Thursday, March 26, 2015

catch up...

i've been consumed by work lately and haven't had a whole lot going on. the weather has been fairly crummy, with a few nice days thrown in, still limited the things we can do outdoors on the weekends. in the meantime, i'll play catch up with a few old things:

last month was my best friend's 28th birthday. 6 of us girls went out to dinner first and then met up with about 20 friends at the bowling alley afterwards. i actually wasn't terrible, if you can believe that! on a side note: me and the birthday girl were the only 2 in the huge group who had to wear wristbands to show we were actually over 19. seriously. #foreveryoung
 dylan couldn't make it because he was in ottawa for work, but he called the restaurant and had a tequila shot sent over!

 the little one.
 looking all majestic and stuff.
 slowly buying stuff for italy. we've decided on no suitcases, strictly backpacks. wish me luck.

walking around the st lawrence market one fine sunday.
 evening strolls down at the harbourfront.
 apparently dylan hates walks and beautiful sunsets.

all i can say is tgit. oh, one other thing: we have a leak in our ceiling in our den and management doesn't seem concerned. so that's awesome. maybe today they'll take more action than last night? because hello, there's like a sack of water hanging on by paint (well that's what it looks like) that's about a foot and a half wide by about 3 inches long. yay.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

dinner party...

i'm happy to report back that our first dinner party went off without a hitch and all of the food was great! Dylan bought some of the biggest chicken breast i'de ever seen and we made chicken parmesan,  garlic bread, and (store made) fresh pasta. the wine was flowing and we had ourselves a good time. sadly, the friends we had over are heading back home to england at the end of april after only two short years here. we'll probably see them once more, but this was likely the last big hurrah.
preparations begin. 
all ready.
dinner served.

after dinner board games.

while the preparations were slightly stressful, the end result was great fun. time to plan our next one!

Friday, March 20, 2015

adult world...

for as long as i can remember, or at least since we moved in together, dylan has wanted a proper dining table. we've been using a small round one (where the sides fold down) that i got when i moved out on my own in 2007. the sides were a little slanted and it was pretty crowded for the odd time we had people over for (a casual) dinner. tomorrow evening we've having 2 friends over for dinner and a night of board games. this marks our first time officially hosting people for a real, planned, sit down meal, which is kind of crazy considering we're 27/28 years old. because of this, dylan was insistent that we finally buy ourselves a new table, one where people's arms aren't bumping into each other and we can hang out comfortably as the night progresses.

since we didn't want to spend a fortune, ikea was the winner. we wandered the store until we found one we liked and said, you're the winner! the table is great for us in our condo because it easily fits 4 people (even 6 if you put 2 people on the end and that still wouldn't be cramped), but also comes with two leafs to put in the centre, which could add up to another 4 people. whether we actually have enough room to use it as a 10 seater, that's another question, but the option is there.
hmmm..we already have a packed trunk, can we get a table and 4 chairs in there?! somehow we did manage.
the joys of ikea. we started building at 10pm. i would say i lasted an hour overseeing the operations and then i was off to bed leaving dylan to do it all. i'm a great girlfriend.
we encountered some problems early on.

i heard a lot of screeching of turning screws around 1am, but when i woke up, we had a table! while i was at work, dylan did some rearranging to make the new ginormous piece of furniture work in our small space. he moved the couch down slightly, moved our bar to the den, moved a tall lamp, and moved our small table from the den to become a side table beside the couch. oh, and he added a lamp form our bedroom to said side table.

we've joined the adult world, now let the entertaining begin! 

Friday, March 6, 2015

vino por favore!

a few weeks ago, we started thinking about taking a vacation this year. now that i'm permanent at work and get vacation time, why not?! we tossed around london, st lucia, and even hawaii. my number one pick is still iceland, but that's on hold. dylan has this fear of going places that don't speak english, so he was being slightly narrow-minded (sorry dyl!). then we just kind of settled on going to new york again. we picked a random week in may and i got the approval from my lawyers and the hr department earlier this week. ok, so now that we officially had the ok to book something, let's do it!

in all honesty, we probably spent about 1 hour in bed looking at package vacations and dylan just mentioned italy. personally not at the top of my list, but definitely somewhere i've wanted to go. well, within 24 hours of that, we had basically made our choice. i got home from work last night, we made the call, booked it, and now WE'RE GOING TO ITALY!

we'll be spending it in the southern region (i think that's what it's considered?); we start in rome for 3 nights, then go to both sorrento and amalfi for 2 nights each. the package also includes a few tours here and there which is perfect for us since we really have no clue about this country and would be a slightly lost planning things on our own for the first time.

i think it's safe to say dylan will have a pretty fantastic birthday this year, ringing in 29 years of age while sipping on wine in rome.

we're both pretty darn excited about this. my only experience with flying was in and around 2005 for a quick 1 hour flight to nyc, and dylan just had has first flight when he went to los angeles a few weeks ago. experienced travelers we are not. the thought of an 10ish hour flight kind of makes we want to pass out, but the thought of what's on the the other side is making it seem ok.

may cannot come soon enough!!!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

niagara falls in winter...

having family day off this past monday, i tried to think of something we could do to end our nice weekend together. paying no mind to the fact that it was approximately -20 degrees celsius, we decided to go check out the falls (thinking maybe they were frozen) and make a quick trip to the casino. unfortunately,  the casino was a bust and we lost the little bit we went in with in about 1.5 minutes playing war.

canadian falls from the skylon tower. 
pretty sure the american falls were frozen. 

the amount of ice on the railings gets much thicker the closer you get to the falls.

wintery wonderland. 

i can't believe how turquoise the water looked.
ice. lots of ice.

shards of ice flowing.

even though it was so cold, there were still plenty of people around looking at the falls. it's so different than seeing it in the summer, and certainly beautiful (if you can look past a few frozen fingertips).
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