Every year we go through this cold month looking forward to spring or even the month of March. A few years ago the Ontario Government created “Family Day” as a new holiday in February, but did not make it a mandatory holiday. Only those in the public sector are guaranteed to have the day off, while those of us who work for ourselves or in the private sector end up working that day.

It has been the private sector that has done more for helping people out of the February blaa’s. Over the past two weeks I have enjoyed Winterlicious (the February version of Summerlicious), it was a chance for people to try new restaurants I have never been to. 150 restaurants offered three course fixed price meals ranging from $15 to $45. Other culinary events were held at historic locations like Fort York, Campbell House, and Casa Loma. Even some cooking schools opened their doors to help the public discover new ideas in cooking.

Other events in February are:

The National Home Show featuring a tons of exhibitors, the Boulevard of Dreams, Main Stage Speakers, a Neighbourhood Marketplace, a Warehouse Sale and home renovation advice. February 18 to 27, 2011.

The Yorkville Ice Fest, where the Bloor-Yorkville neighbourhood transforms into an icy wonderland, with ice-sculpture displays, games, food and family-friendly fun. February 26 and 27, 2011.

The Outdoor Adventure Show features the newest information and equipment for travel, outdoor sports, scuba diving, boating and more. Featuring themed zones like the Great Ontario Outdoor Adventure Pavilion, the Adventure Travel Pavilion, a Canoe and Kayak Expo and Scubaworld. February 25 to 27, 2011.

The most anticipated February event is The Canadian International AutoShow. The AutoShow delivers an experience unlike any other. The show features a chance to discover innovation never seen before, as well as a look at the newest offerings from car makers around the world. February 18 to 27, 2011.

For many Valentines is the big day in February. There are tons of Valentines inspired events going on around Toronto like spa day deals, romantic arts and craft shows, hotel packages, theatrical shows, dinner specials and other events besides sitting at home with roses and a box of chocolates.

I was planning to take my girlfriend to the Toulà the revolving restaurant at the top of the Westin Harbour Castle, but she put her food down and said no. She did not want me looking across the way at my downtown Toronto office space and thinking of work, especially if we were seated with a view of the Toronto Star Building. I tried to assure her that the restaurant was no longer revolving and that we could get a lake view seating, but she still did not want to risk it.

Speaking of my office space Toronto, I met one of the newest tenants there yesterday in the kitchen, but found out they were not a new client to Telsec. It seems that similar to myself, they started off as a Toronto virtual office client and moved up to being a office space for rent client. That is where the similarities ended. For me I had not planned to have an office space, but continue to work from home until having an office was absolutely necessary. For them, they had subscribed to the Phone Answering Service/Toronto Mail Service a few months before they arrived from New York City. Their plan was to use this address until they could find an office space in Toronto for their three year project in Canada. It turns out that the office space that Telsec had to offer would work great for them over the three year project and they would not need to sign a long term lease.

I also found out that the tenant was a bicycle enthusiast and that he has traveled the world with his bike. I told him that he would have to wait until March, but he should not miss the Toronto International Bicycle Show (www.bicycleshowtoronto.com).