Lunch date in Ottawa 

I must confess, Kelvin and I do not always capitalize on the fact that we have lots of help with Andy (at least, not when it comes to evening dates). By the time we put Andy down for bed, rather than get ready to go out for dinner, it’s much more desirable to just kick back, have dinner together at home, and watch Casey Neistat vlogs. However, when the opportunity arises, we do find ourselves out of town for the day without Andy.

Last week, Kelvin and I took a drive up to Ottawa to hit IKEA and T&T. We bought about $150 worth of storage bins (👌) and another dual case of the specific Asian chicken broth that we like to use. For lunch in between, following an amuse bouche of IKEA Swedish meatballs, we headed to Whalesbone Oyster House on Bank Street.

The storefront isn’t huge, and the sign is somewhat dark, so it can be hard to spot. This might also have something to do with the fact that it was hailing as we drove up (what!). Anyways, we were arriving around 1 pm on a Thursday and we found a spot easily.


We got ourselves 12 oysters for $35. We tend to like sweeter, plumper oysters, and though all three varieties were different, we enjoyed them all. We also got an order of fish and chips, but I forgot to take a picture before we ate them. They were delicious and light.

We also got churros, because whenever Kelvin sees churros, he has to get them. This, unfortunately, was a disappointment. At $9 a plate, it definitely wasn’t worth it. The exterior was too crisp and the interior too soft, which makes me think they were from frozen. Which in hindsight probably makes sense, since oysters and churros aren’t often found together. That’s okay, lesson learned.

All in all, a really enjoyable experience. Next time, we’ll come back and try the lobster roll.

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Andy is slowly getting back to his usual self. He has now traded his fever for a cold and his laboured breathing makes him sound like Darth Vader, but at least he is active and smiley once more. And he doesn’t cry when we put him on the ground. 

  
We are working on getting him to sleep through the night once more, so that has been its own beast. There have been multiple nights of some pretty wicked crying. In the last ten months, there have definitely been many moments in which I’ve been extremely frustrated and have turned to the Internet for help and solace, only to become more frustrated or confused. I looked up sleep schedules and they were all over the map. 

In other news, Andy now has 7 teeth, and when he bites you it hurts. Attempts have been made to get him to stop, but I think it is mostly exploratory right now so there isn’t much we can do. This also translates to him taking bites out of his food, which is really funny. Regardless of how small and item is already, he likes to take one bite first, just because he can. He has also made some progress in developing his fine motor skills in his right hand, especially when it comes to feeding himself. (But as you can see in the picture below, he still prefers his left hand…)

  
We’ve left the baby gate off his room more frequently since we are home and are watching him when he plays. The cutest thing is when he is playing in his room with me, hears Kelvin in our bedroom, then promptly crawls out of the room to find him. We may need to get some knee patches for his pants if this keeps up.  

On the home front, we took an Andy-less trip up to Ottawa for brunch and a visit to IKEA. We ate at Baker Street Cafe, which sadly we did not find as awesome as the hype made it out to be. I mean, there was a line for it. An out the door and onto the snowy Westboro streets line. We had a fairly successful time at IKEA, though, picking up a great new shelf that really changes the aesthetic of our main floor, a much-needed mirror for our front entrance, and a few other knick knacks. Kelvin also got around to treating our dining room table. 

  

All in all, it’s been a successful second week of the holidays. I’m looking forward to finishing some books and starting new ones, and to getting back into the groove of teaching by crafting a work plan for the remainder of the 2015/2016 school year.  

Hope your first week of 2016 was great!

a fall summer in ottawa

spent the weekend with my family in ottawa. the weather was absolutely GORGEOUS, and we settled in nicely as we arrived saturday afternoon. we always stay at the westin in ottawa (great location, love the brand), and this time we had a stunning view of wellington street as opposed to our usual view down into the rideau centre. it inspired me to sketch. here’s my (not to scale) take on the heart of wellington at the canal.

our family has always been a very go-go-go type of family when we’re on vacation. lately, though, we have taken to slowing down and just enjoying each other’s company. this holiday was no exception to that. some good food (cupcakes at thimble cakes, dinner at side door and at social), some good wandering (at gatineau park and in the market), and some good learning (at the diefenbunker).

all in all, i have renewed my love for ottawa (which waned following a few visits with below average food and cold temperatures). i will hopefully be returning shortly…