July 18, 2011: Hug Your Kid, Get Out Of The Doghouse, Caviar Day

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July 18th, 2011

★~Today’s Quote: “Stop wearing your wishbone where your backbone ought to be.” — Elizabeth Gilbert

★~ Hug Your Kid Day; or any kid that might benefit from a hug:

Global Hug Your Kids Day was founded in 2008 by Michelle Nichols, a 25-year sales veteran and longtime Business Week columnist. Her son, Mark, died suddenly at 8 1/2 years old from brain cancer in 1998.

The goal of Global Hug Your Kid day is that one day, every child in every country around the world will be hugged by a parent or a guardian.

Did you know the universe will match your hugs?  One hug becomes one of many hugs that you will receive.

★~ Get Out Of The Doghouse Day:

Today offers you the chance of redemption and forgiveness — a get out of jail card so to speak . . . but you still have to look cute and show some remorse.  Perhaps you could send the offended the link to El Morno with  “Get Out of the Doghouse Day”  and “Hug Day” highlighted,  suggesting that you hug and make up; then follow up with an offer to bring them their favorite treat. If their favorite treat is the video or tool you borrowed, I hope you can find it!

★~ Caviar Day:

Caviar is the roe of sturgeon fish, which is eaten in its completely natural form, preserved with salt. I’m not sure who first marketed caviar, but she or he was a genus. I suspect that “hard to harvest,” “delicate,” “from the Caspian and Black Seas” and “extremely rare and expensive” were part of the first publicity campaigns to convince the rich and famous to scoop up those tiny, salty fish eggs with a mother of pearl spoon, gently place them on a cracker and then pop them into their mouths. Have you ever noticed how quickly a swig of champagne follows that cracker?

I have promised Cole a very small amount of salmon caviar to celebrate Caviar Day. Of course he likes caviar. However, I plan to celebrate Caviar Day with a nice tuna sandwich. I’ll use a glass spoon to mix the miracle whip with the tuna (don’t want to bruise StarKist premium tuna) and spread it on good bread, I will then pour a coke into a champagne goblet and stick out my pinkie. After each bite of my sammie, I will dab my mouth with my napkin and murmur “mmmmm” appreciatively.  However you choose to celebrate . . . bon appetit!

★~ Today in History:

♥~ 0064 – Rome burned on this day — while Nero fiddledor sang.

♥~ 2011 – Every now and then a commercial jingle becomes something other than a commercial. It becomes a part of Americana. And so it goes with the Oscar Mayer Wiener Jingle (“I wish I were an Oscar Mayer Wiener…”). But long before the jingle/song entered our lives, Carl Mayer, nephew of Oscar Mayer, invented another quaint entry into Americana: the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile. The first Wienermobile rolled out of General Body Company’s factory in Chicago on this day in 1936. For those of you who have never seen it – it’s a giant hot dog on wheels – there’s just no other way to describe the Wienermobile.

♥~ 1953 – 18 year-old Elvis Presley walked into the Sun Records studios in Memphis to record his to record. For $3.98, Elvis recorded two songs, My Happiness and That’s When Your Heartaches Begin.

♥~ 1976 – Nadia Comaneci, the 14-year-old star gymnast from Romania, stunned those watching the Olympic Games by executing perfect form to collect a perfect score of ‘10’ from the judges. This was the first perfect score ever recorded on the uneven parallel bars. Nadia went on to collect seven perfect scores, three gold medals, a silver and a bronze. She also won two gold and two silver medals in the 1980 Olympics.

♥~ 1980 –  Billy Joel held the top position of both the US albums and singles charts. His album Glass Houses contained his first and biggest number 1 hit, ’It’s Still Rock ’n’ Roll to Me.’

★~ Born Today:

♥~ 1921 – John Glenn Jr. astronaut: first to orbit Earth [Feb 20, 1962]; oldest to fly in space [oldest space-shuttle crew member: age 77: Oct 1998]; U.S. Senator [Ohio: 1975-1999]

♥~ 1961 – Elizabeth McGovern actress: Ordinary People, Racing with the Moon, The Bedroom Window

♥~ 1969 –   Elizabeth Gilbert,  best-known for her memoir Eat Pray Love, about the time she spent in Italy, India, and Indonesia after her divorce, traveling alone on a soul-searching journey. The memoir became sensationally successful when it was published in 2006. It has sold more than 7 million copies around the world and been translated into more than 30 languages.

★~ Did You Know: 

♥~ The terms caviarie and caviare etymological origin is from a Turkish term havyar. This, in turn, came from an Iranian form khayah.

♥~ Caviar is  the unfertilized eggs (roe) of sturgeon brined with a salt solution. Classic caviar comes primarily from Iran or Russia, harvested by commercial fishermen working in the Caspian Sea. A specific species of sturgeon called beluga provide what many consider to be the best caviar in the world.

♥~ The Caspian Sea produces 90 percent of the world’s caviar.

♥~  Black caviar is appreciated more when it has a larger and lighter grains. Red caviar, on the other hand is appreciated more when it has smaller and more finely grains

♥~ Caviar should be paired with vodka or champagne.

