Well, the cruddy yuck is catching up with me. I stayed home from work yesterday in an attempt to sleep and stop this thing before it starts. No matter how hard I tried, or how tired I was, I couldn’t fall asleep. It’s quite frustrating to take the time for a nap, but have the actual nap elude me! I was hoping to nip this thing before it got bad, but overnight it seemed to skip a couple steps and go straight to invading my entire head. I am hoping that this means we’ll keep skipping steps and go straight to being better tomorrow! Hey! I believe in miracles! Eating a horseradish, cayenne, garlic concoction to kick this cold in the backside! So, what is going on in celebration world to distract from feeling gross? Join me and let’s see!
Curious Events Day – I’m not too sure about this one – seems rather like a broad spectrum we could include in it . . . but I guess that makes it versatile for everyone. . . pick your own meaning! So, why does this day exist? Who created it? What curious events are held today? See? It’s all very curious because there aren’t any answers. I suppose if you have a questioning and curious mind, then this would be your day. Since the topics are broad and seemingly endless, it’s completely up to you to choose what it means. From philosophical subjects to the existence of aliens, this day is limited only as far as your curiosity takes you!
Emergency Nurses Day – How many times have you had to go to the emergency room – or had to take a child to the emergency room (this was more often the situation when my son was growing up) and the first people you dealt with were the nurses? I have had the best experiences with ER nurses throughout the years, and they truly deserve the acknowledgement that this day brings to them. They are dedicated, committed healing professionals, bringing comfort and compassion to the patients they see each day. They see it all. Often it’s not good, yet they go back to work each day, knowing that they make a difference to sick, injured and sometimes dying people that come through those emergency room doors every single day. There was a point when my son was in his early teen years that I was beginning to feel like the local hospital needed to give out frequent flyer miles – we were there so often that it almost became funny! He was on a first name basis with the nurses by the time he was 16 years old, and at one point he even took them candy to thank them for all they did for him. From cut open knees from bike accidents, to appendicitis, they truly came through for him every time, and eased my mind in the process. As a worried Mom, heading to the ER is never a good thing, so that was truly a blessing.
Leif Erikson Day – Around 1002 A.D., Leif Erikson sailed to North America from his home in Greenland. He was searching for a land seen, but not visited, by a Norse sea captain. During his voyage he landed in a number of different places, but he never documented those landings on a map. Historians are able to put together the authenticity of his journey based on records, but it would have been nice if he had made a map! It is believed that he landed along the coast of New Foundland, and possibly as far south as Cape Cod. Erikson and his men spent the winter in North America. They built a large house for lodging, and a shed to shelter the boat over the long winter. He never returned to further explore North American, though a number of explorers, including his brother did travel to North America. his brother was killed by Indians. In 1964, joint resolution of Congress declared October 9th as Leif Erikson Day. It is interesting to note that depending on where you look, his first name has been spelled as Leif, Leifur or Leiv. His last name has been given the variations of Erikson, Ericson, Ericsson or Ericksson. I guess as long as we know who we’re talking about, it’s just a detail. It would be nice to know what his actual correct name was though!
International Top Spinning Day (2nd Wednesday) – Today, October 9th, is International Top-Spinning Day! I’m sure most of us had a top when we were kids – whether it was one of the little wooden or plastic ones that you spin yourself and let them go whirling across the table or floor, or the kind that have the little lever on top that you push up and down to get it spinning, we’ve all probably played with one. They are actually fascinating toys, for young and old alike. In the city of Burlington, WI, there is an entire museum devoted to tops of all shapes and sizes, along with other spinning toys like yo-yos. If you just aren’t intrigued enough to travel to a museum devoted to tops, celebrate in a small way by finding something to spin right where you are. It’s quite stress relieving. As a side note – technically the earth counts as a great big spinning top . . . something to think about.
