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Painting The Town Red Wine

5 Apr

I’d like to take a minute to dedicate this post to all the people I’ve ever fallen asleep on while out at a party. To all the people who I told I was “just going home to change first” before heading out to a bar, and then turned off my phone and fallen asleep on. To all the haters who said I’d never make it out past 10:30 p.m.

This posts for you.

This is Him and I. On a roof. At Bathurst and Bloor. AFTER MIDNIGHT ON  FRIDAY.

All week we’ve been trying to make more of an effort to hang with people. He and I have more friends than we know what to do with, and we realized that if you don’t use ’em, you lose ’em.

Mid-week we hit up our friend Shira’s steam room in her condo with La Mode Au Naturelle and DJ Poppin’ Fresh for some steamin’ and wine drinking.

Friday we had even bigger plans. My friend Laura came over and we rambled about better days gone by aka drinking Baby Duck in hotel room on a P&CC managers getaway and taking pictures like these:

From there we headed down to our friend Whitlow’s abode for some partying, first making a stop at the Wine Rack because I forgot the bag sitting on the chair in the hall that contained everything we wanted to bring. The guy there was super helpful though. Thanks for showing us the cheapest, biggest possible bottle to get – and cold to boot!

We all chilled and some more good friends visited soon. It was odd – one of Whitlow’s roomates looks a lot like Him. So much so that His first memory of the two of us is actually a memory that I thought took place with the lookalike dude. Crazy. They were sitting next to each other all night – it’s a good thing I didn’t get confused. That could have ended badly. Or, like a great TV show episode!

We went up this shifty (literally) ladder to the room and had an amazing view of the city. Bathurst and Bloor is hopping at night and we could see so much of this city – it was killer.

Saturday. Couples Dinner Party time – what what! The BFF and BF came up, laden with presents of moose meat and maple syrup. It was awesome! We had some lunch and then the boys did errands and the girls be shopping. Down to Kensington and all around time, making a point to stop at Bath & Body Works to scam some buy-3-get-3 body washes. I love that stuff! (If you go, and check out your receipt, make sure you call the number and answer the survey – it honestly takes two minutes and you don’t even have to talk to someone over the phone – it’s all automated. You get a code for $10 off your next purchase of $30 – pretty sweet deal.)

Anyways, during the day, both couples called to cancel on us. Seriously? Luckily it all worked out and my Co-worker and Liam’s friend came, and one of the original couples (an old roomate of His) + friend came. We had a great time. Lots of shiskabobs, lots of veg (even me), lots of wine, and lots of Apples to Apples, the best game made in the last few years. Fun night.


The C-Section: C-Lounge + Second City + Complimentary!

13 Mar

Man, free stuff rules!

This week has also been full of amazing things on the house. It makes me feel like a celebrity. I also like to think it’s because we have a blog. I also know it’s not because we have a blog.

Monday night some people from the tech group at my work asked if I wanted to join them that night at C-Lounge. A DJ manager had invited them there as a gesture of goodwill I think, since they often work with some of his DJ’s on events – super nice of the dude. Man, even their website is too cool for me. Their bathrooms have hairspray in them! Even MY bathroom doesn’t have hairspray in it!

They were offered bottle service, but since it was a Monday night, they were wanted to ensure a good group of people were able to come out to show their appreciate and support. He and I decided, what the hell, we love free stuff, and we love DJ’s, so we made a night of it.

Before the show, we hit up Poppin’ Fresh at Czehoski’s for some good times and good chips.

It was good to see Fred and jam to some beats before hitting up the C-Lounge – all in all, a sweet-ass night where we felt like celebs – Toronto celebs!

Second City

So the title of this blog post originally had Comedy Bar instead of Second City, which I thought made the C-Section part a lot funnier. But I just realized the show was at Second City, not Comedy Bar. Dammit.

Tuesday night, still reeling from the generosity of Isaiah (the DJ manager), my friend Carly Heffernan invited me to head over to Second City for free tickets and free drinks to check out the new show, This Party’s A Riot! Done and done.

He and I were amazed that the show had free drinks. I think it was maybe like a friends + family kind of night or something? I’m not sure, but I’m not complaining.

Anyway, we thought the show was phenom, really funny. Some of our favorite cast members were back from the other show we saw at Second City, and we were glad to see them. The one guy, Kris Siddiqi, is just fantastic… well, they all are, but I really like his style. Inessa is back too – you can see my friend Mary’s interview with her on her blog here actually.

