September 20 – Day 264

Volunteering at a facility for people for disabilities has been one of my favourite experiences here in Vancouver

Working with ‘the gang’ has been the highlight of my week, week after week.

I never looked at my time spent there as a chore and am certainly not looking forward to my time there coming to an end

National Punch Day fell on this particular’s facilities Volunteer Appreciation Day – so I was invited in early for some veggie dogs and snacks, as well as a special thank you present but, la piece de resistance was  PUNCH!

Perf!

Thanks guys -you really helped a sister out here !  Punch isn’t really my jam and having it all set up in a pot, ready to serve, made this holiday a cinch to celebrate

It seemed to be consisted of 7 UP, McCains concentrated fruit juice and slices of oranges.

Purely one of those fell-onto-one’s-lap moments…
…I looked into the origin of “fell into one’s lap” origin story and there apparently isn’t one – it simply makes sense in and of itself

go figs. Way more macho than ‘waiting for the other shoe to drop’ *eye roll*

September 19 part II – Day 263

So apparently Sarah & Melvin’s birthday is National Butterscotch Pudding Day 

Too bad neither of them are around to comment on the ‘coincidence’

Imma go out on a limb and guess that neither of them were crazy about the mucous like substance

I picked up a 4 pack at No Frills (should I even bother capitalizing no frills? def against brand ) having not tried the stuff since circa grade four….

…aaaaaand it more or less exactly as my memory provides

gross…but not TOTALLY gross… only half gross…. like if you were coming up with new forms of torture as the new intern at Guantanamo Bay you probably wouldn’t bother trying to implement it’s use….  but that’s as much flattery as I can muster at the moment

September 18 – Day 261

Oh man:

National Cheeseburger Day 

Yeah yeah yeah, quelle surprise, non?

Well, FYI, The Market (mother fuckin’ ) Grill at the Granville Island public market is positively deadly

Mondays are a long haul day for me – class all morning, all afternoon, and capped off by a practicum placement on the other side of the city

So I indulged in a regular strength cheeseburger (veganism out the window for the cause) to power me through this Monday

Perfection as always !

September 17 – Day 260

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

 

September 16 – Day 259

Saturday night – had to work- as usual

I was able to weasel my way out of closing, though, which always brings me great joy.

I feel like I really accomplished something if I can manoeuvre someone else into staying till close while I hop in the jeep and peel out of wherever I’ve illegally parked for the past three hours

It’s the simple things, I suppose

And because I was off early, I was able to pop by my friend Steph’s house and have some chips and dip for National Guacamole Day !

I got the good shit from Whole Foods. I like it because it is very avocadoey… like you can see smushy chunks in there

It paired nicely with the $4 wine Steph got at Trader Joe’s in the states

I also boosted the cover photo from National Corn Chip day, back in January, when this blog seemed like a great idea!!

 

 

September 15 – Day 258

International Dot Day

apparently it’s “a global celebration of creativity, courage and collaboration, began when teacher Terry Shay introduced his classroom to Peter H. Reynolds’ book The Dot on September 15, 2009…. The Dot is the story of a caring teacher who dares a doubting student to trust in her own abilities by being brave enough to “make her mark”. What begins with a small dot on a piece of paper becomes a breakthrough in confidence and courage, igniting a journey of self-discovery and sharing, which has gone on to inspire countless children and adults around the globe”

Good for them…

I decided to interpret the ‘dot’ in  International Dot Day as ‘polka dot’ and made Duncan wear a bowtie, my bad

He looked so sharp tho

…and really worked  it

 

 

 

September 14 – Day 257

National Cream Filled Donut Day!!!

As you can imagine, I was counting down the days to this particular national holiday.

Not that I was reserving eating a cream filled donut for this day, as I will eat a cream filled donut any damn day I please.

Cartem’s September vegan friendly special is a Purple Yam (Ube Halaya)


Ube Halaya stuffed yeast donut with milk glaze and dolce de leche drizzle

I’m guessing they use some sort of milk alternative but neglected to put it in their description

I made sure to get there at juuuuussst the right time (can’t go too early, as they may not have been delivered, can’t go too late as they will sell out… 11:15 is a good try) to pick one up for National Cream Filled Donut Day

Well I gotta be honest, it was not my jam.

Potato stuffed donut is just too far down the slippery slope of starches for me, people.

I toughed it out but am looking forward to what their October offerings bring

September 13 – Day 256

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

September 12 – Day 255

Haven’t had Ants On A Log is at least 100 years

Peanut butter on Celery + raisins

 

Sounds ridiculous

Strangely delicious

This National Ants On A Log Day I ate about four logs and recalled my Aunt Kate, when I was a child, encouraging me to try peanut butter on celery, and that if I did, I would never go back to Cheeze Whiz on celery.

It’s one of those strange, crisp and concise memories you have no absolutely no reason.

I did, in fact, go right back to Cheeze Whiz as my preferred celery condiment, but as an adult, I’d be hard pressed to put Cheeze Whiz on something if my life depended on it.