Since I have a blog I can be a little narcissistic and plug my own birthday.
In many portions of the world an individual's birthday is celebrated by a party where a specially made cake, usually decorated with lettering and the person's age, is presented. The cake is traditionally studded with the same number of lit candles as the age of the individual, or a number candle representing their age. The celebrated individual usually will make a silent wish and attempt to blow out the candles in one breath; if successful, a tradition holds that the wish will be granted. In many cultures, the wish must be kept secret or it won't "come true". Presents are bestowed on the individual by the guests appropriate to her/his age. Other birthday activities may include entertainment (usually by a hired professional, i.e. a clown, magician, or musician), and a special toast or speech by the birthday celebrant. The last stanza of Patty Hill's and Mildred Hill's famous song, "Good Morning to You" (unofficially titled "Happy Birthday to You") is typically sung by the guests at some point in the proceedings. In some countries a piñata takes the place of a cake. An occasional activity is spanking the birthday individual, with one usually gentle "swat" for each year since birth.. In North America, the celebration of a birthday is fundamentally about celebrating the role of friends and families in an individual's life and recognizing their importance.
I share my birthday with famous people like:
JEFF FOXWORTHY 54 Stand-up comedian and host of Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?.
JO ANNE WORLEY 75 Boisterous performer who was on 'Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In.'
JANE CURTIN 65 A Saturday Night Live original, she was also on Kate & Allie.
This Day in History for 6th September:
India invades West Pakistan
KLNE TV channel 3 in Lexington, NB (PBS) begins broadcasting
National Coffee Ice Cream Day
If you like coffee and if you like ice cream, why not mix the two and eat coffee ice cream?
However, approximately one third of coffee ice cream eaters do not drink coffee. This isn't all that surprising since the flavor can be quite different depending on the brand.
One of the most popular brands for coffee ice cream is Haagen Dazs. There is no reason to stick to the same flavors you have been accustomed to eating. Put away your vanilla, chocolate and strawberry ice cream for another day. Be true to National Coffee Ice Cream Day and pick up some from your local grocery store, ice cream parlor or Starbucks. Make it more special by sharing it with family and friends.
Happy National Coffee Ice Cream Day.
National Fight Procrastination Day
That’s right, September 6th is National Fight Procrastination Day! I thought about posting this after the fact (you know, be a little humorous), but I decided to stay on the serious side for this one because procrastination affects so many people in such a negative way.
Procrastination can make life miserable. If we put off projects, phone calls, emails, or whatever the task may be, we end up working at break-neck pace in order to complete it at the eleventh hour. It’s unnecessary stress that we bring upon ourselves, and sometimes that stress can affect those around us, too.
If you just read the previous paragraph and you’re thinking to yourself, “Self, I like the added pressure of waiting until the last minute to get things done,” then let’s take a look at that philosophy.
At the 2012 National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) Conference in Baltimore, I had the opportunity to attend a workshop presented by Sandy Wright of WrightEdge Solutions. She peppered her presentation with various quotes, but my favorite one was:
“Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday.” – Don Marquis
Shouldn’t our goal be to get ahead for today or tomorrow, instead of living in a frazzled state from constantly playing catch up? Or does that shot of adrenaline that you feel when you’re hurrying to finish a project feel good to you?
Sandy discussed that when we get into a heightened state while cramming at the last minute to finish a task, our brains are releasing chemicals that make us feel like we’re empowered and energized and getting a “high.” What we’re really doing is wearing down our bodies. When these chemicals are released on a regular basis, it can lead to kidney failure. We’re programmed to use the chemicals to help us survive in life or death situations – not as a way to live life every day.
There are a multitude of causes of procrastination, as there are many ways to combat the problem. But one of the top reasons why you shouldn’t procrastinate is concern for your health. The next time you think about putting something off until the last minute, ask yourself how much longer you’d like your kidneys to function.
National Iguana Awareness Day
"Hard to care for...easy to love" was the slogan for the group of dedicated iguana owners who volunteered their time and efforts to organize "National Iguana Awareness Day" (NIAD). Although NIAD was officially disbanded in 2001, the mission of NIAD remains.
The cornerstone of the NIAD campaign was education, through the dissemination of appropriate care and advice to owners and pet shops selling iguanas. Volunteers were encouraged to hand out pamphlets and flyers, make presentations to interested groups, and make media contacts. Despite dropping the official iguana awareness day, increasing awareness of the proper care of iguanas is certainly an ongoing campaign.
