Strange Holidays In May
Every Month There is So Much To Celebrate
And so it continues. I continue my series on strange holidays. Every month will be covered, eventually. Trust me, I will get around to them all. It may take me a while, and I can pretty much guarantee they will be done out of order, but they will all be covered. Each month I have done so far has included a wide variety of strange, and interesting holidays. May is no exception. My birthday falls in May, and it was amusing to me to see the strange holidays that fall on my birthday. Check out the great strange and wonderful days to celebrate in the month of May, and stay tuned for more months of silly holidays in the future. So, off we go, once again. Enjoy!
May Is A Month For...
May has it's share of strange, and silly monthly observances. I found a few, OK, so maybe more than a few, that I thought were amusing enough to share. I hope you find the list as entertaining as I did.
- Creative Beginnings Month- Hmmm...creative beginnings? Is this the month to start all those hubs that you have been thinking about writing? Maybe the month to take up painting, or poetry. Be creative, and start something new. Begin something creative this month.
- Get Caught Reading Month- For some of you out there, you get caught "reading" a lot. Do you really think people believe you buy those magazines for the "articles"? Seriously though, take some time out this month, and get caught reading (real books!)
- Gifts From the Garden Month- Do you enjoy gardening? Got a lot of tomatoes, and you know you will never eat them all? Share them. Give a gift of home grown goodness to you friends, your family, or your neighbors. They will appreciate the gift! A gift from the garden is a wonderful thing to give.
- International Victorious Woman Month- Celebrate all the victorious women you know. Either from history, or from your own family. No coincidence that it falls in the same month as Mother's Day. Is your mom worthy of being celebrated as a victorious woman? She had to put up with you for eighteen years, of course she is!
- National Barbecue Month- With Memorial Day falling at the end of May, it marks the unofficial start to summer. Break out that grill, and cook up some tasty barbecue! Don't forget to invite me!
- National Egg Month- What goes better with a barbecue than some yummy deviled eggs? Yummmm!!! Or celebrate eggs in their various other forms, from fried eggs, poached eggs, hard boiled in a salad, baked into your favorite bread or cookies, or any number of other ways. Or, just go out and cause some mischief, and egg that annoying neighbor's house. (I don't actually condone that sort of thing, of course.)
- National Hamburger Month- OK, so I think I am starting to see a trend here. With the warmer weather, grilling is a little more comfortable. No one wants to be out hovering over the grill in 30 degree weather. Cook up some hamburgers this month, and have some friends over for a good time. Don't forget to invite me!!
- National Moving Month- I refuse to celebrate moving month. I hate moving!!! I never want to do it again, though I am sure it will happen at some point. If you like moving, or are looking to move, maybe this is the month to do it. It seems that I will be moving this month after all. Figures...
- National Salad Month- Here we are, back at the food. Salads are wonderful companions to burgers and barbecue. Potato salad is an obvious choice, but maybe branch out, try some different salads this month. There are a lot of great recipes out there!
- National Salsa Month- OK, so this is starting to get silly. All this food, and only one month to enjoy it all! Salsa is a favorite of mine. I love Mexican food, and a good salsa can complete almost any Mexican dish. Try making your own!!
- National Revise Your Work Schedule Month- I already did this for this month. I worked eight days in a row, and it wasn't a whole lot of fun. Look at your work schedule. Are there days you wish you had off? Is it possible to squeeze in a few extra hours a week? Or are you close to burn-out, and need to shave a few hours off your busy schedule?
- React Month- React to what? Well, react to everything. If you don't react, you may miss out. I really have no idea what we are supposed to be reacting to. Too many people over-react.
- Sweet Vidalia Onions Month- Enough with the food already!!! OK, so vidalia onions are pretty tasty. Especially on a nice burger with a little salsa thrown on there as well, with some potato salad, and some deviled eggs. See, I tied it all in together. Now what about dessert?