National Bring Your Teddy Bear To Work & School Day – What a fun day! And it’s one that doesn’t cost you anything to celebrate! National Bring Your Teddy Bear to Work and School day is celebrated each year on the 2nd Wednesday in October. It’s a really fun way to improve morale and have fun at work or school. (kids, remember to ask permission at school first – some schools won’t appreciate toys at school) According to the “History of the Teddy Bear” by Marianne Clay, the Teddy Bear didn’t become a public icon until 1903. About that time the people of the United States began to get what she refers to as “teddy bear fever”. I know that most of us cannot imagine a time in our lives without at least one teddy bear. They are such a popular toy – warm fuzzy bearers of love and security. Today honor one of your oldest buddies and take him with you to work.
National Pro-Life Cupcake Day – This one is pretty special in my mind. Today people who are pro-life will be participating in a national awareness campaign called “National Pro-Life Cupcake Day”. The event is simply distributing free cupcakes to the general public or on college campuses to celebrate the lives of the unborn. The idea is sort of like giving someone a birthday cake, but the unborn are never given a birthday, so Cupcakes for Life seeks to honor their lives before they are born. Annually, on October 9, pro-lifers across America participate in an awareness campaign called National Pro-Life Cupcake Day.
The event simply involves the distribution of free cupcakes to the general public or school campus to celebrate the lives of the unborn. The idea is similar to giving someone a birthday cake, but because the unborn are often never given a birthday, Cupcakes for Life seeks to honor their lives before they are born. I have copied and pasted the description about National Pro-Life Cupcake Day” from the Cupcakes for Life site.
“Cupcakes are such sweet and fun things to have at events and for people that are cared about, especially for birthdays! With this in mind, we want to help others realize not every child has the chance to have a birthday because of abortion, and that we care about them. We thought these children’s lives should be remembered, so we picked October 9th as a national day to recognize them and raise awareness about the issue of abortion and the impact it is having. By using cupcakes we are able to reach out to the general public in a warm, non-confrontational way and use it as a segue to raise awareness, start conversation, and potentially educate individuals about issues that would ordinarily be suppressed to silence.”
Here are my personal thoughts for people who would argue about the justifications for what I consider to be an unjustifiable thing . . . every life has value. And God doesn’t make mistakes. Anyone who believes in God likely believes that. If they don’t, then their idea of God is greatly skewed. PEOPLE may mistakes, but God can bring blessings from those mistakes. Children are a creation of God, from the moment they are conceived – the Bible tells us this plainly and clearly – as such every single child was conceived for a purpose. Perhaps to bring about peace in a world filled with strife. Maybe they were intended to bless the lives of someone else with their skills in medicine, in conflict resolution, or as a nurturing spirit to those around them. Killing these children through the act of abortion says that God made a mistake, and that the purpose of those children wasn’t important. For everyone who whines that they hope that someone comes up with a cure for cancer, what if that person was created, but their lives were cut short by the selfishness of abortion? People say, but but but, what about people who are raped, or cases of incest, or where the mother’s life is in danger? All horrible things, but God is bigger than the crime of rape, He is greater than the horror of incest, and He is the healer of all. Each life is in His hands, so let it be in His hands that we trust that all will be the way it should, and let these children live. For women who choose not to keep and raise these children? That is a choice you can make for your own life, but there are plenty of people who crave a family and are unable to have one, so allow them the blessing of a child by giving the one you don’t want up for adoption. The blessing of that child will resonate into the future with the great things they will potentially accomplish.
Food Celebration of the Day –
- Blue Cheese Dip
- Gnocchi With Gorgonzola Sauce
- Tiny Roquefort Popovers
- Grilled Blue Cheese Burgers
- Roast Pork Stuffed With Stilton
- Caramelized Onion & Gorgonzola Pizza
- Peppered Stilton Steaks With Charred Onions & Chips
Well, my brain can’t do any more. It’s tired and I think it’s more than time to fill a bowl with steaming eucalyptus water with a towel tent over my head and the bowl. I’m like to get past this gunk . . . and fast! God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow! (Hopefully more clear-headed than I am right now.)