Saturday, July 24, 2021

The Day of Indolence Returns!

Hello, my friends! I'm back a bit earlier than usual times are here again, and I didn't want to swamp you with fifty bazillion pictures. As it is, this is a big post, so grab a glass/mug and settle in, as I bring you along on our Day of Indolence! 

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? 
Well, it's complicated! I chose this silk tunic/dress and wore it two different ways. I started the morning like this, and as you can see, that's my exposed thigh there near my hand. 

  • Dress - Sympli, thrifted; purchased here for $34.95
  • Shoes - Groovy Huysmans, Fluevog; last worn here in April with a gone red dress

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. 
Oh, I'm so saucy! I've had these tights for probably close to a decade - they are an exceptional brand called Trasparenze and are made in Italy. They are pricey (in the $30+ range), but have lasted me forever, with not a single hole or snag. 

The dress itself is thin silk with a touch of stretch, and provided excellent sunblock. I have a black cami underneath too. 
The deep slits were actually fine for walking and sitting - I didn't expose anything even when the wind gusted. 

Later on in the day, I took off the tights and changed into my silver skinny jeans. 
It was windy and cold at Spinnakers, our final pub, and I was really happy I'd had the foresight to plan for extra warmth. The skinnies folded up very small and were stashed in my bag during the day. 

  • 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. 
I felt rather witchy in these outfits. 
I also carried a silk pashmina with me for warmth and sun coverage. 
And wore my sunnies nearly all day. 

  • Pashmina  - gift from Mom, Italy

My leather knapsack was my bag for the day. 
By evening, it was full of chocolate and a few other things I picked up along the way. 

The stuff: 
Walking shoes were definitely needed! We went to four different pubs/restaurants over more than 9 hours! 

Copper bling: 
I chose the copper to pick up the brown in the tights and pashmina, and added a bit of silver to go with the skinny jeans. 

  • 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

Vizzini was happily snoozing in the morning before we left. 
"Yeah, I'll be here if you need me."

He likely slept in the sun all day long. 
"Wait, you're going out?"

Okay, here we go - lots and lots of pictures! L and I walked to town.
We spotted these two vintage red fire engines gassing up at the local station. Wow, gas is expensive - that's per liter. 

This yellow Porsche caught my eye.
Very spiffy. I see L and I in the reflection. 

We started our morning with a 10:30am reservation for breakfast at the Ruby. 
Thanks so much to our amazing server (we had stellar servers all day) for taking this picture! From left: Ross, Nick, L, Cat, me, Yvonne and Randall. 

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 bought me a little something, and I picked up the newest Fluevog Post - now I'm drooling over all the new styles coming for fall! John's feeling very groovy and into the 70s vibe! 

L generously bought me this incredible belt. I have been lusting after it for many years, and it's finally been marked down. 
Yes, that's a $299.00 belt, now marked down to $149.99 (there's one left if you want to be twins!).
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. 
Nick and L. Rock on, gents! 

Me and Cat. 
L, me, Cat and Ross. 
Thanks so much to Yvonne for all of her pics! All the good ones are from her.

Randall and Ross. 
Happy Birthday on Sunday, Ross-man! 

After a couple of drinks, Ross, Yvonne, Cat and I did a side-trip to Chinatown to pick up fans. 
Yvonne, Ross, Cat and me. We're still wearing masks indoors, and if stores want them, I'm in. 

  • Mask - by Mom

We went to Quonley's, the best store for whatever you might need. 
We each picked up a silk and bamboo fan, for $5.95 each.

Chinatown on Fisgard Street. 
The Chinatown Trading Post - a very long-time tradition in Victoria - is closing in a week, sadly. 
I used to buy sandalwood soap, silk purses and little flat black shoes here when I was a teenager in the 80s. Actually, now that I think of it, I also bought dishes, notebooks, jewelry boxes, Christmas ornaments...they had everything! You could wander through the maze of a store and come out at Fan Tan Alley. 

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. 
It was smokin' hot by early afternoon, and we all made immediate use of our fans. Plus, lots of Moscow Mules and water! From left: my big grin, Randall's arm, Nick, Yvonne, L, Chris, and Cat. 

Cat and I being coy. 
That sun was so hot! I had to reapply my sunblock. 

Randall, Nick and Yvonne. 
Ross and Chris. 
Chris showed off his tattoo. 
That's a picture of the actual titanium device he has in his heart (he had surgery a few years ago). 

Yvonne and L.
It was lovely to be amongst people again. All of the places we went to were hoppin' busy. 

Ross, Chris and Cat. 
I heard a loud beeping, notifying us that the Johnson Street Bridge was going up. 
It's so different than the old bridge, but I still get a thrill when it goes raises and lowers. 

From Canoe, we walked over the bridge. 
There's our little gang. 

