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!]

07/31/14 - We ended July(!) with a huge bang, finally seeing Jack White in concert! I wasn’t feeling very well for most of the day, but none of that mattered when the rock legend and his band took the stage. They wowed us with classic White Stripes and Raconteurs jams, along with some of his choice new material. Jack always seems to assemble excellent bands that compliment his music well, and this was no exception. He had great chemistry with his fiddler, Lillie Mae, and he played off the crowd very well. 2.5 of the best concert hours of my life!
07/30/14 - I finally got a Jermaine Defoe TFC jersey that fits today! In one of my last days of freedom, I spent most of the day cleaning and making the house sparkle. Steph came home from work at a decent time and we had a meeting with professional dog walkers for Wicket, which went well. We went out for burritos and Starbucks and I got a new (Blue Jays!) house key cut. It felt like a very productive but low-stress day.
07/29/14 - I tried to get as much done on my to-do list as I could today. Moore’s is having a suit drive, so I took two of my suits that don’t fit anymore and donated them. In return, I got a 50% off coupon, so I decided to update my wardrobe before I start articling next week. I ended up getting this beautiful blue Tommy Hilfiger suit that miraculously fit me right off the rack. After, I took Steph’s car and gave it a thorough interior and exterior cleaning. I did some work around the house and cooked a decent meal.
07/28/14 - A mostly lazy day at home to start my last week before I go back to work. I knocked some things off my to-do list and did some reading. The day was capped off with some pizza, beer, and a Blue Jays blowout of the Red Sox when Steph got home from work.
07/27/14 - Our first relaxing day at home as a family in weeks! It felt good to be back and to be able to veg out a bit with Steph and Wicket. We caught up on recent episodes of Impractical Jokers and ordered some Greek food for dinner. Steph went to get her hair trimmed, and I had a decent run around the neighborhood and workout. Unfortunately, I had to make good on my promise to Steph that I’d trim down my beard if I passed the bar exams, so this was the result. Two months of growth gone!
07/26/14 - Despite getting very little sleep and driving for 14+ hour yesterday, we made the trek to Peterborough for Emerson’s first birthday party! First, (after a Starbucks run) we stopped in Ajax for a short visit with Steph’s family and to be reunited with our pup. It was a short but eventful visit, as Madison casually dropped an S-bomb in front of his dad (when importantly exclaiming about how few cookies that I ate in Chicago). Peterborough was great and we had a good portion of our old group of friends back together again, making it an oddly nostalgic celebration of Em’s birthday. Oh, and despite this picture, Em didn’t really get the birthday blues and he loved his custom Blue Jays had that we had embroidered with his name!
07/25/14 - Just hold on, we’re going home… After 1000 km and more than 13 hours on the road. The road from Milwaukee to Brampton was at times turbulent, but we managed to stay entertained on a long drive home. My eyes dried up a few times and it was easily the most driving I’ve ever done in a day, but it was nice to have the time alone with my love. That is, until we hit the Detroit-Windsor tunnel to get back to Canada. We flew through with no problem on the way into the US, but the tunnel was very backed up this time, and took half an hour to get through. The day also wasn’t without life changing news, as I got an email somewhere in Michigan that I passed the bar exams, so they are now a distant memory!!!
07/24/14 - Today was a considerably more hectic day in the US. We checked out of our Chicago hotel at 11am and made our way downtown to explore the Magnificent Mile. It was like a bigger, more upscale Bloor West in Toronto, and again, we were taken aback by the architecture. We also checked out the Sears Tower (but didn’t make it up, since the wait times were up to 4 hours!!), which had a farmers market outside. We could have explored Chicago for weeks, but after some incredible deep dish pizza at Gino’s East, we made our way 2 hours north to Milwaukee to spend a night and catch a Brewers game. We made it just in time for the game after a tumultuous drive, and Miller Park is truly impressive. Effectively the complete opposite of what we experienced at Wrigley last night, it is a very modern and up-to-date park, complete with a retractable roof, rock climbing wall in the upper deck, and fireworks after every Brewers home run. It is basically what the Skydome would be if it were built a decade later. For a smaller city, the Brewers fanbase appears to be rabid and abundant. It was quite different from the Chicago baseball culture, but strong nonetheless. The Brewers easily handled the Mets, as we watched from three rows off the field, directly beside the Mets bullpen. Poor Steph with her cheese allergy was grossly out of her element in Wisconsin, and was taunted for asking for cheese fries without cheese. After a whirlwind of a day, we were both very rundown and made our way back to our hotel south of the stadium to crash.

