Don’t Interrupt Me!

December 30, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning my frenzied friends. Today is Friday, December 30th. The holidays today are:

No Interruptions Day

For most people, today is the last business day of the year, and No Interruptions Day is celebrated annually on the last work day of the year. This year is almost over, and you still have about a bazillion things to do before you leave work. Put your New Years Eve party plans on hold and concentrate on finishing the year with a clean slate. Don’t let anyone or anything interrupt you. No Interruptions Day is a day for complete focus and a peaceful and quiet work environment. It is a day to renew your energies to prepare yourself for the new calendar year ahead.
If, like me, you are no longer in the workplace, do not despair, you can still celebrate No Interruptions Day. Finish all of those small jobs around the house: Organize your home office, tidy up your garage, basement and/or attic. De-clutter your kitchen drawers, catch up on your ironing, etc…just make sure no one interrupts you.

Festival Of Enormous Changes At The Last Minute

Why wait until the new year to begin changing your life? Finish the year with a flourish. Festival Of Enormous Changes At The Last Minute encourages you to spend the whole day making major positive life changes. Eat better today. Take up a new hobby. Start an exercise regimen. Volunteer. Start a book club. These are all examples of positive things you can do, today, to improve your life. I’m sure that you can think of many more.
What changes will you make today that will improve your life?

Bacon Day

Bacon lovers, rejoice! Today is Bacon Day. I am salivating at the mere thought of it. Although today we think of bacon in the terms of crispy, delicious strips of cured pork, at one time, bacon referred to any kind of preserved pork. However, that usage fell out of practice in the 17th Century.
The origins of bacon date back beyond the Middle Ages to the Roman Empire, where it was known as ‘Petaso’. The word bacon originated in Middle English from the word “Bacoun”. In France bacon is known as Bako, in Germany as Bakko, and in the old Teutonic as Backe — All of which mean “back”.
In the United States and Canada, bacon is made from pork belly. Elsewhere in the world, the side and back cuts of pork are used. Bacon is cured in either a salt brine or in a salt pack, then is then either dried, boiled, or smoked.
Bacon Day is observed annually on December 30th and was created in 1997 by Danya Goodman and Meff Leonard as a day to celebrate everyone’s favorite pork product. Bacon is a versatile product that can be enjoyed with any meal…any time of day. Celebrate Bacon Day with some bacon and eggs for breakfast, a BLT or bacon cheeseburger for lunch, and/or bacon-wrapped anything for dinner.

National Bicarbonate of Soda Day or Baking Soda Day

Sodium bicarbonate (commonly known as baking soda) is used in baking, cooking, deodorizing, cleaning, polishing, and countless other applications.
Baking soda is a white, odorless, crystalline solid that is completely soluble in water. It is very useful around the home, the kitchen, and for medical purposes. Baking soda can even be used as an antacid to treat indigestion and heartburn.
The ancient Egyptians used natural deposits of sodium bicarbonate as a cleansing agent like soap, but it wasn’t until 1791 that French chemist Nicolas Leblanc produced sodium bicarbonate in its modern form. In 1846, two New York bakers named John Dwight and Austin Church established the first factory to make baking soda.
Baking Soda has myriad uses. According to Almanac.com, here are some of the many uses for baking soda:

