So Many Celebrations . . . But I Want To Start With A Big Thank You!

Apr 23rd

Good Morning!  I wanted to start out this morning with a thank you to my readers, for being here for me so faithfully.  During the process of transferring over posts from this blogger site to the new one, I have come across some comments that I did not know had been made . . . this site doesn’t alert me to them, the new one does . . . and I have to say that I had tears last night! It is easy to lose sight of the fact that there are real people out there reading my words, and it definitely boosts me to shake the occasional doldrums that I get sitting here night after night writing about things that sometimes I wonder if anyone really cares about!  It turns out you DO care! You give me the encouragement I need to keep writing, to keep looking at the fun things, the silly things and even sometimes the serious things.  Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!  

*Big applause and appreciation to my hubby – he takes amazing pictures.  This one was taken on his way to work – a couple miles from our house. Lovely, isn’t it?

Today is a BIG day with lots to celebrate . . . which is why it is later than usual today!  Let’s get to it!

Holy Humor Month – Joke of the Day

Creation – An atheist scientist came to God and said, “We’ve figured out how to make a man without you.”  God said, “OK, let me see you do it.”  So the atheist bent down to the ground and scooped up a handful. But God stopped him and said, “Oh, no you don’t. Get your own dirt!”

National Professional Secretaries Week and National Secretary’s Day – this appreciation day was created in 1952 through the work of Harry F. Klemfuss of Young and Rubicam.  Harry recognized how important and what a valuable position that secretaries were to a company or business.  He had the goal of encouraging more women to become secretaries – and in 1952 more women worked at home than were out in the workplace. Using his skill and experience in public relations, Klemfuss promoted the values and importance of the position of secretary, and while he was at it, he created a holiday specifically set aside to recognize how important they are!  Today, the title has changed and evolved, but the recognition is just as important.  There are also two new terms to use instead of secretary, since the position of secretary has changed and evolved.  Now we call them “Administrative Professionals” and “Executive Admins”.  These two titles mean different roles and responsibilities, depending on the company and organization.  The most common way for employers to celebrate this day (actually it’s a celebration for the whole week, but today is THE main day) are to give flowers, cards with gift certificates, taking the Administrative Professional to lunch, giving the gift of candy, or an assorted gift basket.  I can honestly say that most bosses – at least the ones I have worked for – don’t bother to recognize this day.  Sadly in all of my years working as an administrative assistant, office manager, etc. (insert title here – they all involve working in an office)  this celebration has only been truly recognized by two bosses – both in Seattle.  One was awesome and in all of the five years I worked for him he had flowers delivered, took me to a fancy lunches, gave me trips, etc.  I kept his office together and he knew it, and actually showed his appreciation every day, not just on THIS day.  The other boss I  worked with for five years, and she too expressed her appreciation every day, but on THIS day she made it special.  Everyone else has let it pass as if it didn’t exist . . . and I admit that it makes me feel bad.  Not just for me, but for the other people that I have worked with.  I feel that all employees should be given acknowledgement on the appropriate appreciation days.  What do I know?  I wish that ALL special days were taken seriously by the appropriate people . . . Valentine’s Day . . . National Pig Day . . . Saint Patrick’s Day . . . all should be given due diligence in this world where so much bad stuff is focused on and the good stuff ignored or set aside.

     

Lover’s Day –  For those folks who think that Valentine’s Day is just another Hallmark holiday, here’s a chance to redeem yourselves!  Today is Lover’s Day – set aside for romance and love!  When you are in love, every day is Lover’s Day, but sometimes it’s nice to add a little boost to things.  I know as a woman, I love romance, and I’m betting that most women do.  We NEED it, we don’t just like it.  Guys seem to be fine with status quo, they know they love us and we know they love us, and that should be sufficient . . . but honestly guys, what you may not know is that most women NEED the words.  We NEED the little displays of romance – flowers, little notes, an extra hug, when you reach over to take our hand, rather than waiting for us to take yours . . .spontaneous gestures and words just give us girls that extra boost and I’m telling you, a woman who has romance is a woman who is happy, fulfilled and content in her skin.  Take a LEAP for love and do something wonderfully romantic for your significant other today.

Take A Chance Day –  A gambler may really love this day!  I’m not much of a gambler because I always lose, but some people don’t mind taking a chance and often come out on top when they do!  Life is filled with risks and sometimes to get what you want you have to take a chance, so today was created with that in mind.  If you have a goal to reach, or an object that you want, leap out there and grab it!  Go ahead, whatever it is . . . Take A Chance! 
     

