Saturday, July 20, 2013

Day in My Life

"Mom, we were transferring embryos into a couple of mares today, and it occurred to me.  That stallion at work is the father of so many horses, that if he were a human, he'd owe more child support than any guy could ever pay!  And to a lot of different women, too!"  Bigger Girl loves her work, and often comes home with interesting observations.

Bigger Girl can also usually be counted on to come up with something interesting, so i asked her, as a favor for a friend, how many angels can dance on the head of a pin.

"As many as would want to do something so silly, which is probably none of them!" was her reply.

At that moment, Little Girl and Festus walked in, and i asked them if they had any clue why i had found the crunchy peanut butter and the jelly in the freezer that morning.

They looked at each other, and then, together, said, "Young Jacob!"

"Yeah, that sounds like something he would do," Festus added.  "He was here for a while last night, and had that mischievous look on his face."

Figures, i muttered.  Tell him not to do it again, when you see him, okay?

"I'll tell him," Little Girl replied.

Thank you, i said, it's way no fun to try to spread frozen peanut butter.

"Mom, I'm reading this book, The Good Old Days:  They Were Terrible! and it makes me so glad I'm not a poor person back when there were workhouses!'  Bigger Girl has a way of jumping to different topics quickly.

Well, i'm glad not to live back then either, i told her, i've also read that book.

"It makes me wonder, though, about all the people who want laws against this and that, and want government to go away and get out of their lives, but then want government to solve all of their problems." 

It's an odd dilemma, i admitted.

"Some of them, they say, No More Government" and "Get the Government out of our lives," but then they want the government to regulate who gets to live where and even worse, who gets to marry whom.  I mean, what do they want?  Get the government out of our lives, but let it into our bedrooms?"

Yes, it stumps me, too, i told her, and she turned back to the newspaper.

In this house, you never know when a day will bring you frozen peanut butter and a discussion with Bigger Girl.

Today is

Bannack Days-- Bannack, MT, US (through tomorrow; explore the territorial capital now turned ghost town and celebrate the pioneer spirit)

Canada's Parks Day -- Canada (showcasing Canada's beautiful parks and historic sites, it's worth traveling to a park near you!)

Celebration of the Horse -- Charlotte's Saddlery, Houston, TX, US (in honor of the human/equine bond; through tomorrow)

Cleat Dancing Day -- don't ask me who started this, i don't want to know what kind of mind came up with trying to tap dance in cleats

Dia del Amigo -- Argentina; Uruguay

Fortune Cookie Day

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

Independence Day -- Colombia(1810)

International Chess Day -- "Of Chess it has been said that life is not long enough for it, but that is the fault of life, not Chess" ~ William Ewart Napier

Kidspree -- Aurora, CO, US (free outdoor festival for kids; through tomorrow)

La Festa del Redentore / Feast of the Redeemer -- Venice, Italy (procession of gondolas and other craft to commemorate the end of the epidemic of 1575; through tomorrow)

Liberation Day -- Guam

Long Beach Island Festival of the Arts -- Loveladies, NJ, US (juried arts and crafts show, entertainment, food and more; through tomorrow)

Moon Day -- one small step...

National Hot Dog Day

National Ice Cream Soda Day

National Lollipop Day

National Woodie Wagon Day -- pay homage today to this great American symbol of freedom and the casual lifestyle

Peace and Freedom Day -- North Cyprus

Perun's Day -- Asatru/Slavic Pagan Calendar (celebration of Perun, great god of thunder)

Prince Lot Hula Festival -- Moanalua Gardens, Hawai'i

Special Oympics Day -- anniversary of the first Special Olympics in 1968

Ss. Cyril and Methodius' Parish Festival -- Sheboygan, WI, US (dance, Slovenian foods and music, and a Polka Mass)

St. Elijah the Prophet's Day (Patron of Carmelites; Romanian Air Force; against drought, earthquakes) related observance;
     Festival at the Monastery of Profitis Ilias -- Santorini, Greece (Prophet Elijas' festival)

Saint Margaret of Antioch's Day (Patron of childbirth, dying peple, escape from devils, exiles, expectant mothers, falsely accused people, martyrs, nurses, peasants, people in exile, women, women in labor; for safe childbirth; against kidney disease, loss of mother's milk by nursing mothers, sterility; Lowestoft, Suffolk, England; Montefiascone, Italy; Queens College Cambridge; Rixtel, Netherlands; Sannat, Gozo, Malta)

St. Uncumber's Day (Patron of difficult marriages; against men's lust; Las Tablas, Panama)

Synoikia -- Ancient Greek Calendar (date approximate; a celebration of the unification of all Attica, held in Athens)

Thgir-yaw-Dnuor Day -- Fairy Calendar

Toss Away the "Could Haves" and "Should Haves" Day -- write down all the "could have" and "should have" things in your life, then toss them in the trash! Resolve from this day to live in the present, not the past.

