The proverb An apple a day keeps the doctor away., addressing the health effects of the apple, dates from the 19th century Wales. Research suggests that apples may reduce the risk of colon cancer, prostate cancer and lung cancer. Compared to many other fruits and vegetables, apples contain relatively low amounts of vitamin C, but are a rich source of other antioxidant compounds. The fiber content, while less than in most other fruits, helps regulate bowel movements and may thus reduce the risk of colon cancer. They may also help with heart disease, weight loss, and controlling cholesterol, as they do not have any cholesterol, have fiber, which reduces cholesterol by preventing reabsorption, and (like most fruits and vegetables) are bulky for their caloric content.
Celebrate National Mousse Day! Mousse is a divine dessert made from egg whites and cream. Did you know that mousse is the French word for foam? Its a fitting name for this light, fluffy, and decadent confection!
Chocolate mousse was a specialty in French restaurants during the 1800s, but now it can be found in restaurants and households worldwide. Popular variations include different kinds of chocolate, nut, and fruit flavors.
To celebrate National Mousse Day, make your favorite type of mousse for you and your friends!
Anyway, in news of my next two years of High School, I showed my planned schedule to my counselor and asked if it was a good idea for me to fill with AP classes. She said it was fine, but I'm still worried, since I'm taking two of the hardest AP classes offered at the same time, plus marching band, pep band, and Science Olympiad.
Here's hoping I don't work myself to death!
I'll also start posting the Happy Whatever Day stuff earlier in the morning, so it's not two blog entries one after another, like it is now.
Square dance is a folk dance with four couples arranged in a square, with one couple on each side, beginning with Couple 1 facing away from the music and going counter-clockwise until getting to Couple 4. Couples 1 and 3 are known as the head couples, while Couples 2 and 4 are the side couples. Each dance begins and ends each sequence with sets-in-order in the square formation. The dance was first described in 17th century England but was also quite common in France and throughout Europe and bears a marked similarity to Scottish Country Dancing. It has become associated with the United States of America due to its historic development in that country. Nineteen US states have designated it as their official state dance.
edit: whoa what's with that quote box?
Make Your Own Head Day is a crafty day often celebrated by artists and grade children. The idea is to create your own head through many different artistic options. Based on the name, Make Your Own Head Day, the staff at National Whatever Day believe this means the only restriction is you must make your head.
Red Planet Day is celebrated on November 28th of each year to commemorate the first launch of Mariner 4, the first spacecraft to obtain and transmit close range images of Mars. After its launch on November 28, 1964 and a journey of hundreds of millions of kilometers, Mariner 4 passed within 9844 kilometers of Mars on July 14, 1965.
Beginning at a range of 16,900 km, the probe acquired a surface image composed of 200 lines, consisting of 200 pixels each every 48 seconds until, at a range of 11,900 km, 22 television pictures of the Martian surface had been stored on the spacecraft’s 4-track tape recorder. It took 4 days to transmit the image information to Earth and the spacecraft returned useful data until October 1965, when the distance from Earth and its antenna orientation temporarily halted the signal acquisition. Data acquisition resumed in late 1967 and continued until December 20, 1967.
Firstly, if you haven't already heard it, Si Tu Vois Ma Mčre is a great song. It's a jazz song mostly featuring a sax duet. I personally love it because I play alto sax (though I think it's a soprano in the song), so it might not be everyone's cup of tea.
Secondly, first day of Pep Band was today. There were more saxes than I anticipated and one of them had a blue and gold saxophone. Not to say that that is the best sounding model, but it's blue and gold. How can you not love it?
So lightning has a prefix now, Vo, huh? I like it a lot, actually. It'll be useful for my [hopefully] upcoming epic. Now we just need prefixes for the other elements that don't have them. =P
I'm also getting a plethora of college letters since I've taken a practice ACT. Asking around, it turns out that my friends have either stopped getting them a while ago or never got one. I'm not sure how to feel about this. They're clogging my desk drawer.
I also planned out the rest of highschool when I had some free time and it looks like I'll be filled to the brim with AP classes senior year. Next year, I think I plan on taking.. 2 AP classes, Chem and US History. But senior year, all my classes bar band/lunch/PE and an empty one I am filling with a study hall, all my classes are AP classes. I understand why schools want a mandatory PE class, but I could really use another study hall or fill it with another class.
High school is too short.
Pins and Needles Day is celebrated on November 27th of each year to commemorate Pins and Needles, a musical revue with a book by Arthur Arent, Marc Blitzstein, Emmanuel Eisenberg, Charles Friedman, David Gregory, Joseph Schrank, Arnold B. Horwitt, John Latouche, and Harold Rome and music and lyrics by Rome. The title “Pins and Needles” was created by Max Danish, long-time editor of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union (ILGWU)’s newspaper “Justice”.
Originally written for a small theatrical production, the first production of “Pins and Needles” was directed by Samuel Roland. After a two week professional run, it was adapted for performances by members of the then-striking International Garment Workers’ Union as an entertainment for its members. Because Roland was associated with left-wing causes, he was asked by ILGWU president David Dubinsky to withdraw. The better-known ILGWU production was directed by Charles Friedman and choreographed by Benjamin Zemach. It opened on November 27, 1937 at the Labor Stage Theatre and then transferred to the Windsor Theatre on January 1, 1939, finally closing on June 22, 1940 after 1108 performances.
Skipping Across a Pond does not advise sitting on pins and needles.
It’s National Cake Day! On this day, we celebrate one of the world’s favorite desserts—the cake. The cake we know and love today evolved from early leavened breads, which were sweetened with honey, fruit, and nuts. Did you know that the word “cake” comes from the Old Norse word, “kaka,” meaning a baked flour confection?
Whether you prefer vanilla, chocolate, red velvet, or even the pineapple-upside-down variety, grab a slice of your favorite cake to celebrate this delicious day! Happy National Cake Day!
In other news, I think I'm going to have a second shot at an Epic. My first one was back in my first year here, I think, and while I finished it, I don't really like how it's written.
Actually it may be one of the only stories I've finished. Ever.
So yeah. I've got a plot in mind, but there are also a mess of characters who are essential to the plot but may not be relevant to the story at any given point. Regardless, I'm going to try to give personality and background to these characters. However, there are sixteen and I initially planned on spending a week with each character to flesh it out more, but I don't think I can wait 16+ weeks before beginning to write. So I'll do it in pairs, since that's how they show up in story.
Actually it's kinda really eight characters with a partner but those are only the [currently] important Matoran/Toa. I currently don't have any Turaga created, and I envision there to be six. I also don't have any antagonists, and I'm debating on whether they'll be Dark Hunters or Makuta. Chances are, it'll be both, but not at the same time.
Parfait is a French word literally meaning "perfect" that began referring to a kind of frozen dessert in 1894.
An American parfait is a dessert normally made by layering cream, ice cream, or flavored gelatin dessert with other ingredients such as granola, nuts, yogurt, syrups, liqueurs, fresh fruit, or whipped topping. A parfait is normally made in a tall clear glass making all layers visible. The term parfait traditionally refers to an ice-cream treat similar to a sundae.
Currently, the term ‘yogurt parfait’ is being popularized by specialty retailers in America, being a layered concoction of fruit, yogurt and granola or other cereal. It is eaten for breakfast or as a snack.
Yes, this will be a daily thing. And yes, I did just copy and paste from a website.