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May 18, 2015

Today we celebrate:

I Love Reese's Day – This day was created by popular demand. I found a rumor that said “nearly 40,000 fans” joined a campaign on Facebook and said they wanted this delectable treat to have its own day. I can see that happening and if it's true, I'm a little surprised it was only 40,000. Clearly, their efforts were successful.

Accountant's Day or Accounting Day – Today is a day to celebrate the number crunchers in our lives. Some people just “get” numbers, and everything associated with them, easier than others. For some, addition is a daily challenge. Accountants, on the other hand, can whiz through math problems and multi-million dollar budgets in moments. Give them a hand today, because if they can do it, we don't have to.  The first Accounting Day may have been held in 1972 but that is not for sure.  This day is always celebrated on a Monday in May, but there doesn’t seem to be much rhyme or reason as to which Monday.

International Museum Day – This day was created in 1977 by the International Council of Museums for the purpose of increasing awareness of the importance of museums in society. They were probably also hoping to increase the number of people visiting the thousands of museums sprinkled around the country. Well, it worked, attendance has been increasing steadily ever since. Last year, more than 35,000 museums participated in this day by hosting special events in 145 countries.  The theme for this year is “Museums for a sustainable society.”

No Dirty Dishes Day – I am not sure how this day is supposed to work unless you eat out for all of your meals today. The goal is to have no dirty dishes to wash today. Which I approve of wholeheartedly. I don't know of anyone who likes washing dishes but I can't really condone the idea of using paper plates all day because if everyone does this, the landfills will be overflowing. I just got a great idea! Have the kids wash the dishes today!

Visit Your Relatives Day – This is a day for family. Reconnect with family members you haven't seen in a while and spend some time with older members of your family. You never know how long you will have left with them.

National Cheese Souffle Day – I have made a lot of things, but I have never made a souffle. Maybe I'll try this recipe tonight.

HIV Vaccine Awareness Day – Sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, this is a day to learn about the work that is being done by thousands of scientists, health professionals, and volunteers with the goal of creating an HIV vaccine.  They have already made tremendous breakthroughs.  I heard of a baby who was born with HIV, but now, after treatment, doesn’t have a trace of it left in his body.  They are watching him to see what happens long term, but it is very hopeful news.

Victoria Day – The last Monday before May 25th is a federal Canadian Public Holiday in honor of Queen Victoria's birthday. This has been a holiday for Canada on different days around the 24th of May, (the Queen's actual birthday) since 1845 but was finally put on this Monday format in 1953.

To celebrate today, go out for breakfast so you don’t dirty any of your dishes, then head to a Museum to see what special things they have going on.  Next, visit your relatives for a cheese souffle lunch, again sparing your dishes from getting dirty, while you make sure they know about the latest advances in the HIV vaccine.  Finally, visit your neighbors for dinner, completing your goal of no dirty dishes today, and share some Reese’s with them for dessert.  Don’t forget to call your favorite Accountant wish them a Happy Victoria Day.

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