Thursday, November 27, 2014

anniversary dinner...

last saturday, dylan went out for our 8 year anniversary courtesy of a $200 gift card i had won at work. we chose to go to fabbrica, which is a mark mcewan restaurant. it's the more casual (but still lovely) of his restaurants, which is more our speed. because we had the gift card, and because it was our anniversary, we just decided to go all out and order whatever we pleased. we started with drinks - a bellini for me and wine for dylan (2 glasses actually, at $22 a glass!). next was appetizers - buffalo mozzarella and tomato salad for me, and a meat and cheese board for dylan. the portions were quite generous, so i stopped about half way through knowing we still had our meals left plus dessert. then came the pizza and steak. as if we weren't full enough, we ended our night with a cannoli, panna cotta, and coffee.

 perfect ending to a great night.
driving home in the rain looking at the christmas lights.

it was nice to go out for an expensive-ish dinner and only have to pay the tax and tip! it was also nice to just sit across from each other for 2 hours, uninterrupted. we're basically on opposite schedules, so a long, relaxing dinner was a treat. cheers to many, many more years.

Friday, November 21, 2014

lucky 7 + 1...

yesterday we celebrated 8 years together. it's hard to even wrap my head around that number, i mean, that's a long time! it feels like we've been together forever, and yet sometimes it doesn't feel that long.
he wears work boots, i wear heels. it's like it was made for us.

i won a $200 gift card at work that can be used at a variety of restaurants, so we'll be using that to treat ourselves to a nice italian dinner on saturday. other than that, we have no plans except to enjoy each other's company for many more anniversaries to come!

Monday, November 17, 2014

holiday magic...

after playing board games with friends on friday evening and sleeping over, we made our way back to have a small power nap before heading out to do some shopping along bloor street and to see the lighting ceremony in yorkville - holiday magic. we bundled up because it was absolutely freezing, but even still, we had to walk around a bit during the performances because our toes were going numb!

andrew austin performing. i had never of him before, but he has a great voice.

all lit up.

afterwards we went out with some friends to celebrate a birthday and yet again froze our butts off going from bar to bar. sunday morning we awoke to snow falling and decided to skip the santa claus parade because of it. the snow didn't stop all day and it's actually still going on today. so, hello canadian winter, even though it's still fall for a little over a month.

Monday, November 3, 2014

in the spirit...

does anyone else feel like halloween didn't even happen this year? maybe it's because we didn't go out this year, but it felt like just another day that came and went. on saturday morning, i had just woken up and was looking out the window (i sleep with the blinds open). i couldn't believe my eyes and thought i was seeing things in my sleepy haze. is that actually snow out there?! for real? yes, yes it was snow. i took chloe out for her pee and it was blowing everywhere; granted, it wasn't sticking on the ground, but it was swirling around for the whole morning.

since halloween was already out of our minds, we decided to head out to the mall to buy a christmas present (my parents are now done!). while there, we thought we would treat ourselves to a new christmas tree; one that's of proper height and some little one like i've been using for years. we were loading up baskets with this ornament, and oh! that ornament, and hey,that one, too! it's not cheap to decorate a 7ft tall tree, that's for sure. we spent a small fortune, but now we have beautiful ornaments that will hopefully last us years. after we put everything in the car, we went back to hudson's bay since they were unveiling their christmas windows. they also had a little section where you could decorate your own shortbread cookie and you know we took them up on that.

according to dylan, his is supposed to be a man in a shirt and tie.
my sweet little girl.

on sunday, we went over to my parents' house for our regular sunday dinner. they hit it out of the ballpark with both the homemade stew and chicken pot pie. i don't eat meat (still eat chicken), but even i ate some of the stew and just ate around it. they're such homey, cozy meals, and they were perfect for the cold day it was.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

winning this week...

all this week at work, we've had various events in support of united way. i contributed to the initial donation, which got me in to all the lunch-related events (pasta contest lunch with 9 different types to sample, sushi lunch, breakfast bar), but i've also bought 50/50 tickets and tickets for a lottery tree. there's also an auction going on; i've made a few bids, but been outbid every time, which is not surprising considering i work with lawyers and they have much more money than me :). but you know, i'll keep trying because i would love the ipad or a gift certificate to barre classes.

as for games, there's family feud, cutthroat kitchen pumpkin-style (friday!), a scavenger hunt (all week long), and a bingo game (yesterday afternoon). i made my way down and just happened to be one of the first 3 people to make a line, so i won a $20 coffee card to the place of my choosing! yesterday morning, there were hawaiian smoothies, fruit displays, kona coffee, and yet another raffle. once i got back to my desk after lunch, i received a email saying i had won something else - a$200 gift card to mcewan group. holy crap, i couldn't believe it! it can be used at any of the 5 restaurants, all of which are pretty fancy. it comes at such perfect timing with our anniversary being in november!

i didn't want to be a pig and take too much fruit, so i limited myself.
heck yes!

most important in all of this is the money that we're donating. so far, our firm has managed to raise over $135,000.00, which is incredible. that amount is about half way to the goal that's been set, so hopefully with the auction finishing tomorrow and the last few activities left, we'll finish strong!
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