Day 202 – July 21

National Junk Food Day

Jesus, my husband James loves junk food

I don’t like candy or even chips really

I’m more of a donut/cake/cookie type – which I would classify as dessert rather than junk food, although by definition, they still count

(junk food, noun:  food that has low nutritional value, typically produced in the form of packaged snacks needing little or no preparation )

Day 203 – July 22

National Mango Day 

Here are some fun facts I robbed from some random Mango website!!!

  • Mangos are one of the most popular fruit in the World
  • Mangos were first grown in India over 5,000 years ago
  • Mango seeds traveled with humans from Asia to the Middle East, East Africa and South America beginning around 300 or 400 A.D.
  • The paisley pattern, developed in India, is based on the shape of a mango
  • A basket of mangos is considered a gesture of friendship in India
  • Legend says that Buddha meditated under the cool shade of a mango tree
  • Mangos are related to cashews and pistachios
  • A mango tree can grow as tall as 100 feet
  • The bark, leaves, skin and pit of the mango have been used in folk remedies for centuries

Also, you should know they  provide 100% of your daily vitamin C, 35% of your daily vitamin A and 12% of your daily fibre!!!

I also robbed this info from the same website !!

I celebrated by buying one, cutting it up and eating it!

Day 201 – July 20

July 20th is National Moon Day

This is because it was the day Lance Armstrong first walked on the moon! Go fig!

My bestie Steph bought me a necklace last year with the moon the night Sarah was born on it – September 19, 1982

I broke the chain pretty much immediately but keep it with the little vile of Sarah’s ashes I have on a shelf

National Moon Day prompted me to take it out and marvel at it’s beauty and mystery

 

 

Day 200 – July 19

DAY 200!!!

Straight up spent most of National Ice Cream Day ( this is seriously, like the five hundredth Ice Cream Day, I’m not even kidding)

I spent most of the day drinking rosé, and weeping over Mary, with Duncan on the beach

I had J. Cole tickets for the evening and we went to Virtuous Pi for some vegan pizza and had some amazing vegan ice cream there

Wild concoctions :
Charcoal Banana Coconut
Meyer Lemon & Lavender
Mint + Dark Chocolate

BUT! I forgot to take a picture!!!!

So then, my and Kathleen went the next day, back to Innocent Ice Cream on Main Street and got some more vegan ice cream

This time I got Banana Walnut

BUT!! I forgot to take a picture, AGAIN!!!
So I took a cute video of Duncan licking the cup for me

Day 199- July 18

July 18th is Nelson Mandela Day 

I was gifted a book by my sister Claire’s boyfriend Anthony that was made by a Johannesburg-based collective called Umlando Wezithombe.

I thought it was important for Duncan to learn a thing or two about apartheid and racism

He didn’t quite get it, being a privileged little French Bulldog

But he thought the pictures were nice

You could also lump Nelson Mandela Day in with National Tattoo Day in both their being ‘sore spots’.

July 18th was the day my friend Mary McDonald died.

She was 32. Same as Sarah when she died. Same as I am, now.

The entire city of St. John’s is grieving. She has been written about… at great length. 

When I saw on social media that she had died, I literally refreshed the screen. I was in such a shock that I instinctually tried to refresh the story to wash away the story I wanted to unsee.

It, obviously, didn’t work.

I went on to encountered more information about her passing both online and from friends at home. I am still in a state of disbelief how this beautiful, talented, community-building, hard working angel is gone- just like that.

The photo above is on the cover of The Overcast, the local arts rag that she often wrote for and was often featured in for the many events she organized and programs she coordinated. I saw it in a stack at the grocery store and it felt like the getting the wind knocked out of my stomach.

She definitely left her mark on the world and got a lot done in her brief tenure here on earth. I am sending all my love to her friends and family and hope the pain will lessen one day.

Another reminder to try and celebrate everyday, if not literally, in whatever small way you can