Day 50 – February 19

Holy McMoly ! Day 50 of Celebrating Every Day Literally!!

What a trip.

Sunday was National Chocolate Mint Day. This felt a little trite given that Peppermint Patty Day was a 8 days ago. But it was also an easy out, because I was still tired as all hell from working a job like a real person.

Christina and I lived large today. We decided to go shopping and do brunch. I spent every cent of my hard earned money on a new snowboarding jacket, snowboarding goggles, helmet and mitts, as well as a new highlighter to make my cheekbones glow like unicorn fur.
We also had brunch at this ridiculously cute cafe in North Vancouver called Raglan’s Bistro and it was siiiiick.  I had this eggs Benedict concoction called Lowrider, which had chipotle sour cream and guacamole and it was hands down the tastiest thing I have eaten in a long time.  And we had some badass cocktails

We got home late afternoon and decided to recelebrate National Drink Wine Day because we didn’t feel like we gave it our all yesterday. So we put away our new purchases, put on our onesies, cracked open a few bottles and watched Planet Earth… nearly forgetting to celebrate National Chocolate Mint Day.

Luckily there were a few peppermint patties leftover in the fridge so I was able to indulge with little effort.

Day 48 – February 17th

National Random Acts of Kindness Day & National Cabbage Day!

Today I was a fucking zombie. Working till 4 am is ridiculous – I don’t know how I will keep up with it. I’m too old for that shit.
Although it was made known that it was a bar upon being hired, I just didn’t really grasp the severity of the bartending there.
Vancouver people are so mild mannered, I wasn’t expecting the night to be as booze fuelled as it was. I did last call and every fucking person ordered 3 more drinks and a bunch of shots.  Dealing with loaded people, when sober, is the worst. On top of coping with all the booze bags,  there’s all the bartending duties like disassembling the dishwasher, restocking all the booze, lugging kegs around, polishing glassware, etc etc.
It’s a lot more labour intensive than showing up, setting up some tables, serving, polishing some cutlery, and getting the fuck out of dodge by 11 pm.

Anyway so that was my night. I was hoping to accomplish some school work but I could barely keep my eyes open all day. Despite my concerted effort to not nap, I ended I up giving in.

I did, however, manage to get in some celebrating pre-nap.

I went to Whole Foods and bought a big beautiful red cabbage (which is purple for the record) in honour of National Cabbage Day. Then on the way out I gave the person who was sitting on the sidewalk with a sign asking for spare change a $5 bill, in honour of Random Acts of Kindness Day. He was very grateful and it made me wish I had more on me to give.

The cabbage was absolutely stunning so I took a million photos

Then I hacked it up and made a stir fry for Christina. Wild Friday night indeed.

Tomorrow is National Drink Wine Day which I tend to celebrate every day anyway. I have work but hopefully will be able to squeeze it in.  I’ll be sure to post about it!!


Day 47 – February 16th

Today was quite the doozy indeed.
I had my practicum  8:30am – 3:00pm
Then I had work at my new bartending gig 6:30pm – 4:00am
Plus I had to squeeze in walking Duncan and celebrating National Almond Day
That’s a Jesus long day, people

I love almonds. They aren’t my favourite nut – cashews & peanuts oust them from the top nut spot, but I do indeed love them.
I have almond milk lattes all the time, I do almond butter on toast, I eat them in their pure nut form, salted and non… almonds are great.
They have that good kind of fat, they have vitamin E, they boast fibre, protein and magnesium.  They even regulate blood sugar levels and boost brain function.

There is literally nothing these nuts can’t do apparently.

So in honour of this great nut, I made one of my whimsical smoothies:

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 2 heaping tablespoons of almond butter
  • 2 teaspoons of chia seeds
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • 2 ice cubes

Blend till smooth

It was exactly what I needed to fuel me through my gruellingly long day. Yay almonds!




Day 46 – February 15

The 15th marked National Gum Drop Day

I initially took this to mean like those bubble gum spheres you see in vending machine, but according to all the other Instagram celebrators it meant a  jujube type candy.

I am not fussy on either, so I really didn’t put much forth in terms of effort on  this one. I had school all day which I am totally over and was feeling an overall sense of malaise.

I bought some Swedish Berries which I consider to be same same as jujubes, threw em my old faithful cutting board with the figurine of Herman Christina gave me for my birthday, ate one, brushed my teeth immediately because I’m neurotic and can’t stand the way candy makes my teeth feel, then called it a day.

I brought the rest of the bag in to my practicum the following day for all the elementary kids to eat and they pretty much went ape shit for them. 

