One of the awesome things about working from anywhere is that you can pick up and take off at a moment’s notice! I decided at the last minute to head out to Toronto this week to help celebrate my brother-in-law’s 25th birthday, and then stay through to the weekend for some eating drinking, and catching up. I haven’t driven to Toronto by myself for a long time, but Tyler had a busy week, and my mom was working too, so off I went with my little road trippin’ companion.
I kind of enjoyed the drive once the sun started to set and I was well onto the 401. I was listening to my new Norah Jones CD and the sky was wide open towards the trees. It felt like I was out in the country and miles away from anyone, just cruising down the road, the crimpy clouds streaking softly across the sky in pinks and reds. By the time I approached Toronto, the city was illuminated and coming to life in the darkness.
The next couple of days were really fun. For Justin’s birthday, we met up with friends and tried out this amazing restaurant called Ruby Watchco that really deserved it’s own post (go eat here if you are in Toronto; you won’t be sorry).
We also took walks at lunch to Sherwood park, a little off leash area that rambles through the woods, featuring dirt trails and boardwalks with lots of steps. Not a bad workout for a walk and it’s hard to believe there is a green area like this right in the heart of the city.
Had a few meals at home too, including this fantastic, fondue-ish roasted garlic Parmesan beer dip that I stumbled onto online, made right away and was really tangy and awesome on veggies and crackers.
Luckily, our pets (four in total!) got along pretty well and gave us lots of great photo ops involving cuteness, shyness, snuggles, and funny looks.
We also went out to the Kensington market one afternoon, a plethora of little stalls, cafes, and vintage shops sprawling across several streets. We tried on shoes and dresses, bought hats, looked at jewelery, had a little gelato and gossip, and just wandered to our hearts content.
I love hanging out with my sister. We’re 5 years apart in age, and haven’t lived in the same city for at least 7 years now, but every time we get together it’s like no time has passed. We can borrow each others stuff, go shopping, watch Master Chef marathons, pig out on ice cream, and just be. It’s nice.
Home safe and sound now in Ottawa after a fun and relaxing trip!