First Place! #yourbestday

Raina

 

Calendars.com Team Member Raina tells the story of her best day. Sounds like someone was on her way to stardom!

“When I was 12, my life revolved around music. It still does to some extent, but at 12 years old, I had my sights set on singing and playing piano every spare moment I had. My music teacher at that time encouraged me to enter my first ever public talent show. This was not just a school performance or recital; this was singing for people who would be watching of their own free will! The idea alone was both thrilling and terrifying.

My mom took me on a school night to perform at the Montgomery County Fair Talent Show. Disney’s The Little Mermaid had come out the year before, and the song “Part of your World” was one of my favorites. That was my pick, and even though I knew the song backwards and forwards, I was incredibly nervous.

I can’t even remember what number I was in the list of 20+ performers, but I remember it was kind of early in the show. My name was called; I walked up to the stage. My teacher was there to play the piano for my song, which was comforting. I honestly don’t even remember my performance, just that I was happy with it. I do remember looking into the audience at all the people. I finished, they clapped, and I rejoined my mom in the audience. She told me I was fantastic, and she was beaming!

We sat in the audience and watched as, one by one, performers came and went. I was completely surprised how many people were competing and by the variety and skill of the talents I saw. Of course there were other singers, but there was also a fiddle player, clog dancers, comedians, jugglers, guitarists, and other talents I’m sure I’ve forgotten. Most of the performers were adults who I thought were far more talented than me. I was ok with that, though. I didn’t really sign up for the competition; I signed up for the experience.

There are a lot of details I forget about that night, but I do remember that I was hungry. It was nearing 9 o’clock at night, and I had not had dinner. My mom gave me money to go grab a hot dog at a stand nearby. She ushered me to hurry up, as it seemed the show was drawing to a close. It was almost like she jinxed me, because I was still buying my hot dog when they began to announce 3rd, 2nd, and 1st place.

I could see the stage. My heart started pounding. I guess hunger outweighs patience when you’re 12, because I remember not stopping with my order despite my attention being fixed on the stage. Third place was announced as I was putting the ketchup on my hotdog. It wasn’t me. I was disappointed because I thought third place would be my best chance at a trophy, but a tiny part of me thought I might still have a chance at second place. I actually waited to take a bite of that hot dog despite the smell being right under my nose and my stomach growling. I was just hoping, waiting with anticipation, frozen in place at the back of the audience for the second place announcement, dinner in hand.

Someone else’s name was called. My heart sank. With my frozen state of anticipation broken, I rushed though the audience to rejoin my mom, and you’d better believe I shoved a good part of that hot dog in my mouth when I sat down. I might as well eat; first place was just not going to happen.

First place. I was barely paying attention and not even looking at the stage when they called my name. I was stunned, frozen in place again, and my mouth was full! I think my mom actually had to tell me to go up to the stage. I was still dazed as I gulped down the food in my mouth and took my place on the stage and received my trophy. First Place. I won first place!

I think the smile stuck on my face for weeks; I’m even smiling now thinking about it! It was truly one of my very best days.”

-Raina, Calendars.com, 2 years

 

Read full storyComments { 0 }

Make it count! #yourbestday

JMStaff1

“My best day was one I don’t even remember. It was March 10, 1972. I was a little early, but then again, I’m always early. On this particular day I was 11 weeks early.

I was a mere 2.5 pounds in a time when survival was slim to none. I was rushed from Conroe, TX to the children’s hospital in Houston. When my father saw me for the first time I was screaming at the top of my little lungs. He said to the nurse “She’s going to be just fine.” As it turns out, he was right.

I never take anyone or anything for granted. I work hard, play hard, love deeply and enjoy life. I intend to make it count!”

-Jessica M, Calendars.com, 16 years

Read full storyComments { 0 }

Presidential Joke Day

August 11 is Presidential Joke Day!

No, Presidential Joke Day is not a day for making jokes about the president. On August 11, 1984,  President Ronald Reagan made the following joke during a sound check before his Saturday radio address:

My fellow Americans, I am pleased to tell you today that I’ve signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.

