December 19 – Day 354

For National Oatmeal Muffin Day, I whipped up a batch of ‘my’ muffins.

By ‘my’ muffins, I mean, I didn’t really follow a recipe, I just followed my heart

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This batch involved flax seed, peanut butter, oats, salt, baking soda, OAT MEAL, chocolate chips, salt, maple syrup, slivered almonds … the usual vegan suspects

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They turned out pretty good !

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December 17 – Day 352

National Maple Syrup Day

This should be a Canadian National Holiday in which school and stuff is closed down, but I’m guessing due to it’s proximity to Christmas, that ain’t happening any time soon

I usually buy two things of Costco maple syrup a year – I put it in all my baking … and I guess I bake enough to go through this much, twice a year :

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Two litres seems crazy when I think about it. Best not dwell. Here is a photo still from my boomerang I posted of pouring some on Instragram

 

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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 13 – Day 348

December 13 is National Hot Cocoa Day 

Nabbed myself a coconut milk hot cocoa from a nearby coffee shop. The barista went through great pains to make a beautiful latte tulip design, but FILLED THE JESUS THING TO THE BRIM LEAVING ME NO CHOICE BUT TO SPILL THE BITCH ALL OVER THE GOD DAMN SAUCER WHEN I PICKED IT UP

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JUST LOOK AT IT! What a nightmare.

December 11 – Day 346

Living in Vancouver and having access to The Pickle granted me access to some surreal mountain scenery

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This was the view from the vantage point on the Brohm Lake Hike I did with Graham, Kathleen and Duncan this summer

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Here is a horrible photo of me, but stunning one of Duncan and some glacial mountains at Joffre Lake. It was a hot and dirty hike but, obviously, well worth it for the scene

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Here is Duncan and I at One Mile Lake, where I had a swim and scrub after hiking up to Joffre Lakes while Duncan howled on the shore

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This is the view from Harrison Hot Springs. James and I went there for a romantic getaway – thanks Christina for letting us take the jeep !

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And this is my favourite mountain range picture – Rowan’s Art! I like to think she made it thinking of me, as I had explained I live in Vancouver where there are lots of mountains. But who knows. She doesn’t remember why.

Her father sent me this picture one day. I had had a meeting with the Sarah’s Cards board members and we had discussed having a colour palette for the next edition to keep some uniformity. When I saw this piece of work, I thought “This is going to be Rowan’s contributing card and this will be the pallet”. And everyone agreed. And it was a great choice.

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So, because I couldn’t get out and enjoy the mountains as I would have liked, I decided to make a little homage to the mountains for my cousin Jessica’s upcoming birthday.

I’d seen these kicking around the Pinterest-osphere so I thought I should get around to making one. I free handed everything. Pro tip- buy a cheap $3 bed pillow from Wal-Mart instead of ‘professional craft filling’ from a sewing shop. Also following the instructions that involve sewing the white/snow part first. I skipped over that and it was an ordeal

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Voila

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National Mountain Day well spent!

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December 8 – Day 343

Seeing as there have been a few brownie themed days so far ( National Cream Cheese Brownie Day, National Blondie Day ), I reinvented the wheel this National (standard) Brownie Day, and made BOX brownies!

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These guys were made for the sole sake of putting them in The Ridiculous Dessert, a family favourite

You need 4 boxes of packaged chocolate mousse (and it’s required ingredients), a carton of whipping cream (whipped with vanilla and sugar), a box of brownies (baked and crumbled) and like 12 SKOR bar bars (crumbled).

In a large trifle dish, layer these items brownie/chocolate mousse/ whipped cream/ skor bar until you run out

 

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December 7 – Day 342

Cotton Candy was one of my favourite things as a kid. I used to love when ‘the fair’ (Thomas Amusements) would come to town so I could get my paws on it

It was also my favourite scent – any lip gloss or perfume or shampoo that smelled like it was a total shut-up-and-take-my-money moment

I didn’t even know where to find cotton candy for National Cotton Candy Day

Luckily Bulk Barn came through in a pinch

As an adult, who is not nearly as sugar crazed, I now get to see it for the beautiful, colourful cloud-like bundle of aesthetic wonder that it is

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This lot looks like sparrow

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This one looks like a cumulus cloud

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This one a cirrus cloud

I feel like I could start an Instagram all about it – shapes of cotton candy, the modern day Rorschach test

December 6 – Day 341

I honestly thought I was being a huge prick by just putting a mitten on a tree for National Mitten Tree Day (I assumed it was some sort of charity thing where mittens are given to those in need), but it turns out I was on point :

How to celebrate Mitten Tree Day
In order to celebrate this holiday, the best thing to do is have a bunch of mittens ready, and set them on our Christmas tree, one per each branch until we either run out of branches to use for holding the mittens, or we run out of mittens to put on the branches of the tree.

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Bingo

December 5 – Day 340

Now this is hilarious

I ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS wanted black skinny jeans. And then I got ’em. In fact, I have several pairs. In fact, in fact, in fact, I have ONLY black skinny jeans.

What prompted this desire?

The Ramones.

The iconic photo of the guys, wearing leather jackets and black skinny jeans was the aesthetic I was in pursuit of

Blue jeans, not so much. I have one pair. But I think they are lame.

Until I SAW AN IN-COLOUR PHOTO OF THE RAMONES

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Usually this iconic photo is in black and white

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What a fool am I

Anyway, I deck Duncan out in a pair of blue jeans for  because he looks better in them

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December 4 – Day 339

This oatmeal chocolate chip cookie was purchased at a kiosk at the Granville Island Market and the gulls didn’t manage to grab it away from me while trying to take a photo, so that’s a win for the good guys

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It was lack lustre, but prompted me to reflect on all the other cookies I’ve had this year, in celebration.

So for National Cookie Day, take some time to peruse the selection of cookie themed blog posts:

National Pecan Cookie Day

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National Sugar Cookie Day

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National Peanut Butter Cookie Day   – recipe included!

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National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day – heart warming story included

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National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day – recipe included

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NATIONAL OREO DAY omg – this post was a doozy

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