Monthly Archives: July 2013

#43 – Go 24 Hours Technology free

We checked this one off a couple weeks ago.  We purposefully choose 24 hours that we were in town, and had a lot going on (it felt like cheating if we were out of town or camping). I was surprised how much discussion this one generated in terms of what technology free meant.  Our intention was to go screen free; no computers, TVs, phones, iPads, iPods.  At the last minute we decided our digital camera was also banned, so we were using a couple seriously terrible disposable cameras.  Some people felt using our car shouldn’t have been allowed; others didn’t see a problem with using our camera.

We went from 7pm on Friday until 7pm on Saturday.  Friday night we started our night at a going away party for my sister-in-law, then we walked home from Bathurst to High Park along Bloor, enjoying the crazy clouds rolling over Toronto.  We stopped for pizza, and then sat on our balcony with some cocktails and watched the lighting storm over Lake Ontario.

On Saturday we went for a run in High Park, then walked around Grenadier Pond.  Back at our place, Adam worked at refinishing some dressers and then we headed into Oakville.  Adam went off to play a round of golf while I lay in the grass and read a book with my parents’ dogs.  At the end of our 24 hours my parents and I headed out to meet up with Adam and the rest of the extended family for a dinner at the golf course.

Overall, a fun experiment.  While I missed being connected, I missed my camera the most, especially with the gorgeous clouds and crazy lighting storm. Image
Seriously, how terrible are disposable cameras?

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#23 – Go to the races at Woodbine

Today we went out to Woodbine racetrack with one of my brothers and his girlfriend.  None of us had been to a horse race in Canada, so we had no idea what to expect.  We all thoroughly enjoyed it; learning how to bet, making small wagers, cheering on our picks.   Will was the big winner of the day, tripling his money on the last race.

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Details; Woodbine Racetrack is at 555 Rexdale Blvd (just a bit north of Pearson).  Details about race schedules and directions can be found here.  If you go to the counter for first time betters, they will give you a free program, teach you how to read it, and your first bet is on them.

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#55 – try a new restaurant during Summerlicious

Our experience at Ouzeri on the Danforth was exactly what Summerlicious is all about; we tried a new restaurant outside of our neighbourhood that we wouldn’t necessarily go to normally, it was great and we would go back.  The food was tasty, service was great and the patio was the perfect place to be on this beautiful post-heat wave summer afternoon.

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Details: Information about Ouzeri’s hours, location and menu can be found here.  Information about Summerlicious (which ends today), can be found here.

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#9 – Go to Leslieville Farmer’s Market

This is another one borrowed from 365thingsin365days’ list, and are we ever glad we did. The Leslieville Farmer’s Market is so lovely.  Lots of the expected farmer’s stalls, but also a big band playing oldies; food vendors providing delicious treats like sweet potato doughnuts and Augie’s Ice Pops and a real family vibe.

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Details: Information about the Farmer’s Market can be found here.

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#31 – Summer picnic

Yesterday we hit up a number of farmer stalls in Niagara-on-the-Lake, so it seemed like the perfect time to go on a summer picnic in High Park with all our delicious treats.

Our picnic menu included;
Cherries and strawberries
Summer peas
Spanish Roasted Potato salad
Quinoa salad

All in all, it was delightful.

#31---Summer-picnic
Details: The Spanish Roasted Potato Salad recipe (which was amazing) can be found here.
The quinoa salad is my invention based on a recipe I will likely not be able to find.  It’s quinoa, feta, peppers, red onions, cucumbers, olive oil, red wine vinegar and dried oregano.

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#82 – See a show at the Fringe Festival

The Toronto Fringe Festival is currently celebrating its 25th year, running July 3-14.  Adam has never Fringed and I love Fringe, having stage managed shows for a few years after theatre school (sadly my current job doesn’t allow the flexibility required to do that right now).  But I always try to go out to at least a couple shows each year.

We decided to go to Morro and Jasp’s Go Bake Yourself and it was the perfect choice.  So funny and clever, we absolutely loved it and it was a great show to appeal to both of us.

If you can get tickets, I definitely recommend it!  The venue is pretty small with only 50 seats per show, so buy them in advance if you can.

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The Toronto Fringe runs July 3-14.  Information about all their events (and there are A LOT of them) can be found here.

More information about Morro and Jasp can be found here.

Here is a little taste (get it?) of what we enjoyed tonight!

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#52 – Build a headboard

Spoiler alert: we did not build this headboard.  We had every intention of building something like this, but then my lovely and generous parents bought us a headboard as a wedding gift.  Easiest check off our list yet!  Thanks Mum and Dad!

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#83 – Watch a sunrise

Adam and I got up in the early pre-dawn hours this morning and canoed out to the middle of Pog Lake in Algonquin Park to watch the sunrise.

It was a peaceful and beautiful as you would expect.

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#30 – Read while drifting in a canoe

We spent the weekend at Algonquin Provincial Park; the first time for both of us.  We completely lucked out on the weather (no rain until we drove out of the park on Sunday) and we knocked off a couple really fun list items.

We had rented a canoe for the weekend, so the first item to knock off was #30; read while drifting in a canoe.

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#62 – Write a haiku

The start of July made us realize we have 180 days left of 2013.  Just 180 days to complete our remaining 63 list items.  Some of them are easy, some of them require planning.  We sat down this weekend and mapped out the rest of our summer and well into fall, covering my agenda with sticky notes of when we might accomplish this or that off our list.  Overall, we are feeling much more prepared, and I spent some time this week booking in those things that require reservations.

It’s going to be a busy 180 days, but at least it will be interesting!

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