Happy Thursday! It’s so hard to believe the week is almost over already! Yesterday I managed to get the pets home from the vet with a minimal of fuss. I was thrilled and relieved to hear that my nearly 16 year old Tibbi had perfect blood levels (yippee!) and though her hips continue to get progressively worse, it is expected at her age and size. She was fussed over and spoiled by the staff at the doctor’s office, and came home with a doggy smile on her face – I’m sure of it. The rest of the day was a whirlwind of getting things done around here at the house. Now? Now it’s back to work, but not before we find out what to celebrate today!
National Mole Day – Every October 23rd, from 6:02w a.m. to 6:02 p.m. National Mole Day is celebrated. Now, when MOST of us think of moles, we think of little furry creatures who dig up our yards and really irritate us with the piles of dirt they leave behind. That’s not what this is about though. No, today chemistry majors, teachers and enthusiasts are celebrating this one by commemorating “Avogadro’s Number (6.02 x 10^23)” . Now I must be honest, I didn’t have a clue what that was, so I will share with you what I learned a “mole” is in chemistry. A “mole” is a basic measuring unit that equals the atomic mass of a single molecule. It is measured in grams. This was discovered by Italian Amadeo Avogadro. Chemistry teachers celebrate this day by getting kids more interested in chemistry, creating special lessons and lab experiments around the theme of chemical measurements. And since the chemical formula for a mole starts with the number 6.02 – this day is celebrated from 6:02 to 6:02, in that numbers honor. Now, to me, it’s still no clearer than mud. . . but perhaps those of you who are math minded will get it?
TV Talk Show Host Day – Though this day celebrates ALL TV Talk Show hosts, it was set up on the birth date of legendary night time talk show host Johnny Carson. Carson, considered to be the “King of late night television” hosted The Tonight Show from 1962 to 1992, his reign lasting a record 29 years, 7 months and 21 days. There were 1,859 episodes. Though this day is celebrate on Johnny Carson’s birthday, it is intended to show appreciation to all TV talk show hosts, both daytime and nighttime. Now, honestly I can say that there aren’t any TV talk show hosts that I feel deserve the time to view. Dr. Oz would likely be up there on my list since he isn’t smarmy, he isn’t hosting screaming, swearing society rejects while they argue about whether or not their baby daddy is REALLY their baby daddy, etc. There was a day when I may have enjoyed a few talk shows, but not so much any more. There’s no soul or depth to any of them, and everything is so sensationalized that it turns the stomach. Here are a few trivia facts about a few talk show hosts that you may be interested in seeing though:
* Sally Jesse Raphael flips houses as a hobby.
* Howie Mandel admits to being germaphobic.
* Montel Williams once served in the Navy.
* Jerry Springer was once a mayor!
I just wish we still have shows with the quality and as entertaining as Johnny Carson. Those really were the days.
Swallows Depart From San Juan Capistrano Day – I really loved reading about the Swallow’s arriving in San Juan Capistrano in March. Well, today we celebrate their departure from San Juan Capistrano! If you want to see about how they arrive there, please go to March and scroll down til you find it. Today is just in reverse! Just to give you an idea though, each year at this time they head south for Goya, Argentina to enjoy the warm weather. Pretty fascinating stuff! I thought these were interesting details about the swallows and hope you do too:
* The Mission of San Juan Capistrano where the swallows take refuge is the oldest building in California, built from 1776-1806.
* In San Juan Capistrano, it is against the law to destroy a swallow’s nest.
How fun is that?
This Day In History –
1915 – 25,000 women marched gin New York City demanding the right to vote.
Food Celebration of the Day –
National Boston Cream Pie Day – Classic Boston cream pie is more of a cake than a pie. But these treats prove its cream-and-chocolate flavors come together irresistibly in all sorts of desserts. When I was younger I remember once in awhile Mom would bring Dad a Boston Cream Pie – it was one of his favorite treats.
- Boston Cream Pie
- Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes
- Boston Cream Cheesecake
- Boston Cream Pie Martini
- Boston Cream Cake
- Boston Banana Cream Pie
- Tres Leches Boston Cream Cake
Honestly, the swallows are my favorite part of this celebration day. I find their travels to be fascinating! I can’t imagine what a daunting trip that would be for those little birds every year – not once, but twice! It’s time to head to work, but I figure no matter how difficult life may get for us, we need to keep plugging away to get where we need to be, just like those little birds. God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!