- Zombie Appreciation Month: Thank you to Princessa for bringing this special holiday to my attention. Zombies are just not appreciated nearly as much as they aught to be. The groaning, staggering, brain eaters of the world need to be given their proper recognition. Life would be so much more boring without them. Apparently, even the CDC has brought new attention to the subject of zombies. Are you prepared for the zombie apocalypse? You might want to start!
What Are We Doing This Week?
Another round of fun, and silly weekly observances is ready for you. So, what are we doing this week? Check it out! It might be fun to find a way to incorporate some of these weekly observances into your life this month. Another week, another fun thing to celebrate! Have fun!!
- Bread Pudding Recipe Exchange Week (1-7): This seems strangely specific. Why limit it only to bread pudding? I have never had bread pudding, so maybe I just don't get it. Do you have a great bread pudding recipe to share? Make a hub, post a link on the comments, and share it with everyone!
- Pen Friends International Week (1-7): Pen pals, pen friends, whatever you choose to call them, this is the time to honor them. Send them a gift, write them a letter. Wait, do people still write letters? OK, so send them an email, an e-card, a shout out on twitter, a facebook comment, something. I used to have a pen pal, when I was a little kid. I wonder what happened to her...
- Drinking Water Week (3-10): We all know that we need to drink more water. Most of us are aware of this, and yet, most of us still don't drink enough water. So, for at the very least, just this week, drink some more water. Your body will thank you!
- Flexible Work Arrangement Week (3-9): This sounds like an interesting way to describe the work of more nefarious characters. When someone asks what you do, just tell them you have a "flexible work arrangement", and see the kind of looks you get.
- National Hug Holiday Week (3-9): Awww...more hugs!! There were some great hug holidays in April, but May gets a whole week!! Give out lots of hugs this week. Hug your friends, your family, your boss, your enemies. Especially your enemies; it will confuse them. Enjoy the confused look on their faces after you give them a nice, big hug.
- Update Your References Week (3-9): Are you still using that same address for that one friend, or former co-worker that is about 2 years old, despite the fact that they have moved twice since then? Take some time to update your contacts, update your references, and get that resume current. It really does make a world of difference. With the job market the way it is, a stand out resume could mean everything.
- Dating and Life Coach Recognition Week (4-10): Is there a special dating or life coach in your life? No, well, just watch the movie, Hitch, and at least pretend for a couple of hours. If you do, send them a gift, give them a call, and thank them for all the great work they are doing for you. If they aren't doing so well, maybe it's not them, maybe it's you.
- Intimate Apparel Market Week (4-8): Hmmm...strange that this falls right before Mother's Day. Maybe that's a hint to all you men out there. Maybe not. Of course, what woman doesn't feel sexy in a cute, lacy, silky, little camisole. I bet Victoria's Secret loves this holiday!! For all I know, they created it.
- National Return to Work Week (10-16): Wait a second...return to work? When was I away from work? Did I miss out on some vacation, or national holiday or something?? I don't remember being told I didn't have to go to work!! Of course, if you are out of work, seeing that you updated your resume, maybe this is the time to find that new job.
- Reading is Fun Week (10-16): This is a holiday we need to share. Reading can be fun!! Share your love of reading with your kids. Get them involved, and help them develop a love of reading. After all, reading is fun!!
- National Etiquette Week (11-15): I know a lot of people who would benefit from a little training in proper etiquette. Maybe we can call up Emily Post for some pointers.
- Universal Family Week (11-17): I guess National Family Week, or International Family Week or even Global Family Week just weren't big enough. We wouldn't want all the other planets, galaxies, and so on to feel left out. Who knows, those space aliens everyone is always talking about may want to celebrate as well.
- National Dog Bite Prevention Week (17-25): While this has merit, dog bites are painful, and some people have died, this again, seems a little specific. Preventing dog bites is pretty simple. Everyone who has a big, potentially vicious dog, build a big fence!!! Don't let your dog roam around the neighborhood. Don't antagonize large, potentially vicious dogs, because they may bite you. If your dog has bitten someone, chances are, they will do it again. Do the smart thing, figure out the problem and fix it, or put your dog down.
