October 6 – Day 280

Jesus Christ the #2 bus will be the end of me

I had to take it to get the elementary school I have my practicum at and, like, it’s just bananas

First of all there are two types of #2 bus.
One that goes where I need and one that doesn’t.
So you have to ask every #2 that pulls up if it’s going to 41st Avenue.
9 out of 10 bus drivers will respond ‘No’.

And so you wait and wait and wait despite Google maps and the sign and all the other signifiers say it’s coming in two minutes.
They mean the other #2.

Then you may get on the right #2, after all the missed attempts, and even with confirmation that it is going all the way to 41st Ave, this #2 may very well just stop on King Edward Ave for no reason and cease to move ever again.

You may wait on the inert bus, in naive hopes it will start moving again, or you can follow suit of the outraged cleaning ladies, with all their cleaning supplies in tow, and storm off, walk a few blocks, and get the hell on another bus

This ordeal, which should take 20 minutes, but you gave yourself 45, to be safe, may take an hour and fifteen minutes

This was more or less my National Noodle Day, ladies and gentlemen and non binary peoples. 

Good thing I had the spicy peanut Noodlebox, made with tofu and extra spicy

This was one of the first things I ate when I moved to Vancouver. Christina, Daniel and I had it for breakfast because we walked by the one on Main Street and Chrissy got all excited.

Oh the warm noodley memories

October 5 – Day 279

National Do Something Nice Day !

What a welcomed reprieve from the usual eat-something-I-usually-wouldn’t-style of day

I have been making these little ‘rainbows’ using yarn and embroidery thread. I took it up a notch today by picking up some jewelry supplies and making one into a necklace

I thought it would be a cute little going away gift for my friend Hannah who is moving back to Germany

I overestimated the chain length and have to buy some wire cutters to adjust so that it doesn’t hang so low, but other than that I think I had a highly productive Do Something Nice Day !

October 4 – Day 278

National Vodka Day !!

Time to indulge in this decorative thing of vodka that’s been on the bar cart for the past year !

It’s Crystal Head vodka, which is a manufactured home in Newfoundland and founded by Dan Aykroyd! It’s quadruple distilled and seven times filtered, with the final three filtrations being through crystals !

I buy it for it’s aesthetic offerings, but getting filtered through diamonds is just so extra

You can taste the glamour

I had a vodka with Perrier and lemon

It was fine

Felt like a weird drink to be just having around the house by myself

 

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!

October 1 – Day 275

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 

September 30 – Day 274

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

September 29 – Day 273

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”

September 28 – Day 272

This National Drink a Beer Day  will break the tie between beer and burgers for most national holidays created for them.

The highlight reel of beer related holidays already celebrated by yours truly this year include; National Beer Lover’s Day International Beer Day National IPA Day Beer Day , and  National Beer Can Day 

I went for dinner at Vij’s with Christina and Maggie.  The rooftop patio with fairy lights and communal seating was delightful. Vij himself came over to see how we were enjoying things. I, as usual, got too star struck to say anything clever or ask for a picture.

While Christina and Maggie indulged in some elaborate cocktails, I chose a pilsner off the beer menu to ‘drink a beer’ for National Drink a Beer Day. We shared a bunch of entrees and then Christina snuck off and paid for the entire bill as a treat. How nice.

September 27 – Day 271

National Chocolate Milk Day 

Yee haw. Got some Natur-a Chocolate Soy milk in the ‘juice box’ format to conjure up some childhood memories

I don’t think soy milk was around in my childhood so no memories were conjured