Tuesday, March 30, 2010

March 29 - April 4

March 29 - Mom & Pop Business Owners Day
March 30 - The Grass Is Always Browner On The Other Side Of The Fence Day
March 31 - Bunsen Burner Day
April 1 - One Cent Day
April 2 - Penut Butter & Jelly Day
April 3 - Find A Rainbow Day
April 4 - Walk Around Things Day

March 28 – Something On A Stick Day

Thank goodness for this day – I have now discovered the PERFECT way to eat a 3 Musketeers candy bar…ON A STICK! I love 3 Musketeers – my favorite way to eat them is to eat off all the outside leaving me with just the fluffy inside! Normally when I do this my fingers stick the great fluffy guts of the 3 Musketeers making it a bit messy. Something On A Stick Day has proven to be the answer and I know strongly prefer to eat ALL 3 Musketeers on a stick from here on out. I will have to get some to keep in my car.

Now I supposed today doesn’t have to be something eaten off a stick, that was just was my mind was immediately drawn to. There could be a flag on a stick, a bird on a stick, a number of things. I am sure people with children can come up with a host of things that can go on a stick that I never would have thought of. OOO marshmallows on a stick…then into S’mores..LOVE!

Jared had a Recess Egg on a stick…he said it was very good, although not quite and handy as my 3 Musketeer!

Enjoy things on sticks today…

March 27 – Joe Day

This day is for those of who don’t like your name to change it to Joe. Apparently everybody likes Joe. Now this may be a bit odd for women, so one website I read suggested Josephine or Jody.

I happen to have a friend named Joe; I called him today to let him know it was his day. He was out celebrating apparently so I left him a message. He is a very likable guy, and I don’t really know anyone who doesn’t like him. If you are worried about your child being liked at school, maybe you should go ahead and name them Joe.

Here are some other famous Joe’s:

DiMaggio, Joe
G.I. Joe
Jonas, Joe
Lieberman, Joe
Montana, Joe
Namath, Joe
Pesci, Joe

That picture is my friend Joe with my other friend Adriane...see they are so happy! - That's at our wedding so OBVIOUSLY they were having a great time!

March 26 – Make Up Your Own Holiday

Oh my I had so many GREAT ideas for this one! If I owned my own home…no if I lived in my own home, I would have had a party for today and I would have declared the holiday: I Told You I’d Wear It Again Day – where you would pull out those old bridesmaid dresses, prom dresses. Halloween costumes, wedding dresses, Hawaii shirts, etc that you really otherwise would never wear again! I was so excited to celebrate – then I realized two things: 1. I don’t have anywhere to have a party, 2. It’s March madness and no one would come – I guess we could have watched basketball in our fun clothes – but then we are back to problem number 1.

Then I thought – HIPPO DAY! An obvious choice…maybe too obvious. So then I came up with: Love Your Alma Mater Day! Which is easy to do if you are a MSU graduate as I am…advancing in the big dance that is March Madness! It was great we gathered at a friend’s house to watch the game with other fans of varying degrees…

MSU won of course – which was AMAZING! So all in all I would say it was a very successful day. We of course had our green and white gear on so HOORAY!

Celebrate your alma mater today…or celebrate whatever you decide today is the day to celebrate!

Gotta love the Drumline…they are pretty AWESOME at MSU…my hubby is the one in the one in the middle that starts it all off!


March 25 – National Pecan Day

I thought I would take this opportunity to give you some fun facts about Pecans:
• Pecans could improve your love life? If the body does not get enough zinc, it may have difficulty producing testosterone – a key hormone in initiating sexual desire in both men and women. Pecans provide nearly 10 percent of the recommended Daily Value for zinc. So, pass on the oysters and reach for a handful of pecans!

• Can you imagine a pecan skyscraper? It would take 11,624 pecans, stacked end to end, to reach the top of the Empire State Building in New York City.

• Texas adopted the pecan tree as its state tree in 1919. In fact, Texas Governor James Hogg liked pecan trees so much that he asked if a pecan tree could be planted at his gravesite when he died.

