when i woke up saturday morning, it was still snowing – phase 2 apparently of the storm. i decided to snuggle up and stay in for a while – i had breakfast, watched TV, and napped. around 1pm, i headed out and decided to go to queen street east to see a different part of the city in the snow. i thought i’d head to riverdale park. when i got to queen street, it was a mess. snow everywhere and cars sliding around. the snow ploughs were coming down so the streetcars were slow. the ploughs are cool! if i lived here and could have any job i wanted, i’d totally be either a streetcar driver or a snow plough driver. when there are cars blocking their path, the ploughs lift up one of their “arms” and leave the piles of snow around that car basically blocking it in – it’s great fun! i got off at broadview and walked east looking for the park. i never found it and because i didn’t have my map, never realized that it’s actually on the danforth and not queen east. i passed by a chocolate shop i’d seen on breakfast television called “ambiance chocolat” (http://www.ambiancechocolat.ca/). i went in and picked up some truffles – my favorite was the milk chocolate caramle with fleur de sel – and some valrhona hot chocolate. yummy on a snowy day. the truffles were only $0.85 each – cheap by toronto standards. as i was standing in the shop, 3 streetcars passed in a row so i knew i was in trouble and wasn’t going to be able to catch one back. sure enough, i didn’t see one so i walked around the Leslieville neighborhood for a bit. i passed moss park and there were several people out, even in the blowing snow. many of them were playing frisbee with their dogs who were clearly loving the snow, romping and rolling around. after 20 minutes of waiting, i finally caught a streetcar back down king street. everything looked like it was wearing a little white hat! i was headed to my massage appointment at campden spa (http://www.camdenspa.com/) and just thought i’d get there a little early. i got there at 3:30pm for a 4pm appointment, had some green tea and warmed up. they took me at 3:45pm – which is why i love showing up early! – and had a great 90 minute massage. i’ve been taking pilates and really feel stronger from it. i think it’s something i’d like to stick with. after my massage, i thought i’d grab some dinner before i went home so i waited for the king streetcar. it took a while because the tracks were covered in snow and the streetcars were moving very slowly. one finally came and i headed to “the foggy dew” at king west and niagara street (http://www.thefoggydew.ca/). i picked a room with a tv and no one in it so i could eat, but i think i got really bad service because there was no one else in with me. i had the chicken pot pie, which was fierce!, and a pint. it started snowing even harder and the winds were gusting up to 60 clicks. when i was done, it took a while to catch the streetcar back home. there was a crazy guy chatting everyone up – he said he was from north bay and it was like he’d never met a stranger. no matter who or what, he was shaking everyone’s hand and asking them what they did. people were staring at him like he was nuts – no one is that friendly in the big city, after all! i watched some “arrested development”, changed my clocks forward and called it a night.