Thursday, May 28, 2015

Anniversaries

What is an anniversary?  It's what calendars were invented for!  Ha ha.  It's a day to commemorate a special occasion.  Today my husband and I have been married ten years.  I know, you're thinking, only ten?  I thought you were middle aged!  Yes, it's a second and better marriage for both of us.  Our anniversary used to signal that school was out, but now we have another week and a day.  But I have something special planned... It's a surprise!  I'm excited and can't wait to tell you all about it.

1. Wedding anniversary, obviously.  My husband and I always try to give each other a gift or token that signifies the traditional anniversary gifts people give.

2.  Work anniversaries. Some people celebrate the number of years they have been at a particular company, and some companies offer pins or gifts to signify the employee's service.

3.  Blogversaries.  The anniversary of the day you started your blog.  Mine is December 15, 2005.  Wow.  My ten year for that is coming up in 6-7 months.  Go figure!

4.  The anniversary of the date someone special died.  For me, it is October 10, 2004.  That is the day my beloved father passed away... not sick... no warning... just here one minute and gone the next, and there was nothing the doctors could do.  Not a happy anniversary, but an anniversary nonetheless.

5.  Here in Texas, we celebrate the say we won our independence from Mexico, March 2, 1836.  Perhaps you have your own state anniversary.

6. The anniversary of Bayer aspirin first being used in tablet form is January 1.  I bet they had no idea what they started 100 years ago!

7.  For the British, June 2, 1953 is an important anniversary.  Elizabeth was crowned queen, and she still "rules" today.

8.  For fans of the Beatles, January 30, 1969 is an important anniversary. This is the day of their final, public concert as a group.

9.  Many people celebrate the anniversary of their first date with their significant others.  I believe ours was January 9, 2002.

10.  Disneyland is celebrating their 60th anniversary this year.

11.  Americans celebrate the anniversary of the birth of our nation on July 4th.

12.  9/11 will likely be an anniversary Americans will remember for a long time to come.

13.  Many colleges celebrate the anniversary of their founding.  It creates pride in their institution.  It's also a great excuse for a parade or a frat party!

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Tuesday's Random Post & Coffee Chat

I'm lining up with Stacy Uncorked for a little bit of random.

I know I've mentioned how I hate bicycle riders in the street, the racers who think they need to use the same lane as the cars.  I looked in my rearview mirror yesterday, and there was a man just standing there behind my car!  It freaked me out.  Well, he was not just standing there; he was on a bike.  I couldn't see the bike in my mirror, just him.  It was so weird!

My Rockets have lost three to Golden State.  At least it hasn't been a sweet.  We will have a chance, although very small.  Golden State has just been phenomenal this year!  And Stephan Curry is just inhumanly talented.  Crazy talented!  I was hoping we would at least get to the second round this year, and we go to the conference finals, so I'm not complaining.

It's raining again, here.  A week or so ago, we had heavy downpours that were so bad, it delayed the start of school by two hours the next day.  I don't mind if that happens again!  But then again, my classroom flooded when that happened.  So, maybe not.

I've been sick this weekend, but I tried a new remedy that my step-daughter brought me.  It's made by Pharmaca.  I think it's called cold and sinus blaster.  and I think it works, or definitely helps some.  It tastes terrible!  It has so many different herbs and roots in it (garlic, horseradish root, peppermint oil, goldenseal, echineacea, and about a dozen others.  You just take a few drops (with some water or juice), and I felt the peppermint oil helping right away.  My throat is not as sore.  I think these herbal remedies could really help a lot of people if they knew about them.

Wish me luck tomorrow!  I'm presenting school awards.  Hope I don't cough or sneeze too loudly in the auditorium!

It's also time for Coffee Chat with Time out for Mom!
She asks...
Are you ready for summer? What's on your playlist? -

I AM ready for summer!  Trip to Las Vegas.  Scrapbook Retreat.  Then shoulder surgery.  Not too much fun on that one, but it's necessary.

Is my body ready for summer?  NO!  Hasn't been ready for summer since I was young.  I have been going to the gym some, but mostly just to keep me from getting any bigger.  This body won't be in a bikini!

As for my playlist?  It rarely changes.  Old favorites, mostly from the 60's, 70's, and early 80's.  I tend to like classic rock, but I also like some dance music and some country music, too.

Have a happy week!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Memorial Day Fun Facts

Happy Thursday!  I'm excited to have next Monday off school (two and a half weeks left this year).  Memorial Day isn't just about white sales, mattress sales, and discounts!  Here are some fun facts about Memorial Day.

1.  We (the United States) observe Memorial Day to remember those who have lost their lives in service to our country.

2.  The holiday was originally called Decoration Day.

3.  Decoration Day was a day to decorate or take care of the final resting places of loved ones who had passed on.
4.  Honoring the dead from the Civil War was the original purpose of Decoration Day.

5.  General consensus is that May of 1868 was the first Memorial Day.

6.  General James Garfield gave a speech at Arlington Cemetery that year.

7.  New York was the first state to recognize Memorial Day as a holiday.

8.  Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May.

9.  Waterloo, NY claims to be the birthplace of Memorial Day, but so do about two dozen other cities.

10.  Ulysses S. Grant was President when Memorial Day began.
11.  Red poppies are often worn on Memorial Day.  This is in reference to a poem written in 1915 by Moina Michael.
We cherish, too the Poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led,
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies.

12.  Memorial Day is a Federal (not national) holiday created by Congress.  This applies to Federal employees and the District of Columbia.

13.  States that observe Memorial Day do so by enactment of their state's Congress.

Information about Memorial Day can be found here and here. Memorial Day is also a time of accidents:  cars, boats, swimming.  Be careful and enjoy a safe Memorial Day weekend!  You can link up with Thursday Thirteen here!


Monday, May 18, 2015

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