Looking back - Canoe Club is between those two clumps of trees. 
I love all the boats on the harbour. 

Looking back to the Inner Harbour - that's the Empress Hotel in the centre. 
Victoria is famous for those hanging flower baskets on the fancy lamp posts. 

Slightly to the right of the above pic, the building with the green domes is the BC Legislature, aka the Parliament Buildings. 
I also see the Royal BC Museum, the Bateman Gallery and the Clipper and Coho ferry docks. 

We tried to get a table at Lure Patio but had no luck, so we continued along the harbour walkway towards Spinnakers Pub. 
There were many Canada geese around - lots of goose poop.

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! 
The mountains in the far distance are the USA, Washington State (hi to Laurie, who's visiting her family in Olympia!). 

Another round at Spinnakers! Or perhaps three...
Folks are starting to get tipsy! Yvonne, Randall and L. 

Ross and Chris have a cheers. 
Alison showed up after work, but I missed taking her picture, sorry, honey! 

I had a mushroom flatbread and sparkling grapefruit seltzer. 
I could eat another one of those flatbreads right now (I love mushrooms). 

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. 
Looking back at Spinnakers and I see a clot of our peeps - Randall, Yvonne, Nick and Ross. I think the couple in front are the ones who took our pictures further along. 

What's behind me? 
Water and more path. The light as it was going down - it was just magical. 

Pictures! We need more pictures! 
It's too dark looking this way! 

This is better. That's Spinnakers in the background.
Nick and Ross - there were a lot of other folks taking advantage of the beautiful evening. This is a very popular walkway.

Yvonne took some pics along here. 
L, Cat and me.

If you yell, "Pose!" at me, this is what you get. 
Ross has a growler of beer from Spinnakers - they also sell handmade chocolates, so I picked some up for L and I, plus a bunch for Winesday (that's coming up later this weekend!). 

Hello, my friends! 
Ah, I'm warming up again in the sun - we had a really chilly cross-breeze in the pub, and I'd been huddling under a blanket. 

Look at those people! 
I'm not sure what Cat and L are pointing at?

We bumbled around merrily, enjoying just being together. 
Trying not to block the path for other people. 
The alcohol-fueled enthusiasm is palpable! 

A very nice couple offered to take our picture. 
Yvonne's got her big Fluevog bag, I see, and L is doing...lunges?

Oh, I see, we are all trying to be cool. Riiiight...
From left: Ross, me, Nick, L, Cat, Yvonne and Randall. 

The joy in being together. 
Big hugs to all of my dear friends. 

We heard music - there was some sort of festivities going on on the other side of the harbour. 
Those are house-boats. Wouldn't it be cool to live on a house-boat? 

We're back at the bridge, and the setting sun's light is striking the old buildings. 
The section/buildings near that tug-boat are some of the last undeveloped waterfront property in Victoria. I'm sure there will be some giant condos there soon enough. Sigh. 

Looking up Johnson Street, you can see how long our shadows are. 
It's a long walk uphill to get home.

We passed under a murder of crows squawking in this tree. 
I am fluent in crow - "Move along!" they cawed. 

Speaking of murder...
"WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN? I'm wasting away!"

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! 


  1. Looks like such a fun day sheila! And that Mexican eggs looks incredible, I'm hungry now, haha! It's so good you could catch up with your friends and you looked so stylish doing so - love the change to the metallic jeans when it got cooler! :)

    1. It was so much fun, Mica, and yes, those Mexican eggs are my favourite - I have them every weekend!

      I was very proud of myself for thinking of bringing jeans! Go, me! Thank you!

  2. Wow! Great post! It's SO nice to see groups of people together, all smiling and having fun :) It doesn't get much better.

    1. It was a joyous day, Nana! We've missed our friends so much - this was the most fun I've had in over a year!

  3. Oh my, what a day you've had. I loved tagging along vicariously with you and your gang of friends. Not sure if I'm ready to deal with so much social activity just yet. Although we do keep telling ourselves we should get out more, we've been out of it for so long that actually going out feels like a strange concept. We did have friends over this weekend, though. Small steps ...
    I'm loving the sound of those Mexican eggs, and I wouldn't mind one of those delicious looking flatbreads either!
    Your outfit was perfect for the occasion, and how clever to carry those silver skinnies in your bag for later! xxx

    1. It was a lot, Ann, but in reality, most of the pubs and restaurants still had dividers up, and mask requirements. I never felt like I was in a space that was too crowded for me (and I'm fussy about that). This really helped our world feel more "normal" but definitely small steps until you feel comfortable.

      They were both so good - yum! Thank you so much!

  4. What fun! It was a beautiful day. I wasn't as wonderfully prepared as you were in what I wore that day and got a slight burn at a brewery patio.