07/24/14 - Today was a considerably more hectic day in the US. We checked out of our Chicago hotel at 11am and made our way downtown to explore the Magnificent Mile. It was like a bigger, more upscale Bloor West in Toronto, and again, we were taken aback by the architecture. We also checked out the Sears Tower (but didn’t make it up, since the wait times were up to 4 hours!!), which had a farmers market outside. We could have explored Chicago for weeks, but after some incredible deep dish pizza at Gino’s East, we made our way 2 hours north to Milwaukee to spend a night and catch a Brewers game. We made it just in time for the game after a tumultuous drive, and Miller Park is truly impressive. Effectively the complete opposite of what we experienced at Wrigley last night, it is a very modern and up-to-date park, complete with a retractable roof, rock climbing wall in the upper deck, and fireworks after every Brewers home run. It is basically what the Skydome would be if it were built a decade later. For a smaller city, the Brewers fanbase appears to be rabid and abundant. It was quite different from the Chicago baseball culture, but strong nonetheless. The Brewers easily handled the Mets, as we watched from three rows off the field, directly beside the Mets bullpen. Poor Steph with her cheese allergy was grossly out of her element in Wisconsin, and was taunted for asking for cheese fries without cheese. After a whirlwind of a day, we were both very rundown and made our way back to our hotel south of the stadium to crash.

07/23/14 - It was nearly impossible to pick just one photo for this amazing day in Chicago, but I had to immortalize my first trip inside Wrigley Field. We started our day with a nice 2 mile walk from Lakeshore Drive to the coast of Lake Michigan, through Lincoln Park, and were stunned by the beautiful scenery and the amazing view of the skyline (see yesterday’s photo). Eventually, we made our way to the Lincoln Park Zoo, a massive and free zoo in the middle of Lincoln Park. We easily could have spent our whole day there, but we kept it to a few hours so that we didn’t miss the Cubs game later. The zoo is comparable to any major metro zoo, albeit on a smaller scale, and everything was tastefully done. We were really impressed with the apparent social conscience of Chicago as a whole, and our great healthy lunch at one of the zoo cafés (with an enviable view of the skyline) exemplified this. I would say that this zoo is one of the most incredible attractions in the city, and I highly recommend it! We made the long walk back north to Wrigleyville, and after some delicious, fresh baked cookies, we walked to the Cubs game. Wrigley for me is described in one word: Mecca. It is a true national treasure, and easily the greatest ballpark that I’ve ever experienced. The Cubs left much to be desired (they lost to the lowly Padres), but I could have soaked in the baseball culture for a week. The night was surprisingly chilly, as the wind cut right through the stadium. Steph may disagree, but nothing could have sullied my pilgrimage to The Friendly Confines. We sat 7 rows off the field, immediately in front of the Padres bullpen, which was a great view of both the infield and the ivy-covered outfield walls. After the game, we hit up the team shop and got a mini-bat laser-etched with our name to commemorate the trip. A truly memorable day.

07/23/14 - It was nearly impossible to pick just one photo for this amazing day in Chicago, but I had to immortalize my first trip inside Wrigley Field. We started our day with a nice 2 mile walk from Lakeshore Drive to the coast of Lake Michigan, through Lincoln Park, and were stunned by the beautiful scenery and the amazing view of the skyline (see yesterday’s photo). Eventually, we made our way to the Lincoln Park Zoo, a massive and free zoo in the middle of Lincoln Park. We easily could have spent our whole day there, but we kept it to a few hours so that we didn’t miss the Cubs game later. The zoo is comparable to any major metro zoo, albeit on a smaller scale, and everything was tastefully done. We were really impressed with the apparent social conscience of Chicago as a whole, and our great healthy lunch at one of the zoo cafés (with an enviable view of the skyline) exemplified this. I would say that this zoo is one of the most incredible attractions in the city, and I highly recommend it! We made the long walk back north to Wrigleyville, and after some delicious, fresh baked cookies, we walked to the Cubs game. Wrigley for me is described in one word: Mecca. It is a true national treasure, and easily the greatest ballpark that I’ve ever experienced. The Cubs left much to be desired (they lost to the lowly Padres), but I could have soaked in the baseball culture for a week. The night was surprisingly chilly, as the wind cut right through the stadium. Steph may disagree, but nothing could have sullied my pilgrimage to The Friendly Confines. We sat 7 rows off the field, immediately in front of the Padres bullpen, which was a great view of both the infield and the ivy-covered outfield walls. After the game, we hit up the team shop and got a mini-bat laser-etched with our name to commemorate the trip. A truly memorable day.

07/22/14 - Today Steph and I set out on our longest road trip to date, driving to Chicago! We left shortly after 9am and arrived to our hotel in Chicago around 7pm (though we gained an hour, hopping time zones). The ride, though long, was pretty smooth, and I even got to finally try White Castle sliders at a pit stop in Michigan City, IN. Chicago is a far more beautiful city than we could have imagined, with a gorgeous skyline and a plethora of brick architecture. Our hotel in Wrigleyville was fantastic, with a remarkably cheap snack and minibar (and fresh baked cookies!). We spent the night exploring the area, and got the outside perspective of Wrigley Field during a Cubs game, and saw the full rooftops surrounding the stadium. We grabbed some pints and a bite to eat at Sluggers, a sportsbar half a block from Wrigley. After the Cubs won, the place became electric and we were both taken aback by the fantastic baseball culture. Oh, and the bar had indoor batting cages, so we got to take some hacks! As we walked back to the hotel, there was an amazing lightning storm, which provided us with a visually stunning walk.
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.