Are we doing the Monday dance? No? Why not? OOOOHHHH because there ISN’T a Monday dance! Got it! Yeah, it was a far fetched thought, but I am going for happy and chipper here. Trying to be wide awake and not feeling grumpy for the loss of that hour of sleep. You wouldn’t think that one single hour would do that to you, would you? Obviously it does because I’m dragging. I think I need an extra cup of coffee . . . or two . . . or three. Oh heck, I may need a whole pot.
Fill Our Staplers Day – I have to giggle at this one. The person who felt like they needed to add staples to their staplers just twice a year OBVIOUSLY doesn’t use their stapler very often. I am filling mine all the time! I had to giggle a little harder at who created this day! It was set up by “The Dull Men’s Club”. Seriously? They admit to being dull? That’s funny! If you don’t use your stapler very often, and you truly wish to celebrate this one. . . well, it’ll be a very easy to do! Just fill your stapler.
International Day of Awesomeness – So today gives us the chance to celebrate everyone because though “no one is perfect, everyone can be awesome”. I don’t have any idea how true that is because I see many people every day that fall far below the awesome scale . . . except of course in their own minds. All you have to do is turn on just about any news channel to find out just how NOT awesome people are . . . but I guess that didn’t matter to a guy named Kevin Lawver, because he declared the need for an International Day of Awesomeness in 2007. Apparently he was working with an intern who suggested that the office should celebrate Lawver’s awesomeness, to which Lawver replied that there should be an International Day of Awesomeness. Sounds sort of like an adolescent crush conversation . . . “You’re really cute.” “No, YOU’RE really cute.” “No, you are.” “No, YOU are.” Whatever floats their awesome little boat I suppose. Lawver posted his idea to Twitter and apparently the rest is history. The funniest thing about this day? It was set up on Chuck Norris’ birthday. At least they had a sense of humor!
Napping Day – Could there BE a better day for Napping Day? Here we are, the day after losing an hour of sleep and though we may not have really felt it yesterday, we are certainly going to feel it today, which accounts for this celebration being started. We have William Anthony, PhD Boston University professor, and his wife Camille for this one. They started it in 1998 to encourage people to take a little nap, no matter where they are. Mid-afternoon naps are an integral part of most cultures and it is scientifically proven to be good for you. Our country is one of the countries focused so much on work, work, work that we don’t bother with naps and put our health at risk. I admit that I’ve taken a nap during lunch in the past and it’s been pretty helpful on those particularly sleepy days. A little nap helps to energize and boost alertness, increases productivity and creativity, and it releases stress while lifting your spirits. If you can today, set your alarm on your phone and take a little cat nap during lunch. It’ll be good. . . especially today.
Salvation Army Day – The Salvation Army “officially” started their work in the United States on march 10,1880. Commissioner George Scott Railton and seven female officers landed in New York City, after they were sent here from England by Salvation Army founder William Booth, to begin their ministry in this country. Truth is, The Salvation Army’s Lieutenant Eliza Shirley had already arrived in the United States in 1878 to join her parents, who had immigrated to America earlier in search of work. She held the first meeting of the Salvation Army in America, in Philadelphia, but it wasn’t officially commissioned by William Booth. The Salvationists were received with enthusiasm, and Shirley wrote to General Booth asking for reinforcements. None were available until 1880 when an official group was sent to do their good work in America. Commissioner Railton may get the credit for pioneering the work in the U.S., but Lt. Shirley laid the groundwork.
US Paper Money Day – It was on this day, in 1862, that the United States issued its first paper money in bills worth $5, $10, $20, $50, $100, $500, and $1,000. I was a little surprised to find that there wasn’t any paper money before this, but after I thought about it, it really shouldn’t have. It wasn’t that simple though. There was a form of paper currency in American since at least 1690, when the Massachusetts Bay Colony issues some, and other colonies followed suit. Up until that point coins and bartering were common – like trading a chicken for a basket of vegetables – but there was a lot of trade between the colonies and coins weren’t all that common. In response to this the colonial governments printed notes that were supposed to be redeemable for silver and gold. When someone went to the bank and the bank was able to give the precious metals in exchange for the paper, everyone was happy. When the bankers couldn’t redeem it, people lost faith in the money. During the Revolutionary War, the need for money was great, and the Continental Congress decided to issue federal currency. These dollars were called Continentals, and they were backed with “anticipation” of future tax dollars. In the simplest terms, this money wasn’t backed up at all, and this didn’t give the people much trust in it. When there isn’t trust in the money, it loses its value, and if it loses its value, it ends up being just paper. And look at us now! Wow, maybe we should have stuck with bartering.
This Day In History –
1862 -The U.S. government issues paper money for the first time.
1876 – Alexander Graham Bell places the world’s first telephone call, to his assistant in the next room.
Food Celebration of the Day –
National Pack Your Lunch Day – We pack our lunches every day. I just don’t understand people who don’t! It saves money, you can know exactly what is in your food. Did you have a really cool lunch box as a kid? I know when I was fairly young – grade school – I had a Barbie lunch box. I remember my Mom had – probably still does in her cedar chest – a Roy Rogers and Dale Evans lunch box. It was metal and really quite cool! Did you know that Mickey Mouse was the first cartoon character to appear on a lunchbox in the year 1935, but children and workers had been carrying their lunches in tin boxes long before that. Now many people carry fabric lunch bags, or little coolers, to hold their lunches. Some of them are quite fashionable!
Well, today was a little different – with a nice variety of things to think about. I always learn something new and find something quite entertaining about what other folks come up with for holidays! Hope you are entertained too. God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow! Stay dry and stay warm!