A Reason to Celebrate

The first official weekend of July just ended. In Toronto, it was hot. I mean 34 degrees before the humidex hot. Despite the frizz in my hair and the sweat on my brow, this weekend was eventful. As it should have been, especially since tomorrow I start working full-time for the Canadian Cancer Society Ontario Division‘s Corporate and Community Partnerships (CCP) and Marketing departments.

I did my placement in the Society’s CCP department and feel extremely blessed to have had that experience lead to a full-time work opportunity both at an organization I care for and that will lead to great career milestones and achievements.

Starting as an Administrative Assistant, I’ll learn more of the ins and outs of the Society, get to edit things (which is probably my favourite hobby), get to know vendors and maintain their files, liaise with community offices and do some other daily admin tasks.

As we all know, job descriptions are limited. New challenges and tasks can sometimes be unexpected. Though I’m nervous to learn what the next chapter of my life will actually entail, I’m curious and anxious to see what I learn and where it ultimately leads.

A Celebratory Weekend:

On Friday night, I went out to celebrate with some of my best girlfriends (they are twins). On my way down to their condo, I was informed they had a surprise for me. A Baci flavoured cake awaited. The following morning for breakfast, we devoured generous pieces of the rich dessert. Mmm!

Baci flavoured cake: A wonderful surprise from my girlfriends after learning I was offered a full-time position.
Baci flavoured cake: A wonderful surprise from my girlfriends after learning I was offered a full-time position.

On Saturday, I went down to Harbourfront Centre with one of my former coworkers from my days as an undergraduate (I graduated from the University of Guelph-Humber in 2012. I’m not that old, okay). We came across a wedding ceremony on a boat, beautiful scenery and some hilarious moments with those who walk the streets of Toronto after the sun sets.

My former coworker has visited the downtown core mostly by car. I prefer to commute via the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) or by foot. We met at Downsview Station and subwayed down to Union. After checking out Harbourfront, we decided to grab a bite. For the first time, we both experienced Houston Avenue Bar and Grill, a restaurant at Yonge and Front Sts. I had BBQ salmon with grilled leeks, oyster mushrooms and roasted potatoes. The restaurant was dimly lit and carried a black, white and red theme. Most of the tables were white and accompanied by red sofa-like chairs. For the Yonge and Front area, I was expecting my meal to cost over $30.00. With tip, my meal came out to exactly that. I left content, not overly full, with enough room for Yogurty’s.

As I’ve been to the Yogurty’s in the Trinity-Bellwoods area before, and since there was no rain in sight, we walked to my not-so-guilty pleasure and enjoyed a cooling treat after walking in the heat. I tried the maple flavour frozen yogurt in honour of the weekend prior (Happy Belated Birthday Canada) and mixed it with chocolate. Yum.

None other than Yogurty's froyo with chocolate and maple flavours. I topped this baby with cookie dough bits, chopped Oreos and strawberries. Nom!
None other than Yogurty’s froyo with chocolate and maple flavours. I topped this baby with cookie dough bits, chopped Oreos and strawberries. Nom!

Sunday came with a late wakeup, an early afternoon drive to Whitchurch-Stouffville to buy freshly picked Ontario strawberries and a visit to my Nonno and Nonna’s for dinner.

What did you get up to this weekend?

xo

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