Thursday, September 15, 2011

Learning What Caffeine Means, Among Other Things

"Mom, I made a huge mistake last night," Little Girl admitted.

What happened?

"Well, Miss Lizzie was making coffee to put in the fridge overnight for her iced coffee tomorrow, and i drank a cup at 10pm. I didn't sleep all night!"

Well, they have to learn some time.

Speaking of learning, Bigger Girl has been bugging her teacher to give her more schoolwork. She wants to make certain she is prepared for the Junior College next year. Only kid i know who wants more to do.

#2 Son has learned a new way to tease his mother. He walks through the kitchen, out the front door, goes in his outside door that opens into the storage area that leads into his own room, and walks through the kitchen again. Circles, around and around. All in the name of making mother crazy.

And i'm learning to ignore his forays. Stinker.

Today is:

Battle of Britain Day -- UK

Cherokee Strip Days -- Enid, Oklahoma (through the 17th)

Eleven Days of Global Unity -- Day 5, Health (sponsored by We, the World)

Engineer's Day -- India

Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows (Mater Dolorosa)

Felt Hat Day (Traditional day upon which men started to wear their winter felt hats, similar to women beginning to wear white shoes on Memorial Day)

Grito de Dolores -- Mexico (Cry of Dolores, the evening before Independence Day)

Hummer/Bird Celebration -- Rockport and Fulton, TX, US (ruby-throated hummingbirds and other avians are the stars of this show; through the 18th)

Independence Day -- Costa Rica; El Salvador; Guatemala; Honduras; Nicaragua

International Day of Democracy -- UN

Make a Hat Day -- just for fun

National Creme de Menthe Day

National Hispanic Heritage Month -- US, through Oct. 15

National Linguine Day

Really Bad Ideas Exhibition -- Fairy Calendar (Gremlins)

Restoration of Primorska to the Motherland Day -- Slovenia

Silpa Bhirasri Day -- Thailand

St. Catherine of Genoa's Day (patron of nurses)

Birthdays Today:

Prince Harry, 1984
Dan Marino, 1961
Tommy Lee Jones, 1946
Oliver Stone, 1946
Merlin Olsen, 1940
Jackie Cooper, 1922
Fay Wray, 1907
Roy Acuff, 1903
Agatha Christie, 1890
Robert Benchley, 1889
William H. Taft, 1857
James Fenimore Cooper, 1789
Fran├žois de La Rochefoucauld, 1613
Marco Polo, 1254

Today in History:

The first non-aristocratic, free public school in Europe is opened in Frascati, Italy, 1616
The French army under Napoleon reaches the Kremlin in Moscow, 1812
The first Negro National Convention begins in Philadelphia, 1830
The locomotive John Bull operates for the first time in New Jersey on the Camden and Amboy Railroad, 1831*
HMS Beagle, with Charles Darwin aboard, reaches the Galápagos Islands, 1835
Antoinette Louisa Brown Blackwell becomes the first woman in the US to be ordained a minister (Congregationalist), 1853
Timothy Alder patents the typesetting machine, 1857
RCA releases the 12AX7 vacuum tube, 1947
United Nations gives Eritrea to Ethiopia, 1952
The Soviet ship Poltava heads toward Cuba, one of the events that sets into motion the Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962
*The John Bull becomes the oldest operable steam locomotive in the world when the Smithsonian Institution operates it under its own power outside Washington, D.C., 1981
Vanuatu becomes a member of the United Nations, 1981
Lehman Brothers files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the largest bankruptcy filing in U.S. history, 2008

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