• Pecans in space: it would take a line of over 10 billion pecans to reach the moon!

• Albany, Georgia, which boasts more than 600,000 pecan trees, is the pecan capital of the U.S. Albany hosts the annual National Pecan Festival, which includes a race, parade, pecan-cooking contest, the crowning of the National Pecan Queen and many other activities.

• Would you go nuts for a refreshing dip in the pool? You’d need a lot of pecans – 144 million to be exact – to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool.

• It takes a magnificent tree to produce a great-tasting nut. Pecan trees usually range in height from 70 to 100 feet, but some trees grow as tall as 150 feet or higher. Native pecan trees – those over 150 years old – have trunks more than three feet in diameter.

• That’s one heavy nut: it would take 5,640 pecan halves to equal the weight of a standard watermelon.

• Pecans come in a variety of sizes – mammoth, extra large, large, medium, small and midget. They also come in several forms including whole pecans, pecan halves, pieces, granules and meal.

• There are over 1,000 varieties of pecans. Many are named for Native American Indian tribes, including Cheyenne, Mohawk, Sioux, Choctaw and Shawnee.

• Some of the larger pecan shellers process 150,000 pounds of pecans each day. That’s enough to make 300,000 pecan pies!

• The U.S. produces about 80 percent of the world’s pecan crop.

• Before a shelled pecan is ready to be sold, it must first be cleaned, sized, sterilized, cracked and finally, shelled.

For more information you can check out: http://www.ilovepecans.org/index.html Yupp - that is a real website – I bet you never knew did you!

March 24 – Chocolate Covered Raisin Day

I love raisins and I love chocolate…you would think that combining two things you like would be even greater; however, this was not the case. Other great things separate that are just bad together…ice cream and Pepsi, cheese and peanut butter…enter your own bad combination here___________________. I actually had never had a Raisenet, but Jared knew all about them and where to get them. I tried them like any good sport…they started off not too bad but then proceeded to get progressively worse – by the end I decided to swear off the chocolate covered raisin forever!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

March 23 – Organize Your Home Office Day

Even though we are in transition and living with parents right now, we do in fact have a home office. I have taken over one of the other bedrooms in our house and set up my office. It isn’t really that un-organized…I saw last week that this day was coming so I tried to wait to clean up things…however, I couldn’t find anything and I like things pretty organized…so I had to do a cleaning last week. It was kinda like when people are so irritated and they sit there and their eye starts twitching and their hands start slowly moving to do something they know they aren’t supposed to…I am just envisioning one of those cartoon guys about to explode…that was me trying to wait to organize my office! Today I mostly just straightened piles of papers and grouped things together…all the pens here…calendars here…and so on. I actually LOVE organizing…so today was very exciting for me!

Have fun organizing…always a great excuse to go to my favorite kind of stores…The Container Store…is it sad that I could walk around in there FOREVER and just look at all the different storage things…AHH I am getting all excited now just thinking about it…OH MY I am moving into a new house, you know what this means…all types of new places and ways to ORGANIZE!!!! - Yes, I realize I sound like I may have fallen off my rocker – at least you don’t have to live with me…my poor hubby!

March 22 – Goof Off Day

You would think that being unemployed I would have ample time to goof off…and get this blog up in time…oops. However, I have been so busy lately! It’s amazing what living by friends and family will do for your social life, not to mention what buying a house will do to your “schedule that appointment soon” life. So I have been very busy. Every day I spend hours looking for and applying for jobs, then Duke and I go to the park to get some fresh air and exercise. Then it’s back to the computer for some work, used to be house hunting but now I can cross that off my list, and some reading (I have several projects I am working on that involve reading books).

Today, to Goof Off, I didn’t apply for any jobs…I confess I did look for a little while though, I didn’t write my blog (slacker I know) - I didn’t even take a picture for my blog, I didn’t have to house hunt so that was great, and I just did a lot of unproductive things! It was great, however, I do love being productive so at first this day was a little hard for me.

