Weekender {Father's Day Edition}

June 17, 2013

Lots of work this past weekend, but oh-so-much-fun!

We were attending the Gatsby Gala, a fundraiser for Kids Kottage, and the invitation indicated that we should look period-specific (20s) and formal. I love the buttons on this gown - my aunt had them made for me in Hong Kong!

The event was pretty spectacular. I can't remember the last time I have seen a room so beautiful. The veranda was decked out with white lounge seating and feather pillows, the flowers were incredible, and everything was just so... sparkly. I think elegant touches did the decor.

 We took a #workingnightout photo for the fridge.

 The next day, I taught piano as usual. In the evening I took the train downtown to meet Don who was at TEDx all day.

It has been too long since I have been to Tres Carnales! While in line we sipped sangria while making friends with the couple in front of us, and the trio behind us. The trio turned out to be United Airlines flight attendants and we had a wonderful time chatting away. Apparently we appeared to be so cozy, the boys thought we were all one party and we were presented with tequila for 7.

I like making new friends. 

After dinner we skipped over to the Westin to hear Rick Mercer speak. New friend Mike described Mercer to new American friends as Canada's Steven Colbert, which we thought was an apt description.  The talk was AWESOME. Before it started I wondered how a 90 minute talk could possibly stay interesting the whole time, but Mercer had a great and exciting tempo. 

Details aside, the half is glass full, my friends. We little people have the capability of exhibiting big strength and collective influence in our acts of kindness.


And after the talk, we whisked ourselves off to the Africa Centre's Gala, where we arrived in time for a pretty moving speech and then... DANCING!

After a sleep, we rolled out of bed and over to the the Mayor's Pride Brunch in support of Camp fYrefly:
Camp fYrefly is Canada's only national leadership retreat for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-identified, two-spirited, intersexed, queer, questioning, and allied youth.
I always cry at this event. The stories from the kids and families who attend the camp are so moving and it's touching to see the strength of these young people who are going through this journey of acceptance and self-love. 
Here we are with our table of friends, who are all friends of fYrefly!

And FINALLY. Father's Day. 

Had some family over for BBQ. Made a mess of toys. Made a lot of dishes. Took some silly photos. 

Spent time with the whole family, which is what it's all about.

And... time to continue rolling this week!


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