You will probably agree that our weather here in Toronto has been pretty moody lately. We went from nice, hot, summer tank tops & shorts kind of weather right into FALL. There was no transition at all; it didn’t even ease us into it. Then we had a couple warmer days where people were sporting sweaters with flip flops or tees with boots. It seems like the weather hasn’t quite made up its mind yet. Frankly, I don’t think we have either when it comes to our summer/fall wardrobes.
As quickly as our weather has changed, the “changes” for me have been just as quick. Most already know from my previous post that I transferred out of Chapters Bayview last week to a new location. Initially, I thought there would be at least 5 or 6 days between my last day at Bayview and my first day at the new store. This “transition period” I was looking forward to turned out to be all but ONE DAY. So within a 4-day period, I had celebrated my 26th birthday, left my workplace of 8 years AND started work in a new environment. For someone who doesn’t take big changes well, that was a lot to deal with in little time. We’ll talk about that a little later.
Here’s a recap of the series of events over the past week and a half:
[ Saturday, September 11, 2010 ]
Two days before my birthday, I had the pleasure of enjoying dinner with Adrienne and Robin. I hadn’t seen them in almost 3 months so it was great catching up. We went to one of our favourite restaurants, Mezza Notte, for delicious pasta. I had my favourite dish from there: LINGUINE AL CARTOCCIO (see picture below). It’s linguine in a light tomato sauce with mussels, clams, shrimps and squid sautéed in white wine and baked in parchment paper, which keeps all the juices in until it’s opened right in front of you. I highly recommend it ;)
After dinner, we hopped over to Twister for karaoke since Adrienne had been wanting to go for a while. It had been SO LONG since I last went for karaoke that I had forgotten how much I love it (I used to spend a lot of time at karaoke, pool halls and arcades). We were pretty thirsty after singing for close to 3 hours so we went to the closest Timmies, and there we found a self-serve Tim Hortons! It was inside a small gas station, and basically consisted of a small counter where you would pour your own coffee/make your own tea/select your own donut (if there were any). I had never seen one like that before (fyi, we didn’t trust it enough to get anything from there). Even though we almost got hit by a car while crossing the street afterwards, it was definitely good times. Thank you so much, Adrienne & Robin, for an awesome night! :D
[ Sunday, September 12, 2010 ]
This was the night of my last changeover at Bayview. A bit sad but at least I got to spend it with some good friends at work, and they were all there to wish me happy birthday just after midnight. Anna made these yummy brownies for us, and even though they turned out a bit funky in texture, they were still delicious. Over the last 8 years, I’ve probably done over 50 changeovers at the store. Those evil Sunday nights of working until midnight are going to be history now because at the new store, they don’t do Sunday changeovers!
[ Tuesday, September 14, 2010 ]
After a nice dinner with my family and some relatives on my birthday, I went home and couldn’t sleep ALL NIGHT. I ended up working my last day at Bayview on NO SLEEP, and of course it had to be a crazy busy morning of moving/rebuilding 5 different tables. Surprisingly, I was super pumped and wasn’t frustrated like I normally would be. One of my friends even said it was strange seeing me so relaxed. I guess it was partly because I knew we were so backed up with work that it was impossible for me to do all of it in my last 5 hours AND I was trying to forget how sad I was. Luckily, all the people who worked that morning were among my closest, though it was painful knowing that I was working with my friends for the last time.
Thankfully, I had lunch plans with my bro Edison at Bayview so it kind of helped sooth the pain when he came to get me at Chapters. We had a lovely lunch at Oliver & Bonacini. I couldn’t resist trying the lychee drink with cactus pear (see above picture). It was satisfying!
The Grilled Atlantic Salmon, which consisted of artichokes, arugula, pickled mushroom & Niagara prosciutto with lemon aioli, was simple but good.
I had never had a Lamb Burger before so we had to try it. It was filled with creamy goat cheese, oven roasted tomato, lettuce, red onion, and was served with fries & coleslaw. We both gave it thumbs up.
[ Sunday, September 19, 2010 ]
After a few days of work (which included starting at the new store), it was nice to have a day off. It was the perfect day for a photo shoot downtown, so my friend Tommy and I did exactly that. I was really excited about going to Cloud Gardens because Anna had been telling me about it all summer. It was nice to finally go shoot there. I think we got some pretty good pictures this time. Tommy still has to send me the pics from our photo shoot last month so I’ll post some of them up as soon as I get all of them. After shooting for a few hours, we met up with his friends Angela and Sydney for lunch. It was really nice meeting them; they were such a nice couple. We went back to their condo afterward for a little bit before we split and went back uptown.
This week is much more mellow compared to the last. Hopefully that will give me more time to do some writing. I’ll write about my feelings about the new store in a later post. Right now, I’m going to get to bed so I can get up early for my trek downtown to work in the morning. Good night!