WOOHOO! We have reached Friday, and I could not be happier about it. It has been an interesting week for sure, with yesterday being the catalyst to my excitement over today being Friday. Challenges at the office this week have mentally tuckered me out and I could use a day not to have to wake up with the alarm clock.
Beer Can Appreciation Day is today – I know that anyone reading this right now will have to think really hard for a moment, but I’m betting no matter how hard you think you can’t remember a time, or even imagine one, when beer wasn’t available in cans. On January 24, 1935 the first canned beer was presented in Richmond, Virginia. It’s a staple on supermarket shelves now around the world! You may not be a fan of beer, but I’m betting you can appreciate the benefits of aluminum cans. Their light weight makes them less expensive to transport, which will use less fuel. It has a high conductivity of temperature, which lets it chill quickly in the fridge. Aluminum cans are 100% recyclable, and they can be recycled over and over! There are actually a lot of people who collect beer cans. My first thought was where would they store them? Then I had to back off of that since I collect teapots and antique teacups and they do take up an awful lot of room – so I can’t really judge. A true beer can collector will carefully open a beer can from the bottom, empty it, then wash and dry the can. Since there is a market for these old cans, if you find one, do not throw it away. Check it out in a collector’s catalog, or even on E-Bay. You may have found something valuable!
Compliment Day – Doesn’t it feel nice when someone says something really nice to you – giving you a completely unexpected and sincere compliment? Giving compliments is just as nice since it shows that you are aware of other people and what they are doing. What you may not know is that both giving and receiving compliments takes some practice. Many of us aren’t so great at taking a compliment, even if we are pretty good at giving them. When you give someone a compliment, make sure it is genuine and specific. You can use a compliment as an icebreaker or conversation starter when you are in social situations. Accepting a compliment graciously, without discounting them, makes the compliment giver feel good about saying something. If you deny what they’ve said then you’ve handed their verbal gift back to them rudely and you may actually hurt their feelings! Just say thank you and let it go, if it makes you feel uncomfortable. Celebrate today by complimenting at least five different people! You’ll make their day and in the process probably make your own!
Belly Laugh Day – Is there anything better than a gut wrenching, tears falling, sides aching belly laugh? They are infectious, aren’t they? When someone is having a full blown belly laugh you just can’t feel bad! You want to laugh too, even if you don’t know why you’re laughing! It feels great, but there are health benefits too! When we laugh we stretch muscles in our face and body and our pulse and blood pressure rise. This pumps more oxygen to all of our body’s tissue. If you laugh for 10-15 minutes you will burn as many as 50 calories. Granted, you’ll be so weak from all that laughing you won’t have the strength
Food Celebration of the Day –
National Peanut Butter Day – We hear so much about peanut allergies these days that many of us are afraid to even take them in public for fear of some poor little kid having a reaction. For those of us who don’t have those types of allergies, peanut butter continues to be a favorite food of people of all ages. Less than 1% of the population is actually allergic, and studies show that as many as 20% of those will outgrow it. If you’re one of the lucky 99% who isn’t allergic, celebrate this one by trying out a new peanut butter recipe. Here are a few suggestions from Yahoo! Shine (I couldn’t get www.food.com/food-holidays to cooperate).
Well there you go! I wasn’t even going to write that much, but after I got started I got a second wind. Heading off to work now. The sooner I get there, the sooner I can get the weekend started! God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!