Ryborg 365

2014: A Toronto law student in his final of 9 years of post-secondary school embarks on a constant journey of self-discovery and cheeseburgers, adjusting to life as a husband!

2013: A Toronto law student planning a wedding (newly married!) hops on the "Project 365" bandwagon for 2013, posting the mundane but sometimes riveting days of his life in a year of many changes. [year-in-review post!]

07/21/14 - It was a busy day today as we got ready for our road trip to Chicago this week, while Steph is on holidays. I ran some errands and scrubbed my car inside and out, to prepare for the trip. We took Wicket to Ajax so that he could stay with Steph’s parents, and in the evening we caught another soccer game. This was a legends match between Portugal and Italy. Unfortunately, the good guys lost and it was a sloppy and largely uninteresting game. However, we made the most of it and had fun, plus Steph got to wear her new Ronaldo shirt. We saw Madi off to the GO train, and made our way home after a McSnack.
07/20/14 - Another day in Peterborough, and this time we stayed with the Luloffs. We had a delicious and hearty breakfast and lunch, hung out with the kids and played trains, played Cards Against Humanity while the kids napped, went to the park, ate donuts, and Wicket had a blast. Jacob and Amelia are such sweet kids, and it is always nice for Steph and I to get time with other people’s kids as a warmup for parenthood. After dinner, we popped in to see the Malloys and made our way back to Brampton.
07/19/14 - We had a day at the lake with the Marples and Ferreiras in Bancroft! Wicket had his first swim, and we spent the day outside in the sun and clouds, splashing around, playing soccer, and eating good food. Then we spent the night at the Luloffs’ in Peterborough and drank too much wine.
07/18/14 - It was a pretty lazy day as I slept in, made a smoothie, and spent most of the afternoon and evening reading (R. A. Dickey’s autobiography - which is outstanding). Later in the evening, Wicket and I were finally reunited with Steph, who finally returned from her conference in London. We ordered Swiss Chalet and crashed early.
07/17/14 - It was the last day in my mini Peterborough vacation today, and it was a busy one. I was up bright and early for a couple hours of tennis with Thom, then we refuelled with delicious sushi. I had a long overdue appointment with the dentist, which ended up being extended because I unexpectedly had to have a small cavity filled. To cap off the trip, I went to watch Adrianna’s soccer game. She wanted to score a goal as a belated birthday gift, and she delivered in the first five minutes of the game! She played really great, and I have missed watching her play. After the game, Wicket and I made our way back to Brampton.
07/16/14 - Another day in Peterborough, and it started early and with very little sleep. Adrianna was in a day camp, so Sarah, Em, Wicket, and I headed to the Wednesday Farmer’s Market first thing. We had some amazing Fair Trade Coffee and bought some delicious fudge. In the afternoon, I played tennis with Thom for three solid hours. It has been ages since we played, and we haven’t lost a step. I also got an awkward suntan on my arm from my sweatband. For dinner we all went to Reggie’s for delicious burgers (because the Apollo Grill was full), then hit the zoo. We got to see a baby wallaby in it’s mother’s pouch, with both of them grazing in the grass, which was very cool.
07/15/14 - My birthday! I was still in Peterborough for the day and celebrated with the Malloys, as Steph was still in London. We started the day early with a delicious breakfast at the Speakeasy (where Adrianna thought Al Pacino on a poster had a sausage in his mouth - it was a cigar). Then I was able to get into Inspiration Tattoos and get this text on the inside of my bicep (my wedding date, in Roman numerals) with a last minute cancellation. I took Adrianna in with me and she loved watching (and getting to feed koi and eat a ring pop didn’t hurt). After the tattoo we went to the mall and did a bit of shopping, then relaxed for the afternoon. We had a delicious BBQ with corn and burgers, then went for yogurt at yoyos. The night capped off with some baseball (MLB All-Star Game), and with that, I’m 28.
07/14/14 - Today I spent my first of a few days in Peterborough and had dinner at the Malloys’. Sarah made a delicious homemade split pea and ham soup, and Emeson modelled my new Jays All-Star Game cap with his new jersey. After dinner, we took a trip to Petsmart, where Adrianna was convinced that she’s getting a parrot, and Wicket picked a fight with a bulldog. Our night ended quietly, watching the Home Run Derby… Jose Bautista made the semifinal, but Yoenis Cespedes was too much for everyone, and was the first repeat champ since Ken Griffey Jr.
07/13/14 - We checked out of the hotel this morning and had an amazing breakfast at the King Edward. Afterwards, we took a walk to the Rogers Centre so that I could find the Blue Jays’ all-star cap, which I haven’t been able to find anywhere. The smaller shop didn’t have it, and they said that it was not in stock, but the bigger shop at the lower concourse had it! We also checked out the memorabilia museum, then made our way out of the city. After a stopover at the Banana Republic factory store in Ajax, we watched Germany win the World Cup (boo) and had dinner with Steph’s parents. Her mom surprised me with a homemade ice cream cake for my birthday, which was unbelievable. Sadly, after we went home to Brampton, Steph had to head to London to work for the week, so I will be spending a few days in Peterborough with Wicket.
07/12/14 - We were celebrating my birthday early this weekend since Steph will be away for work on Tuesday, and it was an excellent day in the city. We started with breakfast in Ajax with Steph’s parents and did a bit of shopping at the Eaton Centre. Then we checked into our hotel at the King Edward (my new fave), and made our way down to BMO Field for the Toronto FC game. We had incredible seats, at midfield, only 4 rows behind the dugout… so close that we could hear the coach yelling and the players talking on the field. We also had an enviable view of the Toronto skyline. It was my first TFC match and the atmosphere is electric. Our prized horse Jermaine Defoe led the team to a dramatic 4-2 victory after being down two goals, and I can honestly say that this game was more exciting than half the World Cup games I’ve seen on TV. After the game we went down to the Distillery District and had an amazing meal at the Mill Street Brew Pub, with fantastic service. The calamari was decadent, my ribs and corn melted in my mouth, and the beer was of course, outstanding. Great celebration!
07/11/14 - I had to put my signed Devon White ball in a case because Wicket clearly has designs on chewing it up. You can also see faintly in the background my Simpsons Lego set, of which I have finally collected all 16 minifigures. Today I spent the day cleaning up around the house and planning our American road trip that we will be taking the week after next. We booked a great hotel only 5 blocks from Wrigley Field in Chicago, and another near Miller Park in Milwaukee. This evening, we took a trip to Ajax and spent the night, and we will be leaving Wicket, while Steph and I celebrate my birthday in Toronto at a TFC game. Madi and I played some late night soccer in the dark and Wicket decided to put dimples in his replica Brazuca ball.
07/10/14 - I was feeling a bit better today and I didn’t want to miss out on our baseball game tonight, so I pushed through and made the trek to Kitchener. We played a tough defence team, and I was in Centre Field for the first time in many years. Despite my channeling Ken Griffey in knocking a bases loaded double and a long home run, and Steph going 3/3 in her best Melky Cabrera impression, our team lost by one run. We had a blast though, and this will be our last game for a while. Next week Steph will be in Crown school (or ‘court camp’, as her dad calls it) and I will be in Peterborough. The week after, we plan to be in Chicago. The week after that, we will be rocking out at the Jack White concert in Toronto. Steph will be available the following week, but it will be my first week of articling and I’ll be stationed in Toronto. In a fitting tribute to the day, I finished Mariano Rivera’s autobiography, ‘The Closer’. It was a decent read, but I wish he was a bit more thorough with details in the book, and he tried so hard to be nonpartisan that it felt a bit contrived at times.
07/09/14 - I was feeling pretty under the weather today, so I read in bed for a good part of the day. Then I napped while watching a boring semi-final World Cup game between Argentina and Netherlands. My amazing birthday gift from Steph, a limited edition Manchester United Wayne Rooney jersey, came today and it is beautiful. I spent the evening working in the garden (but it was too dark to get a quality photo).

