Happy Summer Friday, friends! :) It's hard to believe that today is the last day of July already. Last year, I wrote an entry on my thoughts and what springs to mind on July 31st. As a kid, it was always bitter-sweet for me, and to this day, it still is too! It really reminds me to take full advantage of summer and to just enjoy it rather than counting down the days till September (though I totally get how it can be hard not to with those back-to-school commercials). It's been a busy one this past week, so here are today's Happy Friday!
Touring Around the City
Last week, my friend Somya had a friend, George, visiting from the UK. He had never been to Canada before and was literally only here for 24 hours for work, so we decided to be his tour guides for the night. He was staying at the beautiful Delta Hotel right in the heart of the city, but rather than facing the CN Tower and Rogers Centre, he was facing the Go Train tracks.
Oh well, it still made for a unique view!
We really walked around every where that night; by the end, my feet were hurting! We took him to Yonge and Dundas - which in Toronto, is like our own little Times Square. The poor guy hadn't eaten since his arrival earlier so with that, we scoped out the nearest Milestones that also provided a killer view from a rooftop patio.
And had lots of yummy sushi, rice and teriyaki chicken.
With full stomachs, we continued our walk around the city. It was a beautiful night out and the perfect opportunity to see all the sights up close.
Even though stores were closed, they still allowed us to walk around in the empty mall.
Most days, this place is packed with people! I had never walked through it at night when all the stores were closed. It really gave a cool, eerie feeling.
This Indigo is one of the nicest bookstores around (and one of my personal favourites).
Artificial Canadian geese.
And the famous little pathway leading to the Hudson's Bay Department.
When we walked back outside, we found ourselves near Nathan Phillps Square. It was absolutely jam-packed with people since it was the second last day of the Pan Am Games (picture a step below the Olympics). This was the best shot I could get of the infamous Toronto sign that was put up for the events.
I'm not sure how much further we kept walking (it was a lot!) but we ended up at a place called the Crocodile Rock where we met up with my sister and some of her friends. They managed to snag a pool table at the back.
George looked like a pro at it (I'm horrible at pool, by the way!)
Before turning in, George wanted to see the lake quickly. Even though it was dark, the skyline was lit up beautifully. I can never get enough photos of the CN Tower.
I think he really enjoyed his brief time in the city!
Summer Job Wrap-Up
This week, I also finished up at my summer job for the month. I worked as the secretary at my former high school and really loved it! The last few days, a sort of "play day" was organized for the kids. They played soccer out on the field:
Skuffle board in the forum:
And volleyball and dodgeball in both gyms.
Because it was such a hot day, freezies were even provided for the kids afterwards. I hadn't had one of these things in years!
I met a great friend for the month I worked there, Yola. She was the student supervisor and was such a great help to me.
On the last day, our awesome principal who ran the program treated us out for lunch. We went to a place called The Grille.
It had been re-done and looked beautiful inside.
We all cheered a great month with some Stellas.
I really had such a great time handling the office-part for the month and am looking forward to it next year!
Living in the Heat Wave
All this past week, heat waves were issued in Ontario. Actual heat waves. It's certainly been such a shock to the system but I gotta say: considering Canada is taken up by ice and snow too much of the year, I really loved it. The cats prefer warmer weather too, but even in this scorching weather, it made them a little lazier:
I stayed cool with some yummy cookie dough ice-cream:
And somehow made it out to our softball game this past Monday.
At least by the end, the sun went down and made for a beautiful view.
I took these last couple of days off to enjoy the upcoming long weekend. It's been so nice to wake up in the mornings to warm, bright sunshine and not have to worry about rushing out the door. I'd get my ereader, pour my morning coffee and head out to the swing in the backyard.
And in those steaming hot afternoons? Head to Brian's for a swim!
It's rare that we get the same days off. This week, we got lucky and took full advantage.
Enjoying some much-needed downtime:
And then warming up in the sun.
Ending it all off with some dinner, a cup of coffee, and the baseball game.
It's the long weekend here in Canada! And I can't wait. Whether you're celebrating an extra long weekend, some vacation time or just can't wait for the regular weekend to make its rounds, I hope you all have a fabulous one :) Stay cool!