By Evan Carmichael on August 6th, 2009
I usually get a blog post up midway through the week but it was my wife’s birthday yesterday and we spent the day out together – cell phones, laptops, and responsibilities were left behind! I thought in lieu of not posting this week I would share what we ended up doing yesterday. I promise next week to get back on the regular schedule and I’ll be continuing my series on making money through Google’s AdSense program.
We started off the day looking at houses with Jim Stella. We’re looking at buying or building a new home and Jim has always been a trusted family friend with a great eye for real estate. There is one house in particular that we’re interested in but there is a conditional offer on it that expires today. We’ll find out today if it goes through or not and if there is a chance for us to put a bid in!
Next up was meeting with our architect Erik Calhoun. We’ve been discussing the pros and cons of buying a bungalow, tearing it down and building a dream house, or just buying an existing house and making it fit our style. We discovered that if you’re adding to the foundation of a house then it can take 4 months just to get the permits to do it. The best bet is to find a bungalow with good bones (double car garage, wide first floor, big basement) and then retrofit the first floor and build a second story on top. We’re keeping Erik in the loop as we continue our house search.
We then hopped on our Vespa and headed down to see Kim Gans. Kim recently opened a bake shop called Sweet Flour where you can custom make your own gourmet cookie on the spot. I went with regular dough, white chocolate chunks, toffee bits, and a salty caramel glaze. It was the best cookie I’ve ever had! I wish I took a picture of it! My wife and I did manage to snap a shot outside Sweet Flour – it’s the picture you see at the top of this post.
As dinner approached we took a ride to Nami, one of my favorite Japanese restaurants in Toronto. It’s authentic food and always tastes great! We had a mix of their specialty rolls which are always extremely tasty but light and talked about how much fun the day had been so far! It’s an upscale restaurant but never burns a hole in the wallet if you’re going for an evening out.
We closed the night watching “500 Days of Summer.” It’s a fun romantic comedy and was on my wife’s must-watch list for a long time. It was much better than I expected and was a great way to close the night. If you’re looking for a date night with the spouse or girlfriend / boyfriend, you’ll enjoy this movie!
It was all in all a jam packed day and it was tons of fun! I’m not sure what I’m going to do for her birthday next year but there is a year to plan it out. In the meantime, I promise to get back down to business with the blog posts next week!
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