if this picture was the only one i took away from this weekend, this experience the only one we’d had time to share, i’d still be happy girl. holding hands while teaching my best girl to skate was easily one of my favourite things so far in 2012.
yesterday i wrote about how i might like to explore all the stereotypical and cliché canadian experiences – curling, drinking tim hortons coffee, playing pond hockey, etc. (i’m on the fence about dog sledding, for the record.) we had a great time taking the american out to a game on friday night and intended to continue our adventures in canadiana on saturday as well. initially, the plan was to try snowshoeing for the first time for everyone. sadly, a day full of rainfall preceding and it only made sense to postpone the adventure due to the mushy, wet snow and we were left without a plan b. enter kevin. he’s been itching to get back on skates and he talked our way into a family skate that was happening at the same place and time as his hockey team had a game. we bundled up and hit the road.
amy didn’t think she had ever been ice skating, but said later that it might have happened once when she was young. me, i took lessons when i was a kid and even had my own pair of skates. it still shocked me how foreign it was to step back on the ice. it was rough going the first time around, but eventually, i got
the hang of it better.
fact: i really enjoyed skating again. so much so, we are currently scouring craigslist for a pair of skates for me. got a lead on a ladies 9/9.5? let me know!
before amy gets to town, i usually ask “what do you want to do while you’re here?” that warrants a variety of replies most of which are equivalent to “whatever.” this time, however, she threw out one suggestion.
i’d like to go for sushi.
now we’re talking!
new westminster is the home of many great things (most notably the salmonbellies!) but the city also has an unquenchable thirst for a couple of things: loonie stores and japanese restaurants. for our saturday night dinner, i chose the newest place on the block, okonomi sushi on 6th street.
a quick check beforehand and i knew she rated herself an adventurous eater. she said she was willing to try anything. since she’s the meat eating representation in our duo, i didn’t have the experience to make sure she got the best of the experience. the restaurant has been getting rave reviews so i was hoping to hone in on some of their specialties, however a hook cast into twitter waters failed to yield an okonomi versed recommendation. it did, however, bring a few sage words about all around good choices and my little sushi noob jumped on them.
and now, just like that, she’s gone again. another weekend visit in the books, another series of memories to be revisited with smiles and warm hearts far into our future, whatever it may bring.