Friday, August 26, 2016

Friday, August 19, 2016

Fun Friday: Here's an Easy One

Q: First I threw away the outside and cooked the inside. Then I ate the outside and threw away the inside. What did I eat?

A: Corn on the Cob

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Fun Friday: Caption This

What caption would you give this photo?

Friday, August 05, 2016

Fun Friday: Can You Figure It Out

Update: If you guessed that the paragraph has no e's, then you are right!

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Crazy Celebrations

Each month I am in charge of tips and trivia for a newsletter. These are seasonal and I use a calendar of special days each months. I am always amazed when I look at the calendar. Every day is something from marshmallow day to National Coloring book day. If you celebrated every day listed, you'd be fat and terribly overworked. Here is just part of the list of special days for August:

Girlfriend's Day: 1
Respect For Parents: 1
Rounds Resounding Day: 1
Spider-Man Day: 1
 (See also Oct. 14)
US Air Force Day: 1

World Lung Cancer Day: 1
World Wide Web Day: 1
World Scout Scarf Day: 1
National Coloring Book Day: 2
National Night Out: 2
  (First Tuesday)
Take A Penny/Leave A Penny Day: 2

Friendship Day: 3 (Also July 30)
Watermelon Day: 3
Coast Guard Day: 4

National Chocolate Chip Day: 4
Single Working Women's Day: 4
Social Security Day: 4

National Oyster Day: 5
National Underwear Day: 5

Braham Pie Day or Homemade Pie Day: 5
 (First Friday)
Tomboy Tools Day: 5

Twins Day: 5-7  (First Full Weekend)
Hiroshima Day: 6
National Fresh Breath (Halitosis)  Day: 6
National Jamaican Patty Day: 6 
(First Saturday)

National Mustard Day: 6 
(First Saturday)
National Root Beer Float Day: 6 
(See also August 19.)

Sandcastle Day: 6 
(First Saturday)
Friendship Day: 7
(First Sunday)   (Different than "International Friendship Day" in July. ) 

Lighthouse Day: 7 

National Doll Day: 7   (First Sunday)
National Kids' Day: 7  (First Sunday)
Sister's Day: 7  (First Sunday)
Particularly Preposterous Packaging Day: 7
Professional Speakers Day: 7
Purple Heart Day: 7

Assistance Dog Day: 8  (Monday of Assistance Dog Week)

International Cat Day: 8 

The Date to Create: 8
Happiness Happens Day: 8
Odie Day: 8 (Garfield's pal)
Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor's Porch Night: 8
Paul Bunyan Day: 10  (Also Feb. 12)
Skyscraper Appreciation Day: 10

Smithsonian Day: 10
S'mores Day: 10

Presidential Joke Day: 11
Kool-Aid Day: 12-13  
(Always 2nd weekend)
IBM PC Day: 12
International Youth Day: 12
Milkman Day: 12
(This is for Murray. former mascot for Milkman Day to help bring back his holiday as mentioned in the animation. There is another one also on June 26 with a dairy company as sponsor.)
Sewing Machine Day: 12
Shop Online For Groceries Day: 12 
 (2nd Friday)
Vinyl Record Day: 12
World Elephant Day: 12

Worldwide Art Day: 12  (2nd Friday)
International Lefthander's Day: 13

Middle Child Day: 13  (2nd Saturday)
National Bowling Day: 13 (Second Saturday)
National Garage Sale Day: 13 
(Second Saturday)Chef Appreciation Day: 14  (Sunday of Chef's Appreciation Week)*International Rose' Day: 14
Best Friends Day: 15

Cupcake Day: 15 (Third Monday)

National Relaxation Day: 15
National Rollercoaster Day Day: 16
Wave at Surveilance Day: 16

Black Cat Appreciation Day: 17

I Love My Feet Day: 17
National Thrift Shop Day: 17

Bad Poetry Day: 18

Aviation Day: 19
"Black Cow" Root Beer Float Day: 19
 (8/19/1893 by Frank J. Wisner, Cripple Creek Brewing Co., CO.  No website link anymore. Also Aug. 6 by A&W Root Beer).

