Day 187 – July 6

International Kissing Day  

Duncan gets so many kisses all the time . And not just from me…and Kathleen… and Chrissy.. but from strangers.
Just today, a full grown bro dude waiter guy putting out the sandwich board of his restaurant picked Duncan up and kissed him.
Leave it to Duncan to combat toxic masculinity with nothing but bandana and a smile.

He isn’t one for returning kisses. He’s more of a snorter.

He was super embarrassed after this shoot because the red lipstick stain is now just part of his fur. Oh well.

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 185 – July 4

National Independence from Meat Day?

Nah, man, for me, it’s  Independence from Meat LIFE

That shit is disgusting.

For supper, I whipped up a burrito bowl of sorts:

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 roasted sweet potato
  • 1 red onion
  • mixed pepper, diced
  • 1/2 zucchini, diced
  • 3 button mushrooms, diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 5 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 jar of Salsa

Prepped the quinoa, roasted the sweet potatoes and then sautéed the remaining. Topped it with some diced avocado and

Bang- a -rang!

Meat free independence accomplished

Day 184 – July 3

National Eat Your Beans Day!

( Not to be confused with National Bean Day,  of January 6th fame )

T’was a Monday and I was notified pretty much last minute that my practicum was cancelled that day.
My classmate Marija had asked to get together for a dog walk about a week ago, after this now cancelled practicum, and so I tried to move it to earlier in the day.

Turns out I’m the only morning person out of the two of us.

I had suggested we walk around Buntzen Lake  and then check out Brewery Row in Port Moody- a series of four microbreweries all on the same row. Twin Sails, Parkside Brewery, Moody Ales, and Yellow Dog Brewery.

It was a long weekend so everyone and their dog had the great idea of going to Lake Buntzen. It was so hectic there that they just shut down the road that leads to it because it was too overcrowded.

So we made due with going to Belcarra Provincial Park.  It was hot as hell and midday at this point, causing little Duncan to collapse theatrically in panting fits every few metres, so we cut the hike short and went to check out the beer!

All the breweries were great – Brewer’s Row was pretty much heaven. Also mostly dog friendly. Parkside Brewery had the best deck – dog treats and water and astroturf, killing it. Moody Ales had the most adventurous brewskis going- Pineapple Hefeweizen? Lemon Matcha?

Bananas.

But Twin Sails had the best beer. Period.
( *please envision that said like Sean Spicer)

AAAND best food truck – The Truckeria.

There I scored some Black Bean tacos so I could get my Eat Your Beans Day on! Plus the owners humoured my clunky, rusty, forgotten Spanish!! They were from Mexico and sweet as pie.

These tacos were so delish and paired perfectly with my little smaller of Twin Sails beer. Eat You Beans Day was celebrated  to the max ! Annie and Duncan wanted in on the action too!

Day 183 – July 2

Holy fuck bys

What a National I Forgot Day indeed

Wasn’t planned at all

Went out to flip The Pickle for the next guest and put up these new darling pieces I made

I took The Pickle keys, neglecting to take the apartment keys.

No keys. No wallet. No phone. No room mate. No Duncan. Nothing.

I buzzed all the neighbours that I tried to gas poison last month

No one was home.

I sat and waited.

I checked all the windows. Little Duncan perched on the couch looking out at me

I decided to walk to Kathleen’s coffee shop because I sorta know most of the staff and they have a phone and a computer.

Kathleen was still there too so it was really easy.

I looked up the landlord’s number in my email.  Called him. He answered. – said no problem, see you in 10 minutes.

Which I did.

It was almost too easy.

I had visions of just never getting in my apartment again.

Of a little Duncan skeleton waiting for me on the couch whenever I got back in again.

Of living in The Pickle and having to wear the shorts and tank top I had on for the rest of my life.

The whole ordeal was over in under 20 minutes

All’s well that ends well.

Then I went to get some beer to destress before meeting up with my work friends for Jazz Fest and found an unconscious body.

Tried to wake her. Checked breathing. Checked pulse. Pinched, yelled, clapped and (gently) shook to no response.

Waited for ambulance.

Then went to beach with beer

It was warm by then though.

Not easy being a hero.

 

Day 182 – HALF WAY DAY

July 1st is the half way point of the entire year – 182 spins around the sun of the allotted 365 spins we call a ‘year’.

It’s an official day too – called National Half Way Day

It was also Canada Day – Canada’s 150th to be exact.

Well not really, when you factor in that First Nations have lived here well beyond that and also Newfoundland didn’t join until 1949 so like,  not exact whatsoever.

Thirdly it was National Creative Ice Cream Flavour Day!

So I had a lot on the proverbial plate here.

It was a gorgeous day in Vancouver, as it has been for quite some time now- it’s the new default setting – sunshine and warmth. I was most excited about celebrating the half way point of this project!

Kathleen and I went to see a play near the UBC botanical gardens, “Th’owxiya: The Hungry Feast Dish” performed by Axis Theatre

The screen play author and cast were all First Nations, and because it was on “Canada Day”, we thought it was going to be a really politically charged theatre production going down and couldn’t wait.

It turned out to be more so a children’s story.  Quite off the mark there.

Still nice.

Then we went to Arbor and had lunch – deep fried artichoke sandwich with eggplant bacon and macadamia nut ‘cheese’. Divine.

THEN we went to a brand new ice cream place that serves vegan ice cream.

 

Their vegan selection were Strawberry Coconut, Toasted Marshmallow (which I’ve had before and LOOOOOVED), Lime Coconut and Coffee.

Besides Toasted Marshmallow, I felt coffee was the most creative flavour so I went for it.

 

Holy McMoly, it was incredible. I can’t get enough of this stuff.

Kathleen went for an Affogato – coffee ice cream with espresso. It too was amazing .

Then I had to go to work and it was dead for the entire time until midnight when I got completely rocked by myself and a patron had to jump on bar and help.

Happy Canada Day etc !

 

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 179 – June 28

So apparently it was Paul Bunyan Day… again

Yes. June 28th is another one.

I am approaching the official half way mark of Celebrating Everyday Literally for an entire year project and, in attempt to reserve some of my celebrating stores, thought I would celebrate Paul Bunyan Day simply by reminiscing about the other Paul Bunyan Day that was earlier this year which was on my birthday

Day 43 – February 12th

There you have it .

It was a good day, it was a sad day, it was a bearded day.

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?