Celebrate the End of an Era

Celebrate the End of an Era!

Celebrate the End of an EraHello,

After a lot of thought and consideration, I have decided that this will be my last blog post – at least for now. Way back on April 1, 2013, I published my very first blog post to launch the project. At that time in my life, I was halfway through my freshman year of college, living in a dorm room with an icy roommate I never talked to, 70 miles away from my boyfriend (now husband), and basically living off of dining hall salads and mini-fridge bagels. On paper, I was super busy with 20 credit terms as a music major, but I still found time to be bored. Even though I met so many new people, I was really lonely. It all started as a bit of a joke when Eric and I decided that we needed to find hobbies to sustain us. He pledged to launch an ASL vlog and I got organized to start a 365-day holiday celebration project. When our proposed start date came around, he flaked, but I still went ahead and clicked publish on the blog that started it all. At the time, I hoped that I would have the willpower and interest to keep it going for the whole year and not give up early. Now here I am with almost four whole years of celebration under my belt and I was diligent in posting every single day. I only took time off for our wedding and honeymoon along the way! 1415 holiday posts published. This blog has been more than just a hobby – it helped us pay for college and has become a memorable piece of my personality. I can’t tell you how many times I started talking to someone and they said, ‘Oh – you do the national holidays every day, right? I read your blog!’ For someone who hasn’t mastered the art of conversation, it’s an awesome, easy topic that I really appreciate.

At this point in my life, I think that I’m ready for a little bit of a change. I don’t know what my next project is going to be, but I’m sure I’ll find a new outlet for all of my creative, celebratory energy. Please feel free to peruse the archives or search for specific holidays by keyword. You can also keep up your own celebration by following the two resources that I used to learn about and plan the holidays. National Day Calendar and Brownielocks were the trusted resources that kept me informed.

Thanks to my dedicated readers for taking the time to pop over and share a message every once in a while. I will always be grateful Eric and my mom, my fantastic photography assistants, who were always down to go on a national holiday food run with me and take embarrassing photos. You’re the very best! Please remember to find a reason to smile every day. There’s always something to celebrate if you look hard enough and there’s no reason to settle into a stagnant waiting period for the next big holiday after New Year’s. Celebrate the little things and always enjoy happy holidays.

Carrie

National Ballet Day

Happy National Ballet Day!

National Ballet DayHello!

I know that I must have told my ballet failure story about a million times by now, but since I lack any imaginable skill as a ballerina, this is kind of all that I have to offer today! As a child, my mom signed me up for ballet lessons and I distinctly remember going to Payless Shoes with her to pick out my first pair of overpriced, soft pink ballet flats. That might have actually been my first attempt at entering the sports world. Spoiler alert: all other attempts ended in a similar downward spiral. I thought that I was doing decently well in the pre-K ballet class, but I was exceptionally bored. I didn’t want to learn the foot positions or how to count out the number of steps to walk across the room and hand off a flower with a curtsy. Instead, I did things my own way and added plenty of twirls, twists, jumps, and gestures to infuse my own style. I didn’t even make it to our first performance before my membership in the class was politely declined and I was asked not to come back. I think that even worse than being a bad dancer is not realizing the unfortunate truth. Even to this day, I have to remind myself that the beautiful shapes and smooth body lines that I imagine I am creating are not transferring successfully into the real world. Sometimes I still think that I have the super skinny, bony body from my childhood and also have to suffer shocking shift of reality when I pass a mirror. I want to be ballerina or gymnast so badly. I want to have grace, stamina, balance, and elegance in my movements! I suppose I have pretty decent balance, but one basic skill a dancer does not make. Break out your ballet shoes, or scarring memories, and celebrate happy holidays!

Carrie

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National Frozen Yogurt Day

Happy National Frozen Yogurt Day!

National Frozen Yogurt DayHello!

In case you haven’t heard, I’m a massive fan of ice cream and I guess frozen yogurt is okay on occasion too. I have to exercise my newly developed willpower every time I cross the freezer aisle because it’s all too tempting to reach in and fill my arms with Ben & Jerry’s. I even had to throw away my B&J coupons because I would use them as an excuse to talk myself into buying ice cream, get up to the check stand, and then realize that I left the coupon at home. The cycle continued for far too long before I had to be honest and admit that I was playing myself and would never actually remember to bring it. It’s a dangerous game! Lucky for me, I’m not that much of a fan of froyo so walking into Yogurt Extreme wasn’t an enormous risk for this recovering ice cream-aholic. A little bit of cake batter froyo with caramelized walnuts, crushed reeses peanut butter cups, crushed butterfinger, crushed oreo, a dusting of graham cracker, and a drizzle of hot fudge makes a pretty good combination. Don’t be fooled by the blue sky reflected in the door! As soon as I pulled out of the parking lot, it started hailing hard and I was trapped in my car in the driveway, eating my frozen yogurt and listening to the end of a Mahler symphony waiting for a break in the hail and rain. No matter how hard we wish in honor of the holiday, it’s simply not frozen yogurt season yet. Grab a spoon and celebrate! Happy holidays.