The show has lots of great parts – you should check it out. The reviews are mixed: NOW Magazine doesn’t seem a fan, Toronto Star digs but sounds like your mom is writing it kind of, National Post seems on the fence. I was really pleased that the Post mentions the “other office scene” though – it was my fave.

Anyway, base your own thoughts, but we thought it was a slaaaaaam dunk.

Then again, we WERE drinking for free.


4 Feb

Okay, so there were no shots present, but the LCBO Cocktails event was still pretty killer.

I was stressing hardcore about what to wear, but luckily everything turned out okay. A black dress in a somewhat hourglass silhouette (if I had a C cup that is), a gorge mink hat with some netting from my gracious boss, and some seamed tights completed the ensemble.

Actually, apparently I looked so fine, that we were asked for our photos twice! Very cool. Here’s our digs: yeah yeah, I know they’re shady photos – we were stupid and forgot cameras!

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The event itself was great. We only stayed for a couple of hours, it being a work night and us having a Dinner Party to throw tomorrow night, but we really enjoyed our time there.

The Drinks

Lots of great drinks were available, and luckily, my favorite was offered as well – Tequila Sunrise.

There are few things I love more than tequila, orange juice and grenadine, let me tell you. One of those things, however, might just be bartenders with extreme flair, who are throwing mixers and glasses every which way and looking super awesome while doing it. He preferred the more manly drinks, like the Rusty Nail or some other manly name.

The Grub

Admittedly, I was worried. I’m such a crazy picky eater, and app’s are not really my specialty. So the first few apps that were offered to us, I abstained like a Christian 12-year-old. But man, then we hit the jack-pot. There were these amazing little sandwiches with ham and melted cheese, but they were in like a biscuit or something… seriously, delicious. I would like to go back to the 1960’s just for those lil thangs. There were also come chicken finger things going around. A) anything on a stick tastes better than normal B) I love chicken. Well done Carlu. I have yet to be disappointed by your snacks.

The Garb

Everyone looked great. Okay, not true, but most people definitely did. Some people there were clearly trying to do the whole “Yeah, I know this is a dress-up costume-y affair, but I’ll wear my Nike sneakers anyway because they’re awesome” thing. Man, what are you, in high school? Just put on a suit or something. Or at least some black shoes? (Though they were really nice Nikes, I will say.)

All in all, He and I had a great time. I like these little after work events because they’re short and sweet. Sure, we could have stayed longer, but isn’t the best part about anything going home sometimes anyway?

What Not To Wear? Everything

3 Feb

Got a bitching party to attend, but don’t know what to wear?


Me neither.


He and I were lucky enough to win tickets tonight through Urbane Bloc to the LCBO Cocktails event. going on at The Carlu. And when I say “He and I” – I definitely mean me. But as with any party, especially one that’s themed – what to wear?

Clearly, the dress above does not reside in my closet. Nor does that hair-do, unfortunately. Though the booze can definitely be found here.

I’m going through my closet trying to find even a single thing to wear – why oh why do I not still own a tickle trunk? He’s got it easy – a suit and a skinny tie, both of which are heavily in fashion right now.

Me on the other hand?

I need help…

50 Day Challenge + Grown-Up Parties

9 Jan

50 Day Challenge

In honour of one of my dear friend’s 30 Day Yoga Challenge, we have decided to start our own fitness challenge leading up to our vacation.

The 30 Day Challenge was a bit of a bust for me personally. Our group got together at work and a chart was created – every day you did physical activity for more than 30 minutes, you got a sticker on the chart.

I got one sticker.

For babysitting.

Lifting kids up and down all night is hard work, okay?!

Anyway, it didn’t quite work out for me. But, one day into the challenge for Him and I to complete, I’m already tied with my old score! I’d say that’s progress.

We realized with our vacation coming up and our goal to have the most bitchin’ bods on the beach, we’d better stop mowing chips and start with the sit-ups. Day 2 is today, and we’ve done nothing – but we’re on it.

In addition to our work-out yesterday, we also braved about 68 inches of snow and walked to Forest Hill to buy me a new Penguin Classics series book at Type Books. Man, Type is the best (the one on Spadina, not Queen. Queen Type staff are disinterested in their customers and extremely unhelpful – at least every time I’ve been in. Spadina Type, in contrast, are amazing – I called yesterday to see if they had any more Penguin’s in, and not only did the girl add a few to her order, she called me to confirm which ones she could get and had even added one to the order I didn’t know existed).

