I regret not taking more pictures, but truthfully it was the kind of trip where the scenery didn’t really matter.
Even though Toronto is lovely!
The themes for the weekend were: connection, relaxation, indulgence, self-care, and autonomy. It was a 48 hour trip, and it was fantastic.
BOUGHT: washi tape, pencil cases & cute pens (for the kids – a back to school present!), an adorable rainbow days of the week pad (will show in future post), stickers. It took a lot of restraint to limit myself to just that.
2- Reading! Especially on the plane. I read all of Ruth Riechl’s Save Me the Plums and half of Lori Gottleib’s Maybe You Should Talk to Someone (particularly fascinating to me because at one point in my life I thought about becoming a therapist or psychiatrist). Uninterrupted reading at this phase in my life = heaven
3- Workouts – I did a 30 minute 21DF workout in the (very nice!) hotel gym Saturday and a 4 mile run Sunday. It was so nice to do these on my own terms/time frame.
4- SLEEPING IN. With blackout curtains. Until 9:10 AM on Saturday morning. OMGGGG it was amazing.
5- Attempting to wean G. Well, I didn’t pump. But she really wanted to nurse last night and I just couldn’t turn her down (in part for my own comfort, b/c all that buildup was kind of hurting!). I am wondering if maybe my supply will have taken enough of a hit that she’ll start to lose interest . . . going to at least eliminate the AM feedings.
6- Spending a lot of lovely quality time with my 5 best college friends! So much catching up, and yet so little need to – it’s amazing how we can just pick up where we left off. We decided on a destination for 2020 (might be another Canadian location!) and bonded over skincare (or lack thereof), shopping, and deeper things (politics, life goals, and the like).
7- Eating! Toronto has fantastic food options!! A lot of delicious food, including ice cream at Bang Bang x2 (day 1: lemon meringue flavor! day 2: peanut butter cup & banana pudding flavors – yes it was so good I had to have two). We also ate at a lovely Italian place (Buca, not to be confused with the American chain of similar name) and a fun Japanese pub (Guu Izakaya). I experienced my first ever Caesar, too.
8- Sephora stop – always required when I am with my college BFFs. I ended up with a new concealer to try (Benefit boi ing sheer for anyone curious) and a vitamin C serum. I am always motivated to revitalize my skincare routine after girls’ trips! Perhaps more on that to come if I ever get a decent routine together . . .
AND NOW it’s back to school time (first day = Weds) and there is a ton to do this week! New routines, forms galore, teacher meet & greets, etc. GRATEFUL FOR: the school supply boxes!
Josh was home with the kids and it sounds like they had a great time. He even organized the toys & craft drawer which is honestly . . . kind of above and beyond (I have wanted to tackle that task for quite some time but did not successfully manage to do it!). We are now working on establishing a School Night Bedtime Routine.
Back with more later in the week!