I’m known to have a love for all things Presidential. It started in the second grade when my mother helped me create a Presidential Fun Fact calendar for the Social Studies Fair at my school. The light was rekindled when I fell for President Bartlet and his staff, and again when I recommitted to memorizing the list of POTUS as one of my 101 in 1001 goals and made myself a set of handmade flashcards I carried around in my purse for testing my memory.
My interest in Presidential fun facts has encouraged an embracing of history in other areas of my life beyond simply trivia. I’ve found myself with a hunger for stories of the past, looking for the charm that can only be found in the good ole days. This past December I spent time asking questions of my relatives, aiming to get them to share stories and let me look into our family history.
Celebrate History Activity: Dive into a topic you enjoy. Two WONDERFUL sites to look for interesting information about any subject that you’re intrigued by: Mental Floss and How Stuff Works.
Celebrate History Bonus Activity: Make and take time to learn and share your family history. Ask questions of your elders. Share your own memories of what you hold special from your childhood experiences. Write it down, record it, and keep it forever, until you pass it on to the generation after next. You’ll thank yourself later when you can give such a special gift to your grand children or great nieces and nephews.
I’ve started collecting recipes from my relatives to create a type of family cookbook. I want to go beyond my own favorites and learn what each member of my extended family treasures from their own traditions and memories, too! I’d love to put all the recipes in a nice book [I love this one, especially!] or even possibly make a York PhotoLab book with photos of the dishes on display.
Shows I Binge On Each Week, Watching All 5 Episodes of the Week in One Day, While Doing Computer Work
The View – I was so happy to learn that episodes are available on Hulu Plus. Was not as happy to learn that they are web-only, meaning I can’t watch them on the Xbox, meaning I can’t watch them on the TV, meaning I sometimes sit with two computers open as I work.
Cooking Light Recipes from the JAN/FEB Issue I Plan to Make Before February
Slow-Cooker Marinara [on page 99] – I’d love to try a new sauce [I currently use my mother’s, of course – it’s my favorite!! but I am a firm believer in having more than one kind of favorite, and the six different meal suggestions also listed on page 99 are making my head spin with ways to use up [and celebrate!] this sauce inspiration!
Roasted Cauliflower Soup [on page 158] – I’m on a major soup kick, these days and I love that this one is listed in Cooking Light’s Budget Cooking piece.
New Fitness Challenges I’ve Accepted
Planking every day. Thanks to a welcomed challenge from my new friend Elizabeth. [you can join, too!] I’m keeping track of my progress on one of the MANY calendars I keep near my at-home work space.
I’d like to complete one knee push up. Just one. By the time I’m thirty. [which, spoiler alert, is only months away.] I’m really great at the lowering of the push up, but not so good at the raising at all able to get myself back up to the raised position.
Ridiculous Accomplishments I’m Ridiculously Proud Of, to Boot
Yelling out the correct answer to every question of the quiz about TV series finales on NPR’s Ask Me Another podcast.
I spent 6+ hours with my Gmail account on Saturday evening. I replied. I organized. I assigned due dates. I can’t believe I finally did it.
Quotations I Can See from My Desk Chair
To be successful, the first thing to do is fall in love with your work. – Sister Mary Lauretta
Our intention creates our reality. – Wayne Dyer. This one is displayed on my desktop wallpaper, thanks to this great post from Katelyn Brooke – 10 Great Desktop Backgrounds. [I came across Katelyn’s blog late last year and she has quickly become one of my favorites for her quality content, valuable sharing ability, and beautiful design inspiration. Check her out!]
Recent Purchases Made Only for the Fact That a President was Displayed on Them
American Farmer popcorn. In Old School Movie Theater Popped Corn [featuring a 3D Viewing Lincoln] and Sweet & Salty Kettle Popped Corn [featuring a tractor driving Washington.] How could I not?
Presidential Facts Treat Boxes. I saw them when I was ordering some craft supplies on the Oriental Trading website [I made craft kits for our friends’ daughters for Christmas] and when I noticed they were marked down to $1.69 a dozen, I added a package [or two!] to my cart. The wheels are already turning to how I can put these to use this year. Hey, it won’t be the first time I celebrate Presidents Day or a POTUS Birthday with some treats
p.s. some of the items I share [because I love them & think you’ll love them, too!] and link to on this post are available for sale in my amazon affiliate store. I’d love if you made amazon purchases through my store – you can search and shop for ANY item on Amazon as you normally would, by following this link. It helps to keep THS alive and well. xo