World Laboratory Day – Today we celebrate the place where amazing things are discovered . . . . inventions and medical cures are born in the laboratory.  Of course it is also where the most well known scary dude was created . . . Frankenstein’s Monster (many people say Frankenstein did, but he was the doctor! Anyway, countless concepts and theories are tested in laboratories, along with most of the world’s greatest medical treatments and cures.  Some folks know this, but not all . . . I used to work in a laboratory . . . yes, I did! It wasn’t a medical testing lab though – nope, I worked in the lab at a feather factory.  Yes, you read that correctly.  I worked at a Feather Factory.  Why would one need a laboratory you ask?  Well, since you asked . . . feathers and down used in products for human use have very strict government regulations and guidelines, and it was my job to test samples from each lot that came through the factory for content, cleanliness and quality!  Some of these tests took just a few moments, and some took HOURS looking through a microscope.  For quite a few weeks after I started working there, I’d see duck and goose feather nodes (little bumps on the individual strands on feathers or down clusters) in my dreams every time I went to sleep at night.  I also saw scary monsters!  OK, they weren’t really monsters, but under a microscope they sure looked like it!  Ducks and geese have mites, and you can’t see them with the naked eye, but on a slide and magnified?  They look like something out of a horror movie!  People! Don’t let your children pick up feathers at the park and play with them! They are pretty gross if they haven’t been washed!  I mean it! Yuck!  If you know anyone who works in a laboratory, wish them A Happy World Laboratory Day – they really do important work and deserve the acknowledgement.
     

English Language Day – Today we celebrate the English language . . .it is now the official language – or has special status – in at least 75 countries, with about one in four people able to speak English to some level of competence.  So WHY do I have to keep pressing 1 for English in my own country where English is our language?  WHY?  Pet peeve, yes, but I think it is one shared by many.  If I were to go to another country where English wasn’t spoken, I would NOT expect to get special treatment and have them change their system to accommodate my lack of knowledge of their language! No! I’d either learn it, take a book or a translating program and I’d get along on THEIR terms!  Seriously!  I’m tired of it!  If people wish to live here, LEARN THE LANGUAGE!  Which brings up another peeve that is connected . . . if you speak another language, don’t carry on animated conversations in a public place around other folks in your own language – it excludes others AND its rude to leave them with not knowing if you were talking about them or not.  Years ago, when I was with my 1st husband, we were eating out and at the table across from us a couple of young women were chattering away in Spanish. He spoke the language fluently and could understand every single word and they talked about everyone else in the restaurant, poking fun at them and saying some pretty cruel things.  You NEVER know who around you understands so STOP IT! It’s rude!  This one is celebrated on this day because it is Shakespeare’s birthday and he was responsible for more than 2000 of the words we use in the English language today.

Impossible Astronaut Day – If you have never watched Dr. Who – as I have not – this one may not mean anything to you.  For fans though, this one could be a fun one!  Today is Impossible Astronaut Day because on April 23, 2011 the Dr. Who episode “The Impossible Astronaut” premiered, starting off series 6 2ith some pretty mind-blowing plot twists and new monsters, the Silence.  Apparently The Silence are creatures that you can’t remember seeing the second you look away from them.  That DOES sound scary!  To combat this unusual type of warfare, The Doctor, Amy, Rory and River (must be characters in the show?) draw tally marks on their skin to remind them that they have had an encounter. Fans of the show, called Whovians, celebrate this day by drawing tally marks on their arms (some on their faces!) and going about their normal day, pretending they don’t know where the tally marks came from.  Interesting!

National Lost Dog Awareness Day – This is brand new!!! The very first time we celebrate this so worthy awareness day, and one that I hope catches on and spreads all across the country.  It was created by Susan Taney and Kathy Pobloskie.  They are directors of Lost Dogs Illinois and Lost Dogs of Wisconsin, and their goal is to bring attention to all the dogs that are lost every year.  They also celebrate the thousands of dogs that are successfully reunited with their families each year too!  The mission of Taney and Pobloskie has been so successful that the concept has also been put into practice in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, New Jersey, Minnesota and Texas.  Now it needs to spread the rest of the way across the country.  Lost Dogs of America is an all-volunteer organization that was set up for the sole purpose of helping to reunite families with their lost dogs  and through the help of social media and how quickly word is spread through those networks, it is possible to spread a statewide alert as soon as a lost or found dog report has been received.  By working to recover lost dogs, the side effect is to decrease the number of homeless animals that are brought into shelters and animal control facilities, and often ends up preventing unnecessary euthanasia.  Over 21,000 dogs have found their families since 2010!  Amazing!  Finding these lost dogs and helping them find their families doesn’t only help the dogs and families, but it frees up the space and money in the kennels and shelters for dogs who truly are lost so they can find forever homes.  “When a dog goes missing, most owners do not know how or where to begin looking. Our specially-trained volunteers make them a flier to distribute and offer helpful support and advice tailored to their situation and locale. We also constantly remind the public that not all stray dogs are homeless and that there is likely an owner looking for a dog that has been found” explains Pobloskie.  “One of our recent success stories was a lab mix named Abner. He was missing nine weeks during really bad weather. We never gave up, and neither did Abner’s owner. She read the articles on our website and followed the advice of her caseworker. Abner was successfully lured into the home of some kind Good Samaritans who patiently gained his trust. Never doubt a dog’s ability to survive.”
If you are interested in starting an organization in your state, please visit the Lost Dogs of America website at www.lostdogsofamerica.org

