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A Toronto Day

Good Monday morning!  How was your weekend?  Ours was pretty quiet.  Well except for the usual fits Little A had.  She was as delightful this weekend as she was last week, which is to say, not so much.

Adam described our Saturday as a pretty "Toronto" day.  In the morning I was at the Dufferin Mall, which if you live around here, you know it's the epitome of the 'comeback mall'.  Back when I first moved to Toronto, it was pretty much one of the grossest malls around.  The only reason I ever went there was to shop at the No Frills, discount grocery store, which was great for starving students.  But it's been revitalized and despite the massive Walmart and a few kind of skanky clothing stores, is pretty rad now.  There's a Winners, H&M, Toys r' Us, Gap Outlet, etc.

Anyways, the reason I went, aside from some usual Saturday errands, was to buy the Insanity Asylum!

After a few years of randomly doing 1-2 Insanity DVDs every week as part of my fitness regime, I have decided to take it to the next level and try the sequel.  Admittedly, I'm a bit scared...I think I'm pretty fit, but this workout program is supposed to be killer!!  I'll keep you posted and do a review at some point.

While I cruised the local mall, Adam and the girls had lunch with my in-laws at Steve's.  Later, we took the TTC (the girls love taking public transport!) to Yonge Dundas Square for the Live Green Festival.  Big A and Adam wanted to hear Victoria Duffield play.  Unfortunately, right at the time she started her set, it began to downpour.  We all ended up in the Eaton Centre where we found Adam some new shoes for work.  I do not, however, recommend going there on a Saturday's NUTS!

After the mall, we treated the girls to dinner at Fran's, which is kinda a Toronto institution.  Adam and I ate dinner later (I prefer to eat real food!), so I just sipped some merlot while he had peppermint tea.  With 2 out of 3 of their meals that day eaten in diners, the girls barely got any food with nutritional value that day.  While I whined about this, Adam reminded me that there were probably plenty of days when we did the same as kids.  True, but I'm not sure that makes it any better. 
I guess it was a very 'Toronto' day, but probably would have been more so if we'd also gone to the CN Tower and ROM.

Yesterday I taught my spin class in the morning and the girls had their swim lessons and then they both had play dates in the afternoon.  Adam even got a little nap in.  And now, here we are, back to Monday again. 

The weather is supposed to be in the mid 20s this week, so at least it won't be sweltering and, more importantly, one of my oldest, best friends, Emily, is going to be here visiting from Vancouver.  I can't wait to see her!  Oh, and Thursday is Adam's birthday!!

Enjoy your Monday...the last one in July!


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