Oh my gosh, I am so happy that it is FRIDAY! Yesterday I hurried through payroll and a few other things and asked my boss if I could just leave early. Other folks usually manage to get out of there early before I even think to ask, but yesterday I just needed it. I figured I’d head to Costco and Trader Joe’s BEFORE the big after work crowd hit (best laid plans don’t always work out the way we wish), and still get home in time to get done with my exercise before hubby made it home. I made it home early enough to be half done with my workout anyway, fixed dinner for him, made my smoothie for me (I was on the EDGE with this one – since he was having NY Strip Steak, potato and sauteed mushrooms – my choice for him, but it sure did smell and look better than my oddly hued beverage/meal) and hit the couch to catch up on a few things online. Just knowing that today is Friday and that we don’t have any set plans for the weekend puts a smile on my face. We got a couple of new lounge chairs for the deck that, if the weather guessers are guessing correctly, we’ll get a chance to try out! YES! (Meercat photo compliments of my hubby from our trip to the Woodland Park Zoo last year)
Holy Humor Month – Joke of the Day –
Late For Class – A little girl, dresses in her “Sunday best” was late and running to her Sunday school class. As she ran, she prayed, “Dear God, please don’t let me be late. Dear God, please don’t let me be late.” Then she fell. She got up, dusted her self off and saw that her dress was now dirty and had a little tear. She started running again, still praying, “Dear God, please don’t let me be late.” But this time she added, “But please don’t push me, either!” (isn’t that cute?)
Penguin Awareness Day: Always January 20
World Penguin Day: Always April 25th
Penguin Awareness Day, and World Penguin Day are both great opportunities to learn about and appreciate one of the few natives of Antarctica. We’ve already celebrated Penguin Awareness Day back in January, so this is our last chance this year to officially take some time and learn about them on a special day picked out just for them. Studying them on the internet or from a book is good, or watching a documentary would be a good thing. If you have a zoo nearby, most have penguin habitats set up, so maybe so sit and study them in action! We have two zoos within a couple of hours and both have pretty great penguin areas set up. It would be nice to go on a day when it isn’t very busy (do zoos have those?) and just sit and watch them play! If you REALLY are getting into the mood you can wear black and white in the penguin’s honor, and even tell a penguin joke or two. I don’t know any – I’ll have to look some up! *Found one!* You ready? A Car Full of Penguins: A man was driving down the highway with a car full of penguins. Penguins sticking out the windows, penguins coming out the sunroof, penguin everywhere. A cop pulled him over and told him if he didn’t want a ticket he’d better take those penguins straight to the zoo. The man promised he would and drove off. The next day, the same highway, the same car, the same guy, the same cop and the same penguins – only this time the penguins were all wearing sunglasses! The cop pulled the guy over and said, “I thought I told you to take these penguins to the zoo!” “I did” said the guy, “Today I’m taking them to the beach!” (yes a touch corny, but it’s cute!)
Hairstylists Appreciation Day – This celebration USED to be held on April 30th, but the person who sponsored it – Anne Camilleri from San Carlos, CA- changed it to the 25th in 2012. You may find it listed elsewhere as the 30th still because a lot of calendar sites just copy each other without double checking. I’m betting, if you go to the same hair stylist all the time, that she/he knows more about you than your own doctor! A good stylist not only fixes your hair, but they are a good listener too! They have developed over the years a way to make their clients feel good, which in turn usually helps the client to open right up without hesitating. Now, mine tells me about as much about her life as I do about mine, so it’s a good give and take! You can celebrate this one several ways . . . schedule an appointment and leave a nice tip, send flowers and a card, or write a hand-written note, to let them know how much they mean to you. Over the years I have decided that finding a stylist I like is as challenging as finding a new dentist! Seriously!
Hug A Plumber Day or Plumbers Day – I don’t personally KNOW any plumbers, since my hubby takes care of anything that happens around here, but I know that they are a necessary and vital contact to have should an emergency happen with your ability to have running water! We are all so dependent on it, that if it should stop flowing freely it would be quite a disruption. If you know a plumber, or need one today, it may be a good idea to give him/her a hug of appreciation. I’m lucky since I can hug my guy every day and know that he can fix pretty much anything around here that needs to be fixed.
National Hairball Awareness Day – I never thought about actually celebrating a day for hairballs. These nasty little lumps make an appearance occasionally around here, especially from my long-haired cat. All kitties have grooming challenges – it takes a lot of work to stay beautiful and sleek! From the time they are born, kittens are groomed with enthusiasm and thoroughness by their mothers, and it becomes and ingrained, instinctive habit that they continue as they grow up. Unfortunately all of that licking results in occasional balls of fur being yacked up . . . hopefully not where you’ll step on in the dark – that’s seriously gross when that happens. There are foods on the market that are supposed to help with this, but I heard on Dr. Oz just yesterday to put a little olive oil on a cat’s food about once a week and it helps things just move on through, rather than being gagged back up all over your carpet. Nice! I’ll have to try that! Side benefit is that it helps keep their fur nice and shiny!
National Mani-pedi Day – I really couldn’t dig up any details about this one, but it seriously sounds like it’s time to start in on getting regular mani-pedis before sandal and flip flop weather is all the way here! My toes are in need after their long winter of being covered up . . . so celebrate THIS one by making an appointment to treat your toes to a little bit of pampering. If you are wanting to save a little money, that’s just fine! Soak those tootsies in a soothing bath, then take care of the nails yourself. It’s still relaxing – not AS relaxing – but it will do!
Food Celebration of the Day –
I was a day ahead with National Zucchini Bread Day! I’m sorry! See yesterday’s post for 6 delicious sounding Zucchini Bread Recipes!
Enjoy a glorious Friday – the last day of the work week for many of us! I feel for all of you who have to wake up to an alarm tomorrow . . . but not enough to wake up with one out of sympathy or support. Nope! I’ll be sleeping past 5 a.m. with contentment and much happiness! God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!