07/09/14 - I was feeling pretty under the weather today, so I read in bed for a good part of the day. Then I napped while watching a boring semi-final World Cup game between Argentina and Netherlands. My amazing birthday gift from Steph, a limited edition Manchester United Wayne Rooney jersey, came today and it is beautiful. I spent the evening working in the garden (but it was too dark to get a quality photo).

07/08/14 - It was an intensely rainy day, which means that my buddies the snails are back! I took my car to Steph’s dad’s shop in Scarborough for a tune-up and to (finally) get my snow tires off. When stopping for coffee, an older guy in work boots and a Portugal cap took a glance at my Meireles jersey, did a double-take, and gave me a knowing nod. On my way back to Brampton, the rain was coming down so heavily that I was reduced to 60km/h on the 407. I stopped by the mall and got an amazing birthday gift for Emerson (a Jays cap with his name embroidered - that photo will have to wait until it is on his head at his birthday party on the 26th). I also had a remarkably refreshing Booster Juice and finally transferred my Good Life membership, so I no longer have excuses not to get fit. The rest of the day was chill, as I watched Germany mutilate Brazil 7-1 in one of the biggest shockers in World Cup history, and did some reading and training with Wicket. Holidays are great!

07/08/14 - It was an intensely rainy day, which means that my buddies the snails are back! I took my car to Steph’s dad’s shop in Scarborough for a tune-up and to (finally) get my snow tires off. When stopping for coffee, an older guy in work boots and a Portugal cap took a glance at my Meireles jersey, did a double-take, and gave me a knowing nod. On my way back to Brampton, the rain was coming down so heavily that I was reduced to 60km/h on the 407. I stopped by the mall and got an amazing birthday gift for Emerson (a Jays cap with his name embroidered - that photo will have to wait until it is on his head at his birthday party on the 26th). I also had a remarkably refreshing Booster Juice and finally transferred my Good Life membership, so I no longer have excuses not to get fit. The rest of the day was chill, as I watched Germany mutilate Brazil 7-1 in one of the biggest shockers in World Cup history, and did some reading and training with Wicket. Holidays are great!

07/07/14 - It was a pretty lazy day around the house today, as Wicket was under the weather. I did have an exceptional mail day though, as my Raul Meireles Portugal jersey came and my Jack White Lazaretto album preorder arrived (4 weeks late, but on beautiful split blue/white vinyl).