The definition of Goof Off is:
goof-off (g f ôf , - f )
n. Slang
One who shirks work or responsibility.

Everyone needs a day like this once in a while…so here is your excuse to not be responsible…ENJOY!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

March 22-28

March 22 - Goof Off Day
March 23 - Organize Your Home Office Day
March 24 - Chocolate Covered Raisens Day
March 25 - Pecan Day
March 26 - Make Up Your Own Holiday
March 27 - Joe Day
March 28 - Something On A Stick Day

March 21 – Memory Day

Today Jared and I played a ROUSING game of memory. We didn’t have the cute little cards with cats and birds and cookies on them so we played with playing cards; matching the 2 red 5’s and black jacks etc.

There are a few things that I HATE forgetting:

• My password to anything online…then you have to prove that you are you by answering all sorts of questions, clicking links on your email, calling someone, going back to the website…it’s just a lot of work!
• My cell phone – sad but now I just feel completely naked if I don’t have it!
• The Office – HATE missing that!
• A Pepsi – always a necessity
• The check – when I am driving past the bank and realize it is nicely placed on the counter at home
• Duke…yesterday I left him outside accidentally…no worries he was sitting in the driveway when I finally discovered he wasn’t right by my feet as usual.

Memory is such a weird thing in you think about it. You can store things in your brain and then just pull them up later. I can remember running out on the soccer field as a kid, I remember people on the other team, what color I was, the wind blowing, looking at my dad (the coach) on the sideline…Amazing how my brain can just instantly bring me back to that time.

*for some reason my picture isn't working...imagine a picture of me beating Jared at memory....i'll keep working on it.

March 20 – Proposal Day

Last night we were hanging out with some FABULOUS friends who are dating…I mentioned that today was Proposal day just to see what would happen…there was complete silence…while starring at me for a few seconds which seemed like forever, and then I burst into laughter. I said I was just letting them know what day it was…how they interpreted it was up to them…however, it is now the end of the day and I haven’t heard anything, so I am thinking they proposed NOT to propose.

I proposed a few things today and they were all happily received. I proposed that we go get a movie…we did. I proposed that we take Duke to the park…we did. I proposed to some people that we should be able to buy their house…WE DID! Yes we are on our way to being proud home owners…HOORAY!

This day was created to help give the extra little nudge to get people engaged….I am already married so I couldn’t hence why I tried nudging my friends…unsuccessful, but I tried!

And from the Proposal Day Website: Prince William and Anne Hathaway declared most eligible singles worldwide!

It also states that if you are thinking about getting married you should propose on the first day of spring…TODAY or the first day of Fall… as these are the two days in the year where day and night are of equal length worldwide, symbolizing the equality of the two who comprise the successful marriage.

GOOD LUCK ALL YOU NEWLY ENGAGED…You’re going to need it!

Monday, March 22, 2010

March 19 – Agricultural Day

I am a proud graduate of Michigan State University, an agricultural school. Today in the NCAA tournament we beat the New Mexico State Aggies, another agricultural school. I love looking at agriculture. There is an agriculture.com if you ever need any information about agriculture. WOW, typing that word so much is making it seem very odd to me…you know when you say a word over and over and then you start thinking…that is an odd word, what does that even mean, and why does that word mean that…Anyways, I am getting off track…

1. the science, art, or occupation concerned with cultivating land, raising crops, and feeding, breeding, and raising livestock; farming.

2. the production of crops, livestock, or poultry.

Enjoy your agriculture today, I looked at many fields today, enjoying their peacefulness, I ate poultry today and enjoyed it very much. I love agriculture!

March 18 – Goddess of Fertility Day

WOW, I had no idea there were so many gods and goddesses of fertility. This explains a lot, I was going to say if there is just one she has been busy. Just about every person I know either has a kid or one on the way. Luckily, Jared and I have been able to avoid these fertility arrows flying through the air!

If, however, you are trying to be a fertile…this would be a great day to do the dance!

