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A relaxing weekend

Last weekend was a hectic one, my work tennis tournament was a great success but it made me realize that putting on a 3 day event with only two people running it can get very tiring.  It’s been a while since I’ve worked super long days but after doing six 11 hour days in a row really takes a toll on your body. The good thing about it all was that I got to go to bed early on tournament days – getting to bed at 10:30pm is a really joy. I’ve been trying to condition my body to do that for the past week and my body really doesn’t want to respond that way.

The tournament went really well with success indicators that included: all participants had a fantastic time playing on their day of play, we received positive feedback from spectators, being able to identify where we need help (mostly on the logistics side), learned that using only indoor courts create a lot more buzz than when using all courts (inside and out).  If you’re interested in tennis, check out pics from our tournament.

As  way to wind down from the last couple of weeks, I spent this weekend not really having anything planned to just spending time with family and friends. Rearranged and cleaned my room, hung out with my brother and I went to Soupalicious with my friend, Steve. It was so much fun! There were around 30 vendors that set up tables with a soup of their choice and they served everything in compostable 3oz cups with compostable spoons. It was great to see people from the community come out to an event – it didn’t feel like a huge corporate-sponsored thing, just a nice locally run event. Not sure how else to describe it other than that it was extremely enjoyable 🙂

Our favourite soup came from a place called the Hub Coffee House. It was a curried zucchini and the secret ingredient was balsamic vinegar – it was so delicious! They also had homemade goods so I got two chocolate and pecan cookies and a rosemary/black pepper scone for the bf, since he was out of town. Gobbled them down before I could take pictures of it….

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Island Time

I spent five days on Manitoulin Island (in Lake Huron) at the cottage with the bf and family. It felt so great to be away from civilization – no cell service, Internet or satellite TV – just campfires, hiking, beach and lounging. My first time on Manitoulin Island and I must say, I will definitely go back. There’s not a lot of people who live there so you have a lot of privacy and as well as very little traffic. I woke up one morning to the sound of cars and the bf said it must be people trying to catch the ferry to mainland or it had just arrived. When I saw traffic, I really mean five cars driving past the cottage 😉

We spent a lot of time outdoors and managed to keep a daily routine – get up, make breakfast, spend time outdoors, eat dinner, make fire, sleep and repeat. Every time I take vacation, it makes me realize how much more I love being outdoors and nothing beats fresh air and the open waters. We hiked the Cup and Saucer Trail was a 14km hike up the escarpment that included an adventure trail! We got to climb up rocks and into caves – very thankful that I’m short because I got to walk through most of the tight spaces rather than crawling on my knees. It was very picturesque and we took a lot of photos from the various lookout points.

Other than hiking on the trail, we also visited Bridal Veil Falls in Kagawong, hiked out to the “lighthouse” (the original one got burnt down so now it’s more of a tower with a light at the top), took the ATV out (my first time) and went to the beach. A lot of much needed downtime. I also learned how to play cribbage – combining my love of numbers and cards, all in one board game.

I saved the best for last. For food, we cooked most of our meals and got locally sourced meat from Papa’s Meat & Deli (lean ground beef, handmade sausages and bacon) – it was so good. I’ve been searching around Toronto for a local butcher, let me know if you know any good ones around town. We made bacon pancakes and they were delicious!!!!

Bacon Pancake

It was a wonderful couple of days to be away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Next time, I’d like to stay for a whole week or more 🙂

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Time to Relax

This was the first weekend in a long time where I could just relax.  It’s very hard to just slow down and take some time for myself, especially when there are so many things to see and do in the summer time – plus the summer season is so short that I want to maximize outdoor time. However, I do realize that there needs to be a time to just not have anything planned and just to enjoy the day. That is exactly what I did this weekend.

Saturday was spent wandering around downtown with the BF where we purchased two carboys for homebrewing and then splitting up for the rest of the weekend. We both went to the same birthday party at different times, since he was with his best friend and I had another event to go to. It was interesting when I showed up solo because everyone just asked where my other half was.  I just told them I had no clue since last I heard they were a bar somewhere. It’s usually the answer I give to everyone since I don’t need to keep tabs on where he is, he will get a hold of me one way or another when he needs to 🙂

The second half of the evening was spent at SpiritHouse. It’s tucked away at Adelaide and Portland so it wasn’t as busy or pretentious as I thought it would be. It was my first time there and I was delightfully surprised by the attention to detail and care the bartenders took to make our drinks and took the time to educate us on where the alcohols were from. We ended up sitting at the bar and my friend had been there a handful of times, so he knew the bartenders and they knew him. It was great because they were showcasing gin this month and it’s one of my favourites. I didn’t know what to order so I just told the bartender, Terry to make something with gin and he concocted something called Therapy. Not sure if it’s an industry name or something he came up with, but it was delicious! The cocktail list as well as whiskey lists were very extensive – full list can be found here. It was a great relaxing evening spent with friends.

SpiritHouse Menu

I spent most of Sunday by myself, which is something I seldom do anymore. I went for a swim in the morning and then did groceries. It’s been so long since I’ve gone out to get groceries and actually plan meals that it was very relaxing and exciting to be making my own food. This week’s menu includes:

Breakfast

  • Bacon
  • Egg whites
  • Mixed veggies (green peppers, onion, mushrooms and zucchini)

Lunch

  • Salad (green leaf lettuce, red onion, mushrooms with homemade dressing – garlic, olive oil, honey mustard, lemon juice and pepper)
  • Broccoli slaw (shredded broccoli/carrot/cabbage with dressing – mayo, honey mustard, lemon juice and pepper)
  • Zucchini patties (zucchini, Parmesan cheese, chili flakes, bread crumbs, egg and salt/pepper)
  • Spaghetti squash with a ground beef tomato sauce (I added zucchini, mushroom, onion, garlic, green pepper to a can of tomato sauce)
  • Possibly tuna cakes – but haven’t made them yet.

Dinner

  • Burger patties (extra lean ground beef, bread crumbs, egg, onion, mushroom, green onions, pepper and soy sauce)
  • Broccoli slaw
  • Salad
  • Zucchini patties
  • Baked salmon

Snacks

  • Nuts (almonds and cashews)
  • Fruit (pears, apples and mangos)
  • Raw veggies – forgot to pick up some celery and carrots, will do that tomorrow
  • Greek yogurt with flax seeds

I realized today that it’s pretty easy to make variations of foods with a few core ingredients. Cooking and prep work took about two hours but it was very rewarding at the end because now I don’t have to worry about what I’m going to eat for this week. This is something I like to have control over during the weekdays. It’s often too easy to go out and buy lunch. Not only is it unhealthy for the body but also the wallet.

Other than cooking today, I tackled some receipts sitting in my room. This was a daunting task because I try to keep track of my expenses so I hold onto receipts but I end up just tossing them onto my nightstand. As they accumulate, it looks more and more overwhelming so I end up letting it pile up to the point where they fly off the pile and I get fed-up with it that I spend an hour going through all of them and recording them.

All and all, it was nice to have time to myself this weekend. I feel more relaxed and ready to tackle this work week.

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