It’s Wednesday — is that too late for a weekend recap post? Is it like getting “Happy New Yeared” in February?
Well, if it is, here it is anyway!
Mike and I started the weekend at a backyard bonfire at our dear friends’ house in Cherry Hill, NJ. We got to drink beer with a pretty wonderful Greyhound named Newsy, one of our favorite doggie friends.
Early Saturday evening, Mike and I had a magical, spontaneous moment. We were on our way to Old City, walking from our neighborhood in South Philly, and the distance between the two is about two miles. We spotted one of those new bright blue Indego bicycle share stations at 10th and Washington and decided to go for it!
I’ve always been terrified of riding bikes in the city because it’s so damn dangerous.
But I forgot my fear because it seemed like so much fun, and I’m all for trying alternative ways to get around the city. Indego is $4 for a 30-minute rental. The way it works is you ride the bike to the docking station closest to your destination, and there are docking stations all over the city. So, we paid with our credit cards, put our bottles of wine in the baskets, and we were off!
Once we started riding I did some mental math and realized I hadn’t been on a bike since roughly 2009. I was wobbly at first but pretty soon I was flying through the streets. The wind in my hair felt so good and I loved that we were getting to our destination so quickly.
Mike realized one of his tires was flat, though, so we stopped at a station around 3rd and Bainbridge and he got a new bike. The signage at the docking station didn’t say anything about what to do if you get a tire with a flat, nor could you report a defective bike (from what we could see, anyway.) Other than that, I’d definitely recommend Indego to get from Point A to Point B if you have $4 to spare. (Or $8, if you get a bike with a flat.)
Even though the cars scared me — I was especially afraid of someone opening the door of a parked car and sending me flying — I’d do it again. I got to glimpse the world through the eyes of a bike rider, so in the future I’ll be less likely to yell and curse when they act crazy and cut in front of me while I’m driving. They’re probably more afraid of me than I am of them. Kind of like bugs.
The reason why we headed down to Old City was to meet L, who blogs over at Lolageek. I’ve known L for at least 10 years but we had never met in person. It was like excitement on top of excitement wrapped in a huge OMG sandwich.
But first, since we got down there an hour early, we hit one of our favorite spots, the Khyber Pass Pub at 2nd and Chestnut for a beer. We snagged the table by the window and did a little people-watching. Mike wore his cat astronaut shirt, which is just about the best shirt ever.
Then we made the quick walk to Wedge and Fig, or as Mike called it, Wedgies and Figs, which is a BYOB bistro at 3rd and Race.
It’s nuts to think that L has been apprised, through my former super confessional and personal blog on Diaryland, of every little detail of my life since the early to mid-2000s. And I’ve read hers all along, too, so it was like meeting an old yet new friend. We decided to do the double date thing with our men, which was a good choice because we all got along so well.
Wedgies and Figs had so much yummy cheese. I’ve been about 75 percent vegan for the past year so this was a rare, welcome indulgence. We shared a huge cheese board, then Mike and I shared a small vat of mac and cheese, then a grilled cheese with truffled honey. Awesomeness.
The next day, Sunday, we went to Wilmington, Delaware to visit Mike’s mom and stepdad. We go out there pretty often and it’s always a great time just hanging out, drinking and eating.
Mike’s mom commemorated the day, not to far in the future, when we’ll be exchanging rings with heart-shaped snacks and other cute stuff. So sweet!
Since we have this big day coming up, I’ve been on a mission to learn how to apply false eyelashes. I bought an e.l.f. set and I’ve been practicing, with varying results. See below. If anyone has any tips, please let me know! I’ve watched a few YouTube videos and I understand how it’s done but I still can’t get them close enough to my lashline. (The one on the right happened after I took out my contacts and really saw what I was doing — I can’t see anything close-up otherwise. Therein lies the problem, I think.)