Just a few snapshots around TO.
1. A neon green bike spotted in front of Honest Ed's a few weeks ago, already it's been disassembled. I wonder if it was worth anything.
2. A bald man with octopus hair that I almost stepped on my way to Oskar's office.
3. A series of little boy's room art that I saw and loved at an open house.
4. Some layered paper and graffiti in front of a building from my old hood.


With the impending deadline of baby looming. Oskar and I have been trying to do everything under the sun that our friends told us we won't have time, energy, nor money to do post-baby. So we went to the Mumford & Sons concert at the ACC. I had no idea how popular they were. I'd only heard them on CBC Radio 2 a handful of times. They sold out the ACC! Good for them and they were awesome live.

The Aquarium

I love my iphone. I've pretty much left my camera to collect dust and use my iphone camera for everything. It's so handy, and of course always with me. Plus, in between taking pictures I get to play words with friends.
It was fun to walk around the birch aquarium and see all the neon coloured under water creatures.
Oskar's favourites were the sea horses.
I thought the shark cases with eggs that were incubating were pretty cool. They were backlit so I could see the shark babies swimming around in their cases. A man that worked there came over to me and explained that the female shark lets the egg and case go into the water and they are left floating free on the ocean to develop. Once they are ready, they break out of the casing and start their life alone (if they don't get immediately eaten by predators). A far cry from how people gestate and raise their young. Us humans are so high maintenance, it's amazing we've lasted for as long as we have.

The Getty

One of the major treats on my vacation was going to the Getty, outside of LA. Considering we paid 10-20 dollars per person to go to galleries and small museums along our way, I was floored when we had to only pay 10 dollars for our parking at the Getty.
We then got treated to a ride up the mountain side, with stunning views, and got let off at the amazing delight of the architectural beauty that is the Getty.
I thought for sure they were going to gauge us at the cafeteria, but even then the prices were reasonable and the food good!
My favourite was walking through the gardens, while sipping on an iced coffee, looking up at the Getty's cluster of buildings and out at the Hollywood Hills.

Around the town

My favourite by far are the 2 nights we spent in Manhattan Beach. Great food, really active yet laid back people(which I was not expecting from LA, at all), and a boardwalk that extended for more than 25 miles (which we took full advantage on with our hotel bikes). I think Oskar said he left his wallet in El Segundo 50 times.

Pre-baby vacation in Cali

To celebrate our last few weeks together as a couple, Oskar and I headed west to Southern California. Hoping to extend our summer, but it ended up be cooler weather in Cali then Toronto thanks to the tropical storm off the coast.
We flew into San Diego and then made our way very slowly up to LA. I didn't want to be too ambitious with our vacation plans since I was 35 weeks at the time.

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