Saturday, March 20, 2010

Saturday Doings

We are going 100 different directions today, or at least it seems so.

Bigger Girl is volunteering at adoption day.

#2 Son has decided to have his birthday celebration today. Being a man type creature, this will involve fire in the form of bbq, a trip to the creek to do secret guy stuff, and lots of cake.

Little Girl is playing mascot today for the school across the street. The PE teacher saw her in the wolf costume she built herself, and asked her to build a wildcat costume and wear it for their fundraiser today. How does an 11 year old know how to build costumes from old foam padding and faux fur and hot glue? I haven't the foggiest notion, but the kid has talent, the costumes she designs and makes herself look good.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, I get to bake cake and make icing, make the potato salad, and feed kittens.

Sad news, though not unexpected, is that even with subcutaneous fluids on the hour and antibiotic/steroid nose drops, Jules just couldn't make it. Sometimes they crash, and there is nothing I can do.

Today is:

Corn Dog Day

Equinox/First Day of Spring

Extraterrestrial Abductions Day

Festival for Driving Out All Evils -- Inca Calendar

Great American Meat Out Day

Iduna -- Norse Calendar (festival for the bearer of magic apples)

Independence Day, Namibia and Tunisia

International Earth Day

Kiss Your Fiance Day

Lajos Kossuth Day, Hungary

Maple Syrup Day

National Agriculture Day

National Jump Out! Day

National Ravioli Day

National Quilting Day - Third Saturday of the month.

Ostara/Mabon -- Wicca

Pennsylvania Maple Festival begins

Pigeons return to City-County Building, Ft. Wayne, Indiana

Proposal Day

Sakura Matsuri, Japan

Smash Out Suicide Day

Smile Rejuvenation Day

Snowman Burning Day (Lake Superior State College; How and why?)

Vernal Equinox

Vienna International Spring Festival, Austria, through May 16

Won't You Be My Neighbor Day

St. Cuthbert's Day (patron of shepherds, seafarers, sailors)

Birthdays Today:

Kathy Ireland, 1963
David Thewlis, 1963
Holly Hunter, 1958
Spike Lee, 1957
Jimmie Vaughan, 1951
William Hurt, 1950
Bobby Orr, 1948
Pat Riley, 1945
Lois Lowry, 1937
Hal Linden, 1931
Fred "Mr." Rogers, 1928
Carl Reiner, 1922
Ozzie Nelson, 1906
B.F. Skinner, 1904
Henrik Ibsen, 1828
Ovid, BC43

Today in History:

Sixth recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet, 141
A Saturn/Jupiter/Mars-conjunction is thought to be the "cause of plague epidemic," 1345
Sir Walter Raleigh is freed from the Tower of London after 13 years of imprisonment, 1616
France and Spain sign an accord for fighting protestantism, 1627
Nadir Shah occupies Delhi in India and sacks the city, stealing the jewels of the Peacock Throne, 1739
The Great Fire of Boston destroys 349 buildings, 1760
After escaping from Elba, Napoleon enters Paris with a regular army of 140,000 and a volunteer force of around 200,000, beginning his "Hundred Days" rule, 1815
US and Siam sign commercial treaty, 1833
Harriet Beecher Stowe's "Uncle Tom's Cabin" is published in Boston, 1852
An earthquake completely destroys Mendoza, Argentina, 1861
The first AC power plant in the US begins commercial operation, in Massachusetts, 1886
In the first known intercollegiate basketball game, Yale beats Penn 32-10, 1897
Albert Einstein publishes his general theory of relativity, 1916
A test of a practical radar apparatus made by Rudolf Kuhnold in Germany, 1934
Libby Riddles becomes the first woman to win the 1,135-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, 1985

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