August 26 – 238

National Dog Day

My dogs are like Kahleesi’s dragons to me.

Although one can’t listen (due to deafness) and the other makes a conscious choice not to listen (due to assholeness), these dogs are my world and I wouldn’t trade them for a hundred million dollars or world peace or anything

August 11 – Day 223

National Play In The Sand Day

It was still smoggy and hazy in Vancouver, but warm and sunny so Duncan and I hit the beach – the Kitsilano Dog beach

I directed Duncan to play in the sand, but as well all know he is deaf

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Close enough.

August 8 – Day 220

National Happiness Happens Day

I guess happiness does happen from time to time

Being home in Newfoundland’s terrible weather wasn’t conducive to happiness happening but being with my dogs and husband was joy filled, as you can tell

Nothing more I need than a Duncan nestled on my lap!

Celebrated by enjoying their company

August 5 – Day 217

While waiting in the airport on one of my way too many layovers en route from Terrace BC to St. John’s NL, I picked up a cute pair of underwear at the airport with little Duncan dogs all over them for James! Perfect for National Underwear Day !

I think Duncan was creeped out.

July 28 – Day 209

National Milk Chocolate Day I was in transition from one side of the country to the other with my little Duncan in tow

My first flight was delayed a couple hours causing a domino effect on all my connectors making my trek home unnecessarily long and aggravating

Hey Air Canada – you guys definitely needs some sensitivity training to go down for your staff because y’all ridiculous when it comes to handling Emotional Support Animals.

Every leg of my (delayed) journey, I encountered a new, more ignorant Air Canada agent than the last, telling me a different, false, directive about Duncan.

Before I start, though,  shout out the hilarious customer service desk agent I approached when my first flight was delayed to try and sort out my new flights that I was most definitely going to miss.

“Oh planes can make up time in the air”
Two hours? Yes by.

Anyway, back to the ESA cluenlessness.

He’s not allowed on board without “Pet” on my boarding pass (nope- it says MEDA, that’s what he is; a medical aide), he’s not allowed to touch the ground/floors, must be carried (nope, he’s a medical aide so if he was a Retriever or Great Dane what would I you have me do?), he’s not allowed on the unoccupied seat next to me (wasn’t a problem the last leg of the trip), he must be in a kennel (again, not the case, the whole reason he is registered as an ESA is to circumvent the kennel), he has to have an official Emotional Support Animal vest on (was never told that first nor last from the Medical desk at Air Canada, who gave me the official list of directives which I followed to a T).

The last one is my favourite ‘attack’, because it was in the middle of Pearson airport and she had nothing to do with my voyage. She was literally pushing an old Sikh man gate to gate and felt compelled to stop in the middle of this much more important task, to harass me about my little, 18 pound, deaf Emotional Support French bulldog, walking along.

“He can’t be walking around like that, you have to put him in a kennel”
“No I don’t,” I say, and continue walking.
She doesn’t relent and has now turned the fucking wheel chair guy around so she can face me (or my back rather) and asks to see my boarding pass… which again is NONE of her business- this woman has a guy who has a flight to catch relying on her to bring him there, he’s in a god damn wheel chair.
I say I have MEDA on my boarding pass, not offering it to her because, as I’ve said a couple times now, it’s none of her god damn business
She accepts this, but goes on to lambaste me about how he needs and official vest if he is to be in the air port.
This is false.
I keep walking, rolling my eyes and floored she would take the time to pursue this dead end

Like just look at him, for fucks sake.

Anyway, managed to get my Milk Chocolate Lindt bar while lurking around waiting for my new standby flights to ‘celebrate’ National Milk Chocolate Day 


Almost the best part of my day, besides having Duncan on my lap and seeing my husband after months apart!!

Oh yeah, and seeing Herman’s grumpy face!!

 

 

Day 207 – July 26

July 26 was National Bagelfest Day

I did some surface research into what Bagelfest Day was all about and couldn’t find much – seems like I was to just eat a bagel, as was my inclination on National Bagel Day

So I did.

This boring whole wheat bagel with Kraft strawberry jam was my petit dejeuner before hitting the Nis’ga Nation Auto Tour with Christina

What an awesome adventure

For those unfamiliar, as I was before I went, the Nisga’a people are literally the First Nation of Canada – they ‘won’ a land dispute and now the settlement in the Nass River valley, nearly 2,000 square kilometres of land, is officially recognized by the government of Canada as Nisg̱a’a

The Auto Tour is a self guided tour of the Nisga’a Nation. The map was user-friendly and the signage was impossible to miss. The sites were well kept and the each point of interest was unique and interesting.

We saw water falls and lava beds and suspension bridges and villages and totem poles. The highlight of the day was the naturally occurring hot spring we enjoyed in the rain. It was the hottest hot springs I have ever experienced

Oh yeah, and this. This was totally a close second to the hot springs.

Thanks, bagels, for fuelling such an interesting adventure! And thanks Nisga’a Nation for allowing me to take in your beautiful sights.