- National New Friends, Old Friends Week (17-23): A week to celebrate old friends and new friends. Make some new friends this week, and introduce them to your old friends. Either old in friendship or old in age, celebrate your old friends as well as your new ones.
- National Effectiveness Week (18-25): This is the week to be just as effective as you can be. Work a little harder this week, after all, Memorial Day is just around the corner, and you can rest and relax on your long weekend.
- National Backyard Games Week (18-25): Lawn Darts, anyone? I love lawn darts! The dangers of impalement right in your own backyard! Gather your friends and family together and play some horseshoes, bags, or any other fun backyard game, and if you happen to have any lawn darts, invite me over!!
A Daily Dose Of Strange
I have quite a collection of strange and funny holidays for the month of May. Mother's Day or Memorial Day may be the days that instantly come to mind when one thinks of May, but now, you have so many days to choose from and so many celebrations to take part in. Each day is something new, something fun.
1st: Amtrak Day: Why do we need a day to celebrate Amtrak? I really don't think they are worthy of celebration. Have you ever been on one of those trains? Trust me, you don't really want to. No offense to anyone who likes Amtrak. I wish I could have been around for the heyday of train travel, though.
1st: Emmet Kelly Clown Days (1-3): I really don't know much about Emmet Kelly, except that my mom has a few Emmet Kelly clown figurines. They are cute. Usually, clowns creep me out, but there is something endearing about the hobo clown.
1st: Lei Day: Insert stupid sex joke here about getting laid, or leied, or whatever. Have your own mini Hawaiian vacation wherever you are. Wear a lei to work, hand them out to your friends. Just don't forget the Pina Coladas!!
1st: No Pants Day: Today is the day to go without your pants! If you can sit around in your underwear all day, good for you!!! For those that have to work, or have a dress code, maybe wear a skirt or shorts instead. Or, maybe you are a risk taker, go to work without your pants and see what happens.
1st: Mother Goose Day: We all remember Mother Goose and all her nursery rhymes, don't we? All those beloved songs and rhymes we remember from our childhood. Share them with your kids, sing them at work, drive everyone nuts!!
1st: Tuba Day: Don't know how to play the tuba? Maybe you should learn! The unsung hero of the marching band gets its own day! And to think, all those years of piano lessons, and the piano doesn't even have it's own day, but the tuba does.
1st: Save A Rhino Day: I suggest that you do this through donations to causes related to the rhino. I do not recommend that you go to Africa, and try to personally save a rhino. That might end rather badly. Just a suggestion.
2nd: Join Hands Day: We all need to join hands. Why? I really don't know. Join hands with those around you. It will make you feel closer. I would join hands with you, but I can't reach my hand through the computer.
2nd: Free Comic Book Day: Nerds of the world rejoice!!! Free comic books!! It's like a geek's dream come true. Of course, no one ever said that they were good comic books though, now did they? You never know, though, you might get lucky.
2nd: National Home-brew Day: Do you enjoy making your own beer? Do you know someone who does? I do. Maybe this is the day to try your hand at making your own home-brew beer. It might be fun!
2nd: Take a Baby to Lunch Day: Why? I don't know. I guess babies need to eat, too. Taking a baby, or any small child, to lunch is a rather stressful thing. The baby starts to cry, you look around and see all the disapproving faces, the annoyed looks. Have fun!!!
3rd: Garden Meditation Day: You are not allowed to meditate anywhere aside from your garden today. Don't have your own garden? Use a neighbor's. Don't know your neighbors? Sneak over the fence, and do it anyway. Hopefully, by the time the cops have arrived, you will already have reached enlightenment.
3rd: Lumpy Rug Day: Ummm...ok. I guess if you have a lumpy rug, this day is for you. I always kind of thought a lumpy rug was a bad thing...what could be under there, making it so lumpy??
