Just got back home, and man am I tired! Woke up at around 9:00AM to get breakfast and meet up with a friend of mine. Initially, I had intended to get my medicare card renewed, but the bureau was so packed I figured I’ll simply go back tomorrow by myself; as it was, they only wanted people who had actual business with them in their waiting room sans an entourage, and I wasn’t about to make my friend stand outside in the hallway for hours.
Instead, we spent a good portion of the day getting some Christmas shopping done. Got a granite mortar and pestle for my dad, and I regretted my purchase all day (on account of the fact that granite is bloody heavy and holding it for over 5 hours is absolute torture). I also got him a meat grinder to replace the old one he used to have with a sausage-piping attachment. Now all he needs is a smokehouse and he’ll be all set! 😂
Got some nice body washes for my aunt as well as some Maple Leaf-themed outerwear my cousin will probably enjoy. At this point, I only need to buy for my mom, my brother-in-law, my niece, and my other cousin. Other than that, I’ve more or less got most of my shopping done in that regard. I have some gifts to send to my international friends, though those may need to wait depending on circumstances: still waiting on a piece for one friend’s gift, and need to fashion a piece for another one’s.
As the evening dragged on and our shopping spree slowed to a halt, we met up with my friend’s cousin and our other friend. We got some burgers from a small mom-and-pop fry shop owned by a Korean couple called Pick’s; their system works where you pick and mix your main dish, toppings and sides on a paper ticket with a checklist. Their mains are quite interesting: the different styles of burger one would expect from a fry shop, as well as tacos and “kogos” which are pogos coated with potato. Their choice of toppings is really broad, including egg, roasted peppers, pickles, coleslaw, wasabi mayo, chipotle mayo, and the list goes on! I made a double burger with roasted peppers, sautéed mushrooms and onions, brie cheese, and a tomato and basil aioli – so goooood!
Afterwards we made our way to Place-des-Arts for the main event of the evening: The Legend of Zelda – Symphony of the Goddesses! We had booked our tickets way back in early September as soon as they became available, and I’ve been anticipating this event with bated breath since then. It was really quite phenomenal to hear many of the most iconic melodies from one of my favorite series of video games played live by a whole orchestra. I was a little disappointed that they didn’t play Song of Storms but I suppose it’s only fair, given that they were covering almost every game from A Link to the Past to Breath of the Wild.
Anyways, all that to say it was quite an eventful day overall. I’ll probably be quite busy tomorrow as well: got a dentist appointment in the morning and will be going back downtown afterwards to try to renew my medicare card again. I’m not exactly worried about not having it for the dentist tomorrow, given that dental isn’t covered by the provincial government’s health insurance policy, so I’ll need to pay out-of-pocket regardless. Course I don’t particularly care much for bureaucracy either, as dealing with all the paperwork is pretty much like pulling teeth anyways. Just one of those necessary evils…