Movie Theatre Day – Most of the young adults of today have never been to one of the really cool, old theaters that has one single screen, rows and rows of seats and that old theater feel that made going to the movies special.  They are used to the multiplex theaters where there are anywhere from four to 10 (or more!) movies showing!  Something special is lost in that venue.  When I was growing up theaters were individual and special places. We had two in one town, and until I was in high school, we had a small, intimate one in the town where I was raised.  That one was fondly dubbed “The Mouse House” because it was so tiny, but going to a movie there was special!  The two bigger theaters in town about 20 minutes from my town, they were REALLY special!  I saw my first PG movie in one of them and my first R movie in the other.  I have to chuckle because I don’t know that my Mom realized it was R rated and she spent the entire evening putting her hand over my eyes.  Looking back I seriously think that today’s PG and PG-13 movies were worse than that R, but at the time it was scandalous!  If you have an old theater in  your town, one that still has that old movie magic, celebrate by going to see a movie and when you do, know you are stepping into the past. 

Talk Like Shakespeare Day – Happy Birthday William Shakespeare!  Truth is, nobody really knows when his actual birthday is, but he was baptized on April 26th, 1564, and for some reason today was picked to celebrate.  Maybe baptisms were traditionally held 3 days after birth? I have no idea, but whatever the reason, this is a good one to celebrate.  Anyone with a love of the spoken and written word should appreciate this one.  Some places will be holding a sonnet writing contest today, some are just encouraging the appreciation of Shakespeare’s works.  A few years ago a show came to the local theater.  My employers are sponsors of the theater and for some reason nobody wanted to go to this show . . . it was a one man show called “Conversation With Shakespeare”.  The actor was AMAZING!  He looked like Shakespeare and he knew everything there seemed to be to know about Shakespeare.  Throughout the evening, as he held a conversation about his life, took questions and interacted with the audience, you forgot that you weren’t really speaking with the real Shakespeare!  My daughter, who also loves his works, was enthralled.  I was so glad her work schedule allowed her to meet us for the show because it was one none of us will ever forget, and if it ever comes back again?  I’m definitely going!

World Book & Copyright Day – Think about it . . . the history of the written word is the history of our world, of all of humanity.  Everything we know about the past, we know because of the written word!  It is with gratitude that I look back over time and see all of the amazing works that have been done so that we don’t lose where we came from, and help to guide us to where we are going.  I’m old fashioned, and though I appreciate digital media and the e-books that are available quickly and easily, I love a solid book with real covers, real pages and ink.  There is something satisfying and basic about settling in with a good book and getting lost between the pages of someone else’s imagination. . . it sets fire to my own imagination!  No matter whether you like “real” books, or e-books, we need to encourage people to keep creating, keep writing, keep recording life so nobody in the future is in the dark about what we are all about, and what happened to guide the paths to the generations yet to come.

 

Food Celebrations of the Day

National Picnic DayIn the most famous artistic depiction of a picnic, Edouard Manet’s “Le Dejeuner sur l’Herbe,” the spread is notably scant — just some fruit and a loaf of bread.

Mayo-Free Picnic Potato Salad
Rustic Onion & Cheese Picnic Pie
Picnic Chicken
Picnic Corn & Zucchini Salad
Pan Bagnat (French Picnic Sandwich)
Layered Picnic Salad

National Zucchini Bread Day – I think it is funny that Zucchini bread day is today, since it is usually in the summer that people have so much zucchini and need to know what to do with it.  Well, seriously, by the time that happens aren’t most of us sick of zucchini?  So . . . we celebrate it now and get us all excited about the bounty that is to come.  For some people anyway. . . for some reason I have the hardest time growing zucchini! I know! It’s weird! NOBODY has a hard time with that!  Well, I do.  It’s sad, I know. 

Zucchini Bread
Chocolate Zucchini Bread
Pineapple Zucchini Bread
Zucchini Coconut Bread
Banana Zucchini Bread
Zucchini Bread With Blueberries

Wow – obviously Zucchini bread is very versatile! Yum!

I hope each and every one of you end this day feeling appreciated by either the people you work for, the people you live with, or your friends and family.  We all deserve the acknowledgement for the little things we do to honor the people around us.  God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow.

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