Here are some of the gods and goddesses of fertility:

Ala (Nigeria)
Aphrodite (Greece)
Arianrhod (Wales)
Ashur (Assyria)
Baal (Canaan)
Bast (Egypt)
Bendis (Greece)
Brigit (Ireland)
Cybele (Roman)
Frigg (Teutonic)
Freyja (Teutonic)
Gefjon (Teutonic)
Ghede (Voudoun)
Haumea (Hawaii)
Juno Sospita (Roman)
Macha (Ireland)
Min (Egypt)
Osiris (Egypt)
Pan (Greece)
Quetesh (Egypt)
Shiva (India)
Tellus Mater (Celtic)
Venus (Roman)
Xipe Totˆc (Aztec)

March 17 – Submarine Day

I am not sure whey this day is Submarine day, I found all sorts of sites celebrating submarine day, but I couldn’t find an answer. I am 99% sure that they (whoever “they” are) are referring to the big underwater boat…not the sandwich. Sad news because I was going to use this as an excuse to go to Jimmy John’s...mmm LOVE IT! This is the extent of the information I could find on this day…

A submarine is a vessel designed for underwater operations that can still sail on the water's surface. Aristotle described a submersible used in 332 B.C. by the sailors of Alexander The Great. There is also evidence that a primitive sub was built around 200 B.C. in China. It was centuries later before the first real sub was built in 1620 by a Dutchman (of wood encased in leather). From these beginnings, we have progressed to the nuclear powered subs that sail today.

So take some time and enjoy on of my favorite songs of all time…

Oh and if you want, you CAN send an E-card for Submarine day: http://www.greetingcards.com/d/holidays/april/national_submarine_day/cat_15143.html

March 16 – Everything You Do Is Right Day

If I had to pick a member of my family who took this day and used it to the fullest…it would be Duke.

Mom and I headed to the park with Duke today. Now Duke is not a ferocious beast, he doesn’t even pretend to be one. Since we have moved to Michigan he has discovered squirrels and rabbits and is starting to chase them, but nothing crazy….Today at the park there was still ice covering 85% of the pond…so it was cold. Mom and I are walking around talking and all of a sudden I hear a big SPLASH! We look and Duke is swimming in the pond chasing the ducks in the water! I said “DUKE what are you doing?” And I think that snapped him out of some sort of trance, because he looked back at us like “OH MY, what AM I doing” - and swam back to shore. He then proceeded to zigzag back and forth at top speed around the park, go down into a stream and run up and down it chasing sticks, jump from bank to bank over it, and then into the woods where he found something that smelled SOOOOO good that he had to roll in it.

Yes, he had a great time and what could I say…it’s Everything You Do Is Right Day. Luckily he dried off a little bit by the time he had to sit on my lap to go home, we got home, he took a bath, and then passed out in front of the fire….it’s rough being Duke.

March 15 – National Brutus Day

Ides of March is another name for today I have discovered - Ides is the 15th in the ancient Roman calendar. Today is the infamous day where Cesar cried out “Et tu, Brute”

My mom, being the teacher that she is, held a dinner party to celebrate Brutus Day. We were talking about centerpieces for the table and I came up with: a bloody knife, a cake that you could stab into and “blood” would come out of it, a mystery dinner where one person was Cesar and one Brutus and you have to figure out who killed who…NONE of my ideas were used! How rude, I thought I had some great creative juices flowing.

Well, despite not having an interesting centerpiece or fun game that I suggested, I think they had a great dinner!

