Day 191 – July 10

National Pina Colada Day!
Although you won’t catch me responding to any personal ads with liking Pina Coladas as a must, I do like them just fine… when made with the right stuff!

Christina robbed my joy (the Vitamin blender), but I have a mini Hamilton beach blender kicking around and decided I would bust it out for this notorious cocktail du jour.

I combined:

  • 1/2 cup fresh pineapple
  • 1/2 cup of Coconut milk ice cream
  • 1 oz of rum
  • almond milk as needed to blend

I garnished with some strawberries, pineapple and some grated coconut.

 

Delicioso.
Perfect little afternoon treat to sip when you have to  gut your storage locker of all your possessions when there is a mold problem in your building and your landlord doesn’t give a fuck and isn’t going to do anything about whatsoever ! Pairs perfectly!

 

 

Day 189 – July 8

    July 8 is National Chocolate Almond Day

No, you’re not having deja vu, you’re probably just confusing this holiday with  with regular Chocolate Covered Nut Day, or, perhaps,   Chocolate Covered Raisin Day.

Common mistake.

I scored some vegan dark chocolate covered almonds at the Safeway/Sobeys and fashioned my own little trail mix out of them

I combined:

  • almonds
  • cashews
  • walnuts
  • hazelnuts
  • Brazil nuts
  • peanuts
  • coconut flakes
  • chocolate covered almonds

Put it all in a baggy and hit the old Highway 99 for another trip in The Pickle with Duncan

He made a useless copilot

We went to Joffre Lakes

This hike was pretty short and dusty and full of people – I saw so many young little families and thought of Sarah missing hers… or hers missing her rather, every step of the way. The view was stunning.

Had a beer with my DIY trail mix and then headed back down the mountain.

Once back on the road, we pulled over for a lovely little swim at One Mile Lake, drove a little further, then had another swim at Lost Lake with some wine and spent the night in Whistler

Not a bad Chocolate Covered Almond Day at all! Thank you almonds for your vitamin E and healthy fats and protein, and chocolate for your deliciousness!

 

Day 186 – July 5

July 5th was another beautiful, 25 degree plus day in Vancouver and also, notably,  National Bikini Day

I’ve been devising a Vancouver/British Columbia bucket list for myself, as I have of late, the overwhelming sensation that my time here is running out.
(Probably because it is)
I want to make sure I experience everything this side of the country has to offer because it’s so god damn far from the way better side that I don’t think I’ll ever come back this way again.

One of the items on this ‘to do’ list was Wreck Beach – Vancouver’s infamous clothing-optional beach.
I scoped it out, had a little walk up and down the shoreline, saw that it was pretty empty and mostly old gay couples and a few young families trying to raise children to not be ashamed of their bodies (no ‘modesty shorts’ in their house hold – insert eye roll and/or heart break emoji here at reference to current situation for a certain 5 year old in my life who’s mother would not be impressed what.so.ever  if she were still with us)

So, although  I did bring my bikini, being National Bikini Day and all, when I got there I decided to go for a swim without it …

It felt amazing – when trying to swim in open water, I am always adjusting my swim suit and it’s always more or less falling off anyway. This was a truly liberating experience.

So thanks, good old pal Bikini, for coming along for the ride and graciously giving me some space today!

 

 

Day 180 – June 29

Shout out to one of the best gifts I ever received

I was travelling through South America and had a Canon Powershot, which was a simple contraption that took great photos. It served me well until I was hiking a volcano in a rain storm in Ecuador and my Gore-Tex water proof Arcteryx coat failed me and the camera ended up completely saturated.

James was going to meet me in Peru and I told him to bring me down another one. Instead he got me an even better camera and all the fixings!

So today, National Camera Day, I’d like to thank Canon cameras for making some great, easy to use, cameras and thank this guy for serving me well for the past 7 ish years, but also, more specifically for being vital for everydayliterally.com and my everydayliterally Instagram account.

Without it’s professional touch, I think I’d look like a total hack!

How did I take a picture of my camera without a camera, you might be wondering…

… a magician never reveals her secrets 😉

 

Day 178 – June 27

June 27 is National Sunglasses Day

I frickin’ love sunglasses!
I consider myself a collector.
James considers me a sunglasses hoarder.
I think you can never have enough (under 20$) sunglasses kicking around.

Check out my stash!

I put on my latests ones (far right) and hit the road in The Pickle with Duncan for a little getaway at Golden Ears Park. We hiked, swam, campfired, and sunglassed our day away!

Pretty slick, right?

Day 147 – May 27th

National Sunscreen Day 

Vancouver has finally changed gears from it’s 8 month binge on wet grey rainy  misery weather to it’s new and improved summer conditions, including 20+ degrees and sun shine!

I love when it’s sunny and I wouldn’t be able to enjoy any solar pleasure without the invention of sun screen

So huge shout out to Eugene Schueller, it’s inventor.

Being sunny and warm this Sunscreen Day, Duncan and I decided to slather on some ‘screen and hit the beach (yes Duncan wears sunscreen… right on the top of his little head because it gets burned )

It was packed but fabulous

 

Day 140 – May 20th

K, so, gotta be honest here.

