Saturday, July 14, 2012

He Ate How Much?

"Hey, mom, what's for dinner?" #2 Son asked as he made himself a bowl of ramen noodles, a PB&J, a big cup of chocolate milk, and grabbed two bananas.

Breakfast for dinner, biscuits, bacon, eggs however you want them, fruit salad, oatmeal or grits or toast on request.

"Two eggs, then, scrambled with lots of hot sauce!"

He disappeared, then came back an hour later and ate his dinner, the aforementioned eggs, plus bacon and biscuits and fruit.

Later that night, evidence of the consumption of a can of chicken noodle soup, most of a pack of crackers, a salad serving bowl full of cereal with chocolate milk, and several more pieces of fruit.

The kid is 5'8" and weighs 110lbs.

Dave Ramsey tells the story of a person who was in one of his financial classes who took the challenge to track, for one month, where every single penny was spent, even to keeping track of a pack of gum if someone in the family bought one.

The man came back at the end and said, "We spent $1,200 on doggone restaurants!  Now I know where our retirement went, we've been eating it!"

We can pretty much say our kids ate ours.

Today is

Art Fair on the Square -- Madison, WI, US (one of the Midwest's largest juried art fairs; through tomorrow)

Bald In - Bald Out Day -- sponsored by Bald Girls Do Lunch; if men can be bald and brazen, then women and children who cannot grow hair should bring bald INto their lives, and never feel on the OUTs!

Bastille Day / National Day -- France, French Territories and some former Colonies (Quatorze Juillet/Fete Nationale)

Birthday of Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden -- an official Flag Day of Sweden

Bohemian Club Annual Rites begin -- Bohemian Grove, CA US (if you are into conspiracy theories, this is supposedly when and where the male movers and shakers of the world meet for two weeks and decide the fate of the world for the next 12 months; the members of the club, including former presidents and other high level officials, do meet for a couple of weeks this time of year to have, among other things, a Cremation of Care ceremony)

Buxton Wells Dressing -- Buxton, Derbyshire, England (preserving the 650+ years of traditional "dressing" wells in foliage to thank the patron saint of that well for blessings, now with parades and carnivals)

Carver Day -- George Washington Carver National Monument, Diamond, MO, US

Children's Party at Green Animals Topiary Garden -- Portsmouth, RI, US (annual party for children and the young at heart)

Circus City Festival -- Peru, IN, US (did you ever want to run off and join the circus?  This is the week kids age 7-21 get to do just that, so go watch and have fun with them!  through the 21st)

Dunmow Flitch Trials -- Great Dunmow, Essex, England (come claim the bacon!  Chaucer spoke of this tradition, now held every 4 years, in which a married couple must prove to a jury of 6 maidens and 6 bachelors that in "twelvemonth and a day", they have "not wisht themselves unmarried again"; winning couple takes home a "flitch" of bacon, which means half a pig cut lengthways)

Feast of St. Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain

Festival of Millennial Fairy Olympics -- Fairy Calendar (Closing Ceremonies)

Galicnik Svadba -- Galicnik, Macedonia (wedding festival, when one lucky couple gets to be married in a traditional "Galichka" style wedding, through tomorrow)

Gentse Feesten -- Ghent, Belgium (a ten day music and theatre festival)

Macaroni Day

M&Ms Argument Day -- which are best?  plain?  peanut?  almond?  minis?  spend the day in a heated discussion with friends and end with an M&M feast

Nachi Himatsuri -- Kumano-Nachi Taisha, Nachi-Katsuura, Japan (one of Japan's 3 largest fire festivals, a grand summer festival and purification ritual, through tomorrow)

National Grand Marnier Day -- on Bastille day, to show the friendship between France and the US

National Nude Day -- not sponsored by any nudist organization that i can find, so there's no telling who started this one

Omaha Railroad Days -- celebrating all things track and train, through tomorrow

Pandemonium Day -- internet generated; don't let the crazy things that happen in your life get you down, celebrate instead!

Pori Jazz Festival -- Pori, Finland (through the 22nd; a major international music event with world class performances)

Republic Day -- Iraq

Runic Half-Month Ur begins (primal strength)

Shark Awareness Day

Sourdough River Festival -- Edmondton, Alberta, Canada (Float Fest! through tomorrow)

St. Kateri Tekakwitha's Day ("Lily of the Mohawks", first Native American proposed for canonization; Patron of ecologists, ecology, environment, environmentalism, environmentalists, exiles, people ridiculed for their piety, people who have lost their parents)

Stone House Day -- Hurley, NY, US (tour of several 250+ year old stone houses within 150-yards of each other)

Birthdays Today

Tommy Mottola, 1949
Roosevelt Grier, 1932
Polly Bergen, 1930
John Chancellor, 1927
Harry Dean Stanton, 1926
Dale Robertson, 1923
Ingmar Bergman, 1918
Gerald R. Ford, 1913
Woodie Guthrie, 1912
William Hanna, 1910
Dave Fleischer, 1893

Today in History

Foundation of the Mission San Antonio de Padua in modern California by the Franciscan  friar Junípero Serra, 1771
Citizens of Paris storm the Bastille and free seven prisoners, 1789
First ascent of the Matterhorn, by Edward Whymper and party, four of whom die on the descent, 1865
The Campanile in St Mark's Square, Venice collapses, also demolishing the loggetta, 1902
The United States $500, $1,000, $5,000 and $10,000 bills are officially withdrawn from circulation, 1969
A powerful solar flare, later named the Bastille Day event, causes a geomagnetic storm on Earth, 2000
The United States Government admits to the existence of "Area 51", 2003


  1. Your breakfast for dinner made my mouth water.
    Boys can eat so much, can't they? Amazing!
    Let's see... for today's date, I think I will have French toast, eat peanut butter (for George Washington Carver) and watch out for sharks!

  2. Kay, they can, and i hope you enjoy whatever you choose to eat today.

    Miz, neither was i, neither is Little Girl. Bigger Girl, both boys, my brothers, and my Sweetie and his brother when they were kids were and are that kid.

  3. Growing boys.. oh yes, I remember it well.

  4. Hilary, much as i love them and don't want it to be over, i won't miss the food bill.;)


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