We needed that

it's tuesday night and what with the past forty-eight hours I had almost forgotten that we had had a weekend away but we did - and we definitely needed that. i can't remember the last time we went somewhere, when it wasn't for some other purpose, other then to just "be away." usually it has a lot to do with family affairs or comedy shows, both of which we're more then happy to attend - it's just different when it's a vacation for vacation's sake.

the past 8 months has been gruelling. and now i'm frantically looking for a job so I can make up for all the lost time i spent being in school rather then working like the other adults i know in my life. the point is, free time over the past 8 months has been scarce, and sometimes i feel like i've just been rushing from one task to the next, trying to keep on top of everything.

mike really is the best. he's been supporting me in every possible way you can support a person since i made the decision to devote my life to a really demanding program last fall. (well actually he supported me before that too, but i've needed it way more since last september.)

anyway. i love holidays. friends. food. what more can you ask for? it was the perfect way to celebrate the end of the school year.

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we saw the Toronto Raptors play (and more importantly win!) and then spent the night ambling along the cold and wet streets of Toronto before hitting up the Bier Market on the Esplande.

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geese in the eaton centre ^^

on saturday we walked around the city (which was still unseasonably wet and cold!) and we made it to the eaton centre.. (sorry.. i don't think they call it that anymore? i refuse to call it anything but), and the best part about it being rainy and wet and lots of walking? lots of food. lotsandlots!

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the best lunch ever at Banh Mi Boys on Queen Street west! ^^ check out those "kimchi fries" - to die for.

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(ug! there were leaf fans everywhere!) ^^

the sun finally came out for a bit in the afternoon - a city is definitely a different experience in the cold or the rain. not necessarily good or bad, just different.

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(a pool. a hot tub. a complimentary robe. it was like someone could read my mind.)

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IMG_0796 dinner at george. seek it out - amazing food and amazing service. seriously... you won't go wrong with this place.

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this is me trying to pinch the decor - you can dress her up but you just can't take 'er out.^^^

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and this is the racoon that had us country folk enthralled while our cabbie was waiting for us. he narrowly got hit by a street car. i might have risked my life for him.... there's just something about a masked animal that makes you feel like he is more human.

and that was the weekend. our hotel by the way was an amazing deal - our friends booked it for everyone via Hot Wire. I think if you're not picky on where you end up location wise, and you're willing to be surprised, it's definitely the way to go.

ahhhhhhhh. weekends.