Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Well, that was... interesting way to start a New Year.

After bidding everyone a good evening, i went to bed.

At 12:05 am, 1/1/2013, #1 Son's Fiancee, Allie, stepped off the porch incorrectly and seriously hurt her ankle.

At 12:07 am, there was a knock on my door, yelling that her leg was broken, and i was once again dressing in the middle of the night to go to the ER.

Diagnosis -- severe sprain.  She is on crutches, and pain meds, which i paid for because it got to be too much trouble trying to use her insurance.  Since she's from out of state, it was going to be forever trying to get it through, and when i asked the pharmacist how much to just pay for the stuff, she said about $15.  For that much, i decided i'd rather come home, so we didn't use her insurance for medicines.

Thus i got to bed at 4am, and got up a few hours later to start the black-eye peas and cabbage that everyone must have for New Year's Day.

It's all good, though.  The ankle isn't broken, we can call a local orthopedic surgeon and get her in to make sure it's going to heal correctly, and now we have another crazy thing to look back on in the zany adventure that is our lives here in the swamp.

Today is:

Advent of Inanna -- Ancient Sumerian Calendar (date approximate; equivalent to Ishtar, Assur, Astarte, Isis, and others; a female warrior and fertility goddess)

Berchtoldstag -- Alsace; Liechtenstein; Switzerland (a celebration of the goddess Perchta, or Bertha, guardian of animals and member of the Wild Hunt) related observance
     St. Berchtolds' Day -- Liechtenstein Bank Holiday; Switzerland Regional Holiday (because of the close association of his name with Perchta,  Duke Berchtold V of Z√§hringen's founding of Bern, Switzerland, is commemorated today; while not an official saint of any church, his day has become a big festival for children)

Blacks and Whites Carnival -- Colombia (through the 7th; manic and messy tradition, includes people painting themselves black one day, white the next, with a Grand Parade at some point during the week)

Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy Day -- The Andrews Sisters recorded the song this day in 1941 (yes, before the US entered the war; it was for the movie "Buck Private" with Abbot and Costello)

Carnival Day -- Saint Kitts and Nevis (Last Lap)

Dainichi-do Bugaku -- Kazuno, Japan (11 traditional bugaku dances at the shrine; dates back as far as 718)

Festival of Sleep Day -- begins this evening; celebrate by sleeping in tomorrow because it is assumed we could all use some extra z's after the holidays

Genshi-sai (First Beginning Ceremony) -- Imperial Palace and various shrines, Japan (a dance and musical art performed to round out the New Year's celebration)

Happy Mew Year for Cats Day -- because felines must have a day to celebrate the New Year, and they cannot share; sponsored on behalf of felines everywhere by Wellcat Holidays

Jour des Aieux -- Haiti (Founder's Day, sometimes translated Ancestry Day)

Kaapse Klopse -- Cape Town, South Africa (Minstrel Carnival; through January and most of February, but the main parade is today)

Kakizome -- Japan ("first writing", a day to do the first calligraphy written at the beginning of the New Year; often a resolution or poetry asking for a good year)

National Cream Puff Day

National Motivation and Inspiration Day -- US

National Science Fiction Day -- Asimov's birth anniversary

Ninth Day of Christmas

Nyilo -- Bhutan (Winter Solstice)

Run It Up the Flagpole and See if Anyone Salutes It Day -- try something new today, in the spirit of the new year

Second Day of New Year -- also a holiday in many countries

"Someday We'll Laugh About This" Week begins -- to remind us to keep our perspective; sponsored by The Humor Project

St. Adelard's Day (Patron of gardeners; against fever, typhoid)

St. Basil's Day/Basil the Great -- Roman Catholic and Anglican Churches (yes, the Eastern Churches celebrated him yesterday; Patron of hospital administrators, reformers; Cappadocia; Russia)

St. Macarius' Day (Patron of of confectioners, cooks, pastry chefs)

Anniversaries Today:

Georgia becomes the 4th US State, 1788

Birthdays Today:

Christy Turlington, 1969
Cuba Gooding, Jr. 1968
Tia Carrere, 1967
Gabrielle Carteris, 1961
Alan Beckwith, 1952
Dennis Hastert, 1942
Jim Bakker, 1939
Roger Miller, 1936
Isaac Asimov, 1920
Sally Rand, 1904
Barry Goldwater, 1902

Today in History:

The Alamanni cross the frozen Rhine River in large numbers, invading the Roman Empire, 366
Emperor Joseph II orders Jews of Galicia Austria to adopt family names, 1235
Spain recaptures Granada from the Moors (Granada Day), 1492
The first American revolutionary flag is displayed, 1776
The British Institution of Civil Engineers is founded, 1881
"The Liberator", and abolitionist newspaper, begins publishing in Boston, 1831
The British reestablish rule in the Falklands, 1833
The first US wire suspension bridge for general traffic opens in Pennsylvania, 1842
Because of anti-monopoly laws, Standard Oil is organized as a trust, 1882
Alice Sanger becomes the first female White House staffer, 1890
A record 19'2" alligator is shot in Louisiana by E. A. McIlhenny, 1890
Pres. T Roosevelt shuts down post office in Indianola Miss, for refusing to accept its appointed postmistress because she was black, 1903
The American anarcho-syndicalist union known as the Industrial Workers of the World forms, 1905
The Canadian branch of the Royal Mint opens in Ottawa, 1908
Lithuania gains independence, 1919
The US & Canada agree to preserve Niagara Falls, 1929
Luna 1, the first spacecraft to reach the vicinity of the Moon and to orbit the Sun, is launched by the U.S.S.R., 1959
Stardust successfully flies past Comet Wild 2, collecting samples that are returned to Earth, 2004


  1. An auspicious start if there ever was one.
    I love the Andrews Sisters and "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B" is a fave.

  2. Oh, my! I think there's a good luck thing of someone walking in the house on the first day of the year... Somehow, having someone giving a 911 report. Hmm. Don't think that's quite the same animal. But I am so glad to hear it was only a sprain, says she of the finally pretty well healed Thanksgiving break of last year. May you have *good* excitement, fun, and family in 2013!


  3. It would seem that 2013 can only get better for you. Take care and Happy New Year.

    your life is never ever dull.


  5. It's always something, isn't it?! Hope 1/2 is a little less stressful.

  6. Oh dear. Five minutes is as long as it took for 2013 to become, um, eventful?

    Here's hoping for smoother sailing ahead in the new year!

  7. Ohh, Phooey! So sorry to hear it. I had a terrible sprain once (fell in a hole), and it literally took years before it was fully pain-free. Hopefully Allie used the Festival Day of Sleep to rejuvenate a bit.

  8. Oh poor you! Two years ago on Christmas day, I passed out from a bad reaction to a medication, and we spent the whole day in the ER. AND that might be the ONLY day in my whole life in Georgia that it snowed on Christmas day and I MISSED it! Stil, as my son said, think of it this way, after spending time in the ER, any Christmases after that will be just PEACHY!
    Take care! (Do you have cabbage? My Dad always does collards and black-eye peas, both green, I guess!)

  9. Leah, the Andrews Sisters had more hits and hit records than almost any other group, but are very under-appreciated for all that.

    Cat, yes, the first person to walk in your door should be a good person, and step in on the right foot; i'm just glad we didn't have to call 911, but got her to the ER ourselves. Happy New Year!

    Stephen, i think you are right, it can only get better.

    Miz, i wouldn't know what to do with dull. It keeps me on my toes.

    Gigi, that's what having kids does, it's always something.

    Crabby, i appreciate the good wishes.

    Josie, she is laying low, but suffering cabin fever, so i think she will get out later today.

    Kay, you are right, every Christmas from now on has a high probability of being much better than that. Yes, we do black-eye peas and cole slaw here.

  10. Well that is a memorable start to 2013. I am glad to hear that Allie's ankle was not broken, and I am sure she was a bit embarrassed about the ordeal.

  11. A bit embarrassed, but more in pain. She will recover, though, that's the important thing.