Day 110 – April 20

 

Holy Smokes is Day 110
This shit be cray
I can’t believe I’m still at this racket

Summer is in the air here in Vancouver… sorta.
Macroscopical gusts of it, at least.

April 20 is a doozy

It’s 4:20, National Lima Bean Respect Day, National Look Alike Day, National Pineapple Upside Down Day, National High Five and National Cheddar Fries Day

Not much of a pot smoker.
I respect the shit out of Lima Beans every. damn. day
My closest look alike is Celine Dion
Pineapple Cake is gross.
Herman gives the best high fives but is far away (Duncan is useless at them)

So I’m stuck with Cheddar Fries.

Fine by me.
Now the conundrum is how to make them vegan so I don’t have to eat cow puss.

It was relatively easy

All you need is :

  • 1 large potato
  • salt
  • pepper
  • chilli powder
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 small potato
  • 1/4 cup cashews (pre soaked)
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • pinch of salt

Preheat oven to 375. Slice the large potato into wedges. Soak in water for about ten minutes. Drain and pat dry then toss in olive oil, salt and chilli powder. Place on baking sheet and roast for 25 minutes.

Dice and boil the carrot and potato. Then in a blender or food processor combine the rest of the ingredients, adding water if need be.

When both parties are ready, combine!

It was pretty delicious although hard to get a good photograph because it was more or less hideous.

Day 109 – April 19th

For National Banana Day I thought I would make some Secret Ingredient Vegan Banana Mega Muffins and share with you my secret recipe with the secret ingredient

These muffins are delicious and nutritious
I even packed some up and dropped some off to Kathleen while she was at work to honour the most versatile fruit of all.
Bananas are second to none in the fruit department
…except maybe avocados.

It’s close.

To make these muffins, do source the ensuing ingredients and follow the directions provided:

  • 2 tablespoons of ground flax seed + 2 tablespoons of water
  • 1 banana – mashed
  • 1 zucchini – grated
  • 1 carrot – grated
  • 3/4 cup of applesauce
  • 1/3 cup of coconut oil – liquid
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla
  • 1 cup of spelt flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup of pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup of hemp hearts
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup of walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of nutmeg
  • 1 secret

Pre heat oven to 350 degrees

Combine the ground flax seed and water in a small bowl and let sit until it becomes a gummy mixture.
Next, combine the remaining wet ingredients in one bowl with the flax mixture and combine all the dry together in another… except the secret. That comes in later.
When they are thoroughly stirred, independently, THEN combine them all in one big bowl.
Now the secret is idgaf, literally. I just throw things I have on hand in a bowl and then put them in the oven. I actually don’t even measure. So whatever, really. Use the secret wisely
You may need to add more applesauce if the mixture appears to be too dry or more spelt flour if the mixture appears too runny.
Distribute into a lined muffin pan and bake for 20 minutes.

Go Bananas!

 

Day 108 – April 18

Animal Cracker Day!

Now, if you ask me, these guys are totally a cookie.
But whatevs.
Who am I to tell a baked good what I think they are.
To each their own.

You’d think my favourite would be the elephant. But it’s not.
Gorilla hands down.  He just looks so damn pleasant.

Animal Crackers are also vegan, FYI… as am I for the time being.

Now these cookies, I mean, crackers, are great with Nutella.
But that shit is full of palm oil and cow puss so today, I decided to try them with a cashew mylk chai latte instead.

My instincts were on point. Chai latte + Animal Crackers = Match made in cruelty free heaven

To make your own at home you will need

Brew some super strong chai tea. Add some maple syrup and cinnamon. If you have an espresso machine with a steamer, combine the tea and the cashew mylk and steam. If not just combine the two and heat on the stove. Feel free to use an immersion blender or milk frother to get some foam going.

Garnish with a cinnamon stick or a sprinkling of cinnamon and voila.

 

 

Day 107 – April 17th

Monday, National Bat Appreciation, Cheeseball, Haiku & Poem in Your Pocket Day,  I awoke to this view

Could do without the excavator, but I digress

Duncan and I did the Smoke Bluff trails, in the rain.

Yeah, nice try, dragons 🙄

Then had a spot of green tea and a read (yes, I’m still reading the hobbit and no, there still isn’t one female character or dog ) before hitting the sky highway back to Vancouver

 

Getting back to the city I was so tired and quasi zen that I almost forgot to celebrate the day literally.

Fortunately, when I looked into what shenanigans I was going to have to fuck around with in my exhausted state, I found this holiday worked out to be a 4 birds 1 stone kinda day.

I thought I would be a total cheeseball (✓) and write a haiku (✓) about how marvellous bats (✓) are, and put the poem in my pocket (✓)

Even drew a little picture!
Above and beyond here!
Also who knew there were so many god damned bats in the world

Here’s to hoping no one out there recognizes my hand writing from all the sarcastic notes I leave on people’s cars praising their inconsiderate parking jobs 🤞 !

 

Day 106 – April 16th

April 16th was Easter Sunday

This was a big to-do in my family, back in the day
The Easter Bunny had a time honoured tradition of hiding all our gifts with a long string attached with your name on the end that you would have to follow all throughout the house and garden.

My sisters and I had one Easter like this as adults, just us and our partners. Our parents were away (up north? the Middle East? not sure). I’m glad we thought to do it.

When Sarah died we tried to arrange it for her children so the tradition would live on, but the person she married has no regard for our thoughts and feelings as demonstrated repeatedly since her death, so that was the end of that.

I awoke this Easter Sunday very depressed thinking about yet another holiday my sister’s children have to celebrate without her.

