Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Happy Random Tuesday!

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Random Tuesday is brought to us by the wonderful Stacy at Stacy Uncorked, and Happy Tuesday by Sandee of Comedy Plus.

How’s this for random, i walked in to Dr. D’s house yesterday and she said, “Help me get online and find the form to fill out saying I had an affair with Trump and I want my $3M to stay quiet!”  We both laughed, of course.  Then i helped her set up her new phone.

Trust me when i say she can do most of this stuff herself, she just likes having company and help.

Bigger Girl is leaving for Amsterdam this Friday.  It started as a simple visit to a friend who invited her and is paying her way over, then her head professor at the lab heard about it.

He has colleagues in Amsterdam, and he needed to get over there but cannot because his wife is near delivering the baby and they are packing to move.  So Bigger Girl is now also going to schmooze and give and get info everyone needs and just reassure the people over there that the projects are going well (which they are).  The trip has been extended at the boss’s expense, too.  She gets 3 weeks instead of 10 days.

The other day she asked me, “Do you know what I am looking forward to most in Amsterdam?  The Museum of Bioluminescence!”

Yep, that’s sure what i think of when i think of Amsterdam.  When she asked what souvenir she could bring me, i told her to get me something small from that museum’s gift shop.  Whatever she brings will be unique, anyway.

Almost two weeks ago, i wrenched my back and Sweetie twisted his knee, and boy have we been a pair!  Everything has gotten done that needed doing, albeit some of it rather slowly.

After all, cleaning has to be done and the bosses are saying:

Um, yeah, i sure am.  Just don't expect miracles.

Little Girl is back from over a week of duty as a medic, and she showed me this:

An "official" whining report form!

It seems someone in the Army has a great sense of humor. 


Today is:

Amelia Earhart Day

Children's Day -- Vanuatu

Cousins Day -- because cousins are wonderful people to have around! sponsored by Claudia Evart of New York City, who must have had great cousins

Festival of St. Eloi -- French Basque

Jakaba Diena -- Ancient Latvian Calendar (beginning of St. James' [Jacob] Festival, whose day is tomorrow; the beginning of hay harvest)

Jilwalla Jinks' Jamboree -- Fairy Calendar

National Drive Through Day -- but only if you won't pass out from the heat when you roll down the window! on the founding date of Jack-in-the-Box, the first drive through burger chain

National Tequila Day -- celebrate North America's first native-born distilled spirit

Pioneer Day -- Mormon Christian

Pop a Wheelie Day -- before, not after, the tequila, please; a hospital visit is no fun

Public Opinion Day -- the first public opinion poll was published this date in 1824!

Simon Bolivar Day -- Ecuador; Venezuela

Sts. Boris and Gleb's Day (Patrons of princes; Moscow, Russia)

St. Christina the Astonishing's Day (Patron of all with mental handicaps, disorders, or illnesses, and mental health care workers, psychiatrists and therapists; against insanity and mental disorders)

St. Christina of Bolsena's Day (Patron of archers, mariners, millers)

Tell an Old Joke Day

Tenjin Matsuri -- Tenmangu Jinja, Osaka, Japan (one of Japan's 3 major festivals, through tomorrow)

Anniversary Today:

Richard Moll marries Susan Brown, 1993

Birthdays Today

Bindi Irwin, 1998
Dhani Lennevald, 1984
Anna Paquin, 1982
Summer Glau, 1981
Rose Byrne, 1979
Eric Szmanda, 1975
Jennifer Lopez, 1969
Kristin Chenoweth, 1968
Kadeem Hardison, 1965
Barry Bonds, 1964
Julie A. Krone, 1963
Lynda Carter, 1951
Michael Richards, 1949
Peter Serkin, 1947
Robert Hays, 1947
Chris Sarandon, 1942
Ruth Buzzi, 1936
Pat Oliphant, 1935
Billy Taylor, 1921
Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, 1900
Chief Dan George, 1899
Amelia Earhart, 1897
Oswald Chambers, 1874
Alexandre Dumas, pere, 1802
Simon Bolivar, 1783
John Newton, 1725 (wrote Amazing Grace)

Debuting/Premiering Today:

