Humor – Joke of the Day –
Sam walks into his boss’s office. “Sir, I’ll be straight with you, I know the economy isn’t great, but I have over three companies after me, and I would like to respectfully ask for a raise.” After a few minutes of haggling the boss finally agrees to a 5% raise, and Sam happily gets up to leave. ”By the way”, asks the boss as Sam is getting up, “which three companies are after you?” “The electric company, water company, and phone company”, Sam replied.
Walk Around Things Day – I can only imagine what may have prompted this celebration. Perhaps a clumsy person who kept tripping over things, or someone who just thought they should plow through an obstacle rather than avoid it. If this is you, then today is an important day to practice avoiding problems and risks, by simply walking around the potential problem. You wouldn’t walk under a ladder, would you? Well, maybe you would, but you wouldn’t if it looked like it was rickety and was ready to fall! It is also wise to walk around other objects that pose risk or danger. The day could also be taken figuratively – maybe it’s a day to walk around or avoid sticky subjects that might cause an argument. Whatever it is you need to walk around, this is your day to do it.
School Librarian Day – I remember the school librarian I had in grade school. Mrs. J was awesome. She was so incredibly patient with every single one of the squirmy, giggly, sticky kids from Kindergarten through the 5th grade. She was instrumental in helping so many of us prepare for that scary transition to middle school. Once there, I’m sure the librarian in the upper levels of school were helpful, but they don’t honestly stand out in my mind. This day though, honors those who serve our kids in the local school libraries. They take very seriously the need to nurture the love of books and reading, and help provide the materials needed at appropriate age levels. Please take the day to tell your school librarian that she or he is doing a great job, maybe sent them a card of appreciation, or donate an appropriate book tot he school library. The THANK YOU will be appreciated and let them know that they really are important.
Tell a Lie Day – How many of us are faced with situations where we hesitate between telling the truth and telling a little lie? I don’t advocate lying, but there are just times when the truth is so cruel that you truly wonder if you should just fib your way through and escape? For example, that sticky moment when a dear friend, so obviously proud of her new outfit, asks you if you like it? Oh my – its awful and just doesn’t look good on her, but what do you say? She just spent a lot of money on this outfit and obviously likes what she sees in the mirror! It’s easy enough to tell the truth if you like even something about it – the texture of the fabric, the color, you can focus on that. But if you just don’t like anything about it, sometimes it may be the better part of kindness to just say it’s nice. If you have a truly honest friendship I guess you could say “wow, that’s the most hideous thing I’ve ever seen! You’d be better off in a sack!” I don’t recommend it though – seriously, this may be one moment a fib is sort of OK. Or how about a brand new baby that proud mom and dad are showing off? I know, all babies are beautiful in God’s eyes, but I’ve seen some seriously heinous infants – little squinchy faced munchkins that more resemble spider monkeys than people. It’ll pass – usually – but what do you say to “Isn’t he cute?” Um . . . um . . . . wow, would you look at all that hair!!! I always knew if someone pointed out my child’s hair and not their obvious beauty, they thought my baby was ugly and it was a matter of no longer being their friend! (insert giggle here) Because today is Tell a Lie Day, if you ever needed to tell a lie, today is the day to do so. I didn’t create this day, I just report about it, so I’m not actually advocating lying. If you stand up in the face of this celebration, I applaud you. Good for you for standing up for truth . . . even if it does lose you friends and create enemies (just kidding . . . sort of . . . ) If the concept of lying today makes you uncomfortable, its OK, later on in the month we have National Honesty Day.
Vitamin C Day – Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is a water soluble vitamin which is essential for the normal function of the body. Most mammals have the ability to make their own Vitamin C, but humans don’t. We must get ours through our diet. Ideally we would take a natural form of vitamin C from fresh vegetables and fruits. We need fresh non-processed vegetables and some fruits to get the right amount of Vitamin C. Juicing is a great way to get all of it in through our fruits and veges each day. The FDA recommends that we get 60 mgs of Vitamin C each day. This amount though is barely enough to keep the scurvy away! Linus Pauling, 2-time Nobel Price laureate and expert on Vitamin C, says that we should actually be getting “at least 2 grams a day. There is much evidence about increased health with 2 grams a day, and of course even more with 4 or 6 grams a day. Even an extra 60 mg had been shown to add value in cutting down the death rate from heart disease, cancer and other diseases. My feeling is as people grow older they ought to be increasing their Vitamin C and perhaps they should follow the policy I have followed of increasing the intake” The article written by Mr. Pauling goes on to say that all of the vitamin C can be taken all at once in the morning, or even better, be split out to 3 doses throughout the day. Increase the amount until a laxative effect is observed, then back it off slightly when that point it reached. That would be the optimal intake per day. Interesting stuff! Go Vitamin C!
World Rat Day – I’m pretty certain we already had fancy rat day, but this is slightly different in that its WORLD Rat Day. I don’t question it. . . I just talk about it! Today is a holiday and is the 11th annual World Rat Day, which is designed to recognize the fancy rat as a wonderful pet and companion animal for people of all ages. Today was chosen as the day to acknowledge rats because it’s the most accurate date they could calculate as the initiation of the rat list, the longest standing mailing list on the Internet which was dedicated to the topic of the pet rat. The image of the rat has suffered so much through misunderstanding and preconceived ideas. Yes, wild rats do carry disease and they can be rather destructive in their quest for food, but domesticated, born into captivity, bred for beauty and friendliness Fancy Rat is far different. Prejudice just shouldn’t apply to these loving little creatures. Domesticated rats are actually very clean, very sweet and loving critters, and smart! They are SO smart! They have their own personalities and distinctive traits and they bond very deeply with their owner. My son had 3 pet rats. Sisters from the same litter. He didn’t want to bring home one and have it be lonely, and he didn’t want to bring home 2 and have the other one be lonely, so he brought home all three. They were all different in coloring, but they were so sweet together. When he was away from home for a few days at a time they tolerated me cleaning their cage, petting them and feeding them, but when they would hear his voice they’d rush to the door of the cage. They knew he was going to let them out and they’d climb up on him and snuggle next to his shoulder, give him little whisker kisses and fall asleep bundled in a little rat ball in his arms. Please give these sweet little rodents a chance. At least stop at watch them playing together at the pet store without getting the heebie jeebies. They are all precious and created by God after all.
Food of the Day – Yummy!
Chicken Cordon Bleu Day – Contrary to popular belief, it is not blue cheese that the “bleu” in Chicken Cordon Bleu is referring to. “Bleu” is just a fancy French way of saying that this classic dish is worthy of a blue ribbon — whether you fill it with Swiss, mozzarella or even, yes, blue cheese. I’ve printed off all of the recipes so I can decide which one to make. I may need to revise tonight’s dinner plans!
While you’re spending your day Walking Around stuff, petting sweet little domesticated rats, eating Chicken Cordon Bleu, finding great sources of Vitamin C, trying to decide whether or not to lie and thanking your librarian, just remember to laugh and enjoy yourself while you participate in some of these very silly but fun celebrations. Laughter is a gift from God and we should appreciate this gift with everything in us. God bless you! I’ll see you tomorrow!