Weekend Update: A Rainy Rendez-Vous in Vancouver

Panda and OvenMitt had many plans for this weekend– brunch and snacking, sleeping and napping, watching hockey on television and even some French practice. Happily, despite some rain and a few misadventures along the way, they were able to do all that and more!

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Here are four things you need to know about their weekend:

1) Panda and OvenMitt were very excited to start reading their newly-acquired copy of Jacques Demers authorized biography Jacques Demers: En Toutes Lettres (written by Mario Leclerc). Panda is always looking for an opportunity to read fine French literature, and OvenMitt has many happy memories of Demers, the friendly grandfatherly coach everyone always wants for their team, skippering the St. Louis Blues back in the 1980s. The book will take a long time to read, however, for these two non-French speakers. (Because of the slow going translating the words Panda doesn’t know yet, they were onlyable to read the first two paragraphs this weekend.) Luckily, Panda and OvenMitt have many opportunities to improve their French language skills each and every day (see 2 below)

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2) OvenMitt was very happy on Saturday when Panda showed him several episodes of one of her favourite French-language children’s cartoons (everyone knows that watching cartoons is a great way to learn a new language). The cartoon is called Le Petit Nicolas, and it’s great. You should watch for yourself, and you will agree that it is an easy and exciting way to learn French!

3) One of the most important Sunday morning traditions that Panda and OvenMitt have developed is eating delicious biscuits with butter in bed. The hardest part is making sure not to get crumbs everywhere! Panda really appreciates the way that OvenMitt carefully cuts off small pieces of biscuit and butters them for her.

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4) There was one harrowing incident, however, when Panda and OvenMitt got trapped inside the Coach bag they travel in. Thank goodness, the internet has handy advice on what to do about a stuck zipper.

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(Above– rescued from the bag. The secret was lip balm from the dentist’s office!)

For the past few months, Panda and OvenMitt have only been able to get together on occasional weekends– the next few months, however, will be different. With a trip to Chicago, the US Thanksgiving holiday, and a vacation in Nice, France all on the agenda before the end of 2016, Panda and OvenMitt will get to see a lot more of each other. Just as long as neither of them gets stuck inside a bag…

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Top Ten List #1: Things OvenMitt Misses About Panda When They Are Not Together

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Panda lives in Vancouver, BC; OvenMitt lives in Seattle, WA. Not only are they several hours drive apart from each other, but there is also the USA-Canada international border between them. Their visits, therefore, happen only on the weekends, when they take turns driving up or down to see each other. Because of the miracles of modern technology (text/phone/email), Panda and OvenMitt are easily able to keep in contact wherever they may be, but some things just are not the same over the phone/tablet/computer as they are in person. It’s been almost two weeks since they’ve been together, and OvenMitt misses many things about Panda. So here is OvenMitt’s list of the top ten things he misses doing with and about Panda when they are not lucky enough to be in the same country together–

10. Eating brunch

9. Going to Tim Hortons for an Iced Capp and hockey cards

8. Watching hockey documentaries

7. How Panda frequently asks OvenMitt if he needs anything

6. That awkward moment when they are talking in the elevator in Panda’s building and someone else gets on

5. Rubbing Panda’s sore shoulder

4. How Panda gets a little more animated and talkative whenever she gets a little drunk

3. How warm Panda is when she is sleeping (even though the window right above their heads is open and it’s sometimes a bit chilly)

2. Watching sports on television

1. Eating biscuits in bed together in the morning

Luckily for OvenMitt, this upcoming weekend, he will be driving up to see Panda, so they can do all of these things (and more) together– check back soon for updates about their weekend!

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Above– the driving route from Seattle to Vancouver. The 2 hr 32 min estimate must be for some speedy driver who doesn’t have to wait at the border– in real life, the drive takes at least three hours.