Woke up Thursday morning to find out that #2 Son had not, in fact, cleaned the library, and that there were 5 loads of laundry backed up from the rain instead of 3, since the cats had again baptized Bigger Girl's bed when her back was turned and she had left the tarp off.
With a concerted effort we got most of it done, including all the litter boxes totally changed out and my van cleaned out some. The laundry is going to stay piled up, clean and dry, until i can get a group of volunteers to climb that mountain.
After dropping off the kids at school, i headed to NOLA to the airport to pick up WSS. When i got there, i about panicked when i parked, grabbed the piece of paper with her flight number and phone number on it and the peel from the banana i had snacked on, and accidentally threw the paper away with the peel. Had to go back to that trash can to find it.
It all worked out, WSS is here safely, and we drove home with no more than the usual nuttiness on the interstate.
At home, we set up the cot with the air mattress and pillow and cooked supper, and i got a surprise message from Daye, whom we hadn't heard from in a while. She decided, last minute, to work everything out and come down.
Altogether, a pleasant evening, to make up for the hectic morning.
Birthday of the Sun -- Inca (date approximate; a few days before the Autumn
Equinox, all fires, including that at the Temple of the Sun, were
extinguished and 3 days later ceremonially relighted using only glass to
concentrate the sunlight on cotton; followed by 8 days of feasting)
Eleven Days of Global Unity -- Day 10, Disarmament (sponsored by We, the World)
Feast of Orlog -- Scandinavian Deity of Destiny (date approximate)
Feast of Zywie -- Poland (goddess of longevity and health; date approximate)
Genesia -- Ancient Greek Calendar (festival to honor the dead, especially those who died in wars)
National Rum Punch Day
National Youth Day -- Thailand
Okuma-kabuto Festival -- Nakajima, Japan (Noto Peninsula's top autumn festival)
Paryushana Parva -- Jain (8-day festival signifying human emergence into new spiritual and moral refinement; through the 29th)
Rishi Panchami -- Nepal (another holiday only for female employees, and again, i haven't been able to find out why or exactly what it means)
St. Eustace's Day (Patron of difficult situations, fire prevention, firefighters, hunters, torture victims, trappers; Madrid, Spain; Poli, Italy; against fire and torture)
Taro Aso, 1940
Sophia Loren, 1934
Anne Meara, 1929
Dr. Joyce Brothers, 1928
Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton, 1890
Upton Sinclair, 1878
Rama V, King of Thailand, 1853 (eldest son taught by Anna, of "The King and I" fame)
Emperor Takakura of Japan, 1161
Today in History:
Atilla the Hun defeated at Chalons-sur-Marne by General Aetius, 451
Saladin begins the siege of Jerusalem, 1187
Ferdinand Magellan sets sail from Sanlúcar de Barrameda with about 270 men on his expedition to circumnavigate the globe, 1519
Galileo Galilei is tried before the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith for teaching that the Earth orbits the Sun, 1633
Maryland passes the first "anti-amalgamation" law to stop English women from marrying black men, 1664
The Negro Convention of Free Men agrees to boycott slave-produced goods, 1830
The American Association for the Advancement of Science is created, 1848
The Indian Rebellion of 1857 ends with the recapture of Delhi by troops loyal to the East India Company, 1857
The first gasoline-powered car debuts in Springfield, Massachusetts, United States, 1891
The Otis Elevator Company unveils the first escalator at the Paris Exposition, 1900
Cunard Line's RMS Mauretania is launched, 1906
The first Cannes Film Festival is held, 1946
James Meredith, an African-American, is temporarily barred from entering the University of Mississippi, 1962
The RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 is launched, 1967
Billie Jean King beats Bobby Riggs in The Battle of the Sexes tennis match, 1973
The Socialist Republic of Vietnam joins the UN, 1977
Walt Disney World hosts its 200 millionth guest, 1985
U.S. President George W. Bush declares a "war on terror", 2001
The US Military ends its "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, 2011