December 31 – Day 366 (??)

So looks like I may have miscalculated a day or two seeing as 2017 was not a leap year and this is apparently Day 366

Oh well  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

This is the last day of the year and potentially one of my faves

NATIONAL CHAMPAGNE DAY !!!

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We got the party started early in the Canary Islands with some mimosas

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I quickly converted to straight champagne by mid afternoon

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And things had escalated by the time the fireworks started

Anyway, that’s that… for the year, for the blog, for the champagne …. you may have found the ending a little underwhelming.. but

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How bout an updated stock photo from the first Christmas after Sarah died and Ellis nabbed my VERY champagne forward mimosa and chugged it like a frat boy before we had the chance to stop him and he went around stumbling and slurring til nap time? Sound good? Here you go :

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December 14 – Day 349

Awww National Monkey Day 

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I don’t have a monkey, and don’t want to visit one in captivity as I hate that shit. But seeing as how I am celebrating, I thought I would touch on my three favouritest monkeys of all time

1) Micheal Jacksons’ Bubbles:

“Bubbles (born April 30, 1983) is a common chimpanzee once kept as a pet by American recording artist Michael Jackson. Jackson bought him from a Texas research facility in the early 1980s. Bubbles frequently traveled with Jackson, whose attachment to him led to media mockery and, among other factors, a public perception of Jackson as eccentric. During the Badworld tour, for example, Jackson brought Bubbles with him to Japan, where they drank tea with the mayor of Osaka.

Bubbles was initially kept at the Jackson family‘s home in Encino, Los Angeles, but was moved to Neverland Ranch in 1988. There, he slept in a crib in Jackson’s bedroom, used his toilet and ate candy in the Neverland movie theater. By 2003, like many captive chimpanzees, Bubbles had matured into a large and aggressive adult chimp unsuitable as a companion animal. He was sent to a California animal trainer. When the trainer closed his operation in 2004, Bubbles was moved to the Center for Great Apes, a sanctuary in Wauchula, Florida, where he has lived since 2005.

Bubbles’ companionship was a source of comfort to Jackson and formed, writes journalist Steve Huey, a public perception of Jackson as a “bizarre eccentric, obsessed with recapturing his childhood.”[11][12][13] According to Robert Thompson, professor of popular culture at Syracuse University, “This is when the weirdness began to reach mythic proportions.”[14]

Jackson and Bubbles’ bond, as well as Jackson’s other alleged eccentricities, contributed to the media epithet “Wacko Jacko,” a nickname Jackson came to despise.[12] The media often focused on Bubbles, rather than Jackson’s music, and published false stories, such as the allegation that Bubbles was not a single ape, but one of several.[15][16] A later claim suggested that Bubbles had died; Jackson’s press agent Lee Solters quipped to the media that “when Bubbles heard about his demise he went bananas … Like Mark Twain, his death is grossly exaggerated and he’s alive and doing well.”[17][18] The media also reported that Bubbles would be the ringbearer at Elizabeth Taylor‘s October 6, 1991 Neverland Ranch wedding; the report was untrue, but was, according to The New York Times, “an idea that some newspapers found too delightful not to report.”[19]

Another story, reported in The National Enquirer, claimed that Prince, Jackson’s longtime rival, had used extrasensory perception to turn Bubbles crazy. “What kind of sicko would mess with a monkey?” Jackson was reported to have asked. “This is the final straw. Poor, poor Bubbles.” Jackson found the story hilarious, and his staff reported that they had never seen him laugh so much ” – Wikipedia 

2) Cincinnati Zoo’s murdered Harambe

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“On May 28, 2016, a three-year-old boy climbed into a gorilla enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden and was grabbed and dragged by Harambe, a 17-year-old Western lowland gorilla. Fearing for the boy’s life, a zoo worker shot and killed Harambe. The incident was recorded on video and received broad international coverage and commentary, including controversy over the choice to kill Harambe. A number of primatologists and conservationists wrote later that the zoo had no other choice under the circumstances, and that it highlighted the danger of zoo animals in close proximity to humans and the need for better standards of care” – Wikipedia

Also Harambe was a great source of memes:

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3) Darwin the Ikea Monkey:

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Poor little guy got out of his mom’s car while she was at IKEA and went in looking for her. Hilarious. But he got taken from her by animal control – it’s illegal to have a monkey as a pet in Canada

Here is an article all about how he is doing as of 2015

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December 3 – Day 338

For National Make A Gift Day, I chose to do a cross stitch hoop inspired by a few I’ve seen making their rounds on Pinterest and Instagram

My sister in law Hannah and her husband Corey just bought a swingin’ new house in the ritzy part of town so I wanted to make them something so they wouldn’t forget where they came from

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My friend Meg and I grabbed some craft beers and some craft supplies and had a pretty thorough crafter noon

This was the end result

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Pretty cute, right?
My friend Mike also texted me, he was at his partner’s relatives home. One of them had been a school teacher of Sarah’s. This was hanging on their tree
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A gift from her when she was 11. Break your heart.
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November 18 – Day 323

National Occult Day

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Not gonna lie, never heard that word before in my life so I had to look it up

oc·cult
əˈkəlt/
noun
  1. 1.
    supernatural, mystical, or magical beliefs, practices, or phenomena.
    “a secret society to study alchemy and the occult”
    synonyms: the supernatural, the paranormal, supernaturalism, magic, black magic, witchcraft, sorcery, necromancy, wizardry, the black arts, occultism, diabolism, devil worship, devilry, voodoo, hoodoo, white magic, witchery, mysticism;

    raretheurgy
    “his interest in the occult

    So I gathered up all my quartz, tourmaline, citrine, and amethyst, some candles and my sage bundle and tried to cast a resurrection spell but it obviously didn’t work.

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September 28 – Day 272

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.

September 21 – Day 265

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?

September 19 part II – Day 263

So apparently Sarah & Melvin’s birthday is National Butterscotch Pudding Day 

Too bad neither of them are around to comment on the ‘coincidence’

Imma go out on a limb and guess that neither of them were crazy about the mucous like substance

I picked up a 4 pack at No Frills (should I even bother capitalizing no frills? def against brand ) having not tried the stuff since circa grade four….

…aaaaaand it more or less exactly as my memory provides

gross…but not TOTALLY gross… only half gross…. like if you were coming up with new forms of torture as the new intern at Guantanamo Bay you probably wouldn’t bother trying to implement it’s use….  but that’s as much flattery as I can muster at the moment

September 17 – Day 260

September 17th was the 36th National Terry Fox Day

Terry Fox is a Canadian, as well as my personal, hero.

I really can’t talk about him without welling up, I just think he was such an amazing person and gift to the world. Legend has is my Nana Byrne brought him some of her famous Carrot Cake when he was running through her town in Stephenville

Sarah’s birthday always falls around it’s date

Last year, I went by myself as it was within weeks of my arrival in Vancouver

This year I had Duncan and Meg…and 2nd Cousin once removed Toast

This year I had to add Melvin to the list

What can I say? It was painful as fuck

But I really do adore the concept of the Marathon of Hope and Terry’s legacy

 

August 31 – Day 243

Trail mix: a hikers bff 

Although a colossal fan of nuts,  I am not keen on raisins or other dried up fruit. There is something inherently  gross about the notion of letting fruit dry out to me.

So trail mix and I have a love/hate relationship

Well, rather,  I have a love/hate relationship with trail mix… I’m sure trail mix doesn’t care about me one way or the other

I definitely love when there is chocolate in there. This particular mix was lacking but she did make a beautiful photo subject

Happy National Trail Mix Day !