- Ronald Reagan

What the President didn’t know was that the feed had already gone live! Read more about the results of Reagan’s remark and his history of making controversial jokes at History.com.

Sources: holidayinsights.com, history.com
Read full storyComments { 0 }

Finding #yourbestday, every day.

This month at Calendars.com we’ve committed to find inspiration every day. How do you find inspiration in your daily life? Calendars.com Team Member, Sarah, shares a story about her best day below.

SarahStaff

“If I gave the obvious answer I’d say January 25, 2000 and September 8, 2002. Those are the birthdays of my two sons. But, I like to be different so I’ll tell you about my most meaningful day.

The night before this I had received news that a very dear friend of mine had passed away. I was devastated and chose to spend the next day with my grief. As I sat on my back porch in solitude I watched nature go by. I was overwhelmed with sadness over the loss of my friend and unable to contemplate a world in which he didn’t exist. Nothing in life ever fully prepares you to deal with grief and there is nothing you can do but let it happen.

I sat there alone with my grief and so very, very sad. As I wept into my hands I was sure that nothing would ever make this better. Surely nothing could eclipse this awful sadness. Then, I looked up and resting on the railing of my porch were two perfect, blue, dragonflies. I kept perfectly still and watched them for a minute. They were spectacular. They had the most breathtakingly beautiful, perfect, wings. Not a flaw that I could find. Their wings rose and fell with the breeze and it seemed like this moment was made for them.

Suddenly they rose to fly away and I had the opportunity to look around. Everything, as far as I could see, was filled with dragonflies. Hundreds, if not thousands, of dragonflies were flying around my yard, through the creek behind my home, and all around the porch where I was sitting. I was in awe.

Surrounded by my grief one minute and then by breathtaking beauty the next. The dragonfly has always been my thing, it’s guaranteed to bring a smile to my face. So, I sat there on my back porch that day and smiled and then laughed. I stood up and spread my arms and felt them all around me and laughed some more. I thought of my friend, and our friendship, and laughed again.

They eventually left. My grief was still there but it felt a tad more manageable. I had found a bit of joy and in that I realized what would eclipse the sadness. There were many many times over the next few weeks and months that I thought of my friend and would lose my breath because I missed him so much. When I think of him now I still feel sad. I miss him all the time, that never goes away.

But, the beauty that was shown to me that day has always managed to shine through. I will never forget the joy I felt surrounded by those dragonflies. Even today as I type this and miss my friend so much – I still smile and feel the whisper of the dragonfly wings on my cheeks.”

-Sarah F, Calendars.com, 8 years

Read full storyComments Off

U.S. Coast Guard Day

USCGC Tampa WMEC 902 passing fort MonroeAugust 4 is U.S. Coast Guard Day!

U.S. Coast Guard Day honors the United States Coast Guard, the military branch whose primary responsibility is national defense, or protecting and maintaining the security of U.S. waters and shorelines. However, the U.S. Coast Guard also enforces Federal laws at sea and on coastal and inland waters; protects the marine environment and U.S. coastlines and ports; saves life at sea; and operates the U.S.’s lighthouses.

We honor all those who have served in the U.S. Coast Guard, past and present, on August 4 to commemorate the creation and establishment of the U.S. Coast Guard on August 4, 1790.

Many people celebrate U.S. Coast Guard Day by attending Grand Haven, Michigan’s Coast Guard Festival, which honors the men and women of the U.S. Coast Guard through events and activities such as carnival rides, picnics, parades and ship tours.

Did You Know…that the U.S. Coast Guard was initially called the Revenue Cutter Service? The term “Coast Guard” was not used until 1915, when the Revenue Cutter Service merged with the Life-Saving Service. Learn more about the history of the U.S. Coast Guard by clicking here.

 

Sources: punchbowl.com, uscg.mil, coastguardfest.org
Read full storyComments { 0 }

National Junk Food Day

Potato-ChipsJuly 21 is National Junk Food Day!