Ugly Truck Day -- must be a guy thing, they know where every scratch and dent came from, after all!

Vigil for Peace, Justice, and Respect for the Human Rights of all in Columbia -- a movement begun among Native Americans of many tribes, now open to all who seek peace

World Congress of Esperanto -- Reykjavik, Iceland; through next Saturday

Wrong Days in Wright, Minnesota -- in honor of "Wrong Way" Corrigan (through tomorrow)

Birthdays Today

Gisele Bundchen, 1980
Chris Cornell, 1964
Billy Mays, 1958
Carlos Santana, 1947
Kim Carnes, 1946
Diana Rigg, 1938
Natalie Wood, 1938
Chuck Daly, 1933
Sir Edmund Hillary, 1919
Alberto Santos-Dumont, 1873
Gregor Mendel, 1822
Francesco Petrarch, 1304
Alexander the Great, BCE 356

Today in History

Titus, son of emperor Vespasian, storms the Fortress of Antonia north of the Temple Mount; the Roman army is drawn into street fights with the Zealots during the Siege of Jerusalem, 70
The Riot Act takes effect in Great Britain, 1712
French explorer Pierre Gaultier de Varennes et de la Vérendrye reaches the western shore of Lake Michigan, 1738
Citizens of Bogotá, New Granada declare independence from Spain, 1810
British Columbia joins the confederation of Canada, 1871
Sioux Chief Sitting Bull leads the last of his fugitive people in surrender to United States troops at Fort Buford, North Dakota, 1881
Ford Motor Company ships its first car, 1903
Congresswoman Alice Mary Robertson becomes the first woman to preside over the US House of Representatives, 1921
In London, 500,000 march against anti-Semitism, while in Nuremburg, Germany, 200 Jewish merchants are arrested and paraded through the streets, 1933
The Organization for European Economic Cooperation admits Spain, 1959
Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) elects Sirimavo Bandaranaike Prime Minister, the world's first elected female head of government, 1960
The Special Olympics is founded, 1968
Apollo 11 successfully lands on the Moon 3:39 a.m. GMT 21st July, 1969
India expels three reporters from The Times, The Daily Telegraph, and Newsweek because they refused to sign a pledge to abide by government censorship, 1975
The Viking 1 lander successfully lands on Mars, 1976
Hank Aaron hits his 755th home run, the final home run of his career, 1976
In Zimbabwe, Parliament opens its new session and seats opposition members for the first time in a decade, 2000


Simply Sarah said...

Sounds like some interesting conversations! I wouldn't want to live in the good old days either...

Scriptor Senex said...

Gosh - just found your blog (thanks to you commenting on one of mine). I always wanted to do a blog about things that happened on this day but never had the energy - so I appreciate how much work it is.

And I love the idea of Toss Away the "Could Haves" and "Should Haves" Day -- write down all the "could have" and "should have" things in your life, then toss them in the trash! Resolve from this day to live in the present, not the past.

St. Uncumber was a new one to me so I had to check her out on the Goddess Wiki and that took me away for a while...

I didn't understand Moon Day (I thought that came betweeen Sunday and Tuesday) or it's comment...

And how come you found the peanut butter in the freezer in time for breakfast. I wouldn't have done, I'm sure!

I responded to your comment on my word blog (for cicerone) with - "Well, that's another new word to me. And, I expect to some of my readers.
Docent - A person who acts as a guide, typically on a voluntary basis, in a museum, art gallery, or zoo; a teacher or lecturer at some universities who is not a regular faculty member.
Thanks very much Messymimi."

Sandee said...

Hecka conversation indeed. I loved it.

Have a terrific day. :)

stephen Hayes said...

"As many as would want to do something so silly, which is probably none of them!" was her reply.

I don't recall anyone answering this question is such a forthright manner. Amazing.

messymimi said...

Sarah, it's kind of like that around here. My kids love to think deeply about things.

messymimi said...

Scriptor Senex, it's a delight having you here!

Moon Day has to do with the fact that it is the anniversary of the first moon landing -- guess i should clarify that.

It's fun to trade old and interesting words, isn't it? Learning new ones keeps the brain sharp.

messymimi said...

You, too! And come on by for such conversations any time you want.

messymimi said...

Stephen, sometimes she does that, so i'm glad you like the answer!

Slamdunk said...

Ha yes, the good old days are certainly in the eye of the beholder. There is a tv show that the kids watch where one of the characters falls asleep and dreams she goes back to the 1950s. After sitting with her family and interacting at a dining room table that resembled one from the old show "Leave it to Beaver," the character cries out: "When is something interesting going to happen!"

Glad things are so "interesting" now days.

Enjoy your Sunday.