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March 8, 2015

Today we celebrate:

National Proofreading Day – Created by Judy Beaver in honor of her mother, this is a day to double or triple check anything you write to make sure you correct any mistakes. Making this a habit will help you to maintain your professionalism.

Girls Write Now Day – Today is a day for females of all ages, all cultures, and all countries to write. Women need to mentor women to help each other achieve their great potential. Girls Write Now is an organization that was founded in 1998. They have a mission to help underprivileged girls in public high schools in NYC to improve their writing skills and and find out if a career in writing is the right choice for them.

National Be Nasty Day – I'm not sure who made this day up but it was probably a grouch plotting revenge for last month's Do A Grouch A Favor Day. You are encouraged to be nasty whenever possible today, so go ahead and tell someone how you really think they look or what you really think about them.  Just be careful, they might respond in kind.

International Women's Day – Created by the United Nations in 1975, it used to be called International Working Women's Day and is a day to celebrate women's social, political and economic achievements. In some countries it is an occasion for men to show their women how much they love and appreciate them much like Mother's Day and Valentine's Day in this country. In other countries it is more likely to be about highlighting the unique challenges that women face in what is still, a man's world. The theme for this year's celebrations is “Make It Happen.”

National Peanut Cluster Day –This is a delicious treat that began simply...someone mixed peanuts and chocolate. But these days you can get very complicated. It doesn't matter which recipe you prefer, they are all delicious.

Check Your Batteries Day – This coincides with Daylight Savings Time and is a time to change the batteries in your smoke detectors. It's important to make sure your smoke detectors work properly so that they can save your life if you try to sleep through a fire. Trust me, you don't want to do that. But even more annoying than sleeping through a fire is waiting too long to change your batteries because they start that high pitched chirping sound. Because, let me tell you, if you have as many smoke detectors as I do, it is very time consuming standing underneath each one for an hour while you wait for it to chirp. Especially since the one that is chirping is never the one you are standing under.  And then, you might have the situation that I had a couple of years ago when not one but two of my smoke detectors started chirping, but they couldn’t do it at the same time.  No.  I stood under every single smoke detector in my house and not a single one chirped while I was under it.  The sound was always coming from a different room.  It took me about six hours to figure that one out.  Save yourself and change all of the batteries today.

The Start of Daylight Savings Time – It's that time of year again when we mess up our internal clocks and our children's sleep schedule by changing the time by an hour. Even worse, it's the spring so we leap forward and lose an hour of sleep. Better get to bed early to make up for it.

To celebrate today, set your clocks back an hour and let loose the nastiness you usually keep contained while you fight for equality in your workplace. When you get home, write about your experiences of the day while you eat peanut clusters. Make sure you proofread everything you wrote today.  Finally, change your smoke alarm batteries before you head to bed.

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