TGIF: Hello from Toronto!

Hello again, friends! Sorry for the radio silence this week. I tried to write a post for Wednesday, but travel and jet lag left me unable to form words for a few days. (Seriously, I’m so glad I didn’t publish what I wrote on Tuesday night… it would’ve been embarrassing.) But I’m here now! And, after we look at my budgets next week, I have some great posts lined up for September.

Even though I’m in Toronto right now, and I love being here, I have to admit: I had an amazing time in Edmonton. For starters, can we talk about the food? Who knew Edmonton would have so many amazing restaurants!? Some of my favourite meals were: brunch at Urban Diner, lunch at Blue Plate Diner, dinners at Tres Carnales (the best Mexican food I’ve ever had) and Rostizado, and dessert and tea at Duchess. Have I ever told you guys that I’m obsessed with key lime pie? Well, the best key lime pie award goes to Duchess.

Besides just dining out, we spent a lot of time walking around and exploring the city. We stayed downtown, so we walked all over that area. We also walked along Whyte Ave. and checked out some of the street performers at Fringe Fest. We went for a good 5-6K walk along River Valley, one afternoon. And, of course, we explored the U of A campus a bit. I don’t think I could ever live in Edmonton, but I will happily visit Baby Bro, Mikhaila, Cassie and other friends there anytime!

It took us 12.5 hours to drive from Edmonton to Vancouver on Monday, then I flew Vancouver -> Calgary -> Toronto on Tuesday; a little backwards, right? Meh! I landed in Toronto late Tuesday afternoon and it’s been go go go ever since, which is how my trips out here usually are. For that reason, I love staying with Roomie. She’s a little slice of home for me, and also gives me a home base when I’m here. I also love being in the office with everyone. On Wednesday, I had my two-year performance review and all I could think after was… has it really been two years!? Where has the time gone? RateHub.ca has changed so much, since 2012. I can’t wait to see what the rest of 2014/15 holds for us!

The high of my week was getting a raise at work! I don’t think it’ll kick in until October 1st, but I’m so excited to see how it changes my savings goals / targets. (No lifestyle inflation with this one – it’s all going in the bank!)

A blog post I loved was Enough With the Emergency Fund, Sort Of, which Sandi Martin wrote for Boomer & Echo. I’ve been thinking a lot about my own EF lately, and what purpose it’ll serve in the next couple of years. More on that later, but give this post a read.

The best money I spent was $26 on dinner out with Jess last night. We caught up on life, then chatted more about our meet-up next week. If you want to come talk money with us, we’d love to see you! Grab a ticket (you don’t have to print it, we just need numbers) and just bring yourself and an open mind.

And I actually don’t really have many plans this weekend. I honestly just want to relax, read a bit and catch up on shows…

How was your week? What are you up to this weekend?