Wednesday, October 17, 2012

You Know

 You know you've been at the wife/mother/homemaker/domestic goddess schtick too long without polishing off your own dreams when:

All the baby kittens asleep at once is a breather so you can fold laundry.

You have so much to coordinate with the kids' schedules, you start to envy the job of air traffic controllers.

In public you hear yourself saying you have to "go potty."

The only thing you really want in the morning is to go back to bed for one more hour (those every two hour feedings are murder).

When you do happen to get out of the house with your husband and without the kids, he's thinking of how good you look on the date and you're thinking of how you're going to get that suit of his clean if he ends up ordering the spaghetti and meatballs.

You are also thinking about your grocery list and how you are going to deal with the ring in the toilet, all while reading the menu.

There's plenty of time to help the kids call the people whose dog ran away and showed up in the yard again get it back to their house, time to help with that last minute rewrite of an essay, time to drop everything and help your husband find the keys he lost for the 3rd time this week, but never time for a crossword puzzle unless you are at a stop light in traffic.  (Yes, that's when i do crossword puzzles.)

Your Christmas gift wish list consists of only one thing -- the three-in-one crock pot you saw on sale at the big box store.

 (The object of my affection now -- three crocks, with spoons and lid holders!)

Today is:

Black Poetry Day -- birth anniversary of the USA's first published black poet, Jupiter Hammon

Circleville Pumpkin Show -- Circleville, OH, US (celebrating with over 100,000lbs of pumpkins, squash, and gourds; through Saturday)

Day of National Concern About Young People and Gun Violence -- US (students around the nation are asked to sign the Pledge Against Gun Violence)

Dessalines Day -- Haiti

Doburoku Matsuri -- Oita Prefecture, Japan (one of the few sake festivals at a shrine; through tomorrow)

Festival of Hengest -- Asatru (approximate date of the Norse celebration of Hengest and Horsa, who fought to establish Norse settlements in Eastern Britain)

Four Prunes Day (only if you dare!)

Gaudy Day a/k/a Wear Something Gaudy Day

Hagfish Day -- a day to celebrate the uniqueness and necessity of even the ugliest of sea creatures, like the hagfish

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty -- UN

Large Fairies Come First Day -- Fairy Calendar (because the rest of the year they let the little ones go first)

Loyalty Day -- Argentina

Medical Assistants Recognition Day -- US

Mulligan Day -- C. Daniel Rhodes wants you to give yourself or someone else a free do-over today

National Pasta Day

National Support Your Local Chamber of Commerce Day -- US

Paint a Mural on a Sidewalk Day -- let your inner child go a bit wild

St. Ignatius of Antioch's Day (Patron of the Church in the Eastern Mediterranean and North Africa; against throat diseases)

St. Richard Gwin's Day (Patron of large families, parents of large families, torture victims)

Tacoma Holiday Food and Gift Festival -- Tacoma, WA, US (through Sunday)

The NILE / Northern International Livestock Exposition -- Billings, MT, US (rodeo and trade show; through Saturday)

Work on Your Charisma Day -- because what else are you going to do on a Wednesday?

Anniversaries Today:

Crown Prince Fernando of Aragon marries Princess Isabella of Castile, 1469
Composer Johann S. Bach marries his niece Maria Bach, 1707

Birthdays Today:

Norm MacDonald, 1963
Alan Jackson, 1958
Howard Rollins, 1950
Margot Kidder, 1948
George Wendt, 1948
Ronn Owens, 1945
Evel Knievel, 1938
Jimmy Breslin, 1930
Tom Poston, 1921
Montgomery Clift, 1920
Rita Hayworth, 1918
Arthur Miller, 1915
Jean Arthur, 1905
Spring Byington, 1893

Today in History:

King Cyrus the Great of Persia marches into the city of Babylon and releases the Jews from their 70 years of exile and making the first Human Rights Declaration, BC539
Battle of Neville's Cross, the defeat of King David II of Scotland by Edward III of England, 1346
German astronomer Johannes Kepler observes a supernova in the constellation Ophiuchus, 1604
Boston blacks petition the legislature for equal school facilities, 1787
The political rights of Jews are suspended in the Duchy of Warsaw, 1808
Thomas Edison files a patent for the Optical Phonograph (the first movie), 1888
Guglielmo Marconi's company begins the first commercial transatlantic wireless service between Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada, and Clifden, Ireland, 1907
Albert Einstein arrives in the US as a refugee from Nazi Germany, 1933
The first commercial nuclear power station is officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II in Sellafield,in Cumbria, England, 1956
Prime Minister of Australia Robert Menzies opens the artificial Lake Burley Griffin in the middle of the capital Canberra, 1964
Botswana and Lesotho join the United Nations, 1966
Quebec Vice-Premier and Minister of Labour Pierre Laporte murdered by members of the FLQ terrorist group, 1970
OPEC starts an oil embargo against a number of western countries, considered to have helped Israel in its war against Syria, 1973
Mother Teresa awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, 1979
The pinnacle is fitted on the roof of Taipei 101, making it the World's tallest highrise, 2003


  1. and and and?
    is tomorrow the THESE ARE MY DREAMS post?

  2. Oh my, this is so doggone funny! I hope you get that 3 pot crockpot and a maid to prepare and put all the food into it as well! :-)
    Every two hours, you poor thing, I would be SLEEPING at the stoplights!

  3. that 3-ring crockpot is so dang fancy... Are King Cyrus and Miley Cyrus related? They could be, ya know.

  4. Carla, i don't really have much to dream of any more, which is a shame. Really i am as boring as i say i am.

    Kay, it would be nice, but i won't hold my breath. Right now, i'm looking at new tires for one of the cars instead of Christmas anything.

    Josie, it is fancy, and i have no idea if they are related. If so, it would be mighty funny, and hard to prove.

  5. I have to laugh, I have to say, the potty one is with Husband and I, because it's how we train the animals, (Pet's name, "go potty") and we have been known to say it as a question to each other, in public, as well... Heh. As far as the kittens vs. folding clothes, it's similar to going to bed. Husband, "Let's go to bed". Me, "okay." Whereupon I have to take the animal food in, make sure all the stuff is turned off for the night, put out breakfast bowls and such, and whatever flotsum and jetsom that I need to do. Usually takes me another 10-30 minutes to go to bed... Oh, well, it's one of those where you have to laugh. And hey, if you have dusty dreams, or lack them, time to work on a new one. (You could do THAT at stoplights...) ;)


  6. Stephen, i will. And again, i love your new website!

    Cat, it's funny the unconscious habits we just fall into. As for the bedtime routine, you are right. The husband says, I'm going to bed, and goes. Wife says the same, and there's still so much to do.


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