I got a bit of bonus time to myself in the morning, because Zoe had a late
breakfast out with Sarah for her birthday, so I used the time to finish off
another unit of my real estate licence course and get it into the mail.
After Sarah dropped Zoe off, she watched a bit of TV before we headed off to
the doctor to have another go at freezing off the wart on her hand, and to
follow up on the suspected chicken pox.
Zoe's fever had resolved itself, and her spots looked like they were starting
to fade. The doctor thought she probably just had a viral rash, and it
definitely wasn't chicken pox.
Armed with that good news, I definitely wanted to get out of the house in the
afternoon, because Zoe had been watching far too much TV.
Zoe said she wanted to go to the park over at West End, and I wanted to take
her into the city in the evening to look at the lights, so I thought a good way
to achieve both goals would be to take public transport over to West End and
then back to the city.
As the Hawthorne ferry terminal is closed for some upgrades, and I didn't fancy
walking home with a tired Zoe from Bulimba late at night, we drove as close to
the Bulimba ferry terminal as we could find a park, which was incidentally
right next to the Love Street park. Zoe had a bit of a play there, before we
walked to the Bulimba ferry terminal and took the cross river over to
Teneriffe, and jumped on the CityGlider all the way to the park at West End.
Zoe had a great time playing in the park, which was nice and cool and shady,
before we jumped on a CityCat back to the city. We got off at North Quay, and
walked down to the Mall and into the Myer Centre to escape the heat.
I'd promised Zoe a bubble tea the next time we were in the Myer Centre, so we
went to the bubble tea place and shared one of them.
After that we were just sitting on the Mall taking a break, and Anshu's Mum
happened to wander past, so she hung out with us. We went and grabbed some
sushi for dinner and then Anshu met up with us.
I wanted to catch the Myer Christmas Parade and Pantomime while we were in
there, so we assumed a spot where the parade was due to turn right onto Albert
Street and head to King George Square.
The Mall was absolutely packed by the time the parade made it up to where we
were, and if Zoe hadn't been on my shoulders she wouldn't have seen anything.
I'm glad she got to see though. It was pretty impressive, and even had a Santa
sleigh with a couple of deer.
After that we headed over to King George Square with the intention of seeing
the Christmas tree get lit up. First we had to sit through the pantomime, which
wasn't really worth it. Visibility of the stage was poor, but we sat (or rather
stood) through it. Then we had to watch the Gold Lotto City Hall Light
Spectacular, which was actually pretty good. All sorts of stuff projected onto
That all finished, and everyone started leaving, but the tree still didn't get
lit up. Upon enquiry, it seemed that it hadn't survived the most recent storm
or something. So that was a bit disappointing.
Anshu and her Mum had headed home during the pantomime, and we headed back to
North Quay to get a CityCat back to Bulimba. There was quite a wait. I think
the CityCat was running behind schedule or something, and Zoe was getting quite
tired and having a bit of a meltdown. Then the fireworks started as a welcome
distraction. I didn't even realise there were fireworks scheduled, so that was
a pretty cool added bonus.
Zoe fell asleep on the CityCat when I was staring out the window. I had to wake
her up when we got to Bulimba, and that didn't go terribly well either, and we
had a messy trip back to the car.
We made it back home, and I managed to get Zoe into bed without too much more