Living in Vancouver has afforded me countless opportunities
My most favourite (besides living within walking distance of a gourmet donut shop), is all the live shows I have been able to see in St. John’s in a million years
Since I’ve been here, I’ve seen The Monkees, Against Me!, The Soup Nazi, Nick Cave, Billy Bragg (3 times!), Rancid, The Descendents, Dead Kennedys, The Flaming Lips, Lauryn Hill, Chris Rock, Gerry Dee, Kings of Leon, J. Cole, and Anderson Paak
It’s been an incredible year on that front.
But perhaps the unlikely highlight was that my absolute favourite podcast, Stuff You Should Know came to town for a live recording, just in time for International Podcast Day !!!
So Christina and I went to The Vogue Theatre, where we’d seen Gerry Dee back in April, and watch Josh and Chuck record ‘How the Ford Pinto Works‘, a live taping all about the notoriously explosive death trap of yesteryear
It was so exciting, I spilled an entire glass of wine all over myself
Coffee and I have a strange abusive relationship where I really believe it’s not gonna fuck me right up ‘this time’, so I go back to it… then, a few sips in, my heart is racing, I’m sweating, and I can’t keep up with my thoughts. When the mania subsides, I vow we are never ever ever getting back together
But then in a moment of weakness, I yearn for it’s smokey, bitter, soothing warmth and order up an Americano and the cycle starts again
On National Coffee Day, Daniel was in town and went to Parallel 49 to get us ladies some coffee for the ride to the airport.
I guess they asked what names to put on the orders and they clearly couldn’t understand Daniel’s indecipherable Goulds accent when he said “Jennah with an H”
This National Drink a Beer Day will break the tie between beer and burgers for most national holidays created for them.
The highlight reel of beer related holidays already celebrated by yours truly this year include; National Beer Lover’s Day , International Beer Day , National IPA Day , Beer Day , and National Beer Can Day
I went for dinner at Vij’s with Christina and Maggie. The rooftop patio with fairy lights and communal seating was delightful. Vij himself came over to see how we were enjoying things. I, as usual, got too star struck to say anything clever or ask for a picture.
While Christina and Maggie indulged in some elaborate cocktails, I chose a pilsner off the beer menu to ‘drink a beer’ for National Drink a Beer Day. We shared a bunch of entrees and then Christina snuck off and paid for the entire bill as a treat. How nice.
National Chocolate Milk Day
Yee haw. Got some Natur-a Chocolate Soy milk in the ‘juice box’ format to conjure up some childhood memories
I don’t think soy milk was around in my childhood so no memories were conjured
September 26 is National Dumpling Day
Hi-Nippon on my block makes a mean gyoza, which I am going to interpret as a dumpling for the sake of this post ( sake was in italics as it was Japanese cuisine pun, for you uncultured swine out there)
I went there an had myself an order
To the best of my knowledge and experience, they were perfect
Sometimes foods like this can be so greasy but these guys at Hi-Nippon do a fantastic job
National Binge Day
Watch the fuck out, darlings.
Got me some real deal nachos (no Daiya cheese pour moi merci beacoup ) and said
and ate til I felt reasonably sick
I won’t pretend to have a single iota of a speck of understanding of what it must be like to navigate this world as a deaf person
I read this article on Cracked and think it may be the tip of iceberg…. or not…as I said, I have no idea
But I do have one very cute deaf French Bulldog named Duncan and boy does he manage pretty well against all odds.
He’d never ever try to assassinate anyone (even you-know-who who could definitely deserves an attempt at the very least) … and he couldn’t anyway as he hasn’t learned ASL .. though it’s on the agenda
So here’s to Duncan, on this International Day of The Deaf, and all those out there with hearing impairments
Mini rant for International Rabbit Day, followed by a phoning-it-in style post
(FYI: Phoning it in refers to a reporter phoning a story into their newspaper instead of writing, editing and submitting from the home office. .. kinda like Twitter…. ‘going through the motions’…not necessarily hitting the home run, according to some guy on the internet one time)
So, before Duncan arrived in safely and soundly in Vancouver, I inquired to Christina, quite innocently enough, that, perhaps, in the intermittent time we potentially, perhaps, explore the possibility of a getting a little Lionhead Rabbit
Mean Old Christina said “NOOO THEY SMELL, YOU IIIIIDDDDDIOT !!!”
Yeah and so it was, without a doubt.. dare I say undoubtedly, the worst experience of my life
And for those of you familiar with my life story, that must mean a lot
So, when International Rabbit Day arose, nearly a year later, you know I was bitter as all hell, and had no rabbits to celebrate with.
I persevered, nevertheless, thanks to the Instagram bunny filter
On National Doodle Day I saw a client, whom I regularly see, who is in a great deal of pain, both emotionally and physically
Confidentiality is highly important in the therapy/counselling world so this blog post must remain a wee bit cryptic to help maintain the trust
Usually they work away, diligently and intuitively, in a session, and I observe. But today, for reasons beyond National Doodle Day and this blog, I was compelled to make some response art .
I have the hopeful feeling it meant a lot to them to receive this piece but my biggest hope is that it gave them a sense of empowerment
National Pecan Cookie Day
While not tremendously popular, they still, somehow, warrant a national holiday
Good for you, Pecan Cookie!
I did my best to source a pure pecan cookie- one that was just cookie and pecan, but they are hard to come by… but I did find some Pecan chocolate chip cookies at the super cute bakery that’s near my elementary school practicum
They had both white and milk chocolate chips in them… and were a bit hard as they were ‘day olds’ as they call ’em the biz (meaning they are a day old). Whatever, I’m grateful for any reason to wail on a bag of cookies, can I get an amen up in here?