The more I thought about it the more it angered me and saddened me. It was also National Health Care Decision Day, so thought I would make the decision to look after my mental health by getting the f out of Vancouver and off my phone for the holiday.
I hit the open road headed towards Squamish with Duncan in The Pickle

Once we found parking, having driven from lot to lot to lot for about an hour, we hit the Stawamus Chief trail.

It was much more crowded than I would have liked. And people were falling all over the place, it was cray.  When Duncan and I arrived at the end of the first trail, the view point was only accessible by ladder and/or precarious chain on a wet crumbling rocky ledge thing.
No view was worth losing Duncan over the side, so we had to turn back after all our hard work hiking, vista-less. 

Then we went for the other two chiefs

This trail had way less people on it (yay!) but was way more treacherous (boo). I had to lift Duncan in a few spots and there was most definitely some climbing on hands and knees.

But the view was worth it

I was very pleased I had thought to bring a beer with me

I wore Sarah’s hat most of the way, even though it wasn’t really cold enough to warrant hat wearing. I just know how much she loved BC and the hiking there, I wanted her to maybe vicariously experience it again.

The way back down was easier for the most part, except that Duncan was tired and wouldn’t take the chances he did on the way up so would get stuck. When this happened, he would make this weird growling howl whiney sound, which sounds like this and usually cracks me up, but not when I have to back track up rocky river terrain to save him.

When we got back to The Pickle, Duncan passed out cold while I made pasta.

Good times, although I was very tired and would have liked to have a shower

 

Day 105 – April 15th

This was one of those days where the stars just aligned and celebrating took minimal effort.

National Rubber Eraser Day!

The group I work with at the rehabilitation centre needed more erasers for their art therapy group.
We had only one for the first few sessions, which was shared by ten men by tossing all over the room and then, eventually, by cutting it into smaller pieces.
It was quite pitiful so I went out afterwards and bought 8 more, immediately.

The white kind.
The only kind that really works, amiright?
That’s not some veiled racist joke, I’m talking about those BS pink ones… well not the ones that go on the back of pencils… they seem to do the trick more often than not. But they have to be the bologna pink ones, not the bright pink ones, those just smear.
Who lets those out into the world? Imagine being a rubber eraser factory manager and testing those before going to market and being like “Yup, these will do”.

That guy is an asshole, I can tell you that much.
And it’s definitely a guy, let’s face it.

Anyway, here I am, honestly celebrating the fuck out of them. It’s too bad the art therapy sessions are confidential because I think these are going to be wildly celebrated when I bring them in next week and would make great photo/video content.

Oh well, I will just settle for these hyper stylized iPhone photo shots & a Simpsons quote from Lenny :

Oh ho ho Grimey – classic

Day 104 – April 14th

 

  There, I looked up at the sky, National Look Up At The Sky Day, you happy?
Took photos and everything, looking like a crazy person.

It was also National That Sucks Day.
I had to go to work, which sucks, and also leave cute little cozy Duncan, which also sucks.

I did all the things required me, which felt like a lot

 

Day 103- April 13

National Make Lunch Count Day was founded by some American chain restaurant I’ve never been to, as a gimmicky marketing ploy to up their lunch sales.

Somehow, this campaign weaselled it’s way into my blog concept and had the powers of manipulation over me to make me renegotiate my whole day’s itinerary.

I was at the elementary school practicum placement and discovered that one of my client/children wouldn’t be attending today’s session and thus I would have an extended lunch break

Yippee skippee – was I ever gonna make lunch count today

I got in the Jeep and hauled ass home to spend time with my beloved Duncan

…who was actually getting along just fine without me.

Nevertheless, he joined me while I feasted on the ultimate salad:

..like, just look at it

A riveting salad, indeed, boasting:

quinoa
sesame tofu
brocolli
peppers
red onion
red cabbage
kale
carrots
beets
asparagus
avocado
walnuts
balsamic reduction

Good food, great company. Then, unfortunately, back to school. Bummer.
BUT, I had tickets to see Jane Goodall in the evening

What an incredible person. Charming and clever, brilliant and humble, gentle, kind and thoughtful. I can’t even begin to put into words what an inspiration she is – but if it helps to make a clearer picture, I’ve been doing a much better job cleaning out my recyclables before putting them in the bin and have decided to commit more effort to my vegan-y ways.

I absolutely adored her- may she live forever

 

 

Day 102- April 12

What can I say about Liquorice? Especially on National Liquorice day?

First off, I had no idea there was a ‘q’ in there until autocorrect started going off about it.

Secondly, I could live without it.

Especially the black kind. Who the f eats that???

I managed to score a handful of the red kind at the candy kiosk at the Granville Island Farmer’s Market today during my lunch break.

It wasn’t your standard issue Twizzlers, let me assure you. I don’t know where it came from or what flavour it was supposed to be but it served it’s purpose today as I snapped these glossy red photos before heading to my volunteering gig.

I may have bought too little, photographically speaking, as I felt limited in what I could do with it…

…however I felt I may have bought too much, ingestingly speaking – heavy on the plastic flavour and texture… especially coming off the tail of a two week raw vegan stint… better luck next time, random red liquorice !

Day 101 – April 11

Oh how it pained me to not have Herman with me on this particular holiday. I know he is missing me terribly back home in St. John’s. Most definitely.

You can see it in his eyes!!

T’was National Pet Day so I had to take out all my love and affection and celebrational energy on little Duncan.

 

The day involved a two hour walk around Kitsilano with Kathleen and some peanut butter doggy treats.
No complaints on Duncan’s end!