Daddy was fast asleep in this morning so Elizabeth came with us to Come Sing Messiah rehearsal. She sat very nicely during most of it - apparently our "sitting practice" is starting to pay off as she will sit and play by herself for nearly half an hour at a stretch. The only problem is that she doesn't always play quietly! I should have brought a snack along because she got hungry, but a short nursing session and a cookie at the break were enough to placate her at least for a little while. Looking at animal pictures on my iPhone kept her busy for a very long time too.
After rehearsal, Uncle Dave and Auntie Karen came for roast beast (chicken). I put Elizabeth down for a nap and then Auntie Janice, Auntie Karen and I headed out into the chill for a girls-only adventure downtown. We'd originally hoped to drag Auntie Yukiko along with us but she's a pretty busy girl these days and had a choir rehearsal of her own that she couldn't miss. Next time...
Auntie Janice had nixed the idea of girly time at the spa but all were interested in my suggestion that we try an urban quest. An urban quest gives you a series of clues that you have to solve in order to locate your destination. We did the Coffee Quest, which ends up at a coffee shop. Our quest had a time limit of two hours, and we had no trouble completing the quest in that time even though some of the clues required us to clamber around a number of "danger - do not walk" signs. There was some ice chipping required too. Janice pointed out that this was not strictly necessary since the second clue gave us enough information to completely bypass the first clue, but I insisted that we follow the directions and she admitted that the ice chipping was pretty fun. We even contemplated going to McDonald's for some hot water but decided that would be overkill!
The clues were very straightforward and we only got stuck once, trying to find out when the Rideau Canal was built. We thought about "cheating" by asking Google but after a bit of running around we eventually located the correct commemorative plaque. Of course we had walked right past it. Twice!
A few math problems later we found our location and got to relax over peppermint hot chocolates.