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"Mom, it's the Girl Scouts!"
The call came from a couple of the kids, and really i wasn't paying attention to which ones, as all i heard was "Girl Scouts."
Girl Scouts! i shouted multiple times as i dashed down the stairs and crashed through the door. Girl Scouts! Girl Scouts! Girl Scouts!
Yes, i do that every year. One year, as i came hollering and crashing through the door in my haste, i almost scared them away!
Your here! Hooray! i yelled as i came through the door. Thank you for coming! We have to order cookies!
The young girl, who is about 8 and lives 3 doors down, was grinning at me, as she remembered the drill from last year. Her father stood on the sidewalk watching and laughing at my antics.
Yes, i get this excited to order the cookies. No, i'm a vegan and i eat almost all of my food raw or only low temperature dehydrated, so i don't eat the cookies. But everyone in my house loves the cookies, and i love ordering them and supporting the Girl Scouts, i have fond memories of being one, and of my girls being in a troop for a short time.
A dozen boxes lightened my wallet by $48, but it's worth it. Those boxes will last less than two days in this house, and i will buy at least several more from every troop i see selling them outside of local businesses.
Our family's love affair with Girl Scout cookies reminds me of a joke.
Boudreaux an' Thibodeaux was goin' to de local hardware store where de owner was lettin' de Girl Scouts sell some cookies.
After dey done got de hardware dey wanted, dey walk out an' dere was no way dey was leaving wit'out a few boxes o' dem cookies.
As dey is walkin' away, Boudreaux say to Thibodeaux, "Mais, I jes' don' get why dey gots to sell de cookies right at de start of Lent. Don' dey know de only two t'ings I can't resist are temptation an' Girl Scout Cookies?"
Air Force Day -- Nicaragua
Anniversary of the Abolition of Slavery -- Mauritius
Be An Encourager Day/Inspire Your Employees to Excellence Day -- begun by ecard companies; send someone an encouraging word today
British Yorkshire Pudding Day -- UK (celebrating this delicious traditional dish, and here's how to make it right)
Cross-Quarter Day of Imbolc/Sughnassad -- various celebrations through the 2nd
Dignity Action Day -- UK (aiming to ensure people who use care services are treated as individuals and are given choice, control, and a sense of purpose in their daily lives)
Federal Territory Day -- Kuala Lumpur, Labuan, and Putrajaya, Malaysia
Festival of the North -- Ketchikan, AK (month long celebration of the arts in Alaska, including a wearable art show, ballet performances, and more)
Freedom Day -- US (anniversary of the approval of the 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery)
Four Chaplains Sunday -- Interfaith
G.I. Joe Day -- the action hero first went on sale this day in 1964
Heroes' Day -- Rwanda
Hula in The Coola Day -- sponsored by iparty.com; a day to laugh at winter doldrums and escape the cold for a bit -- warm up the house, put on your shorts and have a luau!
Igbi -- Shaitli and Kituri among the Avar ethnic group, Dagestan, Russia (midwinter celebration, through the 5th, which is the first day the sun is expected to return to shine on the towns here)
Independence Day -- Nauru
Kalends of February -- Ancient Roman Calendar; also
Festival of Helernus (god of vegetables and the underworld)
National Baked Alaska Day
Robinson Crusoe Day -- anniversary of the 1709 rescue of Alexander Selkirk, whose story inspired the novel Robinson Crusoe; a day to be adventurous and self-reliant
Royal Canadian Mounted Police Day -- the Dominion Police and the North-West Mounted Police officially merged on this day in 1920 to form the "Mounties"
Scout Sunday -- BSA (Boy Scouts are encouraged to wear their uniforms to church and represent scouting to their congregation)
Solo Diners' Eat Out Week -- sooner or later, everyone faces the challenge of eating out alone, so go enjoy doing so, celebrating this lifestyle skill; sponsored by SoloDining.com
Spunky Old Broads' Day (also the start of Spunky Old Broads' Month) -- a day for women over 50 to resolve to live a regret free life
St. Brigid's Day (aka St. Bridget or Saint Brighid of Kildare; Patron of babies, blacksmiths, boatmen/mariners/sailors, cattle, chicken farmers, children of unwed parents, dairy workers, fugitives, midwives, nuns, poets, printing presses, scholars, travellers; Douglas, Lanarkshire, Scotland; Ivrea, Turin, Italy; Kildare, Ireland; Leinster, Ireland)
