On a Mad Monday

For the record, I’m not mad that it’s Monday … nor am I mad that the weekend is over … nope, the hectic nature of the holiday season doesn’t make me mad. Therefore, I’ll explain later.

The holiday season is in full swing, and the weekend before Christmas is always hectic. How was your weekend? Ours involved an evening of ballroom and a whirlwind cross-state trip (3+ hours each way). After returning home, tango formation practice and a Christmas party concluded our weekend.

My wife knows many Christmas carols, but I was surprised to discover that she didn’t know this one. Do you know it?

An important reminder to everyone. The Kennedy Center Honors is one of the shows that we love at this time of year. It’s simply several hours of outstanding entertainment and tributes. This year’s honorees are Al Green, Tom Hanks, Sting, Lily Tomlin, and Patricia McBride, so there will be a plethora of outstanding performers participating in the tributes. The event occurred earlier this month, but CBS will air it on December 30 9-11 pm (Eastern US) … and it’s worth the watch!

Celebrations for your week and ahead

  • (Week) Bird Count Week continues
  • (Mon – 22) Haiku Poetry Day, Date Nut Bread Day
  • (Tues- 23) Festivus, Human Light Day, Roots Day, Pfeffernuesse Day
  • (Wed – 24) Egg Nog Day, Last-Minute Shopping Day
  • (Thurs -25) No ‘L’ Day, Pumpkin Pie Day, Merry Christmas
  • (Fri – 26) Whiner’s Day, Boxing Day, Coffee Percolator Day, Candy Cane Day, Thank-You Note Day, Day of Goodwill
  • (Sat – 27) Howdy Doody Day, Visit the Zoo Day, Fruit Cake Day, Holocaust Remembrance Day
  • (Sun -28) Chocolate Day, Endangered Species Day, Card Playing Day, Call a Friend Day, Chocolate Candy Day
  • (Mon – 29) Tick Tock Day, Pepper Pot Day
  • (Tues – 30) Bacon Day, Falling Needles Family Fest Day, Day of Enormous Changes at the Last Minute Day, Relaxation Day, Bicarbonate of Soda Day
  • (Wed – 31) Leap Second Time Adjustment Day, Make Up Your Mind Day, No Interruptions day, One Voice Day, Champagne Day, Universal Hour of Peace Day, Dice Day, Look on the Bright Side Day, World Peace Meditation Day, New Years Eve

To send you into the week, nope – not a holiday song – but a leftover from Life: The Musical – Act 14: Negative Emotions … thus the reason I’m mad … very mad.

Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 242

Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, this is an abbreviated and prerecorded edition of Opinions in the Shorts. More importantly, I hope all those celebrating the holiday had a wonderful day!

From The Onion

New York City’s Thanksgiving Celebration at Rockefeller Center

A Republican-led House of Representatives committee report about the attack at Benghazi debunks notions of a conspiracy. Because the conclusions don’t fit the party’s narrative, the people deserves another report. After all, this was only the seventh committee.

Cheers for … CNN returning to my home! … Receiving this year’s mystery wine from my Secret Santa from Texas!

Last week, Cincinnati-based global consumer product giant Procter & Gamble issued a statement in support of same-sex marriage as a “statement of support for our employees.” Since reported (and as one can imagine), the local letters to the editor have provided interesting commentary. Cheers to P&G!

How can anyone not appreciated NFL player T.Y. Hilton’s reaction after scoring a touchdown last Sunday and his television interview after the game. (Watch)

Congratulations to Alfonzo Ribeiro for winning Dancing with the Stars. We thought the Monday night show was one of the best ever.

Hooray for everyone participating in Act 13 of Life: The Musical. Life is full of ups and downs, so start thinking about the next act. After all, I’m sure readers can determine what follows positive emotions.

A shout-out to Pauline (in New Zealand) for this outstanding post about blogging, which is a good read.

