It’s Friday! It’s Friday! We made it to another Friday! Know what that means? Yep! NO ALARM CLOCK TOMORROW! WOOHOO! I hate the alarm clock. I really do. Because I hate the alarm clock I tend to snooze it about three times before I force my feet to hit the floor. I am one of those people that typically, with very few exceptions, can fall asleep in an instant and when I wake up in the night to shuffle into the other room and back, I’m barely awake enough to do what needs to be done, and sound asleep again instantly. When the alarms rings and I slap it silent, my brain has not engaged. I’m merely reacting to the stimuli. The 2nd ring again gets slapped silent, and again I’m still asleep but a portion of my brain is starting to fire just a little bit. By the 3rd time I’ve slapped it silent I begin to wiggle my feet and fingers, stretch a little and slowly . . . VERY slowly . . . I begin to ease myself out of bed. Poor hubby. He wakes up usually with the first ring and has lost half hour of sleep that he could have used since he doesn’t fall asleep, or stay asleep, as easily as I do. Can’t help it though. I’ve even tried putting the clock across the room so I have to get out of bed to turn it off. I just leap back into bed and back to sleep for another 9 minutes. I know – there’s something dreadfully wrong with my ability to wake up. But I’m OK with it. Beats the alternative of being UNABLE to sleep, right? My whole point was, tomorrow I don’t have to deal with killing the clock three times before getting out of bed at the incredibly dark and chilly time of 5:30 a.m.! I do love Saturdays, which means we have to get through Friday first. So, what will speed up this day? Well, something to celebrate of course! Let’s see what fun stuff we have going on today!
Punk For A Day Day – This is one of those celebrations that we get once in awhile that leave us all wondering WHY? What was the reason for the creator to come up with this one? And did they mean punk . . . or punk rocker? We don’t now. There really isn’t any information on it, but here are a few suggestions about the origin that I found. They may or may not be accurate so we’ll take them with a grain of salt. One thought was that Katy Perry’s birthday is October 25 – but she’s more pop than punk, so it seems not very likely to be the reason. Music promoter Bill Graham died on October 25, 1991, but punk was not his specialty, so that’s not likely either. The release of “Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols” happened on October 28, 1977, but not the 25th. It was actually the only music event that came up anywhere near this holiday, so it’s not likely the reason for it either. So what should we do with it? Well, you could crank up the Sex Pistols, The Ramones, the Dead Kennedys, the Dead Milkmen, The Clash or the Cramps. (I’ve only actually heard about a couple of these bands – makes me feel old). You could experiment with some brightly colored hair dye you got for Halloween, or walk around singing “Punk for a Day” by L.A.’s Wasted Youth. I guess you could spike your hair and wear weird make-up! However you celebrate it, have fun. Personally I think I’ll pass on this one.
World Pasta Day – It shouldn’t surprise anyone that there is a special day to celebrate eating pasta all around the world. This celebration is intended to increase awareness to the benefits of pasta that go along with how delicious it is. Every year on World Pasta day there are events held to spread the word about pasta, sponsored by pasta manufacturers and the National Pasta Association. Now, we all know that eating TOO much pasta can lead to gaining weight, but there are so many different varieties now. Between the whole grain and gluten free pastas, even the health conscious and gluten sensitive among us can enjoy tasty pasta meals.
Frankenstein Friday – This one us fun! It is always celebrated on the last Friday in October and celebrates the birth of Frankenstein and its creator. Frankenstein is one of the best known horror characters, dating back to the 1800s. I’m sure none of us can remember a Halloween season without the presence of Frankenstein’s monster lurking somewhere in the darkness. Frankenstein was “born” in 1818 when Mary Wollenstonecraft Shelley, at the ripe old age of 21, wrote the story “Frankenstein”. As for THIS particular holiday and how it got its start? Well this fun day was begun by a guy by the name of Ron MacCloskey from Westfield, NJ, in 1997. He obviously really appreciated the creative works of Ms. Shelley, so he picked this day to celebrate it, and because more people can party on Friday than any other day of the week, it lands on Friday! Smart man! Maybe planning an Frankenstein party would be a fun way to spend time with friends! Heck, I may celebrate this one by watching “Young Frankenstein” – one of the funniest movies ever made – in my opinion.
First Female FBI Agents – This in an awesome one to commemorate – today marks the anniversary of the 1st two women to complete and join the ranks of the FBI on October 25, 1972. Prior to this, the head of the FBI for 48 years, J. Edgar Hoover, barred woman from joining the FBI. These incredible women were Joanne Pierce Misko – a former nun, and Susan Roley Malone, a former Marine. who decided to become an F.B.I agent. What a change! Here’s a link to their story as it appears on the FBI website. Fascinating reading. Way to go ladies!!! Way to put a pretty great crack in that glass ceiling! How is this NOT a movie?
This Day In History –
1983 – U.S. forces invade Grenada.
Food Celebration of the Day –
National Greasy Foods Day – No matter how hard we try to eat healthy, there are just some days that the call of greasy food just gets to us. For me, fairs do that to me. Just walking in the gates at the fairgrounds, all of those delicious greasy aromas just scream for a HUGE splurge from the diet. My favorite greasy treat? Mmmmm at the fair, the corn dogs and elephant ears. At a normal restaurant? Oh wow – onion rings would have to be way up there at the top of the list, and maybe coconut shrimp or clam strips. Oh great, not I’m getting hungry. Here are some great ideas from www.food.com to quench those cravings.
- Outback Copycat Coconut Shrimp
- Fried Halloumi Cheese With Lime-Caper Dressing
- Murray’s Fried Spaghetti
- Taro Puffs
- Cauliflower Cheddar Fritters
- Deep-Fried Avocados
- Buttermilk Southern Fried Chicken
Well, there you have it. A few selections for the HUGE number of choices for today’s celebrations. I’m really fighting against cravings for fried food now! Enjoy every moment of your Friday. God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!