It's over! (My posts, at least. It's Tuesday, so I suppose my "average week" has been over for a while.) In the next couple of days, I'll write a bit about how the week looked, but for now, here's my VERY exciting Saturday. Should have taken more photos of food in the evening because it was so fabulous and hey -- it's not everyday I eat haggis.
9:00am - 10:45am Despite going to bed on the later side and it being a Saturday morning, I have a lot of trouble with sleeping in, so a 9:00am wake up was actually quite impressive for me. Got up, cleaned a bit and puttered around and started making brunch as my brother was planning on coming over!
Whole wheat and flax waffles with my waffle maker that I ended up with in the boyfriend's family Christmas auction. I've never owned a waffle maker, so this was quite exciting. Especially to also find a recipe that's healthy!
My brother was later than expected as his bus T-BONED another bus in the station on the way to picking him up (?) so we didn't eat until about 11:30am.
11:30am - 1:00pmThe waffles were delicious. With ground flax seeds, bran, and whole wheat flour, they were on the more "healthy tasting" side, but with some maple syrup and berries I think they tasted great. (And a piece of ham on the side, of course. You should always have some protein with your meal!)
1:00pm - 1:30pm Showered and got ready to head over to my parents' place to borrow the car so I could drive Jeremy back to Niagara on the Lake.
2:00pm - 2:30pm Scrounge around the house for my floor length gown I wore at my final recital at McGill to wear later (!) and picked up the car and headed back.
2:30pm - 3:00pm Loaded the car and ran some errands with Jeremy before hitting the road! Grabbed some light Babybel, a pack of mixed nuts and fruit and a coffee from Tim's for the car ride.
3:00pm - 4:15pm ROAD TRIP! Jeremy and I had lovely chats about all things social media (as I'm trying to get him to use twitter! Give the guy a follow: @jcarverjames I've driven to Niagara on the Lake with my mum before, but never been the one to do the driving. It was nice! I'm so used to heading east on the 401 that it was a pleasant change of scenery to go west of Oakville. Plus, driving past all those wineries just makes me so. excited. to head back in May for some tours!
4:20pm - 5:45pm I literally helped Jeremy carry one suitcase into his new place, used the washroom, and pulled back out on to the open road. I had been invited to Emma Jenkin's family's Robbie Burns dinner that night and since it started at 7:00pm, I wanted time to get all gussied up! I listed to an audiobook on the way home and it was quite relaxing.
6:00pm - 7:00pm Came home to the boyfriend and Emma's smoking cigars on the porch and having some pre-dinner drinks. Got into my dress again and couldn't be happier to be wearing it! (Though it could use a dry clean now... sad for me.) Emma came over after her very first day as a mentor with Ladies Learning Code (I strongly recommend their HTML and CSS class!) and we got our glam on.
7:30pm - 12:30am Robbie Burns dinner! Yes, there were bagpipes to pipe in the haggis (okay, okay - someone pretended to be bagpipes #allthechampagne) and then there was a reading of "Ode to a Haggis" where Scottish accents were rampant.
The first course was cock-a-leekie soup with a prune (light, compared to the food that awaited). Then once the haggis was in, it was accompanied by a thick, creamy smoked fish stew, mashed turnip and cabbage with bacon. Hello. I've never had haggis before, but of course I've heard all the nightmares about how awful it is. Now, Emma says that this year's haggis (homemade, I might add) was maybe the best they'd ever had, so I was lucky! It was fabulous. Just tasted like spiced lamb sausgage!
The star of the dessert for me was Atholl Brose, which is essentially a bowl of heavy cream with whiskey and oats. I ate it all. Then, of course, more food comes around! Emma's grandmother had made shortbread, gingerbread loaf and some tiny shortbread-esque cookies with a candied cherry. Like, make it stop. Of course what better way to enjoy the desserts than with an after dinner drink or two? The selection was only okay...
Oh, and what comes after dessert, you ask? Why, a cheese plate, of course. If you haven't tried blue brie I strongly recommend it.
The night was fabulous. It was so refreshing to have different flavours of food for a change and it was really nice to spend some time out of work with Emma and her husband. Luckily, we just live around the corner from her grandparents so we just stumbled home (trains of our dresses in hand; high heels in a plastic bag) and had a big sleep over.
1:00am BED. I have choir on Sunday mornings at 9:30am so the sleep was looking to be short. What a fabulous day.