November here always teases us with winter a bit - some years we get a bit of snow but it never seems to last very long. We had some lovely warm days too which of course meant we had an intersection of summer, fall and winter all at the same time - life on the west coast!
Other parts of BC were decidedly in winter mode though. I flew into Kelowna and drove to Salmon Arm to do a full-day presentation. In the morning, I woke up to heavy snow but at the time, thought it looked so pretty (and manageable). I knew I was in trouble when the organizers suggested we end a little early so I could get on the road. It was an adventure but I got to the airport and watched as flights all around me got cancelled. And then mine was cancelled. When I phoned Air Canada they didn't think they could get me home until Saturday (this was a Thursday of a long weekend). I never really thought about a flight getting cancelled. The hotel by the airport was full and I had already returned by rental car. I decided I would just sleep at the airport and hope to get out on another airline to get home in the morning. A friend in Vernon heard about my situation and drove down and rescued me and I ended up staying the day snowed in at her place. I was able to get a flight home but had to fly through Calgary first. Just glad to be home and I will think carefully about flying for work during the winter again.
Back here on the west coast, I enjoyed some lovely hikes with friends in Lynn Canyon. Such a beautiful spot that feels so far away from the city but isn't.
Adam's hockey team at UBC won their playoffs and Adam was glad to get the coveted intramural championship t-shirt. Small things like this cause great happiness.
And as is tradition for 18th birthdays around here, we celebrated Colin's 18th on November 17th with a "this is your life" photo retrospective. We had a lovely dinner out at Miku downtown with an amazing celebratory dessert.
I enjoy going to art galleries. It is not something that is Neil's favourite thing to do so I am quite happy to go by myself or with a friend. Gillian and I went to the opening of The Fabric of Our Land exhibit at the Museum of Anthropology in November and I have been back multiple times. This exhibit speaks to my soul - the gathering of natural materials, the design work, the creating, the stories, the purpose. It has inspired me in all sorts of ways.
At the end of the month, I was off to Chicago to present at a math conference. I have never been to Chicago before (other than flying through) and enjoyed exploring the city - walking the Miracle Mile, going to Millennium Park and seeing the bean, visiting the Art Institute of Chicago, eating Chicago pizza, walking over the bridges, seeing Navy Pier and seeing the L train that I came to know through ER (a tv show that I watched faithfully every week before the days of PVRs, etc). Oh, and the conference and presentation went well too!
I began doing the technical challenge from Great Canadian Baking Show beginning with Montreal bagels and maple leaf sandwich cookies.
Looking forward to December and all the family and kitchen time the it brings!