January 8th – Bubble Bath Day

January 8, 2017 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

January is one of the newer months to the calendar we know today. It was named after the God of Beginnings and transitions, Janus.  In Latin, Januarius means the month of Janus.  It was added to the calendar with 29 days around 713 BC by King Numa Pompilius to conform with the lunar calendar. Julius Caesar gave it the 31 days when he created the Julian Calendar, and it still has 31 days after the transition to the modern Gregorian calendar. 

Good morning bathing aficionados. Today is Sunday, January 8, 2017.

Bubble Bath Day

Many of you probably think that Bubble Bath Day is just for the women or kids, or sissies, but if you do, you would be…WRONG. Not only is a bubble bath beneficial to your health (it helps open up your pores, cleanse your skin, and relax your aching muscles), it’s a great way to escape into your own little world.
I used to have a Friday night ritual. As soon as I got home, I would draw a bath (sometimes with bubbles, sometimes without) as hot as I could stand it, make a good, stiff, tall rum and Coke, or chill a carafe of  red wine, get a good book or my favorite mix tape, lock the bathroom door, and soak for about an hour. I called it ‘soaking away the week’. It is very therapeutic.

Earth’s Rotation Day

Do you ever feel like your world is spinning out of control? Well, it is, at 1,037 mph at the equator. Earth’s Rotation Day celebrates the date in 1851 when French Physicist, Leon Foucault, demonstrated the Earth rotates on its axis.

Argyle Day

Argyle is a pattern which consists of diamond-shaped blocks against a solid colored background. The most common uses of argyle are in making socks and sweaters.
Dig deep into your drawer or closet,  find your favorite argyle garment(s), and wear it/them proudly on Argyle Day.

World Typing Day

World Typing Day encourages people to express themselves via written communication, with the hope that people will learn to type. Baby steps folks – maybe one day soon they will learn proper grammar, spelling, and punctuation to go along with their newly found typing prowess.

Golden Globe Awards

Tonight marks one of the biggest nights of the year for the entertainment industry — the Golden Globes Awards. The first Golden Globes ceremony took place in December of 1947. It was a modest luncheon hosted by the newly formed Hollywood Foreign Correspondents Association (HFCA) to honor Harry M. Warner, the president of Warner Brothers. Today, an average of 250 million viewers tune in to watch this star-studded Hollywood event.
Unlike the Academy Awards, the Golden Globes recognize achievements in both film and television entertainment. In 1951, the HFCA also made the decision to separate the big awards into two categories—drama and musical/comedy. To find out about this year’s nominees, check out the official Golden Globes website.
Author’s Note: I gave up watching all “Awards” shows about 3 decades ago — About the time when some of the more sanctimonious celebrities began using them as a platform to air their grievances about America, Americans in general, or certain individuals or groups within America with whom they disagree politically. Jeez, accept your accolades and sit back down! Who cares what you think? Certainly not me. With the election of Donald Trump, I expect tonight’s Golden Globe Awards will be even more insufferable to watch than usual. If you plan to watch, you have been forewarned.

National English Toffee Day

English Toffee Day is recognized, but not created or sponsored by, the National Confectioners Association. — Yet, it is mentioned in a number of my sources.
A popular variant of the original toffee, in the United States “English toffee” is a buttery confection topped with almonds.  It’s made by caramelizing sugar with butter and can be both hardened or chewy.
Toffee is basically caramelized sugar and butter, but that is where the story gets confusing. For instance, What is the difference between English Toffee and American “English” toffee” Or, What is the difference between toffee and buttercrunch?
First things first. English toffee is made with either light or dark brown sugar or molasses. Generally, it has a deeper, darker flavor and is chewier. American “English” toffee is made with white sugar [although sometimes brown sugar is added to the recipe] and has a more buttery flavor and is more like a ‘brittle’. Classic English toffee is unadorned, whereas vanilla, milk, and chopped nuts are often added to American ‘English’ toffee.
Buttercrunch is an American creation and is a toffee confection that is coated with chocolate and crushed toasted almonds. Other toffee-related confections include butterscotch and caramel. This website can make all of this clearer than I ever could.
When you look at the basic ingredients of toffee, a cup of sugar and a stick of butter, who would have thought that they could be combined over high heat to create such a delicious confection. I don’t know either, but I’m glad they did. Enjoy some English toffee as a treat today – either English or American ‘English’.

Show and Tell at Work Day  

Joy Germ Day  

National Winter Skin Relief Day

National Sunday Supper Day – Second Sunday in January

Baptism of the Lord

National Man Watcher’s Day

War on Poverty Day  – How well did that work out?

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