 Interesting Reads
At Issue: Interfaith marriages in Egypt
Columnist Nicholas Kristof on immigration
Humorist Dave Berry’s Holiday Gift Guide
Athletics and neurons
The fall of the humble spud
Robots and creativity
(Graphic) Common Mythconceptions

Headlines from The Onion
Report: None of good cousins coming to Thanksgiving this year
Man had no idea what to do with visiting friends between meals
Family revels in height difference between mother and tall son
Man tentatively takes shot at bad mouthing girlfriend’s family for the first time
Americans enjoying Thanksgiving tradition of sitting around the airport
Turkey pardon mishap results in release of serial murderer

The celebration list mentions French Toast Day (Friday) … so here’s a unique toast to toast.

Celebrations for your weekend

  • (Fri) Leftovers Day, Buy Nothing Day, Red Planet Day, Flossing Day, Gone-ta-Pott Day, Maize Day, Black Friday, Day of Listening, Letter Writing Day, Native American Heritage Day, French Toast Day, Your Welcomegiving Day, Fur Free Friday, Make Your Own Head Day
  • (Sat) Gnocchi Day, Electronic Greetings Day, Small Business Saturday, Day of Giving, Square Dancing Day, Chocolate Day, Throw-out Your Leftovers Day
  • (Sun) I Feel Well Day, Computer Security Day, Play Hooky Day, Meth Awareness Day, Mousse Day, Stay Home Because You’re Well Day

In the spirit of “Positive Emotions” from Life: The Musical – Act 13, here’s a song that will be a surprise, yet send you into the weekend with a smile … Smiling Happy Monsters by REM with the Sesame Street gang.  Have a safe weekend, and in the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.

On a Charlie Monday

How was your weekend? I’m sure you did something that you enjoyed, so come on .. tell us about it.

Mine was filled. It started Thursday night by attending a community theater performance of Young Frankenstein, then a college football game Friday night, ushering at Cincinnati Playhouse (Safe House, a premier run), practicing for our participation in a tango formation, and stuff around the homestead. Also, our weather was wonderful, and Monday is supposed to be super … which means the weather will be turning soon thereafter.

This week looks like a probable milestone week, The Blog Stats box near the bottom of the sidebar shows that I’m approaching 200,000.  I hope I get to see the turnover.

Last week I posted about the Arizona wine I receive from my Secret Santa. Jeff (@ The Drunken Cyclist) has organized the 2015 exchange. Although his deadline has passed, he invites my interested readers to join in the fun … but do so ASAP. Here’s the link to the post for the guidelines. Remember, ASAP.

Life: The Musical returns this week with Act 11 featuring Hope … so let your songs ready with Hope, Hoped, Hoping, or Hopeless in the title. Curtain time will be Wednesday, 9:30 pm (Eastern US).

Celebrations for your week

  • (Week) Magic Week, Save Your Back Week, Rainforest Week, Red Ribbon Week, Peace Friendship & Goodwill Week, Prescription Errors Education & Awareness Week, Origami Week, Asexuality Week, Give Wildlife a Break Week, Kids Care Week, Infertility Awareness Week
  • (Mon) Cranky Co-Workers Day, Potato Day, World Day for Audiovisual Heritage
  • (Tues) Chocolate Day, Ghost Busters Day, Separation of Church and State Day, Ochi Day (Greece), Gone-ta-Pott Day
  • (Wed) Gnocchi Day, Dracula Bites Day, Hermit Day, Pancake Day, Psoriasis Day, Basketball Coaches Day, Cat Day, Internet Day
  • (Thurs) Checklist Day, Zero Tasking Day, Candy Corn Day, Haunted Refrigerator Night, Create a Great Funeral Day

I tagged this one when stats when 5 digits identified the hits … and that was early last week … so the hits are now 7 digits. Gotta love Charlie! Enjoy and have a great week.

On Bringing Back Sexy

Fall weather has definitely arrived in Ohio, which also means the southern hemisphere is welcoming spring!

