Every summer Canadian Stage puts on a tragedy and a comedy at their amphitheater in High Park. Admission is pay-what-you-can, and you settle in to the stone and grass seats with your picnic blanket, some extra padding (your butt gets a little sore!), and lots of delicious food. We went last summer to see “A Comedy of Errors,” so I was excited to go again this year. Last night we watched “All’s Well that Ends Well,” and later on in the summer we’ll head back to watch “Hamlet.”
Always gotta have a delicious spread of bread, cheese, olives, wine, fruits and veggies.
“All’s Well That Ends Well” was a good time. There were a couple moments where the audience was definitely uncomfortable (which I’m sure they meant on purpose, to disrupt the norm), but lots of hilarious parts, too. Like the King of France had his own theme song, and drunk Bertram trying to woo Diana.
For Canada Day, my brother Ryan came to visit us. His boss had given him some free tickets to the Blue Jays’ game, so we had lots of fun. The game went to 19 innings with a score of 2-1 for the Cleveland Indians. We left after 12 innings because we were hungry.
Nic barbecued some sausages, and we had a great dinner.
One of our friends from undergrad invited us to his place near the waterfront to watch the fireworks. This crazy stormy sky made me worried, but it all worked out.
Super classy elevator selfie
The fireworks at the Toronto Harbourfront centre were probably the best I’ve ever seen. They had some really awesome colours, and the finale shook our chests it was so loud.
Nic and I got married June 20, 2015 in Ottawa, where we grew up. For our first anniversary, we decided we would go to Toronto Island for a beach day, and then have a delicious dinner out. Our original plans were much more grandiose-weekend hiking trip in Algonquin or on the Bruce Peninsula, bed & breakfast and a show in Stratford… But we realized that with a grad student and and under-employed-future-grad-student income, it made more sense to stick close to home.
Neither of us had been to the Islands before, so this was a lot of fun. We packed up all our essentials, and spent a really hot, relaxing day in the sun. Yes, I got a terrible burn despite repeat applications of sunscreen.
Since Nic had strained his shoulder, we knew we wouldn’t be able to play any sports at the beach. We decided to pick up a bucket and some shovels to make a sandcastle-it was a lot of fun. People kept passing by it and saying how awesome it was, probably thinking it was made by children, not two twenty-five-year-olds. We had some good laughs.
Boardwalk from Ward’s Island to Centre Island
Fresh pineapple juice in a pineapple
I bought Nic some Godiva chocolates to share
We walked from Ward’s Island to Centre Island, which was much busier, and got some fresh pineapple juice.
Byblos is a Mediterranean restaurant in the Entertainment District, and they’re phenomenal. We each got a fancy cocktail (my cucumber, mint + vodka was perfect) and then shared some plates.
Our last dish arrived after I took this picture, and we had eaten too much of the food for me to take another one. Oops! We had the best, spiciest olives, cauliflower, fried chicken, and pide.
The waitress brought us some Turkish ice cream because she knew it was our anniversary-so sweet! The booth we sat in was also super romantic. I’m so glad we went there.
Our first year of marriage has been so wonderful. First and foremost, obviously it’s been awesome living with Nic-we don’t have to be long-distance anymore, or be worried we’ll miss the last bus home because we’re having a great conversation, and there’s always our favourite person to hang out with when we get home. Second, it’s been really cool to see our relationship evolve-we’ve seen each other through tough times, dashed hopes, and joys, and have learned how to be humble about our mistakes. Third, we’ve gotten to explore places together-not just our temporary city of Toronto, but our honeymoon in Nova Scotia, bringing Nic to Manitoba for my Grandpa’s funeral, and our dream trips (B.C., New Zealand and Australia…). I’m so happy we found each other, and I can’t wait for every single anniversary after this one.
After dinner we walked (I limped, I haven’t worn heels in months, and those four-inch babies were killing me) to the waterfront, shared a drink at the Amsterdam Brewery, and watched the sunset on the first day of summer.
Is anyone shocked that I over-pack for the beach? Nope. You never know what you might need!
My number one is obviously snacks. Our friends always love to have fresh watermelon at the beach. Chop it up into cubes so everyone can share! Nic and I also love to buy dried mango strips from Dollarama. Other good greats are chips, granola bars (make sure your cooler stays cold so it doesn’t melt) and a can of pop-or a radler. No one in Toronto seems to care if you drink on the beach, it’s pretty funny.
Sun protection: hat, sunscreen, sarong, sunglasses
Entertainment: phone, KOBO, magazines
Anything else: towel (if you’re smart, get one of those straw mats from the dollar store so you don’t get sand on your towel), bathing suit, water bottle, and I love my waterproof pouches for my phone and KOBO
What do you need at the beach?
We’ve loved being so relatively close to Woodbine Beach in Toronto, so beach trips are super easy with our friends 🙂
Nic and I live near the Cedarvale Ravine in Toronto, which was one of the big draws of the area. From tip to tip it’s about a half hour walk, and for most of the time you can’t tell that you are in a city. When we went for this walk yesterday morning, I told Nic that it was definitely good for my mental health.
We’ve started going on walks every day, which is definitely my favourite part of the day since we get to catch up on lots of stuff in our lives and focus only on each other. I also need doses of nature to keep myself happy living in Toronto.
This red-winged blackbird posed for me for about five minutes! I wish I had a telephoto lens so I could get even better nature photography!
I love swinging, and had a blast on this. It’s the simple things!
Raybans RB4184 Wayfarers in Tortoise: Lenscrafters
Cropped boat-cut top: H&M
Paisley skirt: thrift store from years ago, and I hemmed it so it’s knee-length
T-strap Birkenstocks: SoftMoc
All the blossoms were a little tired after the 27* weather, but they’ve bounced back in my bud vases at home.
Watch: Stuhrling Men’s Original 884.01
Turquoise ring: The Patch at Sauble Beach
Thin wedding band: W Jewellery
Silver bracelets: assorted from family