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May 20, 2015

Today we celebrate:

World Autoimmune Arthritis Day – Two years ago, this became the first global online awareness celebration. It is hosted by many groups and organizations in the Autoimmune Arthritis community. It is going to be online again this year. It is an interactive, live, virtual convention that lasts for 47 hours and is free. This day was chosen for celebrations because in 2012, the first solar eclipse of the century occurred which the organizers used to symbolize the misunderstandings surrounding Autoimmune Arthritis Diseases.

Be A Millionaire Day – I could not determine the origins of this day but it seems to be about most everyone's desire to be a millionaire. I could not find any good advice on how to make it happen so maybe you should play the lottery today. That seems to be the quickest way.

Pick Strawberries Day – This is the season for picking strawberries. They are best when you pick them yourself and eat them while they are still warm from the sunshine. Call the place you usually go to pick them first, however. The weird weather we have all experienced has delayed a lot of their growth this year.

Eliza Doolittle Day – Eliza Doolittle is a fictional character from the play Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw in 1912. You may know it better by the musical version called My Fair Lady. I was not able to figure out why she rates her own day or why it needed to be this day.

Weights & Measures Day – On this day in 1875, an international treaty was signed establishing an International Bureau of Weights and Measures. Clearly an important organization, but I can't help but think that if it were not created, would we all be as concerned about measuring how much we weigh?

National Employee Health & Fitness Day – Vanderbilt University recognizes the third Wednesday of May as a day to stress physical activity and eating healthy. They have many events throughout the day to celebrate including places where you can go to get a healthy breakfast-to-go, Zumba classes outside, a walking relay and a 3 mile run.

National Quiche Lorraine Day – This dish was apparently named after the Lorraine region of France and dates back to the 6th century. It is the original quiche recipe, all others are mere adaptations.

Turn Beauty Inside Out Day – Also celebrated on the third Wednesday in May, this is a day to look inside yourself and see the beauty within. Physical beauty is skin deep and the most beautiful person in the world could be ugly on the inside. Conversely, the person who society sees as ugly on the outside could be the most beautiful, generous, wonderful person on the inside.  Today is a day to let your inner beauty shine through to the world.

To celebrate today, do some self reflection to see the beauty within yourself and then run to the store to get a lottery ticket before you take some arthritis medicine to help you survive your run to a farm to pick strawberries without a great deal of pain.  Then watch My Fair Lady with your kids while you eat Quiche Lorraine, which you carefully weighed so you can eat a perfect portion.

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