Monday, February 1, 2010

My January Melted!

Does anyone else feel like January just melted away?

It has disappeared, and I didn't get much done, it seems. I feel like I have spent the whole month trying to get warm, and little else. I'm like one of those heat seeking missiles, I believe.

So, in order to try not to let February get away from me, I will attempt to have my taxes done by the end of this month. If I can accomplish that, and keep up with the usual day to day work, I will feel a little bit more in control.

At this point, I could go off on a philosophical discussion of the illusion of control, and fate, and determinism, ad nauseum, but I will refrain from doing that to anyone and sit on my heating pad and sort paperwork instead.

Today is:

Australia Day

Be An Encourager Day

Candlemas Eve

Cross-Quarter Day

Freedom Day

G.I. Joe Day

Give Kids A Smile Day

Hula in The Coola Day

Independence Day, Honduras

National Baked Alaska Day

National Enrolled Agent's Day

Robinson Crusoe Day

Spunky Old Broads' Day (also all month -- I hope I live long enough to qualify as one of these someday!)

Spring Mother Celebration -- Norse Calendar

St. Brigid's Day (aka St. Bridget; patron of dairy workers, dairy maids, poultry raisers, Ireland, Wales, Australia, New Zealand)

Women's Heart Health Day

Working Naked Day (Not me, I don't want to scare the natives!)

Birthdays Today:

Lisa Marie Presley, 1968
Pauly Shore, 1968
Sherilyn Fenn, 1965
Brandon Lee, 1965
Princess Stephanie of Monaco, 1965
Bill Mumy, 1954
Rick James, 1948
Sherman Helmsley, 1938
Don Everly, 1937
Garrett Morris, 1937
Boris Yeltsin, 1931
S.J. Perelman, 1904
Langston Hughes, 1902
Clark Gable, 1901
John Ford, 1895

Today in History:

Alexander Selkirk, the inspiration for Robinson Crusoe, is rescued from the uninhabited archipelago of Juan Fernandez, 1709
The Ottoman sultan orders the capture of his unwelcome guest, King Charles XII, resulting in the Kalabalik i Bender (Tumult in Bender), 1713
The first US steamboat patent is issued, by Georgia, to Briggs & Longstreet, 1788
The American Insurance Company of Philadelphia opens, the first such company managed by blacks, 1810
Volcano Mayon on Luzon, Philippines erupts killing 1,200, 1814
The first US dental school, the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, is incorporated, 1840
Auburn University is chartered as the East Alabama Male College, 1856
Morris Raphall of NYC becomes the first rabbi to open the House of Representatives, 1860
Julia Howe publishes the "Battle Hymn of the Republic," 1862
Jefferson Long of Georgia is the first black to make an official speech in the House of Representatives (opposing leniency to former Confederates), 1871
The first volume of A New English Dictionary, later called the Oxford English Dictionary, A-Ant, is published, 1888
Thomas Edison completes the world's first movie studio, in West Orange, N.J., 1893
The first auto insurance policy is issued, by The Travelers Insurace Co., 1898
China's empress Tzu-hsi forbids binding woman's feet, 1902
The first US federal penitentiary is completed, at Leavenworth, Kansas, 1906
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police forms as Royal Northwest Mounted Police merge with Dominion Police, 1920


  1. Although my heart was not in it, I spent most of Jan. doing "spring" cleaning and hauling stuff to Goodwill trying to ready our home to be put on the market. I am hoping I can take it a little easy in Feb. however, I know a lot of plants in the garden need pruning this month! Stay warm!

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