Thursday, May 15, 2014

All the news my brain can remember right now.

As opposed to all the news that's fit to print, because there might be more that i just happen to have forgotten.


We finally, thanks to Grandpa, found a contractor to fix the house where Little Girl had her Oops and ran the vehicle into the house.  That's the good news.

The rest of the news is not so good, in that he has figured out the damage is much more extensive than we first thought, and the cost is probably going to more than double.  Thus i have to contact the insurance agency and tell them their adjustor missed a whole side wall being bowed out and knocked off the anchor bolts.  We will see where that leads.

Next up, we have news about #2 Son.  He will probably be finished with those last two classes within the next couple of weeks, and be given his diploma.  He will be thrilled beyond measure to know he's done with algebr.  Once he goes to culinary school, he won't have to take that again.  They require some math for the Associates in Culinary Arts degree, but it's not so rigorous.

Bigger Girl will again be working at the uni's reproductive biology research station this summer.  They can't wait, as she not only helps them with some of the animal work, she takes over the sterilization room and the liquid nitrogen room work.  She will also be taking a math course at the junior college so that she can go straight into some of her sciences in the fall.

#1 Son no longer needs to find a second job.  His current employer told him they only wanted part time workers, so he began searching for a second part time job.  Then they started working him so much that he was getting overtime.  They seem to like the fact that he can expedite, serve, and be a dishwasher.  Everyone else only does one thing or another.

Little Girl has passed all of her EOC (End of Course) tests, and post tests, and is going to be exempt from finals.  In fact, tomorrow may be her last day, as she really has no more work to do.  School doesn't officially get out until the end of next week, but they let students leave early who've passed everything just to make it easier for teachers to concentrate on the kids who need more time.

As for me, i'm working again today.  While i am technically a janitor/housekeeper, and part time delivery driver, today i am a laundress.  The lady whose house i cleaned last week didn't have a washing machine for about 3 weeks, and the only way to catch back up is to get all the backlog together and go to a laundromat, which is the plan for the day.

Young Jacob has been conscripted to help Miss Lizzie with the flat tire situation.  Bigger Girl and he got her back to her car, got the tire off, and she and Bigger Girl will be getting a new tire put on that rim.  Then Young Jacob will put it back on the car this evening after work.  That will be one more crisis taken off the list.

That's all the news my brain can think of right now.

Today is:

Aoi Matsuri -- Kyoto, Japan (Hollyhock Festival, a pageant reproducing ancient imperial processions)

Brown Bag-It Thursday -- it's cheaper and healthier

Calaveras County Fair and Frog Jumping Jubilee -- Calaveras Fairgrounds, Angel's Camp, CA, US (the "Super Bowl" of frog jumping contests; through Sunday)
     Frog Jumping Day -- for those of us who don't live in Calaveras County, you can still celebrate Mark Twain's famous story and go play with a frog

Cold Sophie's Day (5th Ice Saint; according to Nordic legend, this day may be very cold, but there will be no more frosts after this)

Flip Your Mattress Day -- because it's a good thing to do

Hyperemisis Gravidarum Awareness Day -- bringing attention to morning sickness that becomes life-threatening

Ides of May -- Ancient Roman Calendar; related observances
     Feast of Maia and Vesta
     Mercuralia -- festival for Mercury
     Sacrifice day to the Tiber River

Independence Day -- Paraguay(1811)

International Conscientious Objectors' Day

International Day of Families -- UN

International MPS Awareness Day -- here for details about these inherited diseases

Kan Phuetchamongkhon -- Thailand (Royal Plowing and Farmers Day) 6th day 4th lunar month

La Corsa del Ceri -- Gubbio, Italy (festival on the eve of the saint day of the city's patron, St. Ubaldo)

Miles City Bucking Horse Sale -- Miles City, MT, US (a celebration worthy of the city that inspired "Lonesome Dove;" through Sunday)

