Yesterday, I redirected my thoughts off all this recent unpleasantness to focus on my birthday gal.
We kicked things off with an early morning surprise – a present, lovingly wrapped in cardboard and tape, compliment so the fine folks at Amazon. For Akemi = the two bottles of Thann wood essential oils that actually smell more like orange, but what do I know.
(Trivia: This was on her Christmas list but I failed to get them for her, so I got her two for her birthday to make up for the oversight!)
Then, we hit the gym where Akemi ran through her usual low intensity workout while I multi-tasked: running, watching sports highlights, and learning Japanese.
(Trivia: A three minute jog is enough to completely Akemi and have her complaining about sore legs for days!)
Then, it was time for our morning walk –
(Trivia: If Suji doesn’t have her boots on by 10:30 a.m. at the latest, she will cry until we eventually give in and take her out).
For lunch, we hit Momofuku for bao’s and crack pie –
(Trivia: Former Stargate EP Robert Cooper makes a fantastic home made version!)
From there, we headed to the Shangri-la hotel spa for our one hour couple’s massage and 15 minute head treatment:
We headed back home to feed the dogs, and then it was time to dress up and head out once again –
(Trivia: Back in Vancouver, Akemi vowed to throw out her favorite boots after Bubba peed on them. But now that Bubba’s gone, those boots are a fond – and cleaned – remembrance of him.)
We hit our favorite Toronto sushi spot: Yasu Sushi-Bar
(Trivia: Every sushi meal ends with the egg omelet, tamago. Akemi is a big fan of the edges they usually trim away. When they ask us if we’d like anything else, I’ll usually order a couple of extra pieces of uni for me, and those discarded edges for Akemi. They’re called hashiko in Japanese. Thus, when we go out for sushi, I refer to her as Hashiko-chan).
On our way home, we pass by a new dessert place and decide to drop in and check it out.
We order the ube soft serve that tastes like pandan and coconut, but is delicious nevertheless.
(Trivia: Akemi is so obsessed with Hong Kong waffle cones that she actually wants to visit Hong Kong so that she can sample the originals).
Otanjobi omedetto gozaimasu yo!