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i++ mum gifted me her BMO coffee tumbler (taking it on the bus with me each day)

i++ dad replaced all the blinds in the condo

i++ sorting pictures from last fall’s waterfall trip


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i++ Tale of Two Cities (cold nights are movie nights)

i++ Early dinner @ trattoria nervosa (randomly walked in after certifying some documents in Yorkville and we were out after an hour and had wonderful carpaccio di manzo)

i++ Collingwood coffee date @ espresso post

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Twenty below freezing outside but being the brave Canadians that we are, we braved the cold to maintain our coffee date tradition @ Fahrenheit (love the extra pulp sign)


He described the walk as Dickensian


Last week, coffee date @ pilot (union station renovation brings to mind grand central and that’s pretty amazing)


Viking Slice @ Danish Pastry House (also union station) which was our contribution to


Jess’ hot pot party (preserved egg + fish is really good)

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Me: This other unit has a nicer bathroom (see photo above)
Him: We have real travertine
Me: Okay we are better!


Gotta work both days this weekend but happy because he is making a healthy pasta dish (my contribution is the chopping of garlic and parsley while he zested the lemon)


Saturday coffee date @ Dark Horse Canary


Prior Saturday coffee date @ Tandem


Hot pot party with Benise (Benny + Denise)

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2011: tried to do our first date at the Rosehill Starbucks but it was closing so we grabbed drinks instead

2012: surprised to find myself crying while reading Onward

2014: when I said Wendy, the Starbucks person somehow heard Whitney so what can I do but drink it outside the Whitney?

2016: Seattle

2017: Osaka

& Reading “Pour Your Heart into it”: I’m still running, chasing after something nobody else could ever see // In the fifteen years since then, I’ve often wondered: What would have happened had I just accepted his decision? Most people, when turned down for a job, just go away // We had been warned that, culturally, the Japanese refuse to carry to-go food or beverages on the street. Yet many customers were walking out the door proudly carrying their Starbucks cups–with the logo showing // To guarantee that there would be immediate upside for us, United promised to promote the fact that it was now serving Starbucks coffee. In January 1996, it placed ads on the back covers of Business Week, Time, and U.S. News & World Report // At my suggestion, we even offered free coffee after 5 pm to encourage customers to stop by our stores after shopping. In a spending mood, they might notice and want to buy some of our merchandise // The head of the a company can’t, and shouldn’t, always be the cheerleader. He has to be willing to let his people see the weaknesses and the pain, as long as they understand them in the context of the company’s greater accomplishments

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Him: Is it raining outside?
Me: O let’s go for a womantic coffee date!

Toronto is one of those (slightly) dysfunctional places where a little rain creates little oceans around the curb. By the end of the coffee date, my shoes were in the same condition as that day when we walked around cape lookout along the Oregon Coast (see picture above).

As we sat outside Rooster Coffee drinking cortado (as always) watching the reflections of the headlights, a pink balloon floated across Jarvis Street.

i++ Rooster Coffee Jarvis
i++ Headlights
i++ Pink Balloon
i++ The Rain
i++ Little Oceans