Thursday, September 11, 2014

Midnight Madness

"Mom, guess what happened to me last night!" Little Girl said as she got in the van when i picked her up from school

There's no way i could guess, i said.

"Well, has this ever happened to you?  I woke up at 12:15 this morning, and when I looked at my phone I thought it said 6:15, and I thought 'Oh, no! I'm late!' so I jumped out of bed and I was stuffing things in my backpack and as I pulled my school shirt on I looked at the phone again and saw that it said 12:15.  So I thought, 'Oh, good!  I get to sleep more!' and I went back to bed.  Has that ever happened to you?"

Well, i've gotten up an hour or so before i needed to because i misread the clock, but not 6 hours early!

"Yeah, that was weird!  I'm so glad I got to go back to sleep.  I'd only been asleep a couple of hours, and I couldn't figure out why I was so tired when I was trying to put everything in my backpack!"

Also, once i forgot the time difference while i was on a trip and your dad was having me call to wake him up for work, and i woke him an hour early.

"Was he angry?"

No, he just called me back to find out why i called so early, and i reset my phone alarm so i'd call him at the right time at home, not the right time where we were.  He just stayed up and went somewhere to buy breakfast on the way to work.

"Well, I hope that doesn't ever happen again.  I'm not even sure why I woke up, I wasn't dreaming or anything, I don't remember anything but waking up, seeing my phone and thinking it said 6:15, and freaking out."

There's nothing like finding out you misread the clock, is there?

"No, there isn't," she said, as we walked into the house.  Then, opening the fridge, "What's with all the boiled eggs?"

Let's devil them! i said mischievously.

And we did.

Today is:

Anvil Mountain 59 Minute 37 Second Challenge -- Nome, AK, US (starting gun sounds at 7 pm, and the course begins at the base of Anvil Mountain, goes uphill then back down via a gravel road, with the challenge being to do it in less than the time allotted)

Day of Remembrance/Patriot Day -- US (all flags at half staff)

Discontinued Thoughts Exhibition -- Fairy Calendar

Eleven Days of Global Unity -- Day 1, Unity (sponsored by We, the World)

Emergency Number Day/National 911 Emergency Day -- US

Feast of San Gennaro -- New York, NY, US (an 11 day street fair centered around Little Italy and its Patron Saint, Gennaro, whose feast day is the 19th; includes a Mass and parading of the Saint's statue on the final Saturday of the celebrations)

Fiesta Nacional de Cataluna -- Catalonia, Spain (National Day of Catalonia)

Heritage Open Days -- UK  (What's on your doorstep?  Go find out, explore for free places that often charge admission or are not usually open to the public, castles to cottages to battlefields, all over the country; through the 14th)

Jeune Genevois -- Geneva, Switzerland (Geneva festival)

Jinnah Day -- Pakistan (Founder's Day)

Libraries Remember Day -- encouraging libraries, which preserve knowledge and heritage, promote tolerance, and represent all that is the antithesis to terrorism, to remain open the entire 24 hours of this day as symbol of freedom, tolerance, and hope

Make Your Bed Day -- make your mom happy!

National Day of Service and Remembrance/Patriot Day -- US (information here)

National Day of the Working Parent -- US (can't find a sponsor, but it's listed on several sites as the 2nd Thursday of September)

National Hot Cross Buns Day

Nayrouz -- Coptic Orthodox Church (Coptic new year and day of confessors) related observances
     Enkutatash -- Ethiopia
     Keddus Johannes -- Eritrea (a/k/a Geez New Year)

Newport International Boat Show -- Newport, RI, US (through Sunday)

No News is Good News Day

Pohnpei Liberation Day -- Micronesia

Queen Paola's Birthday -- Belgium (an official flag day)

Sacrifice to Zeus Epoptes -- Ancient Greek Calendar (date approximate)

St. Sperandea's`Day (Patron of Cingoli, Italy)

St. Vincent of Leon' Day (Patron of Cercemaggiore, Italy)

Teacher's Day -- Argentina

Anniversaries Today:

Diocletian New Year
Remembrance of 9/11/2001

Birthdays Today:

Harry Connick, Jr. 1967
Moby, 1965
Virginia Madsen, 1963
Kristy McNichol, 1962
Amy Madigan, 1951
Donna Lopiano, 1946
Lola Falana, 1943
Tom Dreesen, 1942
Brian DePalma, 1940
Paul "Bear" Bryant, 1913
D.H. Lawrence, 1885
O. Henry, 1862

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Little House on the Prairie"(TV), 1974
"The Rookies"(TV), 1972
"The Carol Burnett Show"(TV), 1967
"The Queen's Messenger"(TV, first drama ever broadcast), 1928
Jenny Lind, the "Swedish Nightingale"(first US performance), 1850

Today in History:

Battle of Teutoburg Forest ends, 9
Michimalonko leads indigenous warriors to attack and destroy Santiago, Chile, 1541
Alexander Hamilton is appointed first US Secretary of the Treasury, 1789
The Hope Diamond is stolen along with other French crown jewels when six men break into the house used to store them, 1792
Stephen Foster's well-known song, Oh! Susanna, is first performed at a saloon in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1847
Jenny Lind, the "Swedish Nightingale", gives her first US concert, 1850
The Olympia Columbian becomes the first newspaper published north of the Columbia River, 1852
The postal mail chute is patented by James Cutler, 1883
Mahatma Gandhi coins the term "Satyagraha" to characterize the Non-Violence movement in South Africa, 1906
The Quebec Bridge's central span collapses, killing 11, 1916
Hurricane Carla strikes the Texas coast as a Category 4 hurricane, the second strongest storm ever to hit the state, 1961
U.S. President Jimmy Carter, President Anwar Sadat of Egypt, and Prime Minister Menachem Begin of Israel meet at Camp David and agree on the Camp David Accords, 1978
Hungary announces that East German refugees there are free to leave for West Germany, 1989
Hurricane Iniki, one of the most damaging hurricanes in United States history, devastates Hawaii, especially the islands of Kauai and Oahu, 1992
September 11 terrorist attacks on the US, 2001
The State of Israel claims completion for its unilateral disengagement from the Gaza Strip, 2005
Russia tests the largest conventional weapon ever, the Father of all bombs, 2007
The U.S. Consulate in Benghazi is attacked by terrorists, 2012


  1. i hate that sense of panic when you think you've overslept. glad she could get back to sleep. :)

  2. Okay, I was going along just fine and then you mentioned deviled eggs and now I'm hungry for deviled eggs. Bwahahahahahahaha. I've done the reading the clock wrong many times. Sometimes I was already late and didn't think I was to what your daughter did.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

  3. You were on a trip yet you were required to call Hubby and wake him for work? And I thought I was spoiled.

  4. Deviled eggs.. yum!

    Good thing kids tend to fall back to sleep easily enough.

  5. I once remember falling into bed so so so tired.... and then suddenly waking up what felt like mere minutes later. except -- it was morning! like 10 hours later. I was so tired I had basically not moved at all the entire night. and the worst part was how TIRED I felt. imagine.

  6. oh boy- have never done that- BUT I will be right over for deviled eggs...hope I'm not too late!


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