Mother's Day -- Paraguay

National Chocolate Chip Day

National Safety Dose Day -- cannot confirm they sponsor a day any more, but the Safety Dose people still want us to remember that more is not necessarily better when it comes to taking medicines, and to dose them correctly for children

Nylon Stockings Day -- they went on sale at stores around the US this date in 1940

Over the Rainbow Day -- birth anniversary of Lyman Frank Baum

Police Officer/Peace Officer Memorial Day -- US (National Association of Chiefs of Police sponsor the main memorial event at the American Police Hall of Fame and Museum in Titusville, FL, but there may be services where you are also)

Relive Your Past By Listening to the First Music You Ever Bought No Matter What It Was No Excuses Day -- no, i can't find out who started this, or why; maybe we should all take a pass at this one

Sea Monkey Day -- because somebody really loves theirs, and wants you to love them, too

St. Dymphna's Day (Patron of epileptics, family happiness, incest victims, martyrs, mental asylums/hospitals, mental health caregivers and professionals/psychiatrists/therapists, mentally ill people, nervous disorders, neurological disorders, possessed people, princesses, rape victims, runaways, sleepwalkers, those who have lost parents; against sleepwalking, epilepsy, insanity, mental disorders, mental illness)

St. Hallvard's Day (Patron of Oslo; protector of innocence and virtue)

St. Isidore of Madrid's Day (a/k/a Isidore the Farmer; Patron of agricultural workers/farm workers/farmers/field hands/husbandmen/ranchers, day laborers, livestock, rural communities; Angono, Philippines; Asturias, Cebu, Philippines; Bukidnon, Mindanao, Philippines; Carampa, Peru; Castalla, Spain; Cuz Cuz, Chile; Digos, Philippines; Estepona, Spain; La Celba, Honduras; Leon, Spain; Lima, Peru; Lucban, Philippines; Madrid, Spain; Malaybalay, Philippines, diocese of; Morong, Philippines; Nabas, Philippines; Orotava, Spain; Pulilan, Philippines; Pulupandan, Philippines; Sabana Grande, Puerto Rico; San Isidro, Argentina; Saragossa, Spain; Sariaya, Philippines; Seville, Spain; Tavalera, Philippines; Tayabas, Philippines; United States National Rural Life Conference; against the death of children)
     Carabao Festival -- San Isidro, Pulilan, and Angono, Philippines (second day and main festival; on St. Isidore of Madrid's Day; the farming communities celebrate their beasts of burden and have them blessed)
     Municipal Holiday -- Madrid
     San Isidro Day -- Mexico

St. Sophia of Rome's Day (considered by some to be among the Ice Saints, and invoked for protection against frost)

Straw Hat Day -- just as you don't wear white after Labor Day, you don't wear straw hats before today, the unofficial start of summer and the official start of straw hat season

Teacher's Day -- Mexico; South Korea

Theravadin New Year -- Buddhist (through the 18th; dates can vary locally)

Tuberous Sclerosis Global Awareness Day -- information here

Anniversaries Today:

Mary, Queen of Scots, marries James Hepburn, Earl of Bothwell, 1567
Airmail service begins between NYC, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia, 1918

Birthdays Today:

Jamie-Lynn Sigler, 1981
David Krumholtz, 1978
David Charvet, 1972
Sam Trammell, 1971
Emmit Smith, 1969
Giselle Fernandez, 1961
Dan Patrick, 1956
Lee Horsley, 1955
George Brett, 1953
Chazz Palminteri, 1951
Brian Eno, 1948
David Cronenberg, 1943
Lainie Kazan, 1942
Madeleine Albright, 1937
Trini Lopez, 1937
Anna Maria Alberghetti, 1936
Jasper Johns, 1930
Richard Avedon, 1923
Eddy Arnold, 1918
Max Frisch, 1911
James Mason, 1909
Joseph Cotten, 1905
Abraham Zapruder, 1905
Katherine Anne Porter, 1890
Arthur Schnitzler, 1862
Ellen Louise Axson Wilson, 1860
Pierre Curie, 1859
L. Frank Baum, 1856