International Orangutan Day: 19 
World Humanitarian Day: 19  (Different than Humanitarian Day on 1/15)
International Geocaching Day: 20 (3rd Saturday)
International Homeless Animals Day: 20  (3rd Saturday)
International Tongue Twister Day: 20 

National Radio Day: 20 

Sand Castle Day: 20 
World Honey Bee Day: 20 (3rd Saturday)*Brazilian Blow-out Day: 21
Poet's Day: 21
Senior Citizen's Day: 21

Be An Angel Day: 22
National Honey Bee Day: 20  
(Third Saturday)
Take Your Cat To The Vet Day: 22

National Waffle Iron Day: 24

Kiss and Make Up Day: 25
National Park Service Day: 25
National Second-hand Wardrobe Day: 25

National Dog Day: 26

National Toilet Paper Day: 26

Tug-of-War Day: 26 
 (Last Wednesday)
International Bat Night: 27-28 
 (Last Full Weekend)*Just Because Day: 27
Pony Express Day: 28 
(Last Sunday)
Radio Commercials Day: 28
Crackers Over The Keyboard Day: 28

International Whale Shark Day: 30 

National Grief Awareness Day: 30
National Toasted Marshmallow Day: 30

See what I mean? They range from practical to the absurd.

Still, it might be fun to celebrate some of them. I think I'll go for the Rootbeer Float Day on the sixth and s'mores day on the 10th. Or maybe cupcake day on the 15th and toasted marshmallow day on the 30th. Now I have an excuse to get a sugar high!

How about you? What unusual days do you celebrate? Which of the above days would you celebrate?

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Old Friend, New Friend

     Friendships are important. After all, how much fun is playing Monopoly by yourself? And if you happen to get sent to the office, well, it's nice to have a friend with you then too. Old friends are great, but how well do you do when it comes to making new friends? Take the quiz below to find out.
     1.  Your teacher announces that you have a new student in your class. He's slumped down in his desk trying to avoid all the stares. You:
            a.  Decide to ask him over some time.
            b.  Raise your hand and volunteer to show him around.
            c.  Find out what kind of things he likes before you commit.
            d.  Ignore him and discuss weekend plans with your best friend.
     2.  You walk into the lunchroom and notice the same kid by himself again. You:
            a.  Plan to sit with him next week.
            b.  Join him. He might just be shy.
            c.  Ask around to see why he's alone before you invite him to join you.
            d.  Head to your usual table. You don’t want to miss anything.
     3.  A new girl visits your Sunday school class. You:
            a.  Hope she'll come again.
            b.  Ask her to sit with you and your friends.
            c.  Wait and see how the others treat her.
            d.  Sit by your best friend. She's saved a seat for you.
     4.  It's time to join a school club. You go to chess club but don't know anyone. You:
            a.  Sit alone and hope someone will sit by you.
            b.  Sit next to a friendly looking kid and introduce yourself.
            c.  Watch and see who the cool kids are before you make friends.
            d.  Go find another club where you know everyone.
     5.  Your teacher tells you to pair up for a science project. You know no one will ask
the kid sitting next to you. You:
            a.  Promise yourself you'll ask him next time.
            b. Ask him. Maybe you'll get to know him better and find out what you have lots
in common.
c.  Ask him. He's a super brain. You need a good grade.
d.  Pair off with your best friend. You always work together on projects.

How did you do? Count up how many you have of each letter.
Mostly A's  Better Late Than Never. You eventually reach out to the new kid or someone outside of your group. Improve your friendship skills by smiling and saying "hi" to the loner or new kid right away.
Mostly B's  Always Prepared. You make an effort to befriend those outside your usual group of friends. Good for you.
Mostly C's  It All Depends. You don't mind making friends once you know the other kid has "cool" status. Take the plunge and befriend him without waiting for him to prove himself.

Mostly D's. Stand by My Friend. It's good that you're a loyal friend, but it's okay to make new friends too. Ask someone to join your circle of friends at lunch or to shoot baskets on the weekend. 

Monday, August 01, 2016

Conversation Starters

The new school years is just days or weeks away. You'll have a new teacher or a bunch of new

teachers if you're in middle school. Middle school also means meeting a lot of new students since the students come from more than one elementary school. If you don't know how to start a conversation with them, try some of the conversation starters below. And don't forget to smile and be friendly!

About families:
Do you have any bothers or sisters?
How old are they?
Which one do you get along with best? Fight with most?
Do your grandparents live near you?
How often do you see them?

About school:
What's your favorite class?
Which is your least favorite?
Who is your favorite teacher?
How long have you gone to this school?
What other schools have you gone to?

About hobbies and fun:
What do you like to do after school?
Do you take any lessons?
Are you on any teams?
What is your favorite sport?
What's your favorite TV show?
Do you like to read?
What is your favorite book?
What kind of music do you listen to?

About church:
What church do you go?
If you don't go to church, would you like to visit my church?
How many children are in your Sunday school class?
Do you ever have parties or special activities?
What kind of things do you do at your church?