Monday, February 11, 2013

Gratitude Monday: School Break

Today i am overwhelmingly grateful for the Mardi Gras school break.

Two days of not having to get on the road.

Two days to prepare for the Valentine's Day driving.

And Bigger Girl has just expressed her extreme gratitude for life, onions, and lava lamps.

Wow, i have an interesting kid, another reason to be grateful.

Today is:

Armed Forces Day -- Liberia

Be Electrific Day -- Edison's birth anniversary

Clean out Your Computer Day

Don't Cry Over Spilled Milk Day -- no history on the origin, but remember we all mess up once in a while, don't take small mess ups too seriously

Evelio Javier Memorial Day -- Panay Island, Philippines

Family Day -- BC, Canada

Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes/World Day of the Sick -- Roman Catholic Church

Grandmother Achievement Day -- internet generated; call your grandmother, or someone's grandmother you admire, and tell her what she is doing right

Independence Day -- Vatican City (Holy See) (a/k/a Lateranensi Pact Day, for the pact that established it as an independent state)

Kenkoku Kenen-no-hi -- Japan (also called National Foundation Day or Empire Day)

Lundi Gras -- Fat Monday, Carnival, one of the last to days to feast before the Lenten fast begins Wednesday
     Bolludagur -- Iceland (Bun Day, the children wake the parents with a "spanking" while calling for cream buns that will be eaten that day)
     Old Mask Parade -- Oranjestad, Aruba (with the Burning of the Momo tomorrow, marking the end of Carnival)
     Rosenmontag -- German-speaking Countries (Rose Monday, highlight of Karneval)

Meringue Memorial Day -- don't know who came up with it, but it's the day to see if you remember how to make meringue

National Inventors' Day -- US (Edison's birth anniversary)

National Peppermint Patty Day

National Shut-In Visitation Day -- some sites have it here, some in October; either way, go visit someone who can't get out of the house today, or make plans to see them this weekend

Nelson Mandela Day -- South Africa (celebrates his release from prison)

Oatmeal Monday

Pro Sports Wives Day -- the annual recognition of those who truly are sports widows, wives of professional athletes, coaches, and support personnel

Royal Hobart Regatta Day -- Tasmania, Australia

Satisfied Staying Single Day -- for those who aren't desperate to have someone by the 14th; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays

St. Caedmon's Day (Oldest English poet known by name.)

Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show (through the tomorrow)

White Shirt Day -- a recognition of the dignity of the working class

Youth Day -- Cameroon

Anniversaries Today:

The founding of London University, 1826

Birthdays Today:

Kelly Rowland, 1981
Matt Lawrence, 1980
Brandy, 1979
Mike Shinoda, 1977
Jennifer Aniston, 1969
Sarah Palin, 1964
Sheryl Crow, 1963
Sergio Mendes, 1941
Bobby "Boris" Pickett, 1938
Burt Reynolds, 1936
Tina Louise, 1934
Leslie Nielsen, 1926
Eva Gabor, 1921
Sidney Sheldon, 1917
Max Baer, 1909
Thomas Alva Edison, 1847

Today in History:

Traditional date for the founding of the Japanese empire under Emperor Jimmu, BC660
Tiberius Claudius Caesar Britannicus, heir to the Roman Emperorship, dies under mysterious circumstances in Rome, which clears the way for Nero to become Emperor, 55
Henry VIII of England is recognized as supreme head of the Church of England, 1531
The Pennsylvania Hospital opens, the first in the US, 1752
Religious Society of Friends, also known as Quakers, petitions U.S. Congress for abolition of slavery, 1790
Anthracite coal is burned experimentally as fuel for heating a home for the first time, by Jesse Fell in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, 1808
Robert Fulton files a patent for improvements to steamboat navigation, 1809
Massachusetts Governor Elbridge Gerry signs a redistricting bill that leads to the first use of the term "gerrymander," 1812
The first public toilet facilities for women opens in London, on Bedford Street, 1852
The Meiji constitution of Japan is adopted, 1889
Emma Goldman is arrested for lecturing on birth control, 1916
BBC Television produces the world's first ever science fiction television program, an adaptation of a section of the Karel Capek play R.U.R., which coined the term "robot", 1938
Glenn Miller is awarded the first ever gold disc for selling one million copies of "Chattanooga Choo Choo," 1941
Eighty-seven countries, including the US, UK, and USSR, sign the Seabed Treaty outlawing nuclear weapons in international waters, 1971
The People's Republic of China lifts a ban on works by Aristotle, Shakespeare and Dickens, 1978
Nelson Mandela, a political prisoner for 27 years, is released from Victor Verster Prison outside Cape Town, South Africa, 1990
The first wave of the Egyptian revolution culminates in the resignation of Hosni Mubarak, 2011


  1. Excellent gratitude reasons. I love onions myself.

  2. That reminds me that my college lava lamp is in a box in the garage, I wonder if it still works.

  3. Lava lamps scare me. All of that melty liquid makes me afraid. But we have two of them. Don't ask.

  4. life onions and lava lamps?? oh hohoho what a cool kid! And thanks for your always nice comments- and by the way you were spot on about "I'll have what she's having" Take a look:
    Cheers- have a great two days!

  5. Miz, she loves onions. Lots of them.

    Leah, you can't cook Cajun without them, you need to come taste for yourself.

    Stephen, drag it out and see. It may bring back memories that would make good blog posts.

    Josie, i won't ask, and i suggest you just stay away from them. If you ever visit here, i won't take you in Bigger Girl's room.

    Kathe, she's a fun one, all right. And i really like your blog, you make it fun to comment.

  6. Enjoy your 2 days then.

    Older boy has three lava lamps in the closet--we hide them from his younger brother who has a habit of breaking anything he touches and those are a messy clean-up.