October 13 – Day 287

National Train Your Brain Day!

A day that calls upon it’s celebrators to expand and exercise their brain and use more of its potential capacity through mind games!

I downloaded a bunch of apps and entertained the idea for at least 6 minutes

I heard Luminosity is a farce, so I opted for all the free alternatives.

I played a game where they showed you a bunch of pictures of people and then you had to remember them then match them. I thought I was doing well but it turned out I was ‘average’.

Let the record show I didn’t really pay attention because I was thinking about how I was going to display my results on the internet. I firmly believe I remember better than that

They have since been deleted off my phone

September 8 – Day 251

As an adult, I respect the shit out of Star Trek

George Takei is a genius … Nichelle Nichols is a hero and was personally taken aside by Dr. Martin Luther King and encouraged to keep up her work with the show (despite her desire to quit) because representation matters … women had roles of expertise and respect… it dropped America’s first televised interracial kiss… Patrick Stewart/nuff said …

As a kid, however, I was scared to death of it
I hate aliens, I hate outer space, I hate space travel, I hate Spock’s ears.. everything about it creeped me out

There was one episode where they were getting sucked into some giant terrifying space worm and I think I had my first panic attack (circa grade 1)

I remember them like slowly but surely heading into the hell mouth and feeling like I was dying with them. It was horrifying. I can’t believe MLK let his kids watch this

The other episode that comes to mind is the one where these creepy jelly fish type creatures had infested the ship

I remember watching this with Sarah and her telling me that these creatures really do exist in the world, just not in Newfoundland

In attempt to face my childhood fears, I started to watch an episode to celebrate National Star Trek Day, but even the opening credits triggered memories of childhood nightmares and fear of being lost in outer space.

So rather than traumatize myself, I chose to reflect on the powerful and meaningful influence the show had on society and salute it’s cast and creators

Cheers guys


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!!!!

Day 166 – June 15

I have taken so many nature themed photographs since moving to British Columbia with my Canon in tow, that it was hard to choose what to share on this National Nature Photography Day 

As I scrolled through my portfolio, the most striking of the bunch were those of the dinosaurs I spotted grazing in Richmond about a month ago

I have never seen such a variety of dinosaurs gathered in the same location, living peacefully together

Also, amazingly for anyone familiar with capturing wildlife on film, they were incredibly still and easy to photograph

What beautiful, majestic creatures #blessed

Day 29 – January 29th

Wow. The month is winding down. I have been celebrating for 29 days straight. Who knew I would find such a rhythm in random celebrations?

The 29th is National Puzzle Day and National Corn Chip Day.

This day was sort of weird. I awoke with a (not-entirely) inexplicable sense of dread. It was grey out but not raining. I just couldn’t make myself take Duncan for a proper walk, or go to the gym. I really just moped around, doing nothing, accomplishing nothing. I was trying to rally myself to get it together, get some school work done, get a walk in, do some laundry, the like, but just completely and utterly failing at it. Even Duncan was sensing it.

Then I got an email that I feel on some psychic level I was anticipating – one of my clients died. For those of you, dear readers, who haven’t ever had to receive the news of someone you care about dying, let me explain how it feels. Physically, it is exactly how vampires that get killed by Sarah Michelle Gellar’s Buffy die.
It’s a blunt stabbing pain in the heart, followed immediately by a puff-like falling apart sensation.
A visual in montage form can be seen here if you weren’t a Buffy fan

After the poof/falling to pieces part, on this particular death notice, I took a deep breath and said aloud, “…better get to that puzzle for National Puzzle Day

And with that I did. I had arranged for my friend Kathleen to come over later in the day to film a time lapse video for me but I couldn’t wait. I had to get straight to work ‘celebrating’ to keep my sanity. With the help of a stack of books and some magic healing gem stones (rose quartz & citrine, fyi), I MacGyver’d a stand for my lousy iPhone 5 to have an aerial view of my puzzle making table.

The puzzle was one of Diablocertops. I had ignorantly thought they were triceratops upon purchasing – an homage to Sarah, her favourite dinosaur. Fucked that one up, huh?

So here I am Getting shit done

And this is the completed project

It was hard because
a) I was emotionally fucked up
b) I didn’t look at the box often enough for fear of ‘ruining’ the aesthetic of my (shitty iPhone 5) stop motion video …  so dumb

It was great to have something constructive to do in a moment like that. The blog is proving to be a marvellous coping tool in times of duress. Maybe I will be able to weasel my way into using this blog as my final project for art therapy school somehow.

