Sunday, July 24, 2016

Datestravaganza weekend

You guys, we have had a weekend. One of the things I console myself with when I'm mourning Saskatoon and sad-texting Josie is that now, not only do I get to live near family, I get to routinely abandon my children with people who are significantly less annoyed with them than I am. Which we did with √©lan this weekend!

Joel's mom offered to babysit on Friday, and we had a gift card from The Keg, which is a place we don't frequent due to MONIES and it not being all that interesting, food-wise. But gift cards wait for no man, so we went and ate like some snails and some baked cheese and some tuna tacos and some ribs. 

We were gonna get dessert but lol do you see all that food and also we ate the bread that comes out first with the whipped butter.

And then we saw Ghostbusters! It was great. Super fun medium-good movie that everyone should go see because there are ladies in it kicking asses but in like baggy jumpsuits as though sometimes function triumphs over form and you don't have to see a lady's boobs all the time to know she's good at stuff.

And then, Saturday morning we drove in to the aquarium!

Dem jellyfishes forever.

It's so magical, and the girls love it so much, and Eleanor and I have passes and we got Joel in on my guest pass so it was free, basically.

And then we dropped the girls off at my parents' house and walked up to this sushi place we love

and then we hopped on the bus down to the Granville Island Market, and got some donuts from Lee's

and had a beer and met a skeleton

and went into little shops and I had the pleasure of telling Joel how much le crueset actually costs and LAUGHING and laughing, and we went on a virtual reality roller coaster and it was INCREDIBLE because it felt so real, because your body has memory of what roller coasters feel like and so it accepts the visuals even though there are like dragons flying at you and people shouting in terrified Japanese, and because it isn't real, there are no safety constraints and you can just go, like, straight down or whatever, and I had to keep re-anchoring myself, reminding myself that I was sitting in an egg on the second floor of the Children's Market and not soaring over lava. It was a blast.

And then we hopped on some more busses down to the Richmond Night Market, where we at first balked at paying $20 for the 'express pass' (good for 7 visits!) but after waiting in the mile-long regular line for a few minutes, we bought an express pass and Joel was like, Who wants to chip in a few bucks and come along with us! So we and our new family (a young couple in their early 20s and two middle-aged Korean ladies with their 12-year-old son) jumped to the front of the line! Oh and also, the night market has dinosaurs now!

Ha haaaaa, what are you doing there, pterodactyl. That green apple bubble tea was easily the best thing we had all day because we were so hot and thirsty and it was refreshing af and also had a light-up ice cube inside because night market. It's hard to be hungry when you're still half-full of sushi and donuts and beer (and now bubble tea), so we walked around for an hour to buy socks and get our appetites up. Hee hee hee, look at this rice ball riding a dinosaur!

Also look at these sweet and spicy boneless wings.

ALSO look at this raindrop cake, which I obviously wasn't going to pass up the chance to taste, but which I probably would not get again.

It's so beautiful! But is just plain gelatin, and then you sprinkle the black sugar syrup and roasted soybean flour over it and it's kind of sweet and kind of savory and it is a thing that exists. You know what ELSE is a thing that exists, is this egglet parfait.

A++ would eat again, several of.

And then we staggered home to my parents' house and crashed in their basement and it was super weird to be away from my kids for so long because I sort of forgot I had them! And then my mom texted me a picture of what they were up to and it came back to me with a jolt that I had kids and they were somewhere doing a thing and I wasn't doing it with them. Being a parent is a trip.

Anyway, speaking of parents. We woke up Sunday morning and had brunch with my parents and my sister and her husband and kid and my brother and his wife and my kids like them SO MUCH and Geneva ate like four yogurt parfaits and then we drove home and Eleanor fell asleep on the way even though it wasn't even noon and she's like fifteen now.

Socializing is WORK. What's not work, though, is just hanging out with Joel and talking but not like over a thousand other voices, and going wherever the hell and doing whatever the hell and not factoring anything in except whether we want to get up and walk to the bus stop now or sit here under the trees for a few more minutes because the breeze is so nice.


blackbird said...

I"m exhausted reading about it, but NICE.

WeeHermione said...

But....but WHY is the rice ball riding a dinosaur? I dig it but WHY.

Rhiannon said...

seven kinds of awesome. May B.C. keep being so kind to you. It took us a year to fully settle in after moving to delta from Toronto (grew up in saskatoon though!). It will happen. but meanwhile, relationship time and family time are well worth the upheaveal.

Pam said...

Sounds so lovely. How do you eat all that food and remain so slender, though???