Happy Birthday…to Me! (January 6!)
+ Name My Birthday Bunny Giveaway! (INT)
By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis
The wonderful thing about celebrating a birthday is the opportunity to claim a day as entirely your own. Sunday was mine.
While my parents were kind enough to babysit the kids on Saturday, my husband and I went to a Japanese/Korean restaurant to enjoy a platter of my favourite sushi and Korean dishes. Later that evening, we enjoyed the ambiance of our local Starbucks cafe and reenacted our days of singlehood.
The following day (my actual birthday), my family took me out to Swiss Chalet for lunch, I visited my favourite local bookstore, and then later in the evening was treated to a home-cooked meal made by husband, and was exempt from kitchen duty.
While the festivities were low-key, it was an intimate enough celebration for me to rest, relax, and reflect on what it means to get a little older.
And though many might not think that a simple birthday wish on Facebook or Twitter doesn’t mean much, the messages I received throughout the day brought out the best in me and simply made me smile.
Here are some fun facts about my birthday and being born in January:
Garnet, the January Birthstone
The garnet is noted for its deep red color which was popular in Europe during the Victorian era and has been held in high esteem for over 5000 years, can actually be found in many colors except blue.
The Latin word for garnet is garanatus which means seed-like referring to its resemblance to pomegranates red seeds.
Sources of fable and myth associated with this gemstone are:
In Greek mythology Hades gave Persephone a pomegranate before she left to assure her swift return, which led to the garnet signifying a quick reappearance.
The garnet was given when going on a journey and used in the belief that it was a way to reunite lovers, was considered an endowment of love, and regarded as an aid in the quest to find a cherished partner.
It was believed that a large garnet hung on Noah’s ark as a light source.
Hebrew writers believed it was one of the gems on Aaron’s breastplate which held the twelve gems inscribed with the twelve Israeli tribes.
Christians saw the blood red color of this jewel as representative of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross.
In the Bronze Age, garnets were found on beads in a necklace at a burial site dated 3000 B.C., which was influential in the belief they offered security in the afterlife.
Spanish astrologers held the belief that garnets resembled the fiery sun.
The Greeks were convinced this gemstone shielded young children from drowning.
It was also thought that garnets provide guidance at night and defense against nightmares.
Egyptians believed these stones were an antidote against venom and food poisoning and have the power to heal skin inflammation, reduce fevers, regulate the heart, and cure depression and liver disease.
Garnets were also associated with enhancing the male reproductive system and assisting in hormonal balance in the female.
The garnet denotes passion, friendship, fidelity and devotion and the energy from this stone was believed to strengthen truth, faith, perception, and courage. While a diminished gloss of the stone could be indicative of impending disaster.
Traits of a Capricorn, the Astrological Sun Sign of Those Born on January 6:
Capricorn sets high goals for himself/herself and overcome whatever obstacles may appear between him/or and the top of his/her personal mountain. Capricorn gains personal satisfaction by knowing that others respect him/her for what he/she has accomplished.
Capricorn and stability plays an important role, but so does practice. They are energetically conservative, only expending enough to get himself/herself to where he/she wants to be.
Traits of Those Born in the Chinese Year of the Tiger:
They will be completely honest about how they feel and expect the same of you. On the other hand, they seek approval from peers and family. Generally, because of their charming personalities Tigers are well liked. Often, failing at a given task or being unproductive in his personal or professional life can cause a Tiger to experience depression. Criticism from loved ones can also generate this type of Tiger reaction. Still, like all felines, Tigers always land on their feet, ready for their next act in life, pursuing it with unyielding energy and hunting it infallibly.
Tigers are also incorrigibly competitive – they simply cannot pass up a challenge, especially when honour is at stake, or if they are protecting those they love. Tigers are unpredictable and it would be unwise to underestimate their reactions. They may appear cool, but they have the Big Cat’s instincts to pounce at a moment’s warning.
Natural leaders, they have a strong sense of their own dignity, and if they find themselves in the ranks, they can be stubborn and obstinate. In positions of power they can be difficult though stimulating bosses. Tigers are intelligent, alert, and far-sighted. They have their fingers on the pulse. Good strategists and tacticians, they often have a hidden agenda. As long as they do not risk their luck too often, and keep their restless nature under control, their tactics usually pay off in life.
– From: http://www.usbridalguide.com/special/chinesehoroscopes/Tiger.htm
Historical Events (I Find Interesting) on January 6:
1066: King Harald of England crowned
1494: The first Mass in the New World is celebrated at La Isabela, Hispaniola.
1497: Jews are expelled from Graz in Styria, Austria.
1661: The Fifth Monarchists unsuccessfully attempt to seize control of London.
1663: Great earthquake in New England
1773: Massachusetts slaves petition legislature for freedom
1839: 2-day storm off Irish and English coast immortalized as “Big Wind.”
1880: Record snow cover in Seattle – 120 cm
1896: 1st US women’s 6-day bicycle race starts, Madison Square Garden
1898: 1st telephone message from a submerged submarine, by Simon Lake
1907: Maria Montessori opens her 1st (Montessori) school (Rome)
1912: New Mexico becomes 47th state
1914: Stock brokerage firm of Merrill Lynch founded
1929: Mother Teresa arrives in Calcutta to begin a her work amongst India’s poorest and diseased people.
1930: 1st diesel engine automobile trip (in a Packard sedan) completed
1936: Barbara Hanley became Canada’s 1st woman mayor (Webbwood, Ontario)
1939: Daily newspaper comic strip “Superman” debuts
1940: Mass execution of Poles, committed by Germans in the city of Poznań, Warthegau.
1942: Pan American Airlines becomes the first commercial airline to schedule a flight around the world.
1950: Britain recognizes Communist government of China
1958: Bollingen Prize for poetry awarded to e.e. cummings
1964: Rolling Stones’ 1st tour as headline act (with Ronettes)
1967: 2 homemade buses collided on a mountain road in Terpate, Philippines plunging off a cliff, killing 84, injuring 140.
1968: Beatles’ “Magical Mystery Tour,” album goes #1 & stays #1 for 8 weeks.
1971: Berkeley chemists announces 1st synthetic growth hormones
1974: In response to the 1973 energy crisis, daylight saving time commences nearly four months early in the United States.
1975: 1000 Led Zeppelin fans, waiting overnight inside the lobby of the Boston Garden for tickets to the group’s February 4th gig to go on sale, cause a riot and an estimated $30,000 damage.
1978: 1st postage stamp copyrighted by US (Carl Sandburg stamp – who was also born on January 6!)
1979: The Village People’s Y.M.C.A becomes their only UK No.1 single. At its peak it sold over 150,000 copies a day.
1980: Indira Gandhi’s Congress Party wins elections in India. Phil Flyers set NHL record of 35 straight games without a defeat.
1987: Astronomers at University of California see 1st sight of birth of a galaxy
1990: NY Lotto pays $35 million to one winner (#s are 18-25-26-32-42-44)
1994: Dow-Jones hits record 3803.88
1995: A chemical fire in an apartment complex in Manila, Philippines, leads to the discovery of plans for Project Bojinka, a mass-terrorist attack.
2005: Mississippi Civil Rights Workers Murders: Edgar Ray Killen is arrested as a suspect for the 1964 murders of three Civil Rights workers.
Other People Born on January 6:
Max Bruch, German composer of Kol Nidrei, born 1838.
Joey Lauren Adams, actress in movie, “Chasing Amy,” born 1971.
Rowan Atkinson, actor in comedy, “Mr. Bean,” born 1955.
Bonnie Franklin, actress in TV sitcom, “One Day at a Time,” born 1944.
Danny Pintauro, actor in TV sitcom, “Who’s the Boss?,” born 1976.
Eddie Redmayne, actor in movie, “Les Miserables,” born 1982.
Julie Chen, Game Show Host of “Big Brother,” born 1970.
Anthony Minghella, film director of “The English Patient,” born 1954.
John Singleton, film director of “Boyz ‘N the Hood, ” born 1968.
Charles Hayley, five winning Superbowls, San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, born 1964.
E.L. Doctorow, author of “The Book of Daniel,” born 1931.
Wright Morris, novelist of “The Field of Vision, ” born 1910.
Carl Sandburg, poet, “Chicago Poems,” born 1878.
Joseph Medill Patterson, journalist, founder of New York Daily News, born 1879.
Franklin B. Johnson, Billionaire, Franklin Resources, Franklin & Templeton, born 1933.
Joe Hagin, White House Deputy Chief of Staff, 2001-08, born 1956.
Babrak Karmal, President of Afghanistan, 1979-86, born 1929.
Norman Kirk, Prime Minister of New Zealand, 1972-74, born 1923.
Julio Maria Sanguinetti, twice President of Uruguay, born 1936.
King Richard II, King of England 1377-99, born 1367.
Joan of Arc, “Maid of Orleans” with mission to free France from the English, born 1412.
It’s hard to believe all these significant and strong personalities were born the same day I was! It’s a surprise as well as an honour.
And to celebrate my most recent birthday, I’d like to host a
Name My Birthday Bunny Giveaway!
I received a number of fun gifts for my birthday, but one of the favourite gifts I received this year was a soft, brown, plush bunny from Indigo, shown here:
I simply adore it! But, I’m having a little trouble figuring out what I should name him!
For this giveaway, I’m asking readers to provide me with name ideas for this gorgeous bunny. If the name you provided is chosen, you win!!
Here are the rules:
- You must have a valid email and mailing address to qualify. No P.O. Box addresses accepted.
- You must be 15 years-old and up to enter.
- You must follow my blog to enter and qualify.
- Only one entry per person with a maximum of three nominated names.
- If more than one person nominated the same name and that name is chosen to win, the first person who provided the name in the comments wins the prize.
- The country you live in must be eligible for free delivery from The Book Depository. If you’re unsure, you can check here.
- The winner must respond to notification within 48 hours to claim his/her prize. If the winner fails to claim his/her prize, a new winner will be chosen at random at the discretion of Zara Alexis: The Bibliotaphe’s Closet.
- Zara Alexis of The Biblioptaphe’s Closet will not be held responsible for any lost or damaged prize items. (Especially if an incorrect mailing address was provided or the prize was delivered by a third-party. For e.g. The Book Depository or author.)
- Leave a comment on this post with the following information:
- your name
- how you follow The Bibliotaphe Closet blog and follower name
- the name you’d like to nominate for the bunny
- you may provide up to a maximum of three names
- your email so I can contact you if you win
9. The contest ends Saturday, February 2, 2013, 12:00 a.m. EST.
What You Can Win!
A choice of any book from the Book Depository up to $15.00 CAD.
Good luck and may the best birthday bunny name win!