Happy Saturday! I managed to sleep until nearly 8:00, and figured I’d get us started today now that we’ve had breakfast and I’m left with my caramel mocha to sip. It feels like a guilty pleasure without the guilt, since I made it with unsweetened coconut milk and my homemade chocolate and caramel syrups that are sweetened with xylitol instead of sugar. Yum! So what does everyone have on their plan for the day? I have nothing major happening. Doing some stuff on the computer, puttering around the house, and just having a reduced stress weekend. Nice, right?
Thesaurus Day – Anyone who has ever loved to write, had to complete an assignment in school and belongs to a generation before the one in school right now, has used a Thesaurus in the form of an actual book. The current computer generation has probably used one online too. I loved my Thesaurus growing up. I’d sit there (yes, I was an English/literature/creative writing geek) and read it to see what wonderful new words I could find. Some people read the dictionary to learn new words, I read the thesaurus to learn alternative words. Today we celebrate the birthday of the man who gave us this wonderful resource, Peter Roget. He was born this day in 1779. So, if you’ve never used a Thesaurus, are you sitting there wondering what in the world it is? You know it’s a reference book, but not sure what is inside? It lists synonyms (words that have the same or similar meanings) for other words. It lets you keep from repeating yourself when you write or give speeches. It also lists antonyms, or words with opposite meanings. Today spend a few minutes just appreciating the hard work and dedication that went into writing this book, and the value that it gives us. A quick browse is all you need – I don’t expect you to sit down and actually read it like a novel. Well, not unless you’re a creative writing geek, and if so, have a good read!
Winnie the Pooh Day – I was never much of a Winnie the Pooh fan. It’s not that I didn’t like Winnie the Pooh and all of his friends, but I just didn’t get into it as a kid. I was already reading Edgar Allan Poe by the time I was about 9 or 10, so Pooh just felt a little immature to me. Between Poe and Nancy Drew (odd stretch there, right?), Pooh just took a backseat. I do appreciate as an adult how ingeniously the author of the Pooh stories captured the personalities and psychosis of humans in the characters in the stories. A.A. Milne, the author of Pooh, was born this day in 1882, which is why today is Winnie the Pooh Day. So, who were Pooh’s pals and what were their issues? Well, there was Winnie the Pooh, Christopher Robin, Tigger, Eeyore, Piglet, Kanga, Roo, Rabbit and Owl. There were a bunch of side characters too, but these were the ones he focused on. There are actual college courses studying the mental disorders that each of these storybook characters has, and honestly, if you look at all of your friends and family, I am betting that you can pinpoint some with some of the same, or similar, issues. We all know someone who is an Eeyore, or a Tigger, etc. Let’s take a look at what the studies have found and see if they ring a bell . . .
My take on it? Yes, these characters all show these tendencies, but let’s get serious. As the mother of two human beings who were very imaginative youngsters, these psychologists have taken these beautiful, fun characters and turned them into misfits, and for what? So parents fear letting their children release their imaginations and run with them? For fear that what is the normal development of being human and experiencing all of our own unique idiosyncrasies is a bad thing and we should curb it? To what end? To be robots? Get real! Children create beautiful worlds in their minds, and they people those worlds with their toys, their friends and yes, even characters we cannot see. Each of those characters will have their own personalities and they will resemble issues that are in real life because our children live a real life. Let’s let the kids be kids, enjoy these colorful stories for what they are, and stop over analyzing life. Is this interesting stuff? Of course! Can we see people we know in these characters and their issues? Of course! Enjoy it – for we all have issues, we all are different and not everything has to come down to a disorder.
Food Celebration of the Day –
National Slow Cooker Month – Slow cookers are a modern convenience, but the practice of stewing foods for hours, tenderizing meats and melding flavors is as old as cooking itself. I remembered a blog I’d seen, several probably, but one in particular stuck out, where the write had put together a whole bunch of slow cooker meals, raw in freezer bags. She had them all labeled and ready to go so when she got up in the morning she could dump the contents of the bag into the slow cooker and go! What an awesome idea! A little while on the weekend translated nicely into easy week night suppers! You can see her blog here! I am definitely going to have to do this!
- Slow-Cooker Barbecue Country Ribs
- Slow-Cooker Chicken Mole
- Slow-Cooked Pot Roast
- Slow-Cooker Lemon Chicken
- Ham Hocks & Beans
- Ratatouille in the Slow Cooker
- Slow-Cooker Chocolate Candy
Well, now that we have analyzed everyone we know through the Winnie the Pooh filter, and looked up words to describe them, we can plan meals for our slow cookers for an entire week! Awesome day! Have a wonderful one! God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!