Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The Best Laid Plans

What is it they say about wanting to hear G-d laugh, that all you have to do is make plans?

Sometimes there's more truth in that than i care to know about.

Also, someday i'm going to figure out who in the world started the phrase "stay at home mom" and find a way to give him a huge wedgie.

Last week i ended up out and about so much that everything in the house is a little off, not getting done well, or just plain being neglected.

This week was going to be, Monday, everyone is home for the holiday (which they were), then Tuesday for errands, Wednesday for working around the house, Thursday for paid work, and Friday to catch up at home again and do volunteer work.

Sunday, the Jalopy started making a noise that told me my plans were going to go awry.  Indeed, by Tuesday, when Kevin and Lenny's shop reopened, it was certain that there was going to be a wrench in the works, both literally and figuratively.

Dropping Little Girl at school, i high tailed it to the shop and went in to find Lenny already at his station, with the coffee already brewing.  He asked what was up, and i told him it was the steering.  It was making that noise that says, "you are losing your power steering," every time i turned.  Kevin came in a minute later, and Lenny gave me a ride home.

Because Sweetie was already at work, that meant no vehicle available so no morning errands.  He did come home in time for me to run my afternoon errand, for which i am extremely grateful.  It was time to run Ladybug up to the shelter and get her a new microchip and let her meet a potential adopter who became an actual adopter.  Yes, Ladybug, the foster we weren't supposed to have, will be going to her new forever home this weekend.

Of course, #2 Son also asked that i run an errand Wednesday, once i have the Jalopy back, so all the Tuesday errands will be done on Wednesday, once the $1,042 in repairs to the steering are done.  Yes, the whole system, plus a realignment.

So no dedicated "at home" day this week, but it could always be worse.  Just please, don't tell me how, i have enough on my plate trying to catch up on the laundry with all the rain and the ironing with all the time i'm spending out of the house.

Today is:

Armed Forces Day -- Taiwan

Cromwell's Day -- The Cromwell Association holds a service at his statue on his death date

Day to Mourn All Manifestations of Sexism -- in honor of passage of the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women

Day of Universal Alarm -- Fairy Calendar (no one remembers what to be alarmed about, which is what is so alarming, at least to the Fairies)

Defeat of Jesse James Days -- Northfield, MN, US (a bank raid reenactment, plus parade, races, rodeo, and more; through Sunday)

Farmers and Threshermens Jubilee -- New Centerville, PA, US (steam engines, threshing the old fashioned ways, and fun; through Sunday)

Feast of San Marino and the Republic -- San Marino

Flag Day -- Australia

Macchina di Santa Rosa -- Viterbo, Italy (St. Rose, patron of the city, celebration begins this evening at 9pm sharp)

Merchant Navy Remembrance Day -- Canada

National Welsh Rarebit Day

National Wilderness Day -- US (commemorates passage of The Wilderness Act in 1964)

Peach Days Celebration -- Brigham City, UT, US (delicious peaches and family fun; through Saturday)

Skyscraper Day -- birth anniversary of Louis H. Sullivan in 1856, architect credited with some of the first skyscrapers

St. Gregory the Great's Day (Inventor of Gregorian Chant; Patron of choir boys, educators, masons, musicians, papacy, Popes, schoolchildren, singers, stone masons, stonecutters, students, teachers; England; Kercem, Malta; Legazpi, Philippines; Montone, Italy; San Gregorio nelle Alpi, Italy; West Indes; against gout and plague)

St. Marinus' Day (Patron and founder of San Marino; also Patron of bachelors, deacons, and falsely accused people)

Tokehega Day -- Tokalau (remembrance of the Treaty of Tokehega)

Birthdays Today:

Shaun White, 1986
Kiran Desai, 1971
Charlie Sheen, 1965
Valerie Perrine, 1943
Pauline Collins, 1940
Eileen Brennan, 1937
Alison Lurie, 1926
Anne Jackson, 1926
Mort Walker, 1923
Kitty Carlisle Hart, 1914
Alan Ladd, 1913
Edward Albert Filene, 1860
Louis Henry Sullivan, 1856
John Humphrey Noyes, 1811
Prudence Crandall, 1803
Anna, Duchess of Bedford, 1783 (in 1840, she began the tradition of afternoon tea)
Nicolo Amati, 1596

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Search for Tomorrow"(TV), 1951
"Poppy"(Musical), 1923
"Funf Orchestrerstucke/Five Pieces for Orchestra"(Schoenberg Op. 16), 1913
"What Every Woman Knows"(Play), 1908
The New York Sun(Newspaper, first of what was to become the Penny Press newspapers), 1833
"Uncle Sam"(Image first used), 1813

Today in History:

Sextus Pompeius, son of Pompey, is defeated in the Battle of Naulochus by Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa, admiral of Octavian, which ends the resistance to the Second Triumvirate, BC36
Saint Marinus founds San Marino, one of the smallest nations in the world and the world's oldest republic still in existence, 301
Consecration of Pope Gregory the Great, 590
King Richard I (the Lionheart) crowned, and 30 Jews are massacred as part of the celebration, 1189
Richard Cromwell becomes Lord Protector of England, 1658
The first large group of Swiss and German colonists reach the shores of North and South Carolina areas, 1709
The Flag of the United States is flown in battle for the first time, 1777
Signing of the Treaty of Paris, end of the US Revolutionary War, 1783
John Dalton, English scientist begins using symbols to represent different atomic elements, 1803
The first daily newspaper, a "penny paper", that actually succeeded, The Sun (New York), begins publication, as well as employing the first paper boys, 1833
Outbreak of the Greek revolution against the autocratic rule of King Otto, 1843
William, Prince of Albania, leaves the country after six months because of opposition to his rule, 1914
Sir Malcolm Campbell reaches a speed of 304.331 miles per hour on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, becoming the first person to drive an automobile over 300 mph, 1935
68th and final transport of Dutch Jews, including Anne Frank and her family/friends, leaves for Auschwitz, 1944
Wally Gator premiers, 1962
Dagen H in Sweden: traffic changes from driving on the left to driving on the right overnight, 1967
The Viking 2 spacecraft lands at Utopia Planitia on Mars, 1976
Russia and the People's Republic of China agree not to target each other with nuclear weapons, 1994
An 87-automobile pile-up happens on Highway 401 freeway just East of Windsor, Ontario, Canada after an unusually thick fog from Lake St. Clair, 1999
Iran's Parliament approves the first woman minister in 30 years, confirming the appointment of Marzieh Vahid Dastjerdi as Minister of Health, 2009
The mobile division of Nokia is purchased by Microsoft for $7.2billion, 2013


  1. Oh, that is such an awful feeling when the car suddenly makes it plain it's not planning to cooperate.... hope it's all back to normal soon.

  2. Like that old McDonald's commercial used to say... "you deserve a break today". Please go 'git you a relaxing break. I insist.

  3. I want to see that wedgie for the person that coined the phrase Stay at Home Mom. Yes I do.

    I can co remember these plans that went out the window because of this or that. Yes I do. It gets easier when the kids leave home though. Really it does.

    Yikes on the repair charges.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

  4. When your life is full all it takes is a little hiccup and everything backs up and piles up. Just don't try to catch up!


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