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And we’re back

After a six hour drive, I finally arrived home safe and sound. Boy was that a long drive to complete by myself, not at all a fan of driving by myself. But yes, it was worth it. I really enjoy spending time with my friend Adeel and his gorgeous cat Leo (he looks mildly evil in the photo below, but I swear he is the sweetest and I’m not a cat person!). We spent a good amount of time relaxing (read: watching awful television and movies), but it was highly entertaining at all times.

On Saturday we ventured into downtown Toronto for the day. Thankfully the weather people were wrong and the rain held off. We explored Canada’s longest street – Yonge (apparently it is pronounced young). There was a cool South Asian music festival set up, which I would have enjoyed more had I not left my purse in a store down the block… This was cause for some frantic running, but I retrieved my purse safe and sound. Thank goodness! We had a really great time downtown and I am now the proud owner of a Toronto sweater from Root’s, I’m sure it will be super comfy on those “cold” San Francisco nights. I may also have some new Godiva chocolates in my possession, but I’m not sure how long those will last.

Sunday we enjoyed a Mennonite buffet brunch, never before have I been so overwhelmed by pie. I kept ogling them, but Adeel was kind enough to remind me about my bikini mantra. If I want to look fabulous for Greece this summer, I’ll have to avoid the pie (but not the Godiva chocolates on my kitchen table, that would be wrong). Afterward I may have contracted a new guilty pleasure, Extreme Couponing and My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding. Wow, TLC really knows how to keep me occupied. Somehow they managed to make couponing seem like a fantastic hobby, sadly I don’t see how stockpiling 62 bottles of mustard is beneficial for my small household. We also watched the first two movies in the Millennium series (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl who Played with Fire). Intense. I was eager to see them since I recently finished the trilogy, I’m afraid it was a bit shocking for Adeel as he didn’t know what to expect. I definitely suggest reading the books, the movies don’t do it justice.

The weekend was truly too short. I had a great time up north and now I’m dreading returning to work this week. I’ll be conducting another week of usability tests, oh joy… Fortunately tomorrow night is wide open, this can only mean one thing, super-hard-workout! I seriously need it after another few days of indulging.

And how was yours? How did you spend your long weekend? Who managed to get a tan?

Loving the long weekend

Today, I did the unthinkable and decided to take a half day (without finishing all of my work on time…). I’m off to spend my Memorial Day weekend in Toronto and I couldn’t be more excited. Three days spent with a wonderful friend and his cuddling cat. Now let’s see how this six hour car ride goes, eep!

Tell me: How are you going to enjoy your long weekend? I hope there is at least one of you who will be spending it in the sun!

New York, New York

And I’m back from my wonderful, all too short, trip to New York City.  It was absolutely fantastic, but I do believe it is time to get some rest!  I forgot how sociable my bestie Anastasia can be, and how much she enjoys partying until the wee hours of the morning.  After arriving on Friday evening, A shuttled me off to dinner at a fantastic Thai restaurant before heading to the first bar.  Somehow I found myself out at one bar or another until four in the morning.  I honestly haven’t seen four in the morning in ages.

Saturday we spent a more relaxing time walking all over the city.  We had brunch at Anthony Bourdain’s Brasserie Les Halles, they had the most delicious croque madame. Afterward we wandered to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to see the Alexander McQueen exhibit.  If you are in New York, I most certainly suggest going to see the exhibit, it was gorgeous (I’m not a fashionista and I found it fascinating).  I found the most exquisite dress, I’d love a replication if I could find one.

After the museum we crashed a rooftop barbecue at a friend of a friend of a friend’s.  Quite the eclectic group of individuals.  We had a great time people watching and chatting with random party-goers.  There was even a pull up contest, unfortunately I could not compare with any of the other guests. Hopefully I’ll be able to do a pull up or two after I complete this P90X cycle.

And then Sunday was the main event, the real reason why I was in New York. There was a slight hair debacle at the salon, but I think my hair came out beautifully (although not what I had originally requested).  We met with my parents for brunch rushing over to the park for photos.  My cousin, my petite, gorgeous cousin was the most beautiful bride. Rather than wear a typical gown, she opted for a knee length lace dress.  It was stunning on her.  She complemented the dress with a pair of black Louboutin pumps.  I tried to explain the shoes to my father and brother, but they didn’t see the appeal (or why someone would pay $600 for a pair).

The wedding was a small affair, twenty guests were in attendance.  It was a short and sweet outdoor ceremony, thank goodness it didn’t rain.  There may have been tears on my part, it seems I’m a tad weepy…  For the reception we were herded into my uncle’s gorgeous condo.  Fantastic food with delicious cakes from Magnolia’s (the famous cupcake bakery). I’ll be working off that chocolate for the next few weeks.

A quick brunch with my college friend Emily and then I was off to the airport this morning.  Of course the flight was not on time, I have a history with the airlines and they refuse to work properly for me. But here I am, back in Columbus and the weather has taken a turn for the worse. I forced a P90X workout in, I need to start working off all of the brunch and chocolate I consumed this weekend. Specially since I’ll be having another food laden weekend in Toronto this weekend, oy vey…

How about you: How did you indulge this weekend?  And what is the most beautiful wedding you’ve ever attended?

This was the third wedding I’ve been to in my life, but by far the most wonderful. I can’t wait until my friends start getting married so I have more excuses to doll myself up! More photos to follow, I’m sure.