3rd: National 2 Different Colored Shoes Day: This sounds like fun, and like it might be a little uncomfortable. If you have two pairs of the same shoes, just in different colors, wear one of each today! A blue shoe on the left foot, a red shoe on the right. It could be a lot of fun.
4th: Respect for Chickens Day: Mr. Tyson would love this day. No, not Mike Tyson, the Tyson Chicken guy. I respect chickens. I respect them for being so tasty, and juicy! I respect them for all the yummy-ness they possess.
4th: Orange Juice Day: Yummy!! Orange juice is great! It's a wonderful source of Vitamin C, and it mixes well with most alcohol. I suggest you try vodka, peach schnapps, or tequila.
4th: National Candied Orange Peel Day: Candied orange peel?? That doesn't sound particularly tempting. I guess there are some out there who like it. Enough, in fact, to give it it's own national holiday!
5th: Totally Chipotle Day: A celebration of that spicy, smoky, sweet flavor that is chipotle. Go to that wonderful restaurant of the same name, get yourself a giant burrito!! Put chipotle on everything!! Chipotle mayo is quite tasty on a burger.
5th: Yosemite Sam's Birthday: Let's all wish that gun-toting, short-tempered, red-headed cowboy a very happy birthday today!!!!
6th: Great American Grump Out: A whole day to act like your Uncle Fred. Be grumpy today. If you are always grumpy, no one will notice your need to celebrate this day, but if they, too are celebrating, it might get ugly. Ever see Grumpy Old Men? Yeah, like that.
6th: No Diet Day: Here is your permission to skip your diet for today. But be warned, you do so at your own risk!! I am not responsible for the two pounds you gain from eating all that cheesecake.
6th: No Homework Day: If you are a teacher, here is a great way to reward your students for all the hard work they have put in this school year. School is almost over, and you know that all they are thinking about is summer vacation. Give them a break today. No homework!
7th: National Day of Reason: Why is there only one day where people need to be reasonable? Shouldn't every day be a day of reason? Well, as I look at the world today, I wonder...maybe we need more days like this, or a whole week, or maybe even a month.
7th: Great Lakes Awareness Day: Another holiday bringing awareness to something that everyone is already aware of. They are there, they are rather big and hard to miss, and in wintertime, they produce enough lake effect snow to practically bury entire cities.
7th: Scale Day: I told you that No Diet Day would come back to haunt you. It's Scale Day!!! Hop on that scale and let's see how much weight you have gained by skipping your diet yesterday. Oops!!
8th: No Socks Day: Go without socks today. Go barefoot, even. Break out those sandals, the weather is getting warmer, after all. I hate wearing socks, and avoid it when I can. I would wear sandals to work if I could. I would rather be barefoot than anything.
8th: Have a Coke Day: I think I will. Thank you! Have a delicious Coke today. Give a Coke to a friend. Share the love that is Coke. Remember that old commercial? "I'd Like to Give the world a Coke."
9th: Birth Mother's Day: Were you adopted? Do you have a step-mom? Mother's Day can be so hard if you have more than one mother to honor. Now, you can take a special day to honor the woman who gave birth to you, even if you have never met her, or have no idea who she is.
9th: Mother Ocean Day: The 9th seems to be a day for mothers. Another mother is being honored today. Mother Ocean. Maybe she's the mom of Billy Ocean. Maybe not. The ocean provides us with so much, so honor Mother Ocean today.
9th: National Miniature Golf Day: Anyone up for a game of putt-putt? I love mini-golf!! So much fun! Make a day of it. Challenge your friends to a competitive game of mini-golf. See who can avoid those waterfalls, windmills and various cartoonish obstacles. Sounds like the perfect outing for my birthday!
9th: Stay Up All Night Day: I do this most days, anyway. I bet your kids would love to celebrate this day. Go ahead, let them stay up. Let's see who falls asleep first.
9th: Tear the Tags Off the Mattress Day: You know those tags...they say something like, "Do not remove under penalty of law." Throw caution to the wind and just rip those things right off!!! Don't worry, I won't turn you in. I promise.
