Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Tuesday Coffee Chat: Updates

Rory Bore at Ink Interrupted hosts the Tuesday Coffee Chat, and this week her topic is,  You can take these November chats to update about your personal task for the month, or;   share a Currently post:  what you're reading, listening, watching, eating, wearing, etc. 

An update on my task:  Yes, i am doing my language lesson every day.  Am i getting better at it?  That's a great question.  Eventually i will need to start trying talking to people or listening to radio or something, see how much i am actually picking up.  At least i am studying.

Currently, i am also on track to have all of my Christmas cards addressed in plenty of time.  My Hanukkah cards are also ready, and a Thanksgiving card for a special friend who moved away this year.

Sweetie took Humphrey the Honda to Kevin and Lenny yesterday to have him checked out for road-worthiness.  The only problem was a weak battery, so Humphrey now sports a brand new one.  Knowing we've done what we could to keep trouble at bay eases my mind.

Mom, mom!  We found some wrapping paper!  Can we wrap something?

Today is when i talk to the shelter about getting the kittens up there tomorrow.  As much as i know the kids can handle it, i would prefer not to have foster cats in the house when i'm not here.  After all, i'm the one who signs the paperwork so i am responsible for them.  Having them already up for adoption when we leave tomorrow will be a load off my mind.

It's the home stretch, getting the last work done this week before travel, and it's a bruiser.  Wish me luck.

Today is:

American Enterprise Day -- US (a project of Future Business Leaders of America, Phi Beta Lambda Chapter)

America Recycles Day -- US 

Changeling Restitution Day -- Fairy Calendar (Goblins)

Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day -- this reminder comes from the folks at CooksInfo.com, where they think you need to get rid of USO's (unidentified shrivelled objects)  

Day of the German-speaking Community of Belgium -- German-speaking Community of Belgium

Don't Try To Do Everything At Once Day -- internet generated, and a blow to us multitaskers

Ennead Feast in the House of Ra, Horus, and Osiris -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

George Spelvin Day/More Than One Role Day -- date of first use, in 1886, of this name for an actor playing two roles in one play; George and Georgette Spelvin have since acted in over 10,000 roles on Broadway

I Love to Write Day -- encouraging everyone to write something, begun by John Riddle; this is the perfect time for it, really, in the middle of NaNoWriMo

King's Feast / Dynasty Day -- Belgium

National Bundt Pan Day -- yes, really, celebrating the pan itself

National Entrepreneurs Day -- US (by Congressional designation)

National Peace Day -- Cote d'Ivoire

National Philanthropy Day® -- Association of Fundraising Professionals 

National Raisin Bran Cereal Day

National Spicy Hermit Christmas Cookie Day

Nativity Fast begins a/k/a Winter Lent (through Dec 24) -- Orthodox Christian

Pack Your Mom's Lunch Day -- in honor of all the times she packed yours; combine it with I Love to Write Day and include a note telling her how special she is

Republic Day -- Turkish Republic of North Cyprus

Republic Proclamation Day -- Brazil

Rock Your Mocs Day -- Indigenous Americans (begun by Jessica Jaylyn Atsye, a Laguna Pueblo, to encourage all Native Americans to wear the one item they all have in common, hand-made moccasins, with pride) 

Safety Razor Day -- King Gillette was granted the patent for his style of safety razor on this day in 1904, changing how men shaved each day

School Pride Day -- US (always on the Tuesday of American Education Week)

Shichi-Go-San (Shrine Visiting Day)/Seven-Five-Three Festival -- Japan (picturesque festival in which 3-year-old children of either sex, five-year-old boys, and seven-year-old girls go to shrines dressed in their best; guardian spirits are thanked for the health of the children and prayers said for their future to be equally bright)

Sing in Your Car Day -- they need a day for this?

