It’s Thursday and we are so happy that it is! Yesterday I had a lovely time with my father at lunch and running errands . . . we really need to do things together more often. I’m not really sure why we don’t! I guess sometimes it is easy to let life get in the way of the important things – please don’t let that happen to you. None of us wants to look back and have regrets, so spend time with the ones you love now, and make those memories for the future. In the meantime, we have some fun celebrations today – so let’s enjoy them!
Dump The Pump Day – I sure do wish I could celebrate this one! The American Public Transportation Association (APTA), and public transportation systems across the country, will celebrate the 9th Annual National Dump the Pump Day. Let’s face it – times are tough economically – gas prices are high and going up – up – up . . . everyone is looking for a way to save money! Today people are encouraged to ride public transportation instead of driving, and to save money. It’s economical and quite honestly, I find riding the bus to be far less stressful than driving in heavy traffic. When I commuted to Seattle I took the bus both in my own county, and in the city. The latest APTA Transit Savings Report says that a two person household that downsizes to using one vehicle can save – on average – more than $10,174 each year. Honestly, I WISH that we had busses out where we live . . . however we are about 15 minutes from the nearest bus stop, and even then the route doesn’t go anywhere near my work. Oh well.
Garfield the Cat Day – Can you believe it’s been 36 years since Garfield made his debut? He is still the cynical, fat, lazy cat that has captured the hearts of generations. We love him because he is funny, which pairs nicely with his general uselessness. He originated as a comic strip and continues to appear daily in newspapers around the world, but he has become so much more than that. There are Garfield games, memorabilia, posters, movies and even a TV series showing that he is the most famous cat in the world. I remember a friend even had a Garfield telephone! Today, be a little like Garfield . . . sit back, be lazy, eat lasagna to celebrate the cat that gets to do that every day.
Juneteenth – Today celebrates a truly historic event . . . one which I am rather shocked I never heard of before last year, and it seems like something I should have learned about when I was in school! I liked history, so I’m betting I would have remembered this if we’d covered it. On June 19th, 1865, Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas with the news that the Civil War had ended. The south had lost the war, and the slaves were now free. President Lincoln had signed the Emancipation Proclamation two and a half years earlier, but it wasn’t until 1865 that Texas had enough federal troops to enforce the end of slavery. Due to this historic event, June 19th was called Juneteenth and is celebrated throughout the United States each year with rodeos, barbecues, parades and prayer services. It is a day of reflection, giving thanks and looking forward to the future for all Americans.
Recess At Work Day – Do you remember when recess was the best part of school? Children watched the clock with such anticipation, then raced outside to the playground with such excitement. Well, as grown-ups we deserve to anticipate something wonderful too! We deserve to get recess . . . doesn’t that sound far more exciting than a coffee break? If you could have recess as an adult . . . what would you do? It’s not like most work places have playgrounds. After looking into what a few workplaces do, I found that some have organized games of Frisbee, Simon Says or hacky-sack. Some held Tai Chi or yoga classes, and others organized team building events. Fun! Honestly, I think I’ll stick with visiting with a co-worker, reading a good book, or checking my personal email. How about you?
World Sauntering Day – Did you ever wonder what sauntering actually is? We have all heard the word forever, or read it in books, and likely didn’t stop to think about it. This celebration does beg the question though, so let’s find out. Sauntering is not a walk, jog, trot or run. It is a form of strolling. It is a very casual, yet stylish, form of movement to get from point A to point B. The definition for sauntering in the dictionary is “walking along slowly, happily and aimlessly”. Doesn’t this sound like a lovely way to get around, at least once in awhile? Try it! Anyone can spend their lives walking, jogging or even being dragged through life, but perhaps we’ll find it more enjoyable to saunter through it. It’s even better if you saunter with a friend or a loved one. I think I’ll try a little saunter somewhere today. . . maybe around the neighborhood after work.
This Day In History –
1964 – After a 83 day filibuster, the Civil Rights act of 1964 is approved.
Food Celebration of the Day –
National Martini Day – Throughout my life I’ve watched a lot of movies, and in many of them the sophisticated folks (James Bond anyone?) have graced the screen holding a dry martini garnished with olives. It always looked very posh. Now that I’m a grown up I know that there are many types of martinis with a lot of different flavor profiles, but I didn’t know that until recently. I thought they had to have gin and honestly, I hate gin. Tastes a little bit like I imagine chewing on a pine cone would, you know? In the old days martini drinkers had only a few simple choices: gin or vodka, rocks or neat, olive or twist. Now? there are appletinis, chocotinis, and even cavitinis (made with caviar). The possibilities are endless. I’ve had lemon drops (delicious!) and oh my goodness, the chocotini. That’s decadence in a glass right there. Here are a few recipes from www.food.com to give you a decent sampling – just know – you are limited only by your imagination when it comes to martinis. Enjoy!
- Dirty Martini
- Fritz Blue Cheese Martini
- Windex Martini
- Chocolate Martini
- 007 Martini
- Saharan Martini
- Jade Martini
Mmmmm – I can honestly say that I’d love a chocolate martini – later, not right now . . . doesn’t that sound lovely? I doubt my boss would appreciate that very much though, since I am heading in to work now. Unless I took enough for her . . . nah . . . she’d still not appreciate the it at the office. *sigh* Speaking of work – I’d better get going! God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!