Weekend Update: A Rainy US Thanksgiving Holiday in Vancouver

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For the US holiday of Thanksgiving, OvenMitt was lucky enough to have five days off. Luckier still, he was able to spend them in his favourite place in the entire world– the Vancouver apartment of Panda! Here’s a day-by-day list of the time the two spent together:

Wednesday

  • Brunch at Twisted Fork
  • Ice skating at the Kitsilano Rink
  • OvenMitt went shopping for a winter coat at Hills while Panda visited her mother.
  • Grocery shopping at Safeway for mini-US Thanksgiving the next day
  • Dinner (pizza and salad) at Panda’s apartment.

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All ready to skate!

Thursday

  • Breakfast of leftovers from Twisted Fork and some delicious scrambled eggs prepared by Panda
  • A trip to McDonald’s for waffle fries and a Potato Rosti and Bacon Burger
  • OvenMitt cooked creamed spinach and warmed up the frozen scalloped potatoes while Panda picked up some chicken.
  • Mini-US Thanksgiving dinner of chicken, potatoes, spinach, and pumpkin pie.
  • Panda, in the first of her many coups of the weekend, introduced OvenMitt to the wonders of Flight of the Conchords.

Friday

  • Brunch at Lucy’s Eastside Diner
  • A semi-disastrous trip to Toys “R” Us to buy presents for Panda’s friends’ kids where forgetful, bossy clerks along with unwieldy company policies turned a simple request for separate gift receipts into a nightmare
  • A much more successful trip to Chapters to look at books and gifts
  • Dinner of leftovers from mini-US Thanksgiving dinner
  • A visit to Minami sushi bar for drinks, snacks, and a visit with OvenMitt’s teacher friend, Test Kangaroo, who was in town for the evening with her family and some friends
  • Panda, in another of her brilliant moves of the weekend, showed OvenMitt the movie What We Do in the Shadows

Saturday

  • A day spent sleeping/napping/lying around while eating leftovers and watching sports on television (Ohio State beating Michigan and the Canadiens beating the Red Wings— both in overtime)
  • Dinner with Panda’s friends the Test Kangaroos*– pizza, wine, cheesecake, pictures of the hosts’ recent trip to Vietnam and Cambodia, and delightful conversation

Sunday

  • Brunch at Parlour (sitting next to a trio of bros talking about being hungover, betting on professional sports, Juventus losing a stunner to Genoa, fighting, spending too much money at strip clubs, etc.)
  • Writing this blog post and enjoying the last few hours in each other’s company before OvenMitt returns to Seattle for a week of work before his Birthday Acknowledgement Weekend next weekend (and before Panda returns to work on Monday for the first time in six months…)

A delightful moment watching Flight of the Conchords

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*These Test Kangaroos not to be confused with the earlier Test Kangaroo

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13 Ways of Looking at Panda and OvenMitt’s Recent Trip to Chicago

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1.

It’s not every day

a Panda and OvenMitt

fly to Chicago.

2.

Weeks ago this trip

was just an absurd notion—

now it’s happening.

3.

Who knew idle talk

could become a weekend trip?

Next stop Chicago!

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4.

OvenMitt has one

big question for this plane flight—

will eyebrows stay on?

5.

One highlight of the

trip—seeing Test Kangaroo,

OvenMitt’s old friend.

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6.

A daily question

for Panda and OvenMitt—

where should they eat brunch?

7.

The pillows in the

hotel room in Chicago

were comfortable.

8.

Job for OvenMitt

on this trip—rubbing Panda’s

sore back and shoulder

9.

Hard to believe they

traveled all that way just to

see Montreal lose.

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10.

The hAbs would have won

if Price had been in the net—

all Therrien’s fault

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11.

Searched all weekend for

anti-Donald Trump protests—

never could find them.

12.

Wasn’t all fun, though—

hAbs loss, Cubs gear everywhere,

parking brake mishap

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13.

Despite ups and downs

the trip was fun, and the first

of many to come.

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