Sunday afternoon was spent strolling the Harbourfront Centre checking out the vendors at the Vegetarian Food Festival. I am not vegan or vegetarian but I try to eat healthy so since my sister-in-law’s future sister-in-law had a booth there, I thought I would check it out. I attended with a friend of mine who also happens to be a meat-eater but she’s recently been on a health kick, testing new recipes and exploring healthy alternatives that I thought she would really benefit from attending. The thing is, I didn’t realize it was her first time down at the Harbourfront Centre. She was so fascinated by the fact this area existed in the city that I couldn’t take her attention off how nice it was. Our conversations went like this:
Me: Yum. Try these vegan cookies
Her: I can’t believe I’ve never been down here before it’s so nice
Me: Oh look! Let’s check out the vegan make up
Her: It’s so close to my house, I mean I saw it when I was running but didn’t realize it was this nice
Me: How cool, yoga in the park!
Her: I wish I brought my parents here, I don’t usually like touristy places but this is so nice
Me: A shark bit off my arm
Her: Wow, is that fake grass? I guess that makes sense and it looks so nice
So needless to say, I’m pretty sure she thought the Harbourfront Centre was nice, how she felt about the Veggie Fest? No clue.
I did however manage to catch her attention when we wandered off and found 3 food containers that were serving organic burgers, hot dogs and lobster rolls. Since we were at the Vegetarian Food Festival but neither of us were ready to try the one week vegetarian challenge, we threw up our hoodies, slipped on our shades and enjoyed the best beef burger we have eaten. It was nice.
Saturday night was Movie Night. A bunch of girlfriends and I get together every couple of weeks to drink wine, watch movies from our youth and reminisce about how great life was before the internet. It’s our own version of a 7th grade slumber party but instead of pimple cream, we discuss the best anti-aging products.
For Saturday’s movie, our host selected Pretty Woman. A classic rags to riches romance that had every girl I grew up with wishing for a fairy Godmother named Bernard Thomas, Hotel Manager.
Sure it’s technically a movie about a hooker and a soulless workaholic but for the six 30+ year old women crowded around the TV, it was a movie about a quirky yet loveable princess who warms the heart of an emotionally cut-off prince. As we cheered on Vivian’s transformation from Street Chic to Classy and watched how her infectious smile and awkward charm was able to release Edward from his cold armor, we all secretly wished that it had happened to us.
Not once did one of us say, “The only thing that would have made this better was if they had met online.”
As a single women, the thing that is most recommended to me is to get myself set up for online dating. Maybe I’ve watched too many 80’s movies but there is nothing I find romantic about online dating. (No offence to those who are online). I’m sure people have been successful and it’s probably the best place to meet great eligible guys but when I think of how I want to meet my future Prince Charming, it doesn’t include scrolling through a website and sending out emoticon smiles. I’m thinking more along the lines of getting caught under the same awning during a rain storm or randomly reaching for the same book at Chapters. I’m not saying I’m going to start turning tricks hoping that some rich guy will roll up looking for directions but I agree with Vivian.. I want the fairy tale.
For those of us still single and not on match.com, I think you’ll appreciate this McDonald’s ad.