Day 45 – February 14th

Valentine’s Day!

Duncan was super cuddly this morning so it was hard to get out of bed.
The weather wasn’t as fine as it had been yesterday, which was disappointing because I had awoken with a much better disposition.

It was National Ferris Wheel Day so I looked into indulging in a spin- Vancouver seems like the kind of place that would have a Ferris wheel kicking around somewhere. Turns out they do … but just during the Christmas holidays.. unfortunate indeed.

So I just kept it simple and decided  I would celebrate Valentine’s Day with my little doggy Duncan and some donuts – my two great loves.
We went to our favourite donut shop, Cartem’s ( Lucky’s, right next door, doesn’t allow dogs, so Duncan isn’t fussy).
Cartem’s did not disappoint – they had some beautiful Valentine specialty donuts baked up. I got Christina one as well and headed home.


One was Champagne Glazed with Raspberry Pearls & white chocolate drizzle and the other was a vegan Strawberry Jelly Stuffed one.

After I shot a series of photos with them and Duncan, I laid them down on the counter and proceeded to knock a glass of water all over them.
They ‘sogged’ up instantaneously and were ruined, like, total mush.
Salvaging what I could, I ate the icing off the top and gave some to Duncan, but, sadly, most went in the garbage.
Total bummer… but luckily Christina came home from work and brought me chocolate so all was well in the world.



Day 44 – February 13

Monday was Family Day in British Columbia – which meant I didn’t have to go to school for a second Monday in a row (oh Smonday, I’ll never get over you). This worked out well because I was actually down and depressed from the long, booze fuelled and emotionally charged weekend.

I spent the majority of the day catching up on blog posts, napping and not doing any of the pending assignments that were much more important.

It was also National Tortellini Day and Eat an Italian Dish Day ( a little reminiscent of the Cream Cheese Brownie Day and Have a Brownie Day falling on the same day of last Friday)

Well you don’t need to tell me twice, National Holiday curators

Apparently there is a pasta called tortelloni which is a bigger version of tortellini which makes me think the Italians need to calm down.
I busted out a some cheese tortellini with basil tomato sauce at lunch time – y’know, to catch the ultimate lighting

I could photograph food all day

I should probably buy some fancy equipment and get around to installing photoshop on my computer

This was another just-get-through-the-day days. A celebration in and of itself.
I did make it to night skiing for a few burns down the hill though, despite being completely out of it

Cheers to that and onwards to Valentine’s Day



Day 42 – February 11

Having had a few too many drinks the night before, among other things, I awoke with tremendous regret as well as a head ache. But I decided not to cry over spilled milk, for it was Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk Day.
So in attempt to feel human again, Christina, Duncan and I went for coffee and donuts at Cartem’s, which was completely off script of any National Holiday Celebrations for the day. It was just a couple of hungover bitches getting their carb binge on.

Duncan wanted in on these too, which, if you have been following along, has become a sort of a plot crutch for me at this stage of blogging.

(I’m one with The Force, yada yadda  yadda)

Once re-humanfication was complete (if only), I thought I best get some official celebrating done.

It was White T-Shirt Day which apparently carries a lot of political weight and has something to do with strikes and union disputes in America somewhere.

I thought, in true T. Swift fashion, to disregard the struggle of the working class and don this white Taylor Swift shirt that has no political sentiment whatsoever (… I mean if you take “1989” to just mean the year she was born and not consider for a moment the Tiananmen Square Massacre). Doesn’t get much whiter than her!

Later in the evening, I managed to score some mini York Peppermint Patties at the drug store for National Peppermint Patty Day.


I ate a few but felt the need to augment the level of celebration around it.
With that I did a quick little water colour sketch of Charlie Schulz’s Peppermint Patty and Snoopy. Wikipedia states that “Peppermint Patty is noted for her persistent habit of profoundly misunderstanding basic concepts and ideas that most people would consider obvious, then blindly ignoring any counsel against her latest fixation, which leads to ultimately embarrassing situations for which she blames everyone who warned her.”

Sounds very Presidential.

Although I don’t relate to her on a cerebral level, I did have a revelation, while painting, that my frumpy-men-shirts-and- Birkenstock aesthetic  may very well have been adopted straight out of the Peppermint Patty Fashionista Manifesto


Then Christina and I watched Magic Mike XXL and made plans to go to a stripper convention our next vacation… but also to not wear good clothes because they would get ruined by all the whip cream, chocolate sauce and getting tossed around.


Day 40 – February 9

February 9th is National Bagel, Pizza and Toothache Day.

