In my family, the first week of June is a time for celebration. For nearly a decade now, our family has observed the twin holidays of International Pirates Day and Ernesta Day a week apart from each other, along with the observance of what has come to be known as Ernesta Week in between the two. And yes, that is as completely random as it sounds.
The origins of International Pirates’ Day and Ernesta Week are, as with many things that happen within my family, completely and totally random. My sister posted a brief explanationof the holiday’s origins over at her own Blog, but the short version is that someone decided that our former neighbors’ pug dog Ernesta had a name that sounded like it should be a holiday, so they decided to throw an Ernesta Fiesta, and it stuck. International Pirate Day was something that was randomly written on the calendar, and that one stuck too. I’m not sure where the whole Ernesta week came from, but it is observed by following the dietary guidelines as outlined in the song “Pizza Day” by the Aquabats, as seen in the video below:
The menu for the week:
- Monday: Hot Dogs
- Tuesday: Tacos
- Wednesday: Hamburgers and Chocolate Milk
- Thursday: Sloppy Joes and Burritos in a Bag
Friday is Pizza Day, the best day of the week, it always comes with salad and a side of cold green beans (although that part tends to be omitted by most people.) All in all, I suspect this might not be the healthiest diet one could come up with, but at least this makes it easy to figure out what to eat for lunch and/or dinner. More on this (and the upcoming Ernesta Fiesta) later.