  • Add baking soda to your bath water to relieve sunburned or itchy skin.
  • Make a paste of baking soda and water, and apply to a burn or an insect bite for relief.
  • Clean your refrigerator with a solution of one teaspoon baking soda to one quart of warm water.
  • Pour a cup of baking soda into the opening of your clogged drain and then add a cup of hot vinegar. After a few minutes, flush the drain with a quart of boiling water.
  • To remove perspiration stains, make a thick paste of baking soda and water. Rub paste into the stain, let it sit for an hour and then launder as usual.
  • If you crave sweets, rinse your mouth with one-teaspoon baking soda dissolved in a glass of warm water. Don’t swallow the mixture; spit it out. Your craving should disappear instantly.
  • Add a pinch of baking soda to boiled syrup to prevent it from crystallizing.
  • To remove pesticides, dirt, and wax from fresh fruits and vegetables, wash them in a large bowl of cool water to which you’ve added two to three tablespoons of baking soda.
  • Soak toothbrushes in baking soda and warm water overnight to clean bristles.
  • Gasoline and oil odors can be removed by putting clothes in a trash bag with baking soda for a few days before washing them.
  • Lay down a barrier of baking soda under sink pipe openings and along basement windows to keep carpenter ants, silverfish, and roaches from invading. Roaches eat the baking soda, dehydrate, and die.
  • A light baking soda paste on a damp cloth will remove bugs and tar from cars without damaging the paint. Let the paste sit for a few minutes before wiping and rinsing clean.
  • To remove stains from your coffee and tea cups, wipe them with a damp sponge dipped in baking soda paste.
  • Keep your rubber gloves dry and smelling good by sprinkling baking soda inside them. They’ll slip on more easily too!
  • Sprinkling baking soda on your front steps will provide traction and melt the ice. Unlike rock salt, kitty litter, or sand, it won’t damage outdoor or indoor surfaces or shoes.
  • Boil two inches of water in a pan with a burned bottom, turn off the heat, then add half a cup of baking soda. Let it sit overnight. In the morning it will be easy to clean.
  • Sprinkle a teaspoon of baking soda on the bottom of your toaster oven to eliminate the burned smell from drippings and crumbs.
  • A paste of baking soda removes red sauce stains from plastic.

On this date in

  • 1853 – The United States bought about 45,000 square miles of land from Mexico in a deal known as the Gadsden Purchase.
  • 1887 – A petition to Queen Victoria with over one million names of women appealing for public houses to be closed on Sundays was handed to the home secretary.
  • 1903 – About 600 people died when a fire broke out at the Iroquois Theater in Chicago, IL.
  • 1922 – The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) was formed.
  • 1924 – Edwin Hubble announced the existence of other galactic systems.
  • 1927 – The first subway in the Orient was dedicated in Tokyo, Japan.
  • 1935 – Italian bombers destroyed a Swedish Red Cross unit in Ethiopia.
  • 1936 – The United Auto Workers union staged its first sit-down strike, at the Fisher Body Plant in Flint, MI.
  • 1940 – California’s first freeway was officially opened. It was the Arroyo Seco Parkway connecting Los Angeles and Pasadena.
  • 1944 – King George II of Greece proclaimed a regency to rule his country, virtually renouncing the throne.
  • 1947 – King Michael of Romania abdicated in favor of a Communist Republic. He claimed he was forced from his throne.
  • 1953 – The first color TV sets went on sale for about $1,175. (In today’s dollars that would be equivalent to about $10,409).
  • 1954 – James Arness made his dramatic TV debut in “The Chase”. His most memorable role, as Marshall Dillon in “Gunsmoke”, didn’t begin until the fall of 1955.
  • 1961 – Jack Nicklaus lost his first attempt at pro golf to Gary Player in an exhibition match in Miami, FL.
  • 1972 – The United States halted its heavy bombing of North Vietnam.
  • 1976 – The Smothers Brothers played their last show at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas and retired as a team from show business. Both continued as solo artists and they reunited several years later.
  • 1978 – Ohio State University fired Woody Hayes as its football coach, one day after Hayes punched Clemson University player Charlie Bauman during the Gator Bowl. Bauman had intercepted an Ohio pass.
  • 1980 – “The Wonderful World of Disney” was canceled by NBC after more than 25 years on the TV. It was the longest-running series in prime-time television history.
  • 1993 – Israel and the Vatican established diplomatic relations.
  • 1996 – About 250,000 striking workers shut down vital services across Israel in protests against budget cuts proposed by Prime Minister Netanyahu.
  • 1997 – More than 400 people were massacred in four villages in the single worst incident during Algeria’s insurgency.

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