Why NIAD is Needed
Iguanas can make lovely pets, but unfortunately many are sold to ill prepared owners who do not know what they are getting into and how to properly care for iguanas.
Because baby iguanas are so readily available and popular, they are inexpensive and sold in large quantities at pet stores. These stores unfortunately do little to prepare prospective owners for the commitment required to properly care for these beautiful creatures.
Prospective Iguana Owner Information
Iguanas grow to a mature size of 5-6 feet long. With this being said, they need a large enclosure - as large as possible (some lucky iguanas even get their own room).
Adult iguanas are herbivores so they need a variety of freshly prepared fruits and vegetables daily. Like many other animals iguanas can develop preferences for foods that are not necessarily the best for them so ensuring they eat a variety of healthy foods can take patience and persistence. Iguanas are susceptible to metabolic bone disease, which results from an improper ratio of calcium, phosphorus and vitamin D3 in the body. This is one of the leading causes of death in captive iguanas, yet is almost entirely preventable with proper husbandry and UV lighting.
Iguanas are very strong and have personalities to match. Regular handling and attention will be necessary to keep an iguana tame. Unhappy or irritated iguanas can inflict painful bites or lashes with their powerful tail (trust me, I know). Iguanas are complex to care for. Their large size and strict husbandry requirements mean they need a lot of space and a lot of care, and it can be expensive and time-consuming to meet their needs. Despite the complexity of caring for an iguana, they are magnificent animals when they are properly loved and can make good pets for those who are prepared to meet the time, space, and other care commitments.
National Read a Book Day
On the heels of a long holiday weekend, today is all about relaxing with a good read.
September 6th is National Read a Book Day. While the origins of this particular holiday are unknown, reading has many benefits. Not only will reading improve your vocabulary, memory and concentration, reading is an essential skill that also helps reduce stress. Reading is also a great way to “visit” other places, learn about other cultures and travel back in time. And reading is an affordable means of entertainment too.
Instead of turning on the radio, watching television or firing up the computer, why not turn off all those electronic devices and curl up with a favorite book? Head out to the hammock or the backyard patio and enjoy some much-deserved peace and quiet. Instead of watching a movie, read the book instead! And if you have small children, why not encourage them to read one of their favorite books or read a book to them? Reading builds a stronger bond between parent and child and helps improve logical thinking skills. Select a book from the New York Times Bestseller List and be the first in your office to read it!
Happy National Read a Book Day!
Barbie Doll Day
The first Barbie doll was sold in the United States on September 6, 1959. If you happen to be lucky enough to have one of the first Barbie dolls, you could make a lot of money. That first pony-tailed Barbie is worth about $10,000 today, according to a Barbie collecting website. The first year, 351,000 dolls sold for $3 each. Within 10 years, $500 million worth of Barbie products had been purchased. Since then, sales of Barbie and her friends, Ken, Midge, Skipper, Christie and others, have exploded.
Barbie is the most popular doll ever invented. The first doll was created by Ruth Handler, who modeled the doll after a "Lilli" doll she had purchased in Germany. Ruth and Elliott Handler were married in 1938. In 1945, Mattel was founded by Harold Matson. The Handlers made picture frames for Mattel and purchased the company from Matson in 1946. Ruth Handler had noticed that her daughter Barbara and friends enjoyed playing with adult female dolls just as they enjoyed playing with baby dolls.
Barbie debuted in New York City at the American Toy Fair in 1959 and the rest is history. Barbie was named after the Handler's daughter and Ken, who debuted in 1961, was named after their son.
Mattel went public in 1960 and Ruth Handler became president of the company in 1967. In 1974, the Handlers left the company. Fast forward to today. The Barbie brand is now much more than just dolls. Computer and video games, fashions and design studios, movies and more are included with the traditional fashion doll that girls have loved for years.
Most of today's moms remember playing with or collecting Barbies as children and enjoy seeing their daughters play with the dolls they remember from their childhood.
Many of today's grandmothers remember their daughters playing with Barbies and some are young enough that they played with Barbies themselves as young girls.
A doll that has spanned three generations is pretty fantastic. Barbie is an icon and some collectors have been saving them since they were young girls.
Celebrate the day on September 6 by bringing out your old Barbies for your daughters to see. Go through your old photos and maybe you will find a few of you or your daughters playing with Barbies. Maybe you could even play Barbies with your daughters or granddaughters to bring back old memories.