9th: Lost Sock Memorial Day: Let's all bow our heads in a moment of silence for all the lost socks. It doesn't matter how they went MIA, just that they are gone, and we miss them. Granted, the dryer is usually to blame, but sometimes they get lost under the bed, in the car, or the dog chewed one up.
10th: Windmill Day: That kind of goes with the mini golf thing. Well, sort of. Whether they be the old fashioned windmills that are a common sight to the Dutch, or the newer, green mode of energy production, show your gratitude for the harnessing of wind power.
10th: Trust Your Intuition Day: Trust your gut today. You got a bad feeling about something? Go with it. You might just be right. We get those feelings for a reason. We need to learn to trust our instincts.
10th: Clean Up Your Room Day: You heard me, mister. Go clean your room!!! I want that room spotless! This is good advice for all of us. I know my room could use a little cleaning.
10th: Root Canal Appreciation Day: I don't get it. Appreciation for one of the most feared dental procedures ever. They are painful, unpleasant, and just plain scary. I am sure there are dentists behind this day.
11th: Eat What You Want Day: Isn't that the same thing as No Diet Day??? I eat what I want every day, so this is nothing special. Like I said before, just be careful. Who knows what those tasty Chicago Style hot dogs are going to do to you tomorrow.
11th: Jigsaw Puzzle Day: Puzzles are fun. Pull out one of those 5,000 piece jigsaw puzzles and kill about three or four days worth of time putting it together. Invite friends and family to help you out, and maybe you will get done a little faster.
12th: Limerick Day: A day to break out all those silly, raunchy, and sometimes strange little Irish poems. Make up a few of your own and share them with your friends. You are sure to get a giggle or a groan out of a few people.
12th: National Nutty Fudge Day: For those of you that prefer your fudge with nuts, this day is for you!! Make up a batch of tasty, nutty fudge for you and your family. Enjoy this wonderful treat today.
13th: Cough Drop Day: Feeling a little under the weather? I hate getting sick, and hate that congested, stuffy, coughing thing I get when I get a cold or the flu. Cough drops are the best thing ever invented!! When I am sick, I pop those things like Pez.
13th: I Just Called To Say I Love You Day: Can't you just hear the song playing in your head now?? Call someone up just to tell them that you love them. Life is short. Make sure everyone you care about knows just how important they are to you. It can be a friend, relative, that cute girl or guy you have had your eye on. Just tell them you love them today.
14th: Crazy Day: Now, if you are like me, you have a lot of crazy days. Almost every day is an interesting and crazy experience. Today is different. It's a day to get back at the craziness by being crazy yourself. Go a little nuts today!
14th: Marshmallow Fluff Birthday: Yummy!!! I LOVE marshmallow fluff!! I grew up eating fluffer-nutters. For those that have no idea what I am talking about, a fluffer-nutter is a marshmallow fluff and peanut butter sandwich, with or without bananas. Either way, it's delicious!!!
14th: National Dance Like a Chicken Day: A day to do the chicken dance? Great, now I'm going to have that stupid chicken dance song stuck in my head all day. A much loved song at weddings and parties, the chicken dance has been around for what seems like forever.
14th: Star Wars Day: Whether you celebrate Star Wars day on May 4th (May the 4th be with you) or on May 14th, or both, it doesn't really matter. May 14th is George Lucas's birthday.
15th: Over the Rainbow Day: That's right, we aren't in Kansas anymore, Toto. Go over the rainbow to that magical, technicolor world of Oz. Follow that yellow brick road all the way to the Emerald City. Unfortunately, the wizard won't be able to see you, no way, no how.
15th: National Chocolate Chip Day: It doesn't matter what you do with them, bake them into cookies, melt them into fudge, sprinkle them into your trail mix, or just eat them straight out of the bag. Chocolate chips are great for so many things.
