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October 21, 2016

Today we celebrate:

National Pharmacy Buyer Day - This day is celebrated on the Friday of National Hospital & Health System Pharmacy Week which is the last full week in October….usually. They say that this year is an exception to that rule, but last year was also so I don’t know what is up with that. 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 last year, a Pharmacy Buyer is responsible for making sure a pharmacy has the medicines it needs at any given moment. They take delivery of medicines, make sure it is correct, everything is there and checked in, and make sure everything is put where it belongs so it can be easily and quickly found and utilized. Then there are the invoices that need to be checked for accuracy and processed. 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 Mammography Day - Celebrated on the third Friday in October, this is a day for women to realize how important a mammogram is to their health. I just had mine not too long ago, if you are due for a mammogram, make sure you schedule it today.

World Student Day - Created by the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students, this is a day for everyone to pray for students all over the world, particularly ones that are facing difficult circumstances. We celebrate this day on the third Friday of October.

Apple Day - Created by Common Ground in 1990, this is a day to celebrate the apple and everything that goes with them. Apples are a fruit that can be used in a multitude of ways, even for things that don’t involve food. My kids used apples in art projects, they can be dried and used as decorations, they can be cooked in a variety of ways that are all delicious. There are so many varieties of apples that it is a pretty sure bet that most of you have never heard of most of the different kinds.  

Garbanzo Bean Day - Garbanzo beans, also known as Chickpeas, are a very healthy addition to any diet. They have fiber, potassium, protein, calcium, iron, Vitamin B-6 and magnesium that is all part of the package providing you with heart benefits and reduced risk of diabetes, dementia and stomach cancer. There are thousands of recipes you can find online to utilize this superfood, so I’m sure you’ll find a good one today.

Babbling Day - We all know someone who babbles constantly. I’m sure it’s not you, but you know someone who just can’t stop talking even if they run out of things to say. Well, today is a day just for them so tell everyone you know about it. Even if it means babbling. I have a tendency to babble a bit when I feel sick, and my youngest daughter takes after me that way.

International Day of the Nacho - At this website referenced in the name of the day, there is a story about the possible beginnings of nachos. I don’t know if it is true, but whether it is or not is less important than whether or not you are going to make some and bring them to my house.

Global Iodine Deficiency Disorder (IDD) Prevention Day – We get iodine in our salt generally, but there are quite a few countries that do not. So UNICEF has been working to solve that problem by working with salt producers and governments to promote universal salt iodization. Iodine Deficiency Disorders include brain damage, deaf mutism, dwarfism, and more.

Count Your Buttons Day - I have found no guidance on who created this day or why or what it is for. So I suggest you do exactly what the name says. Round up all of your buttons and count them. This is best performed by those who have a lot of time on their hands.

Celebration of the Mind DayBorn on this day 101 years ago, Martin Gardner, who died in 2010, dedicated his life to pursuing playful and fun ways of doing Math, Science, Art, Magic, and Puzzles. Exercise your brain cells with a puzzle today.

Reptile Awareness Day – This is a day to focus on reptiles of all shapes, sizes and colors. Some of you have some reptiles living in your house in the form of cute little lizards. Others have bigger and uglier (my opinion) reptiles living with you. My daughter has been after me to let her have a snake. Not going to happen in my house! But whether you love them or hate them, they are important to our ecosystem and just like so many other animals, except maybe mosquitoes, they are dealing with pollution, loss of habitat, climate change and other devastating issues. Be nice to your neighborhood reptiles today.

National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day – I love cheesecake and I love pumpkin. Two great tastes that in all likelihood, taste great together. I cannot wait to try a pumpkin cheesecake today.

Wonder Woman Day - This is a brand new United Nations sponsored holiday designed to promote the empowerment of women. There are a lot of women who are protesting that a skimpily dressed fictional character is not an appropriate ambassador for women's rights.

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