I’m going to have to come clean here. I knew Boy Scout Day and Kite Flying Day were gonna be weak on the celebration scale, and I also think having a Bagel and a Pizza on the same day is excessive… so I snuck in my Bagel a day early.

It was great- Granville Island Farmer’s Market has a cute little bagel making kiosk – made fresh all day.

I got a sun-dried tomato one, toasted with plain cream cheese.

And you know what? I wish I had ordered two.

Back to the future: I have been fighting off a cold (quite vigilantly, if I do say so myself) but I really wanted to email in sick to my practicum placement on this particular day. However I also felt obligated to see a certain client I am dealing with and knew it would affect our progress if I missed a session, so I powered through and went in.
After spending the whole fucking day there,  I found out that kid wasn’t even in school today- THEY were sick. Luckily it was (National Bagel Day), National Pizza Day and National Toothache Day, so it really nothing else mattered.

Christina and I were supposed to go out to dinner with friends (and have pizza)  but they got stuck on the highway all day because of avalanches … classic. So when those plans got cancelled, we decided to order in because we like wearing sweat pants as well as drinking wine at a faster rate than most restaurants can keep up with.

We went with Virtuous Pie vegan pizzeria because it is simply the best
We ordered three because we are pigs


We got Stranger Wings, Super Funghi and  Kim Jack!
Our poor highway stranded friend, Ashley, did eventually get to Vancouver much later and came by to eat our left overs.

I didn’t pursue National Toothache Day because it was simply too weird.

Day 39 – February 8

Vancouver doesn’t really do wind. Not like home in Newfoundland where the wind shapes the trees and you can’t own nice things like trampolines.
So when it was National Kite Flying Day I knew I was gonna have to pass.

I was forced to focus on Boy Scouts Day even though I am not a Boy Scout and had no idea how to go about celebrating them.

Luckily I have the world’s cutest dog, some skill with scissors and my buttons from Buttons Pinz and Thingz had arrived!

Duncan made a great little boy scout… although he is, like,  never prepared.

THEN I found out through one of my Insta friends that it was National Potato Lovers Day so Chrissy and I went and got   Fancy Poutines at Frites on Granville! Mine was Pad Thai – amazing.

Pretty great day!







Day 38 – February 7

National Send a Friend A Card Day!

National Fettuccini Alfredo Day!

And Tuesday!

A Day where I have no school, no practicum and no work !

I had grand visions of going to a cute stationary store near our apartment and picking out a few cards with Duncan after having a run around Kits Beach.

But a few things happened that made me make alternative decisions.

First thing on the beach, a couple of Japanese tourists were Face-timing family back home (I presume) in a crouched down position.

Duncan managed to barge through them from behind and in a single leap land on the man’s lap and photo bomb the live feed, giving them the start of their lives.

They did see the humour in it.

Next up was a mom with a baby strapped to her chest and a toddler at her side at waters edge. Now Duncan loves toddlers so of course he lunged for him nearly knocking him right into the February sea. Luckily the toddler took the spill sand-ward and no one got soaked.

Mother was rotted.

And then finally we encounter a young artist, sitting on a log with his sketch book and supplies spread out accordingly, staring at the sea.

Duncan, with Magic Mike like agility, jumped onto his lap, splaying oil pastels and pencils everywhere. The artist did get a kick out of it, but that was the end of Duncan’s reign of terror.

I leashed him up and aimed for the card store. En route I noticed Duncan was no longer on leash. The clasp had broken. So I tied it on and just headed home.


Once home I realized I didn’t want to leave again. So I used what I had on hand which was some pretty cute origami paper ! I looked up how to make ‘cards’ and found instructions to make these hearts

Three Hearts for three people! I won’t say in case they are reading – it won’t be a surprise!

When the cards were folded and enveloped, stamped and posted, it was time to focus on the star cause for celebration this particular day – Fettuccini Alfredo. 


I have never ever made Fettuccini Alfredo before and honestly don’t think I have ever really eaten it before.

I researched some recipes and decided to make a fusion of the best ideas

  • 1 pint whipping cream
  • 1 brick of cream cheese (full fat)
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon nutmeg
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese
  • fresh basil

Sautee garlic, diced in butter. Then combine rest of ingredients. It will thicken like cray so be vigilant and don’t make it too early in advance of serving.



I bought two packages of locally made fresh fettuccine

I also prepared some Tofurkey chicken and Chrissy made a salad

We had Kathleen, Graham and Molly over and hit the wine. It was delightful and we made drunken plans of renting a river boat in the summer.

They also brought me a card in honour of  National Send a Card to a Friend Day!

So cute!!!!