#AtoZChallenge 2020 recap

In case you took all of April off from viewing my blog, I participated in the A to Z challenge where each day (except Sundays) you post on a new topic following the letters of the alphabet. So April 1 the blog topic started with A, on April 2 the blog topic began with B and so on.

This was my seventh year doing the challenge. The organizers of the challenge suggest you pick a theme for your writing. The first year I didn’t do a theme. The next year it was TV shows, followed by characters, antagonists, songs about magic and character flaws. This year my theme was comic strips.

This turned out to be a very good topic. I got to review some great classic strips such as Peanuts as well as discover some lesser known strips like Yankee Doodle and Wee Pals. For some of the letters, it was hard to narrow down which comic strip to do. The typical harder letters – Q, X and Z – were not as hard for this one, except for X which there was no comic strips. I filled it in with one of the additional strips from a letter that had many comic strips – F. Family Circus on the actual day scheduled for F and then Fox Trot for my xtra day

As always, I enjoyed the challenge and look forward to doing it again next year.

For any of you who have missed out on my blogs from the A to Z challenge, here is a recap of what I covered.

Previous Posts

A is for Archie

B is for Blondie

C is for Calvin and Hobbes

D is for Dilbert

E is for Ella Cinders

F is for Family Circus

G is for Garfield

H is for Hagar the Horrible

I is for The Invisible Scarlet O’Neil

J is for Joe Palooka

K is for Krazy Kat

L is Li’l Abner

M is for Marmaduke

N is for Non-Sequester

O is for Outland and Opus

P is for Peanuts

Q is for Queen’s Counsel 

R is Rose is Rose

S is for Sally Forth

T is for Terry and the Pirates

U is for U.S. Acres 

V is for The Van Swaggers

W is for Wee Pals

X is for Xtra (FoxTrot)

Y is for Yankee Doodles

Z is for Ziggy

Recipe of the Month – Wookiee Cookies

Monday was Star Wars Day. (May the Fourth be with You) This inspired me to pull out The Star Wars Cookbook for this month’s recipe. The cookbook is geared toward young Rebels who want to whip up a Star Wars themed meal or dessert. I like cookies to I thought I’d share Wookiee Cookies which basically are chocolate chip cookies.

Ingredients

2 1/4 cups flour

1 t. baking soda

1 t. salt

1 t. ground cinnamon

1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature

1 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup granulated sugar

2 large eggs

1 1/2 t. vanilla extract

1 cup milk chocolate chips

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Place flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon in a mixing bowl. Stir.

Put butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar in another mixing bowl. Using an electric mixer, beat together until creamy, about 3 minutes. Beat in eggs and vanilla extract. Add in the flour mixture and stir with a spoon until well blended. Stir in chocolate chips.

Scoop rounded tablespoon of dough onto a baking sheet, leaving 1 inch between each scoop. Bake until golden brown about 10 minutes.

Makes about 3 dozen cookies

Quote of the Day ~ May 6

Monday, May 4th, was Star Wars Day (May the Fourth be with you). Today, May 6th is sometimes referred to as Revenge of the Sith, which is a reference to the third Star Wars movie – Revenge of the Sith. (Some Star Wars fans use May 5th as Revenge of the Sith.) Either way, that inspired me to use a Star Wars quote today.

“Without strife, your victory has no meaning. Without strife, you do not advance. Without strife, there is only stagnation.” ~ Uthar Wynn (a Sith lord from the video game Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic)

Celebrating Star Wars Day

Today is May 4th – better known as Star Wars Day. For those of you who are not Star Wars fans, May the Fourth sounds a lot like May the Force – as in “May the Force be with you” or as fans say today “May the Fourth be with you.”

History

Now obviously this isn’t an official holiday. You won’t find it on most calendars. This is a holiday devised by fans that grew by word-of-mouth. It now has been embraced by Lucasfilm and Disney (the parent company of Lucasfilm).

Strangely one of the first published uses of the “May the Fourth be with you” was in a newspaper ad by the UK’s Conservative Party on May 4, 1979 during the election of Margaret Thatcher as prime minister.

Now while Star Wars fans may have recognized the day for many years by using the catch phrase or wearing Star Wars shirts, it appears the first organized Star Wars Day happened in Toronto, Canada in 2011 with trivia games, costume contests and showing of fan tribute films, mash-ups and parodies.

In 2013, Disney started observing the holiday with festivities at Disneyland and Disney World. Before this they did also have Star Wars Weekends where they featured special Star Wars themed events (parades, appearances by actors, special costumes for Mickey and the gang) at the parks on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in May and June. This became an annual event from 2003 to 2015.

What to do on Star Wars Day

Many fans of course wear Star Wars shirts or maybe even costumes. They might make Star Wars inspired food and drinks.

TV networks often air Star Wars films. In fact this year, Disney+ is showing all 9 Star Wars films in the Skywalker Saga. They are also airing the series finale of the cartoon series, The Clone Wars, today.

Sports teams such as the minor league baseball teams the Toledo Mud Hens and the Durham Bulls have worn special uniforms when playing on Star Wars day.

What my family will be doing

Jase (my soon to be fifteen-year-old) will certainly be wearing a Star Wars shirt. He is eagerly waiting to see the final episode of The Clone Wars. Most likely by the time you are reading this, he will probably already have watched it. I am guessing he and my husband will watch it first thing in the morning – especially as my husband has to work late tonight.

Lexie (my twelve-year-old, anti-Star Wars gir) will be doing her best to ignore that it is even Star Wars day. She doesn’t even own a Star Wars shirt. She does at least think the Child (aka Baby Yoda) from The Mandalorian is cute.

My husband will be wearing a Star Wars shirt, of course. But he must go to work so his celebrating of the day will be low key. Now with our city having a face mask mandate, he will be wearing the Darth Vader mask he created.

As for me, I am looking forward to watching Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian, the behind-the-scenes documentary – while wearing my one and only Star Wars shirt.