Dad, Christina and I took The Pickle to Whistler to get some spring skiing in.

Superb day – it was 25+ degrees.

Winding drive through snowcapped mountain range, sugary snow conditions, snowboarding with your best friend, sunny skies, beers with your dad, hot tubs and people watching –National Pick Strawberries Day took a back seat, no offence.

I’m sure British Columbia has lots of U-Pick Strawberry farms, but it’s not quite the season.
So I just picked some up at the grocery store.
Maybe a cop out, but who are you to judge?
Seriously

Day 128 – May 8

Seeing as how James was visiting and Vancouver is boring as all hell, we decided to go for a little Duncan-less out-of-town romantic getaway to Harrison Hot Springs

I was not happy about the Duncan-less part, but the rest was fine


We hiked and drank wine and soaked in hot springs and ate  authentic German food (Vegetarian Schnitzle!!)

It was a great time and en route back to Van City, we decided to explore the band Chilliwack’s namesake city… Chilliwack!

On a  “Top 10 Things to Do in Chilliwack” list,  it was pretty clear that one must go to the airport for pie if in the area

So we did

One slice of Coconut Cream Pie & two forks, please!

I Fly for Pie knocked this out of the park

This pie was so tasty and creamy and coconuty. The crust was both just moist enough and just flakey enough.  I cannot possibly sing the praises for this pie high enough. It’s definitely on the (chilli)whacky top ten list for a reason and 100% worth the drive.  If I’m ever back in Chilliwack, I know my first stop!

Day 126 -May 6

National Beverage Day started out great but, indisputably, took a sharp turn into a deep dark horrifying crazy town abyss

I wish I was being dramatic

James, Duncan and I packed a picnic and then did the Sea to Summit trail in Squamish.

It was sunny and beautiful. There were beautiful vistas of waterfalls and snow capped mountains. We even saw a double rainbow and caught the gondola down the mountainside

When we got back to the city, it was still so nice and warm out that we decided to go have a beer to celebrate National Beverage Day on a patio bar somewhere in the neighbourhood.

After circling the block and finding all restaurants with decks chocked full, we decided to improvise by illegally drinking on a patch of grass across the street from our apartment

A lot of passers by commended our anti establishment drinking venue

We had Twin Sails IPA from BC and Anchor Brewing Company Lager from California. Great.

As the sun set and the day grew darker and colder, we relocated to our living room. It was then I received the news that one of the lovely couples my friend Matt and I  did the Ciudad Perdida trek with in Colombia last year had ‘passed’, as posted on their Facebook wall by their siblings.

Lina and Richard were the greatest – Matt and I adored them.  

Richard is behind me and Lina to my left (and Matt is behind her)

I was shocked and saddened by this news but found it strange, that two people in their prime of life had died, simultaneously.

When I looked into it, I was absolutely, completely and utterly horrified to find out that it was not a car accident or anything of that nature, but a violent homicide.

They were tied up for a period of time and had their throats slit. There was a text for help sent out but the response was too late. The police arrived and shot the suspect, who is currently hospitalized from his injuries. According to the articles and news reports, the killer had cut up pictures of them and wrote a message “of retribution” on the wall. They also say that there was a bag filled with Lina’s jewelry by the door.

She was from Colombia, the beautiful city of Cali. Her family was wealthy and had sent her to Boston as a teen, to avoid getting kidnapped, or worse, as that kind of shit happened to kids of her stature in that era. She was stunningly beautiful and smart as a whip. I think everyone fell a little in love with her. I know Matt and I did.

Richard was from England and sweet as pie. Just a jolly, kind and mild guy. I don’t think he had a mean bone in his body.

They were both anesthesiologists practicing in Boston. She was also an instructor at Harvard.

The media is painting them as these super wealthy aristocrats, dramatically slain in their luxury multi million dollar condo.
I only knew them as down to earth-no-hot-water-or-electricity-for-days-warm beer-drinking-while-getting-eaten-alive-by-flies-in-the-dirt-kind-and-grateful to-the-cooks-and-porters type of people. Humble as fuck.

Lina had asked me who Sarah was (as her name is tattooed on my arm)
I told her the story of losing my sister and she listened with genuine empathy.

I took this photo for them when we had reached the Ciudad Perdida that we spent days hiking towards- capturing a moment of pure love, satisfaction and hard earned success.

Now it’s now being used in Time and The Guardian’s coverage of their murder.

Their family has stated to the press that they want to remember Lina and Richard for how they lived their lives, not how they died.
That is an admirable sentiment. I really hope they can. If not now, maybe in time.  It is going to take some work.
I know, personally, I haven’t been able to get the gut wrenching vision of them tied up and petrified for their lives out of my head since I heard the news, so I can’t imagine how it must be for their family.

As sickened and heartbroken as I am, I know I will always remember them as lovely, wonderful and sweet people who lived life to the fullest.

I don’t know if it captured the extent of my sorrow, but this post (and beer and National Beverage Day), is dedicated to you guys, Lina & Richard.  You both Celebrated Everyday, Literally and were a huge inspiration to me. Mucho, mucho amor, amigos.