The metaphor within piecing together a puzzle was mighty as well. You really just have to take it one piece at a time. There are no shortcuts. It is a jumbled up mess you have to sort out using a simple method- starting with the edges, and perseverance… and the box for guidance.

So National Corn Chip Day was next on the agenda.

I wasn’t anticipating this one to be a chore to celebrate, considering nachos are my favourite food and the corn chip an integral part of that dish. The bad news dampened my enthusiasm.

But I had a beer. I went and bought some chips. I put em in a bowl. I made some guacamole. I staged a photo shoot while I still had lighting.

I got it done.  I ate some guac. I persevered.

Photos to prove it.

Day 2: January 2nd

January 2nd marks several things to celebrate. It is National Thank God It’s Monday Day, National Cream Puff Day, National Science Fiction Day, National Personal Trainer Awareness Day & National Buffet Day.

This Monday was a beautiful wintery Monday that turned ugly pretty quick. It started with a lovely brunch with a great friend in a snowy winter wonderland but by the end of the day the weather turned to rain and I ended up overcommitting to family and running low on time for my second attempt to Celebrate the Day!

So other than celebrating Thank God It’s Monday by having a pleasant meal with friends, I got very little celebrating done.

To counteract this ‘failure’ I got up extra early today (the 3rd) to try and accomplish my Monday celebrations in the AM with plans to pull off my January 3rd celebrations in the PM.

Easy Peasy

National Cream Puff Day!!

Whipped cream and pastry are totally things I can get behind- much more alluring than Blood Mary Day!

I can’t say these are a treat I have had often, maybe four times ever before. I have never made a ‘pastry’ before so this was something brand to me – 2017 has been like whoa so far.  I loosely followed the recipe provided on http://www.dulanotes.com/cream-puffs/

Nicole’s were much more beautiful – but I forgive myself- I was working with bare minimum of equipment (including a camera- the iPad had to do the job while my camera is in Vancouver)

For the pastry part I used

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 large eggs

I brought the water, salt & butter to a boil, then removed from heat and stirred in the flour.

I allowed this mixture to cool down for a brief period then added the eggs individually using a lousy hand mixer (my beautiful Kitchenaid standing mixer is elsewhere 🙁 )

It looked like this

Then I greased a baking sheet and made arbitrary sized blobs, 8 in total, on the pan.

Put it in the oven at 400F for 30 minutes precisely

While that was happening, I made the whipped cream. I diverged from the recipe here and just made regular whipped cream using

  • 1 carton of whipping cream
  • 1 free pour of real vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup of icing sugar

Once these puppies were cooled down I stuffed them with whipped cream & strawberries and ate!

Pretty damn good, I must admit.

However I bought a calendar yesterday in order to get a visual on all the celebrating I have to do this year and damn, there are a lot of National unhealthy food days. I don’t know how I will eat it all….and I only got as far as March with my ‘planning’ . Lord help me.

While baking & mixing, I chose to double task by listening to the Welcome To Nightvale podcast to celebrate National Science Fiction Day.

You can too – http://www.welcometonightvale.com

I started listening to this podcast maybe three years ago, but stopped around when my sister died more or less. I always wonder what she would have thought of it or if she ever listened to it. I never asked her and will never get the chance now.

It’s not for everyone although it has a huge cult following.

The premise is a radio host situated in a surreal town in a possibly futuristic or post apocalyptic setting… potentially on a different planet or alternate universe. The host, Cecil, makes general announcements about the goings ons of this town. There are public service announcements, advertising, town gossip and the ‘weather report’ which is actually a showcase of a song from an independent artist or band (which is pretty much always great).

It’s a little creepy, very mysterious and sometimes comical.

They are coming to Vancouver in the new year so perhaps I will take National Science Fiction day one step further and lock down some tickets!

I’d also like to take the time to make a shout out to Jurassic Park for one of the greatest Sci-Fi movies of all time.  Sarah and I were able to go see it as adults when it was re-released in 3D in 2013. It was our favourite.

I dressed as Dr. Alan Grant and she went as Dr. Ian Malcolm.. and Elliot went as a velociraptor. We had planned to go to Ireland to see Jurassic World when it came out  in 2015 with our Irish childhood friends, the O’Beirns, who were just as  obsessed with this movie growing up as we were. I haven’t been able to bring myself to watch it without her. If she can’t see it, I don’t want to either.

So 3 out of 5 elements were celebrated. Family really can suck the time out of your day (and the life out of your soul ) so I am working on forgiving  and letting go to work harder on actually ‘celebrating’ rather than making chores of my days!

Up next January 3rd –  National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day, National Drinking Straw Day & National Fruit Cake Toss Day!