August 12 – Day 224

National Middle Child’s Day… a holiday of minimal importance.. much like the middle child

Very rarely does the middle child get to advance position after all birth giving has been completed for a family.
It’s virtually impossible to move up the ranks.

But alas, thanks a little doctor negligence and a lot of choriocarcinoma, I was able to do just that, ladies and gentlemen.

Becoming the eldest child in the Turpin household has not been without strife, and lying in wait for 29 years didn’t equate a clean transition by any means, but here I am, now, on this National Middle Child’s Day sitting atop the Iron Throne of Birth Order.

Not only am I now the oldest child, I’m older than the previous eldest will ever be! So here’s to me!

August 11 – Day 223

National Play In The Sand Day

It was still smoggy and hazy in Vancouver, but warm and sunny so Duncan and I hit the beach – the Kitsilano Dog beach

I directed Duncan to play in the sand, but as well all know he is deaf

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Close enough.

August 10 – Day 222

Day 222 was my first day back in Vancouver

T’was National Skyscraper Appreciation Day and although Vancouver’s skyline is composed of glass buildings as high and as far as the eye can see, the hazy smoke from the raging wildfires in surrounding areas made them less of an eyesore… er, I mean, visible, yes, less visible

The atmosphere was smoggy and warm. Duncan and I were going to walk over the Burrard bridge to check them out, but breathing was difficult – and this was a ‘good’ day. It had been much worse while I was in Newfoundland

So we just turned back after a few photos

I tried my best to appreciate them!!!

August 9 – Day 221

National Melon Day

So close to National Watermelon Day – I must have a word with the National Holiday Committee….

I bought this melon, thinking it was a cantaloupe, then began to have my doubts as I realized I don’t really know anything about melons and thought maybe this was a honeydew or some shit

It was a cantaloupe, although not quite ripe or pleasant.
In my research, I learned that ZUCCHINIS ARE MELONS
What in the actual fuck

The Cucurbit family .. who knew

 

 

August 8 – Day 220

National Happiness Happens Day

I guess happiness does happen from time to time

Being home in Newfoundland’s terrible weather wasn’t conducive to happiness happening but being with my dogs and husband was joy filled, as you can tell

Nothing more I need than a Duncan nestled on my lap!

Celebrated by enjoying their company

August 7 – Day 219

Lucky for me, National Lighthouse Day fell on a day I was in Newfoundland, where there are so many you could practically trip over them… well not really, if people were tripping over them, they aren’t very good at their job, are they?

Steph and I hit the ol’ Blackhead Road to head to Cape Spear, the most Easterly point of North America. How glamorous.

It was windy and the fog was to the ground, yet we still managed to see some whale flipping and flopping around out in the bay

Then I implored Steph to take some of those classic leaning-tower-of-Pisa-tourist shots

They were off to a rough start

But with enough coaching and guidance, we were able to pull off these doozies

Just so believable, eh?

Happy National Lighthouse Day, y’all

August 6 – Day 218

International Sailor Moon Day!!

I relished the opportunity to bust out my Sailor Jupiter tank top and read some manga !

Sailor Moon and the Sailor Scouts were some of the first positive female cartoon role models my sisters and I were exposed to as kids growing up in the late ’90s. Sailor Uranus and Neptune being a LGBTQ couple was groundbreaking! These girls didn’t take any crap and they were always being vocal about sexism.

This show shaped me and my sisters, 100%.  We went as them for Halloween, I was Jupiter, Sarah was Mercury and Claire was Chibi Moon. Our neighbours were Saturn and Venus.  We used to tape it and rewatch every episode. We had the posters and the soundtrack CD.

So grateful for the chance to celebrate the Scouts and reflect on their contribution to society! In the name of the Moon, I (salute) you!!!!

August 5 – Day 217

While waiting in the airport on one of my way too many layovers en route from Terrace BC to St. John’s NL, I picked up a cute pair of underwear at the airport with little Duncan dogs all over them for James! Perfect for National Underwear Day !

I think Duncan was creeped out.

August 4 – Day 216

International Beer Day ! Hooray! Any holiday to do with beer is welcome in my blog!

To celebrate, I decided to try a new and really intriguing beer I saw at the NLC by SpinDrift Brewing company – Blueberry Chai Pilsner

Now we alllllll know it could only be a true pilsner if it was made in Pilsen, Czech Republic, known for it’s soft water, so this guy from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia was never going to be authentic.

The Blueberry Chai part was what captivated me.
When I poured it, it looked the part. When I tasted it, however, it tasted like a plain old lager. Nothing blueberry or chai about it.

It was fine. And Chai is a flavour probably best left for a heavier beer like a stout or port, mayhaps?

August 3 – Day 215

Doubled down on the celebrating today – National Watermelon Day AND National IPA Day

IPA, India Pale Ale, is super trendy right now because people love to be miserable.
For real, the whole reason this beer type exists is because the English, while occupying India, needed beer, and couldn’t brew beer there because it was too hot., so they would brew it home and ship it there.
To withstand the months and months at sea they added waaay more hops, a natural preservative,  than would normally be palatable and thus and such we have IPA.

I don’t know if we as a society were nostalgic for the good old days of aggressive imperialism or what, but this beer has resurfaced with a vengeance. Apparently it is THE most popular craft beer style.

If you couldn’t tell by the tone of the intro, I am not too keen on this type of beer because USUALLY it tastes like acid reflux. However I have had some I like such as Propellor Brewery in Halifax’s IPA – notes of grapefruit, refreshing and delightful.

James and I decided to try a few different ones for the holiday.

Brewdog Punk IPA was the best of the lot. It was actually really great – just flavourful enough to be more than a lager or regular pale ale, but not too over board with the pungentness.  I would have that again any time. The rest I could take or leave.

It was a sunny day, so we sliced up some watermelon for National Watermelon Day, to cleanse our palettes between IPA’s.

It was a beauty. The past few watermelons I have picked up were really not ripe or bland or not in season, who knows, all I know is I couldn’t eat them so I was pleasantly surprised to have a good one that hit the spot!

Hadn’t celebrated two concepts in one day in a while so I felt like I was working hard!