    1. Uh-oh, getting those incidental burns sucks, Linda. So good to see you on Sat!

  5. The day's antics were AWESOME! (Ha ha, I was wiped out just imagining all the places and imbibements (new word ;-)) Very happy for all of you to reconnect in person in such a special way! I *know* there is nothing so heart warming as being able to be with those you love, in person, exchanging hugs and conversation without a computer screen as the mediator. Thank you Sheila, as always, for sharing your excursions and friends with us.

    It gives me even more joy to be able to say this comment is being typed in Olympia, WA!!!! Not only have we reconnected with Robin and Katryna after 22 months, but I have now met our "grand cats" and think Vizzini would approve. :-)

    Also, Katryna took me shopping on Saturday. Tooled around a wonderful second hand clothing store (going back on Tuesday to purchase the MAXI (yes, you read that right!) dress that I should have purchased the first time. The thing is, it needs a belt and I didn't have one to prove to myself the dress would work. Afterwards I couldn't get the dress out of my mind… Also tried on a jumpsuit but LOL on the hanger it looked loose fitting and on me it was skin tight. Never mind!

    The various pictures of various combinations of you and your friends still have me smiling wide; I have come back to this post three times just to vicariously enjoy it all. Hello from all of us just a wee bit south of you!

    1. I was thinking of you whenever I could see the mountains, Laurie! I waved!

      It was a super-fun day, with many drinks, much food, and loads of laughs. Being in person with our friends is such a gift - I will never take it for granted again! I'm so glad you enjoyed the post, Laurie!

      I am thrilled that you are so close! I can practically see you! What a relief to be with Robin and Katryna after so long! Hooray for grand-cats!

      Ooh, that's so cool! YES, buy the maxi!! Belts are easily found or made, and I bet it will look fabulous on you! When they stick in your brain like that...that's how you know they are keepers! Gosh, don't get me started on things that look good on the hangers and not on the body (and vice versa!). Let it go!

      I'm so glad you enjoyed this! I hope you'll come back for another visit one day, my dear friend! *waves*

  6. That looks like an absolute blast. Your outfit is fantastic and well done for having the foresight to pack your skinnies, nothing worse than being cold!
    The Mexican eggs and flatbread both looked delicious.
    Yvonne's photos are fabulous and I think I need a similar tattoo to Chris, I've got a titanium hip. xxx

    1. OMG, Vix, it was so much fun to hang out with our whole group again! I've missed this so much. I was very proud of myself for thinking of taking jeans!

      Oh, it is - the food at the Ruby is awesome.

      Thank you - ha ha, you should totally get one!

  7. I love both versions of how you wore this dark tunics.
    Vizzini's a charmer.
    Looks like you had a great time!

    1. Thanks so much, Ivana! He is such a sweet cat (well, sweet-looking, ha ha). We had the best time!

  8. I think you were very stylishly dressed and also very cleverly. Not too hot, not too cold.
    Friends... aren't they wonderful?
    So happy to see you lot all happy.

    1. Thanks so much, Greetje! Yes, I'm so grateful for my group of friends - this was such a needed day of their companionship.

  9. What a fabulous piece that tunic dress is. I love how its both airy and yet retains a terrific sense of structure at the same time.

    Yikes! I think the highest we've seen around these North Okanagan parts has been $1.60 per litre. Almost as bad as what you're dealing with. Who know, we may get that high (or higher stil) any day now. It will be quite interesting to see, when September rolls around and the tourist scene recedes if gas prices will drop significantly or only marginally this year. I sense the drop won't be as substantial as in plenty of summers past.

    Autumn Zenith 🧡 Witchcrafted Life

    1. It isn't my usual thing, but I really loved wearing it - it was awesome.

      I don't drive and never fill the gas tank, so I am clueless when it comes to gas prices.

  10. Okay, I am loving this idea of a planned day of indolence with great friends! It looks like y'all had an amazing time! And that black tunic really is quite remarkable. I would have some serious styling fun with that piece!


    1. It's the best - we have been doing it for years. Thank you so much, Shelbee!

  11. That looks like a fabulous time, having fun with friends (oh, I miss my friends so much!) and love the idea of 'the day of indolence'!, totally my kind of thing! ;D
    And you're looking gorgeous in your silk tunic, both with the tights and the skinnies, and these shoes that I love particularly!.

    1. It was the best, Monica - I'm so grateful for my friends.

      Thank you so much - I really loved the tunic.

  12. It looks like it was a very enjoyable day of Indolence. I haven't been around that many people since March 2020 so it's very strange to see the group of you, unmasked, all together. That belt is spectacular.

    1. It was so awesome to hang out just like we used to do, Shelley. I know, that "social muscle" gets flabby when it's unused, doesn't it!


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