Sunday, 12 October 2014

Mum, Dad, Thesis, Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving! It is a long weekend here in Canada, and there is a short crust pastry in the fridge, ready to become a pumpkin pie this afternoon.

Since last blog, lots has been going on. Here are the highlights:

Mum arrived in Vancouver
We have been on a couple of adventures, including dinner at The Acorn on Main Street. We then went to Bellagio and had gelato.

I think mum took this picture. I can't find any pictures from that evening with her in them!!
We saw a catholic parade carrying icons (??) up Main Street, with a marching band playing "Tequila". Wonders never cease. Main Street is so cool. Mum and I also went to Hillcrest and we had a sauna and went to brunch (again on Main Street). At some point she also visited for an order-in Indian buffet at our place, yum.

Dad arrived in Vancouver 
He has been in Italy for the last three weeks, great adventure. Also, it was his birthday! His flight was delayed so we couldn't pick him up, but we had lunch together a couple of days later at Fable on 4th Avenue. We then went op-shopping. Watching mum and dad in an op-shop, I realise I come by my enthusiasm for thrifting honestly.
Family resemblance!!
We all went to dinner with the Grays last night at Rogue at the Convention Centre. It was delicious and the place was practically deserted! I think because it is a long weekend. The streets have been pretty quiet yesterday and today.

I defended my thesis, and passed
THANK GOODNESS FOR THAT. It was early in the morning (10am) so I did a lot of cardio and then the bus was running late, so I got to the defence with 5 minutes to spare, not really enough time to get my knickers in a twist. My committee was quite gentle on me, in retrospect, although I did find their questions challenging, and am still puzzling over them now.

So Matthew and I are at home, waiting for Mum and Dad to arrive for lunch and pie-making. Then we will rendezvous with the whole family in Burnaby for Aunty Lorraine's famous Thankgiving Turkey Dinner. (This will be a moral temptation for me, since it is the first turkey I have encountered since vegetarianism. But cousin Carolyn will be my partner in Tofurkey, so I'm not alone. Wish me luck.)

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