Actually, all my internet friends are the ones who really rock! Thanks so much for the support and pumping me up with courage. At one point, I turned to Bob and said, 'I blogged about going to Toronto so we have no choice now!'
Not only did we get to Toronto, we went on an overcast, lousy day! That's how the 'killer' trip was only with more snow ;)
I was more anxious before we left town and I have funny pics for you guys. I took a picture of Bob as we went through the Tim Horton's drive-thru. He turns and says 'you're kidding, we haven't left Ancaster (the red star on the map) yet.' I say 'I know, but I need proof that we are where we say we are!'
The fun part about life with Bob is the goofing around. There were a few times during the trip where I would point the camera at myself and go 'Cindy's third panic attack in Toronto!' and we'd laugh. (I didn't have any panic attacks just so you know!) I'd do this when things weren't exactly going our way and there were a few bumps in the road but I may never shop any where else but in Toronto for the rest of my life!!
Here's a highway shot to show you the traffic and the miserableness of the day. Ohhhh, ahhhhh. We even drove by the Airport but I didn't understand what Bob said until it was too late - 'take pictures of the planes!'. Ooops. Stupid digital camera needs a minute to turn on and well, we were on the highway so it was over.
I knew where we were going in Toronto which was the west side and with the overcast day I wasn't going to get a picture of the CN Tower so I kept trying to pick out landmarks. At one point I see the sign for the Woodbine Racetrack and I grab the camera but it was too late once again.
So, you will have to take my word for it. I was there!
Here is the first place we went to, the Castlefield Design Centre (this is where we hit some roadblocks because the retailers don't have their stores connected and it was raining and we went one way which was wrong but the people in the building are office workers and don't wish to help the two people dressed in shorts and T-shirts - C-Rex was seen in the building).
Now, let's talk about sticker shock, shall we? I didn't know people had that kind of money!
We walk in and there are knick knacks at the front of the store. You know. Stuff you would see at a Homesense for 20 bucks is easily 300 dollars. That's when I knew we really were in Toronto.
The first thing that catches my eye are these great canopies over wonderful little day beds and OMG, they are for the outdoors! So I'm all over these thinking how cool they would be out by the pool. I flip the tag and stare really hard. Does that say $7000.00? I suddenly worried I was in a museum and I was going to be asked to leave for daring to touch the exhibit. After that I decided to just look and not look at the prices. Hey, sometimes I'm very handy. Okay, rarely. But! I'm cheap so I would soooo make this and laugh...but, I'm not going to make it cause I'm busy, you know, with stuff.
Here's the book lovers part though. We came across these bookcases (below) and I didn't think they were badly priced for three grand but I wasn't sure it included everything I was looking at. Still, I have Bob so I asked if he could build me these in my library. He said, 'No problem.' *sigh* I love this guy! I think you can click on the picture to blow up the details. I sighed already right?
Okay, now just random shots of the other places we were in because I'm sure I am going on and on and on and really, there are other blogs to visit!
I said I wasn't going to talk anymore but when have I ever shut up. This picture below is so gorgeous and I just wanted to move into the showroom!
The picture on the left - Is that not a wet dream kitchen!? Whadya think Kristie? I think you and Lisa could build this in a couple of Saturdays ;) I cried a little.
This was the next store that blew our minds. It's called Gingers/Summerhill and on the right you can see the taps that we not only purchased, but were able to take with us because some stores in Toronto actually carry stock!
Bob peed a little at that news.
Final picture because, WOW, this is long!
These tiles are the idea I am trying to emulate in our downstairs bathroom.
I could wax poetic about the tile stores in Toronto. We went to two. In the second one Bob had a little hissy. We're walking around the showroom which is huge and there are tiles every where and Bob turns and says 'I don't understand, I thought we already had the concept for the tiling! Why are we here? We should be at to the Home Depot!'
'Awwww, is poor Bobby getting overwhelmed by all the selection?' (Seriously sitting at Home Depot looking at plumbing parts doesn't rock my boat but I'm sure I don't complain *snort*)
Bob: Uh, I think that was the hunger talking.
We left our house at 8am with the pit stop at Timmies for a donut. At that point it was 12:30 and all we had to eat were a few animal crackers. Somebody gets cranky when they are hungry - usually it's me!
So all in all we went to one, two, carry the .... EIGHT different stores!! Holy cow! I thought we only did four.
Get this we went to this place called The Door Store (which honestly, smelled like urine) but I didn't carry the camera in because we had been to three stores and I figured I had plenty of shots. The Door Store is actually just that. It is a store full of reclaimed doors and there are some true beauties - I told Bob not to take me there because he ordered our front door from Home Depot (remember huge phallus?) when I was so gunho to find a great door. Well, here were great doors. Bob turns and says 'where's the camera?' 'Uh, out in the car.' 'WHAT!? This is the kind of store you take pictures in!'
Men are so cute.