Archive | June, 2012

National Martini Day

June 19 is National Martini Day!

The martini is a sophisticated cocktail made with gin and vermouth garnished with an olive or lemon twist. Sometimes, the vodka is substituted for gin, but purists would scoff at this practice. Though the origin of the drink is unclear, it has been present in bartending guides since the late 19th century.

Celebrate today with a traditional martini made of 5 parts gin and 1 part vermouth, or take a page from Ian Fleming’s book and have a Vesper Martini:

“Three measures of Gordon’s, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until it’s ice-cold, then add a large thin slice of lemon peel. Got it?”
-Casino Royale, Chapter 7

No matter how you enjoy your martini today, don’t enjoy too many!

Sources: Historia de Victuals, About.com

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Paul McCartney’s Birthday

Today Sir Paul McCartney turns 70 years old!

One of (if not THE) most successful musicians, singer-songwriters, composers, and recording artists of all time, McCartney is one of the founding members of the legendary group, The Beatles, and half of arguably the best writing duo of all time. Even after The Beatles broke up, he found solo success and formed the group Wings. On top of his success as a musician, singer-songwriter, composer, music and film producer, and businessman, McCartney has been involved in a variety of international charities, published a volume of poems and lyrics, campaigned against landmines and seal hunting, taken part in art exhibitions showcasing his paintings, and advocated for animal rights, vegetarianism, and music education.

Even at 70, he’s not finished yet…In the next year alone, McCartney will perform at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, release a new solo album in 2013, and continue rocking the stage while on tour.

Celebrate today by listening to your favorite Beatles songs!

McCartney by the numbers…
15: Age McCartney met John Lennon.
1960: Year The Beatles was officially formed.
2,200+: Number of artists who have covered McCartney’s Beatles song “Yesterday.”
1970: Year McCartney announced his departure from The Beatles. The band was officially dissolved five years later.
60: Number of gold discs McCartney has under his belt.
5: Number of instruments McCartney plays (piano, drums, and bass, acoustic, and electric guitars).
32: Number of McCartney’s songs, written or co-written, that have hit the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.
6: Number of postage stamps McCartney designed for the Isle of Man Post.
£475 million: McCartney’s estimated fortune in 2010 (that’s roughly $715 million).

 

Sources: Wikipedia, ABC News

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Happy Smile Power Day!

Smiles make the world a happy place.

Facts about smiling:

1. Smiling can put you in a good mood – studies have shown that even if you’re in a bad mood that smiling will instantly lift your mood.

2. Smiling can improve your health – Your body is more relaxed when you smile which contributes to better health and a stronger immune system

3. Smiles are contagious – people really do have trouble maintaining their frowns when looking at others who are smiling

4. Smiles relieve stress – when you smile the muscles in your face are pulled and this activity triggers something in the brain that releases endorphins. Endorphins are natural pain killers and help to relieve stress

5. Smiles are universal signs of happiness – Smiling is known the world around as a sign of happiness and acceptance

6. Babies are born with the ability to smile – Most doctors say that real smiles occur when babies are awake at about four to six weeks but babies start smiling in their sleep as soon as they are born.

How to celebrate?

A few smiling faces from our office

Smile at everyone you see all day long.

Have a “Biggest Smile Contest” at work or home.

Use some paint and paper plates to make smiley faces

Use your power today and make your own day AND someone else’s, SMILE!

Read more about Smile Power Day.

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Flag Day

Happy Flag Day! To celebrate, we had a local Boy Scouts Troop demonstrate how to fold a flag.

To learn more about what Flag Day is and how to celebrate, check out our other Flag Day post.

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National Kitchen Klutzes of America Day

Anyone who is a klutz in the kitchen, June 13 is your day…Happy National Kitchen Klutzes of America Day!

This is a day to celebrate those who make a huge mess or commit culinary murder in the name of trying to create a great meal for others to enjoy. So, celebrate your clumsy ways, your burnt cookies and dry chicken, and the mess you never fail to leave behind after you’ve spent time in the kitchen by taking a break from actually trying to cook without being a klutz. Just have fun! Who knows…maybe a little fun and freedom will translate into an edible meal and a spotless kitchen…

…Or you can always just stay out of the kitchen today.

We have a few stories from our very own office to share!

Sarah- “I made the classic ‘undercooking the turkey’ mistake once. My turkey appeared beautiful when I took it out of the oven. Then, we went to carve it for dinner and realized that the inside was a pink, bloody, icy mess!”

Misty- “When I was younger, I was in the kitchen talking to my mom while she was cooking dinner. She had a pot of water boiling for Mac n Cheese, and she  was in the middle of talking to me as I watched her open the box of mac n cheese, take the cheese packet out, and dump the noodles in the trash and try to throw the box in the pot of water… Never talk while cooking. “

Have you ever made a HUGE mistake in the kitchen?

Sources: theultimateholidaysite.com

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Social Madness Commercial

We had a bit of fun at work today. If you like the video, vote for us here: http://www.bizjournals.com/austin/exclusives/socialmadness

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Red Rose Day

Red Rose Day is a day to appreciate American’s favorite flower, the red rose. In addition to being the most popular cut flower, roses are also the most planted flower around houses, garages, and sheds. They are easy to grow, and produce sweet scented flowers from June to the first frost.

Each rose color sends a different meaning to the recipient. Red roses signify love. You can celebrate Red Rose Day by buying red roses for someone special or planting roses around your yard.

Source: holidayinsights.com

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King Kamehameha Day

King Kamehameha Day celebrates the monarch that united the islands of Hawaii in 1810. The day was first celebrated in 1872 and is now an official state holiday in Hawaii.

Though the holiday is formally on June 11 each year, the islands have activities honoring the King throughout the week and weekend. Islanders celebrate with parades and ceremonies, and his statues are draped with leis.

To read more about the scheduled events, check out hawaiimagazine.com.

Sources: Wikipedia, TimeandDate.com

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World Environment Day

OrmanWhat is World Environment Day?

Created in 1972 by the United Nations General Assembly, World Environment Day (WED) is a global holiday that celebrates a healthy environment, creates environmental awareness, and encourages people all over the world to take positive environmental action.

Each year, the United Nations Environmental Programme centers WED around a specific theme and environmental area of interest. The theme for WED 2011 is “Forests: Nature At Your Service.”

Find out more about WED at the United Nations Environmental Programme’s WED website.

When is World Environment Day?

WED is celebrated on June 5 of each year to commemorate the opening of the 1972 Stockholm Conference.

How do I celebrate World Environment Day?

This year, celebrating WED is as simple as planting a tree, but if you’re looking for even more ways to celebrate WED or want to involve your whole community, check out the United Nations Environmental Programme’s suggested WED activities for ideas.

Don’t just help keep the environment clean on June 5. Go green and adopt eco-friendly habits and behaviors all year round by following these guidelines from the United Nations Environment Programme.

Sources: unep.org
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