The Fellowship of the Ring(Publication date), 1954

Today in History

Death in Kyoto, Japan, of Kamo no Chomei (b. 1155), Japanese author, poet (waka) and essayist, critic of Japanese vernacular poetry and major figure of Japanese poetics, 1216
Citizens of Leeuwarden, Netherlands strike against a ban on foreign beer, 1487
Jacques Cartier plants a cross on the Gaspé Peninsula and takes possession of the territory in the name of Francis I of France, 1534
Mary, Queen of Scots, is forced to abdicate and replaced by her 1-year-old son James VI, 1567
Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac founds the trading post at Fort Pontchartrain, which later becomes the city of Detroit, Michigan, 1701
A Spanish treasure fleet of 10 ships under Admiral Ubilla leaves Havana, Cuba for Spain; on the 31st, all ships will be lost and come to be known as the !715 Treasure Fleet, 1715
Slavery is abolished in Chile, 1823
The first opinion poll was carried out in Delaware, USA, 1824
Benjamin Bonneville leads the first wagon train across the Rocky Mountains by using Wyoming's South Pass, 1832
After 17 months of travel, Brigham Young leads 148 Mormon pioneers into Salt Lake Valley, resulting in the establishment of Salt Lake City, 1847
The first tramway opened in England, 1861
Tennessee becomes the first U.S. State to be readmitted to the Union following the American Civil War, 1866
Captain Matthew Webb, who was the first person to swim the English Channel, drowned while trying to swim the rapids above Niagara Falls, 1883
O. Henry is released from prison in Austin, Texas after serving three years for embezzlement from a bank, 1901
Hiram Bingham III re-discovers Machu Picchu, "the Lost City of the Incas", 1911
The passenger ship S.S. Eastland capsizes while tied to a dock in the Chicago River. A total of 844 passengers and crew are killed in the largest loss of life disaster from a single shipwreck on the Great Lakes, 1915
The first insulin treatment is carried out, on a six-year-old girl, at St Guy's Hospital, London, 1925
The Kellogg-Briand Pact, renouncing war as an instrument of foreign policy, goes into effect, 1929*
The dust bowl heat wave reaches its peak, sending temperatures to 109°F (44°C) in Chicago and 104°F (40°C) in Milwaukee, 1935
During an official state visit to Canada, French President Charles de Gaulle declares to a crowd of over 100,000 in Montreal: Vive le Québec libre! ("Long live free Quebec!"), 1967
The Quietly Confident Quartet of Australia wins the Men's 4 x 100 metre medley relay at the Moscow Olympics, the only time the United States has not won the event at Olympic level, 1980
Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, the last Tsar of Bulgaria when he was a child, is sworn in as Prime Minister of Bulgaria, becoming the first monarch in history to regain political power through democratic election to a different office, 2001
Over half of the country of Peru enters a state of emergency as a result of unusually cold weather, 2011
The scientific theory of supersymmetry is challenged after experiments with the Large Hadron Collider yield an incredibly rare particle decay event, 2013

*Nice try, fellas.


  1. I hope you and Sweetie are both firmly on the mend.
    Lucky Bigger Girl. My partner went to Amsterdam and loved it.

  2. A blessed trip for Bigger Girl! I hope you and Sweetie are recovering well.

  3. What a bonus about Amsterdam! Her boss must think so highly of her. I am very sympathetic about the back and knee. I've had a bad ankle for 6 weeks, and it's just getting better when something has happened to make my knee agony. I have responsibilities to others too and really anxious about being able to manage them in this state but I guess we just have to keep going! I hope you're better soon.

  4. re: Captain Webb: It's gotta suck, to die in a way that has you thinking, "They were right - this IS a stupid idea."

    Now, where do I sign up to become known as "Jz the Astonishing"? (#newlifegoal)

  5. I want a 10 day vacation turned into a 3 week vacation at the boss's expense! But then again I also want a friend to pay for me to travel to Amsterdam. I guess only a select few of us who have good connections can have everything. Hope she has the time of her life! It's awesome that her boss trusts her know to help contribute to the travel expenses and to pass on information to his colleague. I know it will be a great experience for her to speak to his colleague.

    It's hard to read the paper you posted from "Littler girl". I tried blowing it up and it just wouldn't. :(

    Sorry you and hubby aren't feeling your best. Hopefully you both get better quickly. I know it can be stressful and hard continuing to work when you don't feel great. Thankfully it sounds like you work for some understanding people. Even if they do want you to keep coming in despite not feeling your best.

    1. It's awesome that her boss trusts her enough*

      Sorry for the typo!

  6. Your Dr. D. is funny. Are you charged with tariffs yet? LOL Bigger Girl is so lucky. Can I go with her? Sorry about you and your sweetie about your physical ailments. I know, my lower back is very painful but I have to put up with the pain.
    Get well Mimi. See ya.

    Cruisin Paul

  7. Heeling thoughts that you don'tt get skeletal. hehe

  8. Mimi,

    Your aches and pains make me think of poor DH. We (mostly him) spent all of Sunday wrestling with the kitchen faucet trying to get that sucker free due to rusted plumbing. It took him a solid 4 hours of banging with a chisel and hammer and prying to get the scoundrel out. The whole project from start to finish ate up more than 14-hours. He was purrty sore by the time he went to bed very late Sunday night, too. At least the job is done at last! Oh, the Hurt Feelings Report is a gas! Is this for real or just a joke? I wouldn't be a bit surprised to learn that it's real. It sounds like something the left would dream up. I say get over the hurt feelings and move on. That's what I was always told growing up and it worked purrty well, too. ;)

  9. I can relate to your aches and pains. Hubby and I are going through a bit of issues too. He's been having nosebleeds and has been referred to an ear, nose and throat doctor. Last Thursday I had an abscess in the back of my mouth and had it drained and was put on medication. I can't eat solid food and until today swallowing was most difficult. It still is but I'm finally having a cup of coffee this morning. Slowly but I'm having coffee. Prayers for the two of you.

    I'm so happy that bigger girl has an extended stay. Wonderful.

    I love that whiner's report. I'm guessing not much whining going on where she's working, but if you took that into some schools it could be filled out rather quickly.

    Have a fabulous and Happy Tuesday, my friend. ♥

  10. Fun post and lol photo and caption w/skeleton!

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  11. That is great how it worked out for your daughter going to Amsterdam. I hope you and the hubby feel better soon.

  12. Amsterdam? How exciting! And love the whining report! Hope your back is better soon.

  13. Welcome in Europe bigger girl

  14. I've got some great cousins, so I think I'll celebrate them today. Have a blessed week.


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