Carrie

National Shower with a Friend Day

Happy National Shower with a Friend Day!

National Shower with a Friend DayHello!

I’m not keen on embracing the concept of a social shower. The occasional locker room shower with a group full of girls and elderly women at the pool was enough to scare me away. Joey Cat is a bit of a creeper and he usually sits on the bathroom counter while I take a shower. It started as just staring through the cracked door, then he worked his way onto the floor rug, tried sitting on the top of the toilet, and now he’ll perch on the edge of the sink and put his feet up on the door to high-five me and watch the water run across the glass. Eric swears that one morning Joe even jumped on top of the shower doors to be closer to him, but I haven’t seen it happen and I’m not convinced that it wasn’t a morning hallucination. He stands by his story that he had his eyes closed while he was shampooing and when he opened his eyes, Joe was bending down off the top of the shower door with whiskers in his face. Eric was scared that he would fall, or jump, in and claw him to death when he realized the terrible consequences of his choice. Apparently Joe made the right choice to stay in a dry place and found his way back to the floor safely while Eric remained unscathed from the encounter. Like I said, I haven’t seen it so I’m skeptical. No scratches, no proof! Shower with a friend and celebrate – happy holidays!

Carrie

National Barber Day

Happy National Barber Day!

National Barber DayHello!

No one ever looks cute halfway through a haircut with wet hair plastered to their face, but I simply had to get a matching before and after selfie with Beth! Beth has cut my mom’s hair literally forever so it’s only natural that I would do the same. I’m not fussy and I don’t come in to get my hair cut nearly as often as I should, but it’s so nice to get a great haircut and chat with her in the meantime. I know I’m probably far less chatty than the average lady to sit down in her chair, but I do enjoy the conversation. I’m convinced that barbers, hair stylists, and nail techs are the most ‘in the know’ people in town. What else are you going to do while you sit and get your hair cut except talk? Dentists would have the same scuttlebutt advantage if they didn’t insist on putting their hands in your mouth the whole time! I enjoyed a nice walk down to her shop under super cloudy skies that threatened to rain, but never did and walked back out with a fresh new bob! If it wasn’t for the holiday reminder to schedule an appointment to see her, I would probably still be complaining about split ends and thinking that my hair was getting a little longer than I really want it to be. I think that she should send out appointment reminder texts like my dentist because I never remember to go in for my hair check up on time! Go see your barber or hair stylist today for a fresh new look and enjoy happy holidays.

Carrie

National Working Naked Day

Happy National Working Naked Day!

National Working Naked DayHello!

This would be way less weird if I didn’t always have two pictures accompanying my blogs. Normally, that format is pretty cool because it lets me be a little creative with my camera, gives you a glimpse of the celebration experience, and directs my writing. In this case, I really don’t want you to to see my celebration! Don’t worry mom – I’m actually fully clothed. If I did want to celebrate the holiday, I work from home and our tiny little house has substantial blind coverage over the windows. Good luck to all of the judges, police officers, teachers, and doctors out there! I suppose strippers have a leg up on all of us, but can you think of even one more profession that could possibly be okay with this holiday on a random Friday in February? Actors, too – I suppose, depending on the genre. Models are basically naked half the time and if they’re posing for an art class, that can definitely fit the bill. Do lifeguards on nude beaches have to follow the dress code? I guess there is more nakedness in the workplace than I originally thought! Let me warn you right now, though – before it’s too late: don’t google jobs that require nakedness. In an effort to extend my nude occupations list, I typed out the most PG search listing that I could come up with to answer my question. Don’t do it. Worry about your own nakedness and don’t even go there. Happy holidays!

Carrie

National Groundhog Job Shadow Day

Happy National Groundhog Job Shadow Day!

National Groundhog Job Shadow DayHello!

I’ve seen the movie Groundhog Day, made little groundhog cards and banners in elementary school, and cast my vote 22 years in a row for the early arrival of spring, but I still have absolutely no idea how Groundhog Day actually works. I totally understand the purpose and validity of National Margarita Day – yum – and International Pillow Fight Day is just pure fun! Why is a confused groundhog worth celebrating? I always assumed that the folklore or weather prediction had to do with the specific behavior of the groundhog, not the clouds overhead. Now that I have spent some time googling, I actually feel rather silly that it took me this long to figure out. I have never attended a Groundhog Day ceremony, so I always imagined that they take a grumpy, blindfolded little groundhog out of his winter den and spin him around in circles. Then they put him back in his little hole, take off the blindfold, and watch him come out. If he comes out facing the giant lightbulb to his right, then he would theoretically not see his shadow and predict spring, and if he comes out of the hole facing to the left, he would see his looming shadow and predict winter. Apparently it’s actually a question of cloudy or clear skies and there is no lightbulb involved. Well, geez – I definitely think I can do that! In honor of shadowing Phil the Groundhog in his moment of glory, I walked outside to discover a densely clouded sky. No matter how hard I looked, I couldn’t find a shadow, much less see my own! Does that mean that I predict an early spring? I can seriously get behind that. I guess it’s not too hard to do a groundhog’s job after all! Happy holidays.

Carrie

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