Tuesday, April 23, 2013

A to Z Challenge: T is for Tummy Trouble

Don't read this if you get sick easily, skip down to the holiday part.  Okay?

It began when, on Sunday evening, Little Girl skipped out on Youth Group at church.  She never skips out on Youth Group, so i knew she didn't feel well.

It continued Monday morning when #2 Son stumbled into the library, gave me a very green look, and promptly barfed for almost 5 minutes straight.

By the time all of us were feeling green, #2 Son turned to me and said, "Mom, if I had known last night that I was going to be this sick in the morning, I would have gotten drunk last night and at least had a good time to show for it!"

No, i told him, you wouldn't, but that is funny, in a weird way.

"You're right, I wouldn't.  Or would I?" he gave me a sickly grin over his bucket.

The tummy trouble, whatever caused it (accompanied by headache and some dizziness, but no fever) seems to have mostly passed, and may it not let the door hit it in the hind parts as it leaves.

Today is

Alfred G. "Alferd" Packer Day -- Colorado

Book Day and Lover's Day -- Spain, especially Catalan (women give books to men, while men give flowers to the women. Celebrated in the Spanish city of Barcelona since 1714 to honor Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes [author of "Don Quixote"] and in observance of St. George's Day)

Bulldogs Are Beautiful Day -- date as celebrated in prior years; cannot confirm this date since 2012 as the associated website is down

Canada Book Day

Chance Day -- Fairy Calendar

Children's Day -- North Cyprus; Turkey

Edinburgh International Science Festival -- Edinburgh, Scotland (massive celebration of science and technology; through Apr. 7)

Independence Day -- Conch Republic, Key West, FL. US (a tongue-in-cheek micronation which seceded from the Union in 1982; celebrated yearly with a week long festival)

International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day -- on St. George's Day, encouraging members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America to continue to be what Howard V. Hendrix derrogatorily termed "webscabs", posting their stories free on the internet

International Sing Out Day -- no one will claim responsibility for this one, but i promise not to observe it!

Jurgi Festival -- Ancient Latvian Calendar (day sacred to Usins; first day outdoor work began for the summer)

National Cherry Cheesecake Day

National Picnic Day -- US

National Sovereignty Day -- Turkey

National Teach Children to Save Day -- sponsored by the American Banking Association

School Bus Driver's Day -- 4th Tuesday

Sigurd the Dragon Slayer's Day -- because he was probably the inspiration for the legends about St. George

St. Adalbert's Day (Patron of Bohemia; Czech Republic; Poland; Prague, Czech Republic; Prussia)

St. George's Day (Patron of archers, armourers, Boy Scouts, butchers, cavalry, chivalry, Crusaders, equestrians, farmers, field hands, field workers, horsemen, horses, husbandmen, knights, lepers, Order of the Garter, Palestinian Christians, riders, Romanian Army, saddle makers, saddlers, sheep, shepherds, soldiers, Teutonic Knights; Canada; England; Ethiopia; Georgia; Germany; Greece; Lithuania; Malta; Portugal; Cappadocia; Catalonia; Palestine; over 20 cities and diocese around the world; against herpes, leprosy, plague, skin diseases, skin rashes, syphilis; by the middle ages, St. George was revered in much of Europe as the personification of chivalry)*

Take a Chance Day -- internet generated encouragement to try something different

Talk Like Shakespeare Day -- on The Bard's birth anniversary

Vinalia Priora -- Ancient Roman Calendar (tasting the first wines of the year)

World Book & Copyright Day -- UN (this date chosen because of how parts of Spain celebrate St. George's Day, with books)

*To save a Maid, St. George the Dragon slew
A pretty tale, if all is told to be true
Most say, there are no Dragons, and tis said
There was no George: pray God there was a Maid.
-- John Aubrey, Remains of Gentilism (1688)

Birthdays Today:

Dev Patel, 1990
John Cena, 1977
Scott Bairstow, 1970
George Lopez, 1961
Valerie Bertinelli, 1960
Craig Sheffer, 1960
Jan Hooks, 1957
Michael Moore, 1954
Joyce DeWitt, 1949
Sandra Dee, 1942
Lee Majors, 1940
Roy Orbison, 1936
Shirley Temple Black, 1928
Vladimire Nabokov, 1899
Sergei Prokofiev, 1891
James Buchanan, 1791
William Penn, 1621
William Shakespeare, 1564

Today in History:

The founding of the Order of the Garter by King Edward III is announced on St George's Day, 1348
William Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor is first performed, with Queen Elizabeth I in attendance, 1597
The first public school in the United States, Boston Latin School, is founded in Boston, Massachusetts, 1635
Connecticut is chartered as an English colony, 1662
Canada issues its first postage stamps, 1851
The Vitascope system of movie projection debuts the first motion picture at Koster & Bial's Music Hall in NYC, 1896
Namibia becomes the 160th member of the UN and the 50th member of the Commonwealth of Nations, 1990
Eritrians vote overwhelmingly for independence from Ethiopia, 1993
Beijing closes all schools for two weeks because of the SARS virus, 2003
The gamma ray burst GRB 090423 is observed for 10 seconds. The event signals the most distant object of any kind and also the oldest known object in the universe, 2009


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  2. as a mom you KNOW there was no way I was skipping :-)
    hope he's feeling better.

  3. I do hope you are all okay now. Amd I guess Im a webscab :)

  4. Great day to write day! Enjoyed your post. Enjoyed the info. A to Z fellow challenger here. Stop on by and say hi.

  5. I hope everyone is over this bug and things can get back to normal, even though "normal" isn't as interesting to read about. Take care.

  6. Miz, you and i don't get put off easily, but some people have weak stomachs, and i thought a warning only fair.

    Shell, you are welcome to be one -- i believe in building good will, it pays more in the end than rigid rules.

    Thanks, kathy, i will!

    Stephen, there is no normal! LOL

    Thank you all for your good wishes, we have recovered, for the most part.

  7. I'm tremendously behind on visiting my good blog friends, and I apologize for that.

    You taking on the A-Z is somewhat amazing. I mean, you fill a good-sized page every day, anyway, with all of your amazing facts and dates. God bless you!

  8. yowch...stomach flu is the worst! Hope everybody is hale and hearty once again!

  9. GAH! Please, I hope everyone is doing better now. I don't like how Tummy Troubles barged in to takeover the "T" word for the day. How rude!

  10. Thanks, Suldog! After all, i have to think of something to say besides the lists, and sometimes i run a bit dry.

    Kathe, we are much better, thank you.

    Josie, it really was rude, you are right!

  11. That sounds awful! I'm glad it's passed. Yeesh! Must have been something you ate? :( Those stomach viruses are straight from Hades. They don't last long, but they're hideous while they're happening. (I had Norovirus a little over a year ago.) I'm sorry that happened to you. And may the crud be dead and buried...