Monday, March 15, 2010

March 15 - 21

March 15 - National Brutus Day
March 16 - Everything You Do Is Right Day
March 17 - Submarine Day
March 18 - Goddess of Fertility Day
March 19 - Agricultural Day
March 20 - Propsal Day
March 21 - Memory Day

March 14 – Potato Chip Day

In the summer of 1853, Native American George Crum was employed as a chef at an elegant resort in Saratoga Springs, New York. One dinner guest found Crum's French fries too thick for his liking and rejected the order. Crum decided to rile the guest by producing fries too thin and crisp to skewer with a fork. The plan backfired. The guest was ecstatic over the browned, paper-thin potatoes, and other diners began requesting Crum's potato chips. (ideafinder.com)

Not sure why today is Potato Chip Day, since they were invented in August. Thoughts are that this holiday was invented by the snack food industry…great idea…if you are ever trying to sell something, declare a holiday in which everyone is supposed to buy and use your product. I am guessing that many of you didn’t know today was potato chip day…thus proving how ineffective their marketing of this day was/is…I should let them know that I am looking for a job…

March 13 – Open An Umbrella Inside Day

Well, I did notice that this day was on a 13th…I am wondering if we are going for like a break the curse of the un-lucky things here or something.

For the history of why this is considered unlucky you can check out February 10 – Umbrella Day…it’s all there.

I quite like opening umbrellas inside…living on the edge – that’s me. I have yet to hit a streak of bad luck. Jared would not participate in this day…he has had such good luck in life…well having me and duke at least, I can see how he doesn’t want to risk it.

So I strutted around out house…well my parent’s house…with their umbrella…I promise someday I will have my own umbrella and my own house.

Jared thought I should sing Singing in the Rain, but it wasn’t raining and I didn’t feel the urge to sing…so I didn’t. I did a few twirls and spins with it…it was all quite exciting…teasing the universe…I DARE YOU TO GIVE ME BAD LUCK FOR THIS!

(Picture came out a little blurry)

March 12 – Plant A Flower Day

Planting a flower – the sign of spring, new life coming up, refreshed, ready for anything, beauty, peace, SUN…this is what planting a flower represents to me.

The Lynn’s and I had such a fun time the other day at our lunch we reconvened today to plant flowers and enjoy some pizza!

We figured it is too early to plant flowers outside, so we headed to one of my FAVORITE stores…Hobby Lobby to see what we could come up with.

Ended up finding a great little greenhouse kit to grow Marigolds! Even better…it was made right here in the USA... GO CRAYOLA! Age was 4 and up so we figured we could handle it.

March 11 – Worship of Tools Day

First let’s go over the types of tools:

• Power tools
• Hand tools
• Garden tools
• Cutting tools
• Machine tools
• Measuring tools
• Alignment tools

As a former employee of a very large and respected tool company, I must say I do love tools. I am sure this day was invented by some man though. Wandering around Home Depot, completely ignoring his wife’s phone calls, gathering with all the other men picking up various tools to feel the power in their hands tempted to let out a Tim Allen grunt...I can see it all now. When I worked in the power tool industry, I can tell you that YES this happens frequently. I can also tell you, when we had events at the store we would hope that the wife wasn’t there. The men who came alone…those were our pray…and let me tell you as the person who consistently broke sales goals by over 150%...they were sitting ducks.

Now this is not to say that women don’t like tools…of course they do…I am a woman and I love tools!

I’m just saying I’m pretty sure this day was invented by a man…so….GO MEN! FEAST YOUR EYES UPON THE TOOLS…FEEL THEIR POWER IN YOUR HAND…TODAY IS YOUR DAY TOOL LOVERS!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

March 10 – Middle Name Pride Day

Lynn is the best middle name to have I do believe. Obviously, because my middle name is Lynn, but also a lot of the greatest people I know…my friend’s Amy and Sherry for example all have Lynn as their much under appreciated middle name. We are so proud of our name we had a Lynn Lunch today. It was very fun…always a good time when you are gathered with Lynn’s.

Today I was living with 2 no-namers…Duke and Jared do not have middle names…quite sad, but they took pride in the fact that they had nothing to celebrate.

I think it is good that middle names have a day, always cut out of daily conversation. You know you really know someone when you know their middle name. Sure, the middle initial gets attention, but that letter could stand for so many things! Today I had Jared call me by my middle name all day. I called my parents by their middle names, but I don’t really think they noticed…I guess that shows how much they are listening to me! Or maybe for some odd reason they get called their middle names all the time…very unlikely, I am just trying to make myself feel better.

