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Monday, March 28, 2016

Water World

We're still enjoying our 4 day weekend over here, but its been a wet one in various ways.

Today its pouring rain, which definitely means no outdoor activities.  Thankfully all we'd planned was a trip to Costco and Adam is going to take the girls swimming at the JCC.

Friday we never made it to the farm because...it was wet...and cold...and icy.  Instead, we took the girls to the Pacific Mall, a super cool Hong Kong style mall north of the city.

We had fun exploring the weird and wonderful finds there.  The bulk food stores are hilarious.  Aside from various candy and snacks (think Pocky, etc.), there are some of the most bizarre things there, ranging from salty and sour dried fruits to fish jerky, dried duck wings, and marinated eggs of various kinds.
 


I wish I'd taken more pictures, because I forget some of the craziest stuff we found.

There are also tons of clothing and accessory stores and I bought Little A few hair bands and Big A a few pairs of earrings, and they're just delighted.

We also got them fruit slushies made from real fruit, and then from the food court, sushi and stir-fry noodles.  The noodles were from Sun Kitchen, where they make the noodles by hand, fresh, right in front of you.  Given how picky the girls can be, I wasn't certain they would like them. I made sure to order them a non-spicy dish with chicken and veggies.  They loved them!


Saturday after I got back from work, Big A and I did some Passover baking while Adam took Little A to gymnastics (Big A decided she doesn't want to do gymnastics for the spring session).  Then Little A had her best friend's birthday party. 

Sunday after my spin class and workout I had a client session and Adam took the girls to the Springridge Farm for the Easter Egg Hunt.  The weather was actually warm, sunny and gorgeous yesterday.  Then my sister-in-law and I went to the Body Blitz for a soak.  It is really wonderful there, even to someone like myself, who isn't a fish (i.e., aside from my daily shower I generally have no desire to get wet). They have a cold pool, warm pool and hot pool, and they have various therapeutic salts (Epsom, dead sea, etc.).  They also have an aromatherapy steam room and sauna, but those were too hot for me and I could only last a few seconds in each (my sister-in-law shook her head and told me I'm too hot, just like my brother).  Yep, hot heads.

They have a menu of smoothies and teas you can order and you are allowed to sip while you soak.  It was definitely relaxing, but really the best part of the whole thing was just having a few hours of uninterrupted time to chat with my sister-in-law. 

Afterwards, there are showers and tons of luxurious personal hygiene products for guests' convenience (shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion, hairspray, deodorant, etc.).  Oh, they also give you slippers, bathrobes, and towels, of course.  I'm hoping all the soaking might help prevent me from being too sore tomorrow from yesterday's workout.  We'll see...

Have a good Monday...or Easter Monday, or whatever kind of Monday it is for you!