With new projects starting left and right, planning for this future date and that future date, my mind was on overdrive and it reached its breaking point. I felt as if my body was forcing me to stop. In a cruel, migraine-filled way. Cramming five days worth of work into three wasn’t helpful either. It was a very clear message from my body and the universe telling me to CHILL.OUT.
Thankfully, I would be on a plane come Thursday for a much needed break. While the East Coast was getting pounded with snow, I was leaving sunny, 85° weather. My view for the start of the flight was bright, blue skies and beaches. Lovely, isn’t it?
Needless to say, it was a lot colder in New York and Montreal, where the Boyfriend, myself, his roommate, and his roommate’s girlfriend would be spending the long weekend. Forecasts weren’t kiddin’ around:
BUT! I was ready for it. I had packed my new, extra warm DKNY coat and my new SOREL snow boots. I was not messin’ around and thank goodness I wasn’t. Have you ever felt -11° (really -20 with wind chill)? This was a first for me. In case you were wondering, it’s COLD. Like, our faces/legs/hands were burning. The hands part was partially my fault. I had to get a few photos on top of Mount Royal so, I took off my gloves for less than 5 minutes. Painful. Anywho, I survived to tell the tale. Montreal can be really cold in the winter.
New York wasn’t soo bad though. It was definitely bearable. I got into town late Thursday night and we headed out to Montreal first thing Friday morning. Not before running around in the snow and taking some pictures. I’m still new to the snow so, it makes me happy.
Some places we went this trip: Restaurant Pizzaiolle, Pub St-Paul, Les Trois Brasseurs, Brutopia for some shuffleboard and live music, and Kyomi.Walking around Old Port with the Boyfriend, with its cobblestone streets and snow flurries floating down, put such a big smile on my face. I never want these moments to end.
We also had some time to take a trip to the Atwater Market! Vendors and merchants sell goods and produce here and while it was indoors during this time of year, in the summertime they set up outside. Just like our weekly farmer’s markets in the states, only it is open daily. We picked up some food to make dinner, fresh bread (my favorite), and cheeses (also my favorite). We saw the rest of the Boyfriend’s family Sunday and headed back to NY that night. It all went by way too fast, as it usually does, but it was another great trip nonetheless! And, I can now say I have felt -20°!
It’s been a few weeks since I’ve been back and I have been feeling much better. Sometimes, we just need to listen to our bodies and take a break. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, stress does terrible things to the body and the mind. So, if you’ve made it through all of the pictures and my ramblings about Montreal I hope you remember to slow down everyone once in a while. Take breaks when you need them. Our health is our most important asset.
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