Last night we had a fantastic date, absolutely chock full of good fun! It started mid afternoon after my parents picked Isak up for the night. We kicked back with some coffee and music for a while, took leisurely baths, and went out to wander the neighbourhood.
We went to thrift stores, curio shops, and bookstores (whatever looked interesting), bought a few interesting things and then stopped off for a slice of pizza before heading home and getting ready to go out for the night.
We took the bus downtown (anticipating beverages) and walked around for a while before going to the Railway Club for dinner and a pint. Our friends were throwing a birthday party and had rented the lower room (complete with pink flamingos, Cadillac balloons, and an Elvis birthday cake), so we said we’d return later and headed off to catch a movie.
We went to Tinseltown to see The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (which we both loved – fantastical and visually delicious), then dropped by the Ayden Gallery to see their current art exhibition before they set up for February. Then we headed back to the Railway for live music, pints, and Elvis cake with friends, old and new.
We sat with a couple we’d just met (friends of our friends) who were also on the lam from parentland and enjoying the freedom. We forgot ourselves a bit, but it was fun to cut loose and not feel any pressure to get home before we turned into pumpkins. Laughter freely filled the room as we refilled our glasses (although when our host sent over limes and tequila shooters it might have been more clever to decline) and told stories, stole kisses and had ridiculous amounts of fun.
We left sometime after 1:30 and had unfortunately missed the last SkyTrain, so we caught a cab back to our neck of the woods and walked the rest of the way to get some fresh air before hitting the wee morning hay. Wonderful. I still have a little blue paper umbrella tucked in my hat.
When we picked Isak up today they’d all had a wonderful time too – he even got to go swimming and play with other kids and paint… he apparently went to bed early without a fuss and behaved beautifully. They’ve now suggested we drop him off for the night at least once a month, so we’ll be enjoying another date night soon.