Friday, July 31, 2015

new york...

on july 19th, i turned 28 and got to ring in my birthday in new york city! i figured that if dylan got to turn 29 in italy, it was only fair i got a small getaway for my birthday! we decided to drive and started our morning around 5:30 to then get into the city around 4pm.
on the road again.
i love snapchat stickers.
we stayed at the eventi hotel and loved it.
view of the empire state building from our room.
love this city.
the best part of the hotel? every night from 5-6 they have a wine reception on the terrace, meaning free wine and sangria (unlimited) for that hour. awesome.

high line sunsets.
saturday morning started out rather gloomy, but turned right around by 10am.
beautiful soho.
we made sure to be back for another wine hour.
have you ever heard of those silent clubs? you wear headphones and that's where the music is played? we were walking by a park one a free one was happening and  figured we had to try it out for about 5 minutes.
 * please note * there were actually people older than the children that happen be in our shot! we didn't join a kids party. anyways, it was funny and totally weird.
when in new york, a comedy bar is a must.
 goodbye new york. you were fun.
on the long journey home.

we walked and walked and walked, just like we do every time we visit; from the west village all the way up to central park. we come back with sore feet, but it's always worth it.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

summer so far...

summer! already almost half way done! and i have to say, it's been pretty good so far. we've been enjoying different patios in our new neighborhood, having bbqs on our roof, and planning weekends away.

 when you leave the house wearing the same thing and don't realize until you're already in the car...

so let's keep the warm weather (but not too warm, ok?) and fun times coming.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

an early birthday weekend...

with my birthday coming up and us not being around town the next few weekends, my parents came up for dinner this past saturday. we enjoyed a walk around the st lawrence market, had some meat and cheese back at our place, then went out to a great indian place in the neighbourhood - bindia.
 all from the market - how awesome is that?

 the food is just so so good.
 dylan was making them laugh and we couldn't get a picture with their eyes open.

 first part of my gift i opened was a book with this note and i was a little confused. i'm getting doughnuts??
ohhh dough(money) and peanuts (nuts) - doughtnuts! i get it. my mom is a clever one.
 my parents know me well. books, coffee, and some money.

we have a couple pretty great weekends planned and i cannot wait. i know i can't expect perfect weather every weekend, but pretty please? let's hold back on the rain in august, ok?

Friday, June 19, 2015

we moved!

about 3 months ago (maybe a little less?) we had some leaking in our apartment. at first, it was just a few drips, but then one day when dylan got home in the afternoon, water was all over our den and everything in the hall closet soaked. we had workers coming in and our of our place for weeks unable to find the problem. was it rain? was it coming from the unit above? was it coming from the mechanical room? it was a mystery. we had to move most of our stuff from the den (luckily nothing was ruined) into the living area and we were living in a mess. then water started coming up through the floors! it smelled and our place was disgusting. after about 4 weeks, they finally discovered it (but wouldn't pass on any information to us) and then had workers in and out fixing things up. but between then, they had completely ripped out our closet, torn down drywall in the den, and made everything a general mess. it was awful.

all of this was basically the icing on the cake to move. now that we're not there anymore, i feel i can say where we lived - we were on the 48th floor of the one of the newer towers in cityplace. i'm just putting it out there if you're from toronto or thinking of moving there -- DO NOT DO IT. the building was so poorly run and the people that started moving in recently are not people we want to live with. and then there are the elevator situations. there are 49 floors in the condo we were in and 3 elevators. 3!! and i would say for about the last 6 months, there was always one down, meaning 2 elevators were now servicing 49 floors. rush hours were miserable and 20-30 minute waits were not unusual. forget weekends when another would be on service for people moving in or out, you might as well not even try to leave your place unless you want to take the stairs (which we did a few times).

this is all to say, we finally said enough is enough, we have to get out of here!  dylan wanted to be around the st lawrence market and i agreed that it's a great neighborhood. i looked online at a bunch of places and finally found a listing i liked. i booked a viewing without dylan because he was sleeping from work and i actually really liked it. i showed him the video i took and he was sold. 6 days after we got home from italy, we packed everything up and got the hell out of our old place.

our new place is fantastic. the building is a little older, much smaller, and a much higher percentage of owner occupancy vs renters, which means that the people here actually care about where they live. we moved from the 48th floor to the 2nd, and elevators aren't even part of our life anymore! we decided to forego the shiny new stainless steel appliances in favour of location and a unit that was a little bigger. we moved from about 600 square feet to almost 800 and let me tell you, it feels so much bigger. and bonus: the new place has a locker! oh and the laundry in our unit? in a massive storage room where we can hang coats, keep towels, tools, our vacuum etc. so even though we have slightly less cabinet space overall, we definitely have more storage.
let's go!

that's enough for the first day!
we were able to put the middle piece of our sectional back in after 2 years in storage. if you can believe it, with the built in cabinetry in the old place, the width of the couch didn't even fit.
a real dining area. finally.
we found this fantastic bar sign at the st lawrence antique market.

1 day after moving in, we had my parents over for dinner. definitely motivation to get everything in place.

the den is still very much a work in progress. dylan is looking for the right futon, he's still got a new tv stand to put together, and he's ordered a bunch of star wars posters to be hung. it's basically going to be his video game, board game, nerdy man den.

and that's the tour! we're so much happier here and really love the neighborhood. one of the upside of renting is being able to try different areas and move along when you please.
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