St. Albertus Magnus' Day (Patron of medical technicians, natural sciences, philosophers, schoolchildren, scientists, students, theology students; Cincinnati, Ohio)

St. Leopold's Day (King Leopold III, Patron of dying children, large families, step-parents; Austria)
     Leopoldstag/Goose Day -- Austria (the start of the heurigen, the new wine season)

Anniversary Today:

William Shatner marries Nerine Kidd, 1997

Birthdays Today:

Jonny Lee Miller,1972
Kevin Eubanks, 1957
Beverly D'Angelo, 1954
Daniel Barenboim, 1942
Sam Waterston, 1940
Yaphet Kotto, 1937
Joanna BArnes, 1934
Petula Clark, 1932
Ed Asner, 1929
Bill "C.W. McCall" Fries, 1928
Joseph Wapner, 1919
Erwin Rommel, 1891
Georgia O'Keeffe, 1887
Forrest Clare "Fogg" Allen, 1885
F. William Herschel, 1738
William Pitt the Elder, 1708

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"A Few Good Men"(Play), 1989
Love Me Tender(Film), 1956
"Li'l Abner"(Musical), 1956
"The Planets"(Holst Op. 32), 1920
"Masse Mensch/Mass Man"(Toller play), 1920

Today in History:

Christopher Columbus notes the first recorded reference to tobacco, 1492
The NY General Assembly permits Jews to omit the phrase "Upon the faith of a Christian" from adjuration oaths, 1727
Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon begin surveying the Mason-Dixon Line between Pennsylvania and Maryland, 1763
The Articles of Confederation are adopted by the Continental Congress, 1777
Georgetown University, the first Catholic college in the US, opens, 1791
Zebulon Pike gets his first sight of Pike's Peak, Colorado, 1806
Isaac Pitman introduces his steno/shorthand system of writing, 1832
Union Major General Sherman burns Atlanta, Georgia, 1864
King C. Gillette patents the Gillette razor blade, 1904
The first telecast of an unscheduled event, a fire, takes place on W2XBT, in NY, 1938
In Columbus, Ohio, Dave Thomas opens the first Wendy's restaurant, 1969
Intel releases world's first commercial single-chip microprocessor, 1971
René Lévesque and the Parti Québécois take power to become the first Quebec government of the 20th century clearly in favour of independence, 1976
The Anglo-Irish Agreement is signed at Hillsborough Castle by British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Irish Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald, 1985
An independent State of Palestine is proclaimed by the Palestinian National Council, 1988
The first Fairtrade label, Max Havelaar, is launched in the Netherlands, 1988
Cyclone Sidr hit Bangladesh, killing an estimated 5000 people and destroyed the world's largest mangrove forest, Sundarbans, 2007
Sony launches the Playstation 4, selling a million units the first day, 2013


  1. Wishing you much luck. It will fall into place.

  2. you're always busy, but i know you're trying to cram in extra today. good luck! (and good luck to those tiny kitties!)

  3. After decorating for Christmas ( still not finished ) I'm beginning my Christmas cards. I'm not doing as many as last year. Just special people.
    Enjoy your day my friend. See ya.

    Cruisin Paul

  4. Such a busy week and still fitting in the extras! I am excited for your coming weekend. I get to see my son this weekend too!!

  5. Keep upn that language thing. Reminds me I think i should get a new battery for the winter.

    Cute kittys

  6. I thought about you yesterday know you are in high speed to get everything done before your exciting trip. I know you'll get it done and you'll have a blessed time watching your daughter graduate. Exciting.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

  7. I have a couple of comments that totally unrelated, but here goes...
    #1 What language are learning and #2, totally off topic, II noticed that
    today was the wedding day of Wm. Shatner & Noreen, i.e, the woman he was considered a prime suspect in her death. Wow. This was a heck of a post.

  8. Good for you doing your lessons! You should watch Dora - that's how I learned Spanish LOL
    Or some of those Spanish soap operas!! haha I hear they are quite dramatic and intense.
    I'd love to take one of those little snowballs.

  9. So pleased you are enjoying your langauge lessons. Keep up the good work.


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