So take pride in your middle name today…shout it from the roof tops! (Maybe not if your middle name is “I’m going to jump”)

Most Common Middle Names:

• Rose
• Grace
• Faith
• Brooke
• Nicole
• Ashley
• Elizabeth

• Michael
• James
• John
• Joseph
• Thomas
• Stephen
• David
• William

March 9 – National Panic Day

Recipe for panic:

• Think about what you worry about the most
• Put no rational limits on what you think
• Let your imagination run wild
• Think of the worst case and start to believe they are going to come true

TA DA you’re panicking!

Today I did exactly what I said above and here is what I came up with:

• I will never find a job, and if I do it will pay me barely anything and be something I could have done straight out of high school…maybe middle school
• Duke is going to get very sick soon
• Jared and I are never going to find a house and end up living in a small apartment for the rest of our lives
• We will never have a yard
• We won’t be able to travel nearly as much as we want to because I am not making any money.
• I will never get to own my own jeep! (Life long dream!)
• I will never even get close to my life goal of visiting every country in the world!
• I have no clothes to wear and will look like a slob in sweats and a sweatshirt my whole life
• When I have kids I will get really really big and never be able to lose weight

Those really were my biggest panics today. Some may say they are petty, I realized that even in my panicking I am not worried about having food or friends and family…maybe that is my lesson today. The worst circumstances I could foresee never involve me not having friends, family, or a place to stay. Maybe today, National Panic Day, is a good day after all.

March 8 – Check Your Batteries Day

Seems as though we are having a lot of battery days lately…well ok just two but two days for batteries…that’s pretty good.

I think that they need to invent something very small that you can just press up to a battery and it will tell you how full or un-full of a charge it is…if they have something like this PLEASE tell me!

Maybe today refers to the battery inside of us that keeps us going. I know to recharge my batteries I like to take a long bubble bath, or go to the park with my dog, or go on a weekend getaway with Jared. I think that my battery was running out today so it is a good thing I checked it! I am so tired; I think that I will sleep very well tonight.

I think the equivalent to the gadget I was saying they need to invent to check a battery (above) for your own human charge is a really soft gushy bed and pillow! If you stumble forward and collapse…that’s not a good sign. If you dive forward bounce a couple times and then rest…you’re half full, and if you look at it and think…”Ooo that looks good, I’ll be there a little later”…then you’re probably fine. Very important this is what you WANT to do, not what you think you need to do…because 87% of the time the person who wants to stumble forward and collapse is going to say “I’ll be there in a minute I still have to do ….” and continue to run around like a fool.

Check your battery, make sure you are on full…and if not figure out a way to get there!

Monday, March 8, 2010

March 8 - 14

March 8 - Check Your Batteries Day
March 9 - National Panic Day
March 10 - Middle Name Pride Day
March 11 - National Worship of Tools Day
March 12 - Plant A Flower Day
March 13 - National Open An Umbrella Indoors Day
March 14 - National Potatoe Chip Day

*I am sorry for the lack of posting lately...I have been travelling all over Michigan.  I promise to try to do better!  I am still celebrating every day though...even if I am not able to post!

March 7 - Learn What Your Name Means Day

Michelle: French meaning Who is Like God

I actually happen to already know this - Michelle is the female version of Michael – the angel. Obviously my parents knew they were getting an angel for a child! I believe that a name says a lot about who you are…I mean mine says it exactly! There is debate about whether there is supposed to be a question mark on the end of that meaning, some have it some don’t…I say no.

Let’s look at some others:

Jared: Hebrew meaning Ruler – he is the head of the house…another match!
Duke: Old French meaning Leader…uh oh Duke and Jared are going to have to battle it out!
Katie (my sister): Greek meaning Pure
Erin (sister): Celtic meaning Peace

These last two are debatable…I guess it depends on who you talk to.

I may have to see what names mean before I name my kids…maybe I can steer them in some direction simply by naming them the right thing. I know that you all have a name or two that everyone you know with that name turns out to be someone you don’t want to know…you know it’s true!