Grown Up Parties

After drinks at a friend’s place last night, we headed over to King West for a party. Not just an ordinary party though – the kind of party where sure, you know the people hosting and a lot of the guests, but you’re not best friends with them, you’ve never gone shopping together, and you’re a little nervous.

And it was awesome.

Hosted by two friends of mine (He knew people at the shin ding, but definitely less so than me), it was at an amazing apartment that was very industrial looking and filled with funny and beautiful pieces all found at rummage sales. Note to us: hit up more rummage sales. It was a blast – filled with many friends of mine that I knew from university, but who were a few years older than myself, and definitely intimidating in that “they know what they want, they’re so funny and self-assured” way. I felt a little out of place when we were on our way – would we be the odd ones out? Would it seem awkward that we were there?

As paranoid as I can get, I really could have dropped these worries. We arrived to people shouting our name and who seemed genuinely pleased to see us. We had great convo’s all night with people we both knew and didn’t know, and we peaced out before over staying our welcome.

I’m still finding it a bit hard to put into words, but we think it was so awesome for us because it was a grown up party. We could ask people about their jobs knowing that they weren’t jobs, they were more careers, and that the person most likely had one. We could ask about what neighborhood they lived in. More than one person asked about our dear rat Phyllis (RIP), and offered kind words after hearing of her passing. The host offered us shots. No one was super drunk, no one was falling down, and you didn’t have to wait in a line to pee.

And the music – the music was loud enough for break-out dance routines, but quiet enough for convo’s. Fab.

Now, we’re still definitely fans of the outrageous parties, not that we attend many, but they certainly have their place. But it was nice to hang out with people who we felt were at a similar life stage. It was refreshing and different.

This certainly isn’t to diss any of our friends who are still in school, live with their parents or roomates, or are single and ready to mingle – not at all. We’re just riding high on the joy that comes with hanging with a new crowd and talking about different things – always a bit refreshing, no matter how you slice it.

It’s definitely encouraged us not to hang out with our regular (and great) friends less, but to cast our social net a little wider and make sure we hang with all kinds of people, ‘cus if we don’t, we’re the ones missing out.

Advent #3 & #4

4 Dec

With all the craziness going on the M household lately, we’ve been doing our Advent calendar all wild.

Day 3 was on track and was opened before work yesterday. He received a bar of Dove soap hidden underneath the kitchen sink. The man has sensitive skin, folks.

Day 4 for me was a great one – a mini Worst Case Survival book. Ever since my best friend (the one who started me on the calendar actually – she is responsible for many a great thing in my life) turned me onto the books in high school, I’ve kind of wanted one. I’m also a pretty paranoid person in general, so I think it will be very handy for me to know how to splint a fractured leg.

In case you’re dying with curiosity – the party we were preparing for went off smashingly. The house is still a bit of a mess, but as with the best parties, we ended up with more food and wine than we started with. Totally worth cleaning up a few chairs and dishes in our opinions. We hope everyone had fun and we really enjoyed (me) getting to see people outside of a work setting and (Him) getting to know the faces of people I talk about all the time.

To leave you with, last night I was at the Virgin Mobile Live presents Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros’s concert for work. It was fantastic stuff. I hadn’t heard of the group before preparing for the show for work reasons, but I’m so glad I got to go. There are so many of these guys on stage and they put on a fantastic show, that as one guy said, “was like being at church.”

You can see what you missed here:

Preparing to Party

1 Dec

Tomorrow night I’m hosting a work party at our place. Our work doesn’t include spouses or partners at our company-wide holiday party, so I decided to open up our house to my team and their partners and we’ll have a great time.

However, I did not think about the work going into this. Some of my bosses will in attendance and I’d definitely like to impress (though not too much of course, so I’ll perhaps get a few holiday bonuses thrown my way 🙂 ). Plus, I love home decorating, and I love our little house, so I’m very excited to clean and decorate.

What I love about Him is that He’s such a great cleaner. I never have to force Him into cleaning the house, or mopping the floor. Even when we do clean, He’s his own man – I never have to suggest what’s next, He just does it.

Me? I’m not much of a cleaner. I would much rather alphabetize our record collection, organize our books by genre, set every chatcka just right on the coffee table.

So we work well together. He cleans, I tidy. He mops, I dust. The work is evenly spread out, and best of all, we play to our strengths.

It’s what being a team is all about!


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