October 10 – Day 284

Once upon a time,  I made a sick Drake Cake for my bff Steph’s birthday

This National Cake Decorating Day, I accomplished no such feat

Here is a lousy time lapse video of the artist at work

This is the end result

Yes, white chocolate chips haphazardly stuck onto a store bought chocolate cake

October 5 – Day 279

National Do Something Nice Day !

What a welcomed reprieve from the usual eat-something-I-usually-wouldn’t-style of day

I have been making these little ‘rainbows’ using yarn and embroidery thread. I took it up a notch today by picking up some jewelry supplies and making one into a necklace

I thought it would be a cute little going away gift for my friend Hannah who is moving back to Germany

I overestimated the chain length and have to buy some wire cutters to adjust so that it doesn’t hang so low, but other than that I think I had a highly productive Do Something Nice Day !

September 22 Day 266

 

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

 

September 9 – Day 252

Moving to Vancouver meant leaving a lot of things behind… my husband, my Herman, and my teddy bear that my cousin Kory gave me when I was three.

Because my teddy bear wasn’t here to celebrate on National Teddy Bear Day, I decided to celebrate this guy that I made in a self care workshop last year

Pretty nifty, if I do say so myself

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 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 2 – Day 214

National Ice Cream Mother Fucking Sandwich Day, bitches!

Bought these cute little mini 100% vegan guys at the nearby Sobey’s

The ones with the ‘white’ filling are So Delicious Dairy Free Coconut Ice Cream Sandwiches and the chocolate filled ones are Tofutti Dairy free Chocolate Ice Cream sandwiches.

I couldn’t decide between the two so I bought both!
These guys brought me right back to grade school recess of days yore

To celebrate this day, James and I pretty much mowed down this entire platter!
#noregrets

July 31 – Day 212

Holy guacamole it’s National Avocado Day 

Avocado is my favourite food, hands down

I know it’s a fruit but I don’t think of it that way – what kinda fruit tastes good with garlic?? Besides tomatoes, I mean

To be even more specific, it’s actually a berry – how weird is that?

I was blessed to have several ripe and ready to go avocados for my photographing and eating pleasure

 

These guys went well with my baked beans and tofu scramble breakfast…. and just a drizzle of Sriracha

 

Like how gorgeous is that?

I motion to make National Avocado Day a civic holiday or whatever it takes to be an official day off work and school!

 

July 30 – Day 211

National Paperback Book Day!!

I was beyond delighted to be home in Newfoundland and to have my ever willing model, Herman, back

He did such a great job raising awareness about literacy for dogs demonstrating his love of reading in this shoot.

He thought The Greatest Hits of Wanda Jaynes by Bridget Canning (his first cousin once removed, fyi) was a real page turner

All the characters were relatable, the story was unique and there were lots of laughs along the way ! He can’t wait for the sequel !