Find out what your name means:

March 6 - Frozen Food Day

I am a big frozen food fan! My favorites are Tostinos pizza, Lean Cuisine – chicken with basil sauce, and in college I lived off of the $1 banquet meals!

Today I worked for 17 hours! Needless to say at the end of the day I was dirty, tired and hungry! Jared, being the loving hubby that he is went to the store on his way to pick me up and picked up my favorite Lean Cuisine! HOORAY!

There wasn’t much time for this celebration, but it was delicious while it lasted!

I also really like the Jimmy Dean sausage, egg, and cheese on a biscuit…but they are fairly expensive so I don’t get them much. And let’s not forget Eggo Waffles! LEGO MY EGGO! They are FABULOUS! I just eat them by throwing them in the microwave for a few seconds and then eat them plain…sometimes I melt chocolate chips in them! I’m exhausted and I have to be back to work in 6 hours!

March 5 - Fun Facts About Names Day

Why is the sky called the sky, why is everything about Grand Rapids so Grand? Today is the day to find the answers to these questions. While those are great questions here are ones I found answers for:

Michigan - "Michigan" was named by the French, after the Ojibwe word "mishigama", which means "large water" or "large lake"

Jake the Jailbird - the name of the guy in jail on the Monopoly board.

Whirly-Girls - the name of the International Association of Women Helicopter Pilots

I wish that I had more facts about why things are called what they are called. I think I will make up something, like start calling cookies melichota and make up some long meaning behind it. I think that’s what really happens – “hey what should we call this?” – Then “they” whoever they are just make something up.

March 4 - National Hug A GI Day

Well, I hugged my dad, a GI yesterday…today I am up in Traverse City helping to take care of my nephew. I sent a phone hug to my brother-in-law who is a GI, and a hug through my sister to her father-in-law who is also a GI – he said he LOVED it by the way!

The question was raised today what does GI stand for…the best we could come up with is Government Issued…but can a person be government issued….that just seems weird.

So I did some research:
From Wikipedia:

GI or G.I. is a term describing a US soldier or an item of their equipment. The term is often thought to be an abbreviation of "Government Issue" but the origin of the term is in fact "Galvanized Iron" after the letters "GI" that was stamped on US Army metal trash cans made from it. It was later assumed that GI stood for Government Issue and the term was applied to other equipment and the soldiers themselves. Alternative interpretations include General Infantry, Ground Infantry, General Invasion and Government Inductee.
My mom hugged my step-dad, a GI, today while they were on a WWII ship in Texas.

Hug these brave men and women and thank them for all they do!

Here is my virtual hug to all GI’s out there!

March 3 - I Want You To Be Happy Day

Today I did things to make other people and dogs happy…shocker!

Duke and I got up at 6am and drove with Jared down to St.Joseph, Michigan where he works. He was very happy not to have to drive alone. Then I took duke to the beach where he had a lot of fun running around on the sand and snow. Duke and I then found a little pet store where he got to buy a brand new blue tennis ball, and later we found a dog bakery where he was able to pick out 3 special treats…needless to say he was VERY happy with all of this.

Next we met Jared for lunch and took him out to eat at the Pizza Hut buffet – a favorite in our family, making us both VERY happy.

For the afternoon Jared said he just wanted to make me happy and sent me off to Michigan City to go to the outlet mall. Knowing that by going I would be making him happy I accepted!

Tonight I told my sister I was coming up to visit her tomorrow and help take care of my cute little nephew- obviously that made the whole area of Traverse City happy!

March 2 – Old Stuff Day

Old – what does this really mean; it seems to be all relative. A shirt I bought 6 months ago could be considered old, yet the United States is still a young country. My car is old at 6, people are old about…70. Well, but people can also be old at 30…seems old, or if you are 4 then 16 is old.

I went through some of my old papers from high school today, 10th grade Comp papers, 12th grade College Writing papers, 9th grade book reports…it was all actually very interesting.

