March 26, 2011
This is my favourite photo I took yesterday - a girl on the bus with her mom, talking to other bus patrons about school and stuff. The vibe on bus 7 was very happy!
But we've got to rewind to earlier in the day when my best friend Chrissy and I went out for lunch at Tokyo Noodle Shop.
What makes Chrissy different from other friends of mine? We have been besties since grade 1! And have continued to maintain a very close friendship through all our years of school, into and throughout University, and even when she moved away for med school and then moved again for residency. Now she's back in Edmonton and we haven't missed a beat.
Also, Chrissy is my first bike friend. On the days she didn't ride to school (junior high) she would hop on my rear rack after school and I would double her home. After picking up little sister Sable from school, Chrissy and I would reconvene to ride over a few neighbourhoods to watch our crushes play street hockey.
After tea and lunch we went strolling on Whyte ave where we saw other girlfriends doing the same.
I introduced her to the Taiwan bubble tea place in Old Strathcona.
Then we hit up Crave at their new location.
The place looks great!
Both Chrissy and I have company this weekend, so we needed to stock up on treats to spoil our guests.
Chrissy got cute little minis. I got full-size. That's just how I roll.
Back at the bungalow Chrissy was reunited with her twin girls. Sometimes I look at Dexter and I can't believe I gave birth to a baby. Whoa! In Chrissy's case she gave birth to two in quick succession. WHOA.
There was making of granola and putting babies to sleep, then it was time to switch gears.
Later on, Lisa and I hopped on the little bus that comes right around my place.
And we miraculously connected to another bus that took us right across the street from our destination. By the way, Sable, does my bag look at all familiar?
Hopped off the bus at 99 Street and waited a long time to cross the street (it's one of those major arteries where pedestrians are forced to wait for extended periods of time).
Went to Bibo.
It was packed.
But there was plenty of room to stand or perch on the tiny stools (if you were lucky enough to get one).
We entertained ourselves.
And enjoyed some Friday evening refreshment (that's me in the mirror)!
Soon enough, Dave and Jill came to join us.
And Tom too.
After a while it was time to go outside and next door to Culina for supper.
And I saw this poor car getting towed away. I took the bus, so parking was not a problem of mine. Phew.
I ate duck.
Don ordered the wine.
Culina customers were merry.
Don was a champ and rode from downtown, up a pretty epic hill on his one-speed mountain bike. He was very disappointed in me since I decided to bus and then scored a ride home with friends who were heading in the same direction. Alas, he had to ride home alone.
But the most impressive thing was he got home mere minutes after I did. Dude is fast!
I've heard that the 99 Street area is going to get a road face-lift this summer. Let's hope the disruption doesn't effect people coming to enjoy themselves in this little alcove!