 

 

 

 

Day 205 – July 24

N A T I O N A L T E Q U I L A D A Y 

Another holiday I was counting down the days to celebrate!!!

Being my first full official day in Chrissy’s home territory

She wanted to host a Tequila and Taco Night for me so I could meet her gang of Kitimat pals and us to celebrate National Tequila Day

Initially we thought we would do margaritas, but it felt a little too pedestrian for the occasion and we already had National Margarita Day back in February, so we took it up a notch and made El Diablos!

The recipe I used was more or less as follows:

  • 1.5 oz blanco tequila
  • .5 oz Odd Society Crème de Cassis
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • Dash of Scrappy’s Firewater, or other hot pepper tincture
  • Dickie’s Ginger Beer
  • Lime wheel, for garnish

I had been well prepared for this day – before I left Vancouver, I had driven all over town to get the Scrappy’s Firewater, a habernero pepper bitter, and Vancouver made Dickie’s Ginger Beer, and packed them safely in my suitcase

Shake all ingredients, excluding the ginger beer. with ice, then strain into a glass. Add fresh ice, top with Dickie’s Ginger Beer and throw another few dashes of Firewater, just for kicks.. Best garnished with a lime wheel.

This drink was a.maze.ing.

Everyone seemed to like them, but the shaking of each individual drink started to grate on me so I ended up making batches a pitcher, throwing in some jalapeño peppers and blackberries. It sort of lost a little of it’s charm in the mass production, but it was still pretty deadly.

Tacos were awesome and so were Christina’s Kitimat crew. Duncan enjoyed all the newfound attention !

 

Day 200 – July 19

DAY 200!!!

Straight up spent most of National Ice Cream Day ( this is seriously, like the five hundredth Ice Cream Day, I’m not even kidding)

I spent most of the day drinking rosé, and weeping over Mary, with Duncan on the beach

I had J. Cole tickets for the evening and we went to Virtuous Pi for some vegan pizza and had some amazing vegan ice cream there

Wild concoctions :
Charcoal Banana Coconut
Meyer Lemon & Lavender
Mint + Dark Chocolate

BUT! I forgot to take a picture!!!!

So then, my and Kathleen went the next day, back to Innocent Ice Cream on Main Street and got some more vegan ice cream

This time I got Banana Walnut

BUT!! I forgot to take a picture, AGAIN!!!
So I took a cute video of Duncan licking the cup for me

Day 195 – July 14

So gotta come clean: I actually sneakily celebrated National Mac and Cheese Day, yesterday when I had that god awful poutine

HOWEVER, I didn’t eat it all at that time and had taken a ‘doggy bag’, as they were once called.

This National Macaroni and Cheese Day had a tight schedule of enjoyable things I had to do

I had to go on a hike with Ashley, Ian, Duncan and Toast in Quarry Rock, then I had to go to Vancouver Folk Festival and see my all time favourite musician, Billy Bragg play TWICE.

Duncan and I finally got to  nail our Lion King pose

Also I had a beer.

Busy busy busy

After the hike, I had just enough time to shower, pack a bag with snacks, blankets, sunscreen and a thermos of rosé wine, and wolf down the remaining Macaroni and cheese from the day before

Mac and cheese is my favourite, so I was on the hunt for the best vegan Mac and cheese Vancouver had to offer. I’ve had a few here in the city, but this one from Wallflower Diner was touted the best according the plebeians who put in the time making Yelp reviews

It was ok.
They used that Daiya orange fake cheese which is pretty nasty, but if I avoided the top, it wasn’t half bad.

Then it was get the f to the festival for Billy Bragg’s Working Class Hero set with Rhiannon Giddens et al.

I was thiiiiis close. It was bananas

 

Day 189 – July 8

    July 8 is National Chocolate Almond Day

No, you’re not having deja vu, you’re probably just confusing this holiday with  with regular Chocolate Covered Nut Day, or, perhaps,   Chocolate Covered Raisin Day.

Common mistake.

I scored some vegan dark chocolate covered almonds at the Safeway/Sobeys and fashioned my own little trail mix out of them

I combined:

  • almonds
  • cashews
  • walnuts
  • hazelnuts
  • Brazil nuts
  • peanuts
  • coconut flakes
  • chocolate covered almonds

Put it all in a baggy and hit the old Highway 99 for another trip in The Pickle with Duncan

He made a useless copilot

We went to Joffre Lakes

This hike was pretty short and dusty and full of people – I saw so many young little families and thought of Sarah missing hers… or hers missing her rather, every step of the way. The view was stunning.

Had a beer with my DIY trail mix and then headed back down the mountain.

Once back on the road, we pulled over for a lovely little swim at One Mile Lake, drove a little further, then had another swim at Lost Lake with some wine and spent the night in Whistler

Not a bad Chocolate Covered Almond Day at all! Thank you almonds for your vitamin E and healthy fats and protein, and chocolate for your deliciousness!