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When Jarrod and I decided to move in together, we were pretty determined to find a two-bedroom apartment. We saw ourselves as needing an oasis to occasionally retreat from one another, and to work on our respective hobbies — for me, writing, blogging and food photography, and for Jarrod, working on his model trains and personal IT projects.
And then reality happened. Today, the room sits as a glorified storage space, mostly used for me to shoot my blog and social media photos, and store what train stuff Jarrod hasn’t brought to the club yet.
I’m not going to lie, I’m having a bit of a creativity block when it comes to this post. I just want to zoom past the intro: the weekend was here! Now the weekend is done! Here’s some of the things I did!
Like any classic Bree and Jar weekend, there was minimal socializing and a hell of a lot of productivity.
Friday night I went to my first Toronto vegan meetup at Bloomer’s. I didn’t take any pictures there on account of it was too dark, but here’s my cards for my site that I handed out…
And here’s how cute I looked on the way!
Attempting cuteness for the vegan meetup. #whatveganslookslike #veganselfie A photo posted by Bree Rody-Mantha (@breeganism) on
Saturday morning started out with a sweet run (I’m starting on a 10K trainer program now that I’m getting a bit bored with 5K) and then was followed by my first jazz class in two months.
I don’t have a picture or video of my jazz class, but here’s a clip from one of my old ballet classes at the same studio. You can see me practicing the adage in the background!
Jazz class actually felt quite incredible. I haven’t felt that alive in a long time. I’m sad I let myself go without dancing for so long, and I’ll have to make a point of getting back more often. Saturday night some of Jar’s friends were in town and he went out to a metal show. I was quite happy to stay at home (I don’t do loud shows) and watch old movies while chilling with my kitty. I also finally found the power cord for my piano (unpacking has slowed down lately) and got to playing again. Felt good!
Unpacked a most important thing today. A video posted by Bree Rody-Mantha (@breeganism) on
And I sang a bit too.
Sunday started out with pancakes (you can’t see ’em yet because they’ll be on the blog next Wednesday!) and then a great climb, which I took no pictures of (kinda hard to take pictures while you’re climbing! And a good belayer never takes her eyes off her partner). But immediately after climbing we ventured out to Wychwood Barns for the Toronto Garlic Festival.
He’s actually pretty happy to be at the Garlic festival. A photo posted by Bree Rody-Mantha (@breeganism) on
In truth I found the festival a bit disappointing. None of the advertising seemed to specify that you had to pay to even get in, and every vendor was also paid. There was no ATM on site, so once you ran out of cash that was pretty much it. Plus, in terms of vendors, it was mostly the standard farmer’s market vendors who are there every weekend with a few garlic-specific stalls. We did walk away with a cool new garlic tool for the kitchen (to grind up our garlic like butter!) and a yummy jar of maple mustard, so I won’t poo-poo (poupon?) it entirely.
And then after two years of talkin’ shit I finally got a Vitamix. Look at that face. Oh, and I found a catnip toy for Benny. Look at the little stoner!
Cat’s first catnip in months. IT BEGINS. A video posted by Bree Rody-Mantha (@breeganism) on
Then Jarrod and I got silly in the kitchen with our new garlic tool. We worked really hard on a new recipe that you’ll be able to find this coming Wednesday!
My cat is tripping balls six feet away. A photo posted by Bree Rody-Mantha (@breeganism) on
I also finally turned on my record player for the first time since moving, and the occasion felt fit for Supertramp.
This is what our kitchen looks like when we recipe test. I swear it’s usually clean.
What our kitchen looks like when we are recipe testing. #vegan #vegansofig #veganfoodie A photo posted by Bree Rody-Mantha (@breeganism) on
The new Vitamix, as you can see, fits in perfectly.
And after all that excitement, kitty fell asleep.
Kitty had too much fun. Kitty high out of his gourd. A photo posted by Bree Rody-Mantha (@breeganism) on
And we ate garlic bread that we made with our new garlic masher.
And that, kind folks, is my weekend in Instagrams (or as I call it, Instagrizzitys). On Wednesday you’ll get a glimpse of the mystery recipe Jarrod and I developed after we were inspired at the garlic festival. Trust me, you don’t want to miss this!