….for the theme of today’s post.  Most of you will be reading this on the last day of 2012.  And we’re all seeing/reading LOTS of “year in review” recaps.  I bring you weightingfor50’s own review/top 10.  I give you…..

THE TOP 10 WEIGHTING FOR 50 MASCOTS of 2012!!!!!  (drumroll….)

#10…

"Canadian Mountie Bear" - who stands on guard for thee!  (thank you Canadian National Anthem)

“Canadian Mountie Bear” – who stands on guard for thee! (thank you Canadian National Anthem)

#9…

"Phantom of the Opera Duck" - who makes me smile and sings "The Music of the Night"

“Phantom of the Opera Duck” – who makes me smile and sings “The Music of the Night”

#8….

Newly acquired "KGB Pig", because no list is complete without an international spy!

Newly acquired “KGB Pig”, because no list is complete without an international spy!

#7….

"Guest Hand" who fills in on Wednesdays when I don't see Michelle, and who is modeled by Neva on her paw today.  Thanks Neva!

“Guest Hand” who fills in on Wednesdays when I don’t see Michelle, and who is modeled by Neva on her paw today. Thanks Neva!

#6…

" Banjo Frog" who picks, grins and sits in a jaunty way on the side of a plate

” Banjo Frog” who picks, grins and sits in a jaunty way on the side of a plate

#5…

The # 5 position is shared by two seasonal mascots "Yoga Santa" and "Mr. Johnson", the ornament who was well hung on the tree - and both who can be posed to dance Gangnam Style

The # 5 position is shared by two seasonal mascots “Yoga Santa” and “Mr. Johnson”, the ornament who was well hung on the tree – and both who can be posed to dance Gangnam Style

#4…

The "Mariachi Band" who have travelled to Mexican restaurants, friends houses and if I ever need money, a local taco restaurant owner is willing to pay me to own them.  Sadly for him, their not for sale.  ARIBA!!!

The “Mariachi Band” who have traveled to Mexican restaurants, friends houses and have posed here at home.  And if I ever need money, a local taco restaurant owner is willing to pay me to own them. Sadly for him, they’re not for sale. ARIBA!!!

#3…

"Huey Hoot" who has a gentle face, and really creepy feet

“Huey Hoot” who has a gentle face, and really creepy feet

#2…

The "Ugly Trolls" who pose by the ugliest meals I make, and make them look FAR better in comparison than they actually are!

The “Ugly Trolls” who pose by the ugliest meals I make, and make them look FAR better in comparison than they actually are!

….and the #1 WEIGHTINGFOR50 mascot of 2012…….

Technically not a MASCOT at all, but this honor goes to our beloved Neva, who adds joy and smiles to the blog, and who even non cat likers, like.

Technically not a MASCOT at all, but this honor goes to our beloved Neva, who adds joy and smiles to the blog, and who even non cat likers, like.

Clap, clap, clap!!!!  I look forward to sharing all kinds of new mascots on the blog in 2013!!!

Today though, we started our day with an almond milk latte and a piece of the Blue Menu banana bread that I made yesterday.

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And we looked out of our dining room window and saw this.  On a sunny day, we never take our snowy mountain view (which is zoomed) for granted.

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Many hours later, we had lunch/brunch which was turkey sausages, scrambled eggs and multigrain toast (with unpictured apple butter)

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I also finished making the turkey soup with leftover meat and turkey broth from yesterday.  I bought little pasta circles at Bosa yesterday, as you can see….the little circles REALLY expand on cooking.  This big batch will be divided up into individual containers and put in the freezer to have later on, or to take for work lunches in the next few weeks.

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This afternoon, I went out to one of my “happy places”, that I rarely get to – Granville Island Public Market.  I took a zillion photos (ok, maybe 70 ish) and have used picassa to collage some, so I don’t bore you to death with them all.   The first “deck” is “art around the market”…

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(what do you call it when you have a sweater on a tree?  Is it a yarn bomb??)

Next, ducks in the pond….

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This was worthy of standing alone (aka: no collage required).  Love this sign as you go into the market.

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And this man in a jaunty beret had MANY MANY dogs (there was one behind the stroller too…so looks like six all together).

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As you can see, it is a chef’s paradise!  I only bought a mini baguette and some white bean dip but I sure liked looking and taking photos.

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I did a quick walk through the kid’s market…

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And saw some nice jewelry and blown glass owls…

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What does this have to do with granola and snacks???  I guess this falls into the “made you look” category of marketing.

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And on my way back to my car, I watched a busker juggle knives, chainsaws and flaming batons while on a very high unicycle.

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When I eventually got home, Dennis and I had some light ripple chips and dip, and a glass of wine.  (points will be counted again starting on the 1st.)

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Dinner tonight was leftover cauliflower mash and green bean casserole from last night, topped with a chicken breast cooked in mushroom soup (Dennis’ favorite) and a piece of the mini baguette from the market this afternoon.

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That in a nutshell is my second to last day of 2012.  I’m ready for this year to roll over to the next.  Any of you making any new year’s resolutions?  I will be, and will share them in a day or so.

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