Wednesday, September 1, 2010

A Couple Dozen

We had an interesting time with eggs at co-op cooking class.

I brought them lots of boiled eggs, and the ingredients to make egg salads or deviled eggs of various sorts. They could choose from savory or sweet ingredients, lots of different spices, some fun flavors of mayonnaise and mustard. They could chop in celery and olives and onions.

Everybody made something different, and they got to taste each other's creations. We found some things we like, and some we definitely do not.

There was enough variety that even my pickiest student, who hates mayo, mustard, and eats only 5 foods at home, managed to make herself something she enjoyed, with only a touch of mayo to make it smooth.

So they are learning what flavors go together, and which ones to avoid combining. I'd rather they make mistakes with mixing flavors in class than while cooking dinner for the family.

Just to be silly:

The graveside service had just ended, and a huge bolt of lightning struck, followed by a deafening roar of thunder. More thunder rumbled in the distance, and the old man looked at the preacher.

"Well," he said, "she arrived."

Today is

Building and Code Staff Appreciation Day

Chicken Boy's Day

Constitution Day/National Day -- Slovakia

Creation Day

Disaster Prevention Day -- Japan

Draft Horse Day

Ecclesiastical Year begins -- Orthodox Christian

Feast of Macuilxochitl -- Ancient Aztec Calendar (five flower god, thought to bring good luck while gaming)

Independence Day -- Uzbekistan

Knowledge Day -- Russia

National Cherry Popover Day

Nutt Day (For Emma M. Nutt, the first female telephone operator)

Oyster Season begins

Partridge Day (Partridge Hunting Season begins)

Presidential Message Day -- Mexico

Sneeze-Wobbling Festival -- Fairy Calendar

St. Fiacre's Day (patron of gardeners, cabdrivers)

St. Giles' Day (patron of the disabled, beggars, nursing mothers)

St. Simon Stylites' Day -- Eastern Orthodox Christian

St. Verana's Day (patron of millers)

Teacher's Day -- Singapore

Wattle Day, Australia

Birthdays Today

Gloria Estefan, 1957
Dr. Phil McGraw, 1950
Barry Gibb, 1946
Lily Tomlin, 1939
Seiji Ozawa, 1935
Conway Twitty, 1933
"Boxcar" Willie, 1931
Rocky Marciano, 1923
Yvonne DeCarlo, 1922
Vittorio Gassman, 1922
Edgar Rice Burroughts, 1875
Englebert Humperdinck. 1854 (composer, esp of opera Hansel and Gretel)
Johann Pachelbel, 1653

Today in History

Rabbi Moses Ben Nachman establishes a Jewish community in Jerusalem, 1267
The first yacht race is held, between England's King Charles I and his brother James, 1661
Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa forms in California, 1772
Juno, one of the largest main belt asteroids, is discovered by German astronomer Karl Ludwig Harding, 1804
Narcissa Whitman, one of the first white women to settle west of the Rocky Mountains, arrives at Walla Walla, Washington, 1836
The first Pullman sleeping car is put into service, 1859
Joseph Lister performs the first antiseptic surgery, 1865
Robert T. Freeman becomes the first African American to graduate from the Harvard Dental School, 1867
The first underground rapid transit system in North America, the Boston Subway, opens, 1897
Alberta and Saskatchewan become the 8th and 9th Canadian provinces, 1905
Martha, the last passenger pigeon, dies at the Cincinnati Zoo, 1914
The United States, Australia and New Zealand sign a mutual defense pact, called the ANZUS Treaty, 1951
In Reykjavík, Iceland, American Bobby Fischer beats Russian Boris Spassky and becomes the world chess champion, 1972
Canada adopts the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms as part of its Constitution, 1982


  1. Wattle day, in Australia. I believe wattle is a plant, but I can see all of these people marching proudly, celebrating loose skin under the chin!

    Cat, who is only mildly crazy... Really...

  2. It's okay, I tell people I am only generally nuts, not clinically nuts.