For those of you who stick to a healthy diet and stay away from food with little to no nutritional value (like foods high in salt, fat, sugar and empty calories) on a daily basis, National Junk Food Day is your chance to give in to the temptation of some of your guilty pleasures. Whether you have a tamed sweet tooth for chocolate candy bars or have to constantly curb your craving for salty french fries, take advantage of National Junk Food Day by eating one (or two…) of your favorite junk foods.

We all need a cheat day every now and then, no matter how clean your diet. Just don’t get too attached to your junk food guilty pleasures…The healthy diet resumes tomorrow!

 

Sources: holidayinsights.com, punchbowl.com
Read full storyComments { 0 }

July 2 – I Forgot Day

July 2, I Forgot Day

July 2, I Forgot Day

Today is another one of those holidays that you’ll probably forget. That’s right, an entire holiday dedicated to remembering what we’ve forgotten and remembering what not to forget in the future.

In honor of this day here’s some things we’ve forgotten:

I once forgot that I was wearing my contact lenses while washing my face. I went in the bathroom to remove them and got distracted in between eyes. I started brushing my teeth, then washed my face. I slipped my glasses on and then looked up in the mirror and everything was blurry. I took my glasses off and cleaned them off thinking that there was a smudge I missed. My vision was the same whether or not my glasses were on or off. I then tried splashing water in my eyes thinking I must have something stuck in my eye. After my third round of water and eye drops, a feeling of panic started to grow, I was going to have to go into the doctor and hope nothing was seriously wrong with my eyes. How would I be able to read, watch TV, or play video games? What if I had to wear an eye patch?

Thankfully before the tears started I realized that I was still wearing one contact lens. ” -Sarah

I used to fly back and forth from Little Rock Ark to Dallas Tx to visit my dad.  One weekend my mom got me ready, packed my bag, drove me an hour to the airport, put me on a plane by myself and sent me to Dallas like she has many times before.  I’m like 7 years old.  I get to Dallas and no one is there to pick me up. I am sitting behind the counter at Southwest airlines for like an hour before they call my mom and she realized that she had forgotten that my dad’s weekend was the following weekend.  She sent me on the wrong weekend and no one was waiting for me. Luckily my aunt lived not far from the airport and I got to spend the weekend with her. ” -Misty

When I was a kid I went to the movies with my cousins.  There were 8 of us kids.  We got half way home when we realized we were one kid short.  Sooooo…. We circled back to get him.  He was playing video games in the lobby. He never knew we left!” – Jessica M.

When I was about 5 years old, my mom took us to Sears in Hancock Center to buy school clothes for my big sisters.  I used to love to hide under the racks of clothing while they shopped.  Apparently, I hid a little too well.  After checking out, my mom moved on to the next store, Kinney’s Shoes to buy shoes for my sisters. I finally came out of my hiding place to discover I couldn’t find my sisters or my mom.  A nice lady at the store found me wandering around and took me to the central checkout station.  She began to page my mom over the intercom.  Since my mom was in an entirely different store, she didn’t hear the pages.  It took her a few minutes (to me it felt like hours) to realize she was missing one of her little chickadees. Retracing her steps, she made her way back to Sears.  As she came racing in the door, she saw me, sitting quite contentedly with several sweet store clerks keeping me entertained.” -Christi

With her book, Marilu Henner, friend of Calendars.com, renowned health advocate, actress, performer, and memory expert, helps you develop the ability to remember more of your past, recall it more clearly, and most of all, understand your memories as a blueprint for the extraordinary life you were meant to have!

Read full storyComments Off

Museum Comes to Life Day

There’s no better day to take a trip to the museum than June 24, Museum Comes to Life Day.

On Museum Comes to Life Day, you just might catch an Ancient Egyptian mummy rise from its tomb or feel the ground shake beneath the stampede of elephants, and…did Mona Lisa just wink at you? You never know what will happen when a museum comes to life…so make sure you stay away from the dinosaur exhibit.

