended the foundations annual miracle gala and concert with couple Toronto influences Sonya and Joel. The foundation is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to providing financial support for non-medical expenses to Canadian families with children in need of life-saving organ transplants. Entertainers for the night included David Foster, Stevie Wonder, Michael Bolton, Peter Cetera, Sinbad, and Kieza and the event raised $6.5 million! Woah!

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Before the month wrapped up we got together with Jose to grab some dinner, catch up and ensure that he made the monthly wrap 😉 haha

Dinner with Jose :)

Dinner with Jose 🙂

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October

Matthew and I planned a quick little getaway for our anniversary and made our way to Prince Edward County.  We found a lovely Airbnb on the bay which felt like home with a great view of the sunset and the only thing missing was a fire pit. Before settling in for the night we drove through Belleville, stopping at Dewe’s to grab dinner supplies. Probably because I’ve been living in the city now, but Belleville felt so much smaller than I remembered it being.

Just like old times :)

Just like old times 🙂

Bay of Quinte

Sunset over the Bay of Quinte

We spent the weekend exploring the County, stopping by the old house and visiting my old neighbours. I also had a chance to catch up with Amelia and her dad when we stopped by Campbell’s Orchard which was nice.

Visiting the Campbells

Visiting the Campbells

We then drove over to Wellington checking out the free beach and then into Bloomfield. We stopped at Hand Works which has been my favourite shop since I was about 12. I think since almost my first visit to the store I’ve been saying how I’d love to run a shop like that at some point in my life.

Hand Works - My favourite store in Bloomfield

Hand Works – My favourite store in Bloomfield

We had a quick stop at Lake on the Mountain, grabbed a drink before heading back into Picton for a snack. Such a lovely visit in my old neck of the woods and really nice to share it with Matthew.

1 year and counting

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Thanksgiving meant a trip home to my parents for a very vegan meal 🙂 The Habs were playing and Matthew convinced my mom to wear a jersey and cheer them on.

Thanksgiving Habs fans

Thanksgiving Habs fans

Before making our way back to the city we went for a hike on the Bruce Trail. A fantastically lovely way to spend the afternoon.

Bruce Trail Hike

Bruce Trail Hike

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On Thanksgiving Monday, Matthew and I took advantage of the advanced voting days and we got our vote on. Because democracy rocks.

We voted!

We voted!

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The week after we voted the campaign trial brought Justin Trudeau to our neck of the woods. Andrew gave me a tip off the night before, so I knew that he’d be down the street bright and early and since I was working from home I decided to go and catch a glimpse of the future (now current) prime minister.

Justin Trudeau

Justin Trudeau

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We moved! Surprise for those of you who didn’t know. We didn’t move far, just down the street but now we have room to breath and a fab kitchen to boot. Woo! We’re also much closer to Matthew’s family which means a lot more family time 🙂

We moved!

We moved!

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November 

Toronto hosted the ISU World Cup Short Track competition in November and we went as a family to catch the festivities. A bonus was that we saw a few familiar faces from our days at the rinks. It was especially nice to catch up with Laura and Nicole from our hometown team.

Speed Skating world cup with the family

Selfie with mom and pops

Speed Skating world cup

Look at them go!

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I stopped by Apiecalypse Now and it’s amazing. Really, I just needed to include this so any vegan friendly friends in the city who haven’t had a slice yet were aware. So delicious! Such yummy yummy pizza! I’m salivating thinking about it now.

Yummy vegan pizza place

Yummy vegan pizza place

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Dr. Matt came to town and we got together with Keltie like good old times! It had been a few years since we caught up. We had a nice lunch at Fresh followed by coffee chats in Kensignton. Ah, such lovely people! #ops09

Visits with Keltie and Lipinski

Visits with Keltie and Lipinski

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Halldóra and Irina came to town from Iceland for a quick, mid-week visit and I was very happy to see them. We went out for dinner and had a nice catch-up after having not seen each other for a couple of years. There’s something special about these folks.

Beers with Irina & Halldóra

Beers with Irina & Halldóra

Irina me & Halldóra

Irina me & Halldóra

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As the saying goes “when it rains, it pours.” Two weeks after Halldóra and Irina visited, Helgi and his friends Arnar and Hákon touched down in Toronto for a weekend visit. I spent the Saturday touring them around the city grabbing breakfast at Frans, walking around Kensington, China Town, a trip up the CN Tower, St. Lawrence Market, drinks at C’est What, nachos at Sneaky Dees and drinks at Cameron House. Fun times sharing the city 🙂

Arnar, Hákon & Helgi

Arnar, Hákon & Helgi

The 6ix

The 6ix

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I had a bit of a stressful November for a handful of reasons and this little chicken helped keep me calm. I’ve never had a pet before and to be honest, I never really understood why people like having animals around, but dang, Cap is a really great furry friend to have.

Cap

Princess Cap

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December

I needed to get out of the city so I hopped on a train to visit my parents. The Saturday morning just happened to be one of my favourite Burlington activities – the Santa 5K! The first time I saw it I thought it was so ridiculous yet also very amazing. So many people dressed up like Santa in one place. Fantastic.

So many Santas!

So many Santas!

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I had a week of vacation to use up before the year wrapped up so I planned myself a little staycation. I walked around the city a bunch and had a nice visit from my mom.

Christmas Market with Momma

Christmas Market with Momma

Vacation Walking

Vacation Walking

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I finished up my Icelandic Shawl that I was gifted when Halldóra and Irina came to town. Such a lovely shawl that I’m very proud to sport.

Icelandic Shawl

Icelandic Shawl

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Matthew invited his co-workers over for a Christmas dinner and we pulled out all the fixings – turkey, mashed potatoes, roasted veggies, salad, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce and apple crisp for dessert.

Christmas Dinner with Matthew's work

Christmas Dinner with Matthew’s work

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Christmas Eve was an absolutely beautiful day. I took advantage of the sunny skies by taking a walk by the water before we hopped in the car and made our way out to my parents for the Christmas festivities. I haven’t been the biggest Christmas fan in the past, but it’s starting to grow on me. It’s just nice to spend it with family, relaxing and unplugged. It was a really nice couple of days. 🙂

Christmas Eve +14

Christmas Eve +14

Christmas with the family

Christmas with the family (Anders was our photographer)

Christmas Walk

Quality Christmas Walk

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So! Matthew watched Cowspiracy and decided he wanted to join me on this vegan train! I was happily surprised when he told me about his decision. I had never watched the documentary before so we watched it together. It’s pretty shocking stuff. Anyways, now we’re cooking and eating the same diet which is really great for meal planning and going out to restaurants. 🙂

Hogtown Vegan

Hogtown Vegan with my Hogtown Vegan

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Matthew and I rang in the new year hitting up a couple familiar haunts in the city for drinks and dinner at Porter House. We made a chilly toast to  what was and what will be down by the beach. Pretty fab year, here’s to another!

Ringing in the New Year by the lake

Ringing in the New Year by the lake

 

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One thought on “Playback: Sept-Dec ’15

  1. Just delightful as always. I thought my life
    Was exciting, but this, wow or vá as they
    Say in Icerock.
    Hope the Brekkukot folks had a great time.
    Take care.
    Gamli

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