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 bacon day

Happy National Bacon Day!

national bacon dayHello!

What better way to kick off a relaxing Saturday than a pan full of crackling bacon a gooey egg, cooked with love by your husband? We don’t have an explicit division on cooking duties but there is no question that he has me beat in the breakfast department. For one thing, that’s like his favorite meal, which takes priority any time of day, so he’s more than happy to spend some time in the kitchen perfecting his craft. We might not always have fresh milk in the fridge and we definitely don’t keep fruits or veggies around at all times, but you can bet that there’s a carton of eggs and pack of bacon on hand whenever you’re craving a breakfast adventure. I still haven’t quite convinced him that super duper crispy bacon is the best thing on the planet, but he’s slowly accepting my argument. Personally, the best bacon that I have ever had in my life is Denny Fryman’s. Denny is a long-time family friend and he has some magical way of frying bacon to an absolute crisp so that it’s actually slightly charred and insanely salty. His bacon nearly falls to pieces when you pick it up! In fact, it might be my food of choice if I was ever stuck on a hypothetical island with one meal for the rest of my life. Not just any bacon – it has to be Denny’s. Eric still believes in keeping some fat on the bacon, but I’ll bring him over to the crispy side eventually. For now, I will happily indulge in a filling, delicious breakfast made with love and kickstart a great weekend. Happy holidays!

Carrie

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national thank you note day

Happy National Thank You Note Day!

national thank you note dayHello!

My Christmas presents this year were totally fun and functional! Everyone knows that my life revolves around work right now and I’m super interested in anything techy to make my job easier. What better way to say thanks for my gadgets and gizmos than a shout out to my faves in front of the whole world? First of all, my love got me a cute laptop stand for working at the coffee table which I can’t wait to implement when we go back home after the new year. A phone stand tripod that he ordered about a month ago, however, is still in the process of shipping from China so I’ll get to play around with that one in a few months when it makes the trek around the world. Here, I’m showing off my selfie stick with a camera remote control and, possibly my favorite, the fisheye add-on lens from a set of awesome smart phone camera lenses. Let’s just say with all of these gadgets the blog pictures are sure to be even better moving forward and I’m going to have loads of fun going to ‘work’ every day! Massive thanks to my family for the thoughtful gifts and for always supporting me with every new adventure. Be sure to send a thank you note – or blog – in good conscience and celebration! Happy holidays!

Carrie

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