15th: Nylon Stockings Day: Are there still people out there who wear nylons? I hate them!! They are uncomfortable, itchy, and they never stay where you want them to. I guess there is something to be said about the way they snug in certain parts, and smooth out your skin tone.
15th: National Bike to Work Day: Save some gas and get some exercise today. Ride your bike to work today!! With gas prices climbing again, and the economy still in a slump, it's a good idea to save a little money where you can.
15th: National Pizza Party Day: So, after biking to work, eat some yummy pizza with your co-workers, friends, family, whatever, as a reward. You can burn off some of the calories when you have to bike back home again.
16th: Spam Debuted Today: No, not the annoying email type. The strange, canned food. SPAM, that strange, ham-like, not sure if it's really meat or not food, has been around for a while. There is even a whole museum dedicated to the canned meat-like food. I am pretty sure SPAM stands for Stuff Posing As Meat, but don't quote me on that.
16th: Nickel Day: Pay for everything with nickels today. Sure they are almost as worthless as pennies these days, but it will be a lot of fun. Stress out the cashiers as you count out your total in nickels...5....10...
16th: National Sea Monkey Day: I admit it, I had sea monkeys when I was a kid. What a scam!!! Basically, I had a strangely shaped container of water. If your kids tell you they want a pet, get them some sea monkeys. Very little maintenance is required. They don't have to walk them or clean up after them, and they will spend hours just trying to find them in the container of water.
17th: Nascar Day: Oh, look, they turned left again!!!! Wow, they did it again! Do you like watching people drive around in circles really fast? You must be a fan of Nascar! Today is your day, my friend!! Watch out for that left hand turn, it's a tough one!
17th: Pack Rat Day: Do you save everything? Do you have phone books from every place you have ever lived, along with cards you got for your 1st birthday, stacks of newspapers, clothes you haven't worn in years, and probably never will, and all sorts of strange and useless items that you just can't bear to part with? If you answered yes to any of this, you are a pack rat. Face it, shows like Mission Organization and Clean House were made for you.
17th: Merry-Go-Round Day (1620, horse-powered Merry-go-round debuted): A horse-powered merry-go-round debuted in 1620. So, wait, horses pulled you around as you rode fake, painted horses. Ummm...ok. Anyway, merry-go-rounds have been around for close to 400 years!!!! WOW!!! I loved the merry-go-round when I was a kid! Whether you call it a merry-go-round or a carousel, it doesn't really matter. There is something about them. They bring about images from your childhood. The bright colors, the amazing detail on the horses, or other animals, the calliope music pumping through the speakers.
18th: No Dirty Dishes Day: The best way to avoid dirty dishes is to go out to eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Either that, or just use paper plates, cook out on the grill, or throw a few frozen pizzas in the oven. I don't want to see any dirty dishes today!
18th: Send an Electronic Greeting Card Day: I am guessing that this is a fairly new holiday. Who do you know that could use a little cheering up? Send them an e-card. Anyone with a birthday today? Anniversary? Graduation? Send out an electronic greeting to someone to brighten their day.
18th: Visit Your Relatives Day: It could be your Aunt in Ohio, your sister in Florida, or your mom who lives upstairs. It doesn't matter. Visit some relatives today and make them feel special. Don't call first, just show up and surprise them!
19th: Frog Jump Day: In certain areas of the country, they actually have frog jumping contests. Do you have a pet frog who you think could win a frog jumping contest? Hold your own competition and find out!
19th: Sun Awareness Day: Go outside. Look up. Is it still there? It is? Good!!! We are now all aware that the sun is still in the sky. If it's cloudy, check again later. I am sure it's there, but it's best to be safe.
19th: National Be a Millionaire Day: Yes, Regis, that is my final answer. I know you have always wanted to be a millionaire. Who doesn't? Today is your day. Even if you aren't a millionaire, you can act like one. Rent a fancy car for the day, wear a nice suit, go shopping at the expensive stores, even if you can't afford to buy anything, you can at least walk around and look like you can.
