This past Saturday, we took the little one on a trip to the Kitchener Market. It was our first official visit, in the 10 years we've been here, to the actual market section. We have been to the fooderies upstairs and enjoyed the Food and Drink show there, but we had never been right in the nitty-gritty of it. It was busy, packed with eager buyers and treasure hunters. We didn't think we would need to have in mind what we were looking for, so we didn't bother to bring a list. Which was nice in a way, gave us an excuse to peruse and navigate the maze of people, without feeling boxed in or rushed, but at the same time it limited us to surveying what we might want and missing items we wouldn't have thought of on the fly.
My husband and I went on our official first date on March 18, 2006. It's been a wonderful 8 years, full of amazing life changes. I cannot imagine my life without him, and the life we made together is amazingly perfect.
Yesterday, although it's no longer our official anniversary, we decided to go out for lunch together. We picked a time when we could go and not have to give up any time with the little one. Since we work so close together, we try every week to meet up for lunch or coffee at least once. So this worked out perfectly. I let him choose the place and treated him to lunch.
He picked Bistro Nash, which is connected to Entertaining Elements in Kitchener. Entertaining Elements is a different kind of eating establishment, where you book in a small group and a professional chef cooks solely for your group. Bistro Nash is open during the day and serves soups and sandwiches, and you can see the cooking area for Entertaining Elements; it is also connected to a kitchen store and room you can book for meetings. Had a nice atmosphere, and everyone serving was friendly (everyone we passed on the way out told us to 'have a nice day'). It's a very interesting setup, which is quite popular in the spring/summer months with little tables set outside.
I picked the pesto chicken with brie sandwich, with a side of sweet potato and roasted red pepper soup. My husband chose the chili lime chicken wrap, no side (although it came with chips). We made the right decision, we split the sandwiches half and half, as we're want to do, and shared both the soup and chips. You could taste the lime in the chicken wrap, and avocado (my fav) was a delicious surprise. The pesto chicken was melt in your mouth, with just the right amount of brie to intensify the flavour. It was mouth watering, and as we were both hungry, it hit the spot. We will definitely be going back.
My husband and I, with our friends, decided to volunteer some of our time to help out the City of Waterloo. What we decided to do was preserve some bird houses along the Grey Silo trails. A few tasks involved mapping out where all of the birdhouses were, check their condition, and mark how many there were. Last Saturday my husband went out with our friends, while I was tasked with caring for the babe, and they did all of the requirements in order for us to be prepared for the installing new birdhouses come spring.
On April 5th we will be putting together birdhouses to replace those that are damaged. We will drive around in golf carts, trek out to the sites and nail them to their perches. After we have completed that, we will then monitor the bird life in the area. It is going to be quite an enjoyable way to volunteer, as we will be able to take the babe with us as we go on trail hikes, and she will enjoy the bird life as much as we will.
However, this past visit it was a little trickier with all the snow. When the group returned they had tails of almost frost bitten toes, soaked socks and wildlife along the route. But it seems they enjoyed themselves, and it helped the sun was out the entire time they were there. Me, on the other hand, I got to spend a quiet afternoon at home singing, dancing, and having general fun with the kiddo (who this past Wednesday said her own name for the first time).
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