Posts Tagged ‘Toronto’

Of life, squash, and such

Posted: March 6, 2011 in Uncategorized
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Before I get into what is known as “serious business”, I have a confession: I was involved in demolishing the delicious cookies V made. Be jealous. They were ah-mazing.

Moving on. I’m just going to tell you right off the bat – it is 1:30 in the morning, and I’m getting all up in my head with the thinking and the stuff, and the things, and well, you know. You’ve been warned. I’m about to get all introspective on your asses, and in a very unapologetic fashion.

My weekend in Toronto has been a giant success in every way that was completely unexpected. My original plan for the weekend was to play squash, beat down some bitches, and read an assload of journal articles for all the lit reviews I need to get done. This list has been renamed “List of All the Things That Did Not Happen”.

I ended up just really not caring about my squash tournament this weekend. As a highly competitive person, this was an odd feeling for me. But other things just ended up mattering more, and I had a really wonderful weekend because I focused on those things. Friday morning I had life stuff to do, and I kicked some ass and got it all done, but as a result I got to Toronto a little later than planned. Going to a squash game directly off an airplane is not optimal for a sport in which you need to be COMPLETELY focused. But it was just a squash game, and losing ended up being a relief in the sense that now I could go out with my friends in Toronto and not be concerned with being home early to rest for the next day’s game.

As a result, I had a completely amazing weekend. Friday night I went out with a couple guys who are just wonderfully motivated and engaged people, and we had some drinks and some amazing conversations, and it was just really, really fun! I love nothing more than people who know themselves and have well developed opinions that they can discuss, and who are going places. And let me tell you, these two are definitely going places.

Today was another failure on the squash/school front, which may have a lot to do with the fact that I went out late and drank a little. That being said, another raging success in the spending time with people who matter category. My best friend from high school and I got together to catch up and stuff our faces with chocolate at Just Desserts. Chocolate Skor Brownie? YES. With ice cream, of course. Nom nom nom. But aside from the delicious food, we killed 3 hours talking and it felt like 20 minutes.

To sum it all up, here is a list of horribly cliche morals that apply to my weekend: Plans are good and all, but stay flexible and adapt to change. Make conscious decisions about the people you surround yourself with. Always make time for the people who count. Know what matters to you.

Everyone freaks out about the real world as they near graduation. But having people around you who believe in your ability to succeed makes life that much less scary.

I love you guys!


Goooooood morning sunshines!

Posted: March 1, 2011 in Uncategorized
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First and foremost: V, I just saw all the food you posted and I want to eat all of it right now. On a completely related note, Tuesday is “Caitlin eats everything in sight” day, and as of right now (9:30am, just in case it takes me all day to write this post), I have eaten over 1000 calories worth of food according to rough estimates and the Daily Plate.

Carrying on. As you all know, this past weekend I was in Toronto. It was a short visit, due to training partner Val’s work on Friday and my work on Sunday, but we got to celebrate roommate-for-life Ber’s birthday! On Saturday during the day, we went to Sexapalooza, which is a sex industry trade show, for those of you too lazy to click the link. First interesting thing: finding a parking spot. That shit was CUT THROAT. I can’t even begin to explain. We ended up driving to the entrance, finding people that were leaving, following them in our car, and making Stacy get out and stand in the parking spot as soon as they pulled out. There were two jeeps parked on snowbanks, not unlike the following picture – within two rows of parking.

The Jeeps were partially explained by this AMAZING fact: in the conference hall next to Sexapalooza, there was an Outdoor Adventure Trade Show. Ah-mazing! So after an hour or so at Sexapalooza (including a BDSM seminar. Air supply control masks = terrifying, FYI), Val and I snuck off to pillage the free energy bar (and soy milk, and cheese) sample booths at drool over piles of exercise equipment.

Our wallets managed to survive until we found KSL. This little clothing boutique from Montreal is the best thing that has ever happened to my closet. With the greatest self restraint, I only bought two things. Katy St-Laurent, who is the genius behind it all, created a line of clothing that is both stylish and completely functional with an active lifestyle. The dress I bought is a) the cutest dress ever, but b) has a cycling jersey style neck, back pocket, and snaps on the side to hike it up over shorts for a commute. Um, amazing? The shirt I got has a back pocket as well, and is a long sleeved cowl neck that can be worn approximately a million different ways, but that’s a conservative guess. As Val said, it’s like Lululemon, American Apparel, and Sugoi collided and made extremely good looking babies. Pictures to follow!

I have to school for the rest of the day, so I will leave you with THIS, amazingness and this:

C, out!

Quick update: I have changed the colours we blog in a la 2birds1blog. I (C) have chosen this lovely fushiaish (it’s a word because I said so, okay?) colour, and V will be in BLUE! unless she decides to change it. I just picked one.

Next on the docket:

Hehehehehehe. I watch that clip tooooo much.

Moving on. After having done a spin class for the first time in like, a year, I am off to Toronto for the weekend for Sexapalooza and roommate-for-life Ber’s birthday bash. She is celebrating along with two of our other friends, so things might get a little craaaaazzzzy! I think we are trying to go to a club called This Is London. This club has something called “The Women’s Spa” – the WHOLE THIRD FLOOR is a women’s only bathroom/spa area. My mind, it is blown. I don’t see how one could make that concept any more amazing.

On the note of amazing concepts – I went to Goodlife to spin today. I usually work out at the University, because it is free (and by free, I mean I pay the school piles of tuition so I may as well use the damn gym there), but the spin class was conveniently timed and blah blah blah. Anyway… Goodlife has MASSAGE CHAIRS. I feel like they could base their entire membership sales pitch off those things.

“Why hi there! Welcome to Goodlife! Here, now just sit down in this chair, I’ll turn it on. *pause… wait…* okay feel good? Perfect, now just hand me your credit card to sign up and you can stay in the lovely massage chair”

I mean, it would probably work on me.

C, out!

PS. V, I am exceedingly jealous of your lunch.