Saturday, April 11, 2015

A to Z: J is for Johnny-on-the-spot.

Johnny-on-the-spot is what i have had to be, where The Big Boss and Ms. P were concerned.  And i want to add, jumpin' Jehoshaphat and Jimminy Crickets!

Last week, i was told to expect to be available for this past Thursday through the coming Monday, as The Big Boss and Ms. P would be out of town, and the four children might or might not need a nanny/housekeeper/bronc buster.

First it was yes, i would have them part time, and the rest of the time the ex would.

Then this past Wednesday night, i was again told no.  The ex definitely wanted them for the whole weekend.

Then the ex's best childhood friend in Texas was rushed to the hospital, and was begging the ex to come see him, they honestly didn't know if the friend would survive.

By Thursday morning, when i got over there to at least do laundry and clean the house, i was told yes, i needed to stay.

Eldest Boy was going to go with his father, the ex.  He was out of school this week anyway.

At that time, Only Daughter was home.

Middle Boy and Youngest Boy had their spring break last week, so i picked them up from school Thursday, ran us all past my house to grab my clothes and toothbrush, and brought them home.

And now i can add jill-of-all-trades to my titles.  Middle Boy's mini go cart was out of commission.  The chain had come off, just like the chains used to come off of my bicycles.  Was he surprised when i was able to unscrew the cover, coax the chain back on, and get him up and going again!

Yesterday was some tricky doing, and i had to miss Friday morning Bible study to get the boys to school.  During the day, Only Daughter had an appointment, and then she was invited to spend the rest of the weekend with a friend, so i took her there.

Then, on the way to get the boys from school, i got the call that the ex wanted them that night!  Could he bring them back to me on Sunday?  Sure, we might as well change it up again.

They came with me and my Little Girl to the cat shelter, and were picked up from there, because the original plan was to have them at the shelter, then come with us to rEcess.

Instead, Little Girl and i got to go to rEcess without the extra drama of extra kids.  It worked out very well, and i will be home today, back at Ms. P's house tomorrow.

rEcess was the usual, controlled chaos with love and fun on the side.  Gracie was a blur, she didn't stop moving the whole evening.

Barely controlled chaos, just like we all like it!

Gracie was an actual blur!

Today is

Baby Massage Day

Barbershop Quartet Day -- founding day of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America

Bodega Bay Fisherman's Festival -- Bodega Bay, CA, US (fun, fish, wine tastings, and more; through tomorrow)

Buchenwald Liberation Day -- at 3:15pm local time, by the Third Army

Cimarron Territory Celebration and World Cow Chip–throwing® Championship Contest -- Beaver, OK, US ("a highly specialized organic sporting event", as well as poker fun, food, crafts, and a parade; through next Saturday)

Crabbie's Grand National -- Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool, England (the world's greatest steeplechase, according to many, dating back to 1839)

Eight Track Tape Day -- do you remember those; someone who fondly does has a day to honor them

Festival of Unmediated Play -- just go out there and have fun, like kids do

International "Louie Louie" Day -- a song that caused such a stir it deserves a day; on the birth anniversary of its composer, Richard Berry

International Tabletop Day -- encouraging people to play games on a table, not online, face to face 

John Wilkes Boothe Escape Route Tours -- Surrat House Museum, Clinton, MD, US (for Civil War history buffs, a 12 hour bus tour over the route used by Lincoln's assassin; every Saturday through May 2)

Juan Santamaria Day -- Costa Rica (commemoration of the hero of the Battle of Rivas)

"Just Pray No" Worldwide Weekend of Prayer and Fasting -- people around the world pray for healing for those who are addicted to drugs, through tomorrow 

La Frontera Tucson International Mariachi Conference -- Tuscon, AZ, US (festival showcasing the best of balle folklorico and mariachi; through Saturday)

Laotian New Year's Eve -- Laos (celebrations last through the 15th and sometimes beyond; at the start of the monsoon season)

Liberation Day -- Uganda (fall of Idi Amin)

M&M Crisis in Space Day -- on this day in 1996, American astronaut Shannon Lucid reported from Space Station Mir that she was out of M&Ms; it was the only thing she regularly requested for resupply in her 188 days there!

