Christmas used to be my favourite time of the year, but most people will agree that once you’ve worked in retail through Christmas you’ll never enjoy it the same way again. This is particularly true for me as I begin to ease my way into my 8th Christmas at Chapters. Over the years, the Moon Festival has slowly inched its way to the #1 spot. My family doesn’t really celebrate any of the Chinese festivals (or any other festival/holiday, for that matter) but we do stock our home with plenty of mooncakes. And that’s what I love most about the Moon Festival…the mooncakes!
In the past weeks, we’ve watched the Moon Festival go by, as well as the Thanksgiving long weekend. Both of which was rather unproductive for me. Following turkey day, I’ve spent pretty much every day at work and out with friends AFTER work. Today was my first real day off since last Tuesday (finally a day of bed rest!). It just occurred to me that I’m mostly hanging out with my guy friends these days. The majority of my gals are in relationships and that’s probably why we rarely spend time together now. I try to be understanding though. I know if I had a boyfriend, I’d want to spend more time with him too. So if they’re happy, I’m happy for them.
So lots have been going on in my end. Brief re-cap:
[ Saturday, October 10, 2009 ]
The iDC had a gig in Mississauga that night at a bar called Marcello’s. Danny, Adrienne, and I managed to find our way there, even though Mapquest almost led us right into the lake (thank goodness for GPS!). Robin later joined us and we all hung out after Paul’s set. A bunch of us went out for pho after, and I must say that I was quite jealous to learn they had such a great place for pho in ‘Sauga. Not only was it really good pho that was jam-packed with meat, it was also reasonably priced.
[ Sunday, October 11, 2009 ]
Andrew had originally invited Omar and I over for turkey dinner with his fam. But instead, I decided to stay home for dinner with my family that night. I met up with the guys later for drinks at Cafe Mirage, where I enjoyed a specialty hot chocolate and a slice of fudge brownie cheesecake :) Then we popped by The Goose to shoot some pool. It had been over 2 years since I last played. And to think that I used to spend almost everyday playing pool during my last semester of high school. heh Gone are those days!
[ Tuesday, October 13, 2009 ]
After work, Aaron and John Y. accompanied me on my mission in finding boots. Not only did I find myself a simple pair (that’s also waterproof), I ended up coming home with a new blue peacoat as well! It was only the start of a very tiring week, but it was also a very successful shopping trip :)
[ Thursday, October 15, 2009 ]
Met up with Danny after work and we drove up to Casino Rama for the Kelly Clarkson concert. Maaaaan, can that girl sing! Listening to her sing live was exactly like listening to her on cd. Loved it! I was satisfied after she sang my favourites – “Because of You”, “Walk Away”, and “Already Gone”. Since we missed dinner, Danny and I drove back to the city for some pho after the show and spent the rest of the night talking about music. I didn’t get home until 2:30am.
[ Friday, October 16, 2009 ]
Had to wake up at 7am in order to be ready by 8am for Andrew to come pick me up. With barely 4 hours of sleep, we drove to Niagara Falls for the day. It had just finished raining when we got there, so we went for a nice refreshing walk along the side of the Falls. Then we took the Incline Railway up to the Fallsview Hotel, where we wandered through the casino before heading off to Denny’s. I had the Grand Slamwich for the first time and found it to be a good alternative to the Heartland Scramble.
After lunch, we walked down Clifton Hill. We visited the Louis Tussauds Wax Museum, where we had fun taking pictures with a variety of interesting people. I’ll admit it was a bit scary standing next to the wax sculpture of MJ. His presence just felt really eerie. We also went to the Ripley’s Believe It or Not museum before grabbing Starbucks and hitting the road to go back home.
[ Saturday, October 17, 2009 ]
It had been a while since I last saw Richard, so he met up with me after I finished work on Saturday for dinner. It was my first time dining at Baton Rouge. I’m glad Richard suggested it because I absolutely loved the steak there. It is possibly my new favourite place for steak. After dinner, we wandered around Eaton Centre and just randomly took pictures. Thanks for the wonderful dinner, Richard! (…and for moving back your conference call for me) Next time…YOU’RE NOT PAYING!!
By the way, Zombieland was AWESOME! I would definitely recommend it to anyone who hasn’t yet seen it. It’s funny and entertaining.
Rule #32: Enjoy the little things :)