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 12 – Day 347

I feel bad for these fuckers. Thank goodness they have their own national holiday. National Poinsettia Day. The are a one time of year plant/flower.  They, allegedly, contribute upwards of $250,000,000 to the U.S. economy-at the wholesale level. After Christmas, I don’t even know what happens to them. But they are a plant just like any other and because of their strong ties to Christmas, are trendy once a year. Sin.

Oh also, they aren’t that poisonous to cats and dogs. That’s a myth just like those DO NOT EAT silica packages that come in your shoes and sometimes vitamins. It’s just like, don’t eat them. You won’t die. But it won’t be delicious.

Anyway, here is a photo I took of poinsettias for National Poinsettia Day.

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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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November 15 – Day 320

National Pickle Day!

I couldn’t bring myself to eat an actual pickle because they are appalling to me

SO I want to take the day to give a shout out to The Pickle!

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You may have seen it on tv! Or in older blog postsolder blog posts !
Christina and Daniel’s Dodge Tradesman camper van that they own and renovated, yet I reaped alllllll the benefits of

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We Airbnb’d that puppy most of the year and then Duncan and I went on several trips.
I also drove it to Kelowna to move my buddy Joe there for university.

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We have had our peaks and valleys – our landlord gave us all kinds of grief over the Airbnb business. Our Airbnb guests gave us grief just with their uselessness and stupidity. On the road, The Pickle stalled on more than one occasion and in more than one hairy intersection.

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But the joy The Pickle brought was always worth it.

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Christina and I custom made curtains for The Pickle! Hand carved and hand stamped beauties

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I also made some custom art work for it’s cedar planked walls

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Duncan was always a reliable co pilot on all our adventures

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The Pickle has made its way home to Kitimat and I may never have the chance to use her so freely every again, but I want to thank Christina and Daniel for their seemingly limitless generosity with it. My life goal is to own my own Pickle one day.

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November 1 – Day 306

National Vegan Day!

Shut Up!

Why be vegan?

It’s good for you

It’s good for the environment

It’s good for animals

It’s delicious

Beyonce is!

Some of my favourite Vegan feeding grounds in Vancouver are:

  • Turf  – ultra chic hipster deli (?) You order from the counter, you can get kombucha or walnut milk lattes and everything is vegan unless you ask for bison added to shit which is super weird .. they also sell fancy blankets and yoga mat sprays etc

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  • The Arbor – the artichoke sandwich (photo stolen from my friend Aimee’s Insta)

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  • Uma Luma – vegan ice cream
  • Vegan Supply – that’s where I got this

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  • Heirloom – swanky vegetarian restaurant with swinging cocktails
  • The Only Cafe – outrageously good cashew milk and then little delicious vegan cheesecake PLUS dog friendly !

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  • Virtuous Pie- how many “Stranger Wings” pizzas did I eat this year???
  • Eternal Abundance

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  • Say Hello Sweets – vegan ice cream truck – toasted marshmallow is a personal fave
  • Cartems donuts!

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Going vegan in Vancouver was easy as (virtuous) pie!

 

 

October 2 – Day 276

National Name Your Car Day came and went and seeing as how I don’t own a car I just decided to celebrate Christina’s van ‘The Pickle’ – arguably the best ‘named’ cars on the road

It’s a little more pistachio-y than pickle-y but I digress 

Duncan and I have had some marvellous adventures in this beast and I will be forever grateful for having the chance to get acquainted with this dilly of a  Pickle!

September 23 – Day 267

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

Anyway.
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

Rude.

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

 

 

 

 

August 26 – 238

National Dog Day

My dogs are like Kahleesi’s dragons to me.

Although one can’t listen (due to deafness) and the other makes a conscious choice not to listen (due to assholeness), these dogs are my world and I wouldn’t trade them for a hundred million dollars or world peace or anything

August 15th – Day 227

Day 227 being National Relaxation Day was a small miracle

Being ordained by this foolish blog to relax ! Take it easy!  Do nothing? Hallelujah !

It was sunny so I grabbed a few beer from the fridge, hopped on my bike and rolled on down to Jericho beach for a change of scenery. Had a few dips, both in the ocean and in the roasted red pepper hummus, and let the sun and sand do the rest

 

August 8 – Day 220

National Happiness Happens Day

I guess happiness does happen from time to time

Being home in Newfoundland’s terrible weather wasn’t conducive to happiness happening but being with my dogs and husband was joy filled, as you can tell

Nothing more I need than a Duncan nestled on my lap!

Celebrated by enjoying their company