Saturday, October 19, 2013

Holidays for October 19th 2013

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19. Child's Play 2

Evaluate Your Life Day

October 19th, is ‘Evaluate Your Life Day.’ Many people now days are rushing through their lives for many different reasons. Lives have become so busy and filled with numerous activities that there’s no time to reflect. Each day is a routine that just flies by.

This is a day to just stop and think about what’s going on in life. Do you like and enjoy what you have been doing or would you prefer something different? If you enjoy your lifestyle, this is a time to appreciate everything you have and the good choices you have made. If you realize that you don’t like things in your life, don’t get down and depressed about it because this is the day to make positive changes. By staying optimistic about it, you can change in the future to make your life enjoyable.

Be very honest with yourself during this reflection time. If you don’t, you won’t get the results you prefer. Look at your job, your friends, your appearance, your personality, and your family, among other aspects. Is anything bothering you about any of these? If so, what’s your plan of action to change? This day should improve the quality of your life and make you realize what you have, what you want, and what you need to do to be happy.

Have the family write down things they like and dislike about each of their lives. Then if everyone wants to talk about it, everyone can discuss what can be done to help each other out. Make it a great day with friends and family and start again with a better you!

New Friends Day

An old friend may be worth his or her proverbial weight in gold, but a new friend can be a beautiful blessing as well.

When was the last time you made a new friend? Many of us have old friends from grade school, high school or college. As we get older, it gets harder to make new ones due to the time and or effort to develop meaningful relationships. But, those are only excuses! Is there a new neighbor, co-worker or person you know from your child’s school? Let go of your insecurities and talk to him or her! Connecting with others and making new friends widen our horizons and opens our hearts. Today, give it a try!

National Seafood Bisque Day

It’s National Seafood Bisque Day! Seafood bisque is a delightfully rich and creamy soup made with lobster, crab, shrimp, or crayfish. It is often seasoned with wine or cognac and a savory bouquet of spices. In a traditional bisque recipe, the soup is thickened with a fine purée of crustacean shells! Early recipes also occasionally called for pigeon instead of shellfish.

Some culinary historians believe that the word “bisque” comes from the French “biscuits,” meaning “twice cooked.” Bisque is heated twice—first in the stock and again in the cream. Others believe that the origin of this word is related to the Bay of Biscay. Dishes from Biscay traditionally include spices similar to those in bisque.

To celebrate National Seafood Bisque Day, try making your own seafood bisque! Serve it with a freshly baked baguette for a decadent treat.

Rainforest Day

When is the last time you walked through a forest? October 19 is Rainforest Day, an annual “holiday” that raises awareness about the importance of rainforests around the globe and the plight they are facing.

The Plight of the Rainforest
Even though you probably don't live near one, rainforests are vital to the animals that live in them and the plants that grow in them. Rainforests are also vital to human beings and the environment. This unique ecosystem is critical to the balance of nature. More than 20 percent of the world’s oxygen is produced in the Amazon Rainforest.

But these lush and majestic forests are rapidly disappearing due to various human activities including commercial logging, grazing land and subsistence farming. 6000 acres of pristine rainforest land is disappearing every hour! In 1950, 15 percent of the Earth’s land surface was covered by the rainforest. Today, these dense and beautiful jungles only cover about 6 percent of the Earth’s surface.

More than half of the world’s animal species and plants are found in the rainforest. It is estimated that 30 million plants and animals live in the rainforests of the world. But each day, 137 plant, animal and insect species disappear due to deforestation of the rainforest. It is estimated that 25 percent of the world’s medicine comes from rainforest plants.

Some experts believe these magical places could disappear in less than 40 years! What will happen to all the beautiful and unusual creatures that reside in the rainforest if they disappear? What will happen to all the plants and fruit?

Dress Like a Dork Day

On the “heels” of Wear Something Gaudy Day, October 19 also celebrates fashion. Well, sort of. It’s Dress Like a Dork Day. Adork is defined as someone who is out of touch, a social misfit or someone who tends to look "odd or behave ridiculously around others."

This annual holiday celebrates the less-than-fashionable fashion and encourages folks to get their inner dork on! Although the origins of this holiday are unknown, today is a great day to clean out that over-crowded closet and have a little fun.

How to Dress Like a Dork
Dressing like a dork is pretty simple. All you need to do is slick back your hair, get out the plaid polyester pants, hideous shirt, suspenders, white knee socks or mismatched argyle socks and your favorite dickey. Add ginormous rimmed glasses with a bit of masking tape, tuck in the shirt, wrap the fanny pack around your fanny and you are good to go!

Famous Television and Movie Dorks:
  • Cameron Frye was the perfect friend on the super-popular 1986 film classic,Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
  • Rick Moranis in Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.
  • Anthony Edwards and Robert Carradine both played dorky characters in Revenge of the Nerds.
  • Steve Carrell played a boss nerd on the television sitcom, The Office, and also played a 40-Year-Old Virgin.
  • If you’ve ever seen Crispin Glover on the late night shows, his nerdy character in Back to the Future films probably wasn’t much of a stretch in real-life!
  • Anthony Michael Hall and Molly Ringwald played numerous nerdy characters in several of John Hughes’ classic movies like Pretty in Pink,Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club.
  • Do you want to play a game? Matthew Broderick and Ally Sheedy did!
  • Woody Allen and Diane Keaton in Annie Hall. ‘Nuff said!
  • Steve Urkel on Family Matters.
  • Dwight Shrute from The Office is not only an annoying dork, he owns a beet farm!
  • George Michael Bluth’s character from the television series, Arrested Development.
Sweetest Day

Today is Sweetest Day! Originally named “The Sweetest Day of the Year,” this holiday celebrates all things sweet. Although it may sound similar to Valentine’s Day, Sweetest Day does not focus exclusively on romantic love. Instead it serves as a reminder that a thoughtful deed makes life a whole lot sweeter. Now there's a sweet thought indeed!

Sweetest Day originated in Cleveland, Ohio in 1921. A committee of twelve candy confectioners decided to spread joy and cheer to those that were often forgotten during the holidays. They distributed over 20,000 boxes of candy to newsboys, orphans, hospital patients, the elderly, and the poor across the city. Although Sweetest Day is most popular in the Great Lakes region, the holiday is gaining recognition nationwide. It is celebrated on the third Saturday of October each year.

To celebrate Sweetest Day, share a meal with a loved one, send thoughtful greetings in a free eCard, and remember to do a good deed for someone in need!