I could have managed with the shoes I had packed, but then I spotted these in B2, right next to Aritzia, and couldn't resist -- they worked with the dress, but they're really waiting to step out into springtime, just like me. I'll show you a close-up later, perhaps, but meanwhile here's a glimpse -- and can you tell I flashed out with metallic hose (there's metallic leather trim on the shoes as well, silver and gold both). Shopping done, I headed back to the apartment and marked a stack of papers (4th-years, much easier going, and it was a short, summarizing assignment, so pretty straightforward). Then we'd arranged to meet my daughter at Kingyo Izakaya on Denman where, unfortunately, no reservations were available but where they thought they could fit us in if we were there early. Nothing cool about being there when the doors open, I know, but we did get a seat, ordered sake and a few dishes, and waited for Bronwen who got there about 6:15, 45 minutes after us. Much teasing ensued about the effects of aging, the generation gap, etc., although Bronwen had to concede that our uncool early dining snagged us a table in an always-busy restaurant. The food is fabulous here and we had a great visit eating, people-watching (the storm of shouted Japanese as guests enter and leave is part of the fun at an Izakaya), sipping our sake, and catching up on family, friends, and career news. Strolled up Davie, picking up baklava at Stephos which we took back to the apartment to have with tea. Then, although we'd decided dinner with Bronwen precluded seeing Juno --since we'd miss the early show and the late show was just too much of a stretch -- we decided to show the girl we weren't all that old, and headed over the bridge for a 9:50 showing. Folks, it was almost midnight when we got home. Talk about the wild life!
And finally, look what Jillian over at Sknitty has awarded me: a "You Make My Day" award. I'm so pleased. Although I can tell people visit my site thanks to my statcounter and, especially, thanks to the comments visitors leave, I sometimes wonder if I'm just blathering away here. Knowing that someone with as polished, thoughtful, and entertaining a blog as Jillian's enjoys visiting mine really encourages and pleases me. Thanks, Jillian. I'm going to check out all ten of the blogs she's chosen to give this award to; as well, I'm looking forward to passing this award along to ten blogs that make my day. Choosing will be tough, but I'll try to get to it this week.