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

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 23 – Day 267

Mini rant for International Rabbit Day, followed by a phoning-it-in style post

(FYI: Phoning it in refers to a reporter phoning a story into their newspaper instead of writing, editing and submitting from the home office. .. kinda like Twitter…. ‘going through the motions’…not necessarily hitting the home run, according to some guy on the internet one time)

So, before Duncan arrived in safely and soundly in Vancouver, I inquired to Christina, quite innocently enough, that, perhaps, in the intermittent time we potentially, perhaps, explore the possibility of a getting a little Lionhead Rabbit

Anyway.
Mean Old Christina said “NOOO THEY SMELL, YOU IIIIIDDDDDIOT !!!”

Yeah and so it was, without a doubt.. dare I say undoubtedly, the worst experience of my life

And for those of you familiar with my life story, that must mean a lot

Rude.

So, when International Rabbit Day arose, nearly a year later, you know I was bitter as all hell, and had no rabbits to celebrate with.

I persevered, nevertheless, thanks to the Instagram bunny filter

 

 

 

 

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 3 – Day 247

After my gruelling weekend of camper van drama, I was rescued by Meg and Ashley. They were able to cheer my up with a functioning air conditioned vehicle, craft beer and adventure, which included a trip to  Kangaroo Creek Farm in Kelowna

Not usually one for animals in captivity, I threw morality out the window at the chance to see my first kangaroo as well as a chance to celebrate National Wildlife Day with pizazz!

This is Meg groping an emu

This is a kangaroo just hopping around

This is a kangaroo just lying around

This is me taking a selfie with a kangaroo

This is a kangaroo sitting like it’s on the cover of Sports Illustrated Swim Suit Edition

This is me getting on the level with the kangaroos

This is me continuing to be on the level with the kangaroos

This is me and some unknown creature that I let crawl on me

We then saw a guy wearing a confederate flag hat who had children and we were like what kind of fucked up zoo is this?? and left

But not without washing our hands 😉

September 1 – Day 244

For National Ginger Cat Appreciation Day, I couldn’t help but think to honour the most notorious lasagna eating ginger coloured cat of all, Garfield

(above: my favourite strip ever)

The only thing better than regular strength Garfield is Garfield Minus Garfield, a site dedicated to removing Garfield from the Garfield comic strips in order to reveal the existential angst of Jon Arbuckle.

So dark. So pure.

I decided to celebrate by busting out my Garfield onesie

I get a lot of cat calls when I wear this.. guess I’m asking for it ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

 

August 31 – Day 243

Trail mix: a hikers bff 

Although a colossal fan of nuts,  I am not keen on raisins or other dried up fruit. There is something inherently  gross about the notion of letting fruit dry out to me.

So trail mix and I have a love/hate relationship

Well, rather,  I have a love/hate relationship with trail mix… I’m sure trail mix doesn’t care about me one way or the other

I definitely love when there is chocolate in there. This particular mix was lacking but she did make a beautiful photo subject

Happy National Trail Mix Day !

August 29 – Day 241

Months ago… which feels like years ago, I was walking Duncan along a the Arbutus Greenway where there lives a community garden. A place I always internally remark as a ‘thing I should do someday’ which I will never do.

There was a bin of sorts with a “Take as much as you like” sign on it and long branches and sprigs of bay leaf in it

I grabbed several stickfuls and brought them home and let them dry out

I’ve thrown them in soup, chilli, curry, and pasta …because I literally have no idea what they actually taste like and have thousands on hand

For National More Herbs Less Salt Day, I thought I’d bust them out and use them in the chilli I made as meal prep for the week that lay ahead

 It went as usual, I threw them in the pot and the chilli tasted delicious. Who can say if it is the bay leaves, all or any of the other ingredients, or sheer talent ?

I also tried burning them as one burns sage or incense … and didn’t get much out of the ordeal

 

August 27 – Day 239

Welcome to National Banana LOVERS Day

If you don’t love Bananas, GTFO

Also if you were looking for regular National Banana Day, click here (.. and that was like 130 days ago,  weirdo)

So healthy
So portable
So good with chocolate, peanut butter, and or ice cream…

…and so beautiful

Real bananas have curves

August 6 – Day 218

International Sailor Moon Day!!

I relished the opportunity to bust out my Sailor Jupiter tank top and read some manga !

Sailor Moon and the Sailor Scouts were some of the first positive female cartoon role models my sisters and I were exposed to as kids growing up in the late ’90s. Sailor Uranus and Neptune being a LGBTQ couple was groundbreaking! These girls didn’t take any crap and they were always being vocal about sexism.

This show shaped me and my sisters, 100%.  We went as them for Halloween, I was Jupiter, Sarah was Mercury and Claire was Chibi Moon. Our neighbours were Saturn and Venus.  We used to tape it and rewatch every episode. We had the posters and the soundtrack CD.

So grateful for the chance to celebrate the Scouts and reflect on their contribution to society! In the name of the Moon, I (salute) you!!!!