20th: Eliza Doolittle Day: A beloved character, no doubt. The sweet, but rough around the edges character from the book Pygmalion made a great transformation to the stage in My Fair Lady. Audry Hepburn is a favorite of mine. Rent the movie, read the book and get back in touch with wonderful Eliza.
20th: International Virtual Assistant Day: Ah...modern technology...we now have to dedicate an entire day to those assistants we never actually meet. A day to say thanks to the faceless person in front of their own computer who makes our lives easier. Was it so hard to find an assistant, that you had to get a virtual one? Or are you just that hard to work with?
20th: National Bike to Work Day: While that sounds like a wonderful idea, it really all depends on where you live. In Florida, it wouldn't be all that bad. However, it gets pretty warm in Arizona well before that time, and in northern regions, it can still be kind of cold. I guess bike to work, weather permitting day was too much. Wait a second...didn't we just do this?
20th: Strawberries Day: YAY!!! I love strawberries!! They are my favorite fruit. Make some strawberry shortcake, watch some strawberry shortcake or drink some strawberry wine. There are so many wonderful things you can do with strawberries...darn...now I want strawberries...off I go...
21st: I Need A Patch For That Day: A patch for what, exactly? What type of patch? I don't know. I guess you will know when the time comes. Patches? Patches? I don't need no stinking patches! Sorry...I couldn't help myself.
21st: National Wait Staff Day: We have all had good waiters and waitresses and bad waiters/waitresses. It's often not their fault. Trust me! So, if you happen to be out this day, end up at a restaurant, be nice to your waiter. Tip them well, and next time you come in, they will remember you, and you will be treated far better!
21st: O. Henry Pun Day: Head to the O. Henry museum, to attend the O. Henry Pun-Off, or start your own. How many clever puns can you come up with? Puns used to be the highest, most intelligent form of comedy, but have since fallen out of favor by most, and usually elicit annoyed groans. Is that punny enough for you?
22nd: Neighbor Day: Do you know your neighbors? Maybe it's time you got out and met them. Make amends with that neighbor that you have had a falling out with. Greet some new people in the neighborhood, throw a neighborhood barbecue. At the very least, please, return those hedge clippers you borrowed three years ago.
22nd: Toothpaste Tube Birthday: The toothpaste tube...just one of those things that everyone takes for granted. It sits there, on the shelf of your bathroom, greeting you every day. Happy Birthday, toothpaste tube!!! So, what do you get a tube of goo for it's birthday?
22nd: Buy a Musical Instrument Day: Whether it be a little plastic recorder (aka the most annoying instrument ever known) or a classic Fender guitar, go out and buy a musical instrument today. Buy one for yourself, or maybe for a budding musician in your life.
23rd: National Taffy Day: Yum! I love taffy! Chewy and sweet. I love watching candy makers pull taffy, and have always wanted to try it out for myself. Maybe you should take some time out, buy some yummy taffy, and relive your childhood a little. Or dance to that annoying little song from a few years ago...now I have that song stuck in my head...
23rd: World Turtle Day: If you live in Florida, sea turtles are a big deal! People set up foundations to protect them, they have walks you can go on at night to see them (no cameras allowed!). I love sea turtles! Read the classic Dr. Suess book, Yertle the Turtle to your kids.
23rd: Lucky Penny Day: We all know the saying, "find a penny, pick it up, all day long you'll have good luck." Carry around your lucky penny today, or go out and find one! A little good luck never hurt anyone. We could all use a little more luck in our lives.
23rd: National Pickle Day: I like pickles, but not that much. I know people who do, though. Give the pickle lover in your life a whole big jar of pickles, just to let them know you care. Pickles don't really go bad. I have had a jar in my fridge for months. I wonder if they are any good?
24th: Brother's Day: Celebrate your brother today. If you don't have a brother, how about a brother-in-law, or your mother's brother, or your girlfriend's brother? I come from a family of all girls, but I do have a few brothers-in-law.
