Monday, January 26, 2009

Now that's more like it!

Friday's pizza-beer-&-sweats date night was just the thing after a long week. But not, as you can imagine, terribly romantic. More like, re-living college days. So, we took Saturday off as a designated "Date Day." (Yay for procrastinating on housework, too!) We started out with an early lunch at Finch's, a sweet, quirky little pseudo-European cafe downtown. Mr.Q had the "house breakfast":

And I had a baguette sandwich from heaven (umm...bleu-Brie? YUM!)

We had a poke around a musty old used bookstore before heading to English Bay for a walk. Passed a brand new community garden while on the bus - It doesn't look like much here, but I have something of a fondness for them, and I hope this one does wonderfully:

(In fact, we saw another on the way home - seems there are a few of them going up around the downtown core. Very cool!)

When we got down to the seawall, we stopped for some fancy-pants cupcakes to bring home (sorry, no pics, they got et too fast!) and got coffees to keep our fingers warm while we walked. It was quite cold by the water, and rather grey - but no fog! Which was quite the treat, given the blanket of it over the city for most of the past week.

We had ourselves a leisurely stroll along the seawall, until we got to one of the wee Aquabus docks. Being on no particular schedule, and with no particular plan, we decided to take one across to Granville Island. It's a short ride, about 5 minutes, but kind of fun, and a lot faster than taking transit!

We enjoyed it a lot more than the pictorial evidence might indicate:

I have no idea why we weren't smiling. I'm sure we looked like total turistas, too. Oh well! Anyhoo. We poked around Granville Island for a bit - the yarn shop, the bookstore, the market - before ending up (inevitably) in the Kids' Market. Which was, without question, the highlight of the day. There is a shop inside with a lot of puppets. Whenever we're in the area, Mr.Q is compelled to stop in and entertain himself for quite some time. (Truth be told, he also entertains me, quite, but I do worry about the impressionable young children in the immediate vicinity!)

Some of my favourites:

Yaa-aaa-aaa-aaarn! (Yes, he was really making sheep sounds. Loudly.)

It went downhill from there.

"Would you like to see my toes?" (If you don't get that, I'm not explaining it to you. It's a camel. You figure it out.)

"If Peter Yarrow sings that fucking song one more time....!"

I neglected to photograph the beaver puppet. You're welcome. And Mr.Q's favourite, a cat-fish he's named "Steve" was (fortunately) out of stock. ("Steve" has rather unsavoury dietary preferences.)

Not much was going to top that, so we headed home after we'd had enough of the puppets. Had a nap. Another movie night. It were a good day!


Anonymous said...

What a fantastic day! Tell Mr. Q thank you for the reminder about velociraptor awareness day. I always forget that one! ;)

Isn't Macleod's brilliant?

Anie said...

oh, Mrs Q.
I dont't hink I need a date-just reading about yours about fills me up.
well, ok, not REALLY but I do Love a good day of "junkin' around" with the one you love and no agenda's...

yarnpiggy said...

Ok, there are all sorts of clever things I could say here, but really, I just want that sheep puppet.

Anonymous said...

Awesome! I love the monster puppets!! Sounds like an absolutely woderful day!

Cristi-Lael said...

Aw, I LOVE Where The Wild Things Are!

That sounds like a perfect date! Makes me want ask my mom to watch the girls so that I can do the same with my husband...