Surprised By The Weather

After a winter of very little weather, my return to Toronto was heralded with snow, lots of snow.

CouchedIt started with a gentle snow at the airport causing us to taxi around and delaying our deplaning.  I got home and found a living room set on the lawn, tucked into the snow as if had been an active living room for months.

But there was no time to be a couch potato, Tuesday & Wednesday were spent preparing for yet another season of Taxmas and entertaining our most recent couch resident – stampgeek.

Thursday was my day to catch up on 10 days worth of backlogged emails; over 1000 photos of snow, trees, dogs and dad; and getting business back on track.  I decided to head to a coffee shop and avoid the distractions of being in the house.

I headed out into a cool but lovely day.  Dropped in at Ruchi for their $5.99 Chicken Lunch Special (Thursday & Friday are Butter Chicken days), which is served as a thali with a daal, a chickpea saag, papadum, rice, salad and a gulab jamun.  I was a little disappointed since it was good but not up to the standard they’ve set the other times I’ve eaten there.

Then I wandered around looking for a suitable HotSpot.  I ended up in the Manulife Centre pulling WIFI from the Bloor Street Diner but sitting by the escalators.

You might wonder why I’m including that detail.  It’s because there are NO WINDOWS where I was.  None.  So when I saw Tanja’s out the backwindows and Rannie’s Yonge and Sheppard Snow Storm at 3pm, I was more than a little surprised.

I packed up quickly and started to head home… in near white out conditions.  The wind was whipping, the snow was dumping down, the streets northbound were packed with traffic crawling home before the weather got even worse.

Wind WalkersTaxi!Bay & Bloor Bug Scarf WrappingI got home around 5pm, (yes 2 hours to get from Bay & Bloor to Gerrard & Jarvis).

I whipped up a Tom Kha Gai with rice noodles and a side mango salad.  Nice fresh flavours for a cold blustery night.

All rushing, taxes and snow aside, I’m happy to be home, though I think I should have tucked a couple of dogs and a dogsled into my luggage.

p.s. Some of these photos appear in a NowPublic news story: Huge snow storm hits Toronto.

Alexa Clark

Alexa is a digital marketer and author with over 20 years in digital & interactive communications in the food and tech industries. Alexa's CheapEats Restaurant Guides, for both Toronto & Ottawa, were Canadian best sellers. She is a recognized authority on social media and has been named one of Canada's 20 Leading Women in Social Media.

3 thoughts on “Surprised By The Weather

  • March 3, 2007 at 4:54 pm

    All I can think is that it’s good your trip home didn’t include That Hill.

  • March 4, 2007 at 12:33 am

    Meanwhile back on the river, folks are still walking all the way out to see the photos. Your storm hit here in NB yesterday. Today there are new tracks out looking at trees, and a delightful person of snow standing guard over one of the trees.
    50 paces still rolling…

  • March 4, 2007 at 8:12 am

    Paul – you know it!
    sandy – thanks for the update but photos, man, photos! I’d love to see the snow guard.


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