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September: What Day Is Today?

I love whacky days of observance, recognition or celebration. Here’s a few to mark on your calendars!

September 19 is “Talk Like a Pirate Day!” (truly a day for Teach! Congrats and Arrrrrrrgh!)

September 22 is Elephant Appreciation Day (for my Republican readers) as well as Hobbit Day (for my fanatical LOTR readers!)

September 23 is Fish Amnesty Day, so I think I’ll have some fish sticks (I mean, if they are frozen fish sticks they weren’t caught on Fish Amnesty Day, right?). There is some irony, though, in that September 23 is *also* National Hunting and Fishing Day. I think we’ll confuse the fish, won’t we?

September 24 is Punctuation Day, a day dedicated to my good friend Beth. When is Spelling Day, I wonder? Hmmmm…..

September 25 is National One-Hit Wonder Day, dedicated to you “Soft Cell” fans everywhere!

In preparation for October’s monthly commemorations, please be sure to stock up on trinkets and decorations to celebrate October as the month of….

…Celebrate Sun Dried Tomatoes Month

…Go Hog Wild, Eat Country Ham Month

…National Pajama Month

…National Poppin’ Popcorn Month

…National Toilet Tank Repair Month

…National Spinach Lover’s Month (…and National Talk About Prescriptions Month, which is what you’ll need if you celebrate National Spinach Lover’s Month!!!)

…and there you have it. Be sure to mark your calendars, plan, and celebrate!

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Rachael Ray’s First Day Musings

So I have to first off admit I’m not really “into” daytime talk shows. I think I’ve seen Oprah, oh, like twice. Never saw Rosie’s show unless I was flipping channels. Springer? Blech. I’d occasionally watch Montel Williams with my mom (she loved it when he had Sylvia Browne on). I’ve never seen Dr. Phil, Ellen, or any of those shows. I tried to watch Tony Danza once, but it was painful at best.

That being said, I have to admit I was a bit concerned about Rachael Ray starting her own talk show. I had a chance to watch it today, thanks to my handy DVR, and for a first day it wasn’t all that bad. I do think she stumbled a bit and likely will find her “groove” over time, but all in all, it was better than I expected. I loved the set - it was very much “Rachael Ray.” I liked the fact that she jumped out of a plane and took one of her fans - who was afraid of heights - with her. I like how she treated the very pregnant fan who couldn’t come to the studio after getting tickets for the opening show.

Conceptually, I liked what she was doing. I think over time she’ll find her rhythm so she can balance being herself with being a “live” talk show host. I got the sense in reading some reviews that some just don’t get her energy and multi-tasking mentality, panning the show completely. Others gave lukewarm readings. But it was one day of programming, right? It’ll be interesting to see how it turns out over time.

Admittedly, I would have never watched the talk show if I didn’t enjoy “30 Minute Meals” with Rachael Ray. I do think she’ll have a good following out of her already existing fan base, but her ability to broaden her audience may be the key to keeping the show on a long term basis. My fear is that her fan base will reach saturation with so many shows, cook books, websites, magazines, etc. Some of us probably spend more time with Rachael Ray than John Cusimano (her hubby) does, honestly. Heh.

I don’t know about anyone else, but I loved the dog collar Diane Sawyer gave Rachael for Isaboo - how cute was that? Oh, and did anyone recognize that she has yet MORE new pans? Gahhhh….I’m going to have to build an addition on the house just to have room for all the nice pots and pans I now want to get. And even more ecclectic bowls and plates. She never bores me with her kitchen items!

Anyone else watch the show? Do you have any opinions on what the future holds? If so, please don’t hesitate to drop me a comment! :-)