National Cheese Fondue Day

National Pet Day / Pet Day USA -- US (it's about the love, so adopt, don't shop!)

Pesach/Passover -- Judaism (ends at sundown tonight)

Slow Art Day -- a global all-volunteer event with the simple mission of helping more people discover for themselves the joy of looking at and loving art 

St. Antipas' Day (spiritual student of St. John, mentioned in the Book of the Revelation of St. John)

St. Stanislaus' Day (Patron of soldiers in battle; Cracow, Poland; Plock, Poland; Poland, where he is celebrated on May 8)

World Parkinson's Disease Day

Yasurai Matsuri -- Imamiya Jinja, Kyoto, Japan (festival to prevent ill health)

Anniversary Today:

Spelman College is founded, 1881

Birthdays Today:

Joss Stone, 1987
Tricia Helfer, 1974
Vincent Gallo, 1961
Bill Irwin, 1950
Ellen Goodman, 1948
Meshach Taylor, 1947
Peter Riegert, 1947
Louise Lasser, 1939
Richard Berry, 1935
Tony Brown, 1933
Joel Grey, 1932
Ethel Kennedy, 1928
Oleg Cassini, 1913
Jane Matilda Bolin, 1908
Dalia "Dale" Messick, 1906
Percy Julian, 1899
Lizzie “Lillie” Bliss, 1864
Charles Evans Hughes, 1862

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"On Your Toes"(Musical), 1936
"Matthäus-Passion/St. Matthew's Passion"(Bach BWV 244), 1727

Today in History:

William III and Mary II are crowned as joint sovereigns of Britain, 1689
The last execution for witchcraft in Germany takes place, 1775
President Abraham Lincoln makes his last public speech, urging a spirit of concilliation during reconstruction, 1865
The Shogunate is abolished in Japan, 1868
The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks is organized, 1876
Ellis Island is designated as an immigration station, 1890
Spain cedes Puerto Rico to the United States in the treaty ending the Spanish American War, 1899
The US Navy aquires its first submarine, designed by John P. Holland, 1900
Albert Einstein announces his Special Theory of Relativity, 1905
The International Labour Organization is founded, 1919
The Stone of Scone, the stone upon which Scottish monarchs were traditionally crowned, is found in Arbroath Abbey where Scottish nationalist students had taken it from Westminster Abbey, 1951
Britain agrees to Singaporean self-rule, 1957
Apollo 13 is launched, 1970
The Apple I is created, 1976
Ugandan dictator Idi Amin is deposed, 1979
The London Agreement is secretly signed between Israeli Foreign Affairs Minister Shimon Peres and King Hussein of Jordan, 1987
Australia beats American Samoa in a 31-0 win, the biggest ever in an international match of football, 2001
The French ban of Islamic women's face coverings goes into effect, 2011


  1. You are a blur too, mimi! What an crazy couple of days.

    Even though she is a blur, I can see how Gracie is growing :)

    Thanks for the rEcess pic.

  2. You must be great at Yoga, because you are the most flexible person I know.

  3. You sure are flexible. Yes you are. I like that about you, you just roll with the punches.

    I love Gracie too.

    Have a fabulous weekend. :)

  4. I'm impressed that you fixed the go kart. Nice. And it's cute how Gracie is a blur. My son was like that when he was little, too. Zoom zoom. Now he's doing farm work in Australia, so I guess he just kept going.

  5. I agree flexibility must be your middle name LOL ...

    Have a tanfastic day :-)

  6. Many lives would be made so much more difficult without you.

  7. I sure hope those people appreciate you and your ability to go with the flow. Do they know you are a treasure?