24th: Hug Your Cat Day: Some people love their pets a little too much, and this day is proof of that. Hug your cat? I love cats, but I don't need a day where I am reminded to hug them. How about hug your kids day? More people need to do that.
24th: Morse Code Day: .... .- .--. .--. -.-- / -- --- .-. ... . / -.-. --- -.. . / -.. .- -.-- (Happy Morse Code Day) Outside of the military, not many of us know how to use Morse code. I had to find a site that would translate. Study up on Morse code, you never know when you might need to use it. At the very least, if you ever end up in jail, you can communicate with the person in the cell next to you...assuming they also know Morse code...
25th: Cookie Monster's Birthday: Cookie Monster is a beloved character from Sesame Street! I loved Cookie Monster when I was a kid. Unfortunately, Cookie Monster has traded in his trademark chocolate chip cookies for more healthy fare, like carrots and celery. So, does that make him Veggie Monster instead? I hope not.
25th: Nerd/Geek Pride Day: Some of us may be nerds or geeks, or at least know some. They need a little pride. They have been tortured and ostracized by society for so long. They deserve a break for at least one day. So give a nerd a break today. If you are a nerd or geek, let it out! Be proud of it! Maybe watch some Big Bang Theory to celebrate!
25th: Towel Day: Always there to soak up a mess, dry us off after a shower or give us a comfy place to sit at the beach. Oh, towel, how I love thee? Some of us buy our own towels, and some of us steal them from hotels. However you acquire your towels, give them a little extra fabric softener today to make them extra soft and fluffy. They will thank you.
25th: National Brown Bag It Day: We spend so much money buying lunch at work. Today, make your own lunch and bring it into work. Think of all the money you will save...if you figure you spend about $5 a day for lunch, that's about $1,200 a year. That's enough money for a little weekend getaway, a new television or a month's mortgage payment.
27th: Cellophane Tape Day: Sticky and wonderful! Where would our lives be without it? It would be so much harder to wrap presents. And, in case you were wondering, duct tape is not a reasonable alternative! Sorry, guys, duct tape does not work for everything.
27th: National Wig Out Day: Be someone new today! Wear a wig and confuse your friends. Or just flip your wig and go nuts today. Either way, you are sure to confuse your friends and family and amuse yourselves to no end.
27th: Old-Time Player Piano Day: I never got the player piano. It just looks like a creepy ghost is playing a piano. So, you could afford a piano, but either you don't know how to play it, or you couldn't afford to hire someone to play the piano? Why buy a piano if you don't want to play it? Isn't a player piano just a big, silly music box?
28th: International Jazz Day: Jazz is cool and smooth, lively and full of passion. I love jazz. Jazz is a broad, sweeping genre of music that has it's roots in both New Orleans and Chicago. Go check out some great local jazz music, or play some music from the greats like Louis Armstrong and Cab Calloway.
30th: Loomis Day: Loomis day honors the inventor of the wireless telegraph. It is not a day for Dr. Samuel Loomis from the Halloween movies. Though, I think Dr. Loomis deserves his own day. Just sayin'...I know the telegraph was a remarkably important invention, but Dr. Loomis was brave enough to go against Michael Meyers!
30th: My Bucket's Got a Hole In It Day: Sing the song...go ahead...I dare you! One of the more annoying songs of childhood, There's a hole in my bucket. Sorry to hear about your bucket and it's hole. Either fix it, or use it as a planter. Either way, stop singing about it.
31st: What You Think Upon Grows Day: So, that's all it takes? I wait till the end of May, and if I think really hard, whatever it is I want to grow bigger will grow today? Ha! Is this the way to end world hunger? Imagine the giant vegetables, the huge fruit trees! It boggles the mind! LOL!
31st: World No-Tobacco Day: Put your cigarettes down, put away your pipes and you cigars. You can do it! It's only one day! No one is asking you to quit, and no one is making rude comments. We are just asking that you put it away for one day. It can't be that hard. Gotta run, I need a smoke!
Follow me as I turn the page from May to June.
© 2010 Anna Marie Bowman
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