Posts Tagged ‘Toronto’

November & December 2015: Engagement photos, Hamilton and Chrimbo

February 19, 2016

In November, we traveled to Toronto to get our engagement photos taken in Kensington market with our ridiculously talented weddang photographer Jennifer Moher. (Honestly. Check her portfolio. Insane.)

As our wedding is all NATURE! – we opted for a much more urban couples session.

The results from that shoot… are just ahhhhhh. Who knew we could look so good?

During that trip we got to visit with my pal Bevan and we also took the opportunity to check out Hamilton as a prospective new home. It ticked a lot of boxes. Lots of wee cafes, lovely restaurants and bars – proximity to Toronto, housing is affordable… overall pretty good. But of course, we’re a bit hesitant this time around, lest we fuck this up one more time.

We did discover Tiki Sushi here in Windsor. And what a delicious find that was. Their shrimp ceviche is a thing of dreams – not to mention their oysters. I’m salivating already.

Saturday Night Beaver continued to plod along – November’s actually went over the bar’s capacity. Then in December we did a video dance party as a throwback to the days of the MuchMusic video dances. It was hella successful and really, really fun.

Roisin played for the Windsor Independent‘s Gallery series –

And the normal prep that accompanies Christmas happened. I decided to abuse my Indigo discount something fierce. There’s only a couple days before Christmas where I get 40% off. As we were skint, I bought all my Chrimbo presents in one day along with enough books to last a year. Mmmm books. Merry Christmas Kayla.

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October 2014: Hello 30, Hannah visits & some cats

November 1, 2014

When life gives you lemons, buy beautiful and expensive cats.

So while I was drowning in shit at the call centre, Roisin spotted a kitten on Facebook while stalking Ragtown Cattery (ragdoll cat breeders). This spurred one of our more ill-timed and yet fantastic purchases: Orlaith (pretentious Irish name sounds like: Orla), a seal bicolour kitten.

But then we went to visit this wee kitten a few weeks before she was ready to come home with us and Sandy, our breeder, was telling us about this boy kitten that she had that was shy and really quiet and how she was worried about which home he’d end up at. Enter: Charlie, lynx-mitted, ill-timed fantastic purchase #2.

The two cats are from entirely different litters, born one day apart and they’re so bloody different. Orlaith is dainty – hella tiny. Charlie is massive, a true gentle giant with the fluffiest fur. I’m kind of in love with them. They arrived at the very end of September, just a couple days before my birthday.

My 30th birthday took place on October 1st, it wasn’t too fancy. I watched Home Alone as I do every year while eating copious amounts of cake. We went out to the Keg for dinner as Roisin had never been, and we had a tasty meal.

While unemployed I was productive, making chili, soup and fish pie to freeze so I could avoid grocery shopping for weeks ;) I also think it helped with the kittens. They were my pals, keeping me focused as I raked the internet for all job prospects.

Thanksgiving came and went. It was my first since 2008 and I was a tiny bit gutted that I couldn’t stick around for the whole deal but cats and Roisin having to work got in the way. We had a short but fantastic visit with Hannah O’Reilly, Roisin’s BFF, and I got to meet her fiancé Roy. Hannah showed us the joy of cats with plastic bags and Charlie made himself comfortable in the bag of Oreo dairymilk bars she brought with her from the UK. We took them to the Twisted Apron for breakfast and bid them adieu at Tim Hortons. Tres appropriate.

Ill-timed and yet fantastic purchase #3 was the fancy manicures we acquired. Roisin had been bugging my mum for ages for her to take her to get her nails done pretty like hers. So we had some fun at From Head to Toe.

Then after months of searching I started to get a few callbacks about some jobs. The Wine Rack came first so I will start working there PT in November. And then I got a call from Indigo as well (a different branch from Roisin’s), for a seasonal contract. So I’m going to try to juggle the two. I’ve done this before in university so I’m hoping it’ll be old hat. But I am really frustrated that I can’t just get one bloody job that ticks all the boxes. Not to mention, if I’m honest, at 30 returning to retail feels like I’m moving backwards through life. And I know I shouldn’t whine… but there you have it. *Insert audible sound here*

I also got a call for a gig as a receptionist for a doctor’s office. But I am so god awful at mathematics that after doing their three-page test, which included an entire page of equations, I never heard back. I am winning.

So it goes.

We also had an ill-timed and fantastic road trip last weekend. We went to Toronto with Holly and Dani to see our favourite Montreal band Diamond Bones play at Rancho Relaxo. We ate delicious food and had the BEST time. I can’t help but feel like we’re not going to be so carefree and slightly frivolous for a really long time. Winter is coming.

And then to cap things off we made ill-timed fantastic purchase #4: fancypants engagement rings from Elaine Ho. We eye-balled her stuff the entire time we were living in Montreal, and we finally decided to just say fuck it and get ourselves rings. Mine is 14K rose gold with a black diamond. Roisin’s got a rough diamond in yellow gold but she has yet to wear it as I plan on proposing. Because we’re gay. And we can make our own rules. Dual propsal. BAM!

In summary: we spent too much, we had good times with good people and now we’re both working two jobs and we’ll never see the light of day.

K

January – March 2014: JD Samson, hair experiments and a visit from Scott

October 3, 2014

2014 started out pretty awesome. Newly engaged, I went about my typical day to day while trudging through the Montreal winter. There was definitely an element of hibernation involved as no one really wants to brave -30 temperatures.

I watched the Oscars and got to weigh-in on some commentaries on the radio, continued with my hair colour experimentation and I got to check out LSTW‘s webseries Féminin/Féminin for work.

Around the end of the month I got to interview JD Samson about MEN’s latest album. This was the first music-related piece I did for Cult MTL, I was super stoked as I love Le Tigre.

Roisin made me a slightly corny and yet impressive Valentine’s Day gift and I decided to cut a weird fade into my hair. The best bit about the winter was when my BFF from Manchester, Scott, came to hang out.

As he’d never been to Canada before, I really wanted to help him tick a few boxes, so we did a bit of a whirlwind tour. Things didn’t get off on the best footing as his flight got delayed in NYC making him have to find a last minute hostel – winter weather here can really be unpredictable. When he finally made it into Toronto it was bloody freezing.

I took him to Niagara Falls then up to St. Catharines to check out my uni (where I also discovered that I have the best placement on the composite photo for the graduating class. Zing!). Then we went back to Toronto where we did some sightseeing, enjoyed a few beers and also surprised my pal Amanda who I hadn’t seen in ages with a delicious meal and later premature green beers as everyone was getting excited for St. Patrick’s Day. Roisin was not impressed with this beverage.

Then we returned to Montreal with Scott and did a ton of sightseeing there and had all the tea/coffee and cakes. It was amazing and I’m sad that I had to give him back :(

The rest of the month consisted of some gigs that Roisin played at a few venues and snow. Lots and lots of snow.

Not a bad start though I’d say.

K

PS- I have to say that although I went to uni in the Niagara region, I’d never seen the falls frozen like that. INSANE. It was so, so, so, cold that night but totally worth it.