As far as weekends go, that was a good one. They're all good, but I love love a weekend that leaves me feeling like I was the right amout of lazy but I also managed to get stuff done. And I love how Valentine's Day fell on a Saturday this year. Instead of cramming the love into a only a special dinner, we got to spend the day together doing fun things. It's cheesy but that's the best kind of Valentine's Day in my opinion. And we ended up playing tourists in our own city which always makes me feel a bit rejuvenated... especially when it's winter and you feel like you've taken all you can from the place you live. We had the most yummy brunch out at Stone Face Dolly's on Preston Street. Check one since we've been meaning to try it out for ages. Mike had the Benedict and talked the sauce up so much, so as soon as I'm not pregnant, we're going back so I can have that hollandaise.
From there we went window shopping in the Market and made our way to the Crystal Garden at Winterlude. I've been in the city for over 7 years and I've never seen the ice sculptures so I dragged my cold-blooded husband out into the elements to see the art in ice. I don't know how they do the detail they do with only a saw and a chisel! In ice! And it might be a bit ironic but, while we were standing outside staring at ice, Ottawa was earning the title of "Coldest Capital in the World." It was seriously cold but we lived to tell the story of it :)
And bonus: we were so cold from standing in an ice garden, so we made a pit stop on our way back to the car. We got a snack of cheese, fancy drinks and a pot of hot chocolate at The Chateau Laurier. One of the cheeses was actually like heaven on earth so we asked the server if we could find the cheese for sale anywhere close by and she said "Oh well, how well do you know Ottawa?" because you know, we looked like tourists only 20 minutes from home. Success!
And because it was Valentine's Day we had a candlelight dinner in our kitchen nook, probably one of my favorite places in the world. We decided to do some of these questions from an article that ran in the NYTimes a few weeks ago. Mike and I have always said the reason we got together and stayed together was because we never run out of things to talk about. But I can see why these questions were used in a study to make strangers fall in love <3
The rest of the weekend was a mixture of building Ikea furniture and cleaning out closets. I'm in full on nesting mode and nothing can stop me now.
Have a good week love-bugs!