I had lunch at one of my old favorite spots…Bagel Beanery…I am not sure if this counts because it is still one of my favorites, but any excuse to “have” to eat there, I’ll take it!

I also looked at some old pictures with my mom…so old in fact that she didn’t even know who we were looking at…they looked like nice people 

Check out these other old things:

March 1 - National Pig Day

Today is the day to celebrate pigs, more importantly domesticated pigs.

Domesticated pigs are actually becoming very popular. I don’t know, maybe when they first started having domesticated dogs people were a little hesitant as well. I am just not sure I would want some huge oinker following me around my house. Do you also find it weird that we eat pigs…I guess in some countries they eat dog…it’s all a little confusing. Maybe someday we will have domesticated hippos! That would be AMAZING, I will be in the front of that line (I have heard of a couple…)

I guess with a pig you could cut down on the amount of time you spend mowing your lawn…I don’t think that no matter how mainstream domesticated pigs become you will ever find nearly as many in bed with their owners…but you never know

Today please respect the pigs...maybe try NOT to eat them!

Monday, March 1, 2010

March 1 - 7

March 1 - National Pig Day
March 2 - National Old Stuff Day
March 3 - I Want You To Be Happy Day
March 4 - National Hug A GI Day
March 5 - Fun Facts About Names Day
March 6 - Frozen Food Day
March 7 - Learn What Your Name Means Day

February 28 – Public Sleeping Day

I was looking forward to this day so much…I take a nap every Sunday and it is always amazing - usually in a public place in my house…if that counts. Today, however, I wasn’t able to take one…sadness!

Here are my friends Malibu and Clayton sleeping in church!

I was trying to think of the places I have fallen asleep in my life, here was my list I could remember:

• Back of an open bed truck
• Airport – everywhere
• Venice train station
• Boat
• Parked Car – Home Depot parking lots and other places
• Rest Area Lawn
• Park Bench
• My parent’s drive way
• Outside Spartan Stadium
• Department store – waiting outside the dressing room while someone else tried on clothes

That’s about it. I know my sister, Katie, used to ALWAYS fall asleep in weird places – the closet, the laundry basket, under the bed…causing the whole neighborhood and police to go looking for her (she fell asleep during an obviously intense game of hide and seek…I think it’s safe to say she won).

Where is the oddest place you have fallen asleep?

February 27 – National No Brainer Day

No Brainers, now these are my kind of questions/decisions…

n. Informal
Something so simple or easy as to require no thought.

Sometimes in my mind confused with “stupid” or “dumb” questions…
“Michelle, would you like some ice cream?”
“Duke, do you want to do outside?”
My mom’s favorite: Who’s buried in Grant’s grave?

I think it is hilarious how sometimes when you are asked no brainer questions you totally freeze…sadly this also happens to me a lot. Usually when you are on the spot, then you second guess yourself because you are thinking, “this is way too easy, why are they asking me this” or “is this person really that stupid, there must be more to this question”.

Some things should be no brainers but apparently aren’t…for your viewing pleasure:

February 26 – National Tell A Fairy Tale Day

As I began to do research into what exactly a Fairy Tale is it quickly got far more involved then I was thinking. There are many different thoughts on this, but basically; a fairy tale comes from folklore – or stories that are passed down by word of mouth. They are untrue and do not have to have fairies actually in them. They do usually involve magic of some sort, but this doesn’t seem to be a requirement.

Today I told Duke some fairy tales…pathetic I know, but when you are stuck in a house all day with only Duke…we are bonding…let’s just put it that way.

I, of course, made up fairy tales to tell Duke. They were about brave doggies that ran through their huge house, out into their huge yard, and jumped into their very own lake. The dog had other friends who lived there, he had an automatic treat dispenser, and a room full of pillows, fluff, and everything soft…for some this could be a reality, but for Duke this was WAY out of this realm of thinking…he thought it was great!

I find that making up fairy tales is far more entertaining then reciting the classics. Go ahead…try it today!