Celebrate Museum Comes to Life Day by spending the day at any museum – art, history, science, children’s, space…whichever museum features exhibits you’d most like to see come to life.

Check out Travel and Leisure’s list of the World’s Most-Visited Museums for inspiration.

If the museum of your choice fails to come to life, you can always spend the evening watching Night at the Museum – make it a double feature with Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian!

 

Source: The Ultimate Holiday Site, Almanac of Miscellaneous Merriment 

Read full storyComments { 0 }

National Doctor’s Day

Medical Cartoons 2015 box.inddMarch 30 is National Doctor‘s Day! This day is meant to recognize and honor physicians for their contributions to society and the field of medicine and their help in keeping us all healthy and happy.

National Doctor’s Day was first celebrated in Widner, Georgia on March 30, 1933, and was created by Eudora Brown Almond, wife of Dr. Charles B. Almond. This date was chosen because it is the anniversary of the first use of general anesthetia in surgery. Dr. Crawford Long used ether to remove a tumor from a patient’s neck in Jefferson, Georgia on March 30, 1842. As part of the celebration on the very first Doctor’s Day, The Barrow County (Georgia) Medical Society Auxiliary mailed cards to physicians and their wives and placed flowers on the graves of deceased doctors.

The United States House of Representatives adopted a Resolution Commemorating Doctor’s Day on March 30, 1958. Years later in 1990, the House and the Senate developed legislation to establish a national Doctor’s Day. By October of that year, the approval by the House and the Senate was overwhelming, and on October 30, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed S.J. RES. #366, officially declaring March 30 “National Doctor’s Day.”

Doctor’s Day is and can be commemorated in a variety of ways today. Many employers and hospitals celebrate today by showing their admiration and respect for doctors by hosting luncheons and giving gifts to doctors on their staff. Greeting card companies have even taken note of this national holiday, and you can find cards made especially for this day. Make sure your local health professionals do not go unnoticed today and do something nice for those who help keep your community healthy. Whether it’s buying them a gift or simply telling them how much you appreciate their services to your community, be sure to show your gratitude!

Happy Doctor’s Day!

Sources: About.com, DoctorsDay.org, Hallmark, Huffington Post

Read full storyComments { 0 }

Lemon Chiffon Cake Day

Slice-of-Lemon-Chiffon-Cake-2-e1363107867246March 29 is Lemon Chiffon Cake Day! This tasty dessert has a lighter-than-air texture not found in most cakes with the addition of zesty lemon flavor – yum!

Chiffon cake was the invention of a former insurance salesman named Harry Baker, who turned to catering and concocted the cake recipe in 1927. He began selling his chiffon-like creations to the Brown Derby restaurant in Los Angeles, and pretty soon all of Hollywood was swooning over his cakes and their fluffy texture. Baker kept the recipe a secret for 20 years before finally selling it to General Mills, who own the Betty Crocker brand. General Mills then published the recipe for the newly named “Chiffon Cake” in Better Homes & Gardens in 1948, marketing it as “the first new cake in 100 years.”

The cake skyrocketed in popularity and it’s secret to fluffiness was finally revealed – Baker had used vegetable oil instead of butter to get the light airy texture everyone loved. Using vegetable oil, combined with eggs, sugar, flour, and baking powder, chiffon cake takes on a structure which is a combination of batter and foam cakes. It is left with a moist texture that stays at it’s best when refrigerated, meaning you can amp up the flavor with the addition of fresh fruit, ice cream, or pastry cream.

Because of their lack of butter, chiffon cakes are inherently lower in saturated fat than regular batter cakes. The lack of butter also contributes to chiffon cakes being less rich in flavor, so compensations are usually made by the addition of icings and other toppings and fillings.

If you would like to celebrate today, here are a few recipes we found for some deliciously tart and fluffy lemon chiffon cakes:

Sources: CNN’s Eatocracy, Punchbowl, Foodimentary

Read full storyComments { 0 }