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Esclarmonde"(Opera), 1889

Today in History:

Anne Boleyn, Queen of England, is sentenced to death, 1536
Bartholomew Gosnold becomes the first European to see Cape Cod, 1602
Johannes Kepler confirms his discovery of the third law of planetary motion, 1618
James Puckle, a London lawyer, patents the world's first machine gun, 1718
The Seven Years' War begins when Great Britain declares war on France, 1756
Diego Marín Aguilera flies a glider for "about 360 meters", at a height of 5-6 meters, during one of the first attempted flights, 1793
George III survives two assassination attempts in one day, 1800
Opening of the first private mental health hospital in the United States, the Asylum for the Relief of Persons Deprived of the Use of Their Reason (now Friends Hospital) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1817
Francis Baily observes "Baily's beads" during an annular eclipse, 1836
Rama IV is crowned King of Thailand (The King and I), 1851
Opening of the present Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London, 1858
Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton form the National Woman's Suffrage Association, 1869
Las Vegas, Nevada, is founded, 1905
The United States Supreme Court  declares Standard Oil to be an "unreasonable" monopoly under the Sherman Antitrust Act and orders the company to be broken up, 1911
The Winnipeg General Strike begins; by 11:00 a.m., almost the whole working population of Winnipeg, Manitoba had walked off the job, 1919
In an attempted Coup d'état, the Prime Minister of Japan Inukai Tsuyoshi is killed, 1932
The Moscow Metro is opened to public, 1935
The Soviet Union launches Sputnik 3, 1958
Mercury-Atlas 9 astronaut L. Gordon Cooper becomes the first American to spend more than a day in space, 1963
President Richard Nixon appoints Anna Mae Hays and Elizabeth P. Hoisington the first female United States Army Generals, 1970
Portrait of Doctor Gachet by Vincent van Gogh is sold for a record $82.5 million, the most expensive painting at the time, 1990
Edith Cresson becomes France's first female prime minister, 1991
California becomes the second U.S. state after Massachusetts in 2004 to legalize same-sex marriage, 2008
Jessica Watson, age 17, becomes the youngest person to sail, non-stop and unassisted around the world solo, 2010
U.S. scientists develop a device that can generate electricity from genetically-engineered viruses; these piezoelectric materials are a step toward the development of personal power generators, 2012


  1. Oh my goodness your brain has so so so much happening now too.
    ((we need to get you a BRAIN'cation and some...relaxing time))

  2. sure hope the insurance comes thru on the wall damage. the rest is all better news!

  3. Your plate runneth over. And over.

    I got stuck on the algebra. I have a Bachelor of Science in Business Management. Math, math and more math and then end that with statistics. What was I thinking. Reading about the Algebra brought me right back to all those math classes.

    I hope the insurance people get it together. Wow.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

  4. There's never a dull moment at your house. Glad to hear everyone is doing so well. Take care.

  5. Lots of goings-on there. Too bad about the house repair. Those unexpected costs can be quite the challenge. Bless you and doing the laundry--no fun doing one's own, can't be any doing someone else's.

  6. Congratulations to Little Girl on doing so well in her exams. I have missed seeing blogs for a while and didn't know about her contretemps with the house. I trust she was OK. When my car and I argued with the house, the house won. Car and I lost! Car was a write off and I gave up driving because my nerveless feet could no longer distinguish the pedals. There is a slight mark on one house brick!

  7. I meant to mention - "Relive Your Past By Listening to the First Music You Ever Bought No Matter What It Was No Excuses Day". The first record I bought was Petula Clarke's 'Alone (Why must I be alone)' (1955) and I played it for hours on our wind up record player. Nowadays I sing 'Alone, why can't I be alone...'

  8. Once #2 Son goes to culinary school, this undoubtedly means free treats for me. Yes??? Can I get the culinary hook up?