A movie and nap filled flight dropped us in Seattle, Washington. Then the snow hit. Snow and ice. Still, the good humour and helpful nature of the Seattle-ites, and the wool socks kept us snug. Plus great dinners with friends and family.

We’ve hit vancouver Island, which is also covered in the white stuff. Chrismas plans have been changed, but the family will be together, playing wii and drinking eggnog. This is why we came. My nephew, against all odds, continues to grow cuter.