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October 23, 2015

Today we celebrate:

National Slap Your Irritating Co-Worker Day - I would like to stress that this is a tongue in cheek kind of day.  The rules are on the website and you are not allowed to blame me if you get fired or arrested if you choose to follow through on celebrating this day.  I do not plan to do so.  But then, I love my co-workers.

iPod Day – On this day in 2001, the first iPod was introduced to the world. A pivotal moment in the technological and musical world.

National Pharmacy Buyer Day - This day is celebrated on the Friday of the last full week in October….usually. The last full week is also usually “National Hospital & Health System Pharmacy Week” but this year that takes place from Oct. 18-24 and since this day is supposed to be celebrated on the Friday during that week, this day is celebrated today instead of next week.  I’m not sure why they decided to move it up a week.  Maybe they didn’t know that next week is the last full week of October since the 31st is on a Saturday. It is a day that was created in 2005 by Beth Meese in Illinois and the National Pharmacy Purchasing Association liked it and went with it in 2007.  If you are not aware, as I was not until just moments ago, a Pharmacy Buyer coordinate the ordering, receipt, storage and payment of the medications that a pharmacy needs to have available.  There is a lot more to it, too much for me to go into here, so you will have to trust me that it’s an important job and not one that any pharmacy should do without.

National Boston Cream Pie Day – I'm not sure why it's called pie when it is really much more like a cake with cream filling. It is one of my all time favorite cakes. Now I'm drooling...very undignified of me, sorry.

National Mole Day – This day is celebrated every year on this day between 6:02am and 6:02pm. If you are not a math or science maniac, then you might not know that a mole is a basic measuring unit in chemistry, 6.02 x 1023 , also known as Avogadro's Number. This day is an attempt to spread interest in chemistry throughout the world. If you're interested, a mole is equal to the atomic mass of a molecule. There is more to that explanation here.

National Canning Day – This is a day to can all the harvest from your gardens. I don't have very much left from my garden but my husband has already canned many jars of pickles, zucchini relish and chili sauce.  So if you have the skills and the equipment and the vegetables, have at it today.

Swallows Depart from San Juan Capistrano Day – On this day, according to the mental calendar that all swallows have in their heads, the swallows will circle the Mission San Juan Capistrano in California and fly off to wherever they go for the winter. They will return in March.

TV Talk Show Host Day – This day, which just happens to be Johnny Carson's birthday, is a day to celebrate all talk show hosts. Johnny Carson is the most beloved of them all, followed closely by Oprah Winfrey, but there have been many and will be many more since I don't think talk shows are going away anytime soon.  People do love to talk, after all.

World Polio Day - This is a day to continue the fight against Polio in this world.  Polio has been mostly eradicated in this country but it still runs rampant in other countries where vaccines can be few and far between if they are accessible at all.  See what you can do to help.

To celebrate today, watch a talk show about pharmacy buyers while you calculate how many moles are in your body.  Then, go to work and slap an irritating co-worker.  Next, head home and can some tomatoes from your garden while listening to your iPod and eating Boston Cream Pie. Finally, say goodbye to the swallows while you go online to see what you can do to help eradicate polio.

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