formerly celebrated on Feb. 2 as the Imbolc quarter day of the Irish pagan calendar
Super Bowl Sunday; related observance
National Popcorn Day
Tuppence's Birthday -- Fairy Calendar
Tupperware Sculpting Day -- internet generated; take an old, worn piece of Tupperware, melt it, and sculpt something
Winterfest Flagstaff -- Flagstaff, AZ, US (a month of wintertime family fun)
Working Naked Day -- dedicated to those who work from home without the support system an outside work environment provideshttp://www.workingnaked.net/
Ya-Ya Matsuri -- Owase, Mie Prefecture, Japan (parades, street festivals, and boys diving into the sea for purification; through the 5th)
Lauren Conrad, 1986
Michael C. Hall, 1971
Pauly Shore, 1970
Lisa Marie Presley, 1968
Pauly Shore, 1968
Sherilyn Fenn, 1965
Brandon Lee, 1965
Princess Stephanie of Monaco, 1965
Bill Mumy, 1954
Rick James, 1948
Bob Jamieson, 1943
Terry Jones, 1942
Sherman Helmsley, 1938
Don Everly, 1937
Garrett Morris, 1937
Boris Yeltsin, 1931
Stuart Whitman, 1929
S.J. Perelman, 1904
Langston Hughes, 1902
Clark Gable, 1901
John Ford, 1894
Louis Stephen St. Laurent, 1882
Hatty Wyatt Caraway, 1878
Victor Herbert, 1859
"Late Night with David Letterman"(TV), 1982
"Rich Man, Poor Man"(TV Miniseries), 1976
"The Secret Storm" (TV), 1954 (first TV soap opera)
"General Electric Theater"(TV), 1953
"You Are There"(TV), 1953
"La Boheme"(Puccini Opera), 1896
The Corsair(publication date), 1814
Today in History:
Teenaged Edward III is crowned King of England, but the country is ruled by his mother Isabella of France and her lover Roger Mortimer, 1327
The Colony of Roanoke Island is established by the landing of Sir Walter Raleigh, 1587
Alexander Selkirk, the inspiration for Robinson Crusoe, is rescued from the uninhabited archipelago of Juan Fernandez, 1709
The Ottoman sultan orders the capture of his unwelcome guest, King Charles XII, resulting in the Kalabalik i Bender (Tumult in Bender), 1713
The first US steamboat patent is issued, by Georgia, to Briggs & Longstreet, 1788
The capital of Upper Canada is moved from Newark to York, 1796
The American Insurance Company of Philadelphia opens, the first such company managed by blacks, 1810
Volcano Mayon on Luzon, Philippines erupts killing 1,200, 1814
Slavery is abolished in Mauritius, 1835
The first US dental school, the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, is incorporated, 1840
Auburn University is chartered as the East Alabama Male College, 1856
Morris Raphall of NYC becomes the first rabbi to open the House of Representatives, 1860
Julia Howe publishes the "Battle Hymn of the Republic," 1862
Jefferson Long of Georgia is the first black to make an official speech in the House of Representatives (opposing leniency to former Confederates), 1871
The first volume of A New English Dictionary, A to Ant,later called the Oxford English Dictionary, A-Ant, is published, 1888
Thomas Edison completes the world's first movie studio, in West Orange, N.J., 1893
The first auto insurance policy is issued, by The Travelers Insurace Co., 1898
China's empress Tzu-hsi forbids binding woman's feet, 1902
The first US federal penitentiary is completed, at Leavenworth, Kansas, 1906
Russia adopts the Gregorian Calendar, 1918
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police forms as Royal Northwest Mounted Police merge with Dominion Police, 1920
The United States Army launches Explorer 1, 1958
Four black students stage the first of the Greensboro sit-ins at a lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina, 1960
The Hamilton River in Labrador, Canada is renamed the Churchill River in honour of Winston Churchill, 1965
Canada's three military services, the Royal Canadian Navy, the Canadian Army and the Royal Canadian Air Force, are unified into the Canadian Forces, 1968
Director Roman Polanski skips bail and flees the United States to France after pleading guilty to charges of engaging in sex with a 13-year-old girl, 1978
The Ayatollah Khomeini is welcomed back to Tehran, Iran after nearly 15 years of exile, 1979
Lillian E. Fishburne becomes the first female African American to be promoted to rear admiral, 1998
Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrates during reentry into the Earth's atmosphere, killing all seven astronauts aboard, 2003
Johanna Siguroardottir is elected as the first female Prime Minister of Iceland, 2009