A perfect West End weekend

This was by far one of the most fun weekends I've had in a long time. It was largely because I'm finally feeling a fair bit better, probably back to 80% or so after a few weeks of all my health crap flaring up. I forget how nice it is to actually have the energy to actually do all the stuff I want! Friday was pretty low key, but highlights involved going swimming for the first time in a couple years. The funny part was there was a couple triathletes there (World Triathlon Championships were in town this weekend), just to contrast the two ends of the human swimming ability spectrum. Things I forgot about swimming: 1) how psyched I get when I throw on my jeans and a hoody over my swimsuit before heading out, 2) how fun it is, and how relaxing swimming under the water can be, and 3) how much I totally suck at it!

Good times none the less, and I will definitely have to go more often now that I broke the seal! Friday night, headed over to Snootytown...I mean Yaletown, and watched House of Flying Daggers with some friends, which was actually an okay movie, very visually stunning even though the story line was a little iffy. Much goofiness and fun was had over the course of the evening.

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Saturday was action packed! I didn't even leave the West End, and it was one of the best days I've had in ages! The day started out with the first West End Farmer's Market of the year, and boy was I ready for it. The Farmer's Market is one of my favorite things about summer, and I love making the trip over there every Saturday once I'm up and at it. Stocking up on tasty food for the week is just as much fun as chatting with the farmers and vendors, and running into random friends and acquaintances from the neighbourhood. I'll be writing a more detailed post about the first market of the season on Spend Locally

I had kind of a loosely planned afternoon, because I wasn't sure what the weather was going to be like, it's been really off and on lately. If it was raining, I was going to go to pancake breakfast with some lovely peoples, and if it was sunny, well...have you heard about World Naked Bike Ride? It was indeed a sunny afternoon, and I almost chickened out, but I was like, "Hey, why the heck not?", so I took my lovely bike and headed down to Sunset Beach. Admittedly, I did not go full buff, especially since there were SO many gawkers taking pictures, but I did ride around downtown in some cute undies and had a fabulous time! Not too many people I knew turned up, though there were probably a couple hundred people--but I did see more of one old friend and one new one than I had ever hoped I would! Hah. Fun times! It was a riot...until we rode up the hill on Robson, where I finally succumbed to my asthma and general lack of being in shape, and knew that it was my time to put my dress back on and coast back home. I can't even explain to you how great a time I had, riding with all the free spirited great people, but suffice it to say it was a big win for project YES. Leslie took some photos before the ride started, and they're really wonderful. I know I've said it before, but she's such a great photographer--if anyone in Vancouver is looking for a wedding photographer, you should definitely check out her site! She got a bunch of great shots that she made into the amazing (and tasteful!) montage above. She also took the shot of me in all my pale glory...

Me at World Naked Bike Ride (photo by Leslie Biggar)

Then after a shower and throwing together a salad, I walked over to my friend Alex's for a BBQ which had a great mix of people (mostly who I didn't know), including accountants and actuaries, a lawyer, a few techies, a few academics, old friends, and a guy from Austin, TX, who was couchsurfing for the night on one of her friends' couch. Much chatting and eating was done, and then a rousing game of Catch Phrase, which was actually stupidly fun--we played boys against girls, and I have no idea who was winning, but it was hilarious! Eventually, the night rolled on and I started getting sleepy and strolled home. This morning I tackled the pile of dishes that I made over the course of the last couple days before heading out for a quiet brunch/lunch over in Yaletown with my best buddies. I wasn't going to go originally, but a little gentle arm twisting got out there, and I'm glad I went mostly due to the company, but an honourable mention goes to the tasty roasted chicken I got, which will last me a couple more meals yet. The grey weather was just what I needed after a fun-filled weekend, to slow down and take care of many loads of laundry, tidying, sewing, and random computery stuff I needed to catch up on. All that's left now is to make some food for tomorrow and the cozy up in my freshly washed bed.

mmmm...cozy clean bed.  laundry FTW!