How was your weekend? Come on now … I’m sure you did something worth noting, so tell us about it.

We started the weekend with an evening on the ballroom room. We also attended a fabulous retirement seminar that was well presented and provided good things to stimulate thinking, then ended the evening with the church’s wine tasting group for wine and picnic food.

Celebrations for your week

  • (Week) Farm Animal Awareness Week, Deaf Dog Awareness Week, Sea Otter Awareness Week, Farm Safety & Health Week, Banned Books Week, Build a Better Image Week, Deaf Awareness Week, Clean Hands Week, Indoor Plant Week, Rehabilitation Week, Singles Week, Dog Week, Historically Black Colleges & Universities Week, Keep Kids Creative Week, Tolkien Week, Reflexology Week, Interpreters & Translators Week
  • (Mon) Equinox Day, Car-Free Day, Dear Diary Day, Elephant Appreciation Day, Family Day, Hobbit Day, Rhino Day, Day of Radiant Peace, Ice Cream Cone Day, Centenarian’s Day, Rock n’ Roll Dog Day, White Chocolate Day, Woman Road Warrior Day, Band Aid Celebration Day
  • (Tues) Chocolate Day, Innergize Day, Restless Legs Awareness Day, Dogs in Politics Day, Fish Amnesty Day
  • (Wed) Women’s Health & Fitness Day, Banned Websites Awareness Day, Bluebird of Happiness Day, Kiss Day, Eat Dinner with Your Family Day, Gall Bladder Good Health Day, Cherries Jubilee Day
  • (Thurs) Ataxia Awareness Day, Math Story Telling Day, One-Hit Wonder Day, Pharmacists Day, Teach Agriculture Day, Psychotherapy Day, World Maritime Day, Comic Book Day, Crab Newberg Day

Because of the many positive comments from readers about last week’s Monday Morning Entertainment, here’s an encore from The Ragtime Gals. Have a great week.

On a Chasing Monday

Wow! We had fabulous weather for an extended holiday weekend. How was your weekend weather and what did you do?

Given the great weather, we took advantage of it for some fun activities. Whew … we stayed busy, but we also had some downtime!

  • Hosted a few dance friends for dinner and dance
  • Attended an outdoor concert of the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (which is one of the better Pops groups in the US) … and they featured opera soprano Jacqueline Echols and a unique string trio named Time for Three (here’s their opening song)
  • Walked to town (about 2 miles, 3.2 km) for lunch and a shaved ice treat, and of course the return uphill walk
  • Attended a neighborhood party featuring the host’s just-completed beer
  • Took a long night walk in a lightning bug sanctuary (wow … a lot of blinking bugs!) … Impressive!!!!!
  • Worked on the lawn
  • Attended a small dinner/cookout at the invitation of good friends

Celebrations for the week

  • (Week) Music for Life Week, Laughter Week, Laundry Workers Week, Take Charge of Change Week, Therapeutic Recreation Week, Freedom Week, Be Nice to New Jersey Week, Farriers Week, Creative Maladjustment Week, Rude Recreation Week
  • (Mon) Chocolate Day, Father-Daughter Take a Walk Together Day, Forgiveness Day, Tell the Truth Day, Strawberry Sundae Day, Macaroni Day, Ice Cream Cone Day
  • (Tues) Math 2.0 Day, Savor the Comic Day, Unplug the Drama Day, Milk Chocolate with Almonds Day, Town Crier Day, Don’t Put All Your Eggs on One Omelet Day
  • (Wed) Martyrdom of the Bab, Sugar Cookie Day
  • (Thurs) Don’t Step on a Bee Day, Hot Dog Night, Pina Colada Day, Teddy Bears’ Picnic Day, Coke – the Real Thing Day

Those who know Elyse probably realize she has a new puppy … Duncan … and I imagine the odds are good that he will like to chase a ball. Have a good week!