Every day in the Big Big city is National Take Your Dog for a Walk Day
No kicking the back door open and throwing the little guy out in the backyard to do his business
No sir, or mame, not in the big big city. Gotta walk the little guy around the block
He gotta find some bushes to pee on and some slight inclines to pooh on
Made a little time lapse video of our daily ordeal
Living in Vancouver has afforded me countless opportunities
My most favourite (besides living within walking distance of a gourmet donut shop), is all the live shows I have been able to see in St. John’s in a million years
Since I’ve been here, I’ve seen The Monkees, Against Me!, The Soup Nazi, Nick Cave, Billy Bragg (3 times!), Rancid, The Descendents, Dead Kennedys, The Flaming Lips, Lauryn Hill, Chris Rock, Gerry Dee, Kings of Leon, J. Cole, and Anderson Paak
It’s been an incredible year on that front.
But perhaps the unlikely highlight was that my absolute favourite podcast, Stuff You Should Know came to town for a live recording, just in time for International Podcast Day !!!
So Christina and I went to The Vogue Theatre, where we’d seen Gerry Dee back in April, and watch Josh and Chuck record ‘How the Ford Pinto Works‘, a live taping all about the notoriously explosive death trap of yesteryear
It was so exciting, I spilled an entire glass of wine all over myself
Coffee and I have a strange abusive relationship where I really believe it’s not gonna fuck me right up ‘this time’, so I go back to it… then, a few sips in, my heart is racing, I’m sweating, and I can’t keep up with my thoughts. When the mania subsides, I vow we are never ever ever getting back together
But then in a moment of weakness, I yearn for it’s smokey, bitter, soothing warmth and order up an Americano and the cycle starts again
On National Coffee Day, Daniel was in town and went to Parallel 49 to get us ladies some coffee for the ride to the airport.
I guess they asked what names to put on the orders and they clearly couldn’t understand Daniel’s indecipherable Goulds accent when he said “Jennah with an H”
I won’t pretend to have a single iota of a speck of understanding of what it must be like to navigate this world as a deaf person
I read this article on Cracked and think it may be the tip of iceberg…. or not…as I said, I have no idea
But I do have one very cute deaf French Bulldog named Duncan and boy does he manage pretty well against all odds.
He’d never ever try to assassinate anyone (even you-know-who who could definitely deserves an attempt at the very least) … and he couldn’t anyway as he hasn’t learned ASL .. though it’s on the agenda
So here’s to Duncan, on this International Day of The Deaf, and all those out there with hearing impairments
I spent Sarah’s last birthday celebrating Melvin’s 60th …(she was hospitalized for pneumonia at that time – great work docs!)
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
National Peanut Day !!
No, not that Peanuts, this Peanut :
I found some real live unshelled peanuts which I haven’t seen since at least 2006 … or thereabouts I’m sure
I got them at the dollar store.
Although I spend most of my money there, I can’t bring myself to eat anything from there. Maybe in a zombie apocalypse and I’ve been in hiding/on the road, hungry and lost and came across a dollar store, unlooted… maybe then I’d eat some of their packaged goods…
..but otherwise, I think I’ll stick to my guns
Thank you Peanut, for your amazing flavour, incredible caloric value and for bringing us peanut butter
I tip my hat
After my gruelling weekend of camper van drama, I was rescued by Meg and Ashley. They were able to cheer my up with a functioning air conditioned vehicle, craft beer and adventure, which included a trip to Kangaroo Creek Farm in Kelowna
Not usually one for animals in captivity, I threw morality out the window at the chance to see my first kangaroo as well as a chance to celebrate National Wildlife Day with pizazz!
This is Meg groping an emu
This is a kangaroo just hopping around
This is a kangaroo just lying around
This is me taking a selfie with a kangaroo
This is a kangaroo sitting like it’s on the cover of Sports Illustrated Swim Suit Edition
This is me getting on the level with the kangaroos
This is me continuing to be on the level with the kangaroos
This is me and some unknown creature that I let crawl on me
We then saw a guy wearing a confederate flag hat who had children and we were like what kind of fucked up zoo is this?? and left
But not without washing our hands 😉
National Pet Rock Day went as well as one would hope
I whipped out some rose quartz, some regular quartz and some chalcopyrite in hopes of giving my real pet some much needed company … as well as emitting equally as needed healing energy, as these particular healing stones are apt to do
Despite Rose Quartz’s ability to promote love and friendship, nothing seemed to jive
I’m not sure if there was some sort of communication barrier – they all are deaf…
In the end, Duncan ended up being a total Beyonce about everything and I had to put the gang away
Months ago… which feels like years ago, I was walking Duncan along a the Arbutus Greenway where there lives a community garden. A place I always internally remark as a ‘thing I should do someday’ which I will never do.
There was a bin of sorts with a “Take as much as you like” sign on it and long branches and sprigs of bay leaf in it
I grabbed several stickfuls and brought them home and let them dry out
I’ve thrown them in soup, chilli, curry, and pasta …because I literally have no idea what they actually taste like and have thousands on hand
For National More Herbs Less Salt Day, I thought I’d bust them out and use them in the chilli I made as meal prep for the week that lay ahead
It went as usual, I threw them in the pot and the chilli tasted delicious. Who can say if it is the bay leaves, all or any of the other ingredients, or sheer talent ?
I also tried burning them as one burns sage or incense … and didn’t get much out of the ordeal