♥~ Usually when caviar is being served, a small sliver of butter is served on the side

♥~ A really true gourmet uses a special small silver ball on a very thin chain to measure the level of saltiness in caviar

♥~ Caviar should be accompanied by  Toast or blinis (small pancakes).

♥~ In September 2005, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service banned the import of Caspian Sea Beluga caviar, to protect the endangered Beluga sturgeon; a month later, the ban included Beluga caviar from the entire Black Sea basin.

♥~ The world’s most expensive caviar is a type of Iranian beluga called Almas.  Pale amber in color, it comes from sturgeons that are between 60 and 100 years old. A 3.9-pound container will set you back $48,750.

★~Today’s Giggle:

Dear Diary,

May 30th — Now this is a state that knows how to live! Beautiful sunny days and warm balmy evenings. Mountains and deserts blended together.What a place!  Watched the sunset from a park lying on a blanket. It wasbeautiful. I’ve finally found my home I love it here.

June 14th — Really heating up. Got to 100 today. Not a problem. Live in an air-conditioned home, drive an air-conditioned car. What a pleasure to see the sun every day like this. I’m turning into a real sun worshipper.

June 30th — Had the backyard landscaped with western plants today. Lots of cactus and rocks What a breeze to maintain. No more mowing for me. Another scorcher today, but I love it here.

July 10th — The temperature hasn’t been below 100 all week. How do people get used to this kind of heat? At least it’s a dry heat. Getting used to it is taking longer than I expected.

July 15th — Fell asleep by the pool. (Got 3rd degree burns over 60% of my body.) Missed two days of work, what a dumb thing to do. I learned my lesson though: got to respect the ol’ sun in a climate like this.

July 20th—  I missed Tabby (our cat) sneaking into the car when I left this morning. By the time I got out to the hot car for lunch, Tabby had swollen up to the size of a shopping bag and exploded all over $2,000 worth of leather upholstery. I told the kids she ran away. The car now smells like Kibbles and BITS. No more pets in this heat.

July 25th—  Dry fetchin’ heat, my butt. Hot is hot!!  The home air – conditioner is on the fritz and AC repairman charged $200 just to drive by and tell me he needed to order parts.

July 30th — Been sleeping outside by the pool for three nights now. $1,100 in darn house payments and we can’t even go inside. Why did I ever come here?

Aug 4th— 115 degrees. Finally got the air-conditioner fixed today. It cost $500 and gets the temperature down to about 90. Stupid repairman pissed in my pool. I hate this fetchin’ state.

Aug 8th–  If another wise cracks, “Hot enough for you today?”, I’m going to tear his swollen throat out. Darn heat. By the time I get to work the radiator is boiling over, my clothes are soaking wet, and I smell like roasted fricken Garfield!!

Aug 10th — The weather report might as well be a damn recording: Hot and Sunny. It’s been too hot for two dang months and the weatherman says it might really warm up next week. Doesn’t it ever rain in this barren desert??

Water rationing has been in effect all summer, so $1,700 worth of cactus just dried up and blew into the swealtoring pool.Even a cactus can’t live in this heat.

Aug 14th—   Welcome to Hell!!!  Temperature got to 123 today. Forgot to crack the window and blew the fricken’ windshield out of the Lincoln. The installer came to fix it and said, “Hot enough for you today?” My wife had to spend the $1,100 house payment to bail me out of jail.

Aug 30th—  Worst day of the damn summer.  I’m not leaving the house. The  f***ing monsoon rains finally came and all they did is to make it muggier than hell. The Lincoln is now floating somewhere in Mexico with it’s new $500 windshield.  That does it, we’re moving to New York for some peace and quiet.


Have a Merry Monday. I will be back later to muse about caviar. Leave a comment if you have a morno moment. Odd Loves Company!

Stay Cool Out There!


Hug You Kid is celebrating on 3rd Monday in July: July 16, 2012

16 thoughts on “July 18, 2011: Hug Your Kid, Get Out Of The Doghouse, Caviar Day

  1. Loved the giggle. I’m a off to see the dentist today for good news I hope, and then will take my pack to the pool!

    Happy Monday!

  2. A tuna sandwich? Can’t you at least consider sushi? I love caviar and would love to love it more often.

    Hope your day is cool.

  3. My husband is still in the doghouse…. maybe today is the day I let him out? We’ll see! I didn’t get a change to give Tyra a hug this morning, she’s still sleeping when I left. I’ll make sure I give her extra when I get home. 🙂 Love the giggle!!!

  4. Coffee and El Morno my first chance to take a breath all morno. I share your dislike for caviar but a tuna sandwich for lunch? Now you are talking! Yum.

    It’s so hot and humid! Thank God for AC.

    Have a good one!

  5. Love, Love caviar. The Russian Tea Room in NY serves it this way: Spoon caviar onto buckwheat blini with a dollup of Creme Fraiche and pour melted butter over all. Bite. Take a sip of vodka in crystal shot glass which is sitting in crushed ice. YUM! I have this once a year when I’m in NY working.
    So good.

  6. Your giggle for the day is the opposite of the winter in Wisconsin one that had me in stitches during the cold months. As for Caviar,,, I told you to have mine. Anything that even remotely sounds like it would taste like cod liver oil makes me quiver.And, as for tomorrow, never had one of those drinks either. Boy am I ever back woods, huh?

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