What a morning! Today is the 6 month check up for all three of my pets. That may not sound like a big deal, but since we live about 45 minutes from town I try to schedule all three at the same time. I have one cat that is terrified completely and turns into a terror the moment I leave her at the vets, another cat that is scared, but just hunkers down to try to make herself as small as possible, and of course Tibbi, who is thrilled whenever we go for a ride, even if that means she gets poked, prodded and goes through undignified procedures. I’m not sure how it is that pets know when they are going to the vet, but even without getting out the carriers and leashes, they just KNOW and hide right when it’s time to start loading up the car. With Itty Bitty I took precautions this morning, to keep her from slashing the vet tech again, and put acrylic nail covers on her front claws. That COULD have been what tipped her off because she started slinking around right after I let her go. Maybe cats talk because Pepsi went AWOL around that same time. By the time I tricked Itty into coming to me so I could stuff her into her carrier, dragged Pepsi out of her hiding spot to put her harness and leash on her (I only have one carrier), and got them stowed in the car, lifted my nearly 100 lb dog into the back (she has arthritis and cannot jump up any more), and loaded up the computer, my purse, bottles of water, etc. I was ready for a nap! Out we went, with the sky getting darker and gloomier the closer we got to the vet’s office. Sure enough, as we approached our exit the clouds opened up and let loose a rain that was surely ark building intensity! Tibbi and I both looked drowned by the time we got from the car to the building – which was about 12 feet! Everyone got weighed and checked in, and now, here I sit at Panera – I figured I deserved a latte and a bagel for the morning’s activities! I just wish I could have gotten a picture of all three of them together in the car, but it wasn’t happening. Pepsi immediately hid under a seat, Itty was glaring at me out her carrier window and Tibbi was just happy to be on a ride and not left at home. Time to relax, finish up with the celebrations and enjoy my Pumpkin Spice Latte!
Caps Lock Day – I am sure that all of us have received emails, or seen posts on social networking sites, that are all in caps. And I’m sure that some of us are pretty aggravated by it because we have come to equate all caps as the written version of yelling. Right? I know that when I accidently hit the Cap Lock on the keyboard and have to go back to change it, it annoys me – after all, I wouldn’t want anyone to think I was yelling! Antoinette LaFarge – a professor at the University of California-Irvine, says about writing in all caps: it makes your writing less effective, it’s interpreted as shouting, and more than a couple words in caps loses the reader’s attention. Keep in mind though that not everyone is proficient on the keyboard and for some reason they are unable to quickly and effectively utilize the shift key (I don’t personally get why that would be difficult, but apparently it’s true!), so don’t be too hard on someone if they use all caps. If you happen to know they aren’t yelling and that’s just the way they communicate, then you can cut them a little slack. I did read that recently there has been a movement to remove the cap lock key from the keyboard, which would allow for only individual caps where necessary. Personally I think that’s a terrible idea! When I’m making spreadsheets I use all caps for the categories and having to individually shift each letter would make me more upset than thinking someone was yelling at me in caps! Leave well enough alone folks, and grow a skin. Seriously, why do you care is someone is yelling at you in caps? It doesn’t hurt and it’s really a petty thing to get upset about when it comes right down to it.
International Stuttering Awareness Day – Since 1998, this day has been celebrated for people who stutter, as well as for the organizations that offer them support. They are encouraged to get together and bring the problem of stuttering out into the public eye. People who stutter suffer embarrassment and stress when speaking in front of others. Bringing this out into the open and educating people about it could ease the stress and bullying that result and make it better for people who stutter. Did you know that many sports stars and celebrities are stutterers? Here are just a few: * James Earl Jones * Nicole Kidman * Shaquille O’Neal * Tiger Woods Bottom line – be kind to everyone and do not tease anyone for something that may be different from you. It’s not nice for one thing, and you wouldn’t want others to tease you for something you couldn’t help. And again, it’s petty and makes the person doing the teasing look like a complete jerk . . . of course if they are teasing someone for something like stuttering, they probably ARE a jerk and have been for a very long time.
Smart is Cool Day – Today would be a good day to show off your IQ test results! After all, being Smart is Cool! I couldn’t find who actually started this celebration, but it’s a good one for encouraging kids to stay in school. If there’s ever a time to show off your IQ test results, Smart is Cool Day is probably it. Though it’s not clear where the tradition started, the egg headed individual’s idea was absolutely brilliant. For some reason, smart kids – or smart people in general – get treated badly and called nerds or geeks. I’m sure we all saw the Revenge of the Nerds movies, and we laughed, but the sad reality is that, though those characters were a gross exaggeration, it is true many times the popular kids treat the smart kids very badly – and there really isn’t any reason for it. It’s the smart kids that go on to do amazing things with their lives, while the ones who were really popular just relive those memories for their whole lives, as if their glory days in school were the only good things they ever had going for them. A great way to celebrate today would be to download the Mensa app and enroll to be a Mensa member. Or better yet, just know that smart is cool and enjoy your special day being the smart person you are.
Food Celebration of the Day –
National Nut Day – Fun facts: Pistachios are one of the biggest nut crops in the U.S. California is home to almost 99 percent of the country’s production, with Arizona and New Mexico supplying the rest. Peanuts are not really nuts. They are Legumes, a member of the “Pea” family. The center of seeds, like pumpkins and squash, is called a “nut”. All interesting things to know! Pretty much anything with nuts in it would be good for celebrating this one!
- Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Chicken Pistachio Sandwich
- Walnut Chews
- Raspberry Almond Shortbread With Almond Glaze
- Sweet & Spicy Cashew Chicken
- Pine Nut Rice Pilaf
- Spinach Apple Pecan Salad
All right, now I’m done and ready to get out of here. I’m stunned sometimes by how incredibly loud the staff is here at Panera! The restaurant is clean, the service prompt and honestly, you can’t mess up a bagel and cream cheese, so that’s always good – but the NOISE is deafening for someone trying to think! I’m glad they are happy back in the kitchen, but tone it down folks! I wonder if the manager is as young as the employees? Must be to tolerate that level of silly and volume in the kitchen. I’m off to Costco and Trader Joe’s. Hoping the furbabies will be ready to pick up by then. I would much rather be home and enjoying some quiet time on a rainy, stormy day. Stay dry everyone! God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!