Akemi commemorated the first Vancouver snowfall by making her very first Canadian snowman. Check it out, above. Not exactly button eyes, carrot nose, and stove pipe hat. But okay for a first effort I guess.
Fortunately, she’s better suited to working with flour, chocolate and sugar than snow as evidenced by Sunday night’s kitchen creations:
Damn tasty. They helped cheer me up after my Snow Monkey’s loss in the championship game. They lost by 13 points, thanks in large part to underachieving “door” Matts Stafford and Forte. My buddy Ivon had an even rougher conclusion to his championship match-up, losing by a whopping 0.4 points! Ouch!
Yesterday morning, we woke up at the crack of dawn (actually, it was BEFORE the crack of dawn) to get ready for our early flight out of Vancouver. In my confused, bleary-eyed state, I totally missed THIS sitting on my pillow –
Along with an early Christmas gift from Akemi: a smoking gun for infusing food and drinks with smoky flavors. They use ’em all the time on Top Chef!
The dogs always look depressed when they see us pull out the suitcases. Lulu was especially down this morning and could barely get out of bed.
Our flight out of Vancouver left on time, unaffected by the ice storm that hit Toronto and played havoc with yesterday’s schedule. In fact, our flight ended up leaving early and getting into Montreal fifteen minutes before its scheduled landing (Hurray!). Unfortunately, however, we had to wait 30 minutes for our luggage which put us behind schedule after all (Boo!).
Finally made it back to mom’s for dinner. My evening in pictures…
After everyone else had turned in for the night, I stayed up and read a couple of chapters of Flashman in the Great Game, the eighth book in the series. I actually read the original Flashman while I was here last Christmas and am thinking of holding off on the final instalments for future visits. Nothing says Christmas like a good Flashman adventure. And, just in case I can’t wait, I’ve lined up the first book in the Richard Sharpe series.
Happy holidays! Merry Christmas!
P.S. Jovanna – Let me know when you and your sis are planning to visit Tokyo. If Akemi and I are in town at the same time, we can plan a group outing to Ice Cream City!