What a weekend.

On Saturday, my high school speech team and I traveled to Waldorf University in Forest City to compete at the IHSSA District Large Group Speech Contest.

Can you imagine getting a group of high school students to come to school at 6:30 a.m. on a Saturday morning?

We (speech coaches) say there is no one like a speech student.

They are able to have fun no matter how early in the day they have to start.

It was a success and as always a great learning experience for the student (and myself, as well.)

High school students have a way of making you feel a lot younger than you really are.

Unfortunately, you fell it the next day!

I would imagine the other coaches from North Iowa would agree as well.

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This week's holidays include "Global Belly Laugh" Day, today, January 24 and National "Curmudgeon" Day on Monday, Jan. 29.

Today, Jan. 24, at 1:24 p.m. smile, throw your arms in the air and laugh at loud.

It is said, "Laughs and smiles are the sunshine that transform our moments, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, on the seven comments.

Here are some ways to make any day a "Belly Laugh" Day at work:

*Wear a nametag: "Please Be Patient With Me I am..."

*Take a photo of yourself laughing on your cell phone. Email the photo to your colleagues. Invite them to join you at 1:24 p.m.

*Carpet the floor with blown balloons. Imagine the fun as you walk around the office, kicking the balloons all day.

*Play music during low energy moments.

*Smile, laugh out loud, laugh silently every time you hit delete on your computer.

National "Curmudgeon Day" is a day to put on your "grumpy" face.

Does January put you in a grouchy, grumpy, sour mood complete with complaining, whining and acting generally miserable?

Then you're ready to celebrate.

The real definition of curmudgeon is a grumpy, ill-tempered person.

It is generally a term used for older men who are stuck in their ways, expecting everyone to line-up with their way of thinking...or else.

However, how about trying a curmudgeon smile?

If you don't find yourself in this position but find yourself surrounded by those who are, how about making a sourpuss smile?

You might just find that you become less aware of your own curmudgeonliness.

Do something to make a co-worker smile.

You may have one less curmudgeon in the office.

Final thought - there is a full moon, blue moon - a big moon deal next week. Don't forget to go out and take a look at it.

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