I’ve never quite understood Labor Day as a child. All I really cared about was that we received a day off from school. But what were we supposed to do on that day – more labor? Why do we need a day specifically telling us to work? What are we doing the other 364 days of the year? Resting?
The U.S. Department of Labor states that Labor Day “is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers.” The first Labor Days were marked by parades, speeches by prominent leaders and community festivals to entertain workers and their families. Many of those activities have disappeared as the holiday has evolved over the years.
In fact, I can’t remember ever having been to a large scale Labor Day activity. Maybe a small family event at some point. Most of my Labor Days have been spent doing work around the house (which I will be doing today – final summer trim on the bushes and a pressure washing of the front porch).
So as you enjoy the holiday, don’t forget to pay tribute “to the creator of so much of the nation’s strength, freedom, and leadership — the American worker.”
In other words – celebrate yourself today.
Quote source: U.S. Dept. of Labor
August Goals Update:
Goal #1: Read through the entire New Testament of the Bible and the book of Proverbs by May 31st. Finished.
New Goal #1A (for the second half of 2013): Read one book a month.
Fail. I started my next book, Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. However, with the beginning of school, I saw a decrease in amount of free time for reading. Any time I did have went into writing for Luke1428 and staying connected as much as possible to in the blog world. I love to read, so I have to reexamine my activities to allow time for this.
Goal #2: Pay off our mortgage debt by the end of the year. Postponed. You can read about why here.
Goal #3: To support Mrs. Luke1428 as she obtains her CPA license and MBA by December, 2013
CPA license has been achieved! You can read about our cool celebration here.
She is several weeks into her LAST TWO CLASSES to finish the MBA portion of this goal. We can really see the finish line at this point and it’s becoming exciting.
Goal #4: To run a half-marathon in under 2 hours, a full marathon in under 4 hours and run 1,000 miles for the year. I finished part one of this goal on March 17th with a time of 1:46 minutes.
I competed in the Area 13.1 half-marathon in Roswell, GA this past month as part of my training regiment for the October marathon in Baltimore. I finished the half in 1:52 minutes, which was 10 minutes faster than my time last year at the same race.
My run totals for August were down, only accumulating 103 miles. I had to take a week off to allow a nagging foot injury I had been running through to heal a bit. I also cut my runs back to four a week instead of five to allow for some extra rest days. The good news is that I’m not missing the long runs, which are necessary to stretch your body out so it can run the 26.2-mile marathon length.
I did get September off to a great start yesterday with a 17 mile morning run.
For the year I have run a total of 678 miles. As long as my body holds up I think 1,000 miles is definitely in reach.
Goal #5: Redo the Luke1428 blog design by August, 2013. Finished.
New Goals #5A (for blog in the second half of 2013):
Lower my Alexa ranking below 150,000. Finished. That didn’t take long. I currently am at 114,000.
Guest post at least once per month. Fail. I had a hard enough time writing for myself with the beginning of school. That, coupled with the tragic events that occurred at our school which many of you have read about and shared, made it difficult to get any extra writing done.
Submit an article to a carnival twice a month. Completed. Kicking myself for not doing this sooner.
Comment on a Yakezie article or in the forums once a week. Partially completed. I may have missed this past week but was consistent until then.
Goal #6: Join a local running club by March. Finished.
Finally, here are some of the funny search terms that have led people to Luke1428 in the past 30 days:
“teen toes” – they have them, I’ve checked
“the wealth of the wicked is stored up for the juice” – ?
“how to handle large money” – “Your gonna need a bigger boat”…uh, I mean wallet
“toilet overflows from second floor to downstairs kitchen” – that’s a crappy situation
“can’t slam dunk anymore” – be glad you once could
“who got rich this week” – the lawyers who brokered the NFL concussion settlement
“God made men visually oriented” – I can see that
Get some rest today. Play with your kids. Relax with friends. Enjoy the holiday!
What are your plans for today?