I had the luxury of taking a road trip this past weekend. I haven't been on a trip alone in umm...over three years. Since I was pregnant with Ella and that was work related. The Greyhound was very kind to me, despite the bad reputation of buses. I thought it was deluxe to not have to go through security, to have a fair amount of legroom and look through huge windows. It spilled me out near downtown at Terminal & Main in Vancouver. I seriously regret not taking the 2 minutes to run back into the house for the camera when I was leaving so I have to make do with links to places I went, rather than real photos.
Bill was kind enough to pick me up and take me out for lunch to Solly's Bagels where I much appreciated the hot soup and fresh sandwich. Unfortunately I didn't have proper use of my voice for this portion of the trip but we managed to have a conversation. After that I got to see our friend Rose's place and she baked some fabulous vegan cookies while I watched and learned. I ate more than my share but you don't get that every day.
Mark picked me up and we headed back to East Is East on Main for dinner. More yum and unique, cozy and friendly ambiance. How can you beat someone offering you a steaming chai the second you walk in the door from a rainy walk?! After that feast we made a trek to the ikea mecca to help get Mark's new place set up. I resisted most of the impulse buys and only walked out with $20 worth of merchandise. That I forgot to pay Mark for. He still seems to be talking to me and even sacrificed his bed for his pregnant sister yet again. We had a mellow evening and wound up for shopping again the next morning. I'm not usually a big shopper but with limited options here in the valley and a seriously expanding body I had to put in the time. I found some good stuff that wasn't from maternity stores, meaning it looks more stylish and cost half as much (or less).
I hooked up with Esther in the baby section of the Bay. How bizarre for us both to be 19 weeks pregnant. We looked at a few things and basically bolted in terror. It's not time yet for a lot of that. We scaled the timeline back and decided to tour some maternity stores together. It was hopeless and rather lame so we turned our attention to filling our bellies instead of dressing them. Mexican is always a favorite of mine and Pepita's did not disappoint. With mutual support we bypassed the wine store and loaded up on good ice cream for the evening. In the morning we walked to Cafe Deux Soleils from some Croisscram's. If I end up gaining a little extra this pregnancy I'll blame it on this weekend. We rounded out the trip with a way too short session at the vintage stores on Main. At Front and Company I made some more good non-prego finds that should grow with me for a long time yet.
It was a wonderful trip. Good friends, great food and a whole lot of doing whatever I felt like, when I felt like it. Thanks to the supporting cast at home and the warm, warm welcome I got on Sunday night!