This weekend also brought the return of Ulti (aka Ultimate Frisbee), which we've played for over 20 years now - our inner athletes had missed this, but our stalwart players were game to play again. AND, this Saturday is the return of our Summer Winesday Pool Party. So you see why I can't just pile all that into one post!
Traditionally, the Day of Indolence is a weekday (usually a Friday) that we all take off work to pub-hop and eat and drink and hang out with our friends for L's birthday. Sometimes we have a little shopping in there, but it's mostly just about appreciating being with our wonderful friends.
Yes, yes, we did a D(el)ay of Indolence back here in June, when it was actually still L's birthday week, but now that we're allowed to have big groups, and things have opened up further, we picked a good Friday to celebrate properly with our Family That We Choose. Not everyone was available, but we still had an awesome time.
Pic from Yvonne
Yeah, baby, there we are! We'll get to more of our indolent day as soon as we review my two-in-one outfit details.
What does one wear for a long day of walking, drinking, eating, schmoozing and generally being indolent?
The weather was supposed to be clear and hot, but we live on the ocean, so you need to always be ready for cold breezes.
The dress itself is thin silk with a touch of stretch, and provided excellent sunblock. I have a black cami underneath too.
Later on in the day, I took off the tights and changed into my silver skinny jeans.
- Silver skinny jeans - H&M, thrifted; last worn here in December 2020 for some Christmas shopping
I'll probably also try this dress with some wide-legged pants at some point.
- Pashmina - gift from Mom, Italy
My leather knapsack was my bag for the day.
- Necklace - Renoir by Matisse, vintage 60s, vintage expo
- Cuff - Karen's
- Lucite cuff - Alexis Bittar, consignment, Sidney
- Copper earrings/ring - Glee
- Silver/onyx ring - Toccara, vintage fair
Okay, here we go - lots and lots of pictures! L and I walked to town.
We started our morning with a 10:30am reservation for breakfast at the Ruby.
This is what I had.
I could eat that again right now! That's the Mexican Eggs, which I can never finish (so many beans), plus lots of yummy coffee.
From the Ruby, a few of us strolled down to the local Fluevog store to see if there was anything that caught our eyes in the big sale.
L generously bought me this incredible belt. I have been lusting after it for many years, and it's finally been marked down.
It's called the Rohesia belt. "Stand firm with the belt of truth." Yvonne also bought a pair of red booties, L bought a new pair of green/floral shoes, and Cat bought a pair of socks and a belt clip. Good times!
Ross and Randall were awaiting us at the Garrick's Head Pub, where they'd snagged our old usual window seat.
Me and Cat.
After a couple of drinks, Ross, Yvonne, Cat and I did a side-trip to Chinatown to pick up fans.
- Mask - by Mom
We went to Quonley's, the best store for whatever you might need.
Chinatown on Fisgard Street.
I haven't eaten at the Fantan Cafe in ages, but their black bean and broccoli used to be my favourite.
We often go through Fan Tan Alley on the Day of Indolence, but skipped it this time 'round.
We sauntered down to Canoe Club on the waterfront for another couple of drinks.
Cat and I being coy.
That sun was so hot! I had to reapply my sunblock.
Randall, Nick and Yvonne.
Yvonne and L.
Ross, Chris and Cat.
Looking back - Canoe Club is between those two clumps of trees.
Looking back to the Inner Harbour - that's the Empress Hotel in the centre.
Slightly to the right of the above pic, the building with the green domes is the BC Legislature, aka the Parliament Buildings.
We tried to get a table at Lure Patio but had no luck, so we continued along the harbour walkway towards Spinnakers Pub.
From Spinnakers, looking back to the path and the marina. The marina also couldn't seat us. It's like it's summer or something!
Another round at Spinnakers! Or perhaps three...
Ross and Chris have a cheers.
I had a mushroom flatbread and sparkling grapefruit seltzer.
We were startled to realize it was after 7pm - uh-oh, there are felines who need to be fed! Chris and Ali cabbed home, and the rest of us started walking.
This is better. That's Spinnakers in the background.
If you yell, "Pose!" at me, this is what you get.
Hello, my friends!
We bumbled around merrily, enjoying just being together.
A very nice couple offered to take our picture.
Oh, I see, we are all trying to be cool. Riiiight...
The joy in being together.
We heard music - there was some sort of festivities going on on the other side of the harbour.
We're back at the bridge, and the setting sun's light is striking the old buildings.
Looking up Johnson Street, you can see how long our shadows are.
We passed under a murder of crows squawking in this tree.
After feeding our furious feline, L and I chilled out, played some boardgames, and then crashed on the couch for the evening. We slept in a bit Saturday morning, and then we got ready for the Return of Ultimate Frisbee! We haven't played in two years, and oooh boy, it was both exhilarating to be playing the game with our cohorts, but after two hours of staggering around in the hot sun, I'm going to be sore tomorrow (and Monday).
And now, I'm going to nap/collapse until it's time for Winesday - based on last year's Pool Party (link here, scroll down to the bottom - enjoy the videos!), I know it's going to be a rollicking good time! I'll be back with pictures on Sunday. I hope your weekend is every bit as fun as ours has been!