Monday, June 21, 2010

Vacation Adventures

Going home day always comes all too soon.

Sweetie is always gung-ho about getting packed and started and back on the road. It is so annoying.

I prefer to just work at it slowly, over the course of the morning. After all, check out time is not until 10AM, and I'm up very early. I get lots done, just at my own pace. He sleeps later, then wants us to rush.

Since I'm not in any hurry to get home, because vacations just can't last long enough, I spend the morning telling him to slow down, that home isn't going anywhere.

Meanwhile, my parents and brothers are more like Sweetie. They high tail it early, while my kids are still half asleep and barely moving.

Sooner or later, though, everything is somehow packed, all the rooms of the unit double checked to make sure we haven't left anything behind.

Down to the parking garage with two bellhop carts and 2 grocery shopping carts; wow, packing is going to be interesting, I think to myself. I ended up being quite right in that -- poor #2 Son ended up in the very back of the van, sandwiched in so tight I'm surprised the child could breathe. He said it was okay, and it's a good thing he is thin, or we might have had to leave behind his X-box (it was wedged between his knees). He promptly fell back asleep anyway.

Today is

Aimless Wandering Day

Baby Boomer Recognition Day

Cuckoo Warning Day -- if you hear the cuckoo today, it will be a wet summer

Discovery Day, Labrador and Newfoundland (observed - actual date June 24)

Finally Summer Day- Summer Solstice

First Nations Day -- Canadian Native People

Flag Day, Denmark, Greenland

Go Skateboarding Day

Inti Raymi, Sacsayhuamán Andes Mountain natives winter solstice and New Year festival

Martyr's Day, Togo

Midsummer Festivals begin -- Juhannus Day in Finland and Midsommar in Denmark and Norway, celebrated over the next several days in many Scandinavian traditions

National Aboriginal Day, Canada

National Daylight Appreciation Day

National Peaches & Cream Day

Ride to Work Day (Motorcycles)

St. Alban's Day (patron of refugees)

St. Aloysius Gonzanga's Day (protector of young students, young men)

St. Meen's Day

St. Leudredus' Day

Summer Solstice, Northern Hemisphere

We Tripantu, Chile (Mapuche natives winter solstice festival)

World Handshake Day

World Music Day

Anniversaries Today:

New Hampshire becomes the 9th US State, 1788

Birthdays Today:

Kris Allen, 1985
Prince William, 1982
Juliette Lewis, 1973
Berkeley Breathed, 1957
Meredith Baxter, 1947
Michael Gross, 1947
Ray Davies, 1944
Mariette Hartley, 1940
Maureen Stapleton, 1925
Jane Russell, 1921
Jean-Paul Sartre, 1905
Al Hirschfeld, 1903
Reinhold Niebuhr, 1892
Daniel Carter Beard, 1850
Increase Mather, 1639

Today in History:

Jews are expelled from Nurenberg Bavaria by Emperor Maximillian, 1498
The Incident at Honno-ji takes place in Kyoto, Japan, 1582
In Montreal in New France, a slave known by the French name of Marie-Joseph Angélique is put to death, having been convicted of the arson that destroyed much of the city, 1734
Halifax, Nova Scotia, is founded, 1749
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police fire a volley into a crowd of unemployed war veterans, killing two, during the Winnipeg General Strike, 1919
The first successful west-to-east navigation of Northwest Passage begins at Vancouver, British Columbia, 1940
Columbia Records introduces the long-playing record album in a public demonstration at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City, 1948
Ellen Louks Fairclough is sworn in as Canada's first woman Cabinet Minister, 1957
SpaceShipOne becomes the first privately funded spaceplane to achieve spaceflight, 2004.
Pluto's newly discovered moons are officially named Nix & Hydra, 2006

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