Sunday, January 2, 2011

New Year's Day Conversations

While everyone else is blogging about goals and resolutions and such, i am over here having conversations like the following:

#2 Son: "Mom, it was beast last night!"


"Yeah, someone dared me to put out a punk with my hand and I did, see!" Shows a dark spot on his hand.

Son, why did you do that?

"Well, that's not my only injury from last night. We wrestled, and I've got bruises and a couple of burns. Want to see?"

Not particularly, unless they start to get infected.

"Oh, don't worry about that, if it does, I'll take care of it!"

I'm sure you will. As usual, the sarcasm is lost on him.


Sweetie: "Is this the sauerkraut stuff in here?"

Yes, take a taste and let me know how it turned out.

"Well, it's good, but next time, could you put bratwurst in it?"

I did put bratwurst in it.

"Oh, then it just got better!"

Cue eye roll.


Meg, at adoption day: "Where are the rest of the litter boxes for the cages?"

Sarah: "I thought you brought them!"

Meg: "And i didn't grab adoption boxes, either. It's going to be one of those days!"

It wasn't that bad, 3 adoptions, though none were mine. Still, this seems like something that would happen to me, and i sympathize.


#2 Son: "Hey, mom, did you know they've proven that a snake will try to swallow a person?"

Well, i would imagine so, if it was a big enough snake and it was hungry enough, and you were silly enough to get in its way.

"Yeah, but they found out that if you lie still on your back, and let it try to get you from the head end, it won't be able to get past your shoulders."

So, you lie there with your head in a snake's mouth?

"Yeah, you just hold your breath and hope it spits you out soon!"

I'll try to remember that the next time i'm tromping through the Amazon rain forest.

Today is:

Advent of Isis -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar

Advent of Inanna -- Ancient Sumerian Calendar

Ancestry Day -- Haiti

Berchtoldstag -- Alsace; Liechtenstein; Switzerland

Blacks and Whites Carnival -- Colombia (through the 7th)

Get Over It Day

Granada Day -- Spain

Happy Mew Year for Cats Day

Kakizome -- Japan ("first writing", the first calligraphy written at the beginning of the New Year)

Miniature Golf Day

National Cream Puff Day

National Science Fiction Day

Ninth Day of Christmas

Run It Up the Flagpole and See if Anyone Salutes It Day

Second Day of New Year -- A holiday in Kazakhstan, Macedonia, Montenegro, New Zealand, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Ukraine.

St. Adelard's Day (Patron of gardeners.)

St. Basil's Day, Russia (Patron of hospital administrators.)

St. Blidulf of Bobbio

St. Gregory of Nazianzus' Day

St. Macarius' Day (Patron of of cooks, confectioners and pastry chefs.)

St. Seraphim of Sarov's Day

Anniversaries Today:

Georgia becomes the 4th US State, 1788

Birthdays Today:

Christy Turlington, 1969
Cuba Gooding, Jr. 1968
Tia Carrere, 1967
Gabrielle Carteris, 1961
Alan Beckwith, 1952
Dennis Hastert, 1942
Jim Bakker, 1939
Roger Miller, 1936
Isaac Asimov, 1920
Sally Rand, 1904
Barry Goldwater, 1902

Today in History:

The Alamanni cross the frozen Rhine River in large numbers, invading the Roman Empire, 366
Emperor Joseph II orders Jews of Galicia Austria to adopt family names, 1235
Spain recaptures Granada from the Moors (Granada Day), 1492
The first American revolutionary flag is displayed, 1776
The British Institution of Civil Engineers is founded, 1881
"The Liberator", and abolitionist newspaper, begins publishing in Boston, 1831
The British reestablish rule in the Falklands, 1833
The first US wire suspension bridge for general traffic opens in Pennsylvania, 1842
Because of anti-monopoly laws, Standard Oil is organized as a trust, 1882
Alice Sanger becomes the first female White House staffer, 1890
A record 19'2" alligator is shot in Louisiana by E. A. McIlhenny, 1890
Pres. T Roosevelt shuts down post office in Indianola Miss, for refusing to accept its appointed postmistress because she was black, 1903
The American anarcho-syndicalist union known as the Industrial Workers of the World forms, 1905
The Canadian branch of the Royal Mint opens in Ottawa, 1908
Lithuania gains independence, 1919
The US & Canada agree to preserve Niagara Falls, 1929
Luna 1, the first spacecraft to reach the vicinity of the Moon and to orbit the Sun, is launched by the U.S.S.R., 1959
Stardust successfully flies past Comet Wild 2, collecting samples that are returned to Earth, 2004


  1. Mimi, it sounds like there is never a dull moment at your house. I hope you, your sons, your sweetie, and the cats all have a Happy New Year. I will be keeping up with your adventures, I look forward to reading about what all you get up to.

  2. Next time I'm down in the Amazon rain forest, I'll feel much more prepared :)

  3. Thank you, Leah, and you, too.

    Jokamo, thank you -- you are right